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Checking Fuel Prices

While on the road, one way of keeping costs down is to find the best fuel price in your area. There are a number of websites (some of which have companion mobile apps) that you can use to search for the best local fuel prices: Motor Mouth – www.motormouth.com.au Petrol Spy – www.petrolspy.com.au NRMA – …

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Emergencies on the Road

In dealing with an emergency, proper planning and preparation is the key before you leave home. Some of the things to think about are: Make sure you are properly equipped for the areas you are traveling to. Do you need extra water, food or specific equipment such as winches, ropes, a recovery kit etc? Before …

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Driving License Classes

We are often asked for an explanation of the various driving licence classes that are available nation-wide. Class R (Rider) Any motorbike or motor trike. Class C (Car) Any motor vehicle no more than 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), which carries up to 12 adults including the driver. Any implement or tractor or a …

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Van & Vehicle Weights

We are often asked about van and vehicle weights, particularly what the abbreviations mean. Here is a quick run-down of each. Kerb Weight Also called Tare Mass or Kerb Mass, Kerb Weight is the weight of your tow vehicle when initially delivered by the manufacturer (with no occupants, ‘cargo’ or other accessories) and will be …

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Borrowing books on the road

As you are travelling, you might like to make use of the local libraries to borrow books and other resources. Some states have a ‘one card’ network (where you can use one card at all public libraries in that state) or offer tourist library cards for travellers. The ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the …

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Tyre Types

If you are just planning your trip, or new on the road, you might find selecting the right tyres for your vehicle confusing. The type of tyres you need depend on the kind of terrain you will be travelling on and the proportion of on road or off road driving you are expecting to do. …

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Travel Tips : Snake Safety

Snake Safety!   With humid weather across the country, now is the time when snakes are becoming their most active. If you are travelling it is good to know what do to in the event you come across a snake.   Some tips to remember are:   Stay calm. Chances are that by the time you …

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Health Records Before You Travel

Tips for Health Records Preparation     We’d all like to think that we will stay fit and healthy on our travels, but you may find that at some stage, you will need to see a doctor or go to hospital.     When you are traveling, it can save you a lot of stress …

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Ambulance Cover While On The Road

    Many people find the topic of Ambulance Cover a quite confusing issue. There are different rules across each of the States and Territories, so it’s not hard to see why!   Ambulance cover is often part of your Private Health Insurance Policy (if you have one), but you have to be very careful. …

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Jury Duty While On The Raod

    Something that may not cross your mind as you are going through the planning process before you hit the road is whether or not you might get summoned for Jury Duty while you are away.   If you are eligible for Jury Service (that is, not ineligible or disqualified from serving), there is …

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Bushfire Safety For Travellers

  Rural Fire Service Information for Travellers. If you’re travelling during the bush fire season, there is a chance that you could be affected by a fire. Bush and grass fires are often near roads and highways, meaning that your visibility can be reduced…or roads you are using could be closed.   NSW Rural Fire …

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Smoke Alarms mandatory in caravans, campervans & motorhomes

  Did you know that it is a mandatory requirement that smoke alarms be installed in all caravans and motorhomes? Caravans, motorhomes and campervans have limited options to get out in the event of a fire so you really only have a few seconds. Having a warning from a smoke alarm can mean the difference …

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Voting while on the road

  If you are travelling you may find that at some point are on the road at the time of an election.    To make sure your vote still counts while you are traveling, there are a number of options for voting while on the road: • If you are traveling within your State of …

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