The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

QUEENS­LAND Gov­ern­ment statis­tics re­veal that in the years from 2005 to 2008 and so far this year, more than one-third of road fatal­i­ties occurred on un­di­vided sin­gle-lane roads with a speed limit of 100km/h.

When re­lated to the to­tal mileage of thor­ough­fares in this state and ve­hi­cle us­age, it is by far a dis­pro­por­tion­ate rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

There will, of course, be many con­tribut­ing fac­tors, how­ever, statis­tics are con­vinc­ing enough.

To­day we are shar­ing th­ese roads with far more mo­torists than when th­ese speeds were first im­ple­mented.

It can be ar­gued that even then this speed limit was un­re­al­is­tic in pro­vid­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment on roads where the op­pos­ing traf­fic – in­clud­ing of course heavy ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic – is in most cases two to three me­tres apart, at best, with no phys­i­cal pro­tec­tive bar­rier.

The ma­jor­ity of coun­tries in the west­ern world have now low­ered or are in the process of low­er­ing the speed lim­its to 80km/h or 90km/h on th­ese par­tic­u­lar roads, with a cor­re­spond­ing re­duc­tion of the ma­jor trauma in­ci­dents.

It can also be noted that such low­er­ing of speed lim­its has shown a min­i­mum ef­fect on jour­ney times and an ac­cep­tance by the motoring pub­lic.

It is also en­cour­ag­ing that some Aus­tralian states are now be­ing proac­tive and have com­menced to lower speed lim­its on ru­ral roads. May wise coun­sel pre­vail for those charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of set­ting and ad­just­ing speed lim­its in this state.

Ross Lang, Tin­galpa I WOULD have thought that hy­dro­gen fuel cell cars like the Honda Clar­ity would have re­ceived greater pub­lic­ity as op­posed to cars with recharge­able bat­ter­ies such as the Tesla.

I would have thought that this would be a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive, as much of the in­fra­struc­ture is al­ready in place. Petrol sta­tions could be­come hy­dro­gen-re­fill­ing sta­tions.

Set­ting up new in­fra­struc­ture around recharg­ing bat­ter­ies would seem fool­ish. I work with bat­ter­ies and charg­ing equip- ment a lot and the stated out­put from man­u­fac­tur­ers is of­ten over­stated in test con­di­tions.

Matthew Hen­der­son WITH man­u­fac­tur­ers rush­ing to get elec­tric ve­hi­cles on the mar­ket to the cheers of the motoring press, lit­tle crit­i­cal anal­y­sis of the green cre­den­tials of elec­tric ve­hi­cles has emerged.

For ex­am­ple, will the use of coal-gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity to charge elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­ter­ies pro­duce more or less CO2 than petrol or diesel ve­hi­cles?

One prop­erty of elec­tric ve­hi­cles that has re­ceived lit­tle at­ten­tion is their rel­a­tive si­lence. Pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists tend to rely on hear­ing as well as sight to de­tect ap­proach­ing ve­hi­cles.

Pedes­tri­ans may be star­tled by the sud­den ap­pear­ance of a close ve­hi­cle, lead­ing to in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­ac­tions. There are many other sit­u­a­tions where the si­lence of ve­hi­cles may be po­ten­tially danger­ous.

Ross May SIM­MONS Wheels has stopped mak­ing its fa­mous, world-class wheels due to the re­tire­ment of its owner Tony Sim­mons.

I would like to com­mend and give credit to this com­pany for putting Aus­tralia on the map for world-class man­u­fac­tur­ing and qual­ity wheels. Sim­mons made great looking wheels that were of su­perb qual­ity and I am sur­prised there was not much me­dia at­ten­tion at the clo­sure. Retro­fit now ser­vice the wheels and hope­fully one day a com­pany will re­pro­duce th­ese great-looking wheels, in par­tic­u­lar the FR Se­ries.

Daniel I AM hav­ing trou­ble find­ing Holden mer­chan­dise, as deal­er­ships only have so much and the Holden web­site isn’t much bet­ter.

I haven’t been able to find a de­cent web­site or store that sells car seat cov­ers, stick­ers, py­ja­mas, slip­pers, cups etc. I re­mem­ber Holden had its own stores at one time but they seem to be non-ex­is­tent now.

De­nis Mazic (Try th­ese: www.hsv.com.au www.hrtshop.com.au www.hsvlions­den.com.au – Ed.)

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