The state of ridesharing

It appears ridesharing is not all it was cracked up to be. Half of Australian drivers quit within three months of joining, mostly because of low pay. Many struggle to achieve even an hourly rate of $16. Meanwhile, taxi drivers are complaining bitterly about the effects of Uber and others on their business. Read More

Fewer people are dying on NSW roads

If you watched the news during 2018, you might have thought more people were dying on the roads. We failed once again to meet targets in the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), for example. took a more positive view. Now the NSW Minister for Roads admits 2018 saw the biggest reduction in the road toll in five years. Read More

The safety or not of SUVs

Seven of the top 10 vehicles we bought in November 2018 were SUVs and commercial utes. In fact, you only have to look around the streets to see we prefer them. Given business and government buy them too, you might think SUVs are safer than other types. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that.
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Stop your car from being stolen

The car theft capital of NSW is Blacktown where somebody steals a car every 12 hours. The most popular vehicle to steal in NSW is a Holden Commodore VE 2006-13. Even so, many Australians don’t seem too worried. Does this mean we’re too trusting? Perhaps we’re just innately optimistic – it won’t happen to me! Read More

Bertie, Bumble, Betsy and The Beast

The Summer holidays have arrived and that means many of us will be doing a lot of driving. It’s also a good time to introduce some lightheartedness. Did you know many people, especially Baby Boomers, like to name their cars? We also tend to choose colours that link to our age and gender. Remember also, cars get hot in Summer so here are some tips for keeping cool. Read More

Road safety strategy looks broken

For the first time since 2011, all states and territories in Australia will miss their road safety target. The National Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce by 30% annual deaths and serious injuries from road crashes by 2020. A recent inquiry tried to pinpoint why the strategy is broken and what to do about it. Read More

Slow down but not too slow

When it comes to your driving speed in NSW, the only direction is down. More slow zones are coming. School zones are already 40kmh. Now the NSW government wants new 40kmh limits in high pedestrian areas like hospitals, train stations and shopping areas.

From September 2018, you must slow down to 40kmh when police, fire, ambulance, SES or rescue vehicles are flashing red or blue lights or stopped. Ignoring this incurs a $448 fine and three demerit points. Read More

Still hot demand for SUVs

You only have to look around to see SUVs are in hot demand. In 2018 so far, SUVs make up 43% of all new car sales in Australia, compared to 34% passenger and 23% commercial vehicles. They now hold a huge 42.2% market share, compared to passenger cars with 33.8%.

You might have recently bought one yourself. Or you might be wondering why other people love them so much. Read More

Rural roads – more deaths but cheaper CTP

Two thirds of Australians live in metro areas yet two thirds of deaths occur on remote and rural roads. In fact, the fatality rate per 100,000 people in country areas is nearly four times higher than in the city. So why is the cost of compulsory third party (CTP) insurance for city drivers 31% higher than for rural drivers? Read More

Petrol prices – do you care?

Do we worry about petrol prices? The most popular vehicles in Australia are powerful and thirsty, which suggests reducing fuel is not a factor. Meanwhile, a 2017 study says the price of petrol still is the most popular reason why we choose a service station, but it’s certainly not the only one. Read More