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Easter & Anzac Weekends 2014 - Police Traffic Blitz

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Thursday, 17 April 2014

NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione and Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley today issued warning to drivers, announcing a two week, high profile, state wide traffic blitz over the Easter long weekend, Anzac Day long weekend and school holidays.

Commissioner Hartley said "we will put every resource available into ensuring that families get to and from their holiday destinations safely".

There will be two separate police operations. The traditional Easter campaign, Operation Tortoise, commenced today and will run until midnight on Monday 21 April 2014. Operation Go Slow starts at midnight on Wednesday 23 April 2014 and runs until midnight on Sunday 27 April 2014.

Double demerits will be in force for speeding, seatbelt and motorbike helmet offences over the holiday period.

107 people have died on our roads this year, up from 89 deaths for the same period last year. 8 people were killed on the roads during the same holiday period in 2013.

Whilst road fatalities have fallen to a record low in 2013, Commissioner Scipione warned that "although a reduction in fatalities was encouraging, the community needed to remain vigilant and exhibit safe driving practices".

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5 essential items to keep in your first aid kit

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Article PhotoHaving a well stocked first aid kit in your car is a handy item at all times, because you never know when you might need to administer immediate care for yourself or others on the road. However, a kit that doesn't have the right essentials isn't going to be much use, so it's important to create yours carefully.
While there's no way to be prepared for every possible type of incident, you can do your best to ensure you have all the basics. A first aid kit, along with ctp insurance, will ensure both you and other road users are covered in the event of an accident.
Here are five things you will need to store in your car's kit.
1. Bandages
It's best to have a variety of bandages on hand, from the stick-on Band-Aids for smaller scrapes or cuts to crepe bandages for added compression of the area. This will help to ensure you are equipped to deal with any smaller wounds that don't require more urgent care.
Crepe bandages can be particularly handy as they also provide some support for minor strains and sprains when wrapped tightly around the area. Keep a sufficient supply in your kit, with varying sizes and shapes.
2. Dressings
Sterile gauze dressings in different sizes are another good item to keep in your first aid kit. These can help to control bleeding or protect large surface wounds such as an abrasion or graze. You can find some with their own adhesive and some without, depending on your preference.
They work well paired with bandages to cover a wound, or you can use an additional adhesive tape such as Micropore to attach them where you want.
3. Creams
A variety of creams and lotions should be part of your first aid kit. Calamine lotion can help to soothe a particularly aggressive bug bite, while aloe vera gel can also help to calm an inflamed sore patch of skin - it's also a great one to use to take the sting out of a severe sunburn.
Hydrocortisone cream is another handy essential that can be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies. It can be used to treat a variety of skin irritations and rashes.
4. Medications
If you have a prescription for a specific medicine you may consider keeping some in your car's first aid kit, in case you need it while you're on the road. Make sure it doesn't need refrigeration and always check the expiry date before taking it.
You may also want to have other over-the-counter medications on hand such as oral antihistamines and pain relievers. Antiseptic ointment is another necessary addition to the kit, to help clean the affected area.
5. Tweezers, cotton swabs, gloves
If an accident does occur and you need to treat an exposed wound, hygiene is important to prevent the risk of an infection. With that in mind, your first aid kit should contain some tools to help you treat and clean affected areas in a hygienic way.
Disposable gloves (non-latex material is recommended) are useful to ensure any dirt and grime from your hands doesn't transfer to the wound. Tweezers and cotton swabs will also come in handy to help you place a dressing, ointment or cream exactly where you need it.
Once you have your first aid kit successfully stocked, keep it in a sturdy box or tin so the contents are safely stored in one place. Remember to check your kit regularly and top up anything that is running low or needs replacing. Pay attention to any expiry dates and throw away anything that is past it, as it may no longer be safe to consume or apply.
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Handy items you should always have in your car

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Friday, 11 April 2014

Article PhotoWhen you're out traveling, you never know what emergencies or unexpected events might occur. Even though it's impossible to predict what could happen on any given day, being as prepared as you can will certainly go a long way towards your safety and that of other drivers as well.

