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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
Travelling on N Moore wins a $50 travel voucher or his letter about hard-to-see speed camera vans on the Midland Highway. We welcome letters on any motoring or travel-related topic. Keep them brief -- we reserve the right to edit. Contact us by post or em ail and please include your postal address. Em ail the editor at email@example.com October / November 2012 13 Space for scooters W e keep hearing about our ageing population so how about giving us a review of vehicles suitable to modify for carrying electric mobility scooters. No-one wants to drive a tank when they are in their 70s and why heave a 'fold-up' version of the scooter into the boot? The batteries weigh a lot. Let's hear from your expertise -- you'll grow old one day! Jacqueline Lockhart St Leonards Smelling the rats out I can readily identify with Suzie Terry of Longford and her incident with rats chewing through wires and other plastic coated parts of her car's engine. I had the same problem a few years back. Rat problems come with the territory when one lives in the country, but I found a solution. Here's how I do it. Once the car is parked in the carport for the night, I raise the bonnet and leave it propped open. This means there is no warm hiding place for the rats. I also lay some 'smelly bags' on v ulnerable parts of the engine, especially plastic and oily items, which rats love. The 'smelly bag' is created by tying some toilet deodorant discs into small cloth bags. It's easy to remember to remove the bags before driving off because the bonnet has to be closed first. I had my little VW diesel Golf completely disabled by rats one winter about 20 years ago so I know the problem well. The technique above has prevented similar damage ever since, guaranteed success! Janice Blakeney Delorain e More on rats R egarding the letter from Suzie Terry of Longford in the last Jour neys about rats eating wiring in cars. We have previously had this problem in a r ural property. I would suggest that the rat bait be placed out of reach somewhere in the garage in a container and not on the engine itself as she suggested. I would think this only encourages the rats to enter the engine bay again. As Suzie says, this is more of a problem in winter as they like to sit on the war m engine. Peter Riggall Nabowla Shine a light C ould some thought be given to encourage the authorities to install an overhead street lamp at the Nile/ Midland Highway junction? Recently I had a crash there and if I had been driving less responsibly, I could have ended up being a road statistic. I hope that the young couple who came to my aid are also members of the R ACT and may see this in Journeys -- I wish to say 'thank you'. Vernon Potger Campbell Town Beating graffiti T o reduce what must be an enor mous cost to repair/replace graffiti- vandalised road and other signs, could the available technology that provides for the installation of tinted products to very large windows be used with a clear product to apply a skin at the point of manufacture? The skin could then be simply peeled off and replaced as required. John Wilson Magra Speed limit madness W hen will relevant authorities come to grips with speed limits within tow n boundaries? In Launceston the situation is ridiculous. Three examples: • A round trip of seven kilometres to get fish and chips involves speed limits as follows; 50-60-50-70-50-60-50 km/h • A regular across-town trip (with m any stops) involves 14 speed zones in under 20 kilometres, including 45, 50, 60, 80 and 110 km/h • In one suburb the school zone limit is 50 km/h; in another it is 40 I don't really care whether the town limit is 50 km/h or 60 km/h but how about a bit of common sense. In the first example, if it was all 50 I would take an extra 45 seconds. If it was all 60 I would save 35 seconds. Big deal! Drivers should be concentrating on the traffic and road conditions, not focusing on speed limits. Ian Main Trevallyn In our community
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