Coastwide - Driving Lesson bookings online now available

Written by Ben Ward

We are open for lessons again !!

To our valued customers we thank you for your patience while paused to assess and respond to the broader community needs during Covid-19. We take pride in moving early to protect our team and our customers from what was an unknown risk at the time. 

With community transmission rates in Queensland decreasing, restrictions being lifted and schools re-opening for years 11 and 12, we thought this was a strong enough signal to resume our operations. Most of our team will be starting again from Friday the 8th May, with some returning in the following weeks. You can check out availability on the on the online booking system


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Our COVID 19 Update

Written by Ben Ward

Updated 30th April 2020

Great news Queensland!

It looks like the social distancing measures we have all been living with have had a positive impact on the spread of Covid19 in Queensland. With the changes being implemented on Saturday 2nd May we are making preparations for a staged and thoughtful return to operations. 
As always your health and the health of our dedicated team of Instructors will be our #1 priority. We will maintain an active watch on the watch on the community transmission rates and once satisfied with the results we will reopen our booking system.


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COVID19 and your driving lessons

Written by Ben Ward

Updated 21st March 2020 & Subject to change

As you are aware Australia is currently working through a global pandemic due to the spread of Covid19. This can be a stressful time for everyone and we fully appreciate that.  

We want you to know that we are available for lessons!


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Do you know your GIVE WAY rules?

Written by Ben Ward

This recent post we shared from the RACQ has caused a bit of a stir!

The question associated with the post asked "Which car has to Give Way?".  The element tripping everyone up here is the presence of a STOP and a GIVE WAY sign on opposing sides. There is a general (untrue!) belief that a STOP sign is more powerful than a GIVE WAY sign in this situation. The reality is very different! 


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Driving in Queensland with an International Licence

Written by Ben Ward

Moving to another country is an exciting and rewarding experience. I have experienced this first hand when we moved to North America to live for a year. Having to learn to drive in the snow and on the "wrong" side of the road was definitely a great part of our experience. Have you seen a 4 way stop intersection? Now that was a challenge first time around! Then we had to sit for our local driving licence by completing a practical test. So, if you are new to Australia - I feel your pain!

 

International Driver Licence - Queensland


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97.3 Bianca Mike and Bob Driving Test

Written by Ben Ward

Well that was something different!

 

Today we challenged Bianca, Mike and Bob to take an adult driving test (BMB 97.3 Brisbane). Big shout out to them, taking a driving test for anyone can be a daunting experience but doing it on air to all of Brisbane takes it to a new level!!

 

 

Listen to the Podcast of the Driving Test here.


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Road Rules - Turning refresher

Written by Ben Ward

For many drivers it has been many years or even decades since they thought about their knowledge of road rules. Here we will run through some of the rules that apply to turning vehicles.

Making turns

Left turns



• If turning left at an intersection, position your vehicle so you are close to the far left side of the road.
• If there is a slip lane, the left turn must be made from the slip lane.

Turning left on a multi-lane road with traffic arrows.
When you turn left at an intersection from a multi-lane road, you must approach and enter the intersection from within the left lane unless:
• there is a slip lane for left turns
• there is an obstruction in the left lane
• road markings allow the turn to be made from another lane


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Road trip? Safe driving tips

Written by Ben Ward

Driving licence?        

First car?                   

Ready for your first solo road trip?

There is a lot to consider and remember when you set out on road trip. Broadly speaking any successful drive requires adequate preparation and a clear focus on the task at hand. Have you thought about the condition of your vehicle? How long the journey will take? Rest stops? Have you had adequate sleep?

This article from Budget Direct has some great insights from industry professionals in the driver training and health science sector. Make every drive, long or short, a safe drive.

https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/car-insurance/articles/driving-safety-tips.html


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What driving examiners are looking for

Written by Ben Ward

This week our Coastwide Team were invited to present at a joint TMR and QLD Police community event where road safety for seniors was the theme. An unexpected, but very interesting presentation by a TMR Examiner went through the various elements that he looks for while conducting a driving test. While this was aimed at the Senior audience, there were several great tips for all learner drivers.

 

 

 

Decision Making and Hazards

  • What are hazards?
    • Poor road conditions
    • Pedestrians and vulnerable road users
    • Vehicles approaching from adjacent streets

  • What behaviours do safe drivers show?
    • Getting ready to brake
    • Easing off the accelerator
    • Reducing speed
    • Change road position or lane to create a buffer

 


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Reporting requirements for Medical Conditions

Written by Ben Ward

Have you considered the impact that a medical condition may have on your ability to drive safely?

At Coastwide, we ask you to self declare any issues that may impact your driving so that our professional team can give you the right advice and tailor your learning process accordingly. 

 

The extract below outlines the Queensland Reporting requirements for specific conditions. If you have any questions it would be worth contacting Qld Transport to discuss your specific needs. 

 

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