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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Travelling on David Sparks w ins $50 for his letter about inconsiderate attitudes on the road. 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 and please include your postal address. Email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org can particularly occur in vehicles where the tail lights and indicators are positioned on the pillars on either side of the rear windscreen – from behind, this orange sticker can appear virtually alongside the tail light cluster. It’s a minor area of concern, but an unwanted distraction that had me applying my brakes whilst contending w ith the other traffic, cyclists and pedestrians along Invermay Road. When I casually addressed this while paying the $291 for my orange sticker, I was laughed at by the lady holding out her hand waiting for my money! Can other RACT members see my point of view? Rik Atwell Mission impossible at Kingston Beach Whenever I visit Kingston Beach, I am baffled by the signs imploring me to park ‘ horizontally’. As far as I can see, my car is pretty close to horizontal most of the time – I would defy anyone to park their car vertically! Richard Johnston Riverside They’re the worst I have just had an unfortunate encounter with the worst type of road traveller. A motorhome driver myself, I encountered a nice, new, Tasmanian registered, V W Tavlar-conversion motorhome on my way to work. He sat on the high side of the road and, in spite of my riding one-out behind him, would not move to the low side until oncoming traffic compelled him to do so, following which he immediately reverted to the high side again, blocking any opportunity for following traffic to pass. But that is not the issue. Whilst travelling behind him I noticed that he was expelling waste water. He pulled in to Rose Bay Park at Gravelly Beach for a barbecue breakfast, which was fortuitous, for it was there that I was going. Once I had completed my undertaking I approached the dr iver to advise him that he was leaking waste water and to warn him that he could be fined if the authorities noticed the same. During this discourse he said that he didn’t ‘give a rats’. When I said that that was just the sort of attitude that gets motorhomers a bad name he responded with ‘I’m a caravanner.’ I must confess that my response to that was ‘Perhaps that’s the problem’, for which I apologise to all those caravanners who know better than this member of their ilk. He was not a young person, but one whose attitude left me with a feeling of utter Go Greg I want to congratulate Greg Casimaty for persisting with his Cambridge Moto Complex. It is fantastic to see a place where training and riding is conducted in a safe environment, with officials, ambulance and the facilities to cater for riders and spectators. Greg is absolutely correct in saying that kids will find somewhere else to ride (probably illegally) and it is better to r ide in a controlled environment with assistance at hand if anything should go w rong. Too often we hear of fatalities where trail bike riders are riding on private property with no one to assist them if they come to grief. I have also noticed that a lot of riders stop at Sorell for breakfast or lunch. This has got to be good for the local economy. Keep up the good work Greg, I hope we see more of these tracks sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia in the future. Sandi Baglin Huonville disappointment. We so readily condemn the young for their lack of respect and their selfish attitudes, and here is yet another example of a financially-secure senior citizen doing the same. David Sparks Paper Beach My cars aren’t rust buckets! There has been much said about old cars (the term ‘rust buckets’ has been used) and safety. Drivers of older cars are made to feel that we are taking our lives into our hands each time we venture out in a car over 10 years old. We have two cars over 10 years old and therefore feel that it should be the condition and quality of the car that is important rather than just age. We have a 1999 200C Mercedes that has done 115,000 kilometres and has been well looked after and serv iced regularly. Our other car is a 2000 740 iL BMW that has done 146,000 kilometres. This car has also been well maintained. Both cars are serviced by the dealers, both have several airbags, stability control, ABS, traction control and many other safety features. The age of the car should not be the ‘be-all and end-all’ of safety. Graeme Barwick In our community February / March 2012 13
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