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Here's a thing that should make you pause: P-plater drivers have a crash rate 33 times higher than other driver groups, including learners. Here's another: P-platers hold 14 per cent of driver licences in Australia, yet represent a huge 28 per cent of road fatalities...

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NSW govt cracks down on P-platers: phone use banned for P1 and P2 drivers - UPDATE
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NSW govt cracks down on P-platers: phone use banned for P1 and P2 drivers - UPDATE

A spike in fatal road accidents this year has prompted the New South Wales government to introduce several changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme for learner, P1 and P2 drivers. Described as an effort to better prepare young drivers for real-world road hazards and reducing the NSW road toll, particularly among P-platers, the changes will gradually take effect between December 2016 and November 2017...


Melbourne's M80 Western Ring Road to get world-first adaptive speed limits
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Melbourne's M80 Western Ring Road to get world-first adaptive speed limits

Motorists in Victoria will be the first in the world to trial an Adaptive Variable Speed Limit system, which adjusts speed limits based on the amount of traffic detected. The 38-kilometre M80 Western Ring Road services 160,000 drivers every day, linking the northern and western suburbs to other Victorian urban and rural freeways - including the M31 Hume Freeway...


Meet Graham, the brick outhouse designed to survive collision with a vehicle
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Meet Graham, the brick outhouse designed to survive collision with a vehicle

Victoria's Transport Accident Commission has been getting more creative with its safety awareness campaigns in recent years, but Graham here takes the cake. The entire cake. He might look like that cousin you don't talk about, but Graham here is science's best guess at the sort of evolutionary street we'd need to turn down if we're going to keep getting hit by cars...


The number plate cover that gives you eyes in the back of your head
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The number plate cover that gives you eyes in the back of your head

A team of former Apple engineers and designers have created the Pearl RearVision - turning your number plate frame and smartphone into a rear-view camera system. For now, however, it's available only in the United States. Pearl’s first product is a wireless camera system that links to your smartphone, bringing older cars up-to-date with high-definition rear vision, along with audible and visual alerts when an obstacle is in your path...


NRMA proposes driver education for speeding drivers
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NRMA proposes driver education for speeding drivers

The NRMA has called for the New South Wales Government to introduce alternatives such as driver training courses for low level speeding offences. With a year-to-date road toll of 208 for 2016, NSW has already seen a 25 per cent spike in road deaths compared to the same period last year...


Mercedes-AMG GT recalled for drive shaft fault
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Mercedes-AMG GT recalled for drive shaft fault

A total of eight Mercedes-AMG GT vehicles have been recalled in Australia due to a fault related to the super sports car's drive shaft. According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the Mercedes-AMG GT recall relates to a drive-shaft joint that risks coming loose, potentially resulting in “a loss of drive”...


Five things idiots do on the road

Five things idiots do on the road

Another week, another roadrage story hits the headlines. Not only is it scary for the victim and other motorists in the vicinity, it’s also embarrassing to see someone lose their cool in such a way. Sure, traffic jams suck and they cause stress and anxiety. Some people have no idea where they are going and you have to be on-guard in case they do something unexpectedly...


Northern Territory now has 336km of unlimited-speed road, and its government wants more
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Northern Territory now has 336km of unlimited-speed road, and its government wants more

The Northern Territory government took an “evidence-based” decision to expand its open speed-limit zone this week, and says it plans to de-restrict ever greater pieces of road if re-elected in late August. As expected, speed limits were removed from a further 60km of the Stuart Highway this week, creating a continuous open zone of 336km from the north of Alice Springs to the Ali Curung rail overpass (excusing roadhouses and small communities)...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 8
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 8

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Subaru EyeSight fitted to majority of cars it sells
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Subaru EyeSight fitted to majority of cars it sells

About half of all Subaru models sold in Australia this year have been fitted with the company’s third-generation Eyesight preventative safety assistance system. Subaru’s stereo camera-based driver assist system can interpret the vehicle ahead’s brake lights, and packages adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and steering assist, lane-departure warning and front-vehicle-start alert (good for prompting dozy drivers in stop-start traffic)...


Tesla unsure if Autopilot involved in second crash
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Tesla unsure if Autopilot involved in second crash

UPDATE, JULY 22: And now, a good-news story on Tesla's Autopilot. Elon Musk has tweeted a letter from a Model S owner that describes his belief that Autopilot saved the life of a pedestrian he nearly hit.  US authorities are investigating the crash of a Tesla Model X in Pennsylvania, with the driver claiming that the semi-autonomous Autopilot system was active at the time...


Uber’s new app monitors driver behaviour to improve road safety
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Uber’s new app monitors driver behaviour to improve road safety

Ride-sharing giant Uber has announced some new features for its smartphone app that will allow the company to monitor how its drivers behave on the road to help improve safety. The new ‘safety pilots’ are the product of Uber’s partnership with the US Government's Highway Safety Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), aiming to improve rider and driver safety when using an Uber service...


Mirrorless cars now legal in Japan - report
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Mirrorless cars now legal in Japan - report

Japan has become one of the first markets in the world to allow car makers to ditch the conventional glass wing mirror in favour of camera monitor systems, according to a new report. Using cameras as rear- or side-view mirrors is nothing new - numerous concept cars such as the Lamborghini Urus have already previewed the technology, and some Honda models feature a wide-angle monitoring camera beneath the passenger-door mirror...


Volvo's 'zero fatalities from 2020' mission a vision, not a target
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Volvo's 'zero fatalities from 2020' mission a vision, not a target

Volvo Cars has cleared up any confusion regarding its bold and well-publicised Vision 2020 stretch target that nobody should be killed in one its cars from next decade. Jan Ivarsson, Volvo Cars senior technical advisor for safety, clarified to Australian media in Gothenburg this week that the radical statement embodied by the company from the top down was a vision, but not a target per se...


2016 Mazda CX-9 scores five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2016 Mazda CX-9 scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 range has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), ahead of its local launch later this week. Scoring 35.87 out of a possible 37, the five-star rating applies to the entire new second-generation CX-9 range, which features active safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB, forward and reverse) as standard across the line-up...


Meet Steve Pizzati: Volkswagen's dynamo driving instructor

Meet Steve Pizzati: Volkswagen's dynamo driving instructor

A man who was never going to live an ordinary life, Steve Pizzati is as well known for his skills as a driving instructor, race driver, presenter and journalist, as he is for his quirky sense of humour, passion for the motoring industry and infectious love of driving and cars...

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Toyota adds child dummies to virtual crash testing
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Toyota adds child dummies to virtual crash testing

Toyota has taken the next step in its simulated crash testing procedures, expanding its family of virtual crash-test dummies to include children. The crash-test software, known as Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS), maps and simulates injuries sustained by human bodies during a collision...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings

Euro NCAP, the European partner to the local Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has given the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Volkswagen Tiguan the maximum five-star safety rating. These scores suggest similar ratings could be on the cards for Australia. Both vehicles were praised for their superior standard safety equipment that is fitted as standard throughout Europe, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB)...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 1
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 1

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...