The Driverless Cars of the Future

Self-driving cars used to be the things of sci-fi movies but with the recent announcement that Google have started to build the driverless car it seems that the future is not too far away.

The driverless car

The pint-sized two seater car, which looks a bit like a Smart car, will have a stop-go button but no steering wheel, pedals or controls. To ensure passenger safety it will have a maximum speed of 25mph. But how will these relatively slow moving cars fit in with Australia’s current roads?

What impact will this have on our roads?

It is not yet clear exactly how Australia’s roads and driving laws will be changed to deal with these autonomous vehicles and there still some grey areas. For example, what happens if the self-driving car breaks the law? Is it the driver who is at fault or the manufacturer? Also will you need a driving licence to push the start/stop button in the driverless car and how will this change the driving test?

Cars currently on the roads already have features related to this driverless car as vehicular controls become more and more automated. Drivers already reap the benefits of these features, such as self-parking, and it will be no different with the self-driving car.

Technology has transformed life in every facet of existence from sophisticated home appliances to the internet.  Self driving cars are probably not just around the corner but will be inevitable and society will adapt to take advantage of the benefits they will provide for safe mobility.

Businesses such as Excel Drive will also have to evolve and when the time comes, we will do so. But for now, the best way to get safe driving skills for our traditional vehicles is to have driving lessons with a professional instructor backed by a professional organisation like Excel Drive.

The self-driving car will change the Australia’s roads but while a car that drives itself is very exciting, there are still lots of questions that need to be answered before Australia’s roads are ready for this futuristic arrival.

Tips on pumping petrol

With petrol expected to reach $2.00 per litre by the end of 2014, here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every litre.

  1. Buy petrol in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.  The colder the ground, the more dense the petrol.  When it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…you’re not getting exactly a litre.
  2. When you’re filling up don’t squeeze the trigger of the nozzle at a fast rate.   You should be pumping on a low rate, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping.   If you are pumping on the fast rate some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.  These vapours are being sucked up into your tank so again you’re getting less value for your money.
  3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your petrol tank is HALF FULL.  The more petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  At the same time you won’t be using the petrol from the bottom of your tank where sediment settles therefore keeping your motor running cleaner and smoother.
  4. Avoid buying petrol if there is a petrol tanker pumping petrol into the storage tanks when you pull up.  Most likely the petrol is being stirred up as the petrol is being delivered and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom of the storage tank (see 3 above).

These tips will help drive your petrol dollar further and keep your car running smoother – good tips to remember when you’re filling up.

Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas!

Left turn brings L Platers unstuck!

A grey area in the road rules that cover a driver’s duty to give way to pedestrians at left-hand turns has been blamed for some people failing their driver’s licence tests.

VicRoads has admitted the law on giving way is sometimes ”debatable”.

In one case last month, VicRoads allowed a licence applicant to resit her test free after she disputed a testing officer’s decision to fail her because she had not given way to someone at the corner, waiting for the car to pass. In that case, the driver, Rosheen Kaul, and her instructor, Alex Vouvaris, challenged the testing officer’s ruling that Ms Kaul had failed to give way. The dispute was referred to VicRoads’ senior learning and development consultant, Ian Brown, who confirmed that the law did not state that a driver must give way to a pedestrian in all situations. More >

Think, Dont DRINK….& Get Behind The Wheel!

One of the rites of passage into adulthood is learning to drive and getting your driver’s license.  Doing so allows you the freedom to come and go as you please, without having to rely on your parents to get you where you need to go. What many young drivers fail to understand is the great level of responsibility that comes with getting your license and your first car.

It’s not just keeping up with maintenance and insurance payments, but also making sure that the driving lessons and instructor you choose are of a quality that will allow you to make a seamless transition from passenger to driver’s seat. More >

Drivers Need the Correct Training in Dealing with Emergency Vehicles

Everyone knows that you have to move over for emergency vehicles, or do they?  Some people may have never received the correct training and don’t fully understand the importance of moving over to the side of the road to let emergency vehicles pass, possibly saving a life in the process.   If a driver is in the path of an approaching police or emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing lights or sounding an alarm, the driver must move out of the path of the vehicle in a controlled manner as soon as the driver can do so safely.

The move over laws are intended to help emergency vehicles move through the traffic and to get to the location of the ill or injured patient at a much faster rate.  An authorised emergency service vehicle driver doesn’t swerve and weave through traffic, they stay in the right hand lane and wait for people to get over and out of the way, it’s the only safe way.

When you encounter an emergency vehicle with flashing lights or sirens  – don’t panic!  Stay calm and check where the vehicle is coming from.  Give way by merging left when safe to do so.  If you can’t move left safely you should slow down or stop and let the emergency vehicle overtake you.   Don’t’ speed up or try to outrun the vehicle. More >

Congratulations to our winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Excel Drive & Mitsubishi ES Mirage New Car Giveaway Competition. From more than 15,000 entries, 1 very lucky winner was randomly drawn from the competition entry barrel on 10 May 2013.

We met with Mitsubishi Motors & Brighton Mitsubishi representatives & officially handed over the key to a very lucky and might we say happy…Hannah Williamson! Mitsubishi Motors is a leading global automotive retailer and might we add, a fantastic promotional partner! More >

Quick Tips for Reverse Parking

Perceived as difficult, but one of the easiest techniques to master is the art of reverse parking.  People see this as the most intimidating portion of the driving exam and is still the most widely mishandled driving maneuver for even the most seasoned drivers.  And if you are reverse parking on a steep incline, the process can bring tears to your eyes! More >