Take a parent for a ride!
The idea might seem strange at first. having a parent in the back during a lesson, but think about it!
Do they know all the new rules, doe they know what you should be doing at any point in the lesson….. if the answer is no, then what happens when they take you out for private practice?
A lot can be learned from sitting in the back seat because they don’t have to be in total control, they can sit back, watch, listen and learn.
It enables them to see traffic situations developing and to understand that a gentle hint will save an argument later when things go wrong because they said nothing!
Think what you could gain, well it’s free and sitting in the back during a lesson not only shows you what your offspring us spending their money on, but would give you clear insight as to what happens during a modern driving lesson. By sitting and watching you will be able to see developing situations long before you would from the passenger seat, so when it comes to being the supervising driver during private practice you will have a definite advantage.
Who knows….. you might learn something aw well.
Before you take to the road in the passenger seat, why not have a two hour session on your own with Ray to bring you up to date; so you and he are singing from the same hymn sheet (as the saying goes). Remember passing the driving test is not just about aiming the car around the test route, it’s knowing where to look and when, it’s about being in the correct place at the right moment and reading what’s going on around you. So investing £50 in a two hour session might save a lot of arguments as to who is right or wrong during practice sessions.
Mobiles are one of the biggest causes of accidents in the UK.
Not only is it illegal to use when you are driving, but you or someone else could end up injured or dead!
You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years
You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.
You can also be taken to court where you can:
- be banned from driving
- get a maximum fine of £1,000
- Theory Test £23
- Driving Test (Weekday) £62
Test during Mon-Fri till 4.30pm
- Driving Test (Out of Hours) £124
Weekends, Evenings (after 4.30pm) and Bank Holidays
Winter Driving Advice
For many motorists winter can mean delays, breakdowns, and subsequently, loss of earnings, not to mention the higher accident rate!
Not all, but some of these can be avoided with a little planning.
Let’s start with ANTIFREEZE. Maximum protection, (usually a 50-50 mix) of water to antifreeze will safeguard your engine down to -34 degrees. If unsure, consult your local garage, better to pay a little for antifreeze, than a whole lot more for a new engine!
A lot more accidents occur during the winter months, sometimes believe it or not, due to some drivers trying to see through a tea plate size piece of windscreen that they’ve cleared of snow or ice! You could face a hefty fine at best if stopped for trying to drive in an igloo! CLEAR ALL WINDOWS OF SNOW AND ICE.
Set off for journeys earlier, but take some winter essentials in your boot, a spade, ice scraper, de-icer, windscreen chamois pad, blanket, extra clothing, and a spare pair of “snow friendly” shoes just in case, In extreme “forecast” conditions ONLY DRIVE IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, but do include some emergency food supplies and water!
Finally, brake earlier and much more gently than normal, use a higher gear to move off, give a lot more distance between you and the car in front, it takes up to ten times longer to stop in snow/ice conditions, and DRIVE SLOWER! Remember, if conditions are different, your driving should be different!
Don’t forget to take a FULLY CHARGED MOBILE PHONE, not to chat your mates, but to call for for help. It might not be you in trouble, but your call could save a life at the scene of an accident.