Why Pedestrians spell danger for Learner Drivers


Pedestrians and Learner Drivers

Pedestrians are not always aware of how difficult it can be for you the learner driver to be able to judge and stop in time, especially in the early stages of learning.

When you first start out driving it’s like a juggling act until you master the controls, and your concentration may be more on what you are trying to acheive inside the cart, which is why your driving instructor is there to guide and protect you, keeping you and other road users safe.

But as you gain in confidence and ability you’ll need to start being aware of the dangers pedestrians pose to drivers.

The younger pedestrians often have little sense of danger and will walk or run into the road without a thought for drivers. And the elderly might struggle with sight and hearing  and make misjudgements when crossing the road.

Pedestrians can quickly step unexpectedly into the road and cause drivers to take action, so awareness is a good skill to master early.

Some places to always be especially wary around are schools, the vast amount of students on the pavements jostling for space can often lead to them suddenly stepping onto the road or being pushed onto it, always drive at a speed suitable to the conditions.

Other places to be more vigilant would be bus stops, around parked cars, and Ice-Cream Vans, because children are more interested in ice-cream and harder to see in busy crowded shopping areas.

Children and older pedestrians may not be able to judge speed so take this into account and bear in mind that the elderly also take longer to cross so please be patient. People with disabilities, blind or partially sighted or those who are hearing impaired may not always hear or see you approaching so always be mindful of speed.

Beware of distracted pedestrians i.e. those on mobile phones, a group of people talking or ones wearing headphones and listening to music.

Watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way. Another one may be if you are reversing around a corner, check all around you before starting your manoeuvre.

Just a few to be on the lookout for.




Safer roads by making changes to the driving test

Changes to the driving test for safer roads in Briton, and these are the proposed changes.


The government are committed to trying to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

By making changes to the driving test they aim to give better education to Britain’s new drivers. Examiners will be able to assess a candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions.

  1. Plans to increase the independent part of the test from 10 minutes to 20 minutes. This part of the test relies on the student’s ability to read signs and listen to a series of verbal instructions to get them to where they are asked to go. If the student forgets the directions they may ask the examiner to confirm them.

If they go off route the examiner will help them get back on route, which won’t effect their test result unless they make a mistake while doing it.

2. Following directions from a sat nav: This will replace the examiner giving verbal instruction, and the student following signs on the independent drive. This has come into focus because a lot more drivers rely on sat navs to get them from A to B, and the DVSA want new drivers to be trained to use them safely.

3. Replace some of the older manoeuvres for more real life scenarios. Turn in the road and particularly reversing around the corner will be replaced by asking the student to drive into a parking bay, and then reversing out. And stopping on the right hand side of the road, before reversing in a straight line for a short distance and then being asked to join the flow of the traffic again. Both manoeuvres call upon a different level of skill, awareness and planning.

4. Being asked safety questions while on the move. eg: The examiner might ask the student to turn on their heated rear windscreen while driving, instead of at the start of the test while parked up.

These changes are important to help the DVSA’s vision of safer roads for the future, by reducing the number of young people killed each year.


Female Driving Instructors

Female Driving Instructors
Congratulations to Emily Taylor for passing her driving test on the 25th of January 2017

Female Driving Instructors

Congratulations to Emily Taylor of Hull who passed her practical driving test on the 25th of January 2017. Emily took her driving lessons with Elite Driving Instructor Jeannette Pickering who was over the moon with the result and maintains her high pass rate. A huge well done to Emily who did a great job to pass at the FIRST attempt. Instructor Jeannette said she is looking forward to seeing you again for a Motorway Driving Lesson or Pass Plus.

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom that a licence will bring.

Best wishes from your Driving Instructor Jeannette Pickering and the Customer Service Team @ EliteDrivingSchool.

Elite – Inspiring new drivers to achieve their dreams.


Fashion, Flat or Barefoot?

High Heels

Fashion, Flat or Barefoot?

Appearance is important, but is it when it comes down to driving? Who is looking at your feet when you are driving?

There are lots of questions about whether it is illegal to drive in high heels or even barefoot for that matter. There are no legal requirements when it comes to footwear however as the driver you are responsible for keeping the vehicle under control.

