ROUND TRIPS IN HAWKE’S BAY
Motorists who own a reliable car can make many pleasant round trips in Hawke’s Bay on a Sunday afternoon in winter. But they are off the main highways, hence the stress on reliable car.
One such trip follows the Taihape Road where it starts on the Napier side of the Fernhill Bridge. At Pukehamoamoa School four miles from Fernhill, take the left-hand fork on the Matapiro Road. This leads as far as the Ngaruroro River, follows it for a few miles then branches right to head for Crownthorpe in a northerly direction. One and a-half miles after Crownthorpe, two routes may be followed – the shorter (to the right) leads back to Pukehamoamoa; the longer continues north (to the left), joining the Taihape Road again above Sherenden. From there, return down the Taihape Road to Fernhill.
Round trip from Napier: About 45 miles
Round trip from Hastings: About 42 miles.
Round trip from Napier: About 50 miles
Round trip from Hastings: About 47 miles
TELL A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR WHERE YOU ARE GOING.
TAKE A CAN OF PETROL.
“Over 60 miles per hour you don’t drive a car, you aim it.”
“Drivers! Your passengers’ lives are in’ your hands – spare them.”
(More passengers than drivers died last year.)
HOW DO YOU FEEL?
Safe, courteous driving is largely a matter of emotional makeup and social adequacy. The accident repeater or chronic traffic law violator is aggressive, intolerant, irresponsible and impulsive. He has an exaggerated sense of self-importance and a grandiose estimate of his own abilities. When you take your car out leave your frustrations parked in the garage.
DID YOU REALISE . . .
THERE IS NO PERIOD OF GRACE AFTER JUNE 30th
You are not eligible for third party vehicle insurance after midnight on June 30th, UNLESS your vehicle carries new registration plates. Many drivers think they have up to a week’s grace – they haven’t.
Early plate-changers should hang their old plates over the top of the new.
A RAILWAY LINE SHOULD BE CROSSED AT 15 MILES AN HOUR
Faster – the driver has too little time to observe the track.
Slower – the car can stall; the driver has less control unless in low gear.
YOU CAN STOP MORE QUICKLY ON AN INTERSECTION IF, WHEN YOU SLOW DOWN, YOU MOVE THE RIGHT FOOT OVER THE BRAKE PEDAL. This saves a valuable split second in an emergency.
PARENTS, AND ONLY PARENTS, CAN SAVE MANY CHILDREN’S LIVES . . .
by protecting them from road traffic till they can protect themselves – accidents kill more children than the seven worst children’s diseases.
IT’S UP TO PARENTS!
“It couldn’t happen to me.”
GERM OF AN IDEA
It might be taking things a little too far if we introduced the Saudi Arabian penalty for careless driving causing injury, but they certainly have hit on something. In that country the motorist proved responsible for injury receives up to 50 lashes before an assembly of other motorists. Perhaps we could reintroduce the pillory and stocks in a prominent position in Emerson Street and Heretaunga Street – public ridicule might mean more to careless drivers than a mere ﬁne or even a cancelled licence – at the moment there’s no loss of face, no public disgrace involved in our penalties.