New Drivers Could Face Second Driving Test After Two Years

New Drivers Could Face Second Driving Test After Two Years

This is such a controversial topic. It’s easy to understand why the government would want to implement these rules such as: No driving at Night; Only driving cars with smaller engines; taking another driving test after 2 years. It is a huge operation that they’re proposing. So I am going to break it down so we can make a proper evaluation of the proposed.

I agree with the government. Too many young lives are lost each year, as they cause a quarter of all road accidents. That is a lot. I do feel that some form of implementation needs to take place in order for this to be reduced.

Let’s take each point, one step at a time.

Pleas take the time to read the full article, before reading our ideas and thoughts by clicking here.

 

“Not be able to drink alcohol before driving because of a lowered drink drive limit”.

Now this one seems like a no brainer. Alcohol effects the way we drive, that’s just common knowledge. At age 17, although drinking alcohol is illegal, until the age of 18 in the UK, we know that 17’s drink. They’re also allowed to drink alcohol from the age of 16 in a pub or bar, as long as they’re having a meal, and it is bought by an adult, and they are accompanied by an adult. This is limited to beer, cider and wine.

Additionally, from the age of 5, they are legally allowed to drink alcohol in their own home. a 17 year old has not had the chance to build up the same tolerance to alcohol as someone older. Because it is illegal, they do not go out to pubs and bars to drink, unlike people of age.

Therefore, they get drunk faster, meaning that the even a small amount of alcohol can easily effect them. I think there should be a no drink and drive policy completely in the UK, as with the amount of transport now available, there is no need.

Additionally, I am sure that parents would rather have to come and collect their kids from the club at 3am, knowing they’re safe, rather than letting them dangerously drink drive. They may huff and puff about it, but they’d prefer it.

“Have to take another test at the end of the two-year probation period”.

This is both a good and a bad idea. I’m sure many will have their own thoughts on having to take another driving test. Driving tests are stressful, and expensive.

So what is supposed to happen at the end of the second test, if you fail?

And what if you haven’t driven for that entire 2 year period? This is modelled on the USA, but the difference is, the 16, 17 and 18 year olds can all drive their parents car no problem, because of the different way the insurance works.

Over here, buying a car, insuring it, MOTing it, Servicing it, and taxing it can cost a LOT. Insurance for new drivers somewhere around £2,000; MOT £30.00 but then need to pay for fixing.

Car tax, dependant on car. Car from £2,000 – £10,000. What 17 year old can afford this?! Especially with the new laws that you now have to remain in education until you’re 18 years of age, and must do some form of educational route, such as college, apprenticeships etc.

And the majority of parents can’t afford to pay that for their children, as it it pretty much half the general wage of  a UK resident.

So, what happens, if you haven’t driven in the 2 year period?

Will there be special allowances for that?

It’s common for 17 year olds to do lessons for their 17th birthday, so they get it over and done with.

Therefore, the teen is going to be at least 19, (most probably) away at university, and has to come and do another driving test, after having no practice in 2 years?

I think its a good idea, as it will insure that they are capable to come off the probation period, but I can’t imagine how it will work effectively.

“Not be able to drive after dark or drive cars with larger engines”

Okay, so this is the one that doesn’t make the most sense to me. In America, it has been adopted in some states, that driving between certain hours without supervision is prohibited.

In England, that wouldn’t work. Especially considering that in Winter we have about 6 hours of actual Daylight, so how are they supposed to get to and from college/school/work, without travelling in the dark?

They’re learning and working when its light, and then at 3:00pm, it gets dark.

Most schools tend to kick out between 3 and 4pm. So surely, that couldn’t work? And then that leads to the point, that surely, more accidents happen during the day, during rush hour, when people are running late, rushing and being less cautious, then at night, when there are hardly any cars around?

I get that its dark, making vision more impaired, but that happens at 3:00pm in the UK, so surely, they can’t have a curfew that early?

And if they were allowed to drive until say 8:00pm, the whats the difference driving at that time, than 2:00am with less cars?

It is still the same amount of darkness.

Larger engines is interesting though, because they are extremely powerful, and should be used by more experienced drivers, I think. They handle a lot harder than a smaller car, and they are also a lot more expensive to insure. I don’t think that there should be a problem after the 2 year probation period, but during the 2 year period, I think smaller engines should be used only.

