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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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How to clean your bike like a pro

There is no point in owning a high-quality and expensive bike if you’re not prepared to make the effort to clean your bike like a pro. The bike can get quite dirty, especially in winter when everything can be best described as

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Definitions of new and used cars

When you purchase a car there are different options in terms of how new and how much use they have had. You will come across terms used in advertising so if you don’t know what ex-demo means, read on. Brand

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How to drive on a beach

It’s common to drive on a beach in New Zealand. In fact, some of the earliest roads were beaches and even race tracks (e.g. the beach at Muriwai, west of Auckland), and some of our most popular tourist attractions are,

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Riding a motorbike in hot weather – staying cool

Skin versus the road is a argument the road will always win, but it doesn’t stop motorcyclists from riding around in summer wearing shorts, a t-shirt and jandals. Unfortunately summer is the time you really want to be outside on

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How hot does your car get in summer?

85 degrees Celsius is enough to burn your skin, and that’s how hot black surfaces in your car can reach if they are exposed to the sun when it’s just 35 degrees outside. The air temperature inside the car could

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Group riding on a motorbike – advice to stay safe

Group riding on motorbikes can be fun, but it can also make riding more dangerous and frustrating. Group size Groups should be kept small and always make sure that all riders are at a similar level otherwise the slowest tend

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Company driver training

What is company driver training? Company driver training (or ‘fleet driver training’) is where you provide information and upskilling to drivers that drive while working for your company. Companies have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act to

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Online driver safety course

mobile phone use while driving

How do you improve the safety of your employee drivers? There are six main areas you can improve driver safety: Reducing distractions Improving driver health and fitness Eliminating drug and alcohol usage Improving awareness of dangers so that drivers drive to

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Forklift driver training

Upskill and improve your chances of employment with a forklift licence. There are two options when you are learning to drive a forklift: Operator’s licence F endorsement With an approved forklift instructor you will learn: Forklift theory (you can practice this

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What type of drivers are most at risk of accidents?

Driving for work

People who drive at work People who drive at work are more likely to have an accident than people that don’t. There are a number of factors that contribute to the risk: Driving for work means you are on the

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Driving at Work: Reducing Risks

off-road minibus

People who drive for work spend more time on the road in stressful situations while multitasking and therefore increase their risk of having an accident. In fact, according to NZTA and ACC, up to 25% of work vehicles will be

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Fuel CO2 calculator: carbon dioxide emissions in kg

carbon dioxide emissions

The approximate CO2 per litre of diesel fuel is 2.68kg, and for petrol it is approximately 2.31kg. LPG produces around 1.51kg per litre. There is not much variation of this, even with new vs old vehicles; the main factor that

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Safe driving policy

How to create a safe driving policy Every company or entity that has employees, volunteers or contractors drive its vehicles or use their own vehicles directly for work purposes must have a safe driving policy. You can create your own,

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Methods used to encourage sensible lawful driving

The government, police and road authorities traditionally use a variety of fear-based techniques to encourage people to stick to the road rules. Rules and laws are created for safety and/or convenience, and breaking these rules results in some kind of

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How to avoid being the victim of an insurance scam accident (cash for crash)

Smashed BMW

This is a very rare occurrence in New Zealand because we have ACC, but it pays to understand what happens because it’s common in some other countries (particularly eastern European countries and Russia). In fact, it’s so common in Russia

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Can you drive in New Zealand on an overseas licence?

Any visitor to New Zealand with a current, valid overseas private driving licence can drive for 12 months using that licence before they have to change it to a New Zealand licence. Licence holders for trucks and commercial vehicles must

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How to transport pets

pets in cars

Transporting pets in your car Brake heavily with an unrestrained dog in the back of your car, and a canine missile will be projected into you, your passenger, or through the windscreen. This is not good for the pet or

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Towing a horse float

horse float

Towing a normal trailer is much easier than towing a horse in a trailer. A horse is several hundred kilos of unstable, top-heavy mass that can move around in your trailer and it makes driving a challenge as you will

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