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How to safely get into and out of a heavy vehicle or forklift truck

Every year many drivers get injured through getting out of and into their truck unsafely. If you jump from your cab, when you hit the ground you’ll generate almost twice your bodyweight in force through your knees. It’s in an

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Are you allowed to wear headphones while you drive a car or ride a motorbike?

There’s no law that says you are not allowed to wear headphones while driving a car or truck or riding a motorbike. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Driver distraction comes in many forms and one of them

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How to recognise potential forklift accidents

Thousands of forklift incidents happen each year, from minor scrapes to fatalities. To get an idea of how vigilant you need to be when evaluating your yard or warehouse and your operating procedures let’s look at examples of where forklifts

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Signs of bad brakes and when to change them

All brakes have a limited life span due to the extreme conditions under which they operate. They’re essentially small disks of metal responsible for stopping the rotation of wheels connected to 1500kg or more of moving metal. They have to

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Why is the cost of car insurance so expensive?

There are no reliable figures for the overall number of non-injury accidents, but they are factored into our insurance costs. Insurance is expensive for these reasons: Newer vehicles tend to have more complex parts Some parts can’t be repaired or reused

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What’s the best way to keep the inside of your car clean?

It doesn’t take long after you first pick your car up from the dealer for it to start getting grubby in the interior. An assortment of discarded parking tickets, chocolate bar wrappers and plastic water bottles always seem to end

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What health and safety rules should you enforce for truck drivers visiting your workplace?

If you have pedestrian and heavy machinery traffic alongside truck movements in your warehouse or yard, you must have a set of health and safety rules and a site induction to ensure that accidents don’t happen. Truck drivers and pedestrian

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Pothole dangers: should drivers be taught how to avoid potholes?

Potholes are holes in the road surface that are bigger than 7cm in diameter but not more than a metre square in area or more than 5 cm deep. They’re part of a group of definitions for damage to the

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Can you put different sized tyres on your car?

Vehicle tyres have three measurements which are expressed like this: 225/45R17 The first measurement, e.g. 225, is the width of the tyre in millimeters. The second measurement is the sidewall height as a percentage to the overall width (also called

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What is a tunnel?

How long is a tunnel? How long does a tunnel need to be before it’s called a tunnel? For example, when you go under a bridge, is it just a short tunnel? What if the bridge is only a metre

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When should you change gear when driving?

Subaru Impreza WRX STI gear stick

If you drive a car with a manual gearbox you will need to change gear frequently, but there are also times you need to change gear manually when you are using an automatic gearbox. Let’s deal with a manual gearbox

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How to drive safely in a tunnel

While New Zealand has nowhere near the number of prominent road tunnels that some European countries have, we still have significant ones like the Waterview tunnel. Driving in a tunnel tends to be at least as safe as driving on

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How much training should you give your forklift operators?

Whether a forklift operator is brand new or doing a refresher, the theory requirement is exactly the same and can be done online using this forklift course. The practical requirement is different, though. Practical forklift training for new operators Competenz

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Advice for hiring a rental car – avoiding common tricks and ripoffs

Rental car companies have plenty of avenues to rip you off if they are unscrupulous. We had a particularly bad experience with Avis in Italy who charged over $610 for ‘damage’ that already existed without providing any evidence of what the

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Company vehicle remote immobiliser guidelines

Remote immobilisers or GPS immobilisers, when used on company vehicles, are an excellent way of preventing your vehicles being stolen or, if they have been stolen, to prevent them from getting too far away. Currently, there are no regulations or even

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How can driving instructors improve their websites?

Driving instructors tend to deal with younger people. Where are younger people these days? Actually, where is almost everyone these days? They’re looking for things online. Let’s assume you already have a website because, if you don’t, well, you’re probably

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Do you need to carry a fire extinguisher in a company vehicle?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 treats a vehicle like a workplace. Workplaces may have a need for a fire extinguisher, so does it follow that some vehicles should also carry a fire extinguisher when they are used

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What is the perfect car for a learner driver?

With their lack of experience, learner drivers can quickly get themselves into difficult situations due to: Approaching a corner too quickly Underestimating a vehicle’s performance Overestimating a vehicle’s performance Being distracted Being overwhelmed. Learner drivers also tend to be younger

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When can’t you drive?

Some circumstances mean you are not allowed to drive at all, you’re not allowed to drive a specific vehicle or you’re not allowed to drive in a place where you usually can drive. You can drive when and where you

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How can meditation help you pass your driving test?

Taking your driving test can stress you out, whether it’s a practical test or the theory test. You’ve paid money to take the test and your freedom is riding on it. So, how do you keep your nerves under control

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