Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 28, 2013
Are young drivers being labelled as bad drivers?

Road safety is something that most of us have heard before. You may of seen it on the news, from your parents or from a social network, everyone goes on about how important road safety is but does anyone know what it really is? The government are saying that because young drivers are inexperienced on the road, they are the main cause for deaths and injuries,  a study that was recently carried out by Admiral car insurance shows “17 and 18 year old motorists are twice as likely to have a road accident as someone in their 30’s” but is this just labeling all young drivers to be bad drivers? What do you think?

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June 27, 2013
Texting Fine to Increase by 100%

Transport secretary Patrick McLaughlin has announced that fines levied on drivers caught texting will double to £90.

The number of penalty points associated with the conviction will remain at three, despite calls from the Metropolitan Police commissioner for an increase.

Making the announcement, the transport secretary admitted that he had once used his mobile phone to make a call while driving, but that he would never do it again.

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June 26, 2013
Motorist Putting Cleaning Products Ahead of Maintenance

A study by Kwik Fit has disclosed that motorist are increasingly skipping scheduled servicing and maintenance on their cars while at the same time spending more than £1.8bn on cleaning products.

The company said that those motorist who were most likely to put off maintenance were also the most likely to spend the most on car cleaning.

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June 25, 2013
Many Drivers Think Drink-Driving Is “Normal”

A new survey has revealed that many drivers believe that drink driving is still acceptable.

The poll, conducted by the AA and Populus, a professional research agency, that questioned 19, 589 adults, suggests that as many as seven per cent of drivers consider themselves more than capable of operating a car without any problems after having several drinks – despite over 200,000 people injured or killed on UK roads per year (2011), with around 250 of these related to alcohol-related accidents .

Roughly 32% of fatal car crashes are also said to have involved an intoxicated person.

Over one in ten drivers in Wales consider it “normal” behaviour to drive home after a few drinks, whereas those in London are most likely to admit being drunk behind the wheel.

Around five per cent of over-65’s still maintained the relatively old-fashioned belief that a capable driver would still be able to drive correctly – despite the hindrance of having alcohol in the system.

Evidence has shown that even the smallest amount of alcohol in the system can lead to cognitive impairments such as a delayed reaction time and a decreased ability to multi-task – an essential part of driving.

So if you’re going out tonight, it’s time to make a choice: drive and stick to soft drinks, or leave the car at home.

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June 24, 2013
The Most Expensive Parking Spaces in the UK

Driveways are the most expensive parking spaces in the country, according to Europcar.

Motorists are spending 11% of their monthly income on motoring and ownership costs, but 66% of them are using their vehicles for less than an hour a day, trying to cut down their usage as much as they can.

The results show motorists who can’t imagine life without a vehicle but are being forced to avoid driving as much as they can.  More than half of those questioned said that public transport couldn’t replace their car.

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June 21, 2013
Who can teach me to drive?

If you’re going to be having driving lessons, you want to ensure that you are having them legally. Here are the top tips for driving lessons from the DSA:

–          Paying anybody to teach you to drive is regarded as a driving lesson – it is therefore illegal for anyone to accept money to teach you to drive unless they are an ADI or a trainee driving instructor, as these are regulate by the DSA. These can be easily recognised – An ADI will display a green badge on the front of their car, a trainee instructor will display a pink one.

–          Friends and/or relatives are also allowed to teach you to drive, provided they do not accept money for this. However to be legally allowed to teach someone to drive, you must:

– Be 21 years of age or over.

– Be in possession of the correct license for the vehicle they are teaching you in.

– Have owned a driving license for 3 years or more.

–          If you are found to be driving without this aforementioned correct supervision, you are liable for fines of up to £1,000, and you will get 3 to 6 penalty points on your provisional license – not the best start to your driving experience.

–          It is also illegal for any driving instructor – DSA regulated or not – to use a mobile phone whilst supervising you.

–          You must prominently display ‘L’ plates on both the front and rear end of your vehicle. This is a ‘D’ plate in Wales.

Follow this advice, and hopefully your lessons will go by without a hitch.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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June 20, 2013
DSA and VOSA to Merge

The Department of Transport (DFT) has just announced the creation of a single agency which will bring together the testing and standards services that are currently provided by the DSA and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA)

The reforms announced today are an outcome of the recent Motoring Service Strategy consultation and are designed to offer motorists and businesses better and more convenient services whilst ensuring that road safety and first class customer service remain a top priority. The changes should not impact on the continued provision of services to the public or the progress of the ongoing reform programmes.

Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “DSA services should continue as normal so there should be no need for concern in terms of accessing services”

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June 19, 2013
Three More Halfords Test Centres

The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) has given approval for more Halfords based test centres to begin work in June.

The driving tests will be available in Ashton-under-Lyne, Hemel Hempstead and Bromsgrove on restricted days of the week.

The change is part of an initiative by the government to provide test centres in areas that don’t have them. As well as branches of Halfords, tests are taking place at Nottingham Trent University and Salford fire station.

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June 18, 2013
The Dreaded Theory Test

Are you planning to start driving? Are you looking forward to getting behind the wheel and passing your test, and finally removing those ‘L’ plates for good? First things first; before you become a full time professional driver, you’re going to have to learn the theory. And that includes passing the theory test.

To start yourself on the way towards this, you will first need a Provisional licence. This is only valid from your 17th birthday onwards, although you can apply for it three months in advance. From this point you will be able to book driving lessons and take your Theory Test. Many people think of the Theory test as being less important than the practical driving test; however it is necessary to pass the Theory before you will be allowed to apply for the Practical Driving test.

To give you a little information on this, the Theory test is comprised of two parts: The Theory Test, and the Hazard perception Test. Here we will go into detail on the first part:

The Theory test takes place on a computer screen, and consists of 50 questions – however don’t worry about your spelling, grammar or punctuation – they are all multiple choice questions. You will be shown a short tutorial to ensure you understand what to do and given a few practice questions to prepare yourself.

Each question will have a driving related query, and a list of potential answers, of which one or more may be correct – you will be advised how many correct answers are available in each question. You will have 57 minutes to complete all 50 questions – a little over a minute for each question. A successful Theory test will have a minimum of 43 correct answers, which equates to 86%.

If you are unsure of a question, we would advise you to “Flag” the question and move on, and return to it later.  You will be shown how to “Flag” an answer in the tutorial. You will also be able to review your answers in a variety of ways – you can review all answers, all flagged answers, and all incomplete answers (i.e. which questions have not had enough answers selected).

Always ensure that there are 50 complete questions- if there are less, use the review feature to find the incomplete question, and do your best to answer it. An incomplete answer will be marked as incorrect, so if you have absolutely no idea, you might as well take a guess!

Try to relax. Don’t worry about failing, it is not the end of the world, however you will have to pay for your re-take, which will become available three days after your failed attempt.

Most importantly, ensure you have revised properly for your Theory test. A little preparation goes a long way… so good luck!


Stay tuned for next time… The Dreaded Theory Test- Part 2: The Hazard Perception Test!


June 17, 2013
Traffic Calming Zones

Traffic calming measures are used to slow down traffic in order to make the road safer for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians.

Reduce speed when approaching these road humps, chicanes and narrowing in the road. Allow cyclist and motorcyclists to pass through traffic-calming measures. Drive slowly throughout a traffic-calming zone.

If directed by a traffic sign give way to oncoming traffic. Don’t overtake moving vehicles in a traffic-calming zone.

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