with Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say -


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.

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