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When it’s time to change it’s time…
Last week my daughter blurted out “you’re internet site looks sooo out dated”. I defended it with commitment and pride, but after going to take a look she was right.
The site has served us well over the years and we will be sad to see it go, but times are a changing.
It’s much the same as the way people want to learn nowadays compared to just a few years ago. The trend is to take more intensive driving lessons and try to pass the driving test within just a few months of starting lessons.
And we like that sort of commitment because people who do learn over a few months learn quicker, and need fewer hours than those people who take one hour lessons each week.
So this weekend might be a good time to evaluate your lessons, and if you’re taking just one hour a week you might want to make some changes. And if your instructor is still turning up for lessons in flared trousers you might want to change him too!
So this weeks money saving driving tip is: take your lessons more frequently and book the ideal lesson time of 90 minutes.
Why 90 minutes?
Did you know in 1877 the length of a football game was set to 90 mins because it was deemed to be the most appropriate length of time because it catered for the fitness levels of most players and the concentration/interest levels of those watching.
Did you know that the International Space Station travels at 17,500 miles per hour, 220 miles above the Earth’s surface and it completes an entire circuit of the world every 90 minutes.
Did you know that a 90-minute nap between 1pm and 4pm in an afternoon has been scientifically proven to help your cognitive functions for creativity, memory retention and logic? It seems like the Spanish and Italians have got it bang on with siestas.
Change to 90 minute lessons and see if you agree.
Have a cracking weekend…
A Quicker way to learn…fact!
I was busy trying to get to grips with a new system we’ve just taken ownership of, and I was struggling trying to input some of our database in to it.
As usual I thought I knew better, and went at it without thought. After a few wasted hours I started getting a little annoyed and blamed the developers for making something so difficult to use.
If I had stopped to think before jumping in, I would have noticed the online instructions and video tutorials, which would have guided me step by step.
Needless to say with patience and practice I managed to get the data uploaded, but I’m still no expert and I’ll need to use the instruction for quite some time yet.
It was about half past three in the afternoon when I overheard a conversation Pauline was having with someone on the phone. They had asked her what the secret was to learning to drive quickly.
She turned asking for my advice.
I told her it starts with setting goals, decide when you would like to pass your test by, write it down on a piece of paper about the size of a business card and read it everyday.
Practice the theory regularly (at least 30 minutes three time a week)
Consistency: Take regular lessons and avoid missing any. Be ready and on time each time for each lesson.
Ask your instructor plenty of questions, until you understand what they are asking you to do and how to do it.
The more knowledge you have, and the more you practice the quicker you’ll get good at it.
The key is repetition
It’s the same thing with 999. Even in a blind panic of seeing someone injured, you’ll always remember which buttons to press.
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
If you want to learn new skills, doing them once isn’t enough.
We all know the words to the first verse of our National Anthem, because we’ve all pretended to sing it a thousand times.
Any idea what’s in the second verse?
Just stick at it and it’ll all come together faster than you think. And remember millions have learnt to drive before you, so if they can do it so can you…
Top 10 Reasons People Fail The Driving Test as compiled by the DVSA’s driving examiners
1. Observations at junctions
Poor observations at junctions is one of the top 10 reasons that people fail a driving test.
You’ll be marked for this fault if you are not taking effective observation before emerging at junctions, and emerging into the path of other vehicles. Always make sure it’s safe before proceeding.
Moving off safely makes it into the DVSA’s top 10.
When you’re moving off from the side of the road, you need to make sure you look around, check your blind spots – and use the correct signal!
Not using mirrors properly is one of the top 10 reasons people fail.
Remember that you need to use your rear view mirror and door mirrors – and react to the information you receive! People get caught out for pulling up with no mirror checks, increasing their speed with no mirror checks, or using their mirrors too late.
The next reason is reverse parking. In the driving test you’ll either do a parallel park on the road, or reverse into a parking bay at the test centre.
You’ll notch up a fault in this area if you need to reposition to correct a loss of control or accuracy. A complete misjudgement or significant loss of control will count as a serious fault.
Giving the right response to traffic lights is something that catches people out.
Some of the mistakes that people make include waiting at a green filter light when it’s safe to proceed and staying at the stop line when it’s safe to move.
Other faults that count include not conforming to a red light, and stopping beyond an advanced stop line in the area designated for cyclists.
Believe it or not, steering makes it into the DVSA’s top 10.
You need to be able to maintain a steady course in normal driving. Things like mounting and dismounting the kerb, and not following the contour of the kerb results in faults in this area.
Road positioning is really important.
Your vehicle should be positioned correctly for the route you’re taking. If lanes are marked, make sure you’re in the middle of the lane. Avoid straddling lanes.
Turning right at junctions makes it onto the list.
When you’re turning right, position your vehicle correctly – it shouldn’t cut the corner when turning right.
