Posts made in February, 2015

Why Ex-pats Should Go Back To Driving School

These days it is easier than ever to gain an Australian driving licence if you have a driving licence from your home country. For example, in NSW, the requirement to take and pass an actual driving test was phased out in 2002, as long as you had been driving in your own country for more than 3 years and your home land was one of the (many) recognised countries. At that time, you still had to pass a multiple-choice knowledge test, but this necessity was removed in 2005. Now, all you need to do is turn up at the motor registry with your old driving licence and proof of residency and pass an eye test.

However, every country has its own variations on the rules of the road, so if you intend to be a responsible and safe Australian driver, you should consider a brief introductory session at a local driving school. Here, the instructor can guide you through some of the following aspects of driving, which can vary so much from home.


Australia and New Zealand are probably unique in the strictness of their parking regulations. The rule that most often catches overseas drivers is the one that requires you to park facing the direction of travel–to park on the other side of a 2-way road you need to turn around first.

Traffic lights

Some traffic lights will have signs letting you know if you can turn left on a red light after stopping to check for other traffic. This is highly practical, but not implemented in a lot of other countries.

Driving on the left

If you have been driving for many years on the right-hand side of the road, a driving instructor can take you through a few roundabouts and intersections and give you the confidence needed to break old habits.

Lane filtering

Whether you come from a country like the UK, with the understanding that line markings are followed strictly and use of the indicator is required for any cross movement, or from a country like Italy, where traffic-hopping is more fluid, learning the local filtering etiquette will prevent beeping horns and aggravated locals.

Automatic transmission

Whereas the majority of European cars have manual gears, Australians favour automatics. The shift from manual to automatic is easier than vice versa, but, if unsure, an instructor can help you get a feel for hill-starts and braking.

Once you have the local knowledge under your belt, Australia is a country that lends itself to driving. Get out of the urban congestion and you’ll find that Australians tend to stick to the speed limit on freeways. The lack of stress caused by the consistent speed of the traffic lets you sit back and enjoy this beautiful country. For more information, contact a business such as Mitcham Driving School.

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Tips For Buying A Refrigerated Transport Truck

Investing in the refrigerated transport industry can have great financial rewards.  There are several ways through which you could get into this industry and the easiest of these is by investing in a refrigerated transport truck. Because of the various types of trucks available and the different specifications that these trucks have, it may not be very easy to choose the best one for your particular application. Here are a few things you should consider before you settle on one refrigerated truck over the other.

The Nature Of Primary Product(s) To Be Transported

The primary product or products you wish to transport on the refrigerated truck is the most important factor to consider when choosing between different trucks.

The nature of the primary product includes such factors as the individual size of products to be transported and the manner in which these products are packaged. The individual size of products is important because the size of storage units within the refrigeration truck must correspond with the size of individual product units.

Again, it is important to point out that different types of perishable products have different transportation requirements. For example, products with higher temperature needs will have greater insulation needs and this should be reflected in the type of refrigerated truck you settle for.

The packaging used on the product is also an important consideration because the packaging often has an impact on the nature of airflow within the refrigerated truck.  Adequate airflow is important as it helps to maintain consistent product temperatures during transportation.

The Number Of Primary Products To Be Transported

Another important factor to consider when choosing a refrigerated truck is the number of primary products that the truck will be used to transport on a regular basis. If there happens to be more than one primary product, it would be a good idea to invest in a refrigerated truck that has different temperature zones. This is because each of the primary products will need to be preserved at a different temperature. This is only possible if there are different temperature zones within the refrigerated truck.

The Lift Mechanism Used With The Truck

Before you pick one truck over the other, be sure to consider the lift mechanism used with the truck. The lift mechanism refers to the method used to load and off-load products from the truck. Refrigerated trucks are commonly loaded by handed or using a forklift. If you choose a forklift-loaded truck, remember to buy the appropriate forklift package upgrade for then truck. For more information, contact a company like Be Cool Refrigerated Couriers.

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