Split­ting lanes

Read­ers have their say about ev­ery­thing on wheels

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

TEST­ING TIMES

I CON­TINUE to read with in­ter­est the back­lash by read­ers on your com­ments on speed­ing. I am sure ev­ery­one has a story to tell of why we should con­tinue to have zero speed­ing, but the prob­lems with peo­ple be­ing killed on our roads are big­ger than just speed. I ride a mo­tor­bike and be­ing wary of ve­hi­cles is con­stant to en­sure I don’t be­come a tem­po­rary cit­i­zen.

I am as­ton­ished with the ef­fort that is be­ing placed to re­duce speed­ing with­out get­ting to the root cause of ac­ci­dents. I know speed is an easy area to fo­cus on and does well to line our gov­ern­ments’ cof­fers, but the big­ger prob­lem is peo­ple.

Reg­u­larly I watch driv­ers that vary from the P-plater to the 70-year-old vet­eran as they turn with­out in­di­cat­ing, run red lights or even fail to look over their shoul­der to check they are not go­ing to hit any­thing (or any­one) as they cross lanes. If the govern­ment re­ally wants to deal with the prob­lem of fa­tal­i­ties on roads, it would adopt more train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion that would be com­pul­sory and on­go­ing to en­sure skill and abil­ity is im­proved and main­tained.

If we want to take an ex­treme view, re-test driv­ers and rid­ers ev­ery 10 years. The real back­lash should be di­rected to­wards the govern­ment which is more fo­cused on rev­enue rais­ing than deal­ing with deaths. You be the judge.

Lau­rie Meer­wald, email Cars Guide is plan­ning some retest­ing to see how a 30-year vet­eran goes against to­day’s li­cence trial.

SEAT PROB­LEM

WE HAVE been in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory for the past 11 years and my wife got used to driv­ing a Toy­ota 4WD twin-cab diesel HiLux in all sorts of con­di­tions right across the Top End from Port Keats in the west to Nhu­lun­buy and Boroloola on the Gulf of Car­pen­taria in the east. Dur­ing our time there we never had an ounce of trou­ble. In fact, when we took the ve­hi­cle for ser­vice at the ap­pro­pri­ate times and were asked if we had any prob­lems, the an­swer was al­ways ‘‘no’’. Un­for­tu­nately we had to re­turn down south, where a 4WD is no longer nec­es­sary. Cur­rently we have a 10-year-old Honda Ac­cord that we used on sealed roads in the NT and re­mains a re­li­able car. How­ever, my wife finds the seat too low and finds it dif­fi­cult to get out on the pas­sen­ger side, es­pe­cially when parked against the kerb. We have looked to buy a new car with higher seats, but it seems we may have to get an SUV-type ve­hi­cle such as a Honda CRV or a Tiguan.

Peter Rush, email The only high-seat sedan we can rec­om­mend is the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and that might be out of your price range. The Subaru Forester should fit the bill and is more like a small wagon than a chunky SUV, but oth­er­wise you are into RAV4/Honda CRV/VW Tiguan ter­ri­tory.

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