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School zone safety to be improved

The morning school run should prove much safer in the coming months as a planned NSW government initiative takes effect.

With the school year now well underway across the state, the government has announced a $10 million boost to school zone safety.

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$42.8 million to fix country roads

Article PhotoCouncil-owned country roads are to undergo a makeover, with 77 projects on the agenda under the government’s $42.8 million Fixing Country Roads program, according to an announcement from Transport for New South Wales.

The Fixing Country Roads program was announced in 2014 as an initiative which will identify local projects and provide funding to improve connectivity throughout the state, thereby boosting freight productivity.

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ANCAP announces latest five star safety ratings

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has announced its latest safety ratings for three vehicles available on the Australian market.

In a January 28 media statement, ANCAP revealed that the current model Honda Jazz had achieved the rating based on a number of physical crash tests conducted by the authority and sister program, Malaysian-based South East Asian New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).

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Defensive Driving Basics

On an average day in New South Wales there are dozens of car accidents, many of which can be easily avoided by being a more proactive driver and by employing some hazard avoidance techniques.

Effective techniques that may improve your hazard perception include keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, scanning your surroundings, and being more proactive in regard to other road users and pedestrians.

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Motorists save on Licence renewal costs

Article PhotoNSW drivers have saved approximately $70 million through half price licence renewals over the past two-and-a-half years, according to the latest report from Transport for NSW.

Motorists have saved up to $85 after changes to the scheme were announced in 2012.

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Police ask for caution on the roads

Article PhotoPolice are asking motorists on NSW roads to show caution as the road toll takes an unfortunate increase over the past few weeks.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has described the recent events as heartbreaking. Including the first week of February, the road toll stands at 48 for NSW.

“We’re just over a month into the year and sadly many families across our state are grieving the loss of loved ones,” said Mr Gay in a recent release.

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Driving Fatigued

Article PhotoNot driving while fatigued may seem like a no-brainer, but the New South Wales government is still concerned about the number of people who are threatening safety on the state’s roads by driving whilst fatigued and drowsy. According to Transport for New South Wales, fatigue is one of the main causes of road fatality, with research suggesting it is just as dangerous as drink driving.

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20,000 learners signed on for Safer Drivers Course

Article PhotoThe New South Wales Government has just had its 20,000th young learner driver sign up for the Safer Drivers Course, meaning good news for all those on state roads.

The course was a project developed with consideration of the latest research by an independent road safety board, making it specially designed to aid young drivers. The aim of the Safe Drivers Course is to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for when they graduate to their P-Plates.

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NSW roads review for 2014

Article PhotoRoad safety has definitely been a point of contention in recent years so it is positive to report the substantial improvement over the last 12 months in particular.

The road toll statistics were recently released by Transport NSW and highlight a strong decrease in the number of deaths across the state. However, although authorities are buoyed by the figures, there are still several areas that can be targeted in the new year.

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Car Colour and Crash Risk: Should You Really Care?

greenslips drivingPeople have different reasons for choosing the colour of their car.  But when it comes to safety, does the colour of your car make a difference?

According to a Monash University study, there is a direct link between the colour of the car you drive and the risk of having a crash. Why is this?

The simple fact is that white is the most highly visible colour, especially when viewed against the dark road surface. So it is deemed to be the safest colour – not red, not yellow.

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