Learn to Drive and Explore the World

Learn to Drive…

 

Prepare to have your mind blown…

 

I found an article yesterday on BuzzFeed… and it BLEW MY MIND!

 

It’s all about how the map of the world that we all know and love is incredibly mis-leading. It turns out, it’s essentially wrong!

 

Because the world is round and the map is flat, in order to make everything fit properly, the further away from the equator the country, the larger it looks on the map.

 

So it turns out that Australia is actually the same size as the US, Canada is way smaller than we thought and Antarctica (that massive white land mass that takes up the entire bottom of the map) is actually just a little bigger than Brazil!

 

Regardless of what we see on a map, in reality the world is a very beautiful and inspiring place to live, and the ability to drive lets you explore more places, cities and countries than you otherwise wouldn’t, and the sights you see will blow your mind!

 

Anyway it’s definitely worth a look if you haven’t seen it already:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/maps-that-will-totally-change-the-way-you-look-at-the-world?utm_term=.owve45nEX#.ei4lkLDOE

 

 

Check it out and let me know if your mind’s been blown too!

 

If you want to know more about learning to drive and starting driving lessons click here

A Guide to Learning to Drive

Jeannette Pickering

A Guide to Learning to Drive

A large number of students find the idea of taking driving lessons to be very daunting. The idea of driving amongst busy traffic and doing manoeuvres makes them very fearful and nervous.  We are aiming to reduce the fear and help make the whole experience as stress free as possible.

Your very First Driving Lesson

Let’s explain the process for inexperienced drivers.

Your Elite Driving School Instructor will meet you at your home (or any other location pre-determined as per your booking). You will need your driving licence with you to present to the Instructor, without this you will not be able to take your driving lesson.

You will then be taken to a quiet location that will be relatively free from traffic, this will enable you to get the best start to your driving experience. We prefer to start our lessons in a quiet location to ensure that the student is not over phased and find the experience traumatic.

Before you begin to move off

Before you begin to move off your instructor will conduct an eyesight test, you must be able to read a car number plate from 20 meters (this can include your glasses or contact lenses if necessary).

If you already have driving experience and are happy to drive from the pick-up point then you can begin your lesson, otherwise the instructor will drive you to a suitable location to continue the lesson. Your first few lessons will be all about boosting your confidence, with confidence comes success.

Once in a suitable location you will then swap seats so that you will be in the driving seat. You will be asked for your licence and your details will be recorded by your instructor. You will be given an Elite Driving School Track Record book and asked to read through the terms and conditions, feel free to ask your instructor any questions, these will be addressed. You will then be asked to sign two copies, one of which is yours and the second is for the Driving School records.

Drill for the Cockpit

Your instructor will go through a few steps with you, these will include your driving position and ensure that seat belts are correctly adjusted and doors closed firmly.

Once you are comfortable your instructor will then proceed to explain the relevant car controls, this starts with the foot controls, which will start from right covering the gas pedal, foot brake, then the clutch, you will get a full explanation of what each pedal does and how to operate them correctly. From there on you will learn about the hand controls, which from left is the hand brake, gear lever and steering wheel, followed by the ancillary controls. Your instructor will also explain various instructions they will use to help you understand what you are being asked to cover.

Our next post will be on moving the car.

Slow Moving Traffic

slow moving traffic
In slow-moving traffic. You should

reduce the distance between you and the vehicle ahead to maintain traffic flow

never get so close to the vehicle in front that you cannot stop safely

leave enough space to be able to manoeuvre if the vehicle in front breaks down or an emergency vehicle needs to get past

not change lanes to the left to overtake

allow access into and from side roads, as blocking these will add to congestion

be aware of cyclists and motorcyclists who may be passing on either side.

Bid to improve Road Safety

In a bid to improve road safety the DVSA wants the public to give their views on plans to improve the car driving test.

This open consultation closes on 25th August 2016 at 11.45pm.

This consultation seeks views on changes to improve the car driving test in Great Britain.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads by making sure newly-qualified drivers are better prepared for driving on modern roads.

To do this, the driving test needs to better assess the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions. The changes are to:

increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, eg driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving, eg asking them to use the rear heated screen

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-car-driving-test

Reversing

 

Reversing around a corner (1)

Rule 202 of the Highway Code:

Look carefully before you start reversing. You should

use all your mirrors
check the ‘blind spot’ behind you (the part of the road you cannot see easily in the mirrors)
check there are no pedestrians (particularly children), cyclists, other road users or obstructions in the road behind you.
Reverse slowly while

checking all around
looking mainly through the rear window
being aware that the front of your vehicle will swing out as you turn.
Get someone to guide you if you cannot see clearly.

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New Kind of Driving Licence

The DVLA has just surprised us all by previewing a new kind of driving licence – one that is resides on your smartphone and not in your wallet.

Via his Twitter account, DVLA boss Oliver Morley revealed a prototype licence that is stored in the Apple Wallet of an iPhone. According to Morley, the digital driving licence has no official release date yet and is not intended to replace your plastic card; instead, it would be treated as an ‘add-on’ and is only possible thanks to the scrapping of the paper counterpart last year.

