with Paul Gover
ROOMY BUT FAST
I’M a father of three and would like to buy a car that I can take the whole family out with, but also possibly take out on the track. I am surprised the GT cars that are put on the market, such as Bentley, are only four-seaters? Can you give me a clue on this?
Tony Skrekovski, email The Porsche Panamera, Aston Rapide etc are four-seaters because the back-seat people need individual buckets if the car is going to be driven quickly. Otherwise they get thrown all over the place. If you want something roomy with punch look at a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5 M.
DR ULRICH Mellinghoff, safety head at Mercedes-Benz in Germany, has noticed the propensity of local drivers to drive both aggressively and ‘‘in the trunk of my car’’. During my morning drive to work I’ve also observed a few things some drivers do.
Apart from the common-as-air predisposition for tail-gating, there are things such as: beginning to change lanes, then ‘‘indicating’’ belatedly what is already obvious; speeding and expecting every other driver to get out of the way; cutting in and filling the smallest gap between one car and the next; pulling up abruptly at traffic lights; and throwing rubbish out the window. By the way, that was just one driver within a kilometre or two!
In light of that sort of driving, the whole idea of boosting freeway speed limits to 130 km/ h appears to be unrealistic from a safety point of view.
Consider also that there is a broad spectrum of road users of different experience, ages and capabilities.
Keeping in mind that what already seems to be happening at lower speeds isn’t all that edifying, would it be a wise move to place on our current crop of drivers the responsibility that goes with driving at 130 km/h on a freeway?
Witold Waldman, email Dr Mellinghoff is also very strongly in favour of better driver training in Australia. Enough said.
Punchy: aBMWX5 M.