Summer Driving Trips

Summer Driving Trips

The summer months are the perfect time to get away. Whether that be for the weekend or your two week summer holidays.

For many people that can involve long car journeys, and it’s a time to remind ourselves of a few simple rules to keep you safe on the roads.

From Visually.

Summer Driving Trips



The top five tips for Summer Driving Trips are :

  • Don’t drive tired
  • Perform a vehicle check before commencement of your journey
  • Keep your distance
  • Pay attention to the laws and warnings
  • Think Coast – C= Concentration, O = Observation, A = Anticipation, S = Space, T = Time







Summer time means busier than usual on the UK’s roads, which adds to congestion and frustration. But keep calm, keep your distance, don’t block the mouth of junctions, or stop on crossings.

Plan your journey and give yourself plenty of time to get there.

Happy holidays.

Driven to Distraction

Driven to Distraction

How would you deal with distracted driving?

There are hundreds of things trying to get your attention every day that can distract you from your driving, for example something catches your attention on the radio, your mobile rings or you get a text message alert, the kids shouting and screaming, the dog barking and that’s just inside the car.


Eyes on the Road: The Challenges of Safe Driving

From Visually.

Outside of the car is where your concentration should be and in particular you should be planning well ahead, watching the vehicles in front, often checking the mirrors, looking out for hazards such as pedestrians in the road and people pulling out of junctions etc.

For learner drivers this can all be a bit overwhelming but you have to stay focused and be guided by your instructor. It’s easy when you’re new to driving and unsure of the controls to be distracted especially when changing gear.

The temptation can be to look down at the gear lever which means that your eyes can be off the road for a good second or two and before you know it the Instructor has had to take control of the vehicle because you have missed something.

So top tip is, if you have the chance to jump in your parent’s or friends cars and practice changing the gears, whilst the car is stationary of course, you’ll be able to commit to memory the location of the gears so you won’t need to look at them again.

See the chart above for further help and read the five tips to safer driving.

#distracteddriving #saferdriving

Celebrity All Star Driving School

Driving School is coming back on the telly, this time with celebrities


Just when you thought it was safe to sit in front of the telly on a Saturday night, the popular series Driving School is coming back to our screens but this time minus Maureen Rees, who became a household name before finally passing her test.

Remember the exploits of Maureen, she had viewers hiding behind their hands, and poor hubby sat in a pile of his own excrement.

Even celebrities have to learn to drive, and this fifteen part series is set to put nine celebrities through their paces, testing their core driving skills and manoeuvres.

They will be joining a specially created intensive driving school with 3 qualified driving instructors who will be putting them through a series of driving challenges before taking their practical driving tests.

The celebrities involved are Kimberly Wyatt – Pussycat Dolls, Vicky Pattison – Geordie Shore, Francis Boulle – Made in Chelsea, Sketch and Paisley – Tattoo Fixers, Nathan Henry – Geordie Shore, Connor Ball – The Vamps, Cici Coleman – First Dates and Claudia Frangapane – Olympic Gymnast.

It promises to be a lot of fun, but many viewers who remember Maureen from the first series will be disappointed that she’s not in the new series.

Just in case you’re thinking celebrities get an easy ride through the driving test, they don’t. And this series will prove that they are no different to anyone else when it comes to driving.

But with a great cast, I’m sure we’ll be belly laughing all the way through the series.

Watch the original trailer here 

The series is due to air later in the year on E4.

Keep an eye on your TV guide.

Find out more about the new series here




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The Self Driving Cars of the Future

Is the Self Driving Cars Future – Good or Bad for drivers?

Do we need driver less cars?

Although road accidents dropped in 2015 compared to 2014 there were still 186,209 casualties on the roads and out of those, 22,137 resulted in serious injuries and 1,732 resulted in road deaths.

So although there was a decrease from 2014 the roads are a very dangerous place to be.

Google claims they’re building a safer driver for everyone. They are working towards fully self driving cars that make it safe and easy for everyone to get around.

Imagine if everyone could get around easily and safely without tired, drunk or distracted driving.

Time spent commuting could be time spent doing what you want as the car handles all the driving.

Companies like Mercedes are already taking new steps forward in the design of driver-less cars with technology such as distance control, steer control and brake assist already fitted as standard in many of their luxury cars.

So what does the future look like for new drivers?

Many people learn to drive for the experience of driving, the thrills and the excitement that driving gives can be a huge pleasure. Other’s learn from necessity of independent commuting.

Are driver-less cars going to take the trill, and independence away from driving? For many of driving is an experience we can’t live without.

Well we think the best scenario would be car’s that are still conventionally driven by the driver but the under total control of itself.

