The Top Things to Do with your Car in Summer

The Top 5 Things to Do with your Car in Summer

Here is a list of the 5 best things to do in Summer with your car. Having a car is making going out and doing fun stuff in Summer so much easier. We can’t wait for the nice weather to come out!
  1. Going for a picnic. This one might seem obvious, but us brits LOVE a good picnic. Whether that’s with Strawberry’s and Cream, or a refreshing glass of lemonade, it’s always easier to go to nice and different places with a car. Take some friends, a rounders set, and a feast of food, and you’re set for an entire day of memories!
  2. Festivals! Festivals is always something teens look forward to. There is just something special about sitting in mud, with a crate of beer, listening to your favourite bands, and sleeping in a tent, that they love. So instead of having to lug your tent, clothes, alcohol, and food on a full coach, you can simply pack everything into your car, and drive.
  3. Finding new places to explore. People are always more adventurous when it comes to summer. The warm weather just makes us want to go out more, and be more active.
  4. Going to the seaside. This is possibly one of the most quintessential British things to do in summer. You’d hit up the coast, walk about half a meter into the sea before complaining that it’s too cold, get some fish and chips for your lunch, and then spend all of your money in the amusement arcades.
  5. Just going for a general drive. These kind of drives are the best, you and a couple of mates, good music, the windows wound down, the sun making it nice and hot, but the breeze is refreshing. These are the best drives, even if you don’t have a destination!

I’m sorry to tell you that…

…you haven’t passed your test today.

How many people have heard those words when they took their driving test for the first time?

A BBC driving expert (?!) has said that it’s easier to pass your test if you take it in a rural area, as you learn routes in a more predictable environment – compared with a more urban area where you face multiple hazards and have to make decisions faster.

Figures from DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) show that, while the average pass rate is 47.1%, you were almost 15% more likely to fail if you took the test in Belvedere, Bexley – something that some people actually put down to the examiners (they’re too quiet, apparently!), rather than the roads.

Unpredictable roads, grumpy examiners, unsympathetic motorists, a particularly ballsy squirrel – whatever.

These aren’t the problem!

Truth is, passing your test really comes down to a combination of practice and nerves – both of which are in the control of the student.

It’s all too often that I hear people say that they can only afford a handful of lessons and then want to sit a driving test, or they’ll only need 10 to 15 hours because they learn quickly.

But, then they here the words no learner wants to hear …you haven’t passed your test today.

You just can’t short cut practice and hope you’ll scrape through.

And yes, some people are natural drivers and do learn quicker than most, but they listen to their instructors advice before jumping in head first and booking a driving test.

Driving tests are a challenging, and an uncomfortable place for learners, but those who pass, especially at their first attempt have had enough practice with a professional instructor, they’ve learned their theory, and they’ve managed to keep their nervous under control.

So, if you’re contemplating booking your driving test, speak with your driving instructor first and listen to their advise, their are generally right.

Have a great week.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

#thenewdrivingtest, #independentdrive, #manoeuvres

 

 

 

 

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!

How the new Driving Test Changes will Affect Disabled Drivers

How the new Driving Test Changes will Affect Disabled Drivers

As I am sure we are all aware, the DVSA are changing the driving test in December, meaning that there will be some changes. If you don;t know about this, then head over and check out the blog post about that.

However, it has led to lots of people questioning how the new test will affect learner drivers with disabilities and learning difficulties, so the DVSA have released a new article stating how this is going to help.

They have worked with several organisations to test these new changes, and to trial them amongst people with disabilities.

The New Satellite Navigation portion of the test has been broken down. The sat nav, they have chosen is able to be adjusted with brightness and colours and sounds, meaning, that for those hard of hearing or those more affected by certain sounds and colours will be fine during test.

Additionally, the learner can ask the instructor for verbal instructions also, and these instructions can be adapted into landmarks such as petrol stations or shops, rather than specific routes.

Furthermore, the examiner will still be able to say ‘your side’ and ‘my side’ instead of left and right, as some people have difficulty with their lefts and rights.

Moreover, If the learner has trouble speaking aloud, when reading the registration plate of cars for the sight-check, the learner may write down the answer, instead of having to speak aloud.

In regards to accessibility, the examiner can be arranged to meet the learner in the car, if the test centre is not accessible.

And adapted cars are still allowed, as long as they comply with the rules of using your own car.

The highway code is also available on YouTube in British sign language.

These are the main changes highlighted by the DVSA in regards to the new driving test changes.

Let us Help You

As an instructor, we understand that it is frustrating when you think you’ve finished work after dropping off your last pupil, sometimes at late o’clock and look at your phone to realise you have missed calls from new clients, wanting all sorts of information and to be booked in, which can sometimes take hours.

