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What are smart motorways?

Smart motorways use a number of systems working together in real time to manage traffic. While standard motorways simply have a fixed speed limit and lanes, smart motorways have signalling that can control the speed limit based on the current

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Seven ways to make your car insurance invalid

You could have car insurance but that doesn’t mean that the insurance company will pay out if you have an accident because there are ways in which you can invalidate it by not understanding the fine print (i.e. the terms

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What language can I take my driving test in?

Theory test When you take the learner test it is available in a number of other languages as well as English: Arabic Chinese (simplified and traditional) Gujarati Hindi Korean Māori Punjabi Samoan Thai Tongan. All New Zealand’s road signs are in English, so

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What causes discomfort and pain when driving?

Drivers that spend long periods of time in their vehicles can be susceptible to pain. Whether you’re commuting 90 minutes each way, or you’re a professional driver doing 10 hours on the road in a truck, there are things you

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What is an EV lane?

 An EV lane is reserved for electric vehicles and any other vehicles marked on the sign, for example, vehicles carrying two or more people (T2), heavy vehicles, motorbikes, etc. Priority bypass lanes on motorways allow drivers of certain vehicles to

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How much does a vehicle accident cost?

Whether it’s your personal car or a company vehicle that’s involved in a crash, the costs are more than you’d imagine. Non-injury crashes tend to cost less than injury crashes which tend to cost less than fatal crashes. Minor scrapes

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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

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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