At a recent meeting on April 7th at Warragul Community house attended by members of Vicroads and the local Police over 80 learners and their Mentors were briefed on issues that concerned them regarding being a safe driver.
Graduated Licence System
Proceeds through a series of steps beginning with the
HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
A The log book is inspected
B The Drive Test is divided into two parts
Basic Traffic Conditions
Reverse Parallel parking
Higher Traffic Areas
Higher Speed Zones.
There was some discussion around turning 21 and whether you need to get 120 hours. Lloyd advised you must be over 21 before you can apply for a licence test without the 120 hours. There was also some discussion about P Platers who refuse to identify their Red P Plates, instead turning them over to green P Plates. If you get pulled over you will get booked!
Above all use common sense when approaching a roundabout!
Remember to stay in the correct lane at a roundabout!
Follow the Road!
Give way to people who are already in the roundabout
Think of a clock. The maximum danger in a roundabout comes from the 1 to 6 position of the clock dial!
On Pedestrian Crossings
You must stop on all pedestrian (zebra crossings)
If a pedestrian crossing is seperated by a traffic island you may proceed if the pedestrian has crossed over the centre island to the other pedestrian crossing on the opposite side of the road.
If You Fail Your Driving Test
Use the feedback meaningfully to find out what you have been doing wrong and work on it with your mentor!
Finally from Vicroads Warragul
“We try to help learners with their nerves!”
From the Traffic Police in Attendance.
Red Ps vs Green P’s.
Restated that if you have Red P’s you must display them and NOT drive on Green P’s. If pulled over you will be fined and issued with demerit points.
On Mobile Phones
P Plate drivers cannot use Tom Tom devices or mobile phones.
“If you kill your friends you will go to gaol!”
“Drive like every one else on the road is a fool!”
Take that minute to stop and understand road conditions. And drive at a speed that is safe!