The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-03-26T23:37:41Z SharpDrive’s Online Driver Training Making Our Roads Safer 2020-03-26T23:37:41Z sharpdrive-s-online-driver-training-making-our-roads-safer SharpDrive’s online driver training is the best way to make gaining practical driving experience a safer undertaking, by improving drivers' knowledge of the best driving practices, and the many ways to reduce risks on the road. This is a driver training system that is all about making our roads safer for everyone who uses them, with uniquely designed online driver training. It is not a simulator and is not intended as a substitute for practical experience. SharpDrive make training your staff an easy affair, offering a simple ‘per user per month’ pricing structure, where operators can choose the course that fits their needs and go from there. They offer unlimited course access for the company and their drivers, with self-service and a full reporting suite, where they can track staff progress throughout the course. SharpDrive also send e-mail reminders directly from the portal and provide an annual refresher access for every driver managed. There are many benefits to SharpDrive’s online course, and one of them is the fact that it is immediate. Drivers can be trained prior to receiving the car keys, as opposed to waiting until the next practical course is available. Also, entire fleets can be trained in a matter of days, with drivers receiving the same quality training each and every time, and they can complete the training in their downtime - or as it suits. SharpDrive’s online driver training alternative to traditional fleet driving is available to anyone looking for corporate driver training in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and anywhere there is access to the internet. If you are looking for a fleet driving course you should consider completing the SharpDrive online training, and for more information on online driving courses Perth, approved advanced driving courses NZ and corporate driver training Australia please go to .   Book Your Online Driver Training Course in the New Year With SharpDrive 2020-01-29T02:09:16Z book-your-online-driver-training-course-in-the-new-year-with-sharpdrive-1 Educated drivers bring a lot of value to organisations that have a mobile workforce, and when drivers are kept up-to-date on safety protocols, and are always attentive to safe driving practices, they avoid the dangers of the road and save their employers time, energy, and money. The New Year is a good time to book your drivers into one of SharpDrive’s online driver training courses. The best way to bring your drivers up to that standard is to implement a driver training programme, as fully-educated drivers are more adept at handling vehicles in any number of conditions they may face. Not only does training ensure your employees are protected – it lowers the costs your company may incur for vehicle maintenance and replacement. SharpDrive’s course is a uniquely designed innovation in online driver training — with research and development headed by expert driving trainers. SharpDrive training is focused where it counts - attitudes and behaviours of driving, because statistically that's how the majority of accidents occur - fatigue, stress, mobile phone use and inattention to name a few. It improves your drivers' knowledge of the best driving practices, and reducing risks on the road, and it is also an ideal catalyst for organisations wishing to lower their fleet running costs, gain effective health and safety compliance and reduce their fleet crash rate. SharpDrive not only enhances safety behind the wheel, it helps drivers improve their fuel economy, reduce wear and tear on tyres and engines, and learn to be "greener" drivers. In fact, in a few short months SharpDrive graduates recover the low cost of driver training with the savings they make through better, safer and more economical driving. SharpDrive are the driver training programme of choice by leading organisations across Australia and New Zealand, so for more information on advanced driver training NZ, driver safety online courses and online driver safety courses please go to .  SharpDrive Say ‘Bring Your Own Flavour, We Provide the Course 2019-05-13T22:34:50Z sharpdrive-say-bring-your-own-flavour-we-provide-the-course With SharpDrive’s customised branding option you are provided with the opportunity to brand the e-learning portal with your own company logo, as well as your very own customised welcome video which will be a central feature staff will see as soon as they login. Pricing for this option is $1,500 +GST* (*client to provide own video).  