Research shows that being distracted when driving, such as by a mobile phone, increases the risk of a crash. Simply taking your eyes off the road for longer than two seconds, doubles the risk of a crash. A short lapse of concentration can have lifelong consequences.
See how far you travel when you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds:
Travel speed Metres travelled in 2 seconds
40 km/h 22.22
50 km/h 27.78
60 km/h 33.33
80 km/h 44.44
100 km/h 55.56
Crash data from 2010 to 2014 showed there were 236 crashes where hand-held mobile phone use by drivers was identified as a contributing factor. This included seven fatal crashes and 116 injury crashes. These crash numbers are considered to be under-reported suggesting the size of the problem could be much greater.
From July 2014 to June 2015, more than 35,300 fines were issued to drivers in NSW for using hand-held mobile phones, showing the problem is still prevalent.
Research shows that males and females aged 17-39 years have the highest rate of use of hand-held mobile phones while driving, and the greatest involvement in crashes where hand-held mobile phone use is a factor.
The answer is: maybe.
But you still need to know how to reverse park for the driving test.
Why maybe? Doesn’t anyone know? Why do I need to know how to reverse park?
“All of the individual elements of reverse parking will appear and be assessed in the driving test in one form or another.”
– Stephen O’Sullivan (CEO, Trent Driving School)
If I am not tested on reverse parking, what else is there? Here are the maneuvers that will be selected for the driving test:
- A kerb side stop
- A hill start
- A three-point turn
- Parking: Reverse Parallel, 90 or 45 Degree , Front or Rear to Kerb.
When performing any of these manoeuvres, you will be tested on your ability to position your vehicle in a manner that is safe, legal and using the correct procedure.
Without knowing which manoeuvre you will be asked to perform, you do need to be good at them all.