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Two surfboards became
airborne from the roof
It amazes me to see drivers only
five metres behind cars travelling at
110km/h, which is way too close at
freeway speed. There’s just no time to
avoid such mishaps at that speed. If I
had been close, the boards may have
come through the windscreen with
So be safe and stay back at least three
seconds from cars in front. Five metres
is okay at 10km/h, but not at 110km/h.
John Northcott, via email
SPOT THE LIGHT
I have a new driving game when driving
at night. ‘ Spot the Light’ is where you
count the extraordinarily high number
of cars with illegal driving lights, such
as fog lights when there’s no fog, faulty
taillights or only one headlight. My best
score is 50 in 15 minutes on Sydney’s
Come on, Highway Patrol, get out
from behind those hidey-holes and play
‘ Spot the Light’. It can only reduce night-
time collisions caused by glaring lights
Greg Reid, via email
BICYCLE DISTANCE RULES
Robert Booth’s letter in your last issue
was a great reminder for readers about
the new bicycle distance rules. He’s
correct that few drivers are aware or
A few months ago, I made a polite
reminder sign (on the back of a P-plate)
for my bike and mounted it on its rear
to refresh drivers’ memories. I only ride
about 50km a week but I think it helps.
If more amateur riders had a similar
sign on their bikes I’m sure it would have
a greater impact.
I did share the photo with Roads and
Maritime back in May, hoping they might
distribute an official version. I received
an automatic reply receipt but have not
heard anything else.
Peter Klein, via email
INDICATE RIGHT, YOU’RE WRONG
Sadly, there are basic rules not
understood or adhered to when drivers
approach a roundabout, pass through
or exit it. One simple piece of advice
that I’m giving my learner driver son
is if you ever signal right as you exit a
roundabout, you’re wrong.
Dan Mitchell, via email
CRUISING TOO FAST
We own a late model SUV, which has
all the latest gadgets that we don’t
seem to use. But one we do use is
cruise control because we do most of
our driving on the freeway to and from
Sydney, travelling at 100 or 110km/h.
We have friends, our age, who set their
cruise control at 5 or 10km/h over the
speed limit. When I ask why, they simply
reply: “You won’t get booked at five
over the speed limit.”
Travelling on highways or rural
roads appears to bring out the worst
in drivers. We travel at exactly the
nominated speed limit, setting our
cruise control when safe to do so, and
stick to the left lanes. Most vehicles – I ’m
suggesting 90 per cent, whether they’re
cars, trucks or B-doubles – pass us doing
what appears to be another 10km/h
above the speed limit, some even more.
Many on single-lane rural roads come
flying up behind with lights flashing to
tailgate and intimidate those travelling at
the correct speed. Others even swap to
inside lanes of three-lane highways and
pass on the inside. It’s all very dangerous!
This excessive speed seems to be
simply a trait that everyone accepts and
I’m at a loss to think how the police and
the government can solve this problem.
Noel Jones, Tea Gardens
TAKING A DIVE
I read Dorian Mode’s article in the
latest Open Road, about his ‘Two Days
in Temora’, and I can understand why
he was thrilled to get close up to “two
Submarine Spitfires”. The Supermarine
Spitfire was a brilliant British fighter
aircraft, but I had no idea that it was
operable beneath the waves.
Bill Sheppard, Maloneys Beach
Apologies. The mistake wasn’t the
writer’s; it crept in during editing.
WHERE’S THE SEAT?
We enjoy many advances in our modern
world but it seems that public toilets
are going backwards. The stainless
steel seat-less type, which is favoured
by the RMS and many local councils,
isn’t at all user-friendly. A professional
cyclist might have thighs up to the task
but most people wouldn’t be able to
find much comfort.
Obviously, vandalism is an issue,
but surely a cheap plastic seat isn’t
too much to expect? The NRMA could
sponsor such an upgrade. A lid with an
NRMA logo would surely bring delight to
the humble traveller.
D. Templeton, via email
Reading your latest Open Road, I
thought I’d tell you how I’ve tried to
support country and regional NSW for
many decades. As you’ve written, the
current drought makes this support
even more important.
I’ve detailed to Macca on ABC Radio’s
‘Australia All Over’ how I enjoy staying
in rural towns and stopping at all the
villages along the way. I ’m always on the
lookout for local second-hand bookshops.
Reading books is a great brain relaxer
and over the years I’ve bought nearly all
of my library of over 300 horse-racing
books from these shops.
I love going to country race meetings
and also enjoy walking in large green
spaces. Paying an admission fee to
parks such as the Cowra Japanese
Gardens is always money well spent.
As I often say to people, if I’m going to
continue living in overcrowded high-rise
Sydney, I need to keep my mind positive
through getting away to the bush as
often as possible.
Keith Ray, via email
An uninviting sight for
many on road trips.
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