Video Message for YOUR Staff As an example of it's use the video message for your staff could be a video of your CEO or Health & Safety Manager advocating your organisation’s Health & Safety polices, as well as any other information you wish to share with staff prior to their starting the driver training course. (nb: client to provide own video;  alternatively SharpDrive can arrange this video on your behalf - POA). You might have a specific Health & Safety topic you'd like included with the course and SharpDrive can create a tailor-made training module catering to your organisation's specific need, i.e. towing trailers, weight limits for trade vehicles, safe practices with roof racks, and extra considerations for operators of large vehicles.  If you're interested in learning more about having SharpDrive 'bring your flavour' to their courses, drop them a line through their online form. SharpDrive offer custom welcome videos, custom branding and custom training modules to meet your fleet’s specific training and branding needs, so for more information on  driver safety online courses,  online driving courses Melbourne and online safety driving courses please go to . Sharp Drive Discuss Vehicle Control 2019-01-14T04:24:39Z sharp-drive-discuss-vehicle-control Effects of Adverse Conditions: The grip or friction between the tyres and the road is what allows the vehicle to respond to the driver inputs – accelerating, braking or steering. That grip is limited by the conditon of the tyres and of the road’s surface. When there is a maximum contact between a good tyre and a good dry, smooth road surface, such as dry asphalt or hotmix, then there is maximum grip. Chip seal is not as good as it lacks continuous smooth contact with the tyre. At the opposite end of the scale is an unsealed road made up of dirt, which has very little grip, with loose stones or gravel which simply act as little rollers between the tyres and the road. Anything that contaminates a sealed road surface, such as dirt, cattle crossings and spills, like oil or chemicals greatly reduce the grip. Wet autumn leaves are very slippery hazzards. Watch for gravel swept from the shoulder onto the sealed corners. It is like driving on little rollers, causing an instant loss of grip. Water, in any form, mist or fog, snow or ice will make any surface more slippery, and is worse when combined with any other contaminants, such as dirt or oil. Pools of standing water from heavy rain cause acquaplaning. Asphalt is more prone to acquaplaning than chipped seal, which allows a certain amount of water to escape, forming little valleys between the stones. To avoid aquaplaning don’t drive through water. If unavoidable, slow down. A common and dangerous loss of grip occurs when there is a very light shower of rain, or after a very hot spell. We become used to the good grip of a hot, dry road, but a film of moisture will make the normal accumulation of dirt and oil on the road surface very greasy. One benefit of heavy rain is that it washes the road surface clean. With good tread depth, and avoiding pools, grip on sealed roads in rain can be quite good. In any conditions less than a good, dry sealed road braking distances will be longer, acceleration grip will be less, allowing wheel spin, and cornering grip will be reduced. Unexpected transisition between different road conditions is very hazardous. Keep a sharp watch out and reduce speed for any changes. In these conditions the slightest lack of smoothness in braking, steering or accelerating can result in a loss of control slide. When cresting a rise, or a loss in road camber can cause a slight un-weighting of the wheels, effectively reducing the grip. Combined with other conditions that could be enough to push the vehicle beyond the limits of control. For more information on online driver safety courses, online defensive driving courses, defensive driving courses online and online driving classes Sydney please go to . Driving Hazards & Risk Reduction With Sharp Drive 2018-11-20T06:30:02Z driving-hazards-amp-risk-reduction-with-sharp-drive Many of Sharp Drive’s courses deal with recognising driving hazards and responding to them with the right risk reduction strategies. Combinations of hazards occurring together make every situation different, but by applying the principles and actions we have been learning we can reduce the crash risks for any driving situation. We need to identify the hazards and assess the risk potential, and predict how they might affect us, then take actions to eliminate or reduce that risk. One word sums it up – anticipation, which is achieved by ‘eyes up’ driving and scanning. You can encounter hazards any time you change your position or driving situation relative to the other traffic. That is, either moving into or out of traffic flow, or moving past other stationary or moving traffic. Or, moving through or across