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Spike in NSW road toll

Posted in Traffic
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

It's not news that anyone wants to hear, but there has recently been a sharp rise in the New South Wales road toll, with 15 people killed over the course of two short weeks.

"With warmer weather across NSW, it seems some drivers are taking good driving conditions for granted, which is costing lives on our roads," John Hartley, assistant commissioner of NSW's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command told the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

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AEB reducing fatalities

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Friday, 21 August 2015

Safety technology in motor vehicles has evolved greatly since the first car came off the production line in 1908.

As new technology is developed we have seen the bar raised in terms of the safety standard for new cars.

This is monitored by independent auto watchdog organisations such as the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), which provides a star rating for cars based on the results of rigorous safety testing.

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Night driving restrictions reduce the crash rate for young drivers.

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Thursday, 13 August 2015

For people learning to drive, there are many skills that must be acquired. In addition to navigating different hazards and managing distractions, new drivers must also learn to drive safely in conditions where visibility is poor, such as night.

A study sponsored by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development found that young or inexperienced drivers were more likely to be slower at anticipating hazards at night. In addition, novice drivers were also found to be more at risk of experiencing acute sleepiness when they were behind the wheel both at night or in the early hours of the morning.

As such, a number of states have regulations in place to limit the amount of unsupervised nighttime driving for learners.

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Mobile phones a distraction even if you do not answer

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Thursday, 06 August 2015

Hazard perception is a key element for safe driving. When drivers are distracted, their ability to recognise and respond to hazards can be hindered, which can in turn lead to accidents.

New research has found that a mobile phone ringing whilst you are driving is as big a distraction as actually answering the call.

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More apps to help drivers and commuters

Posted in Traffic
Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Article PhotoSmartphones have an undeniable presence in the lives of Australians, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by developers, corporates and even government bodies. Now, Transport NSW has joined the crusade with its own range of smartphone applications, or apps to assist the state's road users.

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