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I enjoyed Tim Pomroy’s article in the
July/August edition but there’s one other
important thing to be aware of: don’t rely
on just the windscreen washers to clean
your windscreen! Too many lazy drivers
reach for the windscreen washer control
when they encounter glary conditions on
a sunny day, thus creating ‘mud pies’ on
the windscreen and scratching the glass.
It would be so much better for clear
vision if they took the time to clean the
windscreen using a chamois or squeegee
before driving off.
Alan Finlay, via email
FEELING THE SERENITY
In the July/August issue, Sally Perini
provided an excellent summary of why
electric cars are so great to drive. I find
driving an electric car lowers my
aggression; you feel serene, even stuck in
a traffic jam, with no engine noise and no
vibration. Electric cars turn convention
on its head: their efficiency is higher in
city driving than on the highway, and you
can leave the air conditioner on without
the ‘engine’ running.
Ms Perini mentioned savings in
maintenance costs. Electric cars have
so few moving parts there’s very little
that can go wrong with them. No cam
shafts, timing belts or oil changes and
no muffler, spark plugs, fuel filters,
manifold or emissions tests to worry
about. Even brake pads last much longer
because most braking is regenerative,
Brendan Jones, Annandale
As a Member of the NRMA for 18 years, I
have always liked having a flick through
the Open Road magazine. From the
feature articles to the regular price
guides at the back of the magazine, it has
always been interesting.
A decision to downsize my vehicle was
exciting, however the thought of having
to say goodbye to my faithful 2009
Subaru Forester was difficult. Then I
received my July/August issue, and drew
inspiration. The hatchback comparison
testing, good old faithful price guides and
then the article on new female apprentice
mechanics all gave me the confidence to
get out there and find my new car.
I’m pleased to let you know that, after
lots of research, the job is done – it’s a
2017 Suzuki Swift!
Allison Franks, via email
MORE SECOND-HAND ADVICE
Thank you for the excellent and helpful
article in the May/June Open Road:
‘ Buying Used: A Holden VE Commodore
for $5000’. There are a lot of NRMA
Members who are only able to afford
replacement vehicles in this price range.
I would dearly like to see more articles
along this line, which would greatly assist
many car buyers.
William Pawsey, via email
I read with interest your article on
Deniliquin in the May/June issue as my
wife and I went there last year.
We were on a Rex airplane flying to
Cape York when I read an ad in the in-
flight magazine for the Deni Ute Muster.
I was particularly keen on seeing the
event’s great country and western singers
like John Williamson and Keith Urban.
OPEN ROAD, FEB 1, 1949:
A year after the 1948 launch of the first Holden,
‘Australia’s Own Car’ was still so popular that
there were long waiting lists to buy one. This
advertisement in Open Road boasted the car was
“economical and had a lively performance” with a
“six-cylinder 21 h.p. overhead valve engine”. The
ad assured readers that “Holden is low slung and
handsome, with a beauty of design that will be
modern for years to come”.
Right up until the launch there was indecision
about its name, with ‘Canbra’, ‘Gem’, ‘EMU’, ‘Lion’
and ‘Woorama’ just some of the other names
considered. Finally, Holden was decided upon,
named after the company’s first chairman, Sir
Edward Holden. Turn to page 32 of this issue for
our special tribute to Holden.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Poor understanding of
this rule is cause for
and dangerous driving
Would you seek out a service
station squeegee or just
use the windscreen washer?
30/8/17 4:22 pm
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