Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 22, 2017
People Still Using Their Phones While Driving

According to RAC Research, nearly one in four drivers in Britain still make or receive calls while driving – despite the doubling of penalties for the offence in March 2017, increased to six points and a £200 fine. Furthermore, using your mobile phone when driving is a major distraction that could cause a major accident!

Although the figure has fallen since, 23% of more than 1,700 drivers who were questioned admitted illegally making or receiving calls when behind the wheel.

The survey also implies that 40% of people text, check their emails and go on social media while sitting in traffic – even though they know full well that it is against the law.

The motoring group has branded the issue an “epidemic”. Only one in 10 drivers reported that they were unaware of the harsher penalties for being caught when using their phone while driving.

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September 21, 2017
Driving in Windy Conditions

Driving in windy weather can present all kinds of hazards. It’s vital that you take precautions before getting behind the wheel on a windy day to keep you and your passengers safe.

Firstly ask yourself – is your journey really necessary? Listen to the news to keep up to date with road closures to avoid getting stuck in traffic that will cause delays to your journey. Only travel if there is no other option.

High winds can get under your car and affect your control, brought on by strong, sudden gusts that can take you by surprise. Driving slower will help you anticipate these gusts and reduce impact. Also having a firm grip on the steering wheel helps you maintain full control. If conditions become too extreme then pull over when safe and legal to do so.

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September 20, 2017
What is Engine Idling?

Engine idling is when you leave your engine running while your vehicle is stationary. People often do this when stuck in traffic jams, or waiting to pick someone up for a lift. Engine idling is bad for the environment; car fumes contain a number of harmful gasses including carbon dioxide, which can contribute towards climate change, not to mention other harmful gasses such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons that are linked to asthma and other lung diseases.

Rule 123 of The Highway Code states that drivers must never leave their vehicle unattended with the engine running, or leave the ignition running unnecessarily while their vehicle is stationary on a public road.

The police have the authority to issue £20 fixed penalties for emission offences and engine idling under The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002. Such penalties are imposed only if a person refuses to switch off their engine when asked to do so by a police officer.

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September 19, 2017
Driving in the dark

It is approaching the time of year when a great many of us will be driving to and from work in the dark. For this reason it is important to check that your lights are working properly and used when appropriate!

Obviously we use our headlights when driving in the dark in order to see clearly where we are going, and to ensure that we can be seen by other motorists. At the same time it is important (not to mention courteous) not to dazzle other road users by incorrectly using full beams. Headlight should be dipped when driving through built-up areas or when you are driving behind or approaching other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. If you’re driving under 30mph in a well-lit area it is not illegal to use your sidelights but you will do better to use dipped headlights for best possible visibility.

When driving on rural roads, have your full beams on whenever possible but immediately dip your lights whenever another road user approaches to avoid dazzling them. If you’re on the receiving end of full beams, avoid looking at the headlights of the oncoming vehicle, keep your attention on the left-hand kerb and be sure to keep your speed steady.

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September 18, 2017
Can you drive with an injury?

It is your responsibility to inform the DVLA if you’re unable to drive for more than 3 months because of an injury. Failure to do so could result in you being fined up to £1,000. Furthermore, you could be prosecuted if you cause an accident as a result of driving with an injury.

You should not drive if you are wearing a splint, cast, brace or boot that limits joint mobility. A cast on your arm will make it impossible to drive a manual vehicle, as you need to be able to control the vehicle while keeping one hand on the steering wheel. If you’ve a broken a leg or foot you will not be able to drive a manual or automatic vehicle until the injury is fully recovered and you are able to flex the affected joint with ease.

Your doctor should advise you whether or not operating a vehicle is safe, but they cannot make a legal determination of when it is safe for you to drive again…

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September 15, 2017
Driving Test Preparation and Practice

Before booking your driving test it definitely helps to know what things are more likely to thwart your chances of passing, in order to make sure you don’t fall victim to any of them!

