Left foot braking. Is it the right choice?

There is no specific legislation in NSW that says you cannot use your left foot on the brake, but most training organisations don’t recommend this as an ideal driving method for a number of reasons.

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BEST FOOT FORWARD: NRMA Safer Driving School recommends the right foot be used for one task at a time when driving.

Although many professional race drivers use their left foot to brake when in competition, the use of both feet is not a recommended day-to-day driving practice we teach through NRMA Safer Driving School.

Learner drivers taught to drive with both feet find it difficult to change the function of the left foot from braking to clutch when using a manual vehicle. Changing and then re-learning a different technique contains an extra degree of difficulty.

NRMA Safer Driving School recommends the right foot be used for one task at a time. When accelerating the right foot is used on the accelerator pedal and when braking the right foot is used on the braking pedal. The left foot is placed on the foot position provided in the foot well of the driver compartment. The left foot can be used on the clutch pedal when changing gears in a manual vehicle.

Our learner drivers are also taught to respond to various potential hazards by:

a) removing the right foot from the accelerator pedal (reducing speed) and

b) placing or ‘covering ‘ the brake pedal to reduce reaction time

When a driver has his right foot covering the brake and a hazard actually eventuates to a situation requiring hard braking, the driver is better and more certainly able to depress the brake pedal to further reduce speed while also bracing himself with his left foot securely in place on the left foot support.

A common reaction for anyone who experiences an unexpected event is to jump or grab. If both feet are placed over various controls it has been found that a driver can jump or press both the accelerator and brake pedal at the same time, causing the vehicle to both accelerate and brake. Whichever control happens to be the strongest will determine whether the car actually stops or continues to stay in motion.

In any case in this occurrence it will take longer for the vehicle to stop. Some computerised vehicles will also transition into ‘limp’ mode because of the driver using both the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal simultaneously.

Do you use your left foot to brake? Hopefully we have provided enough reason for you to change this dangerous habit.

School Zones back in operation

STAY ALERT: School Zones play a critical role in making sure  kids have a safe and happy start to the school holidays.

STAY ALERT: School Zones play a critical role in making sure kids have a safe and happy commute to and from school.

Motorists are being urged to slow down and observe the 40km/h speed limit around school zones, which come back into effect on Monday (18 July) after the school holidays.

The 40km/h school speed zones operate across NSW and ACT at all school sites on gazetted school days (including school development days). Motorists should drive no faster than 40km/h through school zones.

Most school zones operate from 8:00am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm on gazetted school days in NSW and from 8am to 4pm in the ACT.

School zones operate and are enforced on pupil free days because pupil free days can vary from school to school. Consistent operation of school zones aims to reduce driver confusion, which improves the safety of school children.

There are a small number of non-standard school zone times in NSW and ACT. They are identified by red/orange school zone signs to show non-standard times. Signs at these schools show the times that apply. Do you find it difficult to keep up with school zone operating times?

Do you have Road Assist from The NRMA? Don’t get caught without it.

Know your Membership Coverage – Premium Care

Do you know your Membership coverage? Like the name suggests, Premium Care is a comprehensive roadside product that covers you and your family Australia wide. Here’s a rundown on our Premium Care product.

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WE”RE HERE TO HELP: A breakdown doesn’t have to ruin your holiday.

Unlimited call-outs: There is no cap to the number of calls Premium Care Members can make for help. We’re here 24/7 with Australia wide coverage.

Towing: Arranging your own tow is often more expensive than the cost of an NRMA Membership. Premium Care offers 50km free towing per breakdown in both metropolitan and country areas, nationwide. You can choose to have your car towed free of charge to an NRMA Approved Repairer or MotorServe in metropolitan areas. Remote areas are also covered with 100km free towing.

Weight: Premium Care covers vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM), which is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer. Many of the vehicles in this weight range can be used to tow caravans, trailers, boats or horse floats which is why Premium Care also covers trailers up to two tonnes GVM. If you are unsure of you vehicle’s weight, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or complete the free registration check online here.