Car manufacturers are not far away from being able to develop a car that can slow itself down, stop or manoeuvre safely to avoid danger, it could also be possible for the car system to recognise the speed limit and restrict the driver from going any faster.

An if every pedestrian carried some sort of detector, vehicles would be able to see them from a greater distance, even those hidden out of sight, and avert any danger well before it happened.

This would be an ideal world because the driver still gets the pleasure of driving but in a totally safe and controlled environment, where accidents would be virtually down to zero.

So the question is which option would you prefer?

Be the driver under full control, or in a car under it’s own control? Or perhaps both?


#driverless cars



Driving Lessons – Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Learning to drive is the same as any other skill, the more consistent practice you get, the better you get. Practice makes perfect as the saying goes providing that is, that the practice follows a sound structure and that it’s with the right type of teacher.

Taking time out of practice is never a good thing but necessary at some times during the year.

Summer holidays are one of those times where driving lessons become interrupted whilst both students and instructors take their annual holidays. It’s inevitable. Many people live for those few weeks of paradise.

Although holidays can knock your progress back slightly – taking long breaks or constantly missing driving lessons will almost certainly put a halt on any sort of progress.

Imagine an Olympic athlete missing lots of sessions from a busy training schedule. Do you think they will be ready and at their peak performance when it comes to competing for a medal in the games.

Driving Lessons

Learning to drive is no different, long breaks between driving lessons will set your progress back, and it will take you longer to learn, and it will cost you a lot more money.

So my advice is respect your time, don’t miss driving lessons, commit to practice and you will be a qualified driver before you know it.












Intensive Courses

Intensive Courses – The magic bullet to a successful test pass or not?

You’ve probably been told that intensive driving courses are the quickest way to pass your driving test.

And you might be led to believe you can start learning today and pass your driving test by the end of the week.

In fact you might have even seen driving schools offer a guaranteed test pass, you can usually find them advertising somewhere online.

In truth, I’ve never met a good, reliable driving instructor yet that can manage to fit you in for an intensive course within a week of booking, and juggle a full diary of customers to do so.

And I’ve never met an instructor who has the Midas touch, where everyone of his students pass first time round.

Which is why there’s a monumental flaw with Intensive courses & guarantees:

They don’t work for everyone, because:

  • Instructors don’t take you for the driving test – a DVSA driving examiner does, so instructor’s have zero control over the outcome of your test
  • The national test pass rate is less than 50% (source DVSA), and it’s even lower for those that learn from a week intensive driving course
  • So called guaranteed test pass courses cost thousands to book, and have a plethora of terms and conditions attached to them – They work on the assumption that most will pass the test well before using their paid allowance for lessons, or they will give up trying to pass. Either way they make a huge profit on the cost of lessons.

I’ve been in the driving school business for nearly thirty years and during that time I’ve got to know an awful lot of good driving instructors who will honestly tell you that intensive courses don’t work for many people.

And I’ve spoken to plenty of people who have made the mistake of booking expensive courses that didn’t work for them. And some of those have been scammed by people pretending to be instructors.

Here are some of the takeaways from what I have learnt:

  • One week driving courses are too intense for novice drivers to realistically have a chance to become a safe driver and pass a driving test
  • The thought of sitting behind the wheel for a Five hour driving lesson is sole destroying for someone that is learning each day over five days
  • Most of the information learnt on long driving lessons doesn’t stick
  • If you’re not up to speed by the end of the course your test gets cancelled and you forfeit the £62 test fee.
  • Candidates who fail their driving test on the course are often not offered a retest with the course provider, and have to look elsewhere for a new instructor

And if that’s not enough for you to think about, the world of driving lessons is alive and kicking with hundreds of wannabees, chancers and scammers who just want your money:

Another contributing fact to booking an intensive course date is the waiting list for a driving test with the DVSA. Contrary to most peoples belief, driving schools & instructors are not able to book and reserve driving tests. They are booked on a first come first served basis.

There are a few so called driving schools advertising intensive courses online that don’t actually give driving lessons or even have driving instructors. But they are quite happy to take your cash online…


With that said intensive courses that are managed and structured correctly can be very beneficial for people that want to learn quickly.

For example novice drivers should expect their course to last between three and four weeks. The reason is because it reduces the amount of time they need to spend in the car at any one time, and allows days off for the information learnt to stick.

Whereas people that have got good previous experience of driving, may only need a handful of lessons, and will be able to successfully complete a course in a week.

If you’re planning to start learning to drive soon, it’s easier to plan your lessons or course well in advance to avoid a long disappointing wait.



Battle of the Drivers – Media Release

Battle of the Drivers

Something really exciting is happening here at Elite.



