Thank you for taking the road safety survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete the road safety survey.  Your feedback is invaluable.



Want to know how you did on the knowledge questions?  Here are the answers:

Q: If you double your driving speed, your braking distance (from the time the brakes are applied) will:
A: Quadruple


Q: Driving over 60km/h, how much space should you leave beside you when passing a cyclist?
A: 1.5 metres

Distance makes the difference.  You wouldn’t invade someone’s personal space on the bus, don’t do it behind the wheel.

Q: Talking on a mobile phone (hands-free) takes away approximately what percentage of the brain power associated with driving?
A: About 40%

Talking on the mobile phone uses up the same parts of the brain that deal with spatial sense, navigation and visual information, narrowing your vision and causing ‘inattentional blindness’ – the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task.

Q: Three young passengers in your car can increase your crash risk by:
A: 400%


Even one younger passenger with a young driver increases the crash risk by 44%.  Three quadruples the risk of a crash.  The passenger restriction rules came from these statistics.  They’re in place to protect you.

Q: The MAIN purpose of tyre tread is to:
A: Disperse water


Tyres are one of the most important safety features of any car, and with only one handprint of tread connecting each of your tyres to the road – quality tyres are critical.  When roads are wet your tyres are sitting on a layer of water. Without tread, your car would be at high risk of aquaplaning (losing your grip on the road).  There’s a lot riding on your tyres – make sure they’re up to the job.

Q: Learner and Provisional licence holders in NSW have a blood alcohol limit of 0.00 when they drive. Which of the following can reduce the amount of time it takes to process alcohol out of your blood?
F: none of the above

Black coffee, showers, water or food will not work. The only thing that sobers you up is time. After a big night out you may still be over your legal alcohol limit for much of the next day.

Q: Being awake for 17 hours has an effect on driving that is similar to which of the following blood alcohol content (BAC) levels?
C: 0.05 (the legal BAC limit for fully licensed drivers)

Driver fatigue produces a decline in performance such as slower reaction times, failure to respond to changes and the inability to concentrate and make reasonable judgments.

Q: Wearing a properly adjusted seat belt reduces the risk of fatal or serious injury by up to…
C: 50%

The force on seat belts can be as much as 20 times a person’s weight, without restraint that’s how hard they would hit the windscreen, steering wheel, dashboard or even other passengers.

Q: The Government’s Safe System focuses on: (tick any that apply)
A: All of them!  (Road Users, Roads and Roadsides, Speed Limits and Motor Vehicles


The Safe System recognises that there are a number of factors that influence a crash and its severity.  It takes what we know about people – how we think and act and it puts that in the centre of how we design and operate our road transport system.  Remember, road users are a piece of the puzzle so we need to play our part.