Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Manual VS Automatic

Today I would like to dispel a popular myth which is...... that it is better to learn to drive on an Automatic car.

Whilst some would argue that it is easier because you do not have to learn the gears, there are other factors which people overlook when deciding to go for an automatic license, and quite often these "cons" outweigh any "pros" you might get from learning on an automatic vehicle.

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Also, by learning to drive manually you are opening more doors for yourself. An automatic license will only enable you to drive (surprisingly) an automatic car. But by learning manually and gaining a manual license, you would be able to drive both a manual and an automatic (although not both at the same time, of course). With a manual license there is no car that you would not be able to drive - it is almost like you are gaining two licenses for the price of one. What would you do, for example, if you wanted to hire a car whilst on holiday but the car hire company only had manual cars available? As a matter of fact, most car hire companies stock more manual cars than automatic.

And then of course, there is the issue of buying a car. As there are less automatic vehicles produced compared to manual vehicles, the price of an automatic is considerably higher. The selection is not as wide with autos too because there aren't as many of them made. In fact, some models just aren't available as automatics, full stop. So if you've had your eye on that dream car for ages, I would strongly suggest that you do your research first and make sure that it comes with automatic transmission. Or failing that, simply learn to drive a manual in the first place and you will never have a problem. Visit Our Website Here

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Beware: Who's Teaching Who?

Beware: Who's teaching who??

You may have read in the news recently that there have been some cases of fraudulent activity regarding driving tests. The story was featured in the Daily Mirror.

One individual has been cheating unsuspecting pupils out of at least £500 by setting up "fake" driving tests. The man, from Cardiff, charged learners £62 for the "test" and £38 for hire of his car on the day of the so-called test. He also tricked another instructor into playing the part of the examiner, by leading him to believe that the "tests" were mock (practice) tests. He would even provide pupils with official-looking documents explaining their faults, as is the practice with standard driving tests. However, the documents issued were false. However, one of his potential victims became suspicious and the police were called in to investigate.

Although cases of driving test fraud are rare, in order to help prevent pupils from becoming victims of similar scams, here are a couple of pointers to help you when booking a test.

When arranging a test - either through your driving instructor, school or by yourself - ALWAYS make a note of the test reference number. This is an 8-digit number issued to you by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) upon booking your test. If your test was arranged by your school or instructor, ask for the test reference number.

You can log in to the DSA website here and type in your details at any time. This will allow you to view your test details on the DSA's live system, that way you can be sure that the test you have arranged is genuine. You can view the time and date of your test as well as the test center. You will need the Test Reference Number and either your Theory Test reference number or your License number. 

If you need reassurance that your driving instructor is genuine, ask to see his ADI license. You can find more information on this in one of our previous posts - click here to read that entry. Visit Our Website Here

Friday, 16 November 2012

Is Your Instructor Fully Qualified?

A warning to all learner drivers:

When you book a driving lesson, you can never be sure who you are getting into the car with. The vast majority of driving instructors will be legit, fully qualified and hold a green ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) license.

However, unfortunately there are a small number of individuals posing as driving instructors without an ADI license. This is fraudulent and illegal. Remember, if they have a roof sign on top of their car, they may look official but this is not enough. Anybody can buy one of these signs.

If in doubt, ALWAYS ask to see your instructor's ADI license.

Please make certain that your instructor holds the qualifications to teach. They should have an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) license like the one below:

On the reverse side, it will show a photo of your instructor. To obtain this license, your instructor would have passed the necessary exams and would have also had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check, so that you know that the person you are sitting beside is not only qualified but is a fit and proper person.

There is also a Trainee license, which allows the holder to teach, although they have not yet passed all of the qualifying exams. This license will also contain a photo and also requires a Criminal Records Bureau check to obtain. Here is a photo of the Trainee license:

These are the only two licenses you should accept. Do not take a driving lesson if your instructor is unable to produce either a full ADI license or a trainee license. You are paying for the lesson, so please ask to see their license. Remember, there is nothing wrong with asking to see your instructor's license but there is definitely something wrong if they refuse to show you or simply don't have one.
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

An Introduction to Mutual Driving School

We are Mutual Driving School. We have been in business for 36 years and have recently set up this blog to help learner drivers through their theory and practical tests.

Although as a driving school, we presently only cover the East London area and parts of Essex, through the medium of the internet we can use our expertise to provide learner drivers with advice wherever they are in the UK.

On this blog, we will aim to provide guidance, hints and tips regarding theory and hazard perception tests and general driving advice.

For further information, you can follow us on Twitter at @MutualDriving......

Or on Facebook:

If you have a question regarding anything to do with learning to drive, please feel free to post this on our Facebook or Twitter pages, leave us a comment below, or you can email us at We will do our best to answer any questions you may have, regardless of whether you are taking lessons with us or not.

But if you are based in East London and are looking for driving lessons, feel free to give us a call on 020 8880 7548, or visit our main Driving School page here.
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