1-in-3 confess to a long weekend sickie: NRMA Travel survey

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Almost a third (31%) of people confessed to having chucked a sickie (or planned to do so) to extend a long weekend, and Easter was the second most likely holiday to do so, according to a survey conducted by NRMA Travel.

Gen Y were most likely to chuck a sickie (48 per cent said they’d done it or planned to), and was significantly more likely to go on a short trip at least once a year (72%). The survey revealed more than half (55%) planned to head away on an Easter weekend trip, with a beach getaway the most likely destination (34%).

The NRMA Travel survey, while not designed to encourage sickies, has been launched to raise the profile of the appeal of domestic tourism in Australia and people’s travel habits.

NRMA is one of Australia’s largest domestic tourism operators, owning holiday parks across Australia, including Treasure Island Holiday Park which was ranked Best Australian Hotel for Families by Trip Advisor for 2017, as well as Travelodge Hotels, the Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra, as well as Thrifty Car Rental.

NRMA Executive General Manager, Travel and Touring, Paul Davies said while the organisation didn’t promote people taking ‘sickies’, it did encourage people to take advantage of the long weekend or school holidays to explore some of the incredible destinations in our own backyard.

“This research indicates that domestic trips are so appealing people are willing to go to all sorts of lengths to get out and about,” Mr Davies said.

“Long weekend trips are great fun but we know that people don’t need to take sickies to enjoy them – Aussies have 134 million annual leave days stockpiled so we encourage people to do the right thing and use that annual leave to enjoy time away with family and friends in Australia.

“We know that driving holidays are gaining popularity, and the survey results proved just that with two in three telling us they preferred to travel by car for a long weekend getaway, and at least once a year,” Mr Davies said.

“NRMA’s strategy is to promote and invest in domestic tourism, which is one of the reasons we have reached an agreement to acquire Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM).

“We have some of the world’s best holiday destinations in Australia; visiting them supports local tourism and local economies and one of the best ways to do that is by jumping in the car to discover those destinations for yourself.”

The survey also found:

  • When going on a driving holiday, alarmingly, only 38 per cent of women thought they were the better driver than their partner, while 84 per cent of men thought they were a better driver than their partner
  • The key reason to go on a long weekend trip (50%) was to spend quality time with friends or family
  • Seventy-seven per cent plan to keep kids subdued while travelling with technology (tablets, DVDs, talking books)

If you’re thinking about a getaway this Easter, make sure you download the my nrma app so you can plan the best place to by fuel and check out NRMA Holiday Parks for a beautiful family destination of your choice.

- Think twice this Easter break  - double demerits will be in force

Think twice this Anzac long weekend

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Image courtesy of NSW Police Force Facebook

We remind motorists that double demerits apply for five days in NSW from Friday 21st April to Tuesday 25th of April 2017 inclusive. Please drive safely and take extra care on the roads. 

If you are planning a road trip this break, download the my nrma app first. You can use it to find the cheapest fuel on your route, order roadside assistance and find parking.

Also, as of 4 January 2016 the standard penalty for mobile phone offences rose to four demerit points. Since the end of last year, mobile phone offences have been included in double demerit periods. This means those caught talking or texting illegally while driving during this long weekend will incur eight demerit points – a huge amount when the threshold on unrestricted licences is 13 points.

The double demerit point scheme now applies for the following types of offences:

  • Speeding
  • Illegal use of mobile phones
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Riding without a helmet

The scheme is designed to encourage safe and responsible driving. Working in conjunction with financial penalties, demerit points provide a strong incentive to drive within the law.

Double demerit periods were introduced in 1997 in NSW. By law, double demerit periods must be advertised and awareness campaigns are co-ordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers. See the RMS Demerits points page for a full rundown of offences and penalties.

Do you think the Double Demerits scheme is an effective way of preventing dangerous driving?

NRMA wants to find Sydney’s worst pothole

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POT SPOT: The NRMA wants to find Sydney’s worst pothole and we need your help.

Sydney has been through some weather. March was the wettest on record and the rain doesn’t seem to be passing any time soon.

All this water isn’t doing great things to our roads. As if Sydney’s congestion wasn’t bad enough, the wet is slowing everything down even more. Crucially, as the rains continue to fall small cracks in the road become potholes. The longer it rains, the harder it is for Councils to get their staff out to fix them – and the bigger the potholes get.

