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Carpooling in New Zealand

Traffic in our cities is diabolical in rush hour so it makes sense to carpool if possible to help reduce congestion levels. What is carpooling? Carpooling (also called ride sharing, car sharing or lift sharing) is when you prearrange to

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Can you drive if you have had a limb amputated

It is still possible to drive with one arm, no arms, one leg, or no legs. Having a limb amputated does not invalidate your current driver licence. However, a doctor may require that you drive a specific type of vehicle

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What is the risk of buying a stolen car?

If you buy a car from a dealer you are covered by consumer legislation and various guarantees or warranties, but if you purchase a secondhand car from a private seller there is a risk that it could be stolen. If

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Do company vehicles have to carry a first aid kit?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 covers the safety of employees and contractors wherever they are working for you, and this includes when they’re in a vehicle driving for work, whether they are driving or just a passenger.

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Are you allowed to reverse onto a busy road?

While it’s not ideal to reverse onto a busy road, there is no law against it. Firstly, you would have to determine what ‘busy’ means, which is difficult because many ‘busy’ roads are only busy at certain times of the

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Pass your practical driving test by mastering these systems

Learning a system of car control makes it much easier for you to pass the practical driving tests for the restricted and full licences; they will make you more confident in your driving. Your driving instructor should be able to

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Can you drive when you are pregnant?

The law does not prevent you from driving when you are pregnant unless you can’t do so safely, i.e. you cannot control the car. The physical changes and challenges you face when being pregnant might encourage you (or force you)

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What should you do if your brakes fail while you are driving?

Depending on what vehicle you are driving and the type of road you are driving on, you have a number of options if your brakes stop working while you’re driving. They could stop working because of brake fade, you’ve driven

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What is the social cost of a car crash?

In a vehicle crash the obvious cost is the damage to the vehicle but there is a social cost, too, as many other people are affected by the crash. The Ministry of Transport publishes social cost figures every year. New

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Technology to keep you driving in your lane: lane departure warning & lane keep assist

Distractions and inattention can cause your vehicle to drift out of its lane. In the worst case scenario this can cause you to hit another vehicle head-on. Lane departure warning systems are a suit of technology that warns drivers if

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Can you drive with dementia?

Dementia defines a group of symptoms that result in a decline in memory and thinking skills that affect a person’s life. It’s not one disease, but the most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for up to 80% of

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How to stop a trailer from swinging side-to-side

Trailer sway is when your trailer starts swinging from side-to-side and is out of control. It can happen to any trailer when you are using a tow ball (i.e. a single pivot point) behind the rear wheels of the towing

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Brake warning lights explained

If there’s a problem with your brakes you’ll see a warning light on your dashboard, but there are different warning lights for different problems and different brakes. When you turn on the car’s ignition the computer will go through a

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Manoeuvring and parking at low speeds

The average company car endures between $1000-2000 of minor panel damage every three years. It’s a huge cost to a company. Some of that damage won’t be the fault of the driver, but much of it will be – scrapes

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Are electric cars quieter than petrol or diesel cars?

When you turn an electric car on, it’s virtually silent. You might hear a faint whine of various components, but it’s nothing like the persistent growl of a petrol engine or the relentless clatter of a diesel engine. What is

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Fatigue and sleepiness: how it affects your driving

There’s only so long you can fight the urge to sleep before your eyes will close and you’ll run off the road, probably with serious consequences. Accidents where drivers fall asleep tend to be at high speed because the driver doesn’t

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Types of crash

There are 72 classifications of crashes and loss-of-control incidents used by accident investigators and police. Diagrams are used to quickly describe the accident, and these are published with a guide by NZTA for how to code crashes. The motion or

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How to become a load pilot

Load pilots help oversized loads be transported on the roads without causing a danger to other road users. These loads are wider, taller and/or longer than the maximum vehicle dimensions. Our roads have signs, lanes, roundabouts and traffic islands based

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A guide to load securing devices, load restraints and lashings

The first priority when carrying loads is to ensure that they are secured properly, whether that’s tied down with ropes, secured with canvas straps or chains, or in a curtainside truck on pallets. Loose loads can fall off a truck

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Why are roads often sloped and not flat?

Roads are angled for three reasons: Drainage Safety Terrain Superelevation or banking In an ideal world the road would be higher on the outside of the corner than the inside because this is safer and vehicles can travel around the

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