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New study examines impact of central vision loss

Posted in Licencing & Registration
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

One of the requisites for operating a vehicle, whether it's a passenger car, motorbike or freight truck, is adequate vision. Not only do we need our sight to ostensibly see where we are going, but our sight needs to have sufficient acuity to allow us to perceive and react to various hazards in time.

While for many Australian drivers, the eye test part of the licence application is a simple formality, for others it can be a barrier to their ability to operate a vehicle.

Now a new study by Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School has examined the ability of drivers with central vision loss to detect pedestrians on the road.

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More Councils urged to adopt NSWLLS

Posted in Automotive
Friday, 18 September 2015

In an effort to reduce wear and tear on country roads, as well as make transportation more efficient, the state government developed the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (NSWLLS) in 2012. The Scheme also includes driver education and practical training for professional drivers, to help ensure the safety of all road users.

However, while not everyone is yet on board with the scheme, an independent review has found that the benefits to country roads as well as regional residents and workers could be great.

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Do drivers undersatnd new vehicle safety features?

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Thursday, 10 September 2015

Cars are a lot more capable than they were even a decade ago. This isn't just referring to speed, handling and other elements of the driving experience, either. In recent years, the focus of car manufacturers around the world has been to develop a suite of safety features to better protect drivers and passengers.

Vehicle safety technology has moved past simply acting post-collision, as is the case with passive features such as airbags. Now, cars are coming equipped with sensory equipment that can detect oncoming hazards and act to prevent injury either independently or through assisting the driver.

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bstreetsmart targets younger drivers

Posted in Motor Vehicle
Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Young drivers across New South Wales are to be the focus of 'bstreetsmart', a new on-road safety campaign.

Sydney's Allphones Arena welcomed more than 22,000 NSW students hailing from 183 different schools from August 24-27 for an immersive, educational demonstration highlighting the importance of safe driving.

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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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