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What can be done to protect pedestrians?
At the moment when pedestrians get a
green walk sign to cross the street the
traffic also gets a green signal to go and I
am constantly seeing near misses from
drivers turning in front of pedestrians.
Perhaps we need to stop all traffic
moving in any direction and let people
safely cross in any direction for at least
one minute, instead of the scant 10
seconds we have now. I have seen this
work in Perth, why not here in NSW?
Cathryn Kennedy, via email
SPARE US SPACE SAVERS!
I would like to reply to the ‘Space Saver
Warning’ letter in your last issue and am
in agreement with Ronald McLauchlan.
Purchasing a new car last year, I was
most horrified when I realised there was
a space saver in the boot. The car
salesman didn’t mention this even
though there’s quite enough room to
accommodate a full-size spare.
It all comes down to one thing: cost.
Have manufacturers actually compared
the circumference to a full-size? I have
and it’s 30cm – a huge difference!
I had to use my space
saver a couple of weeks
ago and even on a
sealed road I drove
at 40km/h, despite
recommended. I still
felt unsafe, so when I
had my puncture fixed I
asked the tyre franchise to
bin the space saver. I now have a full
size spare tyre that I feel confident and
safe with should I happen to need it.
I contacted my car manufacturer with
my concerns, but it was a waste of time.
K. Pain, Moss Vale
Space saver spare wheels shouldn’t be
fitted to SUV vehicles in off-road
conditions. I was delighted to find my
new Mitsubishi Outlander has a full-size
alloy wheel, and more delighted to find it
fitted under the vehicle in a wind down
mechanism. Well done, Mitsubishi.
Ron Rigney, via email
I have to agree with Ronald McLauchlan
that space saver wheels are actually
dangerous. As most modern cars are
front-wheel-drive, using a space saver on
a driving wheel on a dark, wet night, can
be dangerous. How many of us have been
trained to steer with asymmetric wheels
in bad weather?
My 2007 Volvo S60 came with a space
saver (sorry, it’s actually a ‘money saver’).
I bought the car conditional on the
dealer putting a full-size spare in
the boot, which fitted
perfectly in the space
saver well. Nowadays,
have sealed up
the well. My
to ignore the smooth
sales pitch on fuel
economy and get a car
with a real spare.
John Lewis, Chatswood
DRIVERLESS CRYSTAL BALL
There seems to be some misconceptions
in the motoring world about so-called
driverless cars and the “I would never
own one” scenario. No, you probably
wouldn’t. Why would you?
A better way of thinking of them is as
driverless taxis. A taxi company would
own them. You would book via a phone
app or, if you don’t have a smartphone,
via a 1800 service. You could even book
them months in advance. Just enter the
starting point, the destination and when
you would like to arrive. That’s all that
would be needed. The system would
know about travel times and conditions
and would let you know when the car
would pick you up.
Once at your destination, you get out,
take your belongings and the car then
goes on to collect other users and deliver
them to their destinations. All this would
be done according to an algorithm that
guarantees accurate delivery of
In 1936, the ‘Commissioner for Road Transport NSW’ issued
booklets on road safety with advice that should still
resonate for motorists today. In the opening page it stated:
All persons have equal rights in the use of the road for
purposes of movement, but every road user must realise
that his right should be exercised with restraint. The golden
rule of the road is to consider how your actions will affect
others. Always be alert and allow for possible error on the
part of others, and never fail to show appreciation of the
thoughtful actions of other users of the road. In the words
of Emerson, “Life is not so short but that there is always
time enough for courtesy.”
THE WAY WE WERE 1936
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