Avoid petrol pump fumes igniting by discharging static electricity before you fill up

You may have seen that it is truly dreadful sometimes how you see on the TV news vehicles light up into ball of flames while parked at the petrol pump of a petrol station as they are filling up the tank.

The horrible part is that it’s not always due to negligence of using flame from smoking or mobile phone static electricity. In this article I would like to give you a reminder about how vulnerable we are when we are next to highly flammable fluids like petrol even if you’re not playing with fire.

Here’s why You need to be extra careful when you fill up your tank

You see all it takes is a spark to ignite the fumes leaking out of your petrol fill hole to start a raging ball of fire. In many cases what has happened is the static electricity you are holding in your body is enough to create a tiny spark as you make contact with your car which is something called (grounding) also when static electricity creates a positive charge build up in your body and you touch something polar opposite that is negative charge the current will transfer from you to the object thus creating a spark in the process.

Crucial Step to discharge electricity when you fill up at the petrol station

So next time you fill up your tank step outside the car with the car motor turned off and touch the roof or metallic part of your car with the palm of your hand. This step will discharge your positive static electricity charge onto the car before you start to handle the fuel pump.

Other Causes of Danger around the fuel pump at petrol stations.

Obviously don’t light up a cigarette or smoke and also don’t use your mobile phone while filling up your tank. Mobile phones are usually banned from use at petrol stations because there were cases of discharge of spark somehow causing a fire.

Safety Measure For Petrol & Oil Spill’s while at the petrol Station

Call the attendant at the register and let them now that you spilt some petrol or oil whilst filling up. They should block off the fuel pump area until they clean it up.

Here are some videos of cars on fire at petrol stations as a reminder of the dangers to filling up at the petrol station.

Here is a video showing how a mobile phone can potentially ignite fuel close by.

Rounding Up

Fuel and Fire don’t mix to well for a happy ending as we seen in some cases. And to make it worse sometimes you don’t even need to be playing with fire for accidents to happen like this. Make sure you discharge your static electricity before you fill up the tank and definitely don’t get back into your car and build your static electricity up again in you. like was done on the video.

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Defensive Driving Tips For Out of control Vehicles 

Defensive driving techniques are methods used to recover from an out of control vehicle.


Many countries have defensive driving skills as mandatory when going for your Drivers license which would be obtained from specialised courses. Australia however does not have this requirement for passing your C class driving exams but there are independent defensive driving course operators that can run you through the steps of every challenge.


It is harder to know what to do when your car goes out of control without the experience in practising it but here are some scenario’s of out of control vehicles and how to possibly manage it correctly for a safer outcome.


Scenario 1: Car goes Out of control and skids from side to side while turning the corner into another street.


Description: Turning corners is part of driving however when you are in a powerful vehicle, tyres are aged or worn or the surface of the road is slippery you should be extra careful turning corners. In this scenario a vehicle turns the corner on an slippery surface with a powerful vehicle and the car starts to fish tail from side to side out of control as the driver tries to recover direction as it is about to enter the street. Firstly what is going on is the tyres are spinning on the surface of the road and the drivers foot is still on the throttle and in many cases adding more and more revs. This makes the car spin round in the direction it is turning.


Solution:  While trying to redirect the car using your steering wheel may be the first choice that runs through some peoples mind it is also a wrong choice. You are best to hold the steering wheel as it is, let go of the throttle and ease pressure onto the brake pedal. If the car is manual press the clutch in as you come to a stop and put the car in neutral before then starting in first gear again to take off.
Trying to steer a car that is spinning wheels while driving can lead to fish tailing out of control and is not recommended! just stop the tyres from spinning by letting go of the throttle and hitting the brake.


Scenario 2: Car starts to shake and wobble after getting a flat tyre on the highway going at High speed.


Description: Driving on freeways or highways at high speed anything can happen! At high speeds you must be very careful indeed. In this scenario a car starts to shake and wobble after getting a front wheel flat tyre. The shaking and the flat tyre make it difficult to steer the vehicle in any direction.


