Following the death of four young man the coroner has suggested that ADI’s (Approved Driving Instructors Telford ) should use the circumstances to highlight to their clients the danger that is caused by a irresponsible driving.
A Seat Leon car with six occupants collided head on with the taxi then the occupants of which was the driver who was seriously injured this Ceat drifted onto the wrong side of the road on the left bender 82 miles an hour in a 40 mph zone two girls that were in the Seat Leon survived it, was reported that the driver was 2 1/2 times the drink drive limit and was taking cocaine before the crash
The coroner urged people not to get in the vehicle if they know the driver has been drinking alcohol. Unfortunately on a regular basis, similar crashes occur, the car usually having young or new drivers taking friends somewhere else after a social event often have to drink has been consumed also the taking of drugs is another problem the coroner suggested the driving instructor should discuss with their clients how to be sensible and they should be included in the teaching syllabus to produce a fully educated driver
READ UP ON WHATS REQUIRED FOR THE DRIVING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSES
Make sure your Driving instructor trainers are on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s official register of driving instructor training – which is sometimes called ORDIT.
Assess the how much it costs to become a driving instructor
You need to budget on what you can afford – however bear in mind, that what you are really doing is making an investment in your future. As if and when you pass the qualifying exams you will have a Government recognized qualification, that allows you to move anywhere in the uk and take your job with you.
Data from last year has revealed that 33 new drivers a day had their licence taken away after reaching six penalty points within the first two years of passing the driving test.
The data obtained by the road safety charity Brake, showed that 11,953 drivers had their licences removed under the New Drivers Act of 2018. With drivers aged 17-24 making up almost two thirds of the total.
Under the New Drivers Act, drivers who get 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing the driving test, have their driving licence taken off them.
If they wish to drive again they need to re-apply and pay for a new provisional driving licence and pass BOTH the theory test and the practical driving test again!
We know it’s not always suitable – and it’s not the default
I want to be absolutely clear that we’re not recommending that drivers should always pull up on the right.
As you know, best practice in driving lessons is to pull up on the left. This is still what we expect new drivers to be taught.
However, the reality is that it’s not always possible to pull up on the left.
So, as well as being taught that it’s best practice to pull up on the left, we want to make sure new drivers:
know what factors to take into account when they decide whether or not to pull up on the right
are trained to carry out the manoeuvre safely in appropriate places
Why a driving instructor is best person to teach this
We think that it’s far safer for new drivers to be taught this legal manoeuvre by a trained expert, rather than leaving it chance once they’ve passed their test.
I know many of you already teach this and have been doing it for some time. It won’t be anything new to you.
It’s all about observation, accuracy and control
Pulling up on the right and reversing for 2 car lengths is an exercise that will assess these essential skills:
awareness of road users from behind and oncoming
effective use of mirrors
accuracy and control
The existing manoeuvres will stay in the syllabus
As we’ve said before, you should still teach the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres. They’ll still be part of the learning to drive syllabus.
The observation, slow control and accuracy skills needed for those will be a vital grounding for when you introduce the revised manoeuvres to your pupil in later lessons.
The manoeuvre can be done more naturally during the test
We currently have to spend a disproportionate amount of time in quieter side roads testing the existing manoeuvres.
The revised manoeuvres can be carried out more naturally during the test, which means we can spend more of the test assessing you pupils on rural and high-speed roads – the roads they’re most likely to have a fatal collision on.
This is real-life driving – so here are real-life examples
We had a quick look through Google Maps to find a few examples of where pulling up on the right is either the safer and more convenient option, or the only legal option.
Parking on the left and right
In this residential area in Liverpool, there’s parking available to the left and right. But if the left is completely full, then it will be more convenient to pull up on the right
Single yellow line on the left, parking spaces on the right
In this street in Filey, you can’t pull up on the left, but there are spaces to stop on the right.
Double-yellow lines on the left, parking on the right
In this street in Barnsley, there are double-yellow lines on the left – and someone has parked on them. On the right, there’s an available parking space.
We’ll never know who arrived in what order, and what spaces were available, but it’s a good example of when parking on the right is definitely the legal and safe option, versus parking illegally on the left.
Double-yellow lines on the left, parking for people with a disability on the right
At the seafront in Aberystwyth, there are double-yellow lines on the left. To the right, there are parking spaces for Blue Badge holders.
In this case, it’s clearly a legal option for a Blue Badge holder to park here. If the driver is the person with a disability, it’s also going to be more convenient and safer for them to exit directly to the pavement.
Driveways to the left, shops to the right
On this street in Paisley, there are houses to the left. Stopping here could block a driveway. To the right, there are shops and a postbox, and spaces to pull up and park.
If you needed to post a letter, it’s going to be more convenient for you and the residents if you pull up on the right.
Watch the manoeuvre being carried out
Here’s the instruction that examiners will give to your pupil while they’re driving (they won’t pull over first to give the instruction).
