Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 27, 2015
Driving Theory Test Tips

When most people think about passing the driving test, they most likely think straight away of the practical driving test. After all, this is probably the most nerve-racking part of the entire experience of learning to drive!

However one milestone that many seem to overlook is the Theory test. This is just as important as its practical counterpart, as you will need to pass both in order to become a qualified driver. But how do you prepare for the Theory test?

– Do your research. Take mock tests as often as possible in the run-up to your Theory test. This will help you get used to the questions, learn the correct and incorrect answers and also to adjust to the Test-style conditions. Remember that there is a Multiple Choice section as well as a Hazard Perception section, so be sure to brush up on both!

– Prepare for the day. Once you are confident you will pass your Theory test, you can apply and will be given a date and time for your test. Be sure to arrive early, and to bring both parts of your license (you will not be allowed to sit the test without them!)

– Take your time. Remember to stay calm and not rush through the exam, as this is when mistakes happen. You have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions, so read each question thoroughly and consider each possible answer before making your choice.

Best of luck from Britannia!

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February 26, 2015
Forced Into Tight Parking Spot

A mother was forced to wait 30 minutes before the driver of the Audi parked next to her returned since he has parked so close she couldn’t get in.

Stephanie Adams had parked her white Vauxhall Corsa at the Lace Market car park in Nottingham but when she returned she found a navy blue Audi A5 Sport TDI Quattro parked just millimetres from her car. She was so appalled that she took a snap of the cars almost touching and posted it on Facebook.

She said that on first seeing the cars she wondered about how she was going to get out but then wondered how she would even get in the car. She contemplated climbing over the child seat which is in the passenger seat but thought she wouldn’t be able to reverse out anyway.

Whilst waiting for an attendant to show how the Audi had parked, she bumped into who she thought was the driver. She described him as about 25 and wearing a suit and said ‘he looked a bit flash’. When the attendant arrived and she went to show him the car, the Audi had gone. Surprisingly, there was no damage to either car.

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February 25, 2015
Practical Driving Test Trials

Following the announcement that the driving test is to be updated, the DVSA have announced that they will shortly begin research into how these changes could be implemented.

The research, which is to be conducted at 20 test centres, will see how the driving test could be made more realistic and better prepare drivers for modern day driving. This will involve trialling a new version of the driving test where candidates will use a satellite navigation system, carry out different manoeuvres, answer ‘show me tell me’ questions on the move.

Amongst the 20 trial locations is Mitcham test centre, one used by some Britannia instructors with a few of our instructors looking to get involved in the research and help assess whether the changes will be an improvement to the driving test.

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February 24, 2015
Driving Test to Include Sat-Navs

Since the introduction of independent driving in the driving test, many have pondered the question of when the sat-nav will be brought in as a compulsory part of the practical test?

Well it seems like it may be sooner than many people think. Under plans for a new “shake up” of the test, learner drivers will be expected to follow directions on a sat nav in an attempt to mirror real world driving situations.

However if you’re not a fan of satellite navigation, don’t fear – The revised test will only be in place at 20 driving test centres across the UK, as a means of testing the practicality of the amendment before a full launch across the country.

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Safe driving from Britannia!


February 23, 2015
Rugby League Star Banned From Driving

A former rugby league star has been banned from driving after he crashed into a car carrying a mother and her two daughters before driving off.

Keith Mason who played for Super League giants St Helens and Huddersfield wrote off a Mini Cooper with a head-on smash with his Nissan Qashi last August.

Court was told that he made no attempt to exchange details but walked away from the scene. He was later traced by police at which point he said he thought he was on the correct side of the road but was dazed after the smash from hitting his head on the airbag in his car.

Mason pleaded guilty to careless driving, leaving the scene of a collision and failing to exchange details. He was given a nine-month community order and will be under curfew between 7am and 7pm for two months. He was also ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

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February 20, 2015
Defensive Driving Advice

With many dangerous drivers on the roads nowadays, it is good practise to know how to drive defensively. Learning to drive in this way will help you to feel safer in your car (not to mention your passengers) and also help to avoid a collision, thereby eliminating any risk of an accident and the ensuing insurance claims, leading to increased premiums – So defensive driving really can save you money!

