Monthly Archives: December 2011

December 30, 2011

Whether you are a novice driver and want to learn to drive or hold a full licence and want to improve your skills, being on the road can be rewarding and enjoyable at the same time.

Being a more experienced and confident driver will enable you to enjoy your journeys. Many drivers don’t enjoy driving and use their car because they have to, but with refresher lessons bringing you up to speed you can enjoy driving.

Stay calm on the roads, if you are a safe driver and do not allow yourself to get into situations with other road users, this will keep your stress levels down which in turn will improve your health.

Taking lessons with an approved instructor and following this up with the pass plus course and refresher lessons will not only benefit you as a driver and allow other road users and pedestrians to remain safe, but could save you money in the long term. Car insurers reward good drivers and many recognise the pass plus course and offer discounts to new drivers.

So pick up the phone today and book your lessons with Britannia Driving School on 0208 543 8050.

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December 29, 2011
People are turning deaf-ear to continuous warnings.

It utterly comes across as a shocking news! It apparently seems that people are making mockery of public campaigns. The official records suggest that 250 people have been caught in drink-driving tests so far this year. The report has 28 people more than the last year. What a shame? Haven’t we have taken a step further towards destruction? It would not be incorrect to put forth that we are turning away from our social/moral responsibilities. We do not have any right to cause injury to someone who travels on the road. We are putting lives at risk here. It is not about our own lives alone but we cause irreparable damage by hurting others in the process.

You would not like to leave home thinking about it all the time. There is no better way to fight against it is than by spreading awareness among people. You should ask friends and colleagues to take an initiative first. Everybody is equally involved here. We all can make a significant contribution. The need is to work together as a society and nation. We need to practice it with an unwavering amount of support.


December 28, 2011

Boris Johnson made a promise back in 2008 to phase out the bendy buses and make bus travel attractive again.

Friday saw the new London bus officially revealed. The 87 seater, double-decker, with two staircases (allowing quicker entry and egress), three sets of doors and a hop on and off rear platform is set to transform London’s travel system.

The older generation, who will remember the Routemaster, say it’s a 21st century version and they are excited at the prospect of some of the new buses having a conductor like old times. The buses are set to be slowly introduced in February 2012.

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December 27, 2011
A heartrending song and an appeal against drink-driving.

A poignant appeal or a sad cry! A feature film made by the students of Lewis School, Pengam, has been chosen as the Regional winner of all Wales Multi Media Competition. The film highlights the tragedy or aftermath of a death caused by drink-driving. The story is narrated in the form of a song. It is sung and written by Richard Morgan. He has taken a sensitive approach towards the issue. The most significant part is that he has been able to put emotions into words and do justice to it. It talks about the suffering and agony which one has to experience when someone dies in a fatal accident.

It brings our attention back to the primary question. It takes a fraction of a second to lose control and then eventually lose our life. Do we really become blind or ignorant for a moment? It seems to be an act of complete negligence on the part of driver. We start behaving as if nothing is going to happen to us. It is not a good way of looking at the situation when you are drunk. You can barely stand properly, let alone thinking about driving a vehicle. You should not drive after drinking. This is the golden rule.


December 26, 2011

Nissan and FedEx Express have gone into partnership to trial Nissan’s NV200 electric vehicles and potentially change the way companies get around congested city streets and do their bit for the environment at the same time.

FedEx currently operate 43 all electric vehicles in London, Paris, New York and other dense urban cities around the world.

With emissions from a billion vehicles on the road, we are all contributing to a plant-wide problem of polluting the air. With zero emissions, these vans are the way forward. Emissions are greatest when you sit in traffic surrounded by cars, their engines idling, so with the vans used to sitting in congested London streets, they can reduce their carbon footprint.

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December 23, 2011

More and more boroughs are using drastic punishments for anybody caught drink driving over the Christmas period. Drivers in Barrhead and Neilston will automatically lose their licence, be banned from driving for 12 months and get a criminal record if found to be driving over the limit. Some will even have their car confiscated.

Tough new measures need to be taken and the police will use all their powers to punish those that give a high reading or refuse to give a sample for analysis.

Chief Inspector Carle added: “We have to get the message across to people that they will be detected and brought before the courts if they take the risk by drink driving. As well as a fine and the chance of losing their licence such irresponsible drivers will have a criminal record and an offence which stays firmly on their licence for 11 years.”

Statistics show that more than one in seven deaths on Scottish roads involves a driver who is over the legal limit. Not only does this cost the economy millions each year but it devastates lives for the victim’s family and friends.

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December 22, 2011
Text and Driving

Unfortunately, for many people, texting whilst driving does not ring alarm bells and come with a feeling of danger. Yet it is. It’s very bad.

Whilst you are 4 times as likely to have an accident if you are talking on your cell whilst driving, you are 23 times likely to have a crash if you are texting. When you’re are sitting in quiet traffic and exercising your  patience it’s tempting to grab your phone.

One must remember though, you need to be alert at all times when driving. You have to stay focused and be aware of what is happening around you. The car in front may break suddenly, or a motorbike may be driving up the side of you. There are any number of reasons why you must stay focused whilst driving.

Obviously we would suggest to never ever use your phones whilst driving. However, in today’s society some people feel they need to answer their phone. If this is the case pick up a hands free kit and a phone stand so you at least have your hands free.

Remember, you can always get back to a phone call you can never re-wind an accident.


December 21, 2011

Driving conditions are expected to be much better this year than last, with temperatures slightly warmer this year however, this does not mean that we can become complacent as drivers during the month of December.

Motorists are urged to be alert on the roads and drive carefully on frosty roads and watch out for black ice.

To check your car before each journey, especially your tyres and ensure you have enough fuel to get you to your destination and extra in case you get stuck in traffic.

Not to use your windscreen wipers as an ice scraper, you will no doubt ruin them and cause yourself serious problems should it rain. Instead use an ice scraper or warm cloth to clear any ice.

Over the Christmas and New Year period when travelling to see family and friends it is important to plan your journey and be aware of your fatigue levels. Ensure you take a break and stretch your legs should you be on a long on journey.

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December 20, 2011
After a Night Out: Hand the keys to your wife.

We have known it for long! Women are voted-up as safe drivers by a new poll (AA/Populus). The results show that men prefer to take the back seat when it comes to driving after a night out in the local pub. It makes perfect sense to hand over the keys to your female partner when you are drunk. There is no point in driving when you cannot pay proper attention to it. The recent poll has done a massive favour to set the expectations clear. We all know that it is not a healthy practice, under any given circumstances. This would only worsen the situation.

The report could not have come at a better time. The festive spirit is in the air. Everyone is looking to celebrate the occasion. It should be remembered that the core objective is to spread awareness among the people. We feel encouraged, to say the least. The good part is that it brings a sense of responsibility in us. It is another attempt made to keep the roads safe and secure during this festival season. You should make an active participation by being responsible towards the situation.


December 19, 2011

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, not sure what to buy your loved ones, why not purchase driving vouchers from Britannia Driving School and give someone the freedom to travel.
It’s still not too late, we can post vouchers out and they should reach you in time for Christmas right up until Wednesday 21st December. Not too worry if you call us after this date, we will still send the vouchers, but can also send you an email confirming your purchase that can be presented to that special person on Christmas day.
For more information about our Christmas offers and delivery service over Christmas contact us on 0208 543 8050.

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