the path of other traffic at such situations as intersections and roundabouts, and moving back in the traffic by reversing or changing the direction, a u-turn or three point turn. There is a typical action sequence for these manoeuvres, known as the system of car control. Plan your course and check there is enough of a gap or space for your intended path. For every manoeuvre, check the space behind you in your mirrors and always follow a mirror check with a glance over your shoulder for your blind spots. Signal your intention for at least three seconds. It is very helpful to other drivers to indicate as early as possible, without being misleading. Not indicating in time can inconvenience other drivers and even cause ‘road rage’. Use brakes, correct gear selection and acceleration to manage your speed. Changing down gears while braking is better than changing in mid manoeuvre. Never coast in neutral or with your foot on the clutch. The risk factors can be broadly grouped into these driving conditions. Driver, vehicle, weather, light, road and traffic. Crash positions simply define the position from which any crash may occur. For example, crashes from the side occur when moving through intersections and roundabouts. Our main defence against collisions with the vehicle in front or coming from behind is two and four second rules, covered earlier in the Stopping module. Actions to avoid head-on collisions with oncoming traffic were covered in Distractions, Control, Eyes-up Driving, Fatigue and more. The Eyes-up Driving module also shows how to develop situational awareness and apply the 12 second rule. Learn to quickly identify anything unfamiliar in any situation, and adjust your response accordingly. Look out for the unexpected, clues that other vehicles aren’t doing what they should or what they have indicated. The driver may be looking the wrong way or be distracted. Gap selection is the ability to estimate time and space needed to complete any manoeuvre without making any other drivers alter their speed and direction. For safe gap selection we must become competent in these skills. Quick, accurate right of way decision making is based on sound Road Code knowledge, speed judgement, distance judgement, vehicle handling confidence and ability under acceleration, braking and steering, patience and tolerance, consistently following the two and four second rules. We should avoid causing unnecessary delays because over caution or a lack of confidence and ability. However, don’t let pressure from other drivers cause you to make bad gap selection decisions. Crashes involve vehicles of every shape and size, from bikes and motorbikes to to large trucks or even a horse and cart, both stationary and moving. Pedestrians and kids on skateboards are significant hazards when we are moving past. Pass the Sharp Drive Course and avoid having to learn from bad judgement calls, and for more information on online driving courses Australia, online safety courses and online driving courses Brisbane please go to . Economy Driving With Sharp Drive 2018-08-07T06:23:36Z economy-driving-with-sharp-drive Safe driving skills will save fuel and tires, and an economical driver is also a safer driver. The certain way to save fuel is not to use your vehicle at all. It sounds obvious, but the first step in economy driving is planning. Ask questions like, “Is this trip necessary?” “Can we car pool?” “Is this the shortest route?”Also, what is the best time to travel, and what else can I do on this trip. Preparation saves money, and regular servicing and maintenance keeps the engine running at its most efficient. You should watch tire pressures and wheel alignment. Soft tires are harder to push and an extra two to three PSI saves a lot, but don’t increase them any more than 10%. Roof racks create a lot of drag, so remove them between uses and don’t waste energy carrying unnecessary weight around. On the road, keep your eyes up, searching ahead, and watch for and anticipate traffic light changes, speed limit changes and stopped traffic. Easing off the accelerator earlier is better than driving up closer, then braking harder. Excessive idling wastes fuel, and in slow-changing traffic lights and in heavy traffic, turn the engine off if stopping for more than half a minute. Quick getaways cost a lot so don’t accelerate hard from rest. Move off gently with smooth, progressive acceleration. Keeping the vehicle rolling, even slowly, is much more economical than a standing start. Use light accelerator pressure to keep speed constant, and avoid getting on and off the pedal to keep up. Instead, maintain a safe following distance and use it to smooth your driving. You should change gears early without labouring the engine, and in hilly terrain, gain momentum down hills, and