Driving tests

How to pass the learner licence driving test when you have reading or literacy problems

Drivers who suffer literacy problems can struggle to pass the theory test. There are several options available to drivers to help with reading and comprehension when learning the questions required for passing a car, motorbike or heavy vehicle learner licence

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What is drink walking and what’s a drink walker?

A drink walker is a person who is walking home drunk. It’s most commonly seen on Friday and Saturday nights near bars and pubs and with males aged 18-30. Many pedestrian fatalities involve people who are under the influence of

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13 techniques to cut your fuel bill

Driving responsibly is about more than keeping your passengers and other road users safe. Many of the driving techniques that you instructor will advise you to use to stay safe can also save fuel, which reduces the impact of your

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How do vehicle recalls work?

A vehicle recall is when a manufacturer identifies a problem and advises that owners of those vehicles bring them to an authorised service centre to have them repaired. Vehicles are complex things with thousands of moving parts subject to vibration

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How often should you check your mirrors?

At 100km/h you’re travelling almost 28 metres a second. In five seconds you’ve travelled almost 140 metres. The landscape has changed, you’ve been past intersections, other vehicles have changed lanes. Would that be a good time to check your mirrors, every

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What is a defensive driving course?

A defensive driving course helps drivers become more aware of how to reduce risks while driving. A typical defensive driving course consists of several classroom sessions followed by a practical session in a car with an instructor which must be

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Top 12 ways to become a better driver

There’s always room for improvement. Or, if you’re sure you’re perfect, here’s some validation about the idiots out on the road with you. 1. Look further ahead If you’re staring at the car in front, you have no idea what’s happening

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How to clean windshield wipers like a pro

Our windscreen wipers are crucial for maintaining a clear view through the windscreen and thus one of the most important factors essential for safe driving. A dirty windscreen wiper creates a smeary windscreen thus reducing your vision. And on the

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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

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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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