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Surely there’s a limit
on how high and bright
headlights can be?
I could have an accident every week if
I forced my right of way at any number
of roundabouts in the town in which I
live. The main problem is the speed at
which some drivers approach them.
As an example, if I’m turning right at
a roundabout and slow down to, say,
10-15km/h and another driver on my right
is going straight ahead and enters after
me at 40-50km/h, an accident would be
hard to avoid. And they would probably
say that I had pulled out on them even
though I was already on the roundabout.
Lance Munro, Port Macquarie
KEEP WITHIN THE LINES
Once upon a time, centre lines were
there to keep you on the correct side
of the road. Nowadays they seem to be
more of a suggestion. They’re abused
by every age group, gender and car size.
I don’t remember this being an issue in
the past, but since the introduction of the
oversized side mirrors and the continual
expansion of ‘mobile lounges’, this seems
to have become a problem. Interestingly,
the roads haven’t got any wider.
Antoine de Paauw, via email
The thing that really annoys me is the
lack of lane discipline. Many drivers,
when negotiating a left-hand bend,
place as much as half their vehicle over
the unbroken line. I have nearly been
sideswiped on numerous occasions
simply because I’m driving in the centre
of my lane. If we all exercised better lane
discipline, driving would be a safer and
more enjoyable experience.
Barry Hill, New Lambton
There’s total disregard for ‘Keep Left
Unless Overtaking’ signs on freeways.
So much so, that a typical three-lane
freeway has cars in each lane travelling at
individual speeds, making the ‘overtake
on the right’ rule obsolete or impossible.
Has anyone ever been fined for being
in the incorrect lane? Why do many
drivers who enter fairly empty freeways
go immediately to the right-hand lane
and then stay there? I frequently drive
in Europe where freeway lane behaviour
seems to be well understood. You drive
in the lane closest to the kerb unless
David Spurgeon, via email
I’m writing to register my vote for the
most frustrating non-compliance with
road rules: drivers who will not keep
left unless overtaking. This happens so
often that it seriously affects traffic flow
and frustrates other drivers. It would be
great if the police were encouraged to
stop/educate/fine such drivers.
Tim Frost, via email
The strength and height of lights on
some larger vehicles is getting beyond a
joke. LED lights seem 10 times brighter
than older models, and on vehicles like a
Prado or HiLux the lights shine straight
into the mirrors of smaller cars.
Here’s a photo [below] taken from
inside my car. Surely there’s a limit on
how high and bright headlights can be?
It’s a daily occurrence to be blinded from
behind and I end up turning the rear-
view mirror down to remove the glare.
Mark Robson, via email
Are there any regulations on the
brightness of car headlights? I seem to
be struggling to see the road at night.
SUVs and 4WD vehicles with the daytime
lights seem to blind me the most.
When cars are coming from the
opposite direction with the older style
lights (yellow tinge), I’m able to see the
edge of the road and can pass without
incident. When the brighter lights come
from the opposite way, I struggle to hold
my line and have had a couple of close
calls. One in particular was very close –
hence my letter.
Is anybody else experiencing the
same? I’m a young 63-year-old who
wants to live to old age!
David Spriggs, East Lismore
There are now several sections of the
M4 west of the Light Horse Interchange
that are zoned 80km/h because of
roadworks. However, my experience is
that it’s hazardous to drive at 80km/h.
So many drivers accelerate to
100km/h – and even to 110 km/h – after
passing the road-making machinery,
and well before the 110km/h limit
resumes. It’s rather disconcerting to
find a B-double just inches away from
one’s rear bumper bar! When the
police do set up their speed cameras at
roadworks, it’s often just after the ‘End
of roadworks’ sign. Why can’t they set
up in the 80km/h zone?
David Gordon, Cranebrook
TEACHERS SHOULD LEARN
I believe all drivers should be tested
practically and theoretically a minimum
of every five years. The authorities also
need to go a step further and make it
law that all people (without professional
driving instructor qualifications) must
pass a practical and theoretical driving
test before they are allowed to teach
someone else to drive.
I see many learners on the road who
are in the incorrect lane or not using
correct signalling. This is all while
their instructor sits in the passenger
seat, flicking their cigarette ash out the
window and resting their elbow on
the door. Many times, I have also seen
the learner driving with one hand on the
wheel at 12 o’clock while the other arm is
leaning on the door.
Edmund Zaslona, Taree
In response to Guy Picone (‘Road Rules
Refresh’ May/June issue), I see that
you’re the same age and have the same
driving experience as me. Instead of
requiring middle-aged people to do
refresher courses, I suggest targeting
the problem drivers.
As soon as you reach 10 demerit
points, a mandatory online refresher
course, regardless of age, should be
completed. I wonder how the 27-year-
old versus 57-year-old driver numbers
would stack up?
Phillip Dunshea, via email
I’ve always thought we should have a
universal hand sign or wave if you make
a mistake while driving. A little wave
to say sorry if you cut someone off by
mistake would go a long way to reducing
road rage incidents.
Patrick Fitzpatrick, via email
15/6/18 4:54 pm
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