Once you know you've got a well-stocked car, you'll enjoy driving around that much more. It's not about expecting the worst but rather preparing for all occasions and incidents to the best of your ability. With that in mind, here are just eight car essentials to get your safety checklist started.

1. Spare Tyre
You should always ensure your tyres have good tread depth and are properly inflated. However, if the worst does happen you must have a spare tyre ready to go. When you check your tyre pressure, which you should do regularly, do not forget to check the spare tyre as well. Make sure you know how to change it so you're not caught out in an emergency. Also make sure you have the tools that you require to change the tyre. At a minimum you need a good quality jack and wheel nut spanner or wheel brace.

2. Torch
When you get a flat tyre or breakdown it always seems to be in the worst place at the worst time. If you break down a t night you must have a torch. It is also good for safety. Make sure it is in working order and that you replace the batteries regularly.

3. First Aid Kit
A well stocked first aid kit is essential, as is some basic knowledge of first aid. It should have all the basics, such as band aids, plasters, cotton swabs, tweezers, scissors, and an over the counter type pain relief medication..

4. Tools
As well as the tools required to change a flat tyre, it is worth carrying a basic tool kit. The kit should include screw drivers, spanners, pliers, electrical tape and matches. A Swiss Army Knife or similar style multi tool is also a good idea.

5. Jumper leads
How many times have you experienced a flat battery or seen someone else with one. A simple set of jumper leads can solve the problem very quickly and very easily. Remember, connect the positive of one battery to the positive of the other battery and the negative to the negative.

6. Tyre gauge
Correct tyre pressure is important for the performance of your car. Incorrect tyre pressure can affect handling and braking and reduce the safety of your car. Correct tyre pressure is also important to optimise the life of your tyres. Service station tyre pressure gauges are notoriously unreliable, if you can find one that works at all. Tyre gauges are compact and easy to use.

Manufacturers usually recommend the appropriate tyre pressure. The manufacturers recommendations will be in the Service Manual and are often on a label somewhere near the opening of the driver door.

8. Triangular warning reflectors
These will help to ensure you're not hit by another car if you have to stop due to a flat tyre or other emergency. After you have pulled over, place several of these on the road at varying distances away from your car, to give other drivers plenty of advance warning that you're up ahead.

9. Water
Always carry water.

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Tips for driving on different terrain

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Article PhotoHaving a car means you can travel far and wide, over terrain both familiar and unknown. However, when you're out on the roads it's important to remember that different conditions will often require extra special care in order to avoid accidents and negotiate hazards successfully.

Whether you're driving on city roads or going off the beaten track, it's important to consider how the conditions might impact your driving.

With that in mind, here are some tips that will come in handy for the different types of terrain you may encounter.

Driving during winter: Wet roads

The weather always plays a part in the driving conditions of the day, but during winter you may need to take some extra precautions. Heavy rainfall and hail can make it difficult to see as far as you would normally be able to and they also make the roads more slippery.

Reduce your following distance and stick to an appropriate speed limit. Wet roads also increase the risk of hydroplaning, which occurs when the liquid on the road creates a 'film' barrier between the road and your vehicle's tyres. This can lead to a loss of traction and a greater chance of hydroplaning or gliding across the surface of the road. If this happens, it's best to take your foot off the accelerator completely, hold the steering wheel firmly in place and apply light pressure to the brakes.

If you're driving on snowy roads, make sure your wheels are fitted with chains to provide more traction and drive slowly. Black ice is another hazard that can occur during winter that causes drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

This thin sheet of ice can be hard to see, but it is most common around waterways and lakes in cooler or shaded areas. Drive slowly, reduce your following distance, avoid sudden braking and try to keep an eye out for any shiny or wet patches that could indicate black ice.

Unsealed roads

Unsealed roads can sometimes be very narrow, so remember to reduce your speed below 40 or 50 km/h for better vehicle control. Oncoming traffic will kick up dust clouds and gravel that can damage your windscreen and paint work, so slow down as much as you can when approaching another vehicle.

