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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 39 To apply call RACT on 13 27 22, drop into your local branch or visit www.ract.com.au Terms and conditions, including 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 financial 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 a home loan that really rewards you... let’s get together. Home loans that really reward you Home Loan application fee Life on the move Jules’ Gems Regular motoring tips from RACT patrolman Julian McGarry Have you seen the (warning) light? Modern motor vehicles have many warning lights in the dashboard’s instrument cluster. RED lights indicate that you should stop as soon as possible. For example, if the oil light is on, it’s telling you that the engine has no oil pressure – major damage can occur. After stopping, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual and call RACT Roadside. AMBER lights indicate there’s a problem, less urgent than RED but still worth pulling over and referring to the owner’s manual. Generally you’ll be advised to drive to your dealer as soon as possible; you may experience some driveability problems but you’re likely to make it home. (Some vehicles even have an amber warning light for non-critical points such as low level of windscreen washer f luid.) If in doubt, call R ACT Roadside. FLASHING RED alternator light indicates that the alter nator is not charging the batter y. If you continue to drive, the batter y w ill discharge totally and the vehicle w ill stop. This may not be where you’d want it to be – for example, on the Tasman Bridge or in the middle of an intersection! Best to find a safe place to pull over and call R ACT Roadside. These lights are there to provide early war nings of vehicle functions that are going wrong, so it’s important that your view of the instrument cluster is unobstr ucted. You should make sure the war ning lights are in good working order – your car will do this for you, because each time you turn on the ignition, many of the war ning lights are illuminated. If you notice that a light isn’t working when the key turns, this indicates a fault in your vehicle’s electr ical system that requires repair as soon as possible. Safety first when recovering vehicles The dangers of using snatch straps in vehicle recovery operations were highlighted by Coroner Don Jones at a recent inquest. The Coroner was inquiring into the tragic death in 2009 of an 18-year-old Smithton man who died after being struck by part of the towing assembly which smashed through the front windscreen dur ing an attempt to free a bogged vehicle on the West Coast. In reminding all motor ists, especially ow ners of 4WD vehicles, of the dangers involved in using snatch straps during such an operation, the Coroner said: It is important to correctly attach (following the manufacturer’s recommendations) the recovery strap to a motor vehicle. A standard tow ball or vehicle tie-down point is not designed for this purpose and may result in the strap or a vehicle component detaching from a motor vehicle and striking and seriously injuring or killing a person. Only attach the strap to a vehicle recovery point or device that is suitably rated for use with the strap. Rob Jacobs of TJM 4x4 Megastore in Hobart shows how it’s done
Apr May 2011