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Knowledge has no value
unless you put it into Practice
To help make young drivers safer, the re-
stricted driver licence test is getting tougher
from February 27th. To prepare for the new
test, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA)
recommends that learner drivers should
aim to get around 120 hours of supervised
driving practice in a range of conditions and
Practice.co.nz is a joint initiative be-
tween ACC and the NZTA, structured
around the 120-hour target recommended
for the new restricted driver licence test. It
is designed to help young learner drivers
do sufficient on-road practice to reach the
level of skill needed to get their restricted
driver's licence. This free online programme
includes information, tips and videos for
both the young driver and the person who
is there for most of their supervised driving
-- their 'Guide'. The Guide is usually a
parent, relative or experienced friend who
sits beside them in the car to teach them
"The really valuable thing about Practice
is that it sets out what needs to be learnt,
in what order, how to teach those skills and
how much to practice the different skills,"
says ACC General Manager Insurance
and Prevention Services, Keith McLea.
"Practice takes the guesswork out of the
learning to drive process."
To pass the new test, learner drivers will
have to demonstrate safe decision-making,
observance of road rules and satisfactory
car-handling skills throughout the whole
test. The test will require drivers to handle
a wider range of road and traffic conditions
than the current test. Following the Prac-
tice programme will give learner drivers the
experience to pass these challenges.
"It's essential the 120 hours are spent
driving in all conditions, on all sorts of roads,
with an experienced driver at their side," says
Keith McLea. "This is the only way to create
confident and capable young drivers."
To find out more about Practice, and to
sign up, go to www.practice.co.nz. Once
signed up Learner drivers aged 16-19 years
get free access to 'eDrive', the new online
interactive driving simulation programme
that helps them develop the types of deci-
sion-making skills that will be assessed in
the new test.
Another useful resource is www.
safeteendriver.co.nz which collates all the
NZTA resources to help parents to stay
involved with their teen's driving from the
learner through to the restricted licence.
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Ray steps up for bays
Ray Urbahn is still setting marathon
records at the age of 82.
And he reckons he s run 82,243km
Not bad for a guy who took up run-
ning at lunchtimes to stop nodding off
at his desk.
Ray joined the Auckland Joggers
Club in 1972 when it started the Ports
of Auckland Round the Bays fun run.
He s had a long involvement with
the popular event which is partly
sponsored by Fairfax New Zealand,
owner of the East & Bays Courier and
its sister publications in the Suburban
That includes marshalling and
Now he s considering the March 18
event and whether he ll line up with
the many thousands of other Auck-
landers taking part in the 40th anni-
versary jog around the waterfront.
Ray has completed 67 marathons.
The first was the Rotorua Marathon in
1975 which he has finished 28 times.
He s aiming to enter the New Ply-
mouth Bayleys Mountain to Surf on
March 4 for the 16th time after setting
an 80-plus age group record there last
year of 4 hours 39 minutes.
Then he will aim to better his Lion
Foundation Rotorua Marathon age
record of 4 hours 46 minutes 7 seconds
on April 28.
Ray has also run marathons in
Honolulu, Melbourne and the Gold
The keen cyclist, bowler and vintage
car enthusiast says he has no medical
conditions, apart from the odd sprains
picked up while running -- and he s
only once not finished a marathon.
That was during the Gold Coast
marathon in 2007 when he injured a
Registrations for this year s Round
the Bays are now open and can be done
online at www.roundthebays.co.nz.
Entry is $10 for children 16 and
under and $15 for adults.
Proceeds go to the Child Cancer
Foundation, Garden to Table Trust
and Make a Wish Foundation.
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