Range of frustrations
ONE of the biggest annoyances driving around Cairns and beyond is the increasing number of motorists travelling below the speed limit.
In my many kilometres of driving each year slow drivers are more apparent than speeding motorists.
Yes, I have seen speedsters, roaring past me or going in the opposite direction, but not to the level of drivers who cannot maintain the speed limit.
The worst examples are on our range roads, particularly the Kuranda Range.
I knew when the speed limit was dropped from 80km/h to 60km/h the journey on the Kennedy Highway from Smithfield to Kuranda would become snail paced.
I was right. I can guarantee that every time I head up the Kuranda Range I will get caught behind others who cannot maintain the 60km/h limit.
Many are forced to dawdle behind Captain Slow at 50km/ h, 40km/h and even 30km/h.
To add to the frustration many of these ignorance motorists refuse to pull into the slow lanes to let others, who are fully capable of driving at 60km/h, get passed.
Then there are those who do not reach 100km/h on the open road.
They sit between 75km/h and 99km/h, varying their speeds up and down, unable to engage their cruise control, just have no idea or are too scared to sit on 100km/h.
In town it’s the slow coach who meanders along at 40km/h in 60km/h zones, unaware of the build up of traffic behind them.
This is an every day occurrence and is far more common than speeding motorists, leading to risky overtaking maneouvres.
It’s about time police started targeting slow drivers who impede a good flow of traffic. But they won’t. Speedsters are in their sights and the revenue that is raised. SUBARU do Motorsport team driver Molly Taylor has become the first female winner of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) after the tightest title tussle in 25 years.
After a three-day campaign at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in the all-wheel drive group N production class WRX STI NR4, Taylor join the distinguished list of ARC champions after a good run across 23 stages at the Coffs Harbour event, also winning the ARC class in the rally, her first.
Taylor was aided by the invaluable experience of codriver Bill Hayes, who took out the co-driver’s title too.
The Les Walkden Rallyingprepared WRX STI proved a trusty turbocharged trailblazer over the dust-dominated weekend on the NSW north coast.
The title came after rally leader Mark Pedder incurred a one minute time penalty after competition concluded,