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In my street there have been at least
three incidents of vehicles running into
objects (and thankfully not people) as a
result of the drivers handling their
phones. It’s a lottery whether or not they
cause a crash and potential life-changing
injuries or death to other road users. Fines
and demerit points simply don’t work.
Danny, via email
I’m concerned about roadside rest stops,
in particular the one near the bridge over
the Hawkesbury at Mooney Mooney
where a new toilet block has been built
and the parking area has been redone
beautifully. We often drive between
Albion Park Rail and Newcastle and stop
there, but we have noticed the toilets
being misused and left dirty for others to
use. This is a disgrace. They’re kept clean
by staff but some people have no respect
for the facilities. What a shame.
David Orange, via email
An article on which carmakers and
dealerships offer the best after-sale
customer service, repairs and warranties
would be great. Australia’s Best Cars
provides a good reference to those who
are considering buying a new car, but the
way the customer is treated after their
purchase, especially if a problem crops
up, is important for many of us. I have
heard some terrible stories regarding
some dealerships’ treatment of their
customers when something goes wrong.
Sandra Skerl, via email
WHY DO YOU SUPPORT E10?
Our story on E10 fuel in the last issue
prompted a large number of letters
and emails from Members, both for
and against using E10. The NRMA
supports giving motorists an informed
choice around the fuel that they buy.
We believe that if your car is E10
compatible, it’s worth considering,
but the decision to use it (or not) is,
of course, yours.
ELECTRIC BEST CARS?
Congratulations on the Australia’s Best Cars
edition in March. Your testing and evaluation of
these models will save potential buyers a lot of
time and shoe leather. However, electric vehicles
are entirely missing from the line-up and, in my
opinion, they’re the cars of the present and future.
Of course, the criteria under which they’re
evaluated might need to change. Servicing costs,
for example, are almost negligible, with brake pads,
windscreen wiper blades and tyres the main items
to check. Other criteria might also include distance between charges, time of
charging, access to charge points, quietness of running, and the ability to charge the
battery from household solar panels.
As we move from fossil fuels to renewables, the electric car will become the
vehicle of choice, especially for the local runabout market, which makes up 95
per cent of my driving.
At the moment, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla 3 are making most of the
headlines, but by the time of next year’s Australia’s Best Cars edition, many more
models may be on the market. You could even devote an entire issue to electric
vehicles, and how about electric buses and trucks?
Peter Stanhope, via email
I just received my March/April edition of Open Road and turned eagerly to the
articles on Australia’s Best Cars, but was most disappointed that there was
nothing at all on electric or hybrid cars. I ’m putting off buying my next car until I
can find an affordable electric car. Can we have an exploration of the electric or
hybrid car in Australia in a future edition of your magazine?
Elizabeth Thurbon, Canberra
The next issue of Open Road will look at the electric and hydrogen vehicles
available in Australia. Look out for it in your mailbox in July. We previously
reviewed the all-electric Tesla Model S P90D in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue
and look forward to reviewing the Tesla Model X.
I’m putting off
buying my next car
until I can find an
affordable electric car
Many readers are keen
to see more electric
APOLOGY AND CORRECTION
The January/February edition of Open Road included an advertisement for Ayers Rock Resort
promoting the Uluru Short Break. Due to a printing error, the terms and conditions for this
offer were not included. We apologise for any inconvenience.
The conditions read: *Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Lead-in price per person
twin share based on Outback Pioneer Hotel. Book by 31 Mar ’ 17. Travel until 30 May ’17
(surcharge applies Apr & May from $33pp). See ayresrockresort.com.au/discover for full
package details and conditions.
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