Vicroads Website Down?

The Vicroads Website Is Being Updated
Old Vicroads website links are broken

Vicroads has updated their website and are using the safer https protocol. You can find the new Vicroads updated website here
It has a new Metro design and looks much better although a lot of the Google search links are broken resulting in plenty of 404 errors. The search within website was temporarily up but taken off. Hope it gets fixed soon.

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Medical Review Driving Assessment – Occupational Therapy

Senior Drivers

A senior driver who recently had a car accident

may be required by law to undergo a Vicroads driving test to assess their competence as a driver. In many cases it’s simply an accident like any other but as the driver is an older driver he/she has no choice by law but to prove they are still safe on the road. The driver may not have had an accident for a very long time and is judged simply on his/her age.

Most senior drivers obtained their driving licence years ago and the driving test conditions where very different then. Most seniors have not had to undergo any type of test and doing one now at this stage in life is nerve racking. The fact is the senior driver finds it insulting they are being put under this type of scrutiny and in many cases they are not ready to give up their licence because they genuinely depend on it as one of life’s necessities.

The Vicroads driving test is strict and unless the driver is not only safe but also completely up to date with the Vicroads rules and regulations in every aspect of driving they will find it difficult to pass the test. Old habits which are not necessarily wrong or dangerous but old habits which do not comply with the modern style of a Vicroads drive test assessment can be a huge downfall. The senior driver is allowed 3 attempts at passing the test and if they have not passed they are not allowed any more driving tests resulting in losing their driver’s licence.

An alternative to the Vicroads driving test

Conduct the driving test with an independent occupational therapy assessor

In this case the applicant does not have to undergo the test in an unfamiliar area as with the Vicroads driving test. They may literally choose their own testing route. A route they use on a weekly basis such as driving from home to the local shops, from the shops to their local doctors, from the local doctors to a friend’s house, from the friend’s house back home. Old habits which impact the Vicroads drive test negatively do not matter just as long as the drive is safe. The occupational therapist comes to your home, away from the hustle and bustle of a Vicroads office and has a civilized and extensive chat with the applicant prior to the test. The occupational therapist assess the medical assessment driving test differently and not as harshly as a Vicroads testing officer. The end result is basically a much higher pass rate. In curtain situations the senior driver may have some restrictions but at least be allowed to drive in his/her local vicinity where it counts most.
It is however strongly recommended to first have a few driving lessons with a professional driving instructor who understands the occupational therapy driver assessment test.

Medical Condition

The above mentioned also applies for drivers who may have had a genuine medical problem recently such as surgery which may affect their driving therefore having to pass a driving test to show they are safe on the road.

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors

For updated links to Information for Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors you may visit the Vicroads website https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/medical-conditions-and-driving/medical-review/medical-review-driving-assessment

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Vicroads Log Book – Do More Than 120 Hours

120 Hours? 130 Better

 A person under the age of 21 must complete 120 hours of driving. Drivers are required to log these hours in the Learner Log Book supplied by VicRoads, with all relevant signatures. Alex Driving School Melbourne instructors can fill your log book. Each hour logged by your driving instructors is ONLY 1 HOUR contrary to some myths floating around where they count as more. Drivers over the age of 21 are not required to fill a log book. Due to possible errors in your log book it’s better to fill your log book with at least 130 hours. Learners often make mistakes in their log book. On test day the Vicroads testing officer may void 1 or 2 entries. If you then fall short of the 120 hours your driving test will not be conducted. 

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Learn to Drive in Melbourne Victoria

Learning to drive in Melbourne Victoria is as simple as contacting a local driving school. Whether new and just learning to drive, need a refresher course or coming in from overseas, finding an experienced professional driving school allows individuals to learn in a safe professional environment. Instructors are knowledgeable of the areas and know the best driving routes and knowing the rules and changes in laws will ensure the best driving experience.

 

Individuals coming from other countries are exempt from testing. However, they should contact the local government officials, VicRoads, and sign up for a driving lessons refresher course to become ready for driving in Melbourne. Countries exempt from testing is: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Holland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA.

 

Experienced drivers from other countries have a working knowledge of their own countries rules and regulations. This puts them one step ahead of the learning driver, yet behind because they are not aware of local rules and regulations. Driving in Melbourne is different than driving in the USA. In America they drive on the right and side of the road while the steering wheel is on the left side of the vehicle. Driving in Melbourne for the first time could be a little tricky because everything is reversed.

 

If moving to Melbourne new permanent residents must apply for a license within three months of the time a permanent visa was issued. Changing over requires testing for road law knowledge, hazard perception, eyesight and a driving assessment.

 

Melbourne officials take their road safety seriously and strictly enforce their laws. When learning to drive here keep the speed limits in mind. Residential street speed limits range from 40 to 70 kilometers per hour (km/h). To keep children safe, during the week, Monday through Friday, the limits in school areas is 40km/h. Posted speeds for highways and country roads vary up to 110km/h while most major roads have the range of 60 to 80km/h.

 

For safety, all drivers and passengers are required to wear seatbelts while in the car. Child restraints and car seats must meet specific requirements, making special note that most overseas carriers brought into the Victoria do not meet these requirements and are not approved for standard use. All individuals, drivers and passengers on motorcycles and cyclist are required to wear helmet while on the road. The use of alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Random breath testing is extremely common on Victorian roads. By law, drivers must not drive if their alcohol blood level exceeds 0.05 percent. Any driver holding a probationary license cannot have any type of reading above 0.0.

 

With over 2.2 million people in the metropolitan areas, driving can become a challenge especially for new and inexperienced drivers. In 2011 reports indicate that young inexperienced drivers made up more than 18% of fatal crashes, seniors were at 19% while motorcyclist represented nearly 17%. The most common contributing factor was alcohol related reaching 33%, with use of cell phones, illegal maneuvers, fatigue and speeding making up the remaining 67%.

 

When driving, for work or for pleasure, always know your surroundings and pay attention to where you are going. Put away the cell phones and use hands-free devices because it’s the law. Knowing and following the rules while driving can save lives, yours and others.

 

Author Bio:

 

Mark Long being an author and an avid traveler, he enjoys traveling through different countries. Learning to drive in different locations and attending local driving schools is a fun challenge. Taking driving lessons in Brisbane to learn local laws was a positive experience.

 

 

 

 

Tips To Pass Your Drive Test – One On One With Alex

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Tips To Pass Your Driving Test
A must read for all drivers who are taking their Vicroads drive test seriously!
  What does happen?
What do they really want to see from you?
What ARE the “tricks”?
Its hot info on what really happens on the Vicroads drive test!

The Vicroads Driving Test – Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights

  • As you approach traffic lights and you can see they have been green for a long time bring your speed down by 5km so you can stop behind the stop line easier in the case they turn amber/red.
  • If the lights turn to amber on approach, you are too close to the stop line and will not be able to stop behind it safely then drive through the lights. (always a good time to check your mirrors and be aware if that big truck behind you is going through also)
  • When you are stopped at traffic lights during your test it is not a time to relax and take a break.

If for example you are the first car on the line and turning left and the green left arrow pops up you must see it and go. If you don’t the car behind will grow impatient, beep at you and you can fail the test immediately.

For more tips and tricks to pass the Vicroads driving test refer to our eBook.

Tips To Pass Your Vicroads Driving Test