Also, watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists, and any pedestrians crossing the road you are turning into
Is this the one everyone dreads doing?
Repeated stalling is one of the things that counts as control when moving off.
Other things that are included in this reason are moving off (or trying to!) with the handbrake on, rolling backwards when trying to move off – and not putting the car in gear and attempting to move off.
And finally… look out for road markings.
You’ll be marked with faults in this area for doing things like unnecessarily crossing the solid white centre lines on the road, and not following directional arrows.
Stopping in a yellow box junction when the exit is not clear also counts for this reason. So make sure you know the rules about using them.
Prepare to pass
It’s normal to be nervous before your test, but if you’re properly prepared and your instructor thinks you’re ready, then there’s really no reason to worry.
Your examiner’s not trying to catch you out; they just want to make sure that you can drive safely.
My advice is ask your instructor for a MOCK test, which will give you valuable experience of how the test will be conducted on the real day. It will also give you a good indication of how close you are to test standard.
If you want to avoid these 10 mistakes book your driving lessons with an Elite driving instructor call the office on: 01482 772301
For Driving instructors who use social media for business…
I got to work at my usual Tuesday morning time of 8.30. I turned on my computer to see a few test pass photo’s that had been sent through by our instructors from the night before.
We love to see happy people after passing their driving test, it’s such a big achievement for them, and important that we record that event on their behalf.
In the past if we’ve missed the opportunity to get a test pass snap, or failed to post it on facebook, we have had calls from parents asking where’s the picture of their son or daughter.
Obviously, some people are camera shy, but for most they have grown up with their profile on the web and welcome the chance of a good photo opportunity.
Any way Mrs O walked in at 9am, and she’s the one responsible for making sure that test pass pictures look good before they’re posted online.
And she is very articulate!
Mrs O doesn’t miss a trick, and she’s quick to spot a problem with a picture, which is why she’s the only one we trust to post-test passes.
Mrs O’s got a file full of photo’s that she uses from the internet to show our instructors the do’s and don’ts when taking a student’s picture.
One of which shows a student smiling holding her test pass certificate, with the tuition vehicle parked on double yellows!
I’ve heard instructor’s ask what’s the problem with that!
Mrs O points out that sharing a picture on social media networks of a driving school car parked on double yellows is not congruent with the image a driving school should be promoting.
Now I appreciate that the lines might be out of time of operation, but it still doesn’t look good on a photo.
“It’s the details that make the difference” so my advice is to have guidelines for pictures and check that they comply before you post them. Once you’ve pressed the button it’s too late if there’s something wrong with a picture.
Here are 4 ways to help you prepare for the driving test day.
When you pass your driving test you are guaranteed happiness at the turn of a key, because it’s your gateway to independence and freedom from public transport and waiting on others for lifts
1: Turn up as your best self:
A positive attitude is essential to building your confidence. People say fear prevents them from feeling confident. But you don’t need to be fearful of learning to drive with a professional who has taught hundreds of people to drive, because their job is to allow you to practice while at the same time keeping you and others safe.
2: Be prepared:
Be on time and in the right place for your lessons. If you’re late or you haven’t clearly communicated your pick-up point to your instructor, much of your lesson time will be lost. And rushing around like a headless chicken isn’t good preparation to the start of a lesson.
It goes without saying that most instructors will have a system to record your lesson time and learning history. You will also have a copy of your driver’s record, so check it often, keep it in good order, and take it with you to every lesson
3: Little steps:
Some people feel disappointed with themselves when a lesson hasn’t gone as well as they expected. But remember that you are learning a new skill and things aren’t always going to be right immediately. You will need practice and guidance until you can commit a new skill to memory. Each lesson your knowledge and skill will improve, it might only be a small improvement, but small improvements lead to a huge change, and before long you will be driving under your own steam.
4: Set Goals and achieve them.
A) Set time aside to study the theory. The greater your understanding about driving, the more aware you will be when you get behind the wheel.
B) Listen closely to the information from your instructor and ask frequent questions to improve your awareness of what you are being taught until it sticks.
C) You should have a date in mind when you would like to pass your test by. Tell your instructor about your goal and ask them if it’s achievable. Then decide on a plan between you, and ask your instructor to make you accountable for its attainment.
Book your theory and driving tests links:
Theory test: https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test
Driving test: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test
We are getting so many people wanting to start lessons immediately and being disappointed because they can’t get an instructor.
I totally understand that everyone wants to start immediately. The problem is that most instructors have a full diary of customers who are taking lessons every week, which means the only time they can fit in new customers is when someone passes a driving test, which then creates a regular weekly place.
Our busy office team hate saying NO but my advice is to get your name down on our waiting list to avoid disappointment. And although they will work tirelessly to get you in quickly, you should be expecting a wait of between a week to one month before one of our instructors can fit you in for regular lessons.
Please call Pauline on 01482 772329 or email your details to email@example.com