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L Trent Safety tip – Know the Enemy

Know the Enemy
After years of experience, drivers develop the habit of identifying types of drivers that could and do cause problems. In their presence we exercise special care.
The usual way a new driver learns to recognise these types is by unpleasant or scare experiences. The following list attempts to identify and name the major types of potentially dangerous drivers and to give a course of action to follow when in their presence.
The list not only gives new drivers information about the potential enemy, but also serves as a reminder of what not to be.
CHARGER: A vehicle approaching fast from the rear. Their speed makes them a danger when in proximity to another vehicle.

  • Keep left to maintain the safety cushion. Don’t become transfixed by the mirror. Keep seeing the whole scene

CHOKER: A road hog, a traffic obstructer, usually slow in the right lane. Drives in the centre of the road. Can block the left lane when driving beside a larger or slower vehicle.

  • Patience is required; this driver is unaware of traffic behind or beside. Overtake with caution

DECEIVER: Doesn’t signal, signals too late or leaves signal on. Unaware of own actions.

  • Do not cross the path of a vehicle signalling, expecting the turn to be made. The driver may be a deceiver. Do not proceed until the signalling vehicle turns. Deceivers who turn right without signals are numerous.

DITHERER: Slow to make up mind, starts then stops. SOme elderly drivers are ditherers. An unpredictable driver.

  • Increase safety cushion, overtake with caution.

DRIFTER: Inability to hold a straight line while driving. Should not have a licence. Particularly dangerous because of a lack of control.

  • Increase safety cushion. Overtake only with extreme caution.

GROUPER: Someone who drives in a tightly clustered group of vehicles travelling in one direction. Groupers rely on the reflexes and actions of the other drivers.

  • Do not be involved. Increase your safety cushion when near groupers

HONKER: Unnecessarily uses the horn. An impatient driver and one who will take risks.

  • Stay aware of their presence, increase safety cushion. Let them overtake.

INVADER: Someone who attempts to drive in your safety cushion area.

  • Move your car either left, right, forward or back to maintain the safety cushion.

JUMPER: Leaves the kerb or changes lanes without looking or signalling. Particularly dangerous, hard to spot and a quick mover.

  • A good safety cushion at all times is the best defence.

PACER: Drives continuously in close proximity to another vehicle, totally unaware of the safety cushion.

  • Increase your safety cushion to make up their deficiency.

PHONEY: A person using a mobile phone while driving; they want you to think that they are safe drivers. They are the most dangerous drivers and are regular killers: totally unpredictable.

  • Do not drive beside or particularly in front of these villains; give them a wide berth.

POUNCER: Any person, animal or vehicle that could make an unpredictable move. Children, animals, cyclists, people alighting from cars and drivers who have not made eye contact are all potential pouncers.

  • Reduce speed. Influenced decisions procedure will apply.

PUSHER: Drivers very close to the rear of other vehicles. This individual is relying on the person in the front not to brake quickly.

  • If followed by a pusher, increase your forward safety cushion to compensate for their deficiency.

ROUNDABOUT BULLY: Approaches roundabouts at some speed as if they always have the right of way.

  • They do not have the right of way, but we are not going to tell them. Let them go, then proceed into the roundabout.

STRADDLER: Straddles lane lines or drives to one side of a lane. Particularly dangerous on bends in laned traffic.

  • Only pass this person on straight roadway, after a warning signal and with a wide safety cushion.

UNDERTAKER: Passes on the inside in unlaned traffic. Usually impatient and willing to take risks.

  • Slow, to allow them out of your safety cushion.

URGER: Forces their way into your territory, mostly in slow traffic situations, at lights, in lanes and so on.

  • Allow them to proceed; maintain your safety cushion.


You will always drive your worst during the test (61)
The purpose of the driving test is to determine if a learner driver has the requisite skills to drive as a low-risk solo driver.
After many hours behind the wheel, driving lessons and countless reverse parks, a learner should be ready to pass the test.
Trent driver trainers often see other factors getting in the way.
Nerves and the fear of failure can often reduce your ability to perform when the examiner is watching. All too often we see competent drivers rush decisions when in a test situation and not able to perform simple manoeuvres as the situation becomes more stressful.
The best way to counter this is to train with the test in mind.
As you progress and gain more skills and ability, your Trent driver trainer will test the skills that you have acquired.
The more times you repeat this process, the more comfortable you will be when you are being assessed.
Just driving around your local area time and again is not the way to get test ready – you need to practice.
A couple of mock tests with your trainer will help immensely.
Book a practice test today! 
Try not to set unrealistic expectations of yourself prior to the test or think that it is the end of the world if you do fail. This will just create extra pressure.
Focus on being a safer driver than the RMS requires and a little slip on game day won’t matter.