Pull up on the right when it is safe to do so, please.
I’d now like you to reverse back for about 2 car lengths, keeping reasonably close to the kerb.
If another vehicle pulls up behind the car and stops your pupil from reversing back, the manoeuvre won’t be completed. The examiner will ask your pupil to drive on, and another exercise will be carried out later in the test.
If a vehicle pulls up in front, the exercise will continue. If the vehicle blocks your pupil’s view, the examiner will control the situation and give them appropriate advice.
The DVSA recommend having around 65 hours of driving lessons to get to test standard.
Most of our pupils get to driving test standard between 25-45 hours, however although those hours are a rough guide the truth of the matter is this….
The driving test is a practical test – it is a test of whether you can drive on your own for 40 minutes, without breaking the speed limit, and doing EVERYTHING that your driving instructor has told you to do.
The most common excuse we hear is “Its ok I wont do this on my test”
WELL I’M SORRY – BUT YOU WILL!! – THE WAY YOU DRIVE IS THE WAY YOU DRIVE! Nobody says “It’s ok its not my driving test, so I will just mount the kerb” NOBODY says “Its ok its not my test, so I will turn right at the roundabout from the left lane”!! You drive how you drive!
Judge and Analyze Your Driving
When it comes to your driving lessons, is your driving instructor still writing down faults on your progress card or on his IPad? Is he still talking you through the mistakes that you’ve made – Like staying in lane on roundabouts or not turning right from the left lane??
If he is you can know, that you’re not at test standard.
This is why you are still having lessons
The Brutal Truth
Above all else – if you driving instructor has repeatedly told you the same thing – You cant turn right from the left lane unless the road marking allow it – He’s analyzed it and showed the pictures of it and explained it until he’s blue in the face
And more importantly YOU CAN EXPLAIN IT TO HIM — then, is it really his fault that you are not ready for test???
WE CAN ONLY TEACH YOU IT AND MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND IT — WE CAN’T MAKE YOU DO IT
THE QUICKER YOU DO IT – THE QUICKER YOU GET TO TEST.
With more and more traffic on the roads, and it seeming that driving standards are dropping, then the use of your mirrors whilst driving not only increases the chance of you passing your driving test, but also decreases the chance of you hitting someone or something once you’ve passed!
As a general rule you always use mirrors in PAIRS. Centre and left or Centre and right.
The centre mirror provides the most accurate picture of what is coming up behind you and how close. So if there is someone gaining speed behind, often you can be quite sure that they are going to overtake or indeed, undertake!
The centre mirror also lets you know how close a vehicle is behind. So if you know you’ve got a lorry a few inches from your back bumper you know you need to start planning further ahead before slowing down or stopping. Not just hit the brakes at the last second.
The Left Mirror
This help you to know if anything is coming up alongside you on the pavement side of your car. Motorbikes, cyclists, other cars. Very often not checking the left mirror is the biggest cause of collisions in vehicles. YES the bike shouldn’t have tried to undertake at the point, but just as equally, YOU should have looked in the left mirror to see him there and not turned!
The Right Mirror
Before accelerating or going around a stationary vehicle, it is essential to check the right mirror.
If you are on a single carriageway road, and perhaps there is a van or a more inexperienced driver who thinks they have enough room to overtake, if you accelerate without knowing they are there, you will keep them on the wrong side of the road and ultimately may cause a head on collision.
When overtaking there are specifically one or two things that you need to do to make sure that you don’t crash into the vehicle at the side of you
This weekend especially I’ve had the privilege of having 3 vehicles cut across lanes before pulling in past me. If it wasn’t for me taking action and slowing down — as well as furiously using my horn!! There would have been a major collision.
Using your mirrors
There we go … in three simple words -use your mirrors – and this is the secret to not crashing into people whilst overtaking. When you are overtaking a vehicle the key to making sure that you have passed them is checking to see where they are.
Have they moved lanes? Have they sped up, because they don’t want to be overtaken?
You need to know these things for definite before deciding whether it’s safe to move back in.
Rear view mirror
If you are in a car with a rear view mirror the key to making sure it’s safe before pulling back in is to make sure that you can see the car headlights that you’re overtaking. So can you see his headlights in your rearview mirror?.If you can see his headlights in your rearview mirror, you know that the vehicle is far enough behind you to pull back in ….but you still then need to check the side mirror to make sure nothing else is approaching on the left hand side predominantly from sliproads or just somebody that’s going past the vehicle.
If the vehicle that you’re travelling in does not have a rear view mirror then the key again is using the same principle in the left hand side door mirror making sure that you can see the vehicles headlights that you’re overtaking and then try and analyse is the vehicle in the same position is it getting closer is it falling further behind if the vehicles position is in changing or is getting closer it’s not safe to pull back in if the vehicles position in the mirror is getting further back than you know that the gap has increased and that it is safe to pull back in
Whether thinking of the driving test or for motorists in general, The recent announcement that EU rules for fitting speed limiters to new cars from 2022 will be adopted by the UK was welcomed by many, including the European Transport Safety Council, as a move that will save lives. However, not everyone is convinced by this “guardian angel” technology.
