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

 

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How the New iPhone 8 is Trying to Save Your Life

Apple recently released the iPhone 8, along with IOS 11, which is trying to save your life whilst driving.

The update allows the phone to sense when you’re driving, meaning that it will automate itself to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, so the notifications don’t distract you whilst driving, meaning that there is a lack of temptation to use your phone.

The software picks up when you’re in a car, so if you’re a passenger, you can turn off the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode in settings, so you can still use your phone in the car.

You can find the original article about the new update here: https://www.carthrottle.com/post/soon-your-iphone-wont-work-while-youre-driving/

Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier.

It has been found in recent studies that learning is significantly easier for younger people, rather than in older years. The brain is a lot more capable of learning when younger, meaning that it is learning new things, such as driving is considerable easier and less frustrating.

Because Driving is a new skill, it requires a lot of patience and time and effort, but also a lot of concentration.

Meaning that the younger generation are going to require less concentration, and patience, because their brain is more capable of learning, unlike someone in their late twenties, and thirties and so on.

Obviously, it depends on the person, and their own personal and mental development, but generally it is easier for younger people to absorb information.

This means that passing driving and theory tests can be substantially quicker, and better, which means that more money is saved throughout the process, making it more cost-effective to learn to drive at the age of 17 than a novice at the age of 35.

Moreover, even if you can’t afford to get a car at the age of 17, the skills have been learnt meaning that refreshing your memory later on in life, when you can afford a car, is a lot easier than starting from scratch. It’s very similar to the saying ‘You Never forget how to ride a bike’.

It’s considerably the same thing, as most people to learn to ride a bike at a very young age, meaning that the skills learnt are more likely to stay stored in the brain.

But of course it is never too late to start to learn to drive. The freedom gained at the end of it will not differ, and the experience of lessons will not change.

 

Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA.

It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’ ‘Tell me’ portion of the test.

If you don’t know what this is, it is where the examiner will ask you a ‘show me’ question and a ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of your driving test. These questions are given to you by your instructor to prepare you for your test.

The ‘Tell me’ Questions are as follows:

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

 

And the ‘Show me’ questions:

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

 

Now with the changes to the Driving Test, it means that the ‘tell me’ questions will be asked at the beginning of the test, and the ‘show me’ questions will now be asked during the driving test, whilst under their examination.

However, do not fret, the changes are not made until the 4th December, so you have plenty of time to figure how to undertake these ‘show me’s’ in your instructors car.

We hope this helps and we will keep you updated with any more changes to the UK Driving Test on the Elite Blog, so make sure to follow Elite on Social Media, so you can be updated with any Driving Test changes coming your way by December!

The Elite Team

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

Source: www.eastriding.gov.uk/driverbattle

Trapped on a Hamster Wheel?

Do you feel like you are trapped on a hamster wheel, spinning in circles and getting deeper into a rut?

 

Do you feel as though you lack the energy and determination needed to get yourself out of your existing employment?

Do you feel you’re working longer hours at a harder job than before and getting burnt out?

Do you dream of starting your own business and being free of working for the man?

Is it wishful thinking?

If you’re trapped in a sticky situation and desperate to get out, only there’s precious few opportunities on the horizon, you might be looking in the wrong area’s.

To get out of the rut, you might have to think about getting a little out of your comfort zone to start, because what I’m about to show you requires change, but the rewards are worth it.

Let me paint you a picture; Imagine setting your alarm for 8am, jumping out of bed and in to a warm shower.

It’s a beautiful morning so you have breakfast, before setting off to your 9.30 appointment, a mile down the road. The roads are quite because you’ve missed the rush hour traffic.

You arrive at your first appointment and jump into the passenger seat. Your customer arrives and you chat about the aims and objectives of this session.

You drive away, and your customer shows improvement since the last time you met. But you know there’s more to be acheived today if they want to be successful.

You continue helping them improve, and keep them motivated until the day they pass their test, and you rejoice in their achievement.

Just imagine a future of helping others acheive their dreams, and one that will propel their lives and career to a whole new level.

And you know they’ll tell their family and friends about you, and they’ll never forget you.

Become a driving instructor and educate, motivate, help and inspire people to acheive their dream of independence through driving.

 

#driving

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.

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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.

 

#driving #carelessdriving

 

 

 

 

 

A proper Christmas Sing-a-long in the car

Allo, Allo, Allo, What’s This…a Christmas sing-a-long While Driving?

 

Go-on we all do it at this time of the year.

How many of you jump in the car and have a proper good sing along to Chris Rea’s “driving home for Christmas”, Slade’s “Merry Christmas everybody” or the Pogues, “Fairy tale of New York”

You know you love it. It’s what Christmas is all about.

So what better way can we wish a Happy Christmas to all of our customers, and say a big thanks for your custom in 2016, than sending you a Christmas classic from Mariah Carey, accompanied by James Corden in the Xmas Carpool.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe Christmas.

 

Best Wishes from Elite Driving school

 

 

#carpool #singalong #Christmas

 

 

 

No high-fiving the lollipop lady kids

Gi-me Five Lolly pop Lady Sheila

 

Just good fun, or maybe not…

Health and safety. Designed to protect the public and staff at work, but can it sometimes can be a real pain edging on the side of ridiculous, or in some cases make total sense

Let me introduce Sheila Allen to you. A 58 year old lollipop lady from South Wales. She’s one of the cool lollipop ladies on the street.

Pedestrian crossings

Why? Because she brightens up the pupils day by high fiving them all as they cross the road. Is it a harmless and nice thing to do in the morning?

Not according to the Health and safety officials. Sheila has been told to stop this absurd act straight away before any school children are injured. Sheila was told that she must keep her eyes on the road and not be distracted by the children as they cross following complaints from drivers.

She’s been told that she is permitted to smile and give them a thumbs up, but no high fives are allowed outside St Illtyd Primary School in Llantwit Major, South Wales. There must be concerns that it could cause drivers anxiety because they are being kept waiting longer than necessary, and cause a high five traffic queue. Experts are assessing this as I write this post.

Children crossing the road this morning were offering their hand to Sheila but she avoided breaking the rules by keeping one hand on her stick and the other behind her back.

Emma Reed, the council’s head of visible services and transport, backed the ‘high-five’ ban.

She said (please use your nerdiest Mr Bean voice when reading this in your head): ‘These guidelines make clear that patrol officers should “avoid any distractions or activities that could divert your attention from your important task of seeing pedestrians safely across the road’ and should not remain in the road longer than is necessary as this causes undue delays to traffic”.

What’s your thoughts:

Is it health and safety being silly by taken the fun away from children learning to cross the road?

Or could it really cause danger by encouraging kids to mess around while crossing busy roads, annoying drivers?

 

Have a high fives for the penultimate Christmas weekend.

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#Pedestriancrossings, #driving