Tips, News & Info

THE BIG TEST - TIPS FROM TESTING OFFICERS

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/geared/your_licence/getting_a_licence/the_big_test.html

 

 Basic Driving Techniques

The key to good driving technique is smoothness, and the secret to smoothness is good preparation (i.e 'prepping' for the corner by reducing speed sooner).

 

Driving Distractions and crash Risk

Distractions that divert attention from driving increase your risk of crashing. Recent research suggests that at least 14 per cent of all crashes involve the driver being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle

 

Low Risk Driving

Driving is never risk free, but you should aim to drive ?low risk?. A low risk driver has good observation, speed management and road positioning skills.

 

Usfeul Links:

Roads  Maritime Services NSW

 - http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au

 

Book a Practice Knowledge Test or Driving Test

 - http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/index.html

 

Road Users Handbook

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/licence/guide-to-driving-test.pdf

 

Driving info & Tips from RMS

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/geared/index.html

 

NSW Police

- http://www.police.nsw.gov.au

 

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Changes to tow-away only crashes (NSW Police 2014)

From 15 October 2014, to help reduce dangers on the road you may no longer have to wait for police at a crash site in NSW.

 

Police will only need to attend if:

  • Anyone is trapped or injured
  • They are needed to direct traffic or deal with hazards
  • Any drivers appear to be affected by alcohol or drugs
  • A bus or truck needs to be towed, or
  • Anyone involved has failed to exchange details.

Remember, if you are involved in a crash, keep safe and move away from traffic.

 

If police are not required to attend:

  • contact your insurer or a towing company of your choice to arrange for your vehicle to be towed (if required).

If you cannot arrange a tow and exhaust all other options, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

  • exchange details with drivers and/or owners involved and leave the crash site
  • if any vehicles were towed as a result of the crash, after leaving the crash site you need to contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 to report the crash as soon as possible.

 

Breakdown Safety Tips

  1. Find a safe spot to pull over such as an emergency breakdown area.
  2. Park your vehicle as far to the left as possible.
  3. Always activate your hazard lights.
  4. Activate your parking lights in poor light.
  5. Call roadside assistance on your mobile phone or use a roadside emergency phone.
  6. When leaving your vehicle always check for traffic.
  7. Leave your vehicle from the passenger side if possible.
  8. Avoid crossing the road at all times.
  9. Stand clear of the road. Move behind a safety barrier if safe.
  10. Stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on if it?s not safe to leave.

Points to remember

  • Check your fuel, oil, water and tyre pressures (including the spare) before a long journey.
  • Breakdown lanes are only for breakdown situations. Use a rest area for making social phone calls, toilet stops or attending to children.
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BEST CARS FOR LEARNER DRIVERS:

 

From a parents perspective, you'll want the most under powered safe car (non - sports car) you can find with at least driver and passenger side air bags.  Always look up the cars safety rating and ensure it has good tyre tread, wipers, lights and brakes especially.  A good stereo isn't important.  Consider the cost of insurance for the car and extra cost for drivers under 25yr old (as sports cars, turbo and 2 door cars are usually more expensive to insure).

 

Also consider the cost of repairs to some cars, as most new drivers will buy a 2nd hand car, so they'll want something that is reliable and this can cost more then the car itself sometimes in the end. 

 

ANCAP Safety Rating

Since 1993, ANCAP has published safety ratings for thousands of different vehicle models, makes and variants.

These vehicles are awarded an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars indicating the level of safety they provide in the event of a crash. The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in ANCAP tests.

ANCAP recommends 5 star rated cars. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies (SAT).

https://www.ancap.com.au/