Slow down and give us space

Some workplaces are more dangerous than others. A Transport for NSW video features a motorist broken down, personnel from NSW Police, Fire & Rescue NSW,  Roads and Maritime Services, NSW SES, the Ambulance Service of NSW and NRMA Motoring & Services, delivering a simple but important message to NSW motorists:    SLOW DOWN AND GIVE US SPACE

Petrol powered bicycle ban

As of the 1st of October 2014, petrol powered bicycles have been banned for use on NSW roads and pathways.
Transport NSW lists these bikes as unsafe for the riders themselves and other road users.
Petrol powered bicycles can travel much faster than a standard bicycle and can travel up to 40km/h, however their brakes are not designed for the faster speeds. It takes a lot longer for braking in a petrol powered bicycle which greatly increases the risk of crash causing injury or death. In 2013, at least 3 people died whilst riding a petrol powered bicycle.
See the video below for an example of braking distances.

What bicycles will be legal from 1 October 2014?

Legal bicycles from 1 October 2014 include:

  • Regular bicycles with no engines attached
  • Complying 250 watt pedelacs
  • 200 watt power assisted pedal bicycles that have an electric motor

Keys2Drive – free driving lesson!

Keys 2 Drive

Ltrent supports the Keys2Drive programme
Keys2Drive is a federally funded initiative the Australian Automobile Association and their aim is to provide a free driving lesson to every learner driver in Australia. When you have a free Keys2Drive lesson, why not have it with the best? The Keys2Drive session involves the learner and the supervising driver in the car with the driver trainer.
What you have to do:

  • Follow the steps below and get your Keys2Drive code
  • Ring the Ltrent office and make a booking
  • Make sure that mum or dad are available on the day of the lesson, without them the lesson cannot proceed

Message for parents
As your child reaches licencing age, it is vitally important that you are in close contact with their driver trainer.  Keys2Drive is a great way to begin this relationship. At Ltrent, we understand that teaching your child to drive can be a stressful time we are here to help you through the learning process.

1. Register on the keys 2 drive website

2. Login and Get your code

3. Call the TDS office on (02) 8748 4500 to book your lesson

B Street Smart 2014

B Street Smart (previously known as The Youth and Road Trauma Forum) is the inspiring initiative of the Trauma service in Westmead Hospital. It is now going into its 9th year and is Australia’s largest educational event on road safety.
The purpose of B Street Smart is to reduce the fatality and injury rates of young people by promoting safe behaviours as drivers, riders and passengers.
This years event is being held over three days from Tuesday 19th August to Thursday 21st August and will see around 86,000 students come through its doors.
The event is free to all schools and is currently fully booked for this year, but if you or your school are interested in booking for next year, go to the B Street Smart website for more information.

Road Safety

Back when I was a child, the RMS (back then known as the RTA) had a safety campaign running called “Click, clack, front and back”.

The campaign was not only aimed at adults, but at children as well, telling them all about the risks associated with not wearing a seatbelt. I remember having a colouring book and there was even a little song on cassette tap that I remember listening to. You can check out the old ad here.

The ads are run a little differently now, however the aim is always the same; to promote safe driving and awareness.

Transport for NSW have a program called “Safety Town”. This is aimed at families and also schools. It’s important to get these safety messages through at a young age in the hope that it makes a difference for when the children are older.

Have a look at their road safety website and share with any young people in your family. The website in the link has a lot of wonderful information, so have a scroll through their page.

Lane filtering for motorcyclists

As of the 1st July 2014, there have been changes made to lane filtering for motorcycles.

You may not have heard of the term lane filtering, but guaranteed you will have seen it at some point while driving on a multi-laned road.

Lane filtering is when a motorcylist moves alongside vehicles that have stopped or are moving slowly. This used to be an illegal practice on NSW roads, however now is legal (under strict conditions) .

Click here to see what the latest rule changes are and to see an example video.

Trent Driving School has turned 45!

Isn’t it amazing how quickly the years go by? It constantly seems like we get past Christmas and then the next thing we know, it’s Easter and then Christmas has rolled around again.
Trent Driving school has been around for 45 years this month. Our company started out in 1969 as a family owned business with just the one Driver Trainer, 45 years later, we are still a family owned company (by that same family!), but we now have 73 Driver Trainers who service the Sydney, Blue Mountains, Illawarra and Central Coast areas.
It’s been an amazing journey. We started out doing solely driving lessons and have progressed over the years and are now RMS accredited providers of the Safer Drivers course, we do school presentations, older driver assessments and we create new Driver Trainers with providing our Cert IV course in Driving Instruction. There are many more exciting ventures coming up. Mum’s the word at moment, but stay tuned!
Now even though it is Trent Driving Schools 45th birthday, we want to give you guys a special birthday present! For the month of June, your next lesson (or your first if you are new to us) will have a $20 discount, so that’s only $60 for your next lesson* (woohoo!).
To take advantage of this awesome offer, please go to our website to book online, or you can give us a call on (02) 8748 4500.
Here’s to another successful 45 years!

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Interesting Ads about driving

Police and transport agencies are always trying to think of new and interesting ways to inform people about the dangers associated with driving. There are some serious and also light-hearted ad campaigns highlighting the dangers of drink driving, speeding, fatigue and texting while driving.
Below is a video sent out by WA Police, involving Lego. While it’s a cute animation with a bit of humour, it still manages to send it’s message across. Take a look a video and let us know what you think.