Why we have suspended driving lessons at Rightway.

Written by Ben Ward

Unfortunately we have had to take act extremely fast this week to bring our business in line with government social distancing requirements. We understand that this has disappointed many of our loyal and valued customers. This health emergency is unprecedented and we have to ensure the safety of our team and our customers.

We listened and acted early.

Our customers were already letting us know what community expectations were in relation to this. On one day this week we had 62 phone calls to  cancel lessons in response to the increasing restrictions and worry in the community. This does not even include lessons cancelled online.


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Covid19 and your driving lessons.

Written by Ben Ward

Updated 21st March 2020 & Subject to change

Here is April from our Sunshine Coast team demonstrating the hygiene processes we are using.



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As you are aware Australia is currently working through a global pandemic due to the spread of Covid19. This can be a stressful time for everyone and we fully appreciate that. 


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Top tips for your driving test - Rightway

Written by Ben Ward

Going for your licence is awesome!

However, we know that going for your licence can also be a daunting experience. Our instructors are here to help prepare you to be a safe driver and by default you will be well prepared for your test.

Here are some top tips from Cheryl. You can book with Cheryl here:
https://rightwaydriving.com.au/Instructors/cheryl

Test Day Tips from Cheryl

  •  When pulling over to the left side of the road, indicate, shoulder check, and arrive max 50cm from curb (that’s the bottom of the curved curb) aim for the line that’s between the gutter and road. Stop, secure the car (hand break and put it into park).

  • When pulling away from the curb indicate, shoulder check, and only move out into the road when it’s safe! (If you pull out without these important moves you will fail your test as its DANGEROUS!)

  • When REVERSING look out of the back window before using your mirrors
    otherwise you will be doing another driving test.

  • STOP signs – Stop means STOP! 3 seconds, then edge forward looking left and right, then GO when clear. Roll through and you will be doing another test.

  • GIVE WAY does not mean stop but if you pull out and slow down traffic, you guessed it – you will be doing another test!

  • SPEEDING on test day is not a good idea, nor ever for that matter! Practice keeping to the limit or just under, (not 5-20k under or you will get minors every time you do that as its lack of progress and dangerous). Don’t stare at the speedo, just quick glances. Otherwise you may miss the inevitable 40km road work sign or school zone. When practicing this try and be in the left lane as other drivers may speed…do not follow them! And remember, you cannot speed up until the entire car is past the next speed sign!

  • Right turns at CROSS ROADS. Look for the line markings in the centre and know the difference between the cross roads without centre lines. These intersections have a very high fail/crash rate. If there are no lines on the road, keep to the left.

  • Give PARKED CARS and cyclists a 1m leeway.

 


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Quick tip for approaching a driving test

Written by Tony Butler

Recently we sat down with one of our Instructors to identify some of his top tips for sitting your licence.

Bio

Tony Butler

Tony has a true passion for driver training and raising standards. You can read his story here.

Why do people get stressed out with their driving test?


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Driving in QLD with an International Licence

Written by Ben Ward

Moving to another country is an exciting and rewarding experience. I have experienced this first hand when we moved to North America to live for a year. Having to learn to drive in the snow and on the "wrong" side of the road was definitely a great part of our experience. Have you seen a 4 way stop intersection? Now that was a challenge first time around! Then we had to sit for our local driving licence by completing a practical test. So, if you are new to Australia - I feel your pain!

 

International Driver Licence - Queensland


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Road trip? Check out these safe driving tips

Written by Ben Ward

Driving licence?        

First car?                   

Ready for your first solo road trip?

There is a lot to consider and remember when you set out on road trip. Broadly speaking any successful drive requires adequate preparation and a clear focus on the task at hand. Have you thought about the condition of your vehicle? How long the journey will take? Rest stops? Have you had adequate sleep?

This article from Budget Direct has some great insights from industry professionals in the driver training and health science sector. Make every drive, long or short, a safe drive.

https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/car-insurance/articles/driving-safety-tips.html


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What driving examiners are looking for.

Written by Ben Ward

This week our Coastwide Team were invited to present at a joint TMR and QLD Police community event where road safety for seniors was the theme. An unexpected, but very interesting presentation by a TMR Examiner went through the various elements that he looks for while conducting a driving test. While this was aimed at the Senior audience, there were several great tips for all learner drivers.

 

 

 

Decision Making and Hazards

  • What are hazards?
    • Poor road conditions
    • Pedestrians and vulnerable road users
    • Vehicles approaching from adjacent streets

  • What behaviours do safe drivers show?
    • Getting ready to brake
    • Easing off the accelerator
    • Reducing speed
    • Change road position or lane to create a buffer

 


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Is Your Teenager Ready To Learn To Drive

Written by Ben Ward

For most teenagers, learning to drive is practically a rite of passage when they reach the legal driving age, although most parents understandably don’t always see it that way. Teenagers associate driving and owning a car with greater freedom and independence and generally seeing themselves as more grown up and mature.

Car crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teenagers in Australia, and car insurance rates for these newly qualified drivers are also high, because of the high risk factor assessed by insurance companies.

Although many 16 year olds will beg their parents for driving lessons, not all teenagers of course, are ready to learn to drive. Many young drivers have no idea how difficult it can be to learn, how many hours of lessons they will need and the focus and concentration that they will need to maintain.


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Learner Drivers To Invited Book Your Free Keys2Drive Lesson Now

Written by Ben Ward

Queensland learner drivers are invited to take advantage of the new keys2drive national learner driver safety program and receive a free lesson with a keys2drive accredited driving instructor.

Check out www.keys2drive.com.au for more information on eligibility. We have a 3 hour Keys2Drive package available for only $99

The free lesson uses a ‘train the trainer’ model with the accredited driving instructor assisting the supervisor/parent to guide the learner driver to adopt safe driving practices. It does this through face to face practical information and instruction on how they can most effectively assist in the training of their learner drivers.


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How to Make Learning To Drive a Fun Experience

Written by Ben Ward

Learning to drive should be FUN!

 

 

Your teenager is learning to drive, and you have had a sleepless night. You are now sitting bolt upright beside them as they inch their way along the road. Your teeth are clenched, and your white-knuckled hand is gripping hard on the door handle — as if that could make any difference — while your foot keeps involuntarily pressing down on an imaginary brake. Sound familiar!

Learning to drive can indeed be as nerve-racking for the parents as it is for the learner, if not more so. However, you have to bear in mind that if you are that nervous during a driving lesson, your nervousness is likely to communicate itself to your child, who will become even more nervous as a result, and probably make more mistakes — which creates a vicious circle. If you want your kids to end up as safe and confident drivers, they need to enjoy the learning process and find it fun. For this reason, it is probably a better idea to enlist the help of driving school professionals to prepare your teenagers for the brave new world of roads and traffic.


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