What’s Your Dewey? 629.28 Driving Me To Distraction!

Next Week’s Start-up Mondays presentation on staying safe on the roads (presented by SAPOL), got me thinking about books that may have been written on the topic.

My first catalogue search on the topic ‘Driver Education’ yielded just one title Young drivers and road safety edited by Justin Healey. An Australian publication, it addresses the topic of young driver safety as a Social Issue (and consequently places the title in both the 360s and 629.28). The book states that despite an increase in Driver education in our schools, young people have a higher representation in road accidents and fatalities than any other group.  This book presents the latest attitudes, statistics and reports on road safety in Australia and examines the risk behaviours of young drivers. Aimed at educating young people and learner drivers, it contains a range of factsheet-style advice on how to avoid risks and increase personal road safety awareness.

Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation edited by Michael A. Regan, John D. Lee, Kristie Young outlines the underlying theory of distraction, its effects on driving performance and safety, and strategies for mitigating these effects. It considers major sources of distraction both inside and outside the vehicle (communication devices and driver support systems); reviews factors that mediate the effects of distraction (age and driver experience); and outlines ergonomic guidelines, for minimizing driver distraction. Aimed at those working in transport related industries, the book provides some valuable insights for any driver interested in personal safety. You can preview the book here: www.crcpress.com/Driver-Distraction-Theory-Effects-and-Mitigation

Behavioural Adaptation and Road Safety: Theory, Evidence and Action, edited by Christina Rudin-Brown & Samantha Jamson, looks at the impact ageing has on drivers and the way changes to automobile and road engineering have impacted on driver safety for this group. A team of international experts in the field of transportation related behaviour sciences, address the issue of driver characteristics and the way they adapt to changes in their physical acumen, road conditions and vehicular developments. The book aims to provide easy-to-understand solutions for road safety intervention design. With a target audience of researchers and academics, this book is available through Google books in print and ebook format.

Be a confident driver by John Henderson.
Suitable for almost every motorist, it covers not only the basics but includes advanced driving techniques, and introduces mental strategies such as observation. Techniques for practical driving examples include bad weather driving and breakdowns, and tips for driving on rural roads, motorways and urban roads. The book includes supporting resources and further reading, and is designed as a motorist’s companion.

How to Drive: The Ultimate Guide – from the Man Who Was The Stig by Ben Collins
Former Top Gear star Ben Collins uses his extensive experience and knowledge to ‘tell you all of the things you didn’t learn on your [driving] test’ With wit and wisdom backed by illustrations and thought-provoking anecdotes, skills described include skid control and gear changes that top racing drivers take for granted. ‘The ultimate book for anyone who wants to be better at something they do every day of their life’.

Road safety by Christie Marlowe is a U.S.A. publication that attempts to alert children to the dangers of inattentive or inappropriate road use. The four sections of the book include real life examples of road safety issues, information on what makes roads dangerous and suggestions for staying safe on and around roads.  Preview here: http://bit.ly/2sTTAsp


Driverless : intelligent cars and the road ahead by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman.
Although driving is often routinely repetitive and reactive (something robotics is known to excel at), it is also unpredictable and ‘commands complex social communication between other drivers and pedestrians'(chapter 1). These qualities alone make the task of designing driver-less cars difficult and challenging – software is not yet capable of responding as quickly and often seamlessly to unpredictable situations as the human brain (despite our want for distraction). The book points out that the development of software that can provide reliable artificial perception is still some time away, however there is a clear indication that anyone, at any time, could make that leap that not only makes the driver-less car more universally possible, it makes it likely. You can preview the book here: http://bit.ly/2sEOlL9
Nola Cavallaro

Children’s Preschool Storytime

This week’s Preschool Storytime theme is BUTTERFLIES
Join us tomorrow at Evanston Gardens Library at 10.15 and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home.
No need to book, just come along and join in the fun…

Come Along and get Crafty!

