Published On: September 17th, 20180 Comments
technology and road safety

Gardenstate Towing Service Talks Technology and Road Safety

 

Road safety is always front of mind for a towing service. Here at Gardenstate Towing Service in Melbourne, we see our fair share of road incidents. Our tow truck drivers are often a welcome and supportive helping hand when dealing with a car accident or breakdown on busy Melbourne roads.

Mobile Devices Double Your Crash Risk

Lately, there has been a spate of reports about distracted drivers being a danger on the road. Mobile phones and smartwatches are a common cause of driver distraction. It’s horrifying to think of the number of people who think it is okay to text while being in control of a vehicle. Even a quick glance at your mobile screen can double your crash risk. According to VicRoads if you take your eyes off the road for 2 seconds while driving at 50km/h you will travel 27 meters. At 60km/h you’ll travel 33 meters and at 100km/h you’ll travel 55 metres. Imagine travelling 55 meters before you realise the car in front has slowed significantly. Those 2 seconds are crucial to your reaction time.

It’s not just your reaction time that will be slower; studies have found that the distraction of a phone call while driving can lead to poor decision making. Despite our desire to believe we are capable of doing multiple tasks at once, evidence says otherwise. Concentrating on what you’re saying on the phone means that you’re not fully observing your surroundings. You may misjudge the gap in traffic when you’re trying change lanes or you may drift across lanes. It’s not uncommon for people who are deep in conversation to miss traffic signals and signs. It comes as no big surprise to find that the most common accidents associated with mobile usage are reported as “run off the road” and “rear end”.

Victoria and Road Rules

Victoria has very strict penalties if drivers are caught using mobile phones. If you’re caught using your mobile illegally, you’ll lose 4 demerit points and cop a $484 fine. Touching the screen, even while stationary but not in an official parking bay, is considered an offence. The simple solution is to not touch your screens!

It is illegal to do any of the following on mobile devices:

  • Talking
  • Texting
  • Taking photos or videos
  • Playing games

 

In Victoria, provisional licence holders may not even use fixed (hands-free) mobile phones.

Of course, it’s not just mobile phones and smartwatches that cause distraction. There are plenty of other gadgets that are illegal to use while driving in Victoria. Don’t use units that have visual displays like DVD players and tablets.

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Matthew Topsom
22:10 10 Apr 24
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23:46 02 Apr 24
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02:46 04 Mar 24
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02:35 03 Feb 24
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08:07 12 Dec 23
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13:38 05 Nov 23
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10:38 13 Oct 23
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Harry Simson
Harry Simson
03:12 02 Oct 23
We needed to tow our Porsche 997.2 Carrera from the depths of our apartment carpark to Porsche Centre Melbourne. GT used a low rise unit operated by Tom to enter the carpark and collect our cherished vehicle. Tom's executed the tow with great skill and performed a flawless job. I would not hesitate to use GT and Tom for this task again - hopefully will never need to!
Kellie Whittaker
Kellie Whittaker
00:23 04 Sep 23
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11:25 08 Jun 23
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13:53 03 Jun 23
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