L Trent Safety Tip | Blind Spots

Blind Spots

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A blind spot is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls.
Blind spots exist on the rear and both sides of the car. There are also front blind spots created by the windscreen pillars.

Side blind spots are not eliminated by mirrors! Outside mirrors move the blind spot further from the side of the vehicle.

The sure and safe way to eliminate blind spots is to turn your head and look.

When driving, rear blind spots are checked by a quick glance over the shoulder.

You can work out the blind spots in your car by driving very slowly beside a parked vehicle and seeing the difference between mirror vision and reality.

The Safer Drivers Course

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAFER DRIVERS COURSE

Why do the course?

The NSW Safer Drivers Course has been developed to lower the crash risk of young drivers in NSW.

Do I get any credit of log book hours?

Upon completion of the course, learner drivers receive 20 logbook hours.

What happens in the course?
The course is divided into two modules:
Module 1 – Classroom 
A three-hour interactive, facilitated group discussion led by an experienced and qualified LTrent Trainer.
The discussion will involve 10 – 12 learner drivers and will explore behaviours and strategies that lead to becoming a safer driver. There are a number of videos and activities to keep the session engaging.
Module 2  – On Road
A two-hour on-road coaching session with two learner drivers in the car with an LTrent Driver Trainer.
Participants will have a number of drives each on a set route.
Each of the drives throughout the coaching session are aimed at eliminating the major crash types that occur on NSW roads.
Are there any requirements for the course?
In order to sit the Safer Drivers Course, you must hold a learners licence, have completed 50 hours of driving and be under 25 years of age.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE SAFER DRIVERS COURSE

Upon completion of the Safer Drivers Course, you will have a better understanding of being a safe P-plate driver.
Statistically, learner drivers have fewer crashes than provisional drivers. This does not mean that P-plate drivers are less skilled than learners, but rather that they face new challenges on the road.
Some of these challenges include: solo driving, driving with peers, unfamiliar roads and drink driving.
The realities of driving in everyday life are far different to being a driving lesson and these topics are explored during the course.
The Safer Drivers Course gets learner drivers thinking about the type of driver they are going to be once they pass the driving test.

To see upcoming venues and dates for the LTrent Safer Drivers Course visit our website: Safer Drivers Course Dates and Venues

Road Rules | Roundabouts

Rules for Roundabouts are among the most misunderstood road rules in NSW.
How many times do you see drivers waiting for cars to enter the roundabout?
THE BASICS:
Approaching a Roundabout – Drivers must use their indicator if they intend to turn left or right, or make aU-turn at the roundabout.
Entering a Roundabout – Drivers must slow or stop to give way to any vehicle already in the roundabout.
There is no requirement for drivers to signal when approaching the roundabout, if they are going straight ahead.
Have a look at this video to find out more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCXtcXD17qU
 
 

LTrent Safety tip – Overtaking

Overtaking

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The most hazardous of all manoeuvres. On the open road, when crossing the centre line to overtake, the pulse rate of even the most experienced driver will increase.

Procedure for Overtaking 

  1. Gauge the speed of the vehicle ahead; don’t be too close.
  2. Gauge the distance to any oncoming vehicles – remembering it is almost impossible to judge their speed.
  3. Check your rear-vision mirror (watch for fast vehicles from the rear).
  4. Select the correct gear for good acceleration (if a manual car).
  5. Signal (check that your blind spot is clear).
  6. Start overtaking at least 4 car lengths before the vehicle ahead is reached.
  7. Accelerate hard, move out slowly.
  8. Tap the horn if necessary.
  9. Maintain side safety cushion.
  10. Move slowly back to the left when the overtaken vehicle is visible in the central rear mirror. Did another vehicle follow you out and around? If  so, leave room for it to move left.
  11. Slowly let the speed settle into the normal driving range.

Ignore any signals from other drivers for you to overtake – make the decision on your judgement.

Road Lines

  • Unbroken Lines: Never cross an unbroken line to overtake another vehicle. Obey them without question.
  • Broken Lines: Broken lines are not indication about the safety of overtaking another vehicle. The decision rests on your perception and judgement.