Morley was quick to point out that security remains a top priority for the agency when considering any new technology but the idea of driving licences being stored on smartphones is not new. In the US, several states are already considering introducing digital licences this year while New South Wales in Australia has a strategy in place to digitise its licences in 2018.

While Morley’s tweet featured an iPhone showcasing the digital licence, we would expect the option to be made available on other smartphones as well – or else the DVLA can expect to hear from thousands of disgruntled Android owners.

Source theory test pro http://elite.theorytestpro.co.uk/

Driving test myths

Driving test myths

Here we answer just a few of the ones we hear on a regular basis.

Does each examiner have a quota of passes?

No – examiners are checked regularly to ensure that they are doing the job correctly; if you drive well, you will pass, regardless of how many passes the examiner has awarded that day or week.

Can I be caught speeding whilst learning to drive or taking a test?

Yes you can, that’s why you have a provisional licence. If you go through a speed camera then you get 3 points and a fine just as a normal driver would.

If you stall the car, you will fail.

Stalling happens. Take a deep breath, start again, and it is unlikely you would be failed on that one thing alone. If you persistently stall then that would be a problem.

Driving slowly and overly cautious is a good thing?

You might think that constantly driving slowly will impress your driving examiner into thinking you’re a safe driver and not a racing driver, but actually your examiner wants to see you driving confidently and at a speed that is appropriate for the conditions and the road you’re on. Driving slowly and overly cautious when it would be safe to drive at the speed limit could encourage drivers behind to overtake in dangerous places. Make sure that you drive slowly where appropriate.

Fail your driving test for taking the wrong turn.

If you miss the road that you were meant to take then don’t panic. Your examiner will direct you back on route and you won’t get any faults. Just make sure that you don’t do a last minute turn as that could be dangerous.

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Dealing with test day nerves

Dealing with test day nerves:

We asked some of Elite Driving Schools students to hear their stories about dealing with test-day stress and nerves.

Prepare fully – You should be constantly driving at a high standard as you approach test day, ask your instructor for a couple of mock tests to make sure you’re able to pass them. If not you will need extra practice or delay booking a test until you can. If you’re struggling with any particular aspects of the test, focus on those especially, so you can nail them in good time.

Make sure you have given your driving instructor the correct time and date of your test and you’ve shown them the confirmation from the DVSA so that no mistakes are made.

The day before your test make sure you have all the correct documents you need to show the driving examiner when asked. Make sure you show them to your instructor before setting off on your pre-test lesson. It can also be helpful to choose what you’re going to wear on your test day the night before too.

Don’t tell your friends – the more people you tell about your test, the more pressure you’ll feel to pass. So keep your test date quiet and just surprise your friends once you’ve passed!

Have a banana for breakfast – bananas are well-known among instructors as the driving test super food. They’re full of B vitamins which helps calm your nerves and they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ – which will keep your mood upbeat. If you don’t like bananas make sure you eat something so you have enough energy for the day and can concentrate on the task in hand rather than how hungry you are!

Avoid caffeine – don’t drink energy drinks or too much coffee before a test. The caffeine can heighten your nerves.

Laugh – before heading out watch something that really makes you laugh, like your favourite comedian on YouTube. This will put you at ease and boost your mood.

Rescue Remedy – spray some Bach Rescue Remedy, a natural remedy which helps to calm nerves in stressful situations

Distract yourself – sitting in the waiting room before your test is often the time when people feel the most anxious. It’s a good idea to bring a book or magazine to distract you. Remember that this is the worst bit, once you’re actually on your test you’ll be so busy concentrating on the road that your nerves will ease off.

Talk to the examiner – remember that the examiner is human and not there to fail you, don’t be put off if he/her is quiet, they don’t want to break your concentration. Some examiners will exchange a couple of words with you to help put you at ease, but keep your replies short and don’t talk too much as you could get distracted from the road. Also don’t be afraid to ask the examiner any questions or to repeat an instruction if you didn’t hear it.

Open the window – to let some fresh air in the car, this can help keep you alert.

These are just a few suggestions from our customer feedback.

Happy test day!

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Make Notes

Taking-Notes

Make notes after each lesson or ask your instructor to jot them down so that you can read them often which will help you retain the information and commit it to memory.

Even if you’ve passed your theory test it is always worth keeping up to date on everything either by using online learning resources or the Highway Code.

You’ve heard the saying practice makes perfect, so the more practice you do, whether it is practical or reading, the better your chances of passing your practical test.

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Waiting Times

Waiting times for theory and driving tests and why you should book your theory as early as possible and where to find good study info.

If you haven’t passed the theory test then you’ll need to do it asap. By Not having a valid theory pass certificate doesn’t stop you from learning, however, it does stop you from booking a practical driving test. To book a driving test you need a valid provisional driving licence and a valid theory test pass certificate.

Here are the current test date times:

Theory Test dates are currently 25th July 2016 onwards

Practical Test dates are currently 3rd October 2016 onwards.

Statistics show that students are twice as likely to pass 1st time with theory test pro. Here’s a link to Theory Test pro to help you:

http://elite.theorytestpro.co.uk/