The Road Ahead : December 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 50 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 CHANGES TO HISTORIC VEHICLE SEATBELT LAWS QUEENSLAND ROAD RULES AMENDED Cruising in historic vehicles will be easier for Queensland families with the state's road rules to be brought in line with national standards. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Queensland Road Rules would be amended in 2013 to allow passengers aged seven and older to travel in vehicles where no seatbelts are fitted, and they were not required at the time of manufacture. Rule changes in 2010 reduced the age of seatbelt use in pre-1969 vehicles from 16 to seven. Children under seven will still not be allowed to travel unrestrained in historic vehicles, and seatbelts are still compulsory for people travelling in other vehicles. MOTORING DRIVE NEWS MAIN IMAGE: KIA'S FLAGSHIP SEDAN, THE QUORIS. SOURCE: AUTONEWS. THE CORRECT WAY TO USE A ROUNDABOUT Q How do I give way and signal at roundabouts correctly? A Drivers should remember that traffic flows in a clockwise direction at roundabouts. A driver entering a roundabout must give way to any vehicle in the roundabout, regardless of which lane that vehicle is in. Drivers must also obey pavement arrows at the entry and on the roundabout itself, which define the lane a driver must use to go straight ahead and/or turn. When entering a roundabout, there is no need to indicate if you are going straight ahead. If making a left turn, right turn or U-turn, drivers must indicate with the corresponding left or right signal when entering the roundabout and must continue to signal their intended turn while in the roundabout. When exiting a roundabout, drivers should always indicate to the left regardless of whether they are turning right, left, going straight ahead or making a U-turn. Drivers must turn off their left indicator after exiting the roundabout. FAQS ABOUT ROAD RULES WITH RACQ'S TECHNICAL & SAFETY POLICY DEPT. CHOICE OF ENGINES HOLDEN MALIBU Holden's new Malibu mid-sized sedan will be offered with the choice of a 2.4-litre DOHC petrol engine or optional 2.0-litre Common Rail turbo-diesel powertrain, and a premium audio system with Holden MyLink technology, when it is launched next year. Both engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Prices are TBA. MOTORING JUKE FOR OZ NEW NISSANS The Juke compact SUV, pictured, will be the first in a wave of new products for Australia from Nissan in 2013. The line-up includes the return of the Pulsar and release of the all-new Patrol. Prices and other details will be announced at launch. The Pulsar sedan and Patrol will both go on sale from February 1, with the Pulsar hatch to follow three months later.