Solution: hold the steering wheel firmly slow your speed down and signal left to go into the broken down lane. When its safe to do so merge left as far left as you possibly can safely to avoid other vehicles colliding with your vehicle once it is stopped. If you can not merge left because of traffic or other reasons try to merge right if safe to do so, either way come to a full stop when safe to do so and put on your hazard blinker lights on. When its safe to do so exit the vehicle and inspect the tyre. If available use bright orange witches hats with reflectors or reflective stickers to create a border around your vehicle starting from the back where the traffic is coming from about 100 feet. Then change your tyre or call and wait for help & Roadside Assistance.


Scenario 3: Your vehicle is going down hill on a street and your brakes fail to work!


Description: A vehicle is going down hill when suddenly the brakes fail to work, and there is a red light at the traffic stop up ahead! What can you do? Brake failure sometimes happens when you least expect it. And it would come as a shock especially if you are in need of using them immediately.


Solution: If driving a manual vehicle work the gears back to first gear to slow the car down while activating the park break just as you would when slowing down. Avoid hitting any pedestrians should be your first priority followed by avoiding a collision with other vehicles at all cost. If you are driving an automatic vehicle slow the vehicle down using the gear selection from drive to 2 to 1 then activate the park break leaver while avoiding pedestrians and other vehicles to come to a stop.


Sometimes accidents and mechanical failure does happen with a little self preparation / practise or running these steps through your mind you can be better prepared for a safer outcome. This has been another publication by GC Driving, Gold Coasts best Learner Driving school Queensland. For competitive Driving lesson packages and prices visit our website for full details, prices can be seen by visiting http://www.gcdriving.com.au/driving-lessons-prices-gold-coast/ or to book call James on 0432 335 673 To Book we cover these locations: Gold Coast Driving School Locations

Best Tips To Minimize Accidents on Long Road Trips

It is a known fact that many of the Australian road accidents happen on highways and freeways while undergoing long distance travel.

Long distance road trips can be fun but just as deadly as well, many people underestimate the responsibility for taking such long trips and fail to manage themselves, their vehicle and their passengers because of lack of judgement and planning.

We all undertake long distance travel at least a few times in our life, so one should always understand the difference between local driving and long distance driving.

Here are some long distance driving tips you can use to help you understand the importance of Self and vehicle Maintenance & Management.

Long Distance Driving Tips For better Safety and Trip Management

1. Make Sure your vehicle has been serviced: If your car’s manufacturer recommends servicing every 10,000 ks and your road trip of say 3,000 ks will exceed your servicing schedule on your odometer, You should service your vehicle before hand, you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the road in the middle of nowhere because your motor had issues because of lack of maintenance.

Also Make sure you check tire tread and pressure and adjust them to the type of terrain you will be driving on in your road trip.

Remember to Check your radiator fluid is full and carry spare water tanks/bottles just in case you need to top it up or if in case you are stranded you will need to drink water while waiting in the car or walking to get help.

2. Stop and have a rest every 2 hours: If you remember our Australian Roads Safety Message from years ago it was to “Stop, Revive, Survive”. This makes perfect sense to stop for a drink or toilet break every two hours so you can stretch your arms and back, consume a bit of energy and relax a little or get some sleep before your next stage of the trip.

Having a break will revive and lighten your mood and put you in a better state of mind for the next stage of the trip.

3. Organize a driver partner: This is a great idea for people driving to a location together in the same car. You can swap driving every two hours and save stress, effort and energy.

4. Avoid talking on your Mobile: Mobile phones and driving definitely don’t mix well. Many of our roads accidents are caused due to mobile phone use.

If you do have to use your mobile make sure your hands free options are set up so you can answer the phone and call people without touching your mobile.

5. Don’t speed and take extra care in hazardous roads conditions: Speeding kills and that is a fact full stop, but you should also take extra care and observe the changing road conditions well.

Your vehicle will not react as well as it does in dry non slippery conditions so adjust your driving as conditions change, also be aware of hazardous conditions like dust storms and foggy condition that make visibility hard, when visibility is low put on your lights and adjust your speed so you can avoid an obstacle if suddenly in front of you.
Also beware of hill crests and bends that make it impossible to know what is on the other side. Follow the warning signs as displayed on the road side and drive with caution.

