It would be unusual if you hadn’t read or seen any news items about driverless cars. Whether they’re called autonomous vehicles (AVs), self-driving or driverless cars, these vehicles do not need a driver. That means you and your drivers licence become redundant.
New research from Monash University in Victoria suggests cycling is a high risk activity, even on dedicated bike paths. This small study found nearly a quarter of cycling crashes in Victoria occur in marked bicycle lanes. They are usually in daylight and in clear weather. Most participants were experienced cyclists of more than 10 years.
If you are a motorist in NSW lucky enough to have a choice of petrol stations, the NSW government has the perfect app for you. FuelCheck is a website with live fuel prices so you can always find the cheapest fuel nearby. You can also see how fuel prices have changed in the past week or the past month.
Experts in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand say petrol will still be our main source of fuel in 15 years. The good news is the price of hybrid and battery-fuelled vehicles is likely to fall too.
More people died on NSW roads so far in 2016 than in 2015. A huge 41% of these tragic deaths were linked with speeding. In the year to June 2016, speed cameras caught 11% more motorists driving more than 45 kmh over the limit and 17% more of us driving 30-45 kmh over the limit. We are speeding up, not slowing down.
There’s a new breed of person on the streets these days. They are called Smombies, iWalkers or Petextrians, and you probably know who you are. It’s also becoming riskier to be a pedestrian. Tragically, 71 pedestrians have died in Australia in the 12 months to mid-October 2016, compared to the 2013-15 average of 40.
Going away in a caravan is becoming very popular and it’s no longer just the grey nomads who are doing it. Latest figures show people 30-54, often families, are taking to the road in their caravans too. In the year to June 2016, two records were broken:
We think tailgating is one of the worst driver habits on the road, yet many of us do it. One reason is simply to stop other drivers taking a space in front of us. Of course, it’s not the only reason. When participants in a survey were asked why they tailgated, road rage and anger was the top response.
Record sales of fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles in 2015 show we do care about car emissions. In fact, it’s the biggest jump in sales the National Transport Commission (NTC) has ever reported since 2004.
Frequent drivers on Australia’s country roads will know many native animals die unnecessarily from collisions with cars. Motorists also risk injury and serious damage to their vehicles from impact with kangeroos at speed.