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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Travelling on David Wryell wins a $50 travel voucher for his letter on safe and economical driving. We welcome letters on any motoring or travel-related topic. Keep them brief – we reserve the right to edit. Contact us by post or email to email@example.com .au and please include your postal address. particularly in Tasmania? What are the benefits of alternative fuels? Do they have disadvantages other than not being able to fill up at your average service station? Everyone has some idea how far they should be able to travel on one litre of petrol, but what about these alternative methods of propulsion? Jo McRae Lenah Valley Darren Moody discusses some of these points on page 27. It should be reasonably foreseeable that if a traffic advisor y sign is painted in similar colours and tones to the camouflage used on a moder n combat aircraft, then there is a high probability the sign won’t be seen. Tasmanian drivers pay the price. The air forces of the world could have saved themselves millions of dollars in developing new camouf lage patter ns by employ ing whoever designed our END limit road signs. Peter d’Plesse Rosny Radio codes – a warning I would like to warn unsuspecting used car buyers that it is important to get the radio code number when making the purchase. In January this year I purchased a 1999 200C Mercedes from Adelaide and whilst I am pleased with the car to date I have struck a problem with the radio. A day or two before I bought it the battery was replaced, causing the radio to lose its code. I was not particularly worried as we had previously had a 1989 735iL, BMW for which the code was readily available from the local dealers, even when the car was 15/16 years old. As the vendor claimed to have never had the code, I checked with the local dealers and Mercedes Benz Australia Head Office. The bottom line is that I had to pay around $100 to have the radio removed from the car to get the serial number so that the code number could be obtained from the radio manufacturer. A check reveals that some makes have the code on their data base whereas others scrub it after a few years. For instance Holden keeps the code number and Hyundai doesn’t. Worse still, a couple of popular Japanese makes supply the car w ithout a radio code, thus letting the buyer select their own code. This is all well and good but in that case, if the code does not get passed on from buyer to buyer, it is no good going back to the sound system maker, as they don’t know the code either. Graeme Barwick Riverside On the dark side So much for democracy, and an honest government. Neither exists in the real world any more. If they do, why is it that there are two sets of laws – one set for the law enforcement agencies, and a completely different set for ever ybody else? Our road signs in camo paint Last month Terr y J Smith commented on the ‘bland monochromatic and minimal character signs’ that have started to appear on our roads. Above is my photograph of an ‘End 60’ sign on a stretch of Tasmanian road. It is the only indication of the overall speed limit because the only 100 km/h sign is located at the other end of the 140 kilometre stretch. Included also is a photog raph of the latest in aircraft camouf lage. The end sign is extremely hard to see and if there is traffic around the intersection, a driver can easily miss the sign and make a wrong judgement about the speed limit. The sign is useless in terms of information conveyed and visibility. It would be even worse in poor light or when following a large vehicle. You can see the proof of this every time you see one of those speed camera vehicles parked on the side of the road. You'll note that it is perfectly all right for them to have extra dark, impossible-to- see-through, tinted w indows, all round. Yet if you or I had them on our vehicles, it would be deemed by them to be illegally tinted, and we'd be fined, by them, and told to get them fixed, by them. Phillip Truscott In a flap about flying debris AsfarasIcansee,itisnotillegaltohavea vehicle w ithout fitted rear mud flaps. If this is the case, why? It is blatantly obvious that your car is going to be damaged by flying debris chucked out by the wheels of overtaking vehicles, such as the case when law-abiding drivers slow down to comply with speed limit signs that are there to protect their vehicles from the gravel of newly-laid road surfacing. The ones who blissfully overtake you cause your vehicle untold damage to windscreens and paintwork. This is a common problem now when so many roads are being repaired and upgraded. Brian Steptowe In our community June / July 2011 13
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