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25 years in the Learner Driver Industry

DRIVING TEST – THINGS TO REMEMBER

DRIVING TEST…. THINGS TO REMEMBER …
LEAVING THE KERB – START VEHICLE – WAIT 5 SECONDS CHECK MIRRORS – IF CLEAR – CHECK OVER RIGHT SHOULDER – IF CLEAR OF TRAFFIC MOVE OUT INTO DRIVING LANE AND DRIVE ON

HEAD CHECKS
A HEAD CHECK IS LOOKING ACROSS YOUR SHOULDER – RIGHT or LEFT – AS YOU MOVE OVER TO YOUR RIGHT AND LEFT.

  • HEAD CHECK WHEN TURNING LEFT OR CHANGING LANES — Anytime YOU MOVE OVER A CAR WIDTH INDICATE AND DO A HEAD CHECK.
  • TURNING LEFT OR RIGHT — CHECK REARVIEW MIRROR – SIDE MIRROR – BEGIN TO SLOW DOWN – INDICATE 4 HOMES OR 40 METERS OR 4 SECONDS FROM THE CORNER – CHECK BLIND SPOT CROSS SHOULDER WHEN MOVING OVER TO YOUR LEFT.
  • 40 METERS FROM CORNERS OR ROUNDABOUTS START TO SLOW DOWN AND CHECK IN REAR VIEW MIRROR – SLOWING DOWN CHECKING FOR PEDESTRIANS THEN CARS
WHEN CHANGING LANES

INDICATE – CHECK REARVIEW MIRROR AND SIDE MIRROR – IF SAFE CHECK OVER SHOULDER FOR BLIND SPOT – IF CLEAR MOVE OVER – MOVE OVER GRADUALLY (YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR A GOOD GAP TO MOVE INTO – 2 CAR LENGTH) – LOOK FOR A SAFE GAP (2 CAR LENGTH) OR IN HEAVY TRAFFIC WAIT UNTIL ANOTHER DRIVER ALLOWS YOU TO MOVE IN.

CHECK SPEED EVERY 30 SECONDS ALSO CHECK REARVIEW MIRROR EVERY 10 TO 20 SECONDS –

PULL UP BEHIND CARS IN TRAFFIC   A GOOD 2 CAR LENGTH – WHEN TWO CARS PULL UP BEHIND THEN MOVE UP TO A CAR LENGTH.

AFTER DOING A 3 POINT TURN MAKE SURE YOU LOOK OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER AS YOU STRAIGHTEN UP TO DRIVE OFF. YOU CAN INDICATE RIGHT AS YOU DRIVE OFF.

STOP SIGN – STOP BEFORE THE WHITE LINE (WITHIN A METRE NO MORE THEN 4 METRES) AND COUNT 3 SECONDS – CHECK RIGHT/LEFT AND FOR PEDESTRIANS IF CLEAR -MOVING OFF.

OBSERVATION IS THE MAIN THINGS – EYES ON THE MOVE

AND HEAD CHECKS (ESPECIALLY WHEN DOING YOUR LICENCE TEST)

 

LEARNING TO DRIVE

“POINTS TO REMEMBER”

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DRIVING…. THINGS TO REMEMBER

HEAD CHECKS WHEN TURNING LEFT OR CHANGING LANES — ANY TIME YOU MOVE OVER A CAR WIDTH INDICATE AND DO A HEAD CHECK.
TURNING LEFT OR RIGHT — CHECK REAR VIEW MIRROR BEGIN TO SLOW DOWN – INDICATE 4 HOMES OR 50 METERS FROM THE CORNER – CHECK BLIND SPOT CROSS SHOULDER WHEN MOVING OVER.
50 METERS FROM CORNERS OR ROUNDABOUTS START TO SLOW DOWN AND CHECK IN REAR VIEW MIRROR.

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TRAFFIC LIGHTS – RED LIGHT RUNNERS

 

At the LIGHTS

“If YOU are the 1st car at Intersection LIGHTS”

Before proceeding at LIGHTS always check RIGHT and LEFT.
Doing this will keep you safe from any RED LIGHT RUNNERS.
These are drivers who drive through RED LIGHTS without stopping.
A majority of car accidents happened at INTERSECTIONS and TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

Trucks are the main offenders…

WAIT AND LOOK AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS

If you are turning right at traffic lights and there is a truck or bus in front of you- also turning –  make sure you wait till they turn before proceeding. This will give you a clear view if there is any traffic coming through the intersection.

 

Learn How to Drive – Don’t You Become a Statistic

Learn How to Drive  

Where Car Accidents Happen

The survey found that 52 percent of reported crashes occurred five miles or less from home and a whopping 77 percent occurred 15 miles or less from home. This, of course, should be intuitive since most people do the great majority of their driving within a close proximity of their homes, but many drivers seem more concerned about safety issues when embarking on a long, cross-country trip than when heading to the grocery store. For insurance companies, the information has a different application.

 

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Learn How to Drive Safely

Learn How To Drive  – Speed Management (The Safer Drivers Course NSW)

SPEED

Speed is the major cause of death and injury in road crashes. Some novice drivers might be cautious and drive slowly. However, as they become more competent and confident, they might drive at speeds at which they cannot stop in time. An increase in speed reduces the time that a driver has to detect and respond to hazards. Hazard perception includes the process of discovering, recognising and reacting to potentially dangerous driving situations. Novice drivers detect and respond to hazards at a slower rate than do experienced drivers.

There are safety benefits to be achieved if novice drivers – and all drivers – apply low-risk driving strategies, such as:

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