6. Don’t drink and drive whether alcohol or non alcoholic: At any moment that you take one hand off the steering wheel and eyes off the road, a potential hazard is created.

Do not reach for items, drinks or food just concentrate on the road and keep to your plan of resting after 2 hours.

7. Avoid driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol or with distracting or drug and alcohol affected passengers: Many of our accidents are caused by out of control substance affected drivers and passengers. If you feel the passengers will affect your concentration whilst driving do not include them in your travel plans.

Driving long distance means that you are spending more time on the road than you are used to and at higher speeds, long distance road trips can be fun but make sure you have planned it through carefully before hand to avoid accidents and heart ache

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Most Deadly Danger Zones To remind Your Teen Driver About

Young drivers are in many ways still experiencing life, experimenting with party drugs and alcohol and some times being wreck less even if just joking around with their mates while driving. Young drivers are more prone to these danger zones than older drivers because of the immaturity and inexperience to manage their attitude on the road whilst driving.

These danger zones explain what to look out for as a responsible driver and will help you to remind your young driver about the serious dangers when they play a factor in their time driving on the road.

Danger Zone #1 – Driver Inexperience

Getting sufficient driver training in various driving conditions is a must to be able to handle change in road conditions. Learning to drive with families not as instructive as learning to drive with a qualified driving instructor as they know the different driving conditions to prepare you for and will schedule your driving lessons to pass through these traffic conditions.

For families that don’t pay for driving lessons consider reminding and teaching your young driver about:

  • Looking out and scanning for hazards, vehicles, pedestrians and bicycle riders.
  • Also give young drivers experience in driving in different types of driving conditions day and night time, dry and rainy conditions.
  • Complete as many hours of driver training as possible. (Australian Law Requires Minimum 100 Hours Driver log book hours)


Danger Zone #2 – Driving With Teen Passengers

When your teen driver drives with other teen drivers the risk of an accident increases considerably. Teen passengers are a big cause in teen driver fatalities because of the influence they play in the drivers mind. Teen drivers can often get distracted and confused with rowdy noise, behaviour and comments made by teen passengers.

Some things to consider for your teen driver is:

  • Follow the driver passenger restrictions and curfew some states have.
  • Limit your young driver passenger limit in the first 6 months from zero to 1


Danger Zone #3 – Night Time Driving

Night time driving is a completely different experience to daytime driving. So to a young driver the differences are huge and possibility  of an accident also increases. Many of the fatal car accidents that occur happen in night time conditions.

Some thing you can do to avoid danger is:

  • Set a curfew and not allow your young driver on the road after 9 or 10pm at night for the first 6 months.
  • Give your young driver plenty of experience driving in night time conditions.

Danger Zone #4 – Not Using Seat Belts

Fastening the seat belt is the safest way to reduce he likely hood of an fatality or injury in an accident.

  • Make sure your young driver always uses their seat belt even if its a very short drive

Danger Zone #5 – Distractions

Young drivers get distracted easy. Minimizing these distractions will reduce the chances of distracted driving incident and accidents.

  • Turn off mobile phones before setting out to drive.
  • Avoid drinking or eating whilst driving.
  • Avoid changing radio stations or music whilst driving.


Danger Zone #6 – Drowsy Driving

The main causes of accidents with drowsy driving is due to driving either very early in the morning or very late at night. You can minimize this by:

  • set a schedule or plan by making sure your young driver is well rested before they drive a vehicle and make sure they can only drive at these times of the day.


Danger Zone #7 – Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a high factor to teen driving accidents due to inexperience and immaturity to be able to handle changing road conditions and make safe judgements whilst driving on the road.

Some things to remind and practice are:

  • always keep an eye on the speedometer and adjust speed around dangerous curves and winding roads.
  • adjust your distance between the vehicle in front of you and allow extra space in raining or wet conditions or where road surface is slippery.


