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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Your views Turn on your lights It never ceases to amaze me to see the number of drivers on the road either at dawn or dusk, who consider that "I can see all right – I don't need my lights on" and seem oblivious of the fact that with a br ight, light sky but low light at ground level, they themselves are nearly invisible to ever yone else. Could the R ACT do something to raise people's awareness of this? John Turner So, what’ll she do? Darren Moody’s article on the VW One Litre Challenge ( Journeys April/May) was quite interesting but I wonder if that event could be rewritten with regard to road safety. I have long held the opinion that economical driving uses a similar driving style to that required for safe driving and the experience Darren had that day might validate whether my thoughts are reasonable. A campaign based on ‘What’ll She Do?’ to encourage the driver of any vehicle, whether V8 or hybr id, to improve their fuel usage might well be conducive to safer driving, without hitting drivers over the head with the figurative baseball bat. A campaign with a positive approach might encourage participation. David Wryell Prospect Vale Darren Moody writes: I totally agree, the principles I used for eco-driving go hand-in-hand with safe driving. Travel speeds are reduced, you raise your vision to anticipate traffic flow and generally leave greater distances in front of you (CAS, Crash Avoidance Space) – all basics of low-risk driving. I also like the idea of a ‘What’ll She Do?’ campaign. By practising these techniques, you can still travel at highway speeds and drive economically. A personal view on ‘those END signs’ In Tasmania there seems to be an adequate number of signs stipulating that the maximum speed limit on all Tasmanian roads is 100 km/h (confusing when our highways are signed at 110 km/h). If you slow from any speed to the speed signed for a particular (usually residential) area then come to a sign stating that you have reached the END of that speed limit, the driver simply resumes the speed he was doing before entering the speed zone. (If they were paying attention and can remember it). I find that an END sign has a more passive suggestion for speed than signs that say 100. On some of our regional and rural roads it would be foolish to attempt to dr ive at 100 km/h. Having ‘those END signs’ simply signals an increase to a suitable speed and does not induce a mental suggestion that you can drive (or ride) at 100 km/h. John Robertson Central Coast Many comments from R ACT members about END signs (the vast majority opposing their use) have been posted on the R ACT blog. Click on the Community Blog panel on the home page at www.ract.com .au to read what others think and have your say on a range of issues. Hooning? When the concept of Targa was first announced I thought “This w ill be nice, classic cars tootling around Tasmania.” But the racing and the excitement of the spectators when a car gets out of control, well, that’s when it looks just like hooning on public roads to me. Lindsay Gardam Journey to the future It is appropriate that RACT has renamed its magazine as Journeys, when we have just embarked on our most challenging jour ney, of explor ing what w ill replace fossil fuels in our society. With many questions and no knowledgeable person to ask what I should replace my petrol driven car with, I would appreciate a regular feature in the magazine to discuss the options and answer questions. For example: What types and brands of alternative cars are currently available? Is it better to buy a car designed to be electric, or can a petrol-driven car converted to electric be as good? Are electric-designed cars lighter-weight and therefore more efficient? Where are we at with efficiency of electric cars, particularly considering the battery weight-to-power ratio? A normal petrol engine needs a certain amount of use, so is buying a petrol/ electric hybrid an expensive waste if the petrol engine is only to be there as an emergency backup? How readily available are alternative vehicles – electric, hybrid, gas, hydrogen and biodiesel – and how do pr ices compare, In our community 12 June / July 2011
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