This weeks theme for Craft-It! is butterflies so this afternoon we are making stained glass window butterflies. Come along after school today 3.30-4.30pm at Evanston Gardens Library and get crafty.

craft it

What’s on This Week

this week
Monday: Tech Savvy – Android Devices – Booked Out
Tuesday: Craft-it 3.30pm
Thursday: Children’s Storytime 10.15am

Tech Savvy: A-Z Apps Series – G for Government

So our last A-Z Apps Series letter was F for fun and now we’ve got to G and that means Government.  Our Federal, State and Local Governments have developed numerous apps to assist with information dissemination and collection to better serve their communities.  Most of these apps will be available in Android and iOS form, with some of them available on other operating systems.




For the Federal Government you can go to one website to get access to everything they’ve released.  Some of these are no longer available, which can be a little frustrating.  Australian Federal Government apps are all listed here on this link (http://www.australia.gov.au/news-and-social-media/apps).  There are so many to choose from and it really depends on what kind of functionality you’re looking for. I’ve listed a few below, that I think are worth mentioning.

  • ABS Stats – from the Australian Bureau of Statistics updated with Census data.  If you’re looking for Australian data, this’ll be a great resource for you.
  • AusPost – from Australia Post.  This app is also available for the Windows Phone and they’re continually updating it.  Tracking a parcel, want to know a postcode, need a post shop?  This will be a great little resource for you.
  • ato – from the Australian Taxation Office, also available for Windows Phone.  Whether you’re a small business owner or employee, you can use this app to keep track of your taxation and super affairs.

  • BOM Weather – from the Bureau of Meteorology.  Forecasts, rain predictions, warnings and more for capital cities, your current location or your home town.
  • Energy Rating – from the Department of the Environment, available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry & as a Web app.  Are you looking to purchase a new appliance?  Would you like to know before you buy how much it will cost?  Consult the app while you are out shopping.
  • Express Plus Centrelink – from the Department of Human Services.  Smartphone access to your Centrelink account with ways to keep track of your situation, report your income and update your details.

  • Learning The Ropes – Navy Knots – from the Royal Australian Navy.  Ever wished you knew how to better secure your tent?  This app has all you need to know about knot tying and includes 3D animated tutorials too.  Only on iOS.
  • National Public Toilet Map – from the Department of Health.  Free and available on iOS only. Going on a driving holiday through Australia?  Need to know where the next loo stop will be?  This is the app for you road trippers.

  • National Relay Service – from the Department of Communications. This app was created to better assist our deaf or hearing/speech impaired community to make phone calls.
  • Smart Traveller – from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Thinking of venturing overseas?  Have you registered with the Australian Government in case of emergency? This app is full of helpful hints, tips and checklists to make your next trip overseas and safe one.

That was a condensed list of available apps from the link above.  Check it out, you might find something applicable to you that I haven’t mentioned.

Next we move onto the State Government level. Whilst these apps are State Government developed, you’ll find they all have different links (unlike for the Federal Government.

  • SLSA Walks – http://guides.slsa.sa.gov.au/walkingtoursapp – available on Android and iOS for free. The State Library of South Australia gives you the opportunity to wander through our State’s history at your own pace using the app as a guide to many significant names, dates and places in our city of Adelaide.
  • Legal Aid SA – http://www.lsc.sa.gov.au/cb_pages/news/Android_app_available.php – Created by Legal Services Commission of South Australia.  Available for free for Android.  Need legal advice? Would you like clarification on something? You can access many factsheets and brochures with instant contact with their offices across the state.
  • MySA GOV app – https://my.sa.gov.au/ – released in May this year and available for free on iOS and Android phones.  Check out the link for all the information.  This new app gives people the opportunity to securely digitise and store their Government issued licences in South Australia.

And now to the apps developed for the Local Government Communities.  I won’t go to0 far into these as our readers may be from different Local Government Areas.  If you go to your Local Government Council website, or you can visit the Local Government Association website, to find South Australian Council websites.  One particular app available for most council areas is the MyLocal App listed below.

MyLocalApp – – http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=4099 Created by the Local Government Association of SA with funding from the State Government – Council services, events, programs, waste and recycling services and more are listed.  Download the app and see what your local council offers.  There was another funding grant given to create further ability to pinpoint on map for graffiti notification – Available to download on Android and iOS for free.

So although Government is probably not the most exciting point in our A-Z of apps, it does give us so many apps from many different departments across all levels of our Government.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

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