Tips & Advice

Schools back so watch your speed around schools!

At Excel Drive we understand that children are our most vulnerable road users and to address this road safety issue school speed zones with lower speed limits were introduced in 2003.

Motorists should be aware that children in traffic are not like adults. They can be unpredictable and because they are small, they can be hard to see. So take extra care and slow down when you drive past any school. More >

Too fast, too young – has teen driving become worse?

With thanks to & Damien Leith for this content

I was sitting at traffic lights the other day making my way to a gig in the Hunter Valley. It was lashing rain and the weather was terrible – you could barely see the road up ahead let alone the other traffic. More >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Tips on pumping petrol

With petrol expected to reach $2.00 per litre by the end of 2014, here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every litre.

  1. Buy petrol in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.  The colder the ground, the more dense the petrol.  When it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…you’re not getting exactly a litre.
  2. When you’re filling up don’t squeeze the trigger of the nozzle at a fast rate.   You should be pumping on a low rate, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping.   If you are pumping on the fast rate some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.  These vapours are being sucked up into your tank so again you’re getting less value for your money.
  3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your petrol tank is HALF FULL.  The more petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  At the same time you won’t be using the petrol from the bottom of your tank where sediment settles therefore keeping your motor running cleaner and smoother.
  4. Avoid buying petrol if there is a petrol tanker pumping petrol into the storage tanks when you pull up.  Most likely the petrol is being stirred up as the petrol is being delivered and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom of the storage tank (see 3 above).

These tips will help drive your petrol dollar further and keep your car running smoother – good tips to remember when you’re filling up.