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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 6th 2010
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 6, 2010 Nomads ona learning curve HAPPY TRAVELLERS: Sixty-six-year-old Peter Thompson and partner Jan Hope, 63, love life on the road. Age does not necessarily equate to experience in the caravaning world. ASURVEY by the Queens- land University of Tech- nology last year ident- ified several critical problems with oldies hitting the road. QUT honours psychology student Nadine Brayley and Dr Patricia Obst found that grey nomads had gaps in rural driving road safety knowledge. The pair surveyed 631 travellers 55 and over who classified themselves as ''grey nomads'' as well as younger ''recreational vehicle travellers'' about their health and their prep- aration for and knowledge of towing a large vehicle on rural roads. ''While 92 per cent of our survey sample towed caravans only about 50 per cent of them had had 'extensive towing experience' and most had had little experience in driving on unsealed or narrow, bitumen roads,'' Dr Obst says. However, there are many caravanning and motorhome associ- ations that provide ready-made net- works for dispersing educational material about towing. Brayley says, despite a lack of road safety knowledge and towing a long vehicle, she found that only 36 per cent believe they needed further information on safe driving. ''There are formal road safety courses available for towing large vehicles and driving in rural and remote areas but participants say they preferred to get information in less formal, costly and time- consuming ways.'' Dr Obst said another area of concern was that, although a health scare had been the catalyst for taking off to see the world, for many participants, 78 per cent did not take first aid kits and had little first aid knowledge. ''They also carried little safety equipment,'' she says. ''Fifty per cent had Next G mobiles, 60 per cent had receiver radios and 35 per cent had laptops with mobile broadband.'' The Recreational Vehicle Manu- facturers Association recommends that anyone intending to tow a van or upgrading their van undertake a course. ''Many dealers run such courses,'' association president, Gerry Ryan says. POWER: Used Holden Cross 6 Crewman available at Motors. used cars HARD YAKKA: Used Ford FG Falcon R6 ute at Tilford. LUXURY: Used C180K at Performance Mercedes-Benz . SPORTY: 2006 Honda Civic Sport available at Performance Automobiles. Motors MOTORS Glenorchy have a fantastic looking impulse blue all-wheel drive Cross 6 Crewman. This vehicle has alloy wheels, alloy nudge bar and tow bar. Powered by a 3.6-litre alloy tech quad cam V6, with a four- speed automatic transmission for $26,995. Have the best of both worlds, a comfortable five-seat vehicle with the added functionality of ute carrying capabilities. Motors has several other Crewman vehicles in stock ready to inspect. Their January $2000 minimum trade has been extended so come in and upgrade today. Performance Mercedes-Benz SAVE $5000 on a used Mercedes-Benz C180K in iridium silver with black artico leather interior. This car is an update on the popular 203 series. Travelled a mere 78,000km. It comes also with an Approved Pre-Owned, 2 Year Factory warranty. Asking price is $32,990 on the road. Performance Automobiles STAND out from the crowd in a 2006 Honda Civic eighth generation Sport --- it has got to go. This 2.0-litre manual sedan has not only great safety features but also includes a luxurious leather trim and sunroof. A great price at $24,990, drive away. Tilford AT Tilford Used Cars this week they have reduced a current model FG Falcon R6 ute. This eye-catching ute has factory alloys, electric windows, cruise control and climate control. Plus, great handling with sports suspension and a smooth five- speed automatic gearbox. Great value at a reduced price of $26,888, be quick to take advantage. Co-Op A 2002 Toyota Corolla Levin hatch is the hot deal at Co-Op's used car yard. Sporting a 1.8-litre, five- speed manual features air conditioning, dual airbags, ABS and alloy wheels. Great value at $14,990. DJs DJ Quality Used Cars has a 2005 Mazda 3 SP23 priced at $19,990 drive away. Features include a 2.3-litre five-speed manual with front, side and curtain airbags, power windows, climate control, and alloys wheels.
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