Stopping Distances Calculator

Ever wondered how different speeds and conditions affect your stopping distance? Check out this handy calculator.  You can even adjust the reaction time to see how distractions make an impact.  As an experiment, push the reaction time up to 4 seconds, the average time it takes to send a quick text, and see what happens to your stopping distance.

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Stopping Distance

Tips for the Mindful Driver

In a world full of distractions, the art of mindful driving can not only heighten awareness and prevent collisions, it can also have you arriving at your destination in a much better mood. Check out these tips for becoming more mindful on the roads.

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Review of best practice road safety initiatives in the corporate and/or business environment

This review investigated the potential to introduce road safety based initiatives in the corporate environment.

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Saving money through fleet risk management

This guidance report is one of a series for fleet and road safety professionals produced by Brake, the road safety charity. These reports highlight research and best practice from papers presented at Brake events and from other relevant sources, and aim to help professionals reduce road risk through dissemination of this critical information. These reports are produced for the benefit of Brake subscribers and event participants. To subscribe to Brake visit www.brake.org.

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Road Safety Improvement in Large Companies: An Experimental Comparison of Different Measures

Road crashes are a major problem in most companies. There are several traditional measures for improving safety, but knowledge about what measures are most effective is limited. The aim of the study was to compare four different measures for reducing accident involvement through changed driver behaviour. The result was surprising. This research paper from Sweden, although published almost 20 years ago is still relevant today.

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Your safe driving policy

Helping companies manage work-related road safety and keep employees and vehicles safe on the roads by the NZ Transport Agency and NZ Accident Compensation Corporation.

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Worksite Health Promotion: Principles, Resources and Challenges

(School of Applied Physiology, Georgia Institute of Technology) The demand for worksite health promotion programs that improve workers’ health and provide a return on investment has never been greater. Successful worksite health promotion depends on the collaboration of many stakeholders and sectors. The importance of divergent groups working together is illustrated by examining the recent history of worksite health promotion and highlighting key underlying principles and resources.

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Recommended Internet groups (for professional discussion)

Join the Decade of Action for Road Safety group to follow and start your own discussions on road safety for companies and employees.

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Glovebox Safety Guide for Breakdowns

The NSW Government has produced a glove box guide for motorists among a range of measures to reduce crashes in breakdown situations on high speed roads. Drop by your local motor registry or print the attached out and leave it in your glovebox for that rainy day.

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Feeling Sleepy? Test Your Reaction Time

Most adults need 7-8 hours’ sleep per day, ideally at night, for optimal alertness. People who get less sleep than they need often complain of feeling wiped out. Check out this game, designed to challenge you to stay alert in boring situations – like night driving or long stretches of highway. As with all games, intense levels of concentration or repetition can lead to more successful outcome. Regardless of your results with this game, the evidence is clear, driving fatigued is very dangerous.

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Fatigue-Game

Gauging Your Distraction – Texting While Driving

New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. This game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions and demonstrates potential consequences of distractions, like texting, on your driving ability. As with all games, intense levels of concentration or repetition can lead to more successful outcome. Regardless of your results with this game, the evidence is clear, you should not attempt to text when driving.

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Are you fatigued right now?

Driver Fatigue is one of the 3 big killers on our roads. Take this quick test from Transport for NSW before getting on the road.

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Driver fatigue calculator

Driving and fatigue are a dangerous mix, increasing your chances of having a crash. The NZTA have put together a handy driver fatigue calculator which could help you see if you are at risk of being affected by fatigue.

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How’s Your Peripheral Vision?

Peripheral vision is essential to safe driving. In this game you can put your peripheral vision to the test. Numbers, letters or symbols are given, and you have to search for them and click on the right boxes in the opposing grid as quick as possible. To use your peripheral vision, try to keep your eyes focused on the grid that is filled.

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