Major breakdown assistance:  If your vehicle suffers a major mechanical breakdown and cannot be repaired, our dedicated Premium Care Team will personally manage your call to arrange up to $3000 worth of benefits, including car hire, accommodation or passenger transport to get you and your family on your way.

Pet Plus: Premium Care also includes Pet Plus, which covers up to $500 towards pet accommodation for your cat or dog and up to $200 towards pet transport if your vehicle needs towing or has been involved in an accident. A long distance carrier service is also provided up to $1000 if you’re more than 100km from home to help transport your pet back home or onto your intended destination. You can also request a complimentary metal collar tag for your cat or dog which can be used to identify your pet if lost!

Taxi benefit: You’ll be covered up to $50 per taxi trip, limited to three trips per subscription year if your vehicle needs towing.

Accident assistance: We’ll cover $300 worth of accommodation if you’ve had an accident when more than 100km from home, if your vehicle cannot be driven. If you need to get back home, we’ve got you covered with coach or rail travel for the driver and up to four passengers.

Locksmith service: We’ll contribute $100 towards a professional locksmith if we’re unable to unlock your vehicle.

Child Restraint Installation: We’ll install an unlimited number of child restraints free of charge in your nominated vehicle through our authorised Child Restraint Installation stations.

Six point vehicle health check: Premium care entitles you to a free on-the-spot 6-point Vehicle Health Check including windscreen, tyre tread, oil, battery, charging system and water after each call out.

Member Benefits: All NRMA Memberships provide access to our Open Road magazine, travel agency and advice services as well as our More4Members program, which provides saving on a great range of products and services.

As an NRMA Member, you’ll also receive a Membership card and handy key tags. In the event you lose or misplaced your keys, the key tags include our contact details as well as your Membership number which helps us identify the owner, without compromising your privacy, so we can notify you immediately to arrange collection.

Our patrols are able to get 9/10 vehicles going on the spot with an average 30 min response times. Regardless of your level of cover, we’re here to help 24/7. Not a Member? Join here or call us on 13 11 22 (8am-8pm).

What level of NRMA cover do you have?

Brexit to push petrol prices down

AdobeStock_108550828The fallout from last week’s Brexit vote should deliver some bowser relief to Australian motorists with petrol prices expected to fall by as much as four cents per litre in the coming week.

Market fluctuations as a result of the shock referendum outcome had seen world oil prices fall by up to $5 USD a barrel last Friday. While the plunge is expected to be temporary, it should provide some relief for Australian motorists over the next seven-to-10 days if the falls are maintained.

Average unleaded prices in Sydney today are 124.3 cents per litre. Prices have been falling at a much slower rate than expected over the last week but should fall another 13 cents a litre this week.

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said the current price cycle had seen prices fall too slowly.

“Australian motorists should be unexpected beneficiaries of the shock outcome of last week’s referendum, with world oil prices initially falling by as much as $5 USD a barrel on the United States market and $3 USD a barrel on Asian markets,” Mr Khoury said.

“With the Australia Dollar remaining relatively stable, these factors should work in the favour of motorists here at home, with price relief of up to four cents per litre possible the next week to 10 days.

“It is paramount that oil companies pass on any falls and the NRMA will keep a close eye prices to ensure they reflect movements in the market.

“The NRMA has been concerned with the sluggish fall of prices this current cycle. After reaching an average of 137 cents per litre two weeks ago prices have only fallen 13 cents and they should be falling faster and further.”

Keep an eye out for the NRMA Weekly Video Fuel Report published later today.

Harbour Bridge tolls waived for Police Operation

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Roads and Maritime Services will waive tolled trips across the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning during the NSW Police operation which closed three lanes of the busy corridor.

The lanes were closed by police when a man illegally scaled the bridge. Motorists will not be charged for trips taken between 9am and 11am.

Motorists were asked to avoid driving across the bridge after the man climbed to the top of the northern side of the bridge just after 9am.

A NSW Police spokesman said the man initially refused to come down from the bridge but, at 10.50am, he climbed down from his position and was arrested.

NSW Police Rescue officers could be seen escorting him off the bridge. The man was checked by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene, before he was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for an assessment.

Were you affected by the operation this morning?