Driving In Bad Weather

Driving in Bad Weather.

Take it slow – with stopping distances 10 times longer, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in ice and snow.

  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving.
  • Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
  • Uphill – leave plenty of room or wait until it’s clear so you don’t have to stop part way up. Keep a constant speed and try to avoid having to change gear on the hill.
  • Downhill – slow down before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid braking. Leave as much room as you can to the car in front.
  • If you have to use your brakes, apply them gently.
  • If you drive an Automatic, check the handbook – some have a winter mode or recommend selecting ‘2’ in slippery conditions.
  • If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip.

Before Setting off:

  • Try to get up at least 10 minutes early, to give you time to de-ice the car.
  • Check fuel levels – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
  • Don’t drive off like a tank-commander, with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen.
  • Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer.
  • Use a cigarette lighter to warm a key for a frozen lock.
  • Plan routes to favour major roads, which are more likely to be cleared and gritted.

Stay safe this winter.

#drivingtips #badweather #iceandsnow

De-icing Your Vehicle

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De-icing Your Vehicle

Most motorists today would have woken up to a car covered in ice. Here are a few tips for de-icing your vehicle this winter.

Plan ahead to save time in the mornings, either by putting on a windscreen cover, or soaking a towel in a saltwater solution and putting that on the night before or getting up a little earlier so you have plenty of time to de-ice your vehicle. We recommend allowing about 10 minutes to clear your windscreen thoroughly using a scraper and de-icer if necessary. Don’t forget about the other windows and your mirrors as well … they’re just as vital for safe visibility and are often ignored, limiting your vision, especially at junctions.

Don’t be tempted to pull away until the windscreen is fully clear – it can be dangerous and the Highway Code states it is illegal to drive with poor visibility.

Never pour hot or boiling water on your windscreen, otherwise you run the risk of cracking the glass and an expensive repair bill.

Only use wipers to remove excess ice after de-icing your car. Keep them switched off until the ice has been removed or they could break or become damaged.

It’s also a good idea to carry a lock de-icer with you to clear your lock. If your locks do get frozen, try warming the key or spraying de-icer or an oil-based lubricant into the lock.

Running and heating your car from the inside will help gradually lose the frost. If you use the vehicle’s heater /screen demister, don’t leave your car unattended while you wait for it to defrost as you run the risk of having your vehicle stolen.

Motorists should not drive until all the ice has been removed and the windscreen has stopped steaming up.

Finally, ensure all your vehicle lights, front and rear, are free from frost and/or snow – a thick film of frost on the lens can affect the intensity of the lights, making it difficult for other road users to see you or your signals.

#carcare #motorists

Did you know?

 

  1. Poor driver vision causes £33 million of damage from crashes in the UK every year.

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Did you know that there is no requirement for people to have eyesight check ups after passing the driving test. As a result, it’s estimated that near five million people driving on the UK’s roads today would fail the eye-sight test if they had to take the practical test again.

Source: Brake 

 

2. Do you know what the minimum tyre tread depth is?

 

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According to Brake illegal, defective or under inflated tyres is the most common vehicle defect contributing to fatal crashes, yet it’s one of the simplest to detect and rectify.

If you want to check the tyres of your vehicle yourself you can use the 20p coin test see the method here.

The best method is to take your car to the local tyre specialists and ask for their advice.

 

3. Why you can’t tint the whole of your windscreen

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70% of light must be able to pass through the front windscreen. Although you are allowed to tint car windows, vehicle operator services agency regulations 1986 require that all front windows in front of the B post (generally the parts of the car structure that holds the windscreen in place) must have a minimum of 70% visible light transmission (VLT).

Although it is allowed to tint the windscreen of cars, it is restricted to only the outside of the sweep of the wiper blades.

 

4. Did you know that eating or drinking while driving makes you twice as likely to crash.

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According to research from Brunel University, eating severely impairs a drivers vehicle handling ability. Another study claims that eating while driving is even more dangerous than using a mobile phone.

We shouldn’t need research to prove that eating while driving a car is dangerous. It’s common sense that eating distracts the drivers concentration, and should an emergency arise you would only have one hand to deal with steering.

