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Using Driving Lights

MARCH 31, 2015

Safety Tip of the week

Northern Lights - Did you know, in Scandinavia, it is compulsory to drive with a minimum of park lights on (VicRoads refer to them as 'daytime running lights') - even during the summer when it is light 24 hours a day.

Meanwhile in Victoria,

A Driver must not stop the vehicle on or partly on a children's crossing, pedestrian crossing or marked foot crossing.

Using driving lights

Driving lights are designed to illuminate the road over a long distance for example country areas. They must be wired such that they only switch on with the main beam (high beam) head light. They emit the same lighting pattern as a main beam and are used as a supplementary light.

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SAFETY TIP OF THE WEEK

MARCH 31, 2015

Safety Tip of the week

Zebra Crossing - in South Africa, animals always have right of way on the road (though who would argue with elephants and rhinos, even if they didn't?)

Meanwhile in Victoria,

A Driver must not stop the vehicle on or partly on a children's crossing, pedestrian crossing or marked foot crossing.

Exception

The applicant is not penalised for stopping the vehicle on a crosswalk if it is necessary to do so to view approaching traffic before completing a turn at an intersection).

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DRIVE TEST CHECKLIST

MARCH 22, 2015
Are you ready for the drive test checklist

The drive test assesses the safe driving behaviours expected of learner drivers in a range of driving situations. Use the checklist to determine if you are ready to attempt the drive test.

It is possible for a well prepared learner driver to fail the drive test if they are unable to demonstrate the required safe, legal driving behaviours during the drive test. Any unsafe driving errors and illegal behaviours are treated seriously in the drive test.

The VicRoads Drive Test has been developed to assess the safe driving behaviours expected of learner drivers who have accrued at least 120 hours of driving experience in a range of driving situations.

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BICYCLES VS CARS

MARCH 31, 2015
What is a bicycle?

A bicycle is a vehicle that:

  • has two or more wheels
  • is moved by human power through a belt, chain or gears.

Bicycles include:

  • pedicabs
  • penny farthings
  • tricycles.

Bicycles don't include:

  • wheelchairs
  • wheeled toys
  • scooters.

You don't need a licence to use a bicycle.

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TIPS & RESOURCES FOR YOUNG AND NEW DRIVERS

JANUARY 12, 2015

Tips & resources for young and new drivers : VicRoads

There are great resources to help young and new people become safe drivers.

The main things to remember are as follows.

  • Prepare well by getting at least 120 hours of accompanied on-road experience, including during wet weather and at night, before applying for your licence.
  • Choose a safe car.
  • Try to minimise distractions by not driving with friends, or with your mobile phone turned on (even if it is hands-free).
  • Avoid driving at night unless essential or you are accompanied by a driver with several years experience.
  • Avoid driving during the time you would normally be asleep or if you haven�t slept in the last 18 hours.
  • Increase space and following distances. Don�t tailgate � aim to keep a minimum 2 second gap from the vehicle in front.
  • Never exceed the speed limit. It takes longer to stop than you might think. Practice slowing down as the first reaction to a potential hazardous situation.
  • Do not drive after drinking or taking drugs.
  • Anticipate! Continue to develop your hazard recognition skills.
  • Always ensure you and all of your passengers are wearing a seat belt.
  • Attend a Keys Please session.
Driver handbooks

There are several handbooks available to young and new drivers and their supervisors which help them with the learning to drive process. These can be found under the publications and forms section of the VicRoads website.

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LEARNING TO DRIVE IS EASIER IF YOU FOLLOW THESE 5 TIPS AND TRICKS!

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

The driving exam is unique by its nature because it is actually very exciting, a person only has to take it once and it will give him the freedom of driving almost any type of car in the world anywhere he wants. If you are thinking of taking your driving license anytime soon, make sure that you take advantage of the following tips and tricks and you will have bigger chances of successfully passing the driving exam.

1. Ask questions.

Some people are shy and they don�t really ask all the questions they have in mind regarding the exam itself, the vehicle, the road conditions and so on. This is a mistake because if one has a curiosity, he has to address it and ask the driving instructor anything. The more information a driving learner gets, the better prepared he actually is.

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4 BIG MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN LEARNING TO DRIVE

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

For some, learning how to drive is a very natural and simple process, for others it can actually put some small problems along the way. Still, learning to drive is not really that complicated and those who have difficulties taking the exam or assimilating the information should relax and take things at their own pace. Additionally, it is also very important to avoid the following mistakes which driving learners tend to make, especially if they are very distracted or nervous.

1. Not paying attention to the driving instructor.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE

AUGUST 27, 2014

Learning how to drive is a very important skill that serves many practical purposes. When you know how to drive, you can operate vehicles that are capable of transporting you and your passengers, to and fro long distances, which might not be commutable on foot or public transport. Before you learn how to drive, give the below considerations a serious thought!

Choosing between your parents and professional driving instructors

Can your parents keep cool under stressful situations? Can they patiently and calmly guide you when you make mistakes on the road? If it�s a yes to both, they are probably the right driving instructors for you. Some teens may prefer to learn how to drive from a close one, as they enjoy spending more family time rather than having a formal lesson.

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3 TECHNIQUES YOU SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHEN LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE

AUGUST 27, 2014

Is it getting a little overwhelming as there is a barrage of theory and practical lessons coming your way? Novice drivers who have just started out their lessons can relate to this well. However, instructors and experienced drivers alike, assure that there is nothing to be stressed about. For starters, you just need to keep in mind the 3 following driving techniques while lessons are ongoing.

The deal with steep hills

The key is to engage your handbrakes to prevent the car from rolling backwards or forwards while you try to engage the correct pedals during an uphill or downhill start. Make a mental list of the following points:

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GOING FOR A DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE: 5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

AUGUST 22, 2014

Road traffic accidents account for a huge number of deaths and injuries around the world. If you are thinking of learning how to drive or are already a driver, this is a fact that should sober you up so that you can then end up making the right decisions whenever you drive. There are many things that usually affect the likelihood of ending up being the victim of such an accident, including the state of the car you are using. However, one other thing you might need to watch out for is to get quality driving lessons. Defensive driving lessons are known to be very effective at minimizing this risk, and is something that you should therefore look out for as a driver or someone who is about to become one.

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