We recommend flat shoes that are comfortable. These should be not too bulky either as this could result in catching two of the pedals together. Another factor to take into account is the sole, too thick and you will be unable to feel the pedals, too thin or soft could also cause problems. You need a sturdy shoe with a good grip to avoid slipping off the pedals. They should never be too heavy or limit your movement.

Some of the worse footwear for driving are flip flops, high heels, platform shoes/boots, and winter (snow) boots.

Back in the old days (well the staff here in the office are a little older than we would care to admit) Mrs O used to drive barefoot, something she would not dream of doing these days, however she has never driven in heels, it might be an age thing but she prefers comfort and always uses flat shoes for driving and on an all important night out will have her heels ready to change into once at her destination.



Close Shave’s, Cereal Drivers and mobiles

Close Shave’s, Cereal Drivers and mobiles, a recipe for disaster…


It appears that some drivers will get up to all sorts of antics behind the wheel that can distract them while driving.

In a recent 5 day crackdown on drivers Thames Valley and Hampshire police reported seeing people shaving behind the wheel, reading books, applying make up, and one motorist was caught eating cereal, I can’t imagine how he managed to pour the milk in the bowl. (source itv news. http://www.itv.com/news/2017-01-19/police-catch-drivers-eating-cereal-and-having-a-shave/)

But the worst offenders are people still using mobile phones while driving. What’s even more worrying is in a bid to conceal the crime, they keep their devices below the steering wheel, which means they need to look down at the screen to read a text or scroll to find a contact to call, instead of looking at the road ahead.


If a drivers attention is away from the road, it only takes a few seconds to be the cause of an accident, which could be potentially fatal.

There are many lives lost each year unnecessarily because drivers don’t have their full attention on the road.

And those drivers that cause the accident can’t turn time back. Just a few seconds distraction can cause a life time of regret.

If you drive a vehicle on public highways you have a duty to consider the safety of others, including pedestrians.


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Allowing learner drivers to take lessons on motorways

Learner Drivers

Voluntary motorway lessons would be taken with a qualified instructor.

Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect. Until then, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Driving instructor training and vehicles

The Department for Transport is also asking for views on whether:

  • the current driving instructor training and testing system gives instructors the skills they need to provide motorway lessons to learner drivers
  • specially-adapted vehicles must be fitted with dual controls if they’re used for motorway lessons
  • L plate roofboxes on cars must be removed before a motorway lesson

Have your say on the proposals by 17 February 2017.



A Driving Licence Could be the start to your New Career

A Driving Licence Could be the start to your New Career


Turbo charge your career prospects for 2017


These days having a driving licence opens the door to a whole new range of opportunities when it comes to employment.

It’s not just about needing to drive to and from work. It shouts out to your employer that you’re motivated, flexible and eager to learn new skills. And if a position is called for that requires travel for business, you won’t be held back by not having a licence.

It could mean the chance of promotion and new opportunities which could take you to new places and put new responsibilities on your shoulders.

Car sharing is the new mode of transport for today’s workers. It save’s you money, and helps build relationships with work colleagues. But if you haven’t your own car, you can’t share.

It can also let you see different parts of this wonderful country that you otherwise wouldn’t. And why restrict it to the UK the world can be your oyster.

It may seem a long way off, but if in the future, you settle down, and have a family. Being able to drive will become part of family life. Whether that’s a trip to the shops with the pram and babies bags, or a family holiday with the boot piled high. You’ll be glad you learnt to drive earlier in life.

Relying on public transport might restrict your options and unnecessarily hold you back. There are lots of benefits of being able to drive as a job seeker.

The ability to drive is an investment in life, and is well worth the time and investment it takes to achieve it. Learning to drive comes with an endless list of benefits, of course, you will have your own freedom and the ease of getting from A to B.