One last thing to mention, if you drop food on your lap or spill a hot drink while driving where do you think your concentration goes!

 

5. Don’t let your petrol indicator get too low…

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The number of petrol stations in the UK has been declining over the last 50 years.

There are now only 8,600 stations compared to 37,000 in the 1970’s.

Many car drivers run out of fuel on motorways because they try to go as far as they can before refuelling.

 

6. Stopping distance

 

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Often drivers struggle to stop their vehicle within the distance travelled when they spot a hazard.

By knowing the  stopping distance, and travelling at a speed appropriate to the traffic and road conditions will vastly reduce drivers getting caught out and help eliminate many accidents.

Braking distances are made up of thinking distance and braking distance. Thinking distance is based on the reaction time of the driver, which is 0.67 seconds (for alert drivers). The distance travelled before the driver hits the brake depends on the speed the car is travelling at. The braking distance is how far the car travels before stopping after the brake is applied.

If a driver has to brake sharply to avoid hitting a car ahead, what you have to remember is that the driver following is going to have a problem stopping as well.

Keeping a safe distance from the car ahead will give you enough time to stop safely, and avoid someone hitting you from the rear.

 

7. More than 80% of traffic in a city generally travels on 10 to 20% of the roads.

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Why wait in long queues of traffic when you might be able to take the longer less travelled routes, and get to where you are going quicker and less stressed.

 

8. The UK’s biggest ever vehicle ownership survey in the UK.

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The study records that there are 35,760,901 cars, vans, trucks, buses and coaches currently on UK roads. Not all at once fortunately.

Source:

 

9. The cheapest car in the UK:

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If you have recently passed your driving test and looking for a cheap new vehicle the Dacia Sandero is the cheapest new car in Briton at less than £6,000.

 

 

Becoming a better driver interview with Dr Lisa Dorn

Becoming a better driver

The interview with Dr Lisa Dorn was recorded on Tuesday 24th November.

During the interview some of the topics discussed was about:

  • driving behaviour
  • Dash cams
  • Listening to music while  driving
  • In car technology
  • The influence parents have on their Children’s driving
  • Self driving cars
  • Safety Bubble

 

You can watch the full recording of the interview here

There’s also a special 35% discount for the ‘Official DVSA Guide to Better Driving’. Use discount code BD35 when you order the book to get it for £6.49. The code is valid until 31 December 2016.

#Becomingabetterdriver

Ghost roundabout or a UFO landing pad

Ghost roundabouts do they exist?

 

Here’s the story…

It’s about a project to slow traffic on a residential road in Cambridge, where instead of adding bumps, humps or sleeping policemen into the mix, they’ve built a “ghost roundabout” that looks like this:

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It’s part of £500,000 worth of traffic calming measures but has been described as a “UFO Landing Pad” on social media.

Road Safety expert Richard Owen, not involved in the scheme said the intention was clearly designed to slow down traffic by confusing drivers.

“The behavioural science which sits behind it is quite good” said somebody in the article with a tone of authority.

“It’s about making drivers feel much more uncertain about the road environment and that’s the way you slow cars down.”

I’m not going to go into whether the roundabout is a good idea or not, but I’ll agree on the behavioural science bit.

When people aren’t sure what they should do next, they slow down or even stop completely.

When the road is unfamiliar or confusing, check your mirror, step off the gas, cover the brake, drop a gear if necessary and approach with caution.

If drivers are confused then you can guarantee the same applies for pedestrians.

If you’ve spotted any other strange anomalies on the UK’s road drop us a line…

http://www.elite-driving-school.co.uk/Learner_resources-page-43.html

 

#roadmarkings, #roundabouts

If just the thought starts your pulse racing I’ve got good news for you!

If just the thought starts your pulse racing I’ve got good news for you!

 

How are you feeling right now? Where is your mindset at?

I’m asking because if you’ve got any kind of worry, fear, or negative thoughts in your mind right now, they’re going to be sabotaging your decision to start learning to drive.

You’re also not going to recognise the opportunities available to you when you have a full licence.

The ability to drive lets people see parts of the world they otherwise wouldn’t, do jobs they otherwise couldn’t, and see family and friends more often.

