The Road Ahead : August September 2008
you said it! ... SHARE YOUR VIEWS Fuelwatch fear I have read about the proposed Fuelwatch scheme and wonder how useful it will be to the older people who still drive and need to watch their expenditure. As with much information these days, we are told to go to the web to fi nd it. Unfortunately, this excludes many pensioners who grew up and worked before the computer age. I live in a retirement village and very few people here have computers. There are even some who do not have relatives with computers who can get information for them. It means that any website which lists the day’s petrol prices will be unavailable to a lot of pensioners. They should include a phone number for people who are unable to use a computer. B. Howarth, Aspley Madness on road I As it drove past, a piece of debris fl ew off the damaged wheel and narrowly missed me standing near my police vehicle. The vehicle pulled into a service station nearby. Another am a police offi cer and was involved recently in an incident that you may fi nd interesting and a little frightening. Early one morning, I was performing traffi c duties at roadworks on the Bruce Highway, Burpengary, monitoring northbound traffic. I heard a loud noise approaching from the south and noticed one headlight coming towards me. I thought it was a noisy motorcycle dragging a metallic object along the ground, as sparks were flying. As it approached I could see that it was a Holden sedan and its front, left headlight and wheel were missing due to extensive front end damage. police vehicle which was following the car pulled into the service station and the driver was apprehended, while attempting to replace his damaged wheel with a spare. A breath test showed the 25-year-old, male driver had a blood alcohol reading of 0.157 percent and he was charged. Further investigation revealed that he had hit another vehicle several kilometres back, had lost the wheel during the crash and continued to drive at speeds estimated in excess of 100 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. The vehicle also caused signifi cant damage to the newly laid road surface. Fortunately there were no injuries, but it is a reminder to all road users that you never know who is on our roads and what risks we take each day travelling on them. Name withheld by request Restraint needed I am concerned about people getting ripped off, having to pay to have an anchor point put in their cars for baby capsules and car seats, when it might not be needed. When I was looking at getting a capsule for my car, I couldn’t fi nd the anchor point, so I enquired through a referred person. He said he’d just put one in the same model car as mine (1998 Nissan Pulsar hatch) two weeks earlier. He told me that he’d have to drill in the fl oor of my car and then put in a plate to support the fl oor. Thankfully, my cousin showed me the location of my already existing anchor point. He also told me a friend recently paid $200 or so to get one installed and then found he already had an anchor point within 30cm of the new one. Some people doing these jobs either have no idea or are making money and fools out of motorists. B. Glanfield, Hillcrest Editor: Car owners are advised to check their vehicle’s log Red lights are no idle matter D oing a bit of research on the internet, I found that it has been determined that 17 percent of a car’s fuel is consumed by idling engines. With $2.00 a litre petrol predicted, I think we would want to do everything possible to reduce expensive vehicle idling. The most practical remedy would be to introduce what should have been in place long ago: making it legal to turn left at a red light after stopping. Granted, some intersections are designed to allow turning without stopping, but there are many where one must needlessly wait to make a left turn, even though there is no traffi c to the right. This rule works well in many countries and it is time Queensland drivers experienced its cost and time saving benefits. B. Swanson, Kallangur Editor: For writing this edition’s best letter, Mr Swanson will receive a MOTOROKR T505 bluetooth in- car speakerphone and music system, valued at $159. 30 AUG/SEP 08 The T505 is portable and requires no wires or installation. Just clip it to your car’s visor and pair the T505 to a compatible bluetooth device using Motorola’s EasyPair™ technology. When the T505 is connected to a stereo bluetooth phone, you can tune it to your car stereo and stream calls and music wirelessly through the system, enabling you to enjoy hands-free calling or listen to your own personal music collection. Best of all, when the ride’s over, the T505 can be unhooked and taken to another car for the next trip. For more information, visit the website www.hellomoto. com/T505.
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