Female Driving Instructor in Hull

Female Driving Instructor in Hull, Olivia Shores

Congratulations to Olivia Shores for passing her practical driving test on the 16th of January 2017

Female Driving Instructor In Hull

Congratulations to Olivia Shores of Cottingham, Hull who passed her practical driving test on the 16th of January 2017. Olivia took her driving lessons with Elite Driving Instructor Sarah Healey who was over the moon with the result and maintains her high pass rate. Olivia did a great job to pass at the FIRST attempt. Instructor Sarah said she is looking forward to seeing you again for a Motorway Driving Lesson or Pass Plus.

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom that a licence will bring.

Best wishes from your Driving Instructor Sarah Healey and the Customer Service Team @ EliteDrivingSchool.

Elite – Inspiring new drivers to achieve their dreams.


Learner drivers caught using test stand-ins

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Learner drivers caught using test stand-ins

Dozens of learner drivers are caught each year using stand-ins to take their test for them, official figures show.

There were 209 convictions from 2012-13 to 2016-17, with more than half dealt with by the Metropolitan Police, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said.

In addition, 111 people were convicted of taking the practical or theory tests on behalf of others over the same time.

A total of about 1.5 million practical and 1.9 million theory tests are taken each year.

Mr Jones said the majority of investigations were conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) until there was enough evidence to support an arrest and prosecution.

DVSA head of counter-fraud and investigations Andy Rice said: “The driving test is there to ensure that all drivers have the skills and knowledge to use the roads safely and responsibly.

“Anyone who tries to circumvent this process is putting innocent road users at risk.”

Driving test fraud was a serious offence and dealt with accordingly, he said.

More than 1,100 licences have been revoked due to such activity in the past five years.

To read the full article click here



Is an Intensive Driving Course right for me?

Is an Intensive Driving Course right for me?


If you’re wanting to pass your driving test quickly then you should book an intensive driving course…Or should you?

For years people’s perception of intensive driving courses has been book today pass at the end of the week.

Unfortunately that’s not the case. The reality across the UK, is that driving schools and driving instructors are struggling to offer intensive courses because their diaries are bulging at the seams with students just trying to book standard lessons. And those instructors that can, could keep you waiting months.

Contrary to peoples beliefs, it’s very rare to be able to book a driving test with the DVSA (the government body responsible for driving tests in the UK) for a weeks time. Most UK test centres have long waiting times, some up to 3 to 4 months, Why?

Because they are short on staff, mainly examiners. Another hold up when booking a practical driving test is the Theory test. If you haven’t passed it the DVSA won’t let you book a practical test until you have.

And the common misconception that driving schools and instructors can hold driving test dates, and then put a candidates details in when they want is totally not true. They are bound to the same rules as everyone else.

If you’ve been wondering whether an intensive driving course is the best course of action for you continue reading.

If you are a new driver trying to squeeze a course of lessons in to a week with a test at the end, then you should consider a few facts.

Firstly: You will be sat in a car for up to six hours each day of the week. Now even an experienced driver wouldn’t relish that thought, and they drive from memory, not learning.

Many people that book driving lessons find that just two hour lessons can be too draining on the concentration. And they need a few days between them to allow what was learnt to stick, before going out on lesson again.

Second: If you’ve paid for your course and decide it’s not for you, or the DVSA cancel your practical driving test date last minute, there’s no refund of your course hours with most driving instructors. You have effectively booked those hours out of their diaries.

The truth is intensive driving courses work for some people and not others. So it’s worth gaining some driving experience first, or trying an assessment lesson to see how you get on before booking one.

Here are a few Pro’s and Con’s to taking an Intensive Driving Course:


It takes a shorter period of time.

You can pass sooner.

It will help to advance your career.

It will take fewer hours as it’s more concentrated learning.


It doesn’t work for everyone.

The pressure can be too intense if you don’t get the lesson duration correct.

There is no flexibility to move lessons once the course is agreed it’s set in stone.

The DVSA, which is the organisation who takes you for your test could at anytime cancel your test.


We offer what we believe to be the best intensive course option:

We have thought long and hard of the best way forward for intensive courses which is why we have developed our Premier driving courses for people who want to learn quickly without the pressure and restrictions of one-week intensive driving courses.

If you want to chat to someone about your options please call Pauline on 01482 772301.


Want to know more? You can read the Ingenie Young drivers guide to Intensive Courses here.