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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
Roadkill road-test Since we began our anecdotal test of the cheapest for m of animal-scaring devices, we've had dozens of responses from readers who have volunteered to trial the 'whistlers'. Thank you to everyone who has w ritten or emailed with their experiences. There are far too many for us to publish more than a small sample. Some reporters have their doubts but overall, the balance seems to be falling on the positive side -- although as we've said before, we don't pretend that this is a scientific study. However, if it raises awareness of wildlife on our roads and encourages more cautious and watchful driving, that's a benefit. Our testers write: I must admit that I don't trust the devices overly, so I don't go racing around at night, and I still keep my eyes peeled for animals, but since fitting the first pair, and even though I have been driving with one only for most of that time, apart from one large kangaroo in daylight just outside Bicheno, I have not seen one wild animal on the road. That would make me think, yay -- they all run in the other direction! But why don't the cows, horses, sheep and chickens in roadside paddocks take off too? Jacqueline Templeton Near Mildura we observed a large roo hopping up a culvert intending to cross. As we approached he stopped and reversed course. In the Flinders Ranges we saw a large red or grey approaching at an angle on our right. When about 100m away he veered away and ran parallel for some distant before tur ning away. Ian Wallace The month of May had been a positively uneventful period with regards to the sonic animal scarer trial. I do, however, continue to witness large amounts of dead animals along the Nichols Rivulet Road, as well as the Channel Highway from Kettering to Margate. I'm now handing out sonic animal scarers to family and friends in a bid to keep all concer ned safe, as I am convinced that they work! Ciara Mei Well, these devices have certainly done well over the past few weeks. We have done quite a bit of night driving over the countryside and on several occasions have saved quite a few wallabies and pademelons from our car and other motorists' cars from being hit. We continue to encourage other drivers to buy these (unfortunately we usually have to spout the benefits to the protection of their cars rather than saving wildlife) but hey, whatever works! Elaine Waugh Still sceptical about the effectiveness of the war ning devices. Native hens on the Fourteen Mile Road either ignore the vehicle fitted with them or get startled -- there seems to be no consistent reaction. Same with wallabies and pademelons on Glenfern Road. Br ushtail possums as usual just look at me disdainfully and go on their measured way. Graham McLean To fnd out more call RACT on 13 27 22 or visit www.ract.com.au ncluding fees & charges apply. Full details of this offer are available on application. B&E Ltd. ABN 32 087 652 088 AFS licence No. 236870 RACT has partnered with Tasmanian fnancial institution B&E Personal Banking to deliver you a great home loan deal. As an RACT member you will pay no application fee on any B&E home loan, saving you up to $650! So let RACT and B&E help you get your dream home without the drama ... or an application fee! Dream home without the drama Home Loan application fee 6446 Life on the move 31 August / September 2010
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