on the flat, and before climbing ease off the accelerator before cresting a rise, and let your momentum carry you over. Speed can be regained on the other side. If your automatic keeps changing gears while climbing, lock it in the most suitable gear and use a steady throttle until it levels out. Ease off the accelerator for corners, and avoid hard braking. Use a light throttle on the corner, and gently ease it on again as you release the steering to exit the corner. Don’t speed. It makes very little difference to trip times, and going from 100 to 120 kph uses at least 13% more fuel. Don’t use cruise control. It was designed for long, flat straights and reacts to speed only, not terrain. You should watch your instruments and keep the revs down. Air conditioning uses up to 10% more fuel so turn it off unless you really need it. However, airconditioning is more efficient than the drag caused by open windows. For more information on advanced driving skills courses, advanced driver training and fleet safety please go to Steering & Corners With Sharp Drive 2018-07-19T06:20:24Z steering-amp-corners-with-sharp-drive Good steering and cornering starts with ‘eyes up’ driving and the right driver position. Steer with a light grip and hands at quarter to three. Your thumbs rest up the inside of the wheel. Slightly bent arms counteract the ‘rake’ of the wheel. With straight arms your shoulder will be pulled out of the seat when your arm reaches the top of the wheel, reducing seat support against the side forces and causing you to hang on to the wheel for support. You should initiate turns with a smooth twist of the wheel with both hands pushing and pulling together. Small, shuffling hand movements cause jerky steering inputs. If you have been taught a ‘push pull’ steering method, be sure to only do complete 180 degree hand movements. Otherwise, don’t move your hands around the wheel unnecessarily. Putting your hand inside the wheel, or steering with an inverted hand is a common but risky habit which drivers are often unaware of. Similarly, leaning against the door, steering one-handed is only going to give you backache at the end of day. Steer with both hands as much as possible, only taking one hand off the wheel when absolutely necessary. Keep your eyes up approaching a corner, looking as far into it as you can. Read the corner so you can judge correctly where to steer the vehicle. For corners that don’t require braking, steer with a big, smooth arc, keeping your eyes up on the exit. For corners you do have to slow down for the ‘Golden Rule’ is ‘slow in, drive out’. Otherwise, the opposite applies, ‘fast in, spin out’. The most common mistake is going into the corner too fast, braking in the corner and losing control. If the corner appears to tighten up and you steer harder to finish the corner, that is a driver error, not a road design error. You did not slow down enough for that corner. Make the golden rule work. You must brake before it’s too late. Steering while braking causes ‘tail out’ skids, tire wear and means you have entered the corner too fast. Never brake and steer, even at low speeds. When you’ve finished braking the vehicle is at its slowest and its tyres have maximum grip, then turning smoothly and firmly. Accelerating too hard and too soon causes loss of control and wastes fuel and tyre  rubber. Always use the accelerator and brake smoothly. Stay completely in your lane and don’t cross the centreline around corners. Stay away from the centreline around blind corners, in case an approaching vehicle is running wide as they exit the corner. Remember, ‘skid control’ is an oxymoron. If you skid, you are out of control. You can prevent skids with good cornering technique, so for more information on advanced driving skills courses, advanced driver training and fleet safety, please go to . SharpDrive Online Fleet Driver Training Discuss Emergency Stopping 2018-06-18T00:17:51Z sharpdrive-online-fleet-driver-training-discuss-emergency-stopping An emergency stop should never be necessary, but if it is it should be a good one, and it’s harder than you think to do a good emergency stop. Most importantly, get your foot off the accelerator and onto the brake as quickly and directly as you can. Not a big stomp, but hard enough to activate the ABS immediately. Mats, clutter or the wrong footwear will get in the way. High heels, thongs and sandals are not suitable for driving. With ABS brakes don’t ever ease and squeeze the pedal – just keep pressing. Feeling the pedal vibrate or pulse is normal . Now for some ABS facts and myths. ABS doesn’t always stop you shorter. In loose gravel, snow and ice conditions ABS brakes take a lot further to stop. Some vehicles have a ‘snow mode’ for this. To be in control, the wheels must keep rotating