The Road Ahead : October 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 59 FEATURE | MOTORING OCT/NOV 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD TAILGATING DRIVES MOTORISTS CRAZY Tailgating is an ongoing frustration for Queensland motorists, the RACQ's annual What Drives You Crazy? survey shows. The survey asked RACQ members to rate the most frustrating driver behaviours and tailgating, not allowing others to merge, and speeding up while being overtaken all made the top 10. Other annoying behaviours highlighted in the survey included littering, texting and talking on hand-held mobile phones, and aggression. What Drives You Crazy? survey top 10 frustrating behaviours 2013: 1. Drivers who follow too closely/ tailgate (2nd 2012, 1st 2011). 2. Motorists who throw litter out of their vehicles (4th in 2012, 3rd in 2011). 3. Motorists talking/sending SMS on hand-held mobiles (8th in 2012, 4th 2011). 4. Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them (1st 2012, 2nd 2011). 5. Motorists who aren't courteous, e.g. allowing room to merge/change lanes (7th 2012, 7th 2011). 6. Motorists who incorrectly use indicators, e.g. indicate too late or fail to indicate at all (4th 2012, 5th 2011). 7. Motorists who display aggressive behaviour, e.g. blowing horn, verbal abuse or hand signals (10th 2012, 6th 2011). 8. Motorists who ignore restricted speed limits, e.g. at school zones or roadwork sites (9th in 2012, 11th 2011). 9. Motorists who don't move over to allow others to overtake (8th 2012, 8th 2011). 10. Motorists who turn from the wrong lane, e.g. at multi-lane roundabouts (5th in 2012, 10th in 2011). HOT WEATHER SERIOUSLY TESTED NEARLY 120 TEAMS COMPETING IN THE ANNUAL RACQ TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE MARYBOROUGH. fast learning curve THE CHALLENGE, ON September 14, involved thousands of years 8-12 students from some 120 schools across Queensland, fighting it out for honours in a variety of events, including human-powered vehicles, pushcarts, CO2 Dragsters, solar boats and cars. The supreme test of endurance, a 24-hour race around a 1.4km street circuit, went to Ormeau State High School, with Kenmore State High School second and Synergy Racing third. With daytime temperatures reaching 45 degrees inside the vehicles, drivers found that 20 minutes behind the wheel in any one stint was about the limit. Queensland entrant in the World Solar Challenge, Team Arrow, had the honour of making the first lap of the circuit. RACQ's free2go youth membership team was on hand to provide a welcome chill-out zone for competitors with interactive games and prizes, pop-up photo booths, food and refreshments. The RACQ Technology Challenge Maryborough is Queensland's premier youth and technology event, which has been staged in Maryborough since 2002. Its focus is youth and innovation, the quest for alternative transport options and protecting the environment. Learning is taken out of the classroom into an exciting arena that demands technology, practical skills, physical fitness and teamwork. The RACQ Technology Challenge is presented by the Fraser Coast Regional Council with support from event partners Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gympie State High Schools and Maryborough Central Primary School.