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Motorcyle safety scrutiny
I read with interest the article in the last issue of the Open
Road on being a ‘low-risk motorcyclist’. While any attempt
to highlight and improve the safety of all road users is to
be applauded, I found the article somewhat patronising.
Being motorcycle enthusiasts, my husband and I regularly
enjoy the pleasure of riding and seeing the beauty of our local
area on our Moto Guzzi. I can assure you, we – and the vast
majority of motorcyclists – don’t need to be told to ‘scan’,
‘watch our position’ or ‘manage speed’. Rather, car drivers
need to be aware and must actively look for motorcycles. Most of us in cars will
only be aware for traffic the same size as us or something bigger – not smaller.
Unfortunately, we have had a couple of near misses on the bike and
every time it has been the result of car drivers failing to actively look for a
motorcycle. When we ride we assume we’re invisible to other road users
because, far too often, we are.
So, while we continue to ‘scan’, ‘watch our position’ and ‘manage speed’, we
ask that other road users do the same for us.
Carol and Andy Erskine, Brooklet
Mark Toole’s article (Sept/Oct) was interesting from a safety point of view.
The photo shows a very clear yellow dividing line with the surrounding
trees. However, the biker’s jacket is not so clear. I always wonder why high vis
material isn’t incorporated into motorcycle jacket design. Had this photo been
taken in the early morning or late evening, the biker wouldn’t be noticed.
Though many of us hate them, the Lycra pedal pushers do a much better job
at being seen in their bright colours and brilliant designs. Surely something
could be done about this – as we all know, a person on two wheels usually
comes off second best. I’m not a biker, but am just concerned.
G. Soling, via email
Reading the ‘No Swills Allowed’ letter in
your Sept/Oct issue, I feel there are more
problems that need urgent attention –
specifically, no smoking while driving.
With summer coming on, this would help
cut down fires caused by drivers throwing
out their cigarette butts. It would also mean
fewer accidents due to driver inattention
through trying to smoke and drive at the
Robyn Allen, via email
It’s obvious we’re not winning the battle
against handheld mobile phone use in cars.
Drivers don’t seem to be able to contain
their curiosity about incoming texts, and
can’t wait to send replies.
What if the rules were changed slightly to
state that handheld use was banned only in
‘a moving vehicle’? For example, you were
allowed to use a phone while stopped at
traffic lights. Maybe this would release
some of the curiosity when the phone goes
‘ding’ while you’re driving.
In my work as a professional driver, when
I receive a text while in motion, it’s very
tempting to read it. Often the text contains
important information about my
destination, so it can be critical to read it
before arrival. Currently we have to pull
over, turn off the engine and read/reply
before starting off again. I can see why
drivers would lazily avoid this rigmarole.
I know those phone users stopped at
traffic lights sometimes forget to look up
when the light turns green – obviously
they’re already putting this idea into
practice illegally – but surely this is better
than reading or writing texts while moving.
Michael Lamrock, via email
NO TESLA TAX
I received the latest Open Road today
and read with interest about the Tesla
experience. I have been following Tesla
electric cars technology since their very
beginning. I even managed to book a test
drive with the Model S last year and I had
a very exciting experience driving such a
Unfortunately, the price tag of the Model
S is so high that only very few people can
reach it, certainly not me. At the time I
enquired about my configured dream
model, it was around $180K – the model that
you drove is $280K. This is simply too much.
Part of the reason for this is because of
our government’s ‘wisdom’ to put a luxury
Last issue’s motorcycle
article sparked some
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