 

What do you think to these proposed new laws? We’d love to hear your idea on them, and if you think they will work. Let us know!

-Elite HQ

The Best Driving Tunes

The Best Driving Tunes

A compiled list of the 50 best driving songs, to get you through the cold weather (well, in our opinion!)

We love driving, but in Winter, it can be treacherous, which is why we believe, the right playlist can turn that frown, upside down! Here are a list of songs, that we think can get you through the rubbish weather!

(Please note that these are not in order, we probably love them all equally)

  • Don’t stop Believing – Journey
  • Somebody to Love – Queen
  • Make you Feel My Love – Adele (for those rainy days, where you want to look out the window and pretend you’re in a super sad music video)
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
  • There She Goes – The La’s
  • Stacey’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
  • Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
  • This is Me – Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  • Video Games – Lana Del Rey
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
  • You and Me Song – The Wannadies
  • Alive – Sia
  • Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
  • Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
  • Secrets – One Republic
  • Move Along – The All American Rejects
  • Drunk In Love – Beyonce
  • Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
  • Feeling Good – Michael Buble
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
  • Yellow – Coldplay
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • What I Like About You – the Romantics
  • Twist and Shout – the Beatles
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Hey Soul Sister – Train
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N Roses
  • Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
  • Runnin’ (Lose it All) – Naughty Boy, Beyonce
  • Jolene – Dolly Parton
  • Piano Man – Billy Joel
  • Human – Rag’n’Bone Man
  • Secret Love Song – Little Mix
  • Power – Little Mix
  • Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  • Mr Brightside – The Killers
  • I’ll be There for You – The Rembrandts
  • Gold Digger – Kanye West, Jamie Foxx
  • Shine – Take That
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
  • Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  • Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
  • I’m a Believer – The Monkees
  • Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
  • With or Without You – U2
  • Numb – Linkin Park
  • Half the World Away – Oasis

So what do you think? We think that this makes a killer playlist for Road Tripping!

What songs would you like to see on here?

Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook!

-Elite HQ

New in Driving News

Hello everyone and Welcome to the Elite Driving School Blog’s New in Driving News!

There has been a lot of Driving News lately, mainly, revolving around the weather!

However, last week, it was announced that Learner Drivers would be allowed on the motorways, with a qualified Driving Instructor, as of the 4th June 2018!

I have both good and points for the debate of Learner Drivers being allowed on motorways…

Let’s get all the negativity out of the way, and start with the cons:

-Motorways are dangerous if going both too fast, or too slow. Going too slow on a Motorway can cause serious problems, and can be very dangerous, which is why generally, it is better to do when more competent.

-Realistically, in an average hour/hour and a half lesson, the Learner isn’t going to get very far, before having to turn around and come back home. It is going to be extremely difficult for those who don’t live anywhere near a motorway, to have a motorway lesson as a learner…right?

-Thy’re unreliable. This shouldn’t be too difficult to explain, but sometimes, for unforeseen circumstances, you can get stuck on the motorway for hours. I’m sure we have all been there. Just last week, people were stuck on the M62 for 15 hours, after a mass crash. – Could you imagine being stuck in a car for 15 hours with your instructor?

-The other road users. You can sometimes get people, who get a little ‘speed happy’ and tend to just zoom off, well over the speed limit. This of course is annoying to general road users, never mind learners, who haven’t even passed a test to determine if they are ready to drive safely or not. I can imagine it being quite scary.

-They’re unqualified. Sure, they’re with a qualified instructor, who can drive at an advanced level, and in a car with dual controls, but that doesn’t prevent the fact that they’re unqualified. And yes, I understand the point of this is to become qualified, but people generally learn or go on a motorway, after they have experienced driving on their own on A and B roads.

Okay. Now, for the Pro’s:

-It allows the learner to advance on the skills that they already have, to be able to assess the situation appropriately.

-It allows learners to be experienced on all roads, before becoming qualified.

-With the new ‘Smart Motorways’ it enables learners to be more aware of how they work, as they won’t be involved in the Theory test.

-It gives them an advanced knowledge, meaning that there could potentially be fewer ‘new driver’ accidents.

 

What do you think?

We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject, as I think it is such a controversial one.

– The Elite Team