The misconception of right lanes on multi lane roads being for overtaking in NSW is not always correct. Remember the right lane by law is for overtaking if over 80KM/h or other wise marked. It is ok to overtake a vehicle by doing so in the left lane (undertaking by law is illegal which is the case in a single lane carriage way) So if a learner is choosing to stay in right lane because they want to turn right 1000 meters down the road on any road 80KM/H or below unless marked keep left unless overtaking then they are entitled to do so (Speeding is also against the law, so is tail gating or predatory driving). Remember if you think someone is doing the wrong thing by staying right in multi lane roads its not always the case. If you are travelling on a road above 80KM/h stay left unless overtaking it is the law and fines are in excess of $110. Laws are not always enforced so use common sense if your travelling under the speed limit keep left on any multi lane road.
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The federal government is threatening to take this away from young drivers, just another project that they are going to dismiss. Keys2drive is a lesson that shows young students the benefits of zero harm on the roads. After record amounts of deaths on our roads in the past few years, this would be detrimental to our offspring. The program brings in a supervisor and allows them to learn take notes and understand the benefits of teaching our new drivers on how to be safe on our roads. Its the only positive government initiative that has been introduced in the last 10 years. Restricting speed limits for P Platers, speed cameras and more police are great ways to raise revenue. The best way is to allow our supervisors to look after there children and see the benefits of the Keys2drive program and to give them ideas on how to teach. At the moment there is nothing else that gives a parent an informative guide to achieve zero harm for their child.
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Learner, P1 and P2 licence holdersFrom November 2017:
Watch your speed
The Roads and Maritime Services website has more information on prohibited vehicles.
Passenger limits for P1 and P2 driversP1 drivers under 25 are not permitted to drive with more than one passenger under 21 between the hours of 11pm and 5am. P1 or P2 drivers who are issued with a new licence after a period of being disqualified from driving, will for 12 months only be allowed to carry one passenger.
The Roads and Maritime Services website has more information on passenger conditions.
Zero blood alcoholAll learner and provisional drivers must have a zero blood alcohol limit. Learner and provisional licence holders cannot consume any alcohol before driving. If you have a big night out, you may still be over the zero limit the next day.
Mobile phonesLearner, P1 and P2 drivers must know the rules on mobile phone use. Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders must not use a mobile phone at all while driving. This includes phones in the hands-free mode, with the loud speaker operating or sending text messages. Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders must be parked out of the line of traffic to use a mobile phone in any way.
Learner and P1 drivers and riders penalised for illegally using a mobile phone (four demerit points) will exceed their demerit point threshold and face a three-month licence suspension.
P2 licence holders will have three demerit points remaining if they are penalised for illegally using a mobile phone.
TowingLearner drivers must not tow a trailer or any other vehicle and are not permitted to drive any vehicle that is being towed. P1 drivers must not drive a vehicle that is towing any other vehicle with unladen mass of more than 250kg. P1 drivers can tow trailers either loaded or unloaded, however the unladen mass of the trailer itself (excluding the load) must not be over 250 kilograms and they must display a P plate on the back of the trailer while towing.
SeatbeltsLearner, P1 and P2 drivers can only drive a vehicle that has a seatbelt fitted to the driver’s seat. You cannot carry more passengers than there are passenger seatbelts fitted to the vehicle and all occupants must wear the seatbelts correctly when travelling.
Automatic vehiclesP1 licence holders who passed their driving test in an automatic vehicle (including vehicles with an automatic clutch actuator) will be restricted to driving automatics. This condition remains until you are issued with a provisional P2 or unrestricted licence. To remove the condition earlier, you must pass a driving test in a manual vehicle.
Displaying L and P plates All learner and provisional drivers must clearly display their L and P plates on the front and back of the outside of the vehicle – the letters must not be hidden. Learner drivers can have their licence suspended if they drive unsupervised.
Driving and riding in other statesNSW learner, P1 and P2 drivers and riders must obey the same licence conditions and restrictions (as listed above) that apply to them in NSW when they drive or ride in other states or territories in Australia.
This ‘home conditions’ rule also applies to novice drivers and riders around Australia when they drive or ride in other states or territories.
Always remember when driving a vehicle to set your mirrors up properly, its not just for your safety its for others as well, If you can see your vehicle the blind spot is big enough to fit an SUV in take your mirrors just outside your car it reduces the blind spot to a motor cycle. Mirrors are great for seeing whats behind you but can give a false indication, so always turn your head to your shoulder, don't turn your shoulders it takes your eyes off the road for to long, have a quick glance your eyes will see an object trust them, check again if you think there is something there. Nothing works as well as your own eye's, and remember when leaving a vehicle check mirror and shoulder glance before opening the door.
The mirror placement in the picture is a little inaccurate. The more you see of your car the bigger the blind spot on your left and right. Take them just past your car. I know that might seem strange but you always check centre then right or left mirrors before changing lanes,make sure its safe a blinker does not mean you can change
If you are teaching a learner driver be patient relearn the road rules and think about safety. In NSW look at the front of the log book, the RMS have a criteria that has to be signed and dated and gives you a guide to achieving the correct path to becoming an independent driver. If you are impatient or have no time, think about another supervisor or a good driving instructor will set them on the right path. Always be interested in the lessons, if you take the learner for a drive your tuition will influence them (bad habbits and a lack of road rule knowledge won't keep them safe), so knowing where they are up to and allowing them to continue on those paths will allow them to learn and hopefully stay out of harmsway. Remember they are your kids keep them safe.
Do you ever wonder why on a motor way with no traffic lights and no accidents we stop, simple we forget about our crash avoidance space and all we can see is the car in front ( bad luck if they are a bed driver). If a car brakes for what ever reason the next car brakes heavier and so on and so on after about 20 cars we have a stopping situation or chain reaction. Easy fix use your 3 second gap (crash avoidance space). I know your thinking about the road Hogs that want to get 10 cars ahead by chopping and changing lanes, just let them go, you cant change them. Stay out of overtaking lanes if not overtaking (over 80km/h it is the law to keep left, also roads that are marked keep left unless overtaking even if under 80 km/h) So if you are doing the speed limit in the right lane and not overtaking your braking the law just like someone that is speeding. Let the emergency vehicles through and keep left.
Remember any road that is over 80 km/H you must keep left unless overtaking or roads that are marked keep left unless overtaking, it is against the law to sit in the right lane. Think about other people and emergency vehicles. On multi lane roads left lanes are designed for slow vehicles or merging traffic, Centre lanes are flowing lanes and the far right of the the lanes is an overtaking lane, once the manoeuvre has been completed, merge back to the centre lane or the left lane.