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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How to login in to the booking system

Written by Ben Ward

We have now fully transitioned to our new booking system. You can only login from 

www.CoastwideDriving.com.au 

If you attempt to login via the old link any changes you make WILL NOT be received by your instructor.

The steps below should help you log in for the first time and match any previous account history you have with us.

 

How to login:

To successfully import your old account you will need to MATCH EXACTLY the following information:

 

First Name

Second Name

and either


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Is Your Teenager Ready To Learn To Drive

Written by Ben Ward

For most teenagers, learning to drive is practically a rite of passage when they reach the legal driving age, although most parents understandably don’t always see it that way. Teenagers associate driving and owning a car with greater freedom and independence and generally seeing themselves as more grown up and mature.

Car crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teenagers in Australia, and car insurance rates for these newly qualified drivers are also high, because of the high risk factor assessed by insurance companies.

Although many 16 year olds will beg their parents for driving lessons, not all teenagers of course, are ready to learn to drive. Many young drivers have no idea how difficult it can be to learn, how many hours of lessons they will need and the focus and concentration that they will need to maintain.


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Learner Drivers To Invited Book Your Free Keys2Drive Lesson Now

Written by Ben Ward

Queensland learner drivers are invited to take advantage of the new keys2drive national learner driver safety program and receive a free lesson with a keys2drive accredited driving instructor.

Over the next 12 – 18 months, across Australia, keys2drive will deliver 200,000 free lessons funded by the Federal Government.

The free lesson uses a ‘train the trainer’ model with the accredited driving instructor assisting the supervisor/parent to guide the learner driver to adopt safe driving practices. It does this through face to face practical information and instruction on how they can most effectively assist in the training of their learner drivers.


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How to Make Learning To Drive a Fun Experience

Written by Ben Ward

Your teenager is learning to drive, and you have had a sleepless night. You are now sitting bolt upright beside them as they inch their way along the road. Your teeth are clenched, and your white-knuckled hand is gripping hard on the door handle — as if that could make any difference — while your foot keeps involuntarily pressing down on an imaginary brake. Sound familiar!

Learning to drive can indeed be as nerve-racking for the parents as it is for the learner, if not more so. However, you have to bear in mind that if you are that nervous during a driving lesson, your nervousness is likely to communicate itself to your child, who will become even more nervous as a result, and probably make more mistakes — which creates a vicious circle. If you want your kids to end up as safe and confident drivers, they need to enjoy the learning process and find it fun. For this reason, it is probably a better idea to enlist the help of driving school professionals to prepare your teenagers for the brave new world of roads and traffic.


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NSW laws changed for QLD learner drivers

Written by Ben Ward

A little known change that occurred in NSW Laws in 2013 was to revert to the previous legislative approach of applying speed limits on learner drivers as a licensing condition rather than as a Road Rule. This means that the issuing State or Territory licensing conditions apply when a learner driver is driving in NSW. The Queensland allows learner drivers to drive to the posted speed limit. This therefore means that there is no supplementary limit on a Queensland Learner Driver when driving in NSW as they are permitted to drive to the posted speed limit.

However there are strict obligations when driving in New South Wales. Interstate learner drivers must comply with the following licence conditions:


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Don’t leave home without your sunglasses this summer!

Written by Ben Ward


What’s the one thing that you need when you’re driving in the summer? Sunglasses of course!

Since James Dean first epitomised eyewear cool as he cruised around in the hottest cars of the 1950s (he was extremely near-sighted and required glasses), sunglasses have been an essential travel accessory.

If you haven’t yet began to learn to drive (and we’d love to help you out with that), or are only at the early stages of learning to drive, you may not yet have experienced driving in the early morning (sun rise) or late afternoon (sunset) when sun glare can be a real problem, and even cause accidents!


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Rightway ready to deliver RYDA updated program in Qld!

Written by Ben Ward

 

Rightway and Coastwide are the delivery partner of RSE in South East Queensland for many years and continue to enthusiastically support the Youth Road Safety initiative.

Recently the Rightway and Coastwide Instructor team attended training in the new RYDA 3.0 program which sees revitalised content and format. Also new for RYDA 3.0: Students will receive a ‘workbook’ to record responses, tips and actions. The booklet will also contain valuable resources for ongoing learning and discussion back at school and at home.


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Calculating stopping distances made easy!

Written by Ben Ward

For most of us we rely on the 3 second rule to determine the safe distance to travel behind another car. This rule allows for both reaction time and the time to stop the car.

However, those of you with an interested in maths you can calculate the stopping distance using the NSW Government calculator .

Our Defensive Driving Course increases awareness of the impact of road conditions, vehicle dynamics and other considerations when attempting to stop a moving vehicle.

Check out the ACT Police article on stopping distances   which looks at the following scenario:


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