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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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Literacy and driving: how not being able to read affects your ability to drive

Literacy is a problem for over 40% of New Zealanders, with around 20% experiencing substantial literacy issues. At some point in New Zealand’s history, it was possible to get a New Zealand driver licence simply by taking a quick spin

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Distracted walkers and cyclists

Why are so many walkers and cyclists distracted on the road? While we hear about driver distraction being a problem, distraction among other road users is also a huge issue. The main causes of being distracted while walking or cycling

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How to be a stunt driver

Driving in the movies is often done by a stunt driver. They will do car chases, action scenes, precision driving and anytime a vehicle is involved in an impact or explosion. Stunt drivers sometimes start out as racing drivers but

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How to get out of a sinking car

New Zealand has a huge number of roads that wind around our coastline and along rivers in valleys, for example a road like SH25 from Thames to Coromandel which has a large number of places where, if you go off

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Bus lane rules

Bus lanes are lanes with specific rules about which vehicles can use them. There are four types of bus lane: Bus-only lanes Bus lanes Bus and transit Busways Bus-only lanes Bus-only lanes are part of existing roads but designed only

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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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