Always observe at junctions. Check properly before pulling out and not just give a cursory glance – use your brain as well as your eyes and examine exactly what’s happening all around.

Your mirrors are there for a reason – all three of them – particularly when it comes to changing lanes, negotiating hazards, carrying out manoeuvres and pulling off. During your test it needs to be made obvious to the examiner that you’re constantly checking your mirrors.

It’s always important to position yourself correctly on the road for two reasons; for best possible view of the road ahead, and so you can be seen by other road users. Do not invade other road users’ space, and be sure you don’t drive too closely to parked cars or cyclists.

Remember ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’, not just when taking your driving test but for the rest of your driving life. It’s not just about signalling though; you need to do it when the time is right and whatever you do, don’t forget to cancel your indicators when they’re no longer required!

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September 14, 2017
The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

That time of year is fast approaching – while it might seem convenient to dive behind the wheel after a couple of drinks at the pub, the results of drinking and driving could be devastating.

Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink may result in 3 months’ imprisonment, up to a £2,500 fine or possibly even a driving ban. Furthermore, drink driving puts not only your life but the lives of others at risk, and could easily result in fatalities. Remember that drinking affects your ability to react as quickly and sensibly as you would when sober. Your brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye; processing information becomes more difficult; you may also experience blurred and/or double vision, which affects your ability to see properly while driving.

The amount of alcohol you would have consumed to be considered over the limit depends on things such as your weight, age, sex and metabolism. Obviously it also depends on the type and amount of alcohol you’ve been drinking, whether you’ve recently eaten, and your stress levels.

Always be rational and THINK before getting behind the wheel of your car. Do you really need to drive, or could you not walk, get a lift from someone who is sober or make use of public transport? By being sensible, you can relax, look forward to and enjoy the festive period!

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September 13, 2017
Speeding and the Consequences…

Speed cameras are in place for one reason; to promote safe driving thus potentially save lives. If you don’t respect the speed limit, it’s perhaps worth understanding the consequences or you may find yourself faced with a fine and three points on your licence that come with it, or worse – the injury and/or death of a pedestrian on your conscience.

Exceeding the speed limit, even by one extra mile per hour is illegal. If you’re flashed by a speed camera or pulled over by a police officer, you may be prosecuted, required to attend a speed-awareness course, (that you will be expected to pay for) or you may just be given a verbal warning – all dependant on how extreme the offence.

Just keep in mind that driving too fast when not permitted can potentially result in horrific consequences. Protect yourself and others by driving at the correct speed.

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September 12, 2017
10 top tips for passing your driving test…

It’s always advisable to plan you time when preparing to pass your driving test – right from the beginning when you embark on your first lesson. Manage your expectations and set yourself goals, don’t try and run before you can walk (or drive before you can steer!!!) Ensure that your lessons are regular, taking long breaks between lessons will make it harder to grasp the knack of driving and remembering the do’s and don’ts of particular manoeuvres.

It also helps to monitor your progress; establish what you’ve learned after each lesson or every few lessons, this will also give you a sense of personal achievement. Moreover, why not get your theory test done and out of the way? At least that’s one hurdle you can get over enabling you to concentrate solely on your practical driving skills.

A mock driving test is always advisable; your instructor will usually recommend this before taking your official test. That way, you will know what to expect which promotes confidence and learn how to manage your nerves as well!

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September 11, 2017
Best Age to Pass Your Test is ’25’ According to Admiral

Studies reveal that the ideal age to be passing your driving test these days is 25 – with the likelihood of fewer accidents and less motoring convictions. Apparently the younger you are when you pass your test, the more likely you are to have an accident in your first five years of driving.

Based on data from more than a million motorists, the insurance company Admiral discovered that male learner drivers pass their test at a younger age than female learners, with 44% of them passing before the age of 19, compared to 37% of women. As many as 59% of men, but just 46% of women, pass their test the first time, whereas 7% of women take more than three attempts to pass their test while compared with 4% of men.

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