Sydney is also going through a once-in-a-generation transport infrastructure boom. While this is great for Sydney in the long-term, it does mean more trucks – and more trucks means bigger potholes.

So the NRMA wants to find Sydney’s worst pothole and we need your help. If you’ve got a shocker of a pothole in your neighbourhood or if you’ve driven over one recently please let us know. We want to know the street (and nearest cross-street) and suburb. And if it’s safe to do so, send us a photo (but only if it’s safe). You can email, message us on Facebook or leave a comment below. Thanks!

Do you have roadside assistance from The NRMA? Don’t get caught without it.

NSW School Zones remain in operation until Friday

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

School zones in New South Wales will remain in operation until Friday afternoon this week (Friday 7 April).  Remember to slow down and stick to the 40km/h school zone speed limit.

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.

Notified school days 2017
Term 2 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW) Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June (inclusive)
Term 3 (Eastern andWestern DivisionsNSW) Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September (inclusive)
Term 4 (Eastern andWestern DivisionsNSW) Monday 9 October to Tuesday 19 December (inclusive)

Dates above include school development days (also known as student-free days), when sc

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.

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 roadside assistance from The NRMA? Don’t get caught without it.

What kind of car insurance do I need?

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It’s essential that you understand exactly what your car insurance does and doesn’t cover you for.

What different types of car insurance cover you for (and what they don’t).

Car insurance can be confusing. Knowing what you must have and what would be good to have can take some time and effort to work out.

So here’s a quick look at the options.

1. Must have car insurance

Your ‘Green Slip’, otherwise known as Compulsory Third Party Insurance (CTP), is a type of insurance you are required by law to have in all Australian states in order to register your vehicle.

In most states it’s included in your registration, however in NSW, drivers are required to have a policy in place before registering their vehicle.

Because CTP Green Slip is a compulsory type of insurance, people are often unsure about exactly what it is that they are covered for under their policy.

So what is covered by CTP?

CTP Green Slip exists to compensate people who are injured or killed if your vehicle is involved in an accident. Effectively, this means that if you (or someone driving your vehicle) have an accident where someone is hurt, your CTP Green Slip protects you from being financially liable in any lawsuits or compensation claims that might arise.

What isn’t covered?

Regardless of which state your CTP Green Slip policy is held in, it will never cover damage to your own vehicle or any other vehicle or property.

You’re still liable for financial damages if you don’t have additional car insurance, which is why it’s so important to carefully consider your insurance needs before getting behind the wheel.

2. Additional insurance options

There are several different types of insurance options available depending on your individual needs, however the three most popular types of vehicle insurance policies are:

  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • Third Party Insurance (not to be confused with Compulsory Third Party Insurance) and;
  • Third Party, Fire and Theft Insurance.

Third Party Insurance covers you for damage done to another person’s vehicle or property where you are at fault, but it doesn’t cover your own car.

This means that any damage to your car is not covered by Third Party insurance.

Third Party, Fire and Theft Insurance is the same, with additional protection against damage sustained by your vehicle as the result of a fire or theft.

Comprehensive Car Insurance is a much higher level of cover (and for this reason the most popular).

Not only are Comprehensive Insurance policy holders covered against damage to other people’s vehicles or property, they also enjoy full protection of their own vehicles, regardless of who’s at fault in the event of an accident.

It offers policy holders the additional benefit of having an agreed market value paid out on their vehicle should it be deemed a ‘write off’, and in many cases includes options for hire vehicles to be arranged while their vehicle is being repaired.

The importance of knowing what you’re covered for

While you’re required by law to hold a CTP Green Slip policy before registering your vehicle, it’s essential that you understand exactly what your car insurance does and doesn’t cover you for.

To ensure your vehicle and financial security are protected to the level you want, speak with your insurance provider about the best policy for your situation and read the details of your policy to make sure it matches your expectations.

Read more articles on protecting things you love at The Hub.

This article was contributed by NRMA Insurance, which is part of the Insurance Australia Group. The NRMA (National Roads and Motorists’ Association Limited) is a separate and independent company from NRMA Insurance.