Imagine that feeling of WOW and how AMAZING your life will be the day that you pass your driving test.

Yet, those days where you’re feeling worried or fearful are holding you back from learning a skill that will bring you so much pleasure for all of your life.

One super-quick high-vibe activity you can do right now is to play your favourite song, and for the duration of the song, sing and dance along – really go for it.

Then go and find the right driving instructor to help you Learn to drive, and I’ll guarantee you’ll quickly drop any worries or fears that have been holding you back, and I’ll go as far as to say you’ll even enjoy the experience and look forward to each lesson.

That’s why we offer our fabulous “TRY US” deals so that you can find an instructor you feel safe, confident and gel with.

So the next time doubts cross your mind remember, getting a full driving licence is your passport to freedom, and it will open the doors to a world full of possibilities:

What will you do when you get yours?

 

 

#drivinginstructor, #drivingschool, #drivinglessons

How dangerous can Beans be?

How dangerous can Beans be?

For 115 years we’ve been led to believe that beans are good for us, now the government have banned the beans advertisement because the tins are dangerous.

Really!! What next, they will be banning car adverts because cars are dangerous, cycle adverts because cycles are dangerous, come on……..seriously!!

Use the following link to watch the banned advert:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38073866

 

 

Driving Instructor Discovery Days

 

Driving Instructor Discovery Days

I was talking to one of our female instructors last week, she’d just popped in for a chat. I rarely get to speak with our instructors, because Pauline is their first point of contact and it is her that manages their diary, and liaises between them and their students.

Any way it was the first time I had seen her in a few weeks, and I commented on her diary. You see she always seems to work plenty of hours, and I was inquisitive to know why.

She laughed and replied; I’m a workaholic, but the main reason I work the hours I do is because my husband works shifts which means I can match my work hours to reflect his shift pattern which means we get to spend more time together.

That reminded me why this is such a great way to earn a living among other things.

Which also jogged my memory to let you know that we will be running our last driving instructor discovery days of 2016 in Hull and York in just a few weeks from now. So, if you’re interested in becoming a driving instructor and want to know what is really like as a career, check the dates here, or call the office on 01482 772303

 

#drivinginstructortraining #discoverydays

Car Driving Instructors Hull

Car Driving Instructors Hull
Congratulations to Charlotte Inchbold Abbey for passing her driving test on the 21st of November 2016

Car Driving Instructors Hull

Well done to Charlotte on a fantastic test pass with Elite Driving School.

 

Charlotte had a brilliant drive to gain her independence and is lucky to already have a car sat waiting for her.

Hope everything goes well and that you get to go to University next year.

Good luck and best wishes for the future from Driving Instructor Angus Parker and the Team at Elite.

To see other Elite Test passes Click on the following link:

http://www.elite-driving-school.co.uk/Test_Passes-page-7.html

#drivingschool #drivinglessons #drivinginstructor

Becoming A Better Driver

Becoming a better driver

In ‘Better Driving’, Lisa looks at how things like your confidence, anxiety, attitude, mood or state of health can affect your driving.

She explains that:

“Even experienced drivers face challenges; from a lack of confidence on motorways, to how to adapt to new technology, such as driving whilst following instructions from a sat nav.

“Despite these challenges, few drivers actually take the time to rectify them, which can cause anxiety and stress, and make driving an unpleasant experience.”

So this interview should give you a better understanding of how changing your behaviour can make you a better driver, as well as advice on how to overcome any challenges you might face when driving.

Get ready to take part

Follow these steps if you want to take part.

  1. Download the free Periscope app for iOS or Android.
  2. Log in using either a Twitter account or phone number.
  3. Search for ‘dvsagovuk’ in the app and follow our account.

Taking part on the day

You’ll be able to ask questions during the broadcast through the Periscope app.

You can also watch (but not ask questions) on the Periscope website if you can’t use the app.

We expect the interview to last for around 20 minutes.

If you can’t take part

It’s impossible to find a time that suits everyone. If you can’t watch the interview live, you’ll be able to watch it back later, or read a full transcript. We’ll put links on this blog for you to do this.

If you can’t watch the interview live, you can still ask a question. You can either:

We hope that you can take part.