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In relation to road rules some drivers
disregard, the below-mentioned I find
are particularly annoying:
1. Drivers who park their vehicles the
wrong way in a two-way street or road.
This is dangerous and illegal.
2. Drivers who don’t stop at stop signs
before proceeding left or right.
3. Drivers who don’t show any form of
lighting when the sun has set and it’s
4. Drivers who don’t indicate turning left
or right, approaching intersections and
roundabouts, or those who indicate at
the last moment.
Michael Henson, via email
There are many road rules not adhered
to these days. Some of my pet hates
are: people constantly changing lanes
and not indicating; cars that have
headlights on high beam all the time
or their fog lights on; cars which seem
to have lights underneath the car;
illegal tailgating; and illegal mobile
phone use while driving.
Johanna Jesson, Heathcote
I noticed the list of road rules described
in the May/June 2018 issue and your
article is correct: these rules are
essential for our road safety. Can I also
add throwing items out the window while
driving as an offence that angers me,
in particular the tossing of lit cigarette
butts. Not only is this littering, it’s a
major cause of bushfires.
Warren Stephens, via email
Over the past five years, I’ve noticed
increasing numbers of drivers failing
to use their indicators when turning,
changing lanes and, particularly, pulling
out from the kerb. Evasive action is
The Open Road mailbox receives a steady stream of complaints about
‘dazzling’ headlights in some new-model cars. Back in 1927, however, the
NRMA was promoting a headlight that “completely floodlights Roads,
Footpaths, Turning – Without Glare”!
According to this advertisement in the September 24 edition of our
magazine, experts until this time had struggled to produce a non-glaring
headlight. The attempt to design the perfect headlight had failed,
“checkmated by glare which seemed inseparable from brilliant illumination.”
The new Ryanlite was designed by W. D’Arcy Ryan, director of the
Illuminating Laboratories of the ‘great’ General Electric Company of the USA.
Readers were told there was no need for a spotlight with the Ryanlite and,
what’s more, they could be fitted to any car within minutes.
In a box within the ad, the NRMA states: “From the standpoint of
eliminating glare whilst retaining distance illumination, the ‘RYANLITE’ is
undoubtedly the best of all lamps tested by the NRMA and is a solution of the
problem of a long-range no-glare light, which has been wanted by the Motoring
Public for the past twenty-five years.”
THE WAY WE WERE 1927
Sensible pedestrians also note these
signals so they can cross the road safely.
Indicating is such a simple thing to do
and it’s so helpful to other road users.
S. Elliott, via email
The road rule that’s regularly not
followed and is dangerous is either not
using indicators or not leaving them on
for long enough before making a move.
Indicators are useful, not only for other
drivers but also pedestrians.
Cheryl Hollebon, Epping
I’ve been driving for more than 60
years but have still not come to terms
with the rules on roundabouts. In my
Frenchs Forest area, heaven help you if
you enter a roundabout believing that
‘ the car already in the roundabout’ has
right of way, because no one follows that
rule, everyone gives way to the right.
In fact, that’s an easier rule to apply as
it’s always simple to know who’s on your
right, but often hard to tell who was
there first. Is there any hope that the
authorities will reconsider the policy on
roundabout driving procedures?
Lin Sinton, Frenchs Forest
Does a certain road rule or other drivers’
disregard for it annoy me? Yep! The rule
for approaching a roundabout in which
vehicles entering the roundabout must
give way to others already in it.
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could affect your
ROAD RULES RESPONSE
Last issue, we asked our readers to
send us their comments about road
rules they believed needed more
discussion. Here’s only a small
fraction of the countless passionate
letters we received.
15/6/18 4:54 pm
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