RTA releases new budget Defensive Driving videos

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by alx, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. alx

    alx Guest

    Because the NSW guvvament thingy is so broke, RTA have launched some
    budget training vids.

    Instead of using late model cars, fancy graphics and celebrities, in a
    fit of (unusual) madness for the RTA the roadcrats instead spent most
    of the project budget on filling in potholes and painting lines for
    the visuals.

    Check out the roads! I'll have me some of that.

    alx, Feb 11, 2011
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  2. The only question I have, is was that made in the 60s or 70s?
    John Tserkezis, Feb 11, 2011
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  3. alx

    alx Guest

    I dunno.. but roads were better and no distractingly annoying road
    signage everywhere.

    My guess is ..early 70s. Filmed mostly northern beaches area, Ku-ring-
    gai Chase National Park (towards West Head) ..hello Skip.
    alx, Feb 11, 2011
  4. alx

    alx Guest

    1973 as per youtube blurb.
    alx, Feb 11, 2011
  5. 1973 also per the copyright notice at the tail of the video (MCMLXXIII),
    which leads to the obvious question - why were they referring to the
    distance between cars as "only four feet," when Australia was well 'n' truly
    metric by then?
    Bob Milutinovic, Feb 11, 2011
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    I think Australia went metric in measurements in 1972 and land is still
    advertised by the acre in outer suburban areas, so "well and truly" might be
    an overstatement.

    Theo Bekkers, Feb 11, 2011
  7. Hooley fucking dooley
    for just this once, I agree with the young Theo
    George W Frost, Feb 11, 2011
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    Nev.. Guest

    I think Holden and Ford were still building cars with mph only speedos
    into the early 70s, and just because someone legislates that metric is
    the official measure, that doesn't mean everyone instantly converts
    everything overnight. My parents still measure everything in inches and
    yards. 4 feet is easy to get a mental grasp of, whereas the metric
    equivalent 1.219 metres isn't, unless you don't know any better.

    I had trouble riding through the USA last year because a lot of their
    road signs were in distances I couldn't get a grasp on. For some
    reason, in just about all states I rode through, signs often referred to
    distances in what I considered to be stupidly small units, although I
    guess if you grew up knowing those distances you'd have no problems.
    Everything seemed to be measured in feet, so there'd be a sign saying
    "rest area in 1500 ft". Rounding it to "1/3 mile" would have made more
    sense to me. The most puzzling sign I saw was indicating a turnoff in
    "1590 feet". Why they didn't just move the sign 10ft further back I
    will never know.

    Nev.., Feb 13, 2011
  9. alx

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Most people would convert 4 feet to 1200 mm as a near enough approximation.
    If your buying timber product sheeting, such as ply or MDF you buy 1200 x
    2400 sheets. What you actually get is a 4' x 8' sheet. This is great if you
    only measure in metric as you can cut your 1200 sheet into 4 x 300 mm
    strips, despite losing 3mm for each saw cut.
    A road sign in Perth got quite famous for a while after they converted it to
    metric. It was before the corner of Wanneroo and Nangara roads and used to
    say Nangara Rd - 200 yards. After Metrification it said 183 metres. It's
    wonderful how you can change an approximation to exactitude with the simple
    use of a calculator.

    Theo Bekkers, Feb 14, 2011
  10. alx

    alx Guest

    Officially the changeover took from 1970 to 1988 (real estate was the
    last industry to convert).

    By 1973, teaching metric commenced in secondary schools.

    I read it on wiki so it must be true: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_Australia

    Alternatively, 1 metre is easy to get a mental grasp of, whereas the
    imperial equivalent 3.2808 ft isn't.

    Probably because some idiot would launch a lawsuit because they turned
    10 feet too soon or too late and crashed.
    alx, Feb 14, 2011
  11. alx

    Nev.. Guest

    Australian currency change to metric in 1966. Happy birthday $ & ó.
    3.2808 is an imperial measurement??. I'm sure you meant to say
    something like 3ft, 3 & 3/8ths of an inch... or there abouts :)

    Nev.., Feb 14, 2011
  12. alx

    F Murtz Guest

    Nah, it is three foot 95 mm.
    F Murtz, Feb 14, 2011
  13. alx

    alx Guest

    The value and the unit of measure are separate entities.

    Did you miss that lesson or were you fetching teacher an apple at the
    time (you lil front row, 4 foot nothing, buck-toothed charmer
    Nev) :)
    alx, Feb 14, 2011
  14. alx

    Nigel Allen Guest


    Plumbers are still using BSP (British Standard Pipe)


    Nigel Allen, Feb 15, 2011
  15. alx

    alx Guest

    Colloquially, good on 'em.. I'm still using feet sometimes too

    Metrication doesn't require actually changing the shapes, design/
    dimensions of newly manufactured objects.

    There's much science and engineering gone into devising appropriately
    threaded/pitched/waisted/walled bits of plumbing and fasteners.

    Now where's my King Dick spanner? It rounds off boltheads just as
    neatly as any metric equivalent.
    alx, Feb 15, 2011
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    G-S Guest

    All 3 of my HQ holdens had dual mph/kph speedos, as did my GT750
    Kawasaki (and that was 1984!).

    About the only difference was that the GT750 had the mph as the smaller
    figures and the HQ's had kph as the smaller figures.

    G-S, Feb 15, 2011
  17. alx

    Nev.. Guest

    Quite understandable for a bike which was probably sent to markets all
    around the world.
    My 1970 LC Torana was MPH only, while I'm almost certain my father's '74
    HQ was KPH only. I imagine that there was probably an overlap period in
    between, as Australia, and the two largest export markets for vehicles
    produced here, NZ and ZA were both in the process of metrification at
    around the same time.

    Nev.., Feb 15, 2011
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    David Robley Guest

    Especially, every time you need to walk anywhere, I'll bet :)

    David Robley, Feb 15, 2011
  19. A friend bought a speedo for his CBR600rr 07 model from the states. It read in
    mph but was easily converted to kph by pushing a few buttons.

    Fraser Johnston, Feb 17, 2011
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