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Truck aerodynamics: how to save fuel

To keep a competitive edge many trucking companies turn to aerodynamic add-ons for their tractor and trailer units to help improve fuel economy. It has the added benefit of reducing the environmental impact of trucking by burning less diesel. When

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How to do a hill start: uphill and downhill

Whether it’s a car, truck or motorbike, an uphill start can be a one of the most difficult manouevres to learn. Uphill A hill start is one of the hardest manoeuvres for learner drivers in manual vehicles to get right.

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Why forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are essential safety technologies

braking distances from 30 - 60 km/h

Forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) are two technologies that reduce the risk of running into an object on the road such as a pedestrian or other vehicle. These types of collisions are caused by inattention (distractions)

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What is a vehicle fleet?

A vehicle fleet includes any vehicles that are used for work purposes, including privately owned cars which are called the grey fleet. A vehicle fleet is comprised of fleet vehicles and can include: Cars, SUVs and utility vehicles Motorbikes Heavy vehicles

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Can you use a cycle lane when turning?

When there’s a cycle lane at a set of lights, you must not wait in it for the light to turn green, and you must not drive in it as you approach the lights (unless you’re riding a bicycle). Motorbikes

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What should you do if you’re driving and an earthquake happens?

Earthquakes are common in New Zealand, but most of the time they are small enough that you wouldn’t feel them while you are driving. However, occasionally there are ones that are large enough that you will feel it, or you

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Turning right at traffic lights

Let’s clear up some misconceptions about what you can do when you want to turn right at traffic lights where there’s no green turning arrow. If everyone follows these rules, more traffic can flow through the intersection. As soon as

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Give way rules at pedestrian crossings

There are a few different scenarios for pedestrian crossings: Painted crossings with no central reservation (i.e. the crossing is continuous) Painted crossings with a central reservation island (i.e. the crossing is continuous, but there’s a small raised traffic island in

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Advantages of air suspension

Air suspension on trucks has huge advantages, and a few disadvantages. Most new trucks come with an air suspension option (if not as standard), and it’s available on trailers, too. If you’re considering air suspension on a truck or trailer, here

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My car ignition turns over but it won’t start. Is it flooded?

You’ve moved your car a couple of metres into your car port or garage, turned off the engine after a few seconds and now it won’t start again – it just turns over without firing. Don’t keep trying to start

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What does fleet management software do?

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Companies that operate vehicles need to manage their drivers and the vehicles, whether they are driven on the road or solely off-road, and whether they are owned by the company, leased or staff-owned (the ‘grey fleet‘). The software used for

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What is the grey fleet?

Driving for work

The grey fleet consists of vehicles that do not belong to and are not leased by the company, but they are used for business travel. It consists of: Vehicles privately owned by staff Vehicles on novated leases (where the company

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When is the best time to buy a car?

Getting a good deal on a car can really mitigate the effects of depreciation when you come to sell it again. But when is the best time to buy, and how can you get the deals? Buy when you don’t

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Why don’t new cars and trucks have zero kilometres on the odometer?

When you buy a new car it will never have 0km on the odometer. There will always be a few kilometres? Why is this? Surely if a car is new, it should arrive having never been driven, right? Wrong. Cars

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What is a sharrow?

A sharrow is a double-chevron road marking indicating a shared cycle/vehicle lane. It warns motorists that this is an important cycle route, and it encourages cyclists to use more of the lane where there is potential danger (e.g. from parked cars), but

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Learning to drive with dyslexia or reading difficulties

Dyslexia makes it more difficult to learn to drive, but it doesn’t mean that people with dyslexia are bad drivers. Learner licence For the learner licence test it is more difficult to absorb written material which is why we created

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What lanes can motorbikes use?

Motorbikes and scooters are allowed to use some lanes that car drivers are not allowed to use, but there is some confusion as they are not always signposted. It doesn’t matter what type of motorbike or scooter you have, you

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What can you do if the traffic lights don’t change?

Traffic lights are sometimes controlled by an electromagnetic sensor loop embedded in the road that starts about a metre back from the white line and extends for several metres. It detects large metal objects sitting over the top of them.

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When is the best time to sell a car?

The best time to sell your car depends on what type of car it is, how much depreciation it is likely to experience in the future, its difference in price between what you paid and what it is reasonably worth,

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Vehicle dimensions and mass (VDAM) changes

Full trailer dimensions

This is the essence of the new Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 rule and it saves you reading the whole document: It replaces the 2002 VDAM rule and came into effect on 1 February. Weight changes On permitted roads, the

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