Roadworks


Roadworks

We all know it can be frustrating waiting in the traffic, but we must remember they are just doing their job to maintain and update the roads we are driving on.

The speeds around roadworks are always reduced. This is due to the fact they are making changes to the road that may make a faster speed unsafe and to make sure you are going slowly to get used to the new road.

This is also since you are in a vehicle and many of these workers are not. Their safety while they are working hard to keep our roads safe is very important.


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School Zones are designed to keep the areas around schools safer for everyone.


School Zones are designed to keep the areas around schools safer for everyone.

Most zones are between the standard times of 7-9am and 2-4pm and generally will be set to 40km/h.

Certain councils and areas may vary so make sure you read the sign or check with the local council in your area.

These zones are set to ensure the safety of the children, parents and staff around these times when a high volume of them are coming to or leaving school.

Some areas have additional parking restrictions, and most have a drop off zone to make sure that the traffic is affected as little as possible.


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Avoid that Parking Fine


“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said 'Parking Fine.”
? Tommy Cooper

Parking restrictions are in place to keep the roads clear and safe for other road users.

There is plenty of signage around to let you know where you can and cannot park.

If there is no signage there are a few simple rules to follow and fines may occur if you park in any of the following:

- Clearways
- Bus or taxi zones
- Within 10m of an intersection (20m if there are traffic lights)
- Work zones, loading zones or truck zones
- On a highway
- In a permit zone


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Never Drive faster than your guardian angel can fly- Author Unknown


Never Drive faster than your guardian angel can fly- Author Unknown

Speeding is one of the top causes of accidents.

Make sure you stick to the speed limits as they have been set for a reason and the people that set them must take a lot of things into consideration to ensure they are consistent.

They consider how many lanes, how much on street parking, how many houses and traffic accident reports for the area.

They have been set for your safety and others. Obey the limit and make it to your destination.


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Stop Signs - Myths vs Facts


Stop signs

MYTHS

   -   If the person in front stopped, I don’t need to worry about it

   -   They are basically a give way sign

   -   I only need to stop 3 seconds then go

 

FACTS

   -   If the person in front of you stops you also need to stop when you are at the front

   -   If it were meant to be a Give Way sign it would be. Stop means stop.


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Can you eat while driving?


Can you eat while driving?

While it is not currently illegal to eat while driving it is listed among the things that can distract a driver. It is up there with texting and driving which is illegal. So it may only be a matter of time before eating becomes completely off limits as well.

It is recommended to avoid eating while driving. Not having both hands available would be dangerous and reduce reaction time.


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Seat Belts Save Lives


Seat Belts Save Lives.

MYTHS

  - Seat belts cause more damage in an accident

  - Every adult passenger is responsible for their own seat belt

  - Airbags are enough to prevent injury

FACTS

  - A little bruising you may get is far better than being flung through the windshield

  - The driver is the one who will cop the penalty for every passenger not wearing a seat belt.


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Mobile phones and driving do not mix


In this modern world, having technology at our fingertips can lead many people to view instant responses as a necessity, or even feel anxious about keeping in contact while driving.

MYTHS

   →  Handsfree is fine for everyone

   →  I’m a good driver I will manage

   →  If I don’t get caught…


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Eating While Driving

Written by Sandra Bain

You slept through all 5 of your alarms and now you’re rushing out the door on your way to work. Your hair is a total mess, you’re wearing odd socks and you skipped breakfast... a coffee and McMuffin are starting to sound pretty good right now.

The drive thru staff hand over your morning saviour and the car quickly fills with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. You then get a whiff of that perfectly cooked egg, juicy bacon and a slice of cheddar cheese nestled comfortably in a toasty English muffin... mmmmm


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What to do when sharing the road with HORSES...

Written by Sandra Bain

You’re driving along and suddenly you notice a horse rider on the road up ahead, do you:

A: Honk at the rider to move off the road

B: Try to pat the horse on your way past

C: Assess the situation and take appropriate action to avoid or prevent risk to yourself and other road users.


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