The New Driving Test January edition

The New Driving Test January edition

We’ve reached the end of the first month since the new driving test was introduced, and these are our finding so far:

There was a massive surge in people trying to book their driving test before the new driving test was introduced, but in reality the new test isn’t any more challenging than the old one.

Yeah, sure there’s a few changes, but what’s the difference?

Well there’s a few new manoeuvres, which many instructors were already teaching during lessons well before they were introduced to the test, so no big change there.

Some of old manoeuvres have been axed, one being my least favored the reverse left, because of the difficulty in finding convenient roads to practice this manoeuvre, and my empathy for other drivers who had to patiently wait while the student completed the manoeuvre.

One of the new manoeuvres which caused a plethora of complaints from both ADI’s and examiners, is still proving to be unpopular. This manoeuvre requires the student to park on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic, before being asked to reverse two car lengths and then moving off when safe to do so.

I personally don’t see this manoeuvre as a difficult one, but I do understand why it’s the cause of so many complaints. I think the DVSA might have to re-evaluate this one!

Another part of the test that doesn’t seem to have been well thought out, is the independent drive using the sat nav.

The DVSA provide their own sat nav unit’s. The major problems here are 1) mounting the unit, and 2) what happens if the student goes off route.

  1. Mounting the unit. We’ve seen examiners using non slip dash mats to sit the sat nav on. The problem is that the units vibrate around, and slides off, which results in the examiner trying to recover the unit, and then hold it in place until the end of the independent drive section.

Big distraction for the student.

Yes, before you ask; Examiners have been supplied windscreen mounting brackets, but some cars have proven impossible to use these types of mounts, and they can cause problems with the airbags, especially in the new, and very popular Citroen C3.

With so many different cars used by driving instructors, and the shape of the modern dash, you’ve got to sympathise with the examiners.

A number of examiners have also complained about the difficulty in mounting these units, as it causes them discomfort, especially to their back while trying to fit the windscreen suction brackets.

2) The DVSA provide their own sat nav’s which have pre-programmed routes in them. A major problem we’ve been told about already, is should the student take a wrong turn the sat nav (which you would expect) re-calculates the route. But because the route is already pre-programmed, this causes the problem.

The examiner has to intervene with new directions while the sat nav is still barking out an alternative route. Very confusing indeed.

The examiner then has to manually end the route on the sat nav, in mid lesson.

Now I’m sure you can foresee a real problem that might occur in the future if a better alternative isn’t found by the DVSA.

We suggest, using the sat nav provided by the instructor, which can be quickly programmed by the instructor before the test, or by the student during the test to guide them back to the test center as part of the independent drive.

Food for thought.

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Elite Driving School!

We hope that you have all had an excellent Christmas break, and a lovely New Year.

I wanted to talk today about the meaning of New Years, and what it symbolises to people.

There are so many promotional slurs going around at new year, most of them centralising around the popular ‘New Year New Me’.

Here at Elite, I don’t believe that it is really a ‘New You’.

I see life as a book, or a collection of books, and this new year is simply a new chapter, or a new story. The year hasn’t even been written yet, so you can fill it with whatever you want. The new year means that there are 365 opportunities (1 per day), and you can write those days with anything you want.

This is your life, and you can do what you want with it.

This is your life, so you should be driving it.

Be in control of your own life.

So many people start off the year with resolutions, and things they’re going to stop/start doing.

But really, we could do this any time of the year.

So Even if you’re already feeling defeated with whatever resolutions you have made, just remember that you can write whatever you want in your book of life. If you want to start healthy eating again in June, do it. That’s still half a chapter, half a year to progress.

But if you’re like me and you want to get started at the beginning of the year, then do it.

Want to lose weight? Try building up to it, go for walks, but don’t throw yourself into the deep end if you don’t want.

Want to learn to drive? Then call today and book in. Trust me, it will be the best thing you do.

Wan’t to change jobs? Then do it. There is no point being unhappy for another year, because your life is precious, and you deserve to have happiness throughout.

Did you know that we also train people to become driving instructors?

At Elite, we are a franchise, and so you will be your own boss, but with an entire established company backing you, to help make your dreams a reality.

If you want to find out more about driving lessons or driving instructor training please call: 01482 772327 today!