Google doesn’t crash, but its cars do

Now while it may be very rare for Google to crash, apparently its cars do…



Google have revealed that their self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents – now when you consider that these cars don’t have a driver, a steering wheel or peddles, and are completely autonomous, I bet you’re surprised that the number isn’t higher – but Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s Self-Driving Cars is adamant that “not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.”



All 11 accidents were reportedly minor and Urmson described them as resulting in “light damage, no injuries” and were in fact the fault of other drivers crashing into the back of the cars. Have a look at the story in full here:


Until recently, Google has failed to mention all of the 11 accidents, but a few days ago Urmson came clean and acknowledged them. Making the point that, the world is not a perfect place and if you spend enough time on the road, you’ll end up in an accident, regardless of how skilled of a driver you are or how skilled your self-driving car is…

Passing your driving test quicker

Learning to drive is an exciting time for anyone.

It’s natural for those that are eager to begin driving to want to pass as soon as possible and get out there.

Below, we’ve listed some steps that have the potential to cut down the overall length of your working process.


Apply for your provisional licence early as it will take roughly three weeks for it to be processed by the DVLA and then extra time for your licence to be delivered. Some may opt to apply for their provisional two months prior to turning 17.

If you send off your application early, you will be able to begin your driving lessons soon after your birthday.

Learn your theory

Along with applying early for your provisional licence, you may want to learn the highway code which will help with your Theory Test. You will then have a full understanding of procedures on the road, the signs and the markings you will come across when you are learning to drive.

Bump up your hourly lessons

Driving lessons are often split into one-hour sessions, however, it is considered to be advantageous to designate up to two hours of driving training per lesson. If you do manage to extend your hours to a couple of two-hour sessions could potentially reduce the overall learning time scale.

A disadvantage of only having a one-hour lesson is there not being enough time to fully learn a subject and practice it, whereas two-hour lessons will give you that extra time.

Keep practicing

By having your car that is used for learning insured, you will be able to practice the routines and subjects learned in your driving lessons. This will be useful to avoid repetitive sessions. There are manoeuvres that will need to be practiced often to perfect, where your insured car will come in handy.

Keep in mind that you must always be accompanied by a full licence holder that is over the age of 21 and has 3+ experience in driving and display learner plates at the front and rear of the vehicle.

Practical test

The time will come when your instructor believes you are almost there regarding taking your test. It is advisable to consult your local test centre seeking out the current waiting times for booking a practical test. It’s possible that you could be waiting weeks, even months thus meaning this extra time will lengthen how long it takes for you to pass your test. Discuss a suitable booking time with your instructor which can allow for a wise use of the waiting period between then and the day of your driving test to finish your training.

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