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Got a chip on your windscreen? Why you need to get it fixed or replaced as soon as possible

A windshield is an important component of the vehicle’s construction; a chip or a crack on it could compromise your safety. Even a small chip in the wrong position can cause distractions or impair your vision, leading to an accident.

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5 auto mechanic tools you need to have in your car

We all hate that feeling we get when you have to pull over to the side of the road because you’ve heard the car make a funny sound. Maybe you’ve even been unable to avoid something on the road and

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How do you work out distance, speed and time?

These are often set as questions in maths tests but are useful for us to know so that we can approximate how long a journey will take. There’s a simple formula which governs the three, and it can be expressed

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Winter driving: what you need to know

Winter driving is predominantly characterised by less traction available on the road. Basically, your tyres have less grip because the road’s surface will have ice, snow, mud or water on it. As well as slippery road surfaces, this is a

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How long do you have to wait to drive after a C section?

Why can a C section make it difficult to drive? A Caesarian or C section is a surgery that involves cutting the muscles of the abdominal wall. The healing process can be painful as those muscles are used all the

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Can you learn to ride on an electric motorbike?

The Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 was recently updated to include a definition for electric motorbikes under “approved motorcycle”: …is powered by motive power wholly derived from an external source of electricity and is approved for use by the

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Can you drive if you are deaf?

There is no law preventing a deaf driver from driving a private motor car or motorbike in New Zealand. However, deaf drivers may want to consider additional features to help them, where possible: Additional mirrors – these can be set

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What are retreads or regrooves and when can you use them?

Retreads or regrooves are tyres which have been used at least once and had new tread or new grooves applied so that they can be used again. They were popular for passenger vehicles a couple of decades ago but fell

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What happens when a truck tyre blows?

Heavy vehicle tyres are filled to a much higher pressure than car tyres. Because of the potential injury to the tyre technician if the tyre blows while it’s being filled, truck tyres are filled in a cage. If the tyre

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Driving at night: how to reduce the risks

Your vehicle’s lights are no match for the sun. They illuminate things only to shades of grey. There’s less detail and depth perception is worse. Vision is our primary sense when driving and once you dull that sense, driving becomes

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Will autonomous cars leave corporate drivers jobless?

The advent of self-driving vehicles aims to reduce car crashes and curb carbon emissions globally, but it also brings bad news. Countless drivers may be displaced or even face unemployment once the machines take the wheel. Self-driving cars are inevitably

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WINZ or MSD quotes for driver training

If you are receiving a WINZ benefit and want to improve your career prospects by building your driving skills, they may pay for courses, but you need to get us to provide a quote for you to supply to WINZ.

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How do you get or renew a D endorsement for dangerous goods?

How do you get a D endorsement? You need to complete a dangerous goods D endorsement course. You can do the theory online (on this website) followed by a final theory assessment in front of an accredited trainer, or you

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What are the yellow plastic indicators on truck and bus wheels?

Wheel-off incidents – where a wheel comes off a vehicle while it’s moving – can cause property damage, injury and even death. It’s more common than you realise. In 2010 a bus passenger was killed when a wheel came off

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What’s the difference between excessive speed and inappropriate speed?

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Excessive speed is where a driver exceeds the posted speed limit. For example, if the limit is 50km/h and the driver drives at 60km/h, this is excessive speed. Inappropriate speed is where the driver drives within the speed limit, but

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Are you allowed to drive after blackouts or fainting?

A blackout, syncope or fainting is where your body experiences a sudden, temporary loss of oxygen to the brain causing a brief loss of consciousness. It can be caused by low blood pressure, hypotension, diabetes, dehydration and a multitude of

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How are speed limits decided?

Choosing speed limits for a country is a balancing act based on a number of competing pressures related to road design, accident rate and fuel economy. This article outlines some factors that are directly considered when designing roads, some that

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What is traction control and how does it work?

If your engine delivers too much power to your wheels and it overcomes the friction between the tyres and the road, you get wheelspin. Traction control is a method that stops this from happening and it has great safety benefits.

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Road centre lines and what they mean

Dashed or broken white centre line A dashed or broken white line indicates lanes of a road where there are no overtaking restrictions and the road is not considered to have any unusual or dangerous features. On standard roads these

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How do you know when to change up or down a gear?

There are two main types of gearbox: manual and automatic. In a manual gearbox you will make the decisions 100% of the time when to change up or down a gear. However, manual gearboxes are becoming less and less common,

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