– Always check your mirrors. You need to know exactly what is behind you, to the sides of you and in front of you at all times, and use this information properly before making any manoeuvres.

– Make eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians. This helps to confirm that they have seen you, and acknowledges that you have seen them, and thereby ensures a minimum risk of an accident.

– Notice the details. Does a parked car have wheels pointed outwards? It may be about to pull out. Is there a driver sitting inside a parked car? He might be about to open the door.

– Assume the worst. Expect the worst standard of driving from all other drivers, and you won’t be unpleasantly surprised. Assume any driver will pull out in front of you, or overrun that red light, and be prepared to react accordingly.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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February 19, 2015
Smoking in cars carrying children to be banned

Smoking in cars that are carrying children will be banned in England from 1 October.

This law change was announced after 342 MPs voted in favour, with only 74 against. Those caught smoking with children in the car could face a £50 fine.

According to the British Lung Foundation, more than 400,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car every week in England. Smoking just a single cigarette in a car exposes children to high levels of air pollutants and cancer-causing chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde and tar.

However, a group which campaigns for the right to smoke, called the law “excessive” and said the Government should not be interfering in people’s “private space”.

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February 18, 2015
Chainsaw Drink-Driver Loses Appeal

An Australian learner driver has lost a Supreme Court appeal to consider his case ‘trifling’. The effect of such a ruling in Australian law is a lighter punishment.

The learner, Timothy Withrow from Port Willunga near Adelaide, cut himself whilst using a chainsaw at his residence in February last year. He phoned two emergency departments, but was told they were very busy and would not be able to treat him for more than 10 hours. He then used a large sewing needle and some fishing line to sew up the wound and washed it with gin to prevent infection. He also drank gin to help with the pain.

He later decided to drive to the hospital for treatment after not being able to contact his wife. He said he could not afford an ambulance. He had previously held a US driving licence but did not hold a full Australian licence.

In court he pleaded guilty but before sentencing asked for the matter to be dealt with as trifling. However, the judge agreed with the earlier ruling that Withrow had had other options and posed a clear danger with the appeal being dismissed.

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February 17, 2015
Simplifying the Theory Test

If you have been studying for your theory, you may have come across several mystifying terms that have baffled you. In fact, it is very common for pupils to admit to failing their theory test due to coming across an unfamiliar term in one of the questions and being forced to guess the answers.

Give yourself the advantage and brush up on your Driving Theory terminology:

ABS: Anti-Lock Braking System. This is a system designed to help the driver maintain control over their vehicle by improving the ability to steer whilst skidding.

Crosswind: This is a term used to refer to wind that comes at the driver from the side, rather than in front or behind. Those most in danger of crosswinds will by cyclists, motorcycle riders and high-topped vehicles such as lorries.

Aquaplaning: This refers to when a car is driving on a wet road surface, and the driver begins to skid due to the surface water. This is most often characterised by light steering.

Catalytic Converter: This is a device fitted to the exhaust of a car that helps reduce pollution by turning dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide into less harmful ones.

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below!

Safe driving from Britannia!


February 16, 2015
Annual Driving Appraisals?

There have been numerous articles on the problem age groups for driving. Young drivers have been commonly branded the most dangerous drivers with a new points system being enforced specifically for young drivers. There has also been much debate on introducing a graduated licence system.

On the other end of the scale, elderly drivers have been commonly viewed as the problematic age group with calls being made for them to undergo retests in order to keep their licences.

However, surely a better system would be for all drivers to undergo professional driving appraisals once a year? For each 60-minute assessment they’d pay around £20, or a little more if driving the appraiser’s car. Only qualified driving instructors could qualify as appraisers. This would mean that the standard of all drivers would be constantly kept in check rather than accusing certain age groups of being dangerous drivers.

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