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.

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.