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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COVID-19 Awareness

Written by Rebecca Saunders



We are sure you have heard and read about the wide spread outbreak of Coronavirus that was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 by the World Health Organisation. At Onroad, we always want to make sure our students are a priority, which is why we have put in place some precautionary measures. 
(All of our team have been instructed to carry 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.)

Reducing the risk to Students 
While the Coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people who display symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness) are likely suffering from a cold or other respiratory illness—not Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health advises that people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have recently been in in a high-risk country/region and people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus. 

If a person has returned from a country or region that is at higher risk for COVID-19, they should not have contact with others. This relates to people who have travelled to (including transiting through) mainland China in the 14 days before the onset of illness left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March 2020, if you have travelled from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) on or after 5 March 2020 or if you have had close or casual contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days before illness onset.  

Hygiene practices should be reinforced; in particular washing hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet (see more information about hand washing published by the Department of Health, Covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing, disposing of tissues, and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser 

If unwell, avoid contact with others (i.e. touching, being in close proximity to others etc.)

We here at Onroad take this matter very seriously and it is important we ensure that the Health and Safety of our Driver Trainers and our Learners is our number one priority at all times.


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Night Driving and the Risk Factors

Written by Rebecca Saunders


When you are driving of a night it is important to be aware that there are risk factors that need to be considered as it is different to driving during daylight hours. Please take extra care in low visibility; if your car is not fitted with the auto lock function which enables your car to lock after the speed reaches 20km per hour, please ensure you lock all doors when driving as recently there have been a number of reports in Australia with handbag theft; especially on the passenger side after the vehicle is stationary at a set of traffic lights.  It is also necessary to stop your vehicle or park in clearly visible areas to ensure that you are in plain sight if you need to seek help and also be sure to turn on your hazard lights in dark areas.

You should have a clear map of the route, you are going to take at night, your head lights should be set at a low beam setting and Reflectors are set on the roads for your assistance.

When increasing speed at night be cautious as it is proven that our eyes can trick us in low visibility.
As per the scientific study, our eyes have night vision cells. These cells take our regular day light receptor cells at night hours. These cells identify things in slow motion. So the vision at night can be deceptive, especially in terms of speed. 

A driver has to think about many aspects while driving. Avoiding speed is the best practice to avoid any kind of accidents.
If you are bound to drive at high speed, then take care of timings and keep your body fit to drive. Never overestimate yourself.


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YouTube Visual Guides

Written by Rebecca Saunders

            

We at Onroad Driving School are so happy to be able to introduce Educational Tools that you can do at your own pace.
Which is just another reason why Onroad Driving School is the number one leading Driving School for Driver Education.

Reverse Parallel Parking (signalling and observation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CZc1AAuq2s&list=UUTf7_JSTn5y5fSY0Cg1zMSw&index=11
The above link is a step by step visual guide to give motorists an indication of what is involved with Signalling and observation when attempting to Reverse Parallel Park - for example turning signals, checking mirrors, enabling a safe gap between the other car before reversing and checking rear mirrors and windscreens.

Reverse Parallel Parking (Vehicle Manoeuvre and Position)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olWCWKPzUTk
This video explains the techniques with Vehicle Manoeuvre and position required to perform Reverse Parallel Parking such as slowing down to approach Vehicle 1 (1 meter apart), reversing slowly and looking into the left rear mirror, turning the wheel entirely to the left until the vehicle is 45 degrees to vehicle 1, straightening the wheel and reversing slowly until the vehicle is parallel to the kerb etc.

Return to the Kerb
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmeDe7dtZjw&list=UUTf7_JSTn5y5fSY0Cg1zMSw&index=12
This video link explains the essential steps to take when returning to the kerb by ensuring that there is a safe rear distance, blind spots and mirrors are checked, reducing speed, and the gear position is in park etc.        

Moving from the Kerb
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xElHloLQoUQ&list=UUTf7_JSTn5y5fSY0Cg1zMSw&index=1
This video is a guide for road users to view the necessary methods such as fastening your seat belt, indicating, checking your mirrors, blind spots and selecting a safe gap etc before moving off the kerb and easing back into the flow of traffic.

Overtaking Scenario
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wesr_BJzEXM
This video link explains the sensible steps to take when overtaking another vehicle; such as ensuring the stretch of road ahead is clear of vision blocks, selecting a safe gap, using the turning signal, checking your blind spot before overtaking and keeping to the speed to pass the vehicle within legal limits. 

