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Journeys : Apr May 2011
More on merging In our last issue we showed a typical example of zip- merging (pic 1). In this case, because there are no road markings, the rule is that the car ahead (the green car) has the right of way, and the red car must give way. When line markings end before the lane ends, the car in front has right of way. A different r ule applies where there are lane markings, such as when two lanes converge into one, or where a vehicle is enter ing the flow of traffic from a side-road or slip-road. RACT member Frank Medwin wrote to ask if we could also show this situation. “I find that many motorists wrongly think that the zip- merge rule still applies,” Mr Medwin wrote. In the situation shown in the second illustration, the ‘give way to the r ight’ r ule applies, and red must give way to green. You must give way if the lane markings continue to the end of the lane or across the intersecting slip- road or side-road. 1 2 “D riving out of Hobart recently I collected a metal peg in the tyre so I called the RACT, who arrived very quickly. The peg was removed from the tyre and as expected, out gushed the air. The car is still under new car warranty and the spare had never been used. To my horror the spare was a lot thinner and I could only drive up to 80 km/h. I am told that manufacturers use these thinner spare tyres to save space. I had a very scary drive back to Launceston – fortunately the road was dry and it was a rear tyre, but despite pulling over regularly, from the actions of other drivers we were obviously a nuisance. Road safety should be much more important than space saving in the boot!” Alan Stacey Newstead Many new vehicles are now using space-saver spares, temporary spares or even temporary mobility kits (I trialled one of these on a new Ford Fiesta – check my review on page 40). You should ask what kind of spare your car has at the time of purchase – some dealers will offer the option of a full-size spare, but be warned, you’ll pay extra for it! Lindy George Caught by a space-saver Life on the move April / May 2011 19 *Conditions apply Keeping you in the home you love Stannah Stairlift free home assessment Inside for straight or turning stairways... ... or outside for straight stairways www.prking.com.au BLD LIC No 22942 Call Michael on 9748 3488 for your free brochure 19205_PR King Journey Mag Ad_2.indd 1 16/02/11 10:26 AM
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