18 November 2011

Rocky Road

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Travelling to and from work and around Canberra I often encounter roads which have been ‘re-sealed’ by the loose stone and hot tar method. Whatever your vehicles may be worth, it is inevitable that your car will incur some sort of damage from loose stones being thrown up by other vehicles or wet tar adhering to your paint. Today, on a short drive down Drakeford Drive near Isabella Plains my car sustained 3 chips to the windscreen even though I followed the 60Kmh speed limit.

I’ve had enough of this cheap, penny-pinching method of re-sealing roads and call upon fellow Canberrans to tell the government if this doesn’t stop, a class action could be in the pipeline. What do others think?

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How much do they save by not rolling the gravel and then sweeping up the loose stuff? Bugger all, I’d expect, and the rest of us pay the price in damage to our cars.

The only reason they’re using chip-seal is because it’s cheaper. If you make it more expensive by suing, they’ll start using black-top for everything: but expect to pay more taxes to cover the 10x higher cost of resurfacing versus resealing.

Captain RAAF11:32 am 18 Nov 11

Pet hate of mine ever since a bloke flicked a stone up into one of my driving light lenses of my VH Valiant 770, those lenses were impossible to find!

Now, if this happens to me and some goose speeds past me, flick up stones at me, I hit the go pedal and get in front of them, then drive in the loose stones and flich a gazillion up at them, they soon slow right down. Try it.

Make sure you can fight, tho. =-)

Maybe try not following so close to the person in front of you to avoid being hit by their wake and slow right down when turning so chips don’t fly off your wheels towards your car.

Totally agree. I have travelled that road a few times in the l ast few weeks and it is hard not to imagine damage is being done to cars.

I noticed though that the resurfacing of the road at the Johnson/Tharwa Drive/Monaro highway rounabouts is nice and smooth with no stones. Maybe it depends on how arge the area is they need to cover as to what type of surfacing they use?

Good luck with that.

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