Pay as you drive proposed for better infrastructure

Mark Schneider | 1/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

With Australia’s population now more than 24 million and growing rapidly, the country’s under-funded infrastructure – especially its road and rail networks – are groaning at the seams. From Sydney to Perth our cities’ roads are increasingly clogged, with traffic gridlock costing an estimated $16.5 billion in 2015, a figure that could soar to a staggering $53.3 billion by 2031 on current trends. Australia’s roads are funded through a combination of f...

Roads Of Australia Series - Great Ocean Road is the world’s most spectacular war memorial

Mark Schneider | 5/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Roadside memorials are common enough in Australia, but did you know that one of Australia’s most famous roads is a memorial in itself? Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, which stretches for a spectacular 243 kilometres from Torquay to Allansford, was built by returned World War 1 soldiers as a permanent memorial to those who died in the conflict. The idea for a road along the coast linking the remote coastal settlements to Geelong was raised as far back as the 1880s. Until then ...

Kangaroos and insurers both grateful to Volvo

Mark Schneider | 29/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kangaroo collisions are the bane of country motorists, damaging cars and causing great distress to the driver, not to mention the poor hapless creature on the receiving end, while costing millions in repairs each year. So far technology aimed at deterring them, such as the Shu Roo or whistle contraptions on bumpers have proven ineffective, but now those clever Swedes at Volvo are developing technology to avoid our biggest marsupial. Volvo has impeccable credentials to develop such a s...

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5 Top Tips To Stay Safe On The Roads This Festive Season

David Michie | 21/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

With the festive season upon us, many Australians will be taking to the roads to visit family members, go on holiday or celebrate with friends. And it’s a tragic fact that every year people die on the roads at this time of the year for reasons that are entirely preventable. How can you navigate your way happily and safely through the holiday season? Fleetcare,the leading fleet management company, offers the following advice: 1. Take driver fatigue seriously Around a quarter ...

Roads Of Australia Series - Gibb River Road is a spectacular northern adventure

Mark Schneider | 18/11/2015 9:19:08 AM

It may not be a fast, smooth glide down a ribbon of bitumen, but a 4WD trek down Western Australia’s Gibb River Road is a real motoring adventure offering a trip back into Australia’s history through some of the most spectacular scenery the country has to offer. The road is a 660 kilometre journey through the heart of Kimberley cattle country passing through cattle stations that measure their size in thousands of square kilometres. It links Broome and Derby on the west coast t...

Roads Of Australia Series - Hume Highway’s history reaches back to Governor Macquarie

Mark Schneider | 23/10/2015 10:01:35 AM

If ever a road was steeped in the history of Australian settlement it’s the Hume Highway connecting Australia’s two biggest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Today it’s an essential route for road freight between the two cities, while also serving Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, but its origins were far more humble. In the early days of European settlement the Great Dividing Range proved an impenetrable barrier to the southwest of Sydney, with a geological feature, the Bargo Ra...

Roads of Australia series - Eyre Highway a long and not-so-winding road

Mark Schneider | 20/10/2015 9:20:24 AM

There aren’t many roads anywhere in the world where you can legally land an aircraft, but Australia’s Eyre Highway is one of them. A number of Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency landing strips are signposted along the Eyre Highway’s 1675 kilometres. You’ll see them marked out with “piano keys” painted on the road accompanied with turnaround areas for light aircraft. It’s another curious feature of one of Australia’s most remote highwa...

Roads of Australia series - Stuart Highway a journey through Australia

Mark | 2/10/2015 10:24:01 AM

It’s one of Australia’s longest and loneliest stretches of road and it runs right through the heart of the country for almost 3000 kilometres, separating the west of the continent from the east. The Stuart Highway, which reaches from Darwin to Port Augusta commemorates the journey of John McDouall Stuart, the first European explorer to travel from south to north through central Australia, though it doesn’t exactly follow the route he took. Today’s smooth sealed...

10 facts about the Nullarbor Plain

Jess Wallace | 18/07/2014 1:08:58 PM

The Nullarbor Plain, famously known as the longest stretch of straight road in the world, is a piece of Australia which few of us cross and many of us don’t seem to know a lot about. Here we share with you ten things you may not know about the Nullarbor. The road which people drive across the Nullarbor Plain is called the Eyre Highway. This stretch of road originally got its name from a man named John Eyre who crossed the Nullarbor in 1841. The Eyre Highway is ap...

Budget 2013 for the road users of Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 21/05/2013 10:59:57 AM

It’s that time of year again, the days get shorter, the animals find their hiding spots for the winter and the fiscal credibility of the federal government is scrutinised on the merits of the commonwealth budget. This year’s budget was, by most accounts, coloured by the intense election year rivalry which has taken over almost every story coming from the capital. This said, there were still some interesting take always to chew on. As we did last year, this week we take a look at the ...

No More Bulldust–The history of Australian roads

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 6/05/2013 10:20:25 AM

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Australia’s roads are a massive part of the landscape and it seems the more we write about them, the more interesting they and their history become. After writing a number of articles on the topic, we decided to write a piece on the history of our roads. How were they built, when were they built and how the country built such a huge network of roads in such a short timeframe. It’s easy to forget the impact of a fully rolled ...

What maketh a road?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 22/02/2013 1:28:43 PM

In parts they are as wide as a football pitch and they cover the country in a seemingly endless network, but ask most how they are made and you’re greeted with blank stares. Like most areas, knowing more about roads, their variety and their composition can help you as a driver to manage your own experience on the roads. This is especially true when it comes to smaller and unsealed country roads. This week we looked at all things bitumen to understand a little more about the many veins a...

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