March 24, 2017
Mapping Your Journey

When driving to a new area there’s always a chance that you can get lost. You can create lots of stress when you get lost and end up going around in circles. It’s even worse if you have passengers and they just want to get there, too. Then you have to think about where to park .

The best way to solve this is to plan the journey ahead of time. Here’s what we suggest.

  • Get the full address details of the place you’re going to
  • Before your journey, and when you’re at home, go onto Google Maps and map out the journey
  • Just looking at the route will make you feel calmer
  • Most people have a satnav and if you don’t, it’s worth buying one. Having this on hand for your journey will help a great deal.

Safe Driving from Britannia!

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March 23, 2017
Buying The Right Car For You

Congratulations! You’ve put in the hard work and passed your driving and theory test.

Now it’s time to buy your new car. Not so fast!

Before you think about buying your new car think about the total expenses. Plan out how much that car will cost for insurance, MOT, Road Tax etc. Look at how much it will cost if the tyres need changing or if you need breakdown cover.

It’s important to look at the total package of costs and not just the cost of the car. That way, if you do have an emergency you know that you have the funds to cover them.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 22, 2017
Driving To And From The Airport

Going on holiday is one of the most exciting things. As the summer draws closer more and more of us will be going away. What also comes along with going on holiday, though, is the added stress of getting to and from the airport.

Sometimes getting on the train or coach, especially when you have a family can be arduous so going in the car is a better option.

To make sure that your drive to and from the airport is smooth follow the below suggestions:-

  • Map your journey out on Google Maps beforehand so you know the route you’re going to take
  • Pack your suitcases in the car the night before so you don’t have to think about it in the morning
  • Have a check-list of your all most important documents (passport, tickets etc.)
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 21, 2017
The Right Driving Shoes

We talk a lot about driving safely, whether that’s what to do when you’re waiting in traffic or having the right glasses so you can see properly.

Another thing we want you to think about is selecting the right shoes to wear when driving.

This is important because you need to be comfortable when you’re driving. Your feet and ankles need to feel comfortable because you’re constantly adjusting pedals. If you’re driving a lot it’s worth having a pair of driving shoes in the car so you can slip them on and off.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 20, 2017
Double-Check Before Deciding

One of the most important factors that will help you to become a good driver is the element of decision-making. Often when you’re out driving, you will face a situation that you didn’t, or could never have prepared for on your driving lessons, and to come out of that situation safely you need to rely on your own judgement.

When making decisions such as this, it is important to remember one vital thing; To stay calm. Most of the time, poor driving decisions are caused by the driver going into panic mode and rushing their decision – So take your time, and make the right one.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 17, 2017
Waiting In Traffic

As a driver you have probably heard the saying that we spend more time waiting in traffic than actual driving. Some days it may even seem like this is true – Especially on those mornings when on the commute to work, you’re already running late, and you hit every single red light and traffic queue on the journey!

Unfortunately waiting in traffic is just a part of day-to-day driving, and try as you might, it can’t be avoided all of the time. Remember to stay patient and aware when behind the wheel, so that when the lights go green you’re all ready to go.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 16, 2017
Encourage Others To Drive Better

We all know that we are influenced by other people in different ways – Whether it’s the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, or even the way you drive – Other people’s habits – Both good and bad – Tend to rub off on you.

Because of this, Britannia recommends for you to encourage other people to drive better. By pointing out any driving mistakes or bad habits that other drivers do, you can help them improve their skills behind the wheel, and this can in turn improve the driving for many others of people too!

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 14, 2017
Brighter Night Driving

As summer draws closer, we find ourselves leaving work for the commute home on increasingly brighter nights. Having left the dark nights of winter behind us, it certainly makes for a much more pleasant drive home!

Not only does the brighter night driving improve your mood on evening driving, but it also makes for safer conditions to be behind the wheel during. More daylight means higher visibility, which makes all of us safer when out driving!

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 11, 2017
Help! I’m Nervous About My Driving Test!

A lot of people, understandably, tell us that their struggling to adjust to the challenges of learning to drive. When you start out there is a lot to learn, from getting familiar with the car that you’re driving, to remembering the Highway Code and learning about the different manoeuvres.

We have wrote about this before but a lot of people are still — understandably — anxious about taking their driving test.

So how do you overcome the nerves that inevitably comes along with your driving test? Here’s our suggestions.

• Practice. Practice. Practice. Go on a few practice tests with your instructor
• Remind yourself that this is just a test, it’s not a reflection on your self-worth
• It may sound a little “woo-woo” but take 5-10 minutes before your test to take some deep breaths an stay calm can help
• The day before your test have all of your documents in one place so you’re not looking for them in the morning – this will cause unnecessary stress.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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March 10, 2017
Have You Got The Right Specs?

There’s no doubt about it, in order for you to be a safe driver you need to be able to see clearly.

Regular check-ups at an opticians is crucial. Many people need to be wearing glasses when they drive. Remember, if you don’t wear glasses when you need to, you are putting yourself and countless others in danger when you drive. This can have catastrophic consequences.

The law states that driver’s must be able to read a clean number plate at 20.5 meters in good daylight. This is not at all difficult and most people should be able to pass this. But you need to be absolutely sure that you do pass.

Another thing we encourage people to purchase is a pair of sunglasses. Driving in the mornings when you have low sun can also affect your vision. Having sunglasses on will help prevent the glare caused by the sun and will give you a clearer view.

If you wear prescription glasses, you can also get prescription sunglasses which you can wear when you drive and will help greatly in these conditions.

You shouldn’t wait for your driving test until you think about the correct eye ware. You should get this sorted when you begin your driving lessons with Britannia. We always recommend seeing an optician regarding this.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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