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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What is the difference between a standard lesson vs Advanced Courses?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

 

   

 

 

 

What is the difference between a standard lesson vs Advanced Courses you ask?


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What is the difference between ABS vs Non-ABS?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

 

What is the difference between ABS vs Non-ABS Braking

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are designed to help provide better control of a vehicle during adverse weather conditions and avoid the dangers of panic braking. Studies have found that vehicles equipped with ABS systems are 35% less likely to be a part of a collision or accident than a vehicle without anti-lock brakes.

The Anti-lock braking system uses wheel sensors and other essential components sensing skid conditions that activate the ABS. Without an ABS system, the instinct would be to go into panic braking mode which in turn will make drivers attempt to pump the brakes aggressively. Anti-lock brakes do this automatically which is likely to ensure the driver's safety at the time of a collision.

The system is also designed to prevent the danger of wheels locking by encouraging traction which will prevent a vehicle from skidding.  When wheels lock, the vehicle is likely to slide dangerously across the road’s surface; especially if the surface is wet,, without the driver being able to control the situation.

The main benefit of an anti-lock brake system (ABS) includes.
Stopping on icy roads. As mentioned above, an ABS prevents lock-ups and skidding, even in slippery conditions. Anti-lock brakes have been proven to save lives in some situations by helping drivers keep control of their vehicles.

Using ABS is very different from using regular brakes. If you’re braking normally for stop signs, red lights, or vehicles slowing ahead of you, the ABS system will not activate. Early braking is always best in any situation, but if you need to brake quickly and suddenly, ABS will activate.

Non-ABS Braking
In vehicles without anti-lock brake systems, drivers who experience slippery conditions will need to firmly apply brakes to avoid an accident on slick roads. To attend the course, You can book directly HERE

Over the past 10 years, most car manufacturers have made ABS standard in their vehicles it is an essential requirement imposed by the federal government in 2011 and one that we at Onroad Driving School also recommend.

If you don't have ABS fitted to your car especially this season during the colder months on the road, make sure you brake hard and firm at first, but slowly release the brakes as you slow down.

Please take a look at our Youtube demonstration and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arBDJy_vmes

Take care this winter and drive safely.


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What effect has COVID-19 taken on Driving Instructors and Learner drivers?

Written by Rebecca Saunders

The impact that COVID-19 has had on Driving Schools and Learners lessons has been significant. Students and their Instructors have recently been required to postpone their lessons for a number of weeks which in turn has reasonably altered their driving education in order to protect the community. The Roads and Maritime Services have also proactively paused practical driving assessments in NSW until further notice, It is still unclear when the Driver Testing will recommence but certain processes have been put in place for priority testing: please see the attached link for further help with this: https://onroad.com.au/Contact


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Do you provide Driving Lessons under NDIS?

Written by Rebecca Saunders



We here at Onroad are the largest NDIS provider in Australia and we believe in not only quality education but also building relationships with our clients and truly understanding each individuals own personal requirements. We have helped hundreds of NDIS clients achieve positive outcomes through our Specialised Driving lessons and look forward to helping many more.

What is NDIS?
NDIS is The National Disability Insurance Scheme which supports a better quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability . NDIS will assist to provide funding to cover the cost of your driving lessons and manage a personalised plan. Please see the following NDIS link for further information https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants

What services do you provide through NDIS?
We offer specialised driver training: Most of our NDIS instructors have experience in working with clients with Asperger's, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Missing Limbs, Hearing Impairments, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Anxiety & Panic Attacks Disorder.
We also provide In car driving lessons., as well as vehicles with modifications such as Spinner knob: With the steering wheel knob fitted correctly and securely, the driver will be able to turn the steering wheel through a full 360 degrees without having to take their hand away. This makes driving, parking and general manoeuvring in your vehicle become effortless, and safer. 
A select few of our vehicles are completely modified and easy to use for clients with paralysis or other limitations.

What steps are taken to earn my licence through NDIS?
NDIS will review the eligible participant by determining their relevant medical condition that impacts their driving ability and they will also need to obtain their Learners licence.
They then need to contact a specialised occupational therapist to conduct a driving assessment and complete a  
comprehensive medical report that will detail physical, visual and cognitive abilities and the OT will assess your practical driving skills, determine vehicle modifications and assess the next plan to progress towards earning a provisional or full licence with us.

Are you allowed to take lessons from a non approved NDIS provider?
We recommend not to do that because non approved providers are not professionally trained for disability driving and your NDIS plan may not cover the cost. The NDIS plan will not be covered by insurance as they are a Non Accredited NDIS Provider. It's highly recommended under the NDIS Scheme that you use all services from NDIS providers and confirm their provider number before taking their service.

What is the difference between an NDIS provider and a non accredited provider? 
The Credited provider are again professionally trained,they have extensive experience in disability driving and before you book the service with NDIS please ask for the provider number to ensure you are fully covered under the NDIS plan.

Our instructors here at Onroad Driving School have undergone specific training under Rehab On Road to offer a professional and appropriate service to our clients with additional needs. This provides a great sense of independence and freedom for NDIS clients.

We are Australia’s Leading Experts in Driver Education and we are committed to making your experience as smooth and easy as possible. 


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WE ARE BACK!

Written by Matty Weibel

***WE ARE BACK!***

Dear valued customers,

We at Onroad Driving School want to thank you for your ongoing support and patience during this uncertain time and we hope that you are safe and healthy.

It is with pleasure to announce that we are able to resume our services from 1st May 2020 under government guidelines.

Transport for NSW has indicated that services such as driving lessons and assessments, and the Safer Drivers Courses are considered 'essential' services which means every customers may access those lawfully.


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HAPPY EASTER!

Written by Michelle Lowden

HAPPY EASTER and welcome to our Colouring Competition! Download this page and colour it in and send it back to us. Details are at the bottom! Good Luck! 


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COVID-19 Update

Written by Rebecca Saunders

 

 

 

In the Midst of COVID-19 we here at Onroad would like to reassure and inform our Instructors and Learners not to be concerned. We are taking the necessary measures to properly safe guard everyone involved. Our drivers will be provided with hand sanitiser, gloves and masks in their car, (subject to availability). Cleanliness within the car is a high priority and we will always do our best to ensure our students' safety.)

It is also necessary to maintain hygienic practices by washing hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the bathroom ,Covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing, disposing of tissues, and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 

Recently there has been an announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of new crowd restrictions limiting 4 square metres per person in an enclosed space of roughly 25 people. We at Onroad are considering the latest instructions and can assure that our community’s safety is of high importance.


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