Glossary

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Alter your senses

Changing the way you see, hear, feel or react to things around you.

Authorised vehicle inspection centre

A place that can give your vehicle its warrant of fitness, such as a vehicle testing station or a garage.

Bonnet

Bonnet

The large piece of metal at the front of a car that covers the engine and can be propped open.

Breaching

‘Breaching’ your licence conditions means you’re breaking the law by going against the conditions of your licence.

Centreline

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The line that's usually painted along the middle of the road to separate traffic going in different directions.

Child restraint

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A special seat or harness used to keep children safe in the car.

Conditions (driving), or driving conditions

The situation on the road that affects how you should drive. This includes the road surface, the weather, the amount of traffic, and whether it’s dark or light.

Conditions (licence) or licence conditions

Rules that apply to your driver licence. For example, if you have a restricted licence, you can't drive alone after 10 pm.

Compulsory

Something that you have to do.

Cross-intersection or crossroads

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The place where two roads meet and form the shape of a cross.

Disqualified

If you’re disqualified from driving, you can’t drive or get a licence to drive.

Fire hydrant

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A place where a fire engine’s hoses can be connected to the water supply.

Fluorescent

A very bright colour that reflects the light.

Gridlock

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When vehicles are bumper to bumper and not moving. This is also known as a traffic jam. 

Illegal

If something is illegal, it's against the law. This is the opposite of legal. 

Impaired driving

Driving that’s made worse by something, such as drugs, medications or alcohol.

Impounding
Impounding your vehicle means taking it away from you so you can’t drive it.
Kerb

Curb

The edge between the footpath and the road.

Lane

The part of the road your vehicle travels in, separated from other lanes by painted lines.

Loading zone

Loading zone

A type of parking space where you can only stop briefly to drop off and pick up people and goods. It's marked by yellow painted lines and text on the road, and a sign.

Medications

Pills or other medicine that you get from a doctor or chemist.

Modification

Changes or adjustments made to a vehicle.

Moped

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A two-wheeled vehicle with a motor. It has a much smaller body and engine than a motorcycle, and its top speed is 50 km/hour.

Oncoming traffic

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Traffic that is coming towards you, rather than going in the same direction.

Pedestrian

A person who is walking on the footpath or road.

Penalty

A punishment that you get for breaking a rule.

Permanent

Something that lasts for a long time and won’t be changed or taken away.

Reckless driving

Driving dangerously, even though you know you might be putting other people in danger.

Road users

Any people who use a road, including drivers, motorcyclists, passengers, cyclists or pedestrians.

Roadworthy

When a vehicle is in safe enough condition to be driven on the road.

Space-saver tyres

Smaller tyres that should only be used for a short time, to replace a flat or damaged tyre.

Spouse

Another word for a husband or wife.

Suspended

A suspended licence isn’t legal any more, and you can’t use it to drive.

Temporary

Something that will only last for a short time.

Traffic conditions

The amount of traffic on a road and the way it's moving.

Traffic island

Traffic island

An area in the middle of the road for pedestrians to use when they're crossing the road, or for guiding traffic. It's set apart from the traffic lanes, usually by painted lines or raised concrete edging.

Turning bay/right turning bay

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An area of the road, marked with painted lines and an arrow, for vehicles to use when turning right or waiting to turn right.

Uncontrolled intersection

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An intersection where there's nothing to control the movement of vehicles, such as Stop or Give Way signs, traffic lights or a roundabout.

Urban or suburban

Areas in a town or city where people live or work.

Vehicle

Anything that moves on wheels or tracks and is used for transporting people or goods. This includes trucks, cars, motorbikes, mopeds, buses, trains and bicycles.

Visibility

How well you can see and be seen in the driving conditions. It can be affected by weather and the level of natural light.

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