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Older driver safety compromised by seat cushions and pillows

NEW research has found that common accessories typically used by older Australians to improve comfort in cars may increase the chance of injury during a crash. Researchers at the Transurban Road Safety Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) conducted more than 130 crash test

Grant ensures pro-active approach to road safety

LEONGATHA and District Community Foundation Ltd has donated $5000 to Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) to assist it to develop and deliver road safety programs specifically within the Leongatha District. The donation follows a presentation by Lyn Bennett, Gippsland Coordinator of RTSSV to

Bath seeks feedback to fix Gippsland’s regional roads

ROAD users are being urged to provide feedback on Gippsland’s crumbling roads. A regional road safety forum is being held in Sale during August to garner feedback due to Victoria’s skyrocketing road toll. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, said constituents

Bygone British Marques ascend

COMMENCING last Sunday, July 14, a great range of rare and interesting ‘Bygone British Marques’ will rise to prominence at Maffra’s Gippsland Vehicle Collection (GVC). Taking over from the current exhibition, Lost American Brands, the new display was launched with an impressive line-up including

First top 10 finish for Bramich

THE 2019 FIM World Supersport 300 Championship landed at Donington Park for the sixth round at the Prosecco DOC UK Round, July 5-7. Phillip Island Circuit backed Tom Bramich (Carl Cox-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) was determined to rectify his previous DNF and produce a

Mix of cars achieve high safety scores

THE new Mazda 3, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Touareg, Lexus UX and Range Rover Evoque have all achieved maximum five-star ANCAP safety ratings in the latest round of independent vehicle testing. Assessed against the most stringent crashworthiness and crash avoidance criteria, five stars have been

For the love of cars

TWICE a month, Brian Davidson meets with fellow members of the Bass Coast Historical Automobile Club to showcase their beloved classics. Brian has been the proud owner of a 1969 Jaguar Mark II sedan for the past decade and initially helped form the Historical

All-new RAV4 raises the bar

THE all-new Toyota RAV4 has raised the bar for SUV performance, safety, technology, style and refinement and it has arrived in the showroom at Wonthaggi Toyota ready to test drive. Just as the first-generation RAV4 was a breakthrough when it was launched in 1994,

Bargains at Maffra’s automotive swap meet

THE Gippsland Vehicle Collection (GVC) is hosting its fourth annual Automotive Swap Meet. If you have been searching for a rare part, want to add to your vehicle memorabilia collection or deck out your man-cave, have a keen eye for a bargain or items

Driven to teach

TWELVE Bass Coast L2P Learner Driver mentors recently attended training on the new VicRoads’ myLearners app. The training was presented by Julie Allen, Leongatha VicRoads office manager, at the Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre. The myLearners app replaces the paper logbook system in which learners recorded

Drivers hit with $37.3b road bill

THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, says it’s a slap in the face that Gippslanders are stuck with poor roads such as the South Gippsland, Strzelecki and Hyland Highways while Daniel Andrews forces them to pay for his West Gate Tunnel deal.

Huge stockfeed truck comes to grief

A FULLY-laden, B Double grain truck, delivering for a Leongatha stockfeed firm, tipped over on Bena-Kongwak Road on Monday this week, at approximately 11.30am. The incident happened 200 metres south of the Fitzgeralds Road intersection, on the crest of hill outside Haw’s front gate.

All vehicles great and small at Show ‘n’ Shine

THE Leongatha Show ‘n’ Shine on Sunday, March 3 will show you something you’ve never seen before – it always does. Who could forget the supercharged beer keg pulling donuts around the velodrome! This year will throw up more surprises. Ray Pearson’s Harley Davidson