IPhone's new health app can help save your life!

Written by Ben Ward

iphoneIf  you have an  Apple iPhone, please add your emergency contact details and any allergies to the “Medical ID” section of the built-in Health app. 

It means emergency services can access your next of kin, blood type and allergies even if your phone is locked. 

It's free, takes less than a minute and could save your life!



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How to Make Learning To Drive a Fun Experience

Written by Ben Ward

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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Learner Drivers To Invited Book Your Free Keys2Drive Lesson Now

Written by Ben Ward

ACT and NSW 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.

Over the next 12 – 18 months, across Australia, keys2drive will deliver 200,000 free lessons funded by the Federal Government

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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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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Little known road rules...you'll be surprised!

Written by Ben Ward

Surprise! Bet you didn’t know these road rules…

Once we get our driver’s licence, most of us are never tested on the road rules for the rest of our lives.

Not until we reach the tender age of 85 (in NSW) are we required to undertake a practical driving test – but even then we aren’t submitted to a rigorous assessment of the road rules. In the ACT, there isn’t even compulsory retesting of older drivers, let alone a knowledge test!

But back to the topic…little known road rules.

The dubious honour of the weirdest road rule belongs to NSW. Apparently splashing a bus passenger with mud after driving through a puddle can cost you $165. Oddly enough, splashing a pedestrian with water is OK. It’s the bus and the mud that seem to be most offensive in the eyes of NSW law.


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Are Canberra Drivers Safe?

Written by Ben Ward

In the past week a debate has been raging about whether Canberra drivers are less safe than their interstate counterparts. The Canberra Times asked "We have the nation's lowest rate of road fatalities, but it's a common view that Canberrans are impatient behind the wheel. Is it an accurate view, or are we too hard on ourselves?"

From my perspective, the development and ongoing compliance with low risk driving behaviours is fundamental to the safety of young drivers and indeed all road users.

During driving lessons with inexperienced learners, the impact of impatient drivers can be negative. Common courtesy on the roads is important, and an understanding that learner drivers need the opportunity to gain skills and grow in confidence without being badgered or pressured while practicing.


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What are the most common types of crashes

Written by Ben Ward

NRMA Insurance have a neat infographic of the most common types of crashes in NSW check out the full article

The top four types of crashes in NSW, 2011:


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ACT drivers on NSW roads, the facts

Written by Ben Ward

So Canberra drivers are happy. It certainly seems so with our roads at least. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Measures of Australia’s Progress report released in mid November, Canberra motorists are among Australia’s most content where levels of traffic congestion are concerned.

In fact the majority, 72% of those Canberrans surveyed, said yes when asked if their city had a good road network and minimal traffic congestion.  See full report on the ABS website. .


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Stop using your mobile phone in the car!

Written by Ben Ward

While two-thirds of the driving population agree that using a mobile phone when driving is dangerous, statistics show many still do it. National Driving Academy strongly encourages all drivers to cease to use their phones while driving. The risks are significant as the following statistics show.

From July 2010 to June 2011, 52,680 fines were issued to drivers in NSW for using hand-held mobile phones.Data from 2006 to 2010 indicates that there were 157 crashes where hand-held mobile phone use by drivers was identified as a contributing factor. The figures included: 


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Road Trip Checklist [Infographic]

Written by Ben Ward

Checklist for road trips

This is a cool infographic with some very useful times suitable for all drivers but especially for learner drivers and their families.


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