The most-read motoring stories on The RiotACT in 2019 covered a broad range of car-related driving experiences in and around Canberra, in a year that saw several stories about new road rules and regulations.
Which motoring stories revved your engine last year? Let us know in the comments.
In September we met two Canberrans who realised women need skills and knowledge in practical car maintenance and were about to kick off free workshops called Girl Power – Car Basics. Interested? Here’s more information.
As The RiotACT‘s resident motoring writer, and one of few staff members who have a valid motorcycling licence, Jane Speechley was recently invited to review the remarkable Can-Am Spyder. So are three wheels better than four? Here’s Jane’s verdict.
For the third year in a row, Canberra had the unwelcome distinction of being named the animal collision capital of Australia – recording more collisions between motorists and animals than any other Australian city this year. Here’s more about the capital’s animal collision hotspots.
Did you know NSW Police can immediately suspend your licence if you’re caught drink driving on NSW roads? Changes to the state’s drink driving rules have made it even more important to think before you get in the car and drive, even after just a few drinks, we wrote in September.
Learner permit and provisional licence drivers were banned from using any kind of mobile device when behind the wheel from 1 July, including hands-free arrangements, we reported mid-year. Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said the new rule was the first of a range of changes based on best practice and designed to reduce injuries and deaths on ACT roads.
During 2019, the Australian Federal Police Association and the NRMA called on the ACT Government to review the law that says drivers need to slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency service vehicles on the side of the road, saying it causes more danger on Canberra roads.
One of the many benefits of living in Canberra – if you love to drive – is that there are any number of great drives you can take in and around the region, whether you have a day to spare or just a few hours. Here are some of our favourites.
Canberrans now have a new way to travel by road between Canberra and Sydney with the launch of the Road Jet 24-hour service using private cars. And the door-to-door service has the airlines firmly in its sights, with Road Jet claiming it involves comparable costs and travel times without the hassles, delays and cancellations associated with air travel.
In May, we brought you the sad news that Canberra motorsport legend Dave Wignall was seriously ill, facing a diagnosis of terminal cancer. In his heyday, he had been one of the biggest names in local sport, and amassed a meticulously maintained collection of car memorabilia. He told Region Media he had little choice but to auction his prized collection, saying it was one of the toughest decisions of his life.
With the arrival of winter and iced-up windscreens, Canberra drivers were reminded that they must have a clear view from their vehicle when driving – or face a fine of $200. ACT Policing said that every year when the cold weather causes a build-up of frost or fog, police attend numerous collisions that have occurred as a result of drivers having poor visibility out of their vehicles.