Driving tests

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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On-the-Go: Backpack Essentials for the Everyday Motorcyclist

Suited up and ready to ride! You’re zipping up your favourite motorcycle jacket, giving those sturdy boots the one-two kick, all while sliding on a freshly shined helmet; you’re ready to ride! There is always that one nagging issue, where

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How to fix the road toll

Why do successive governments make the wrong decisions on reducing road deaths? Governments cannot make the right decisions on reducing our road toll because the right decisions are not politically palatable. As a government can be voted out after 3

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Can you drive overseas using a New Zealand driver licence?

Almost all countries accept a New Zealand licence as valid ID for driving, but there are some exceptions and you may also need an international driving permit which is only available from AA in New Zealand. International Driving Permit (IDP)

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Learner driver insurance

Your insurance company needs to be aware that you have a learner or restricted driver driving. They may change the conditions of your policy or your excess if you need to make a claim. What is learner driver insurance? Learner

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Are you allowed to drive without a muffler?

You can drive a car or motorbike with no muffler as long as it doesn’t exceed the maximum sound level allowed. What is a muffler? A muffler is part of the exhaust system which reduces the volume of your engine

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Critical and immediate fail errors in your driving test

There are two types of errors that could cause you to fail your restricted or full licence practical driving test: Critical errors – you can make one of these in stage 1 of the test and up to two critical

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Types of forklift trucks

If you want to get your forklift operator’s certificate then you need to know what types of forklift trucks you can operate.  The main types of forklift truck are: Counterbalance Walkie trucks Reach stackers Order pickers Sideloaders Off-road Telescopic handlers

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