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How to Avoid Road Rage

The recorded number of road rage incidents in Australia is quite alarming. Yahoo Australia says that 9 out of 10 drivers have been involved in some form of road rage, which range from verbal abuse to recklessly chasing drivers on the road. In this post we look at the measures being put in place to prevent road rage, and how a new logging mandate for commercial vehicles in the U.S. could be applied here to reduce overdriving and stress.

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U-Turns

U-turns often cause confusion among young drivers. The rules in different states vary when it comes to U-turns. In Western Australia U-turns cannot be made on freeways, including on and off ramps, or traffic lights unless there is a sign permitting it.

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3 things every parent should know before teaching your teen how to drive

The first pieces of advice that a young driver learns are some of the most likely to influence how they drive later in life. After all, it takes a lot longer to unlearn something taught incorrectly than to learn something right the first time.

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The Top Four Ways to Become a Safer Driver

Traffic crashes are responsible for many deaths in Australia each year. As a new driver, you can help lower the rate of fatal crashes by being aware of the top driving dangers and knowing how to avoid or minimize them. So what are some ways you can become a safer driver?

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The Christmas season and road safety

Christmas is upon us again, with traffic heavier than usual as people have time off to visit friends and family out in the suburbs and country regions, the police are out in force.

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Blind Spots

At one time or another, as drivers, we will attempt to make a turn, overtake or proceed on a green light only to discover a car approaching that we did not see, this is commonly known as a blind spot. In other words we think it is completely safe to make our turn or change lanes, only to discover at the last second it is not.

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Preparing for your Driving Test with the Licensing Center

Sometimes, simple things, such as going to the toilet or providing basic information such as a phone number can be overlooked. Willagee Licensing Centre does not have any public toilets. People requiring service are required to wait for over an hour when the centre is busy, also, students going for their practical test, sometimes at the last minute need to use the toilet, and if you are desperately in need you need to ask permission to be allowed to use the licensing centre toilet. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep this in mind when visiting.

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How much should I pay for driving lessons

Over a period of time now I have been getting inquiries about driving lessons. Mostly, the first question asked is how much do you charge? The economy has been tight for some time now, so it’s not surprising. People shop around for cheaper deals, but in most cases that is false economy because it can cost more in the long run.

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Roundabout Safety


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Merging Traffic (Part 2)

When entering a road that has two lanes one should drive in the left lane, and if a sign ahead states < FORM ONE LANE > we should remain driving in the left lane allowing room for a car to overtake on the right if they want to. As the road ahead narrows to one lane some times a sign warns you this is taking place, however in many places it does not so one must be vigilant at all times. 

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Merging Traffic (part 1)

There is a lot of confusion when merging. The old rule was to give way to the right even if the car on the right was a little behind us. That rule changed over 10 years ago but many people are still unaware.

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Roundabouts

Many people noticeably, do not understand what is required when approaching a Roundabout. For example many do not indicate at all, or indicate incorrectly. When exiting to the left approach cautiously, your speed ideally should be around 20 KPH if obstructions like trees, shrubs or a fence is evident.

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Wet Weather Driving

Driving in wet weather can be hazarded because of limited visibility and depending on whether it is just drizzling, raining very hard or blowing a gale.

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Safe Driving

Air Crash Investigator Experts painstakingly sift through remains of air crashes, to find out why the accident happened even if it takes years to find the cause, so adjustments and improvements can be made to help prevent future accidents from occurring. The trainee pilots require many hours in a Simulator that is programmed to cover all types of contingencies, before obtaining there wings.

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Buying and Selling Cars for all ages

Looking to buy or sell your car. Motorbrokers, owned and operated in Adelaide, is a great place to start.  Motorbrokers provide a free service to car buyers and sellers. Buy or sell all sorts of cars, bikes or even spare parts.

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10 things you should be aware of when buying your first car

10 things you should be aware of when buying your first car

The time has come to buy your first car! You've saved every dollar working your part-time job and you've aced your driving test! Now there's nothing holding you back. Buying a car is relatively easy once you know what to look for and what to avoid. Here are our top ten things you should keep in mind when buying your first car.

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Practical Driving Test and Overseas Licence Conversions

Students and overseas people migrating to Australia requiring licence conversions think that the licensing centre provides cars for their test. This is NOT the case, the person going for a Practical driving test MUST provide a car to sit the test.

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What is required for the car test, and is another test required after the mandatory 6 months and the 25 hours Log book lessons

We often get questions asking what is involved in organising and booking the practical driving test

In Western Australia we are lucky in that we only require 25 hours prior to sitting the test, recently introduced ( If you are lucky enough to get one as there is a number of months waiting list ), but do keep trying as there are cancelations and a few editions that disappear very fast.

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Overseas Drivers License and Disqualified License

In this weeks driving news we look at how to obtain and Australian Drivers license if you obtained your license overseas and what to expect if you are a disqualified Novice driver in Western Australia

Overseas Driver License and transition to Australian Drivers License

If you recently obtained your license overseas you will need to pass a Computerised Theory Test, and a Driving Test. You will need to provide your own car, either a friends, your own or driving school car. Once successful if you have held your license say six months you will be required to remain on P plates for a further 18 months, for the full 24 months as required in Australia.

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Common mistakes and tips for good driving

As we progress in our busy schedules sometimes the simple things that help make driving safer are forgotten. As an example, indicating 30 meters before turning, especially if it’s to the right.

On a number of occasions I have followed a car in the right lane wishing to go straight ahead, only to find the driver in front stops without indicating or indicating when they turn.

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Locations

Johns driving school cover all areas south of the river in Perth Western Australia. Our driving instructors will pick up and drop off from Fremantle, Applecross, Spearwood, Melville, Booragoon among other areas. Contact Johns Driving School for more information on our driving instructors and driving lessons south of Perth today.

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Main address: 3/9A Bilcich Garden Spearwood
Western Australia 6163
Tel:(08)9434 3335, E-mail: john[at]johnsdrivingschool.com.au