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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

"Time is precious waste it wisely"

Why not read our blog and give all the others a miss, save wasting time?

We have been very busy and have no had time to update our blog, but were back!

Watch this blog for some important information, on all our first time passes. Mutual Driving School the number one driving school in East London. Our driving lessons / driving school is envied by all our rivals.





Monday, 2 September 2013

Life After Your Test: A Few Driving Tips

Passing your test can mean a new lease of life for you, as well as a sense of independence. However it is important to remember that with indepence comes responsibility. Just because you have passed your test it does not mean that you should stop learning, brushing up on your driving knowledge and improving your motoring skills.

Remember our pass plus scheme which will not only improve your skills further but can also get you a considerable discount on your car insurance. This consists of a minimum of 6 hours' driving tuition, which includes motorway driving, nighttime driving, all weather driving (when appropriate), and much more.

Here are a few more tips to help you keep on top of your driving and to continue to improve as a driver.

Don't give way to emotion.

It is easy to become angered when driving. Even the best drivers make mistakes and this can be frustrating. But it is important to learn to cool your temper and not let rage get the better of you. Becoming angry affects your decision making skills and can put other drivers at risk. In this situation, it is always better to remain calm, and if necessary pull over to the side of the road and take a breather.

Drink driving - don't chance it.

This should be blatantly obvious to point out to anybody wishing to drive. But we can not re-iterate it enough - don't mix alcohol and driving. Although there is a legal limit in place, many people find it easier to avoid alcohol fullstop when driving. You may be able to have one drink and remain within the legal limit, but not having that drink in the first place eliminates the temptation to have another one.

No ostriches in the vehicle.

Studies have shown that it is much more difficult to drive if you have an ostrich in the vehicle. Ostriches are vicious animals and do not react well to being confined in small spaces. They may lash out at you while driving. (We are joking).



Friday, 30 August 2013

Theory Test Training


If you are studying for your theory test, there are a number of study guides available on the market which can help you through. However we at Mutual would recommend the Official DSA Theory Test CD.

The CD is available online or at most good high street bookshops. You may also be able to get a discounted copy on sites such as Ebay or Amazon, however it is important to make sure that the copy you order is the most up to date version (pictured below).



The Official DSA Theory Test CD is the best resource for pupils studying for their theory test. We would highly recommend this as your first choice study aid when it comes to revising for your theory test, as it contains multiple choice questions from the DSA theory test question bank, along with detailed answers and explanations for each one.

You can also practice your theory test online at the DSA's website:

https://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test
This is the DSA's official site; it contains 50 questions which is the same as the real theory test, so it gives the user a realistic practice of what it is like to take your test.

As far as the hazard perception part of your theory test goes, the AA offer a free online hazard perception practice. This follows the same format as the official hazard perception test you will take on the day. You can find this practice test here:

http://www.theaa.com/aattitude/games/hpt.jsp

In any event, you will need to study hard and work on the CD and practice tests regularly in order to pass your theory test, but if you stick to your revision and work hard you should get through it at the first attempt. We wish you the very best of luck.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Information On Intensive Courses / Driving Test Centres

For all students on our intensive courses, our lessons are normally taken over a short period of time and we will guarantee a test at the end of the course. The test is paid for by the candidate and it will be the driving school who will solicit an earlier test date for you.

The test will be arranged at a date agreed between the school, yourself and your instructor. We use a number of test centres; for example Barking, Goodmayes, Wanstead, Chingford, Loughton, Tilbury, Hither Green, Sevenoaks, Belvedere etc. 



As the school will search for a test date, we cannot guarantee exactly at which centre tests will become available. All test areas should be similar in design to give each candidate a fair chance, so that it is not easier to pass your test at one particular centre rather than another. Although your instructor may take you to a test area, your test will not necessarily be at that centre. The purpose of this is to make you familiar with how test routes in general are laid out at most test centres.

Please take into account the fact that you may go to Barking or Goodmayes or Wanstead as part of your training, we cannot guarantee your test will be conducted at that centre, although it will certainly help to familiarise you with the format of the driving test and how it is conducted.

Remember, the art of being a successful driver and passing your driving test is to read the road as it presents itself to you, and not to try and remember a pre-planned route.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Driving Tips For Beginners

What to expect on your first lesson

If you have never driven a car before, the prospect of your first lesson can be quite a daunting one. But you will feel less intimidated if you know what to expect. So below we have laid out a plan of a typical first lesson that an instructor might give you if you have never done any driving before.

