The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Written by Rebecca Saunders

Christmas is fast approaching and around this time of year, it can be particularly challenging for families and friends to find a practical and inexpensive gift that ticks all the boxes.

Each year thousands of consumers make a beeline for the shopping centers and online stores to purchase an ideal Christmas gift that will be suitable for everyone, but what is a suitable gift?

There is a varied list of material gift ideas that can be added to your shopping cart such as;

IPhone Pro

IPhone 12 Pro Max

The Samsung Galaxy

an Instagram/snap chat voucher

Nike/ Adidas Sports Shoes

OR

Would you rather offer your loved ones the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and practical skills to help support them in the future?

Onroad Driving School are Australia's Leading Experts in Driving Education and provide students with the tools that are needed to be a safe and confident driver.

With this being said there is a variety of gift vouchers to choose from that will assist in ensuring safety, self-assurance, and independence behind the wheel.

Onroad has a number of affordable Driving Lesson and Advanced Course vouchers that can simply and discretely be purchased online for your flexibility and to be gifted to that special person.


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SMITH System

Written by Rebecca Saunders



The Smith System is a system of key guidelines designed to provide motorists with the knowledge and skills to drive safely and defensively.

These guidelines include the following:

Aim High - Drivers must look well ahead of the vehicle as they drive. As a general rule, it's important to look 20-30 seconds ahead of them. Staying alert of the dangers and traffic ahead not only helps to avoid rear-end collisions, but it also alerts other motorists behind the vehicle to slow down. (The driver should also steer and focus their attention "high" enabling them to view the road as a whole.)

Get The Big Picture - While scanning ahead, it's principle for motorists to do the following: Check the side and rear mirrors, stay alert for changes on or near the roadway, maintain the correct following distance, and also be aware of the surroundings at all times.

Keep Your Eyes Moving - Focusing on any object for too long decreases your peripheral vision; drivers must scan all intersections before entering them. Consistent eye movement prevents the driver from getting fatigued and going into a hypnotic state; keeping them alert to every driving condition ahead.

Leave Yourself A Way Out - Drivers must leave themselves a path of escape to avoid a collision. This means that they need to ensure that other drivers do not close them in while selecting their lanes, that they avoid following other vehicles too closely, and always anticipate what choices other drivers make. 

Make Sure Others See You: It is crucial that drivers communicate with fellow road users. This can be done using indicators, brake lights, and hand signals. it prevents accidents by making assumptions behind the wheel, as a driver make sure the other driver can see you and expect your next move. 

The Smith System for driving is relative to reducing collisions, preventing injuries, and saving lives. These five principles are the key focus of driver safety, are implemented in training globally, and can reduce the risk of major accidents on both highways and roads.

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Melbourne Cup in Moderation

Written by Rebecca Saunders

The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation, every year on the first Tuesday in November many Australian's flock to watch the event, dress to impress, tip a possible winning horse and participate in the fun. With this being said the celebrations lead to celebratory drinks and it's important to be aware of the effects of alcohol before attempting to drive home.

(The following information is taken from https://drinkwise.org.au/)

The legal limit in Australia is set at .05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for full licence holders. Learners and Provisional license holders must have a .00 BAC. Other licence types may vary.

The effects of alcohol on driving can include:


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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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