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THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF THE NRMA.
Some time ago, I had a flat battery after
listening to the radio for an afternoon
while parked. A cheerful NRMA
patrolman quickly restarted the car. He
explained that the beachside park was a
common spot for flat batteries, mainly
because tradesmen would park for lunch
and listen to their car radios.
He explained that while the car radio is
operating in modern cars, so too are
many other computers, hence draining
the battery. In modern cars, how long can
a radio be operated while parked?
Marie, via email
Modern car batteries are marked with a
CCA (cold cranking amps) rating. This is
the stored energy that’s used to
initially crank the engine. There’s also an
RC (reserve capacity) rating that denotes
how many minutes a battery can power
all the vehicle’s accessories (radio, air
conditioning etc.) before going flat with
the engine switched off. A typical RC
rating can range from 75 up to 130
minutes and beyond depending upon the
size of the battery. A radio alone,
however, draws very little
current and would take much
longer to flatten the battery.
Only’ (March/April), I do
agree with the writer that the
current situation of our traffic/
pedestrian lights puts pedestrians
at risk from impatient drivers. Mind you,
they’re not always at fault. Here in Nowra,
we do have traffic lights that stop all
vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to
cross the intersection at all points and
with enough time to cross safely. I ’m sure
other towns have adopted this system and
I hope many more will do likewise.
Richard O’Neill, Worrigee
THONGS OR STILETTOES?
After 30-odd years of driving, it has been
brought to my attention that driving in
thongs is illegal. I don’t wear thongs
but I’ve seen many who do.
I find it strange that there’s
no mention of this illegal
status of footwear in the
Learner Driver’s manual.
And are high heels legal?
In the event of an accident,
footwear may well be
Leanne Close, Young
Yes, it is legal to drive in thongs, high
heels, stilettos and even sensible rubber-
soled shoes. If there’s an accident,
however, and the shoes were the cause
of an accident, it’s an offence under Rule
297 of the Road Rules 2014 and the
driver may be charged. Driving with bare
feet is legal and even recommended by
some as the safest way to drive.
MUCH TOUGHER ON PHONES
Maybe it’s time the government bit the
bullet and introduced automatic
disqualification for handling a mobile
phone while driving. A one-month
disqualification for the first offence and
three months and increasing for the
second and third might make our roads
safer. Alternatively, an on-the-spot police
confiscation of their phone for a month or
two – with personal collection from a NSW
Government Service Centre with relevant
costs – may make them think twice.
From my elevated driving position, I
see so many people distracted while on
their phones either texting or talking. It’s
obvious they’re distracted because they
slow down, wander out of their lanes and
miss green lights.
In the late 1920s, road trip fever swept through NSW and the
ACT. The number of cars on the road was growing and
motorists were keen to try out their new machines on the
highway and beyond. Motor holidays (as they were known)
were popular and, in response, NRMA set up picnic and ‘motor
camps’ (camping grounds) across the state. Cattai Creek,
Kiama, Bargo, Narellan and Lane Cove were just a few of the
locations. On arrival, visitors would erect canvas ‘camper-
motorist tents’ that covered the car and had a separate room
for people. Campers generally paid a small fee for services
and the NRMA’s ground at Cobbitty Bridge advised “supplies
of meat, bread and milk will be made available as required.”
THE WAY WE WERE 1928
Keeping pedestrians safe
from “impatient drivers”...
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