We are supporting East Riding of Yorkshire Council Road Safety Team and Safer Roads Humber with an eye tracking experiment. This is the first time this technology has been used by any council in the UK, and there is a big campaign behind the research called Battle of the Drivers.

Volunteers of all ages will be able to take part in the experiment and it’s hoped that the information gathered will reveal an insight into what causes accidents.
This study has the potential to help reduce the accidents and fatalities on Britain’s roads.

You can get involved…

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Road Safety Team and Safer Roads Humber are looking for additional volunteers to help with their experiment, especially new drivers in the age groups of 17-20 and 30-40.

If you would like to volunteer and be part of the experience or know someone else who might, please apply online at


We would love everyone to get behind this campaign, which is why we are asking people to spread the word by sharing the Battle of the Drivers post on our facebook page amongst family and friends, or sending them the link to this page:


The post will be pinned at the top of our Facebook and Twitter pages and will also appear in Instagram.

To take part in the experiment volunteers must be full licence holders and not spectacle wearers, because the eye tracking technology doesn’t work with glasses.

Follow the Battle of the Drivers on our social media pages…







Battle of the Drivers – Driver Vs Driver


Battle of the Drivers – Driver Vs Driver

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Road Safety Team and Safer Roads Humber are researching eye scanning technology to discover who are the best drivers.

They are looking for volunteer drivers in age groups 17-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60 and 60+ to take part in the study, but in particular are looking for new drivers both Male and Female in the category of 17-20 and 30-40 year olds, so anyone wanting to volunteer to take part in the research they can do so by visiting the website.

The aim of the research is to track the movement of drivers eyes on the road building up a picture of the drivers awareness.

What is Battle of the Drivers?

Battle of the Drivers is independent road safety research conducted by i2 media research ltd. for East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

We are currently recruiting and selecting drivers for the research and hope you might consider taking part.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Safer Roads Humber have commissioned the research in order to improve road safety awareness.

The study will also involve completing some questionnaires, being interviewed by the research team, and with your consent, being video recorded. The research will involve participants driving and viewing videos of different driving scenarios. In order to understand where people really look when they are driving volunteers will be using eye tracking equipment.

For more information about eye tracking technology visit:

Pupil Labs – Eye tracking equipment (external website)

How can you get involved?

We are currently recruiting and selecting volunteer drivers for the research and hope you might consider taking part.

To take part you will need to:

  • have a full car driving licence
  • be available for up to two hours to take part in the research in the East Riding of Yorkshire area, at a time slot on a day between 29 July and 3 August 2017
  • be willing to drive a car as part of the research (not your own)
  • be willing to be eye-tracked (if you have any conditions that affect your eye sight, please make sure we know)
  • drive legally without wearing spectacles (the eye-tracking doesn’t always work when the participant is wearing spectacles/glasses)
  • be willing to be recorded (audio/video)
  • be aged 17 years or older
  • complete the registration form by 27 June, 2017 (via the button below) providing some background information about you and your driving history (this will take about 10 minutes).

Register for the Battle of the Drivers click here


Driving In Windy Weather

Driving In Windy Weather

Severe winds can bring a whole new set of problems for both for road users, and pedestrians.

Gusty winds can blow pedestrians towards the roads, and cyclist across the carriageways, even off their bikes.

Drivers of motor vehicles should anticipate these dangers and drive with extreme caution.

Although you may feel the car being battered from all directions, you won’t be fully aware of just how windy it might be outside, so be vigilant.

If you’re overtaking large vehicles, as you get along side them, you will be sheltered from the wind, but as soon as you become clear you will be exposed the the conditions and could be sucked in towards them, so be ready with both hands on the steering wheel, especially on higher speed roads like motorways.

You will be more exposed to high winds in open areas, be especially careful of falling trees, and street furniture.

Here’s a recap of the dangers:

  • Only travel if necessary and plan your trip, listen to the news for road and bridge closures. Exposed areas are more susceptible to gusts, also around tall buildings, try to plan your route to avoid open areas, wherever possible.
  • Drive with both hands on the steering wheel to help keep full control of the vehicle and drive slowly, this will reduce your chances of being blown off course.
  • Always give more room to motorcyclists, cyclists, trucks and busses as they can get blown around more easily by side winds.
  • Keep your distance between the vehicle in front of you to ensure you can see and plan ahead.
  • Be vigilant to your surroundings, debris can be flying around from trees, bins etc.
  • Avoid parking near trees, telegraph or telephone poles and buildings that could be blown down/over in heavy winds.
  • When leaving your car take extra care as the wind could either pull the door away from you or push it into you as you exit.