while braking. Skidding with locked brakes takes longer to stop. The ABS eliminates brake lockup. ABS easily handles unequal surfaces, as each wheel is braked individually. It makes doing an evasive stop that takes you onto a gravel shoulder much safer. You should be able to steer until you’ve stopped. Without ABS you would spin back onto the roadway when the wheels hit gravel. ABS does not prevent tail out slides, and oversteer. It can, however, prevent front wheel skids, meaning it is possible to steer while braking in an emergency. With locked brakes a vehicle does not respond to steering; it just pushes straight ahead. If you have never experienced an ABS stop before, practice in a safe area at no more than 50 kilometers an hour. However, your safety should not depend on your emergency stopping skills. Creating a safety zone for yourself will eliminate the need for emergency stops. Use the two second rule to set a safe following distance. When you observe the vehicle ahead pass a road marking or post on the side, count 1001, 1002. If you have finished counting before you reach the same spot, your’re okay. If you haven’t finished counting before you reach the same spot, you’re too close. Drop back. Then if the driver ahead of you stops suddenly you have a safety zone. Two seconds is the minimum safe following distance. Test your two second count on a stopwatch. Watch for tailgaters following too close behind that could hit you. The driver behind still needs a two second reaction distance, so just add their two seconds to yours, increasing your gap to four seconds. Do the same when cars in front are tailgating. If they collide, they stop very suddenly. For any adverse weather or adverse road conditions add another two seconds safety margin, making at least four seconds following distance. Also allow extra if your vehicle is heavily loaded or you are towing a trailer. Using these distance rules you will save on brakes, tyres, fuel and crashes so, as they say, “Only a fool breaks the two second rule.” For more information on fleet safety, driver training websites and driver training programmes please go to . Sharp Drive Talk About ‘Myth No. 43 ‘Speeding Saves Time 2018-05-22T00:49:20Z sharp-drive-talk-about-myth-no-43-speeding-saves-time Driving is the #1 risk for most businesses. Mitigate it the easy way with SharpDrive. This month they talk about speed control. The speed limit is the highest speed allowed and you must slow down for adverse conditions such as light and visibility, weather, other traffic and hazzards, the road surface and the terrain. A speed is safe when you allow for the conditions and can stop in the visible distance ahead. The stopping distance is the total of your reacting distance and your braking distance added together. The reaction distance is how far you go before you actually get onto the brake pedal. It increases constantly with speed. Doubling the speed doubles the reaction distance. A good reaction time is 1.5 seconds. That’s over 20 metres at 50km and over 40 metres at 100km. Conditons that increase reaction distance are tiredness and fatigue, poor health and fitness not 100%, drugs and alcohol and other distractions. Braking distance is measured from when you first hit the brake pedal to where you stop. The distance increases with the square of the speed. Doubling speed takes four times further to stop. If your braking distance at 50km is only 13 metres, then at 100km it will be over 50 metres. Conditions that will increase braking distances are road surface, wet or icy roads, vehicle conditon – tyres, brakes and shock absorbers, and downhill gradient. In anything less than ideal conditons your stopping distance at 100km will be well over 100 metres. That is the length of a football field. Because braking distance increases exponentially, small increases in speed make a big difference to crash outcomes. Two examples, if two cars, one doing 50km and one doing 60km have to stop at the same time, the 60km car is still doing 35km when the 50km car has stopped. If they are doing a 100km and 120km, the faster car is still going at almost 70km when the 100km car has stopped. In both cases the faster car takes one and a half times further to stop. Impatient drivers will put your life and theirs at risk while trying to make a foolish overtake. If you have vehicles close behind you and a clear road ahead, signal and pull over to let them pass as soon as possible. It is a myth that speeding saves time. Time differences, even on long trips, are insignificant. By contrast, you achieve huge safety and fuel economy benefits by driving at a safe speed within the speed limit. Your safety is up to you. To find out more about online driver training, advanced driver training NZ and fleet safety please go to .