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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
In our community What does this button do? A s licensed drivers, we know where all the gadgetr y is positioned in our vehicles – at least I hope we all do! But spare a thought for our learner drivers. As super vising drivers (usually with a few years of experience under our belts) we can often overlook teaching the most basic of driving skills – know ing where all the buttons and dials are. For a learner driver, it can be a little daunting. And it would appear that it’s a common oversight when it comes time for the ever-stressful L2 test – yes, some young would-be drivers are failing in this area. We’ve even been told of one poor learner who didn’t even make it out of the car park for her L2 test because she couldn’t put her finger on the rear demister button! So if you’re a supervising driver, be sure you teach your learner the internal workings of the vehicle. Car dashboards var y, so it’s preferable that they learn this in the vehicle they’ll use for their L2 test. Continue to test your learner – ‘ like, randomly’ – so it becomes second nature to them. Lindy George Thank you Ken and Bob – great work, loyal service! I t is the end of a significant era for our Roadside service this month, with the retirement of Launceston-based Bob Edwards (right) after 42 years and Hobart’s Ken Dobie after 38 years. It is incredible to consider that both Bob and Ken have each worked for almost half of the period of time that the RACT has been in existence. Both men joined us at the age of 26 – Bob in 1970 and Ken in 1973 – and since that time would have driven around ten Roadside Patrol vehicles, which included Ford vans, Ford Escort vans, maybe the odd Corolla van or hatch, Rodeo utes and Hi-ace vans. When they first joined R ACT, fuel injection was something you only found on exotic imports and some race cars, seat belts had only just become mandatory in Victoria (the rest of the country followed in subsequent years) and remote central locking was pure science fiction. These were some of the highlights of the era: • HG Holdens and XW Falcons were driving off the production line • The Premier of Tasmania was Angus Bethune • John Gorton was Pr ime Minister • We were listening to Johnny Farnham sing Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head • Matlock Police, Young Talent Time, Number 96 and Sesame Street appeared on TV • Melbour ne’s Tullamarine Airport opened • Tasmania’s 1970 football team triumphed over Wester n Australia by 2 points at North Hobart Oval • Australia’s first cable-stayed bridge, the Batman Bridge over the Tamar, had been open only a couple of years. On the job for nearly 73,000 hours each, Bob and Ken have each attended an average of 90,000 call outs which would have required 8500 tows. These would have included more than 10,000 lockouts, 6000 out of fuels and more than 30,000 battery and electrical-related jobs. They have travelled almost 1.25 million kilometres to provide our members w ith the level of exceptional service on which our business is built. Very few of us will have the opportunity to be part of an organisation over such a significant period of time and see so many changes as technology evolves. It has been a privilege for us to have RACT brand ambassadors of the calibre of Bob and Ken for a combined total of 80 years. Thank you Bob and Ken for those decades of hard work – you’ve both earned a long and relaxing retirement! keys2drive reaches 50,000 driving lessons T he driver training program keys2drive has delivered its 50,000th free lesson to novice drivers across Australia. keys2drive is an Australian Government funded program developed by the Australian Automobile Association (A A A), with support from the driver training industry. It is the largest national learner driver safety program ever rolled out in this country and the first of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world. It is a program squarely focused on saving lives through education. Research shows that the best thing that can be done for novice drivers is to help them gain a theoretical understanding and real-world, on-road supervised driving experience before they go solo. That’s what keys2drive is all about. As one of the Australian motoring clubs that supports the program, the RACT urges all beginning drivers to take advantage of the free keys2drive lesson and the opportunity it provides to learn new road skills and become a better driver. More: w ww.keys2drive.com.au June / July 2012 7
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