Danger Zone #8 – Driving whilst Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

Driving Under the Influence is a very big factor to teen driving accidents and fatalities. Even a small amount of alcohol can have a big impact of the inability of your young driver to be able to make judgements and keep themselves safe.

Some things you can do is:

  • Be a safe driver yourself and lead as an example of safe driving never under the influence.
  • Enforce Safe zero substance tolerance when driving.
  • Remind them of the dangers to substance abuse and dangers of driving under the influence.


Young drivers are more likely to find themselves in Road Danger Zones than older more experienced drivers. With a little help and guidance you can give your young drivers the tools and support to stay safe and injury free whilst there time driving on our busy roads.

This article published by GCDriving.com.au a local gold Coast Driving School




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Queensland Fatality Driving Statistics For 2015

While their is always a significant number of road fatalities on Queensland roads the five year average has shown to be lower than 5 years ago, however 2015 showed a higher number of people losing their life due to speeding, alcohol, road conditions and other characteristics as compared to 2014.

The slightly lower percentage of fatality statistics was young drivers between the age of 16-24 down 3.6% fro the previous year.

The number 1 major increase in road fatalities was senior drivers aged 60 Years or older increasing 45.6% from the previous year.

State By State Comparison

Australian driver statistics

Major Characteristics For Fatal Crashes in Queensland, Australia

Queensland driver fatality characteristics

Queensland Fatality By Day Of The Week

Friday afternoon through to Saturday morning showed the highest level of fatality.


The full pdf report from the tmr.qld.gov.au is available for you to read here

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Top Safe Driving Tips

When Learning to drive the mind and body has to get used to the surroundings as fast as possible. For better learning, safe and efficient driving skills a learner driver has to go through many lessons to get used to the basics and to keep getting reminded about what areas of their driving they have to improve on.

At GC Driving we take our Learner driving safety progression very seriously. As an Accredited Driving instructor it is our responsibility to give you (the driver) these reminders on areas of your driving you need help with.

These happen before and after the lesson as well as during the lesson in practice. It is only human to go through the learning curves and progress at your own pace, we do not hurry the Learner drivers to learn the skills as we just understand that people learn at different speeds to one and other and we go with the flow in a patient and instructive manner.

Learning to drive with safety and confidence will take a considerable amount of time, by law the government in Queensland requires all learner drivers to accomplish at least 100 hours in your log book, 10 of the hours to be done as night-time driving experience.

Here are some top Safe driving tips Learner drivers have to look out for while driving on our busy roads.

  • Look into your mirrors: Not using central and side mirrors is one of the top errors Learner drivers are facing. This is often the cause when changing lanes on a multi lane roads or getting ready to turn at an intersection.
  • Relax your grip on the steering wheel: At first most learner drivers hold the steering wheel so tight it has effect on the blood circulation of their hands. This causes grip fatigue, sweaty palms and a less enjoyable and less safe driving lesson. Learners are advised to hold the steering wheel in position relative to where they are driving and not get ready to rip the wheel off the steering column.
  • Check your blind spots: Checking your blind spots when turning or changing lanes is very important, the mirrors don’t give justice or the complete view around the vehicle, there fore remember to always check your blind spots before moving into the lane you are moving too.
  • Don’t tail gate behind vehicles: Always leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to be able to stop if the vehicle in front comes to a sudden stop or accident. Also remember to increase this space in wet driving conditions.
  • Give sufficient signalling time when turning or changing lanes: Remember to give vehicle behind you enough time to process what you are about to do. The vehicle behind you may be speeding up without you noticing so give enough time to signal the drivers that you plan to move lanes.
  • Don’t forget to signal left when leaving a round about: Many drivers think that just because they are going straight through a round about that they don’t need to signal when leaving. Well by law you have to signal left when departing a round about no matter how small it is or even if your going straight through to the other side.


There is much to learn and it always comes down to the correct driving lesson plan and plenty of experience. At GC Driving we will cater the driving lessons based on what you need most experience with. This will give you plenty of guidance and support to help you drive with safety and confidence into the future.

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