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Friday, 22 February 2013

Refresher Courses

Driving is a skill, and like any skill you must practice it regularly. As any driver will tell you, the road is a constantly changing environment. Of course, this goes for driving from A to B, but it also applies to the more longer-term aspect of driving. For example, driving laws and regulations are constantly being reviewed and new ones added, new roads are being built all of the time which could increase traffic in your area, and there are more and more cars on the roads than ever before.

All of this can be daunting if you have not driven for a long time. You may feel that your confidence has suffered as a result of being off of the roads for so long. But there is no shame in wanting to regain that confidence, and a refresher course could be the ideal thing to help you get back on the road.

It is important to remember that there is no pressure on a refresher course. The aim of this course is not to scrutinise your driving, rather to ease you back into it and help you where you might be going wrong, for instance, you may have developed bad habits in your driving, and your instructor can help spot those faults and work with you to iron them out. Feeling at ease is important, so normally on your first lesson back your instructor will drive you a way to a less busy area so that there are less distractions.

Another scenario is that you may have passed your test a few months back, but have only just got around to buying a car. In this situation a couple of refresher lessons could be just the ticket to get you back on the road, or you may even want to consider doing a Pass Plus course, which is a series of pre-planned lessons from which you can practice what you have already learned as well as acquiring new skills. The Pass Plus course has the added bonus of enabling you to obtain a significant discount on your car insurance upon completion.

So if you feel that you just need a little encouragement to get you back on the roads, ask us about our refresher courses and we can give you the confidence you need and help you on your way to becoming a safe and skilled driver.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Common Test Mistakes

Over the last 37 years since we have been in business as a driving school, we have seen a lot of pupils come through our doors and go on to successfully pass their driving test. This has helped us to build up our expertise and our knowledge of the Practical Driving Test. We aim to share this knowledge with all of our pupils and now we feel that our blog would be the ideal platform to share this knowledge with anybody who is looking to pass their driving test.

Below, we have identified five of the most common mistakes which candidates make on their driving tests which could lead to a fault. Remember, you are allowed no more than 15 minor faults on your driving test in order to pass, and you are not allowed any serious or dangerous faults at all. So it is important to remember these pointers below to avoid making one of the common mistakes when going for your test. 


Mirrors

It is important to always check your mirrors when necessary, especially when you are changing direction or changing speed. This should become second nature. You should always make a habit of checking your mirrors in these situations.

Signalling

You would be surprised how often pupils forget to signal. Giving a signal at the correct time is important as it will inform other road users and pedestrians of the direction you wish to travel in. In some situations, the best form of signalling is to obtain an early position. Which brings us on to...

Positioning
Because of safety, examiners can sometimes be very strict when it comes to positioning on a driving test. When you first start learning to drive it can be tricky to maintain a good road position in the centre of your lane, but with regular practice and using reference points, you can ensure that your road positioning is up to scratch.
Inappropriate Speed

Be wary about driving too fast or too slow. On your driving test you will most likely already be extra-cautious, but don't let this cautiousness translate into a slower speed than is necessary. Try to maintain your speed at the correct level at all times.

Reverse Parking

This is one of the manoeuvres you will be asked to perform on your driving test which a lot of pupils dread. However, the trick is to keep calm and remember your mirror, signal, manoeuvre as well as keeping an eye out for other traffic. The examiner will be watching your observation, as well as the distance from the kerb and from the car in front.

If you have a driving test coming up, but feel that you are not confident enough in any of these areas, mention it to your instructor so that you can set aside some time to practice these maneouvres on your next driving lesson. Remember that practice makes perfect.


Friday, 8 February 2013

What Makes A Good Driver?


Qualities of a Good Driver

For many people, driving is an essential part of our lives. Whether you are an experienced driver or are currently looking to start taking lessons, it is important to remember that driving is a challenge. There are many hazards on the roads, and it is vital that, as a driver, you know how to spot these hazards. You can pass your driving test, but to become a good driver requires certain qualities. Here are some of the most important qualities we feel are necessary to make somebody a good driver: Planning & Responsibility Driving a car can be very rewarding, but it comes with a large degree of responsibility. Remember you are not only responsible for yourself and the other passengers in your car, but for other road users as well. Therefore it is advisable to choose a car with as many safety features as possible. Safety features include, but are not limited to: Safety belts, air bags, dual braking systems, seat belt tensioner, side impact bars, and shatterproof laminating glass. When taking a long journey, take some time to plan your route and also check the weather conditions, keeping in mind that they may vary along your route. Always keep a few essential items in your vehicle, such as bottled water, blankets, flashlight, batteries, and a road map.
Patience We're not just talking about sitting in a traffic jam for hours on end. You also need to have patience on the roads. Unfortunately it is part and parcel of driving that you will encounter frustrating situations, for example you may be in a rush and you find yourself stuck behind somebody who you feel is driving unnecessarily slow, but it is important in these situations to remember that safety is the most important aspect on the roads and it is important to remember at all times that patience is a virtue. Remember also that other drivers may not be as experienced as you are. Care & Attention A good driver should be aware of everything that is going on around them. Remember to always check your mirrors, keep an eye out for other road users and pedestrians, and to look, listen and think. Pay attention to your surroundings at all times as the road is an ever-changing environment. It only takes a split second for a driver to take their eye off of the road and cause a potentially dangerous situation. It is a good idea to free yourself from all distractions, for example, do not eat or drink or do anything else whilst driving. It is also a good idea to keep your music volume to a minimum. If you must have your mobile phone on, use a hands-free device. If you feel tired whilst driving, pull over safely at the side of the road and take a break. If you can take all of these points on board and remember them, you can be sure that you will have what it takes to be a good driver. Visit Our Website Here