Safety Tips for This Year's Halloween

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Halloween is getting increasingly popular in Australia and NSW has been given the green light for Trick or Treaters to continue the tradition this year but also to remain vigilant and follow the COVID safety rules that have been put in place for example: Children need to travel with families only, Halloween will be held in the front yard instead of door knockers, 1.5m distance still applies, hand sanitiser is to be offered and no communal bowls to be used for treats; only sealed packaging. Halloween takes place on the first weekend in 5 years so children and parents will still be expecting to gather in residential streets for this occasion.

Children will be accompanied by an adult on this occasion but motorists are urged to be aware of children and families unexpectedly entering and exiting the road, visibility will be low, wet weather has been predicted and children's peripheral vision may not be 100% clear as it may be obstructed by a mask or hood, drivers also need to take care when turning into or reversing out of driveways.

Halloween is supposed to be a night of scares but that doesn't mean they should be extended to our NSW roads.

So families please ensure your children remain in sight, stay in well-lit areas off the kerb, dress your children in bright colours to be visible for passing motorists, and drivers please watch carefully for pedestrians.

Please take care this weekend, stay safe, and have a spooktacular night.


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Driving safely in Wet Weather conditions

Written by Rebecca Saunders

In Australia recently we have had severe storms and heavy rain and there is more to be forecast in the coming days.

Driving in wet weather can be challenging, it is important for road users to be mindful of these conditions when getting behind the wheel and prepare for the obstacles that may be ahead; Roads are slick, visibility is reduced and reaction times are slower which means it’s important that you take it easy on the road.

The first rain makes the road more difficult to drive on, as the contaminants and oil on the dry road are combined with the water it forms a slippery surface. Drivers are likely to experience reduced control and need to be extra careful for the first half-hour after it begins to rain.

In preparation before braving wet weather ensure your vehicle is equipped for the road ahead:


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We've Got Big News!

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Onroad Driving School is Sydney’s Most Trusted and Professional Training Academy. With over 1000 5-star reviews, we at Onroad can guarantee excellent service, quality education, and value for money.


Onroad’s standard lessons are designed to give Learners practical experience with our dedicated Instructors and develop the skills to drive in preparation for their driving test or simply to have a refresher lesson, each of our individual Instructors has different techniques in their structured plan with teaching, they have dual controls fitted to their vehicles for the student's safety, they are RMS accredited and hold valid Working with children checks.


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Double Demerits this Labour Day weekend

Written by Rebecca Saunders

 

This Labour Day Long weekend Double Demerits will apply on NSW roads from Friday 02 October 2020 until Monday the 5th of October 2020.

Police and Emergency services will be in full force with the weekend approaching in a bid to slow down drivers and save lives as motorists will be expecting to take advantage of the warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.


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Are all NDIS Modified vehicles utilised as new vehicles rather than old?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

According to the state government when an NDIS participant needs access modifications to their vehicle, the vehicle should be less than 5 years old and under 80,000 km to be considered suitable for modifications. (This changed from 3 years in late 2019.)

At Onroad Driving school we comply with these legal requirements. The vehicles we provide to NDIS participants are modern in design, meet the recommended safety standards (awarded an AN-CAP rating of 5 stars) and can be equipped with the following  Modifications for OT assessments and Mobility Aids:



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Why Wear a Mask You Ask?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Australians within our state of NSW have been strongly encouraged by the government and Health Experts to wear masks whenever physical distancing is not possible.

In July 2020 Victoria suffered a second spike in COVID-19 cases after the restrictions had eased and the numbers have grown rapidly in select states. NSW currently has recorded a growing number of cases and Australians have been reminded to remain vigilant, continue to follow hygienic practices to avoid community transmission, and effectively help to slow the spread.

Wearing face masks may help to protect our Instructors and our student drivers from droplets when someone coughs, speaks or sneezes, and are less than 1.5 meters away from them (especially within a vehicle). Wearing a mask will also help to protect if you are infected with the virus, but do not have symptoms of infection. When thinking about whether you should be wearing a face mask.

Consider the following:


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Does the 3 second rule apply at a Stop Sign?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

                                                     

Recent reports have suggested that there is some confusion with drivers in Australia who make the decision to stop at a stop sign for 3 seconds and then proceed. Despite common belief, there is no 3 second rule however it takes up to 3 seconds to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. When stopping at a stop sign or stop line you need to come to a complete halt at or before the stop line or an intersection if there is no stop line. Look both ways and then give way to vehicles and/pedestrians once it is safe to proceed.

‘STOP signs and ‘STOP' lines - When you come to a stop sign you must stop before reaching thestop line or intersection, and as close as possible to the line or intersection. A stop sign or a stop line means you must give way to all vehicles travelling in, entering or approaching the intersection, regardless of the direction. You must also give way to any pedestrians crossing the road in which you are turning and you must remain stationary until it is safe for the driver to proceed.

The chances are if you risk driving past the white line or into the intersection without stopping first, you will be committing an offence, which can attract a fine of $298 and 3 demerits points, or $457 and 4 demerit points in a school zone.

Please take a look at our video demonstration on Stop/Giveway signs and more at our Youtube Channel


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Mobile Detection Cameras

Written by Rebecca Saunders

 

Over 7 million dollars in fines have been raked up as Australian motorists have continued to avoid the previous warnings. despite a select few of the Mobile Detection Cameras being in fixed locations within NSW and a small undisclosed number of temporary locations; in the first 2 months Authorities have caught 21,000 motorists.

Recent reports have revealed that 11,790 mobile phone detection camera fines were issued in March 2020 alone and a further 9000 motorists were fined in April even though there were fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Combining the tickets issued by cameras and police officers, mobile phone offenses in NSW added up to more than $7.5 million in fines in March and April 2020

The minimum penalty for holding a phone while driving is a loss of five demerit points and a $344 fine, or $457 in a school zone.
The mobile phone penalties are the same whether the vehicle is stopped in traffic or traveling in speed.

During NSW double demerit periods such as public holidays and school breaks, the mobile phone fine remains the same but the points are doubled. With this being said motorists are not able to browse social media, email, or respond to text messages even if your phone is in a cradle, at any time.

The only circumstance in which you’re allowed to use a mobile phone while driving is to answer or make a call, as long as you’re using the car’s controls to operate it and the device cannot be rested on the driver’s lap or shoulder or held away from their body.

Unlike mobile and fixed speed cameras in NSW, there are no visible warning signs posted for mobile phone detection cameras. Some have called for warning signs to be placed ahead of the camera locations to deter drivers from using their phones but this concept has not been confirmed.

Here at Onroad, we support these regulations; the safety of our drivers and the greater community is our number one priority. please take care and be mindful when using your mobile device on the road.


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Caution with Driveways


Being extra cautious when driving in a driveway, may prevent your vehicle from being damaged, prevent you from being at fault in an accident with another vehicle, and reduce the risk of pedestrian injury           

Watch out for pedestrians - double check your mirrors as well as your blind spots for pedestrians walking across or near the driveway when pulling into and out of driveways.  Low speed, 'off-road' locations including car parks and driveways have been identified as high-risk sites for accidents involving small children.


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When is The Driver Testing Open?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Driver Tests now open as of (01/07/2020)

As students may be aware the Driver Testing for NSW has previously been postponed temporarily due to COVID-19, however, services will be resuming soon and students can now arrange to book for their Driving Test.

In preparation for your Driving Exam make sure you rest the night before, On the day of your test stay hydrated, have something to eat, and most importantly try not to feel overwhelmed; just relax.

6 important points to be aware of before your driving test:


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