Readers have their say about everything on wheels
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.
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.