The AA pointed out that there are times, when overtaking for
example, when temporarily exceeding the speed limit may be safer. Others
have said that proposed “black boxes” that would record a vehicle’s
speed, among other things, amount to big brother surveillance. So is
this surveillance and intrusion justified given the potential benefits?
Speed assistance technology uses a global positioning system (GPS) to establish a car’s location and then sends it a message about the road’s speed limit. Cars can also be fitted with a camera to identify speed limit signs by the road. The car – rather than the driver – would use these two inputs to keep below the speed limit. The technology the EU proposes would allow drivers discretion, however, so a driver would have the option to override the reduction in speed by pushing the accelerator.
The Main Problem
The only problem, with trying to limit the speed on cars, is that the GPS, the global positioning system, (the satellite tracking you) needs to be accurate. As a driving school, we have 2 Toyota’s that automatically show the speed limit on the dashboard.
The amount of times these are wrong – is scary – when you factor in the point that, shortly your car wont be able to go any faster. For instance getting on the M54 at one particular junction the GPS on the dashboard, says 40 mph! When it clearly is not – and never has been.
Now imagine trying to join the motorway and not being able to go any faster than 40! Imagine you are just joining the motorway and as you go to overtake the vehicle in front, the 40 mph limit kicks into the car. If there’s a lorry coming up behind you, with no brake lights appearing, he will just slam into the back of you.
Then you have the issue of older cars – these will NOT be fitted with speed limiting technology, how many times have you been doing 30 mph on a 30 road and someone comes screaming up behind you, then impatiently overtakes as they think its a 40 or 50?
This is a question you may have wondered – to be honest any driving instructor worth his money would not want to do this.
One of the quickest ways to tell, is
if your instructor sits there and spends as much time telling you how bad other driving instructors are, as he spends teaching you how to drive–This is one of the biggest giveaways that they are desperate for customers and desperate for your money.
Does he tell you that you HAVE TO PREPAY ALL of your driving lessons?
Does he sit there telling you the woes of his private life?
Does he sit there telling you the tacky and sordid details of his grubby little sex life? (yes unfortunately we have heard many reports of someone doing that)
Does he make inappropriate comments about how you look? Or comments that make you feel uncomfortable?
We have no interest in other companies and what they do – and you will certainly never hear any of our driving instructors bad mouth other driving schools — frankly that’s just a sign of petty jealousy and annoyance at their own inability to get regular customers!
A driving instructor and indeed a driving schools reputation is built on getting pupils to driving test standard as quickly as possible –
WE for instance constantly put up the pictures of our pupils that pass their driving test….As a result we usually have a 6 week wait to book new pupils on! Through Christmas for in stance we have 2 days off, Christmas day and boxing day – the rest of the time we are working 9-6 as usual to try and keep up with demand.
We currently have 5 driving instructors in Telford, 2 automatic and 3 manual. This COULD NOT be achieved without a regular base of satisfied customers, the majority of which are by recommendations
An instructor who is trying to get you to driving test standard should make lots of notes for you – either on a progress card or electronically on their phone notes or iPad.
He should keep informing you of when things go right and when things go wrong.
Don’t cross the white line on roundabouts
Don’t change lanes on roundabouts
Looking ahead / Thinking ahead
Choice of 2 lanes always left.
Not exceeding the speed limit
Not going too slowly
Instructors who are just after your money will just let you drive or sit you at the side of the road for 20 minutes.
Having been Telford’s leading and largest Independent Automatic Driving School for 16 years – Our reputation shows beyond all doubt that you are in good hands!!
Your driving instructor is well aware of the problems that you face as you learn to drive. This is why they will talk you through all the steps that you need to successfully pass your driving test.
All you need to do is FOLLOW the instructions – for example – At the roundabout, straight ahead, second exit. So stay in the left lane and follow the left kerb, which means you are changing lanes
Most people only struggle when they don’t follow the instructions and they panic, cross the centre lines.
Remember its about how safe you drive
Again the key to success driving lessons is not to rush – its not how fast you do something but how safely!
Therefore if there is a lot going on, you’re not sure of the lane markings, or there is a lot of traffic to deal with, it is always best to just slow it down, take your time and get it done safely.
If it goes wrong don’t panic!
On a telford driving lesson, just the same as with the driving test, it doesn’t matter if you go the wrong way or get in the wrong lane – as long as you deal with it safely. After all, if you are in the left lane, signalling left and you realise you should be going straight ahead… As long as you turn left safely there really is no problem.
Also if you are in the wrong lane but have time to check your mirrors, see that its safe and signal before moving, then this is also acceptable.
We can help you to achieve all these things if you are looking for driving lessons telford. Why not text or call us on 07791 152 046 TODAY