by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Journeys : April May 2010
Member in focus Opinion Geoff and Joy Stubbings are retired orchardists who live in Battery Point. They have four adult daughters, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Geoff has been an RACT member since 1962. Why did you join the RACT? We intended to go travelling so I thought I'd better take care and join up. I joined all of our girls up when they were old enough to drive too. What's the most memorable time you've been helped by being part of the RACT? Once when we in Moree in our Suncoaster camper van, something happened to the engine just as we were coming into the caravan park. We had to call for help and the spare part ended up being posted to us in Moree. Tell me about your current car. It is a white SsangYong twin cab. It is a beautiful car and it suits our purposes in our twilight years. It has four doors and a small ute tray so I can throw all of my fishing gear and that sort of thing in the back. Do you have any stickers on your car? No, but we have a little badge for the A'van Club on our caravan. Joy just loves travelling and there will be between 220 to 240 A'vans going to Adelaide in May for the club's annual meeting. What is your biggest motoring gripe? Well, Joy doesn't watch the scenery on the left when I'm driving, she watches the speedo. I'm always under the limit but she is still watching it. After the family photos, what is your most precious material possession? Probably my fishing gear. I like to fish for anything from whitebait to the big ones up in Queensland. What is your most memorable holiday moment? I think it would be the orchardists' tour we did in 1969. It was an unreal trip, our first time overseas, 40-something days around the world. I think about 22 of us went, we learnt a lot -- I was surprised at how many orchards they had in England. We met the top buyers there and went to their homes for meals. It was great! What about your favourite holiday destination? We have a shack on the beach at Southport -- we have to take the van when we go dow n there because the kids love it too. We also really like Moree, the hot pools and the beaut caravan people. We meet up with friends who go back to the same place. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? We hope to go to the A'van rally in Adelaide in May and spend a bit of time in that area. Waine Whitbread Of all the suggestions and steps taken to reduce the road toll, Mike Bowyer's letter on aptitude testing for drivers (Your Views Dec/Jan), hits the nail on the head. Icome from a management consultancy background, where psychological testing has been successfully used for years to establish if a person is or is not likely to succeed at a job by assessing their personality and the attributes they are born with. Some of the tests can deter mine personal make-up -- for example, whether someone is likely to follow or evade r ules; and whether they tend to be conser vative or experimenting; controlled or undisciplined; confident or apprehensive. Other tests are designed to assess people's mechanical aptitude and problem-solving abilities, as well as the speed and accuracy of their reaction time. Such tests could easily be included as part of the licence application procedure. The results could immediately highlight any problem areas that may affect a person's ability to react in real situations, whether it is driving at a safe speed, ability to comprehend specific dangers or ability to react quickly in various situation s. A person who has a tendency towards the 'undisciplined' or even 'reckless' end of the scale would not normally acknowledge this when applying for a licence -- but a test may reveal it. The Motor Transport Institute in Poland has recently introduced a set of guidelines recognising that safe driving is based on three m ain areas: • Physical (sight, mobility etc) • Attitude (psychologic al attributes) • Skills and knowledge (ability to handle a vehicle and road r ules knowledge) Pola nd's psychological tests mea sure psychomotor abilities (reaction time, distance and speed judgment, night and dusk vision, visual and motion coordination); as well as mental ability tests for intelligence, attention and memory. Most overseas public transport departments use all or some of these tests for train and bus drivers and pilots. A University College London psychologist has recently designed a test that measures a person's tendency to be distracted. Research shows that at least one in five deaths from motor vehicle crashes is caused as a result of distraction. These tests should be developed for our own conditions and should for m part of the application paper work so more attention can be given to address apparent problem areas in each individual before we unleash potentially hazardous drivers onto the road. In our community April / May 10 12
Feb March 2010
RACT MNJ June July 2010