On your first driving lesson, your instructor will drive you to an area where the roads are less busy, so you can get a feel for the car before you move on to interacting with other drivers.
Your first lesson is referred to as a "Controls" lesson. This is because the instructor will use this lesson to get you acquainted with the various controls of the vehicle - that is, the foot controls (accelerator, brake and clutch), and hand controls (handbrake, gearstick, etc) and will show you how all of these work. But first of all, you will be shown the cockpit drill.

The cockpit drill is a series of simple routine checks you will make each time you drive the vehicle. It covers your seating position, seatbelt and mirrors as well as other procedures you will need to carry out. After the cockpit drill is complete, you will then be taken through the foot and hand controls as described above.



















When the instructor is satisfied that you have understood all of this, it's time to move off for the very first time. You will be briefed about correct usage of your mirrors before moving off.

It is natural to feel nervous in this situation that you are not used to, however as your instructor carefully guides you through these initial learning stages you will notice your confidence slowly increasing. Remember that driving school vehicles are dual-controlled, which means that there are two sets of pedals - one in the driver side and one in the passenger side. This means that the instructor still has control over the vehicle at all times, so you can rest at ease and concentrate on learning and enjoying your lesson.

Of course, feel free to ask any questions if there is something you are unsure about. And before you know it, you will be on the road to driving success.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Show Me, Tell Me Questions

Show Me, Tell Me questions form part of the practical driving test. Your examiner will ask two random questions out of a possible 19 questions. These questions concern the layout of a motor vehicle and cover the basic knowledge needed to run a car. If you answer either question incorrectly, you will score one fault on your driving test.

The questions are available on the DSA's website. The following is an example of a list of questions you might be expected to answer, please be advised that the questions do change from time to time, these questions below were taken from an official DSA training material however they do not necessarily form part of the test, rather they are designed to give you experience on the type of questions asked so that on the day of your test you will know what to expect.




Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.
Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.Q4. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.Q5. Open the bonnet, identify where the Windscreen Washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).Q7. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Q12. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.Q13. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.Q14. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.Q18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.Q19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle).

Please study these questions and have a go at answering them. You can refer to the diagram above to help you. Please Click Here to find the answers!!








Sunday, 7 April 2013

Show Me, Tell Me Answers


Here are the answers to the Show Me, Tell Me Questions we posted earlier.

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

A. Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.

Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels.

Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A. If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 

Q4. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.
A. Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.

Q5. Open the bonnet, identify where the Windscreen Washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?
A. Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir.

Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A. Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q7. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).
A.Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.

Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A. Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

A. Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.

Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

Q12. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.

Q13. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q14. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A. A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary.

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A. Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Q18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light

Q19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle).
A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.




Monday, 25 March 2013

Cheaper Car Insurance

Pass Plus
List of Participating Insurers And Agents


We would suggest you telephone the insurance companies below to ascertain a quote. Once you have got the quote, THEN ask what the difference would be with a pass plus certificate. 

The following insurance companies have indicated that they are supporting the Pass Plus scheme and offer a discount on their comprehensive third party fire and theft, and third party policies when insuring a Pass Plus candidate's own car.

The discount may be deferred for two years if  Pass Plus candidate currently drives under someone else's policy, providing no claim are made within the intervening period.



The Driving Standards Agency recommends that Pass Plus candidates check with their insurer on the availability of a Pass Plus discount before completing the course.

AA Insurance - 0800 294 1200
Adrian Flux Insurance Services - 0800 505 3000
Churchill Insurance - 0800 200 300
Co-Operative Insurance Society - 0845 746 4646
Direct Line - 0845 246 8888
Privilege - 0845 246 0259
Royal Sun Alliance - 0870 168 8686
Swinton - 0800 409 6551
Quinn Insurance Services - 0800 587 8000

Endsleigh - 0o800 028 3571
4 Counties Insurance - 08456 300 200
Click4Gap - 0844357 8300
i-Kube - 0845 602 6925
Young Marmalade - 0845 644 2026

Although every effort has been made to ensure that the details presented are accurate, Mutual Driving School cannot accept responsibility for any charges or amendments made by insurers and agents.

Other insurers not identified above may still offer some discounts to those who successfully complete a Pass Plus course.