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Left turn brings L Platers unstuck!

A grey area in the road rules that cover a driver’s duty to give way to pedestrians at left-hand turns has been blamed for some people failing their driver’s licence tests.

VicRoads has admitted the law on giving way is sometimes ”debatable”.

In one case last month, VicRoads allowed a licence applicant to resit her test free after she disputed a testing officer’s decision to fail her because she had not given way to someone at the corner, waiting for the car to pass. In that case, the driver, Rosheen Kaul, and her instructor, Alex Vouvaris, challenged the testing officer’s ruling that Ms Kaul had failed to give way. The dispute was referred to VicRoads’ senior learning and development consultant, Ian Brown, who confirmed that the law did not state that a driver must give way to a pedestrian in all situations. More >

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Think, Dont DRINK….& Get Behind The Wheel!

One of the rites of passage into adulthood is learning to drive and getting your driver’s license.  Doing so allows you the freedom to come and go as you please, without having to rely on your parents to get you where you need to go. What many young drivers fail to understand is the great level of responsibility that comes with getting your license and your first car.

It’s not just keeping up with maintenance and insurance payments, but also making sure that the driving lessons and instructor you choose are of a quality that will allow you to make a seamless transition from passenger to driver’s seat. More >

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Drivers Need the Correct Training in Dealing with Emergency Vehicles

Everyone knows that you have to move over for emergency vehicles, or do they?  Some people may have never received the correct training and don’t fully understand the importance of moving over to the side of the road to let emergency vehicles pass, possibly saving a life in the process.   If a driver is in the path of an approaching police or emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing lights or sounding an alarm, the driver must move out of the path of the vehicle in a controlled manner as soon as the driver can do so safely.

The move over laws are intended to help emergency vehicles move through the traffic and to get to the location of the ill or injured patient at a much faster rate.  An authorised emergency service vehicle driver doesn’t swerve and weave through traffic, they stay in the right hand lane and wait for people to get over and out of the way, it’s the only safe way.

When you encounter an emergency vehicle with flashing lights or sirens  – don’t panic!  Stay calm and check where the vehicle is coming from.  Give way by merging left when safe to do so.  If you can’t move left safely you should slow down or stop and let the emergency vehicle overtake you.   Don’t’ speed up or try to outrun the vehicle. More >

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Congratulations to our winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Excel Drive & Mitsubishi ES Mirage New Car Giveaway Competition. From more than 15,000 entries, 1 very lucky winner was randomly drawn from the competition entry barrel on 10 May 2013.

We met with Mitsubishi Motors & Brighton Mitsubishi representatives & officially handed over the key to a very lucky and might we say happy…Hannah Williamson! Mitsubishi Motors is a leading global automotive retailer and might we add, a fantastic promotional partner! More >

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Quick Tips for Reverse Parking

Perceived as difficult, but one of the easiest techniques to master is the art of reverse parking.  People see this as the most intimidating portion of the driving exam and is still the most widely mishandled driving maneuver for even the most seasoned drivers.  And if you are reverse parking on a steep incline, the process can bring tears to your eyes! More >

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Should I practice driving with my parents first?

Every sixteen year old must ask themselves a question once they get their learners’.  Should I practice driving with my parents before taking professional driving lessons?  The answer?   NO!  You might think mum and dad are good drivers;  they will certainly tell you so.  The sad truth is they, like just about every adult on the road, have bad driving habits.  In all probability their driving sins are minor, things you probably never noticed when you were riding along in the back as a kid.  Maybe they accelerate the car too fast from a stop, or perhaps they roll through stop signs.  If you let your parents begin your driving education, you will quickly pick up those bad habits, and your inexperience behind the wheel will only exaggerate those flaws. More >

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Driver Fatigue & Road Safety

Almost everyone knows that driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a deadly combination. However, few people seem to realize the danger associated with driving while fatigued. In fact, drivers who become drowsy or fall asleep at the wheel contribute to thousands of crashes each year. More >