If driving downhill, be extra vigilant as gravel hinders your brakes' effectiveness. Slow down and don't slam on the brakes suddenly.

Hilly terrain

If you're ascending or descending through hills on your journey, you'll have to take some extra precautions. Always approach a hill straight on rather than diagonally, as this can increase the risk of a roll. You should never try to turn a vehicle on steep slopes..

Put your car in the highest gear so that it can 'pull' comfortably in when tackling a hill, as a gear that's too low will lead to your wheels spinning. However, too high a gear won't give you enough power to successfully reach the top.

Before going down a hill, stop about a vehicle length away from the start of the descent so you can make any adjustments or corrections. Use your brakes lightly and only when needed. Some cars also have a 'hill descent control' feature that can help you go down the hill safely.

Rutted tracks and mud

Gears that are too low increase the risk of tyres spinning on muddy roads, so keep this in mind as you're driving. You will want to keep a steady momentum going to carry you through deep mud, but watch out for any ruts in the track.

If the mud forces your car to travel in the rutted sections, it's best to relax your hold on the wheel at times and stay connected through your palms. This helps your wheels to go back to the straight-ahead position.

These steps can reduce the potential of a road crash, but you need to be prepared at all times with insurance and safe driving habits.

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What are the most common types of crashes in NSW?

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Monday, 07 April 2014
Article PhotoThere are many factors that can result in a crash, from speed or driver fatigue to external disturbances on the road. However, some types of accidents seem to be more common than others

What do the statistics reveal?

When it comes to the different types of collisions, it appears that New South Wales drivers are more likely to be involved in nose-to-tail incidents than any other. According to the most recent Crash Index figures from AAMI, a total of 28.7 per cent of accident insurance claims between October 2012 and September 2013 were made in relation to this type of accident.

NSW has the second highest rate for this category of road crashes in the entire country, coming in second to Victoria.

In addition to this, drivers in NSW have more accidents as a result of a failure to give way appropriately than any other state or territory in Australia (22.5 per cent compared to the national record of 20.5 per cent).

The Crash Index is an annual measure of the type of accidents occurring on Australian roads. According to the data, the next most common types of crashes are parked car incidents (20.6 per cent), collision with a stationary object (13.8 per cent) and collision while reversing (9.9 per cent).

Data collection over the years has shown that these types of accidents continue to figure prominently on Australian roads. In particular, there has been little change recorded in the rate of nose-to-tail collisions over the past 10 years, ranging between 27 and 29 per cent.

However, the frequency of parked car incidents is on the rise from 15 per cent in 2004 to 21.4 per cent across the country in the most recent Crash Index.

Preventing road crashes

While a ctp green slip policy will provide the necessary compensation for any third parties injured or killed in road crashes, it's important to identify the factors contributing to these types of crashes and what can be done to reduce the risk.

There are several factors behind a nose-to-tail collisions. One of the biggest factors is iimpatience while on the roads.

Too often, it can prompt drivers to take risks and drive dangerously instead of assessing the situation clearly and logically. If you're driving under pressure, try to give yourself time to relax and let go of some of your impatience before getting behind the wheel - you never know when you'll need to slow down suddenly.

Another key to avoiding nose-to-tail crashes is keeping a safe distance between your car and the other vehicles. Remember that the faster you go, the longer your stopping distance should be - especially if the driving conditions have changed for the worse.

Speed also plays a vital role in nose-to-tail crashes, as it does in many other motor vehicle accidents. Being aware of the speed limit and following it at all times can make a big difference to road safety for everyone.

Insurance is crucial for every driver on Australian roads, but those in NSW need to pay particular attention to their greenslips. You can compare green slip quotes from different providers to get a better idea of the pricing and other features that each insurer offers.

With safe driving habits, an awareness of the road conditions and the necessary insurance coverage, you can ensure you have done your part to contribute to responsible driving on NSW roads.

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