This is just a select few of the video links we have on Youtube so please feel free to subscribe to our channel and take a look at the other visual demonstrations we have available.

https://www.youtube.com/user/onroaddrivingschool

Happy Driving


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A Long Distance Relationship

Written by Michelle Lowden

The minimum gap rule helping cyclists on NSW roads

As of May 2018, NSW motorists will have to leave minimum gaps when passing cyclists or face fines and loss of demerit points following a successful two-year trial.

The rule requires drivers passing a cyclist travelling in the same direction to leave a minimum gap of one metre between the car and bike when the speed limit is 60km/h or less.


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Can I use a mobile phone while driving?

Written by Matty Weibel

Have you been using your phone behind the steering wheel? Well you might want to be careful as heavy fines and loss of demerit points apply. Especially since the implementation of mobile phone detection cameras all across Sydney, the police force is cracking down on motorists using their mobile devices while driving.

However, there is a bit of confusion about the actual rules, particularly for learner drivers and P platers. Hopefully the next few paragraphs will clarify a thing or two.

According to Transport for NSW these are the official rules when it comes to using a mobile device while driving. 

Unrestricted licence holders are allowed to use their mobile phones to make or receive audio phone calls if the device is secured in a cradle fixed to the vehicle or if it can be operated without touching it - e.g. voice assistant, bluetooth. The same rule applies to the use of music or audio functions. To use any form of drivers aid (GPS, speed advisor app etc.) the phone also needs to be secured in a cradle. Only use the phone to access digital drivers licence if a police officer has instructed to do so.


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Double Demerits over the Christmas Period

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Christmas is around the corner and it's best to prepare yourself for the traffic congestion that follows.
Double Demerits begin on Friday 20/12/2019 and run through to New Years Day on 01/01/2020.
Demerits apply for speeding, seatbelt, helmet, motorbike and mobile phone related offences.

The Demerit Point system is beneficial to improve driving behaviour, obey the road rules and comply with NSW traffic laws. Drivers caught with a mobile phone during a double demerit point period can expect a fine and loss of 10 demerit points. School Zones will still apply up to 20/12/2019 and will fall within the double demerit period. Certain driving and parking offences attract an additional demerit point if committed in a school zone. The Demerit's for these offences will be doubled on 20/12/2019.


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Safer Drivers Course Website integration with Onroad Website

Written by Matty Weibel

Safer Drivers Course Website integration with Onroad Website

 

Onroad Driving School is a provider of the NSW Safer Drivers Course and its website (safercourse.com.au) has recently been integrated with the main Onroad website (onroad.com.au) and therefore no longer exists. However, there are several benefits as a result of this integration:

  • The website integration allows us to better manage the allocation of course participants as well as scheduling course facilitators and course venues. 
  • Everything is one place: Whether you have booked a standard driving lesson, a test car package or a Safer Drivers Course, every booking is now in one place and shows up under the your history. Simply log into your account to view every booking you have made on the Onroad website 
  • Module 2 allocation: Following Module 1, which is the theory part the course, the new website integration allows the office to easily book in and allocate participants for Module 2, which is the 2 hour practical aspect of the Safer Drivers Course. If you book early enough you will most likely be able to complete Module 2 straight after Module 1 on the same day
  • Hassle free booking process to save your spot for the Safer Drivers Course at one of our locations in Sydney 

Overall, the website integration has been proven to be a good thing as clients can now easily process and manage their bookings for either driving lessons or the Safer Drivers Course in one place.


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Learn and Earn

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Onroad Driving School is an accredited RMS provider of the Safer Drivers Course.

Our Safer Driver Course aims to educate young drivers of the risks associated on the road, how to manage and avoid them and to prepare students under 25 for future driving.

The course locations are as follows: Blacktown, Bondi, Brookvale, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Castle Hill, Chatswood,, Greystanes, Hornsby, Hurstville.
(Just to name a few; the Modules are conducted in multiple locations through out Sydney.)

The course is 5 hours in length and the cost is $140.

Module one: is a 3 hour interactive theory class assisted by one of our Instructors and the Module covers the following risk related outcomes; such as why students are about to enter risk factors on the road, how to identify those risks and manage them accordingly.

Module two: is 2 hours of Practical training conducted by an RMS accredited instructor and two students will be participating so they can identify each others faults and determine what they can do to improve their driving themselves. This module is designed for the students to put the following low risk strategies into practice: 
Following Distances,Hazard Perception, Gap Selection and Speed Management.
(Both Modules can be scheduled on the same day.)

Not only will you earn 20 hours in your log book after the course completion but you will gain further confidence and knowledge on the road.

Special Offer:
If you book with a friend you will be guaranteed a FREE movie ticket each.(after this offer ends we are looking to provide FREE Pizza in some of our venues as well.)

So don't delay, book with Onroad and benefit from our Safer Driver Course today.

Happy Driving!


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