 

We understand that you want to do your job well, and don’t want to let these people down, meaning that you spend the rest of your night trying to sort people out, because you can’t do it in the car with another pupil.

 

So what if you had someone that could do that for you, so that when you go home, your mind is there too, instead of fretting about calling and texting people back.

 

What if all that was done for you, so you could go home from your mobile office and just switch off for a night of peace?

 

Elite can provide that for you. We are a franchise with first-class trained office staff who will take calls from prospective customers, and fit them into your diary when and where you want them.

 

They will make sure that you don’t have to travel miles and miles to get to your next lesson, as they will only give you customers in a small area, meaning that you don’t spend half of your day travelling to pick up the next pupil.

Elite also provide all the marketing for you, meaning that you don’t have to spend your time or money on doing it.

 

Meaning that when December hits, and that quiet period begins, you will still have a full day of clients, without struggling to find more.

 

Or when customers decide to stop lessons, which is unavoidable, and frustrating because its weeks worth of money lost. Elite can fill that regular space for you, without you having to worry about it.

 

And at the end of the day you get to go home, and turn your phone off, without the stress of replying to people, because Elite will have already done it for you during the day.

 

Meaning that if you want to have a quiet night in with the family, without having to neglect them for endless Phone calling, then you can.

 

Elite have been growing in Hull for 27 years, and there is a reason that we’re still around. Elite are passionate about Customer Service, so you know that your business will be looked after with first class service.

 

Elite also offer support to pupils for their theory tests, and any information they might need, meaning that you don’t have to find it for them in your own time.

You will still be your own boss, but will have everything managed for you, meaning that you don’t have to overload yourself with endless clerical duties, which can be easily handled for you.

 

If you’d like more time for family and fun, and have that feeling of actually leaving the office, then give us a call today to find out the benefits of a partnership with Elite, or alternatively Email us, and we will ring you at a time that is convenient for you.

 

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Elite Driving School

01482 444443

kev@elite-driving-school.co.uk

 

 

 

Saudi Women Allowed to Drive

I think in this generation, Women’s right’s have progressed so much from the suffragette movement, and the right to vote. In Britain, it has never been that women were banned from driving. Look at Queen Elizabeth II as a prime example – she trained as a Mechanic and a Truck Driver during World War II.

However, for women to be banned from driving until 2017 is really very oppressive. To think that women in Britain, can basically do whatever they want, and yet something that we take for granted – such as driving – isn’t allowed for women in Saudi Arabia is such a contrast.

Reading a few articles on the matter, the women of Saudi are feeling much more empowered and more equal. However, a lot of the men in that country still do not approve. The women are being taught by their sons, or brothers and so on.

Some husbands are really taking on board the change, and are helping their wives to learn to drive, whilst others stay closed-minded in the 19th century.

I definitely think that in Britain especially, because driving is so much a part of our culture now, it is considered more of a necessity to drive.

However, upon reflection, it is also understandable how much men dominate the world of driving. I feel that when a man and woman go out together, it is very much more common than not that the man will drive instead of the woman. This just seems so complacent in our society that the man will drive.

Additionally, much like football, or rugby, motor sports is dominated by men. The F1 is an all male racing sport, as is the GP and the TT.

Is it because women are notoriously stereotypical bad drivers?

Or is it that it is seemed less feminine to drive?

Does it stem back to the fact that it makes the man more in control, and therefore more masculine and dominant in the relationship?

To be completely honest, I think it is a mixture of all of these things, but in contrast to Saudi, women have been allowed to drive, but it is something that we now consider tedious, and more of a chore.

I think somewhere we took this form of freedom for granted. Driving in English roads are either boring such as the motorway, or frustrating, such as the busy city roads, but at least we can go to the city, or drive to a friends house, without having to wait on others and rely on public transport.

So therefore, when you put all of this into perspective, why wouldn’t you want to be able to drive?

 

What’s so Great About Passing Your Driving Test?

What’s so great about passing your Driving Test and getting a car?

My answer: What’s not great about getting a car?

Sure it’s a lot of money for insurance and car tax, and of course the actual car itself, but there is something so thrilling about going to find your first car.

I remember going to view my first car. We found it on Auto Trader, and it was a little Renault Clio. We drove all the way across Hull to a farm in the middle of nowhere, and this little car was just sat there. It was rusty, dirty, and not in a good condition, but frankly, I didn’t care. The Id inside my brain made me want it, and want it right now.

It was like waking up on Christmas day, to discover everything I’ve ever wanted – even if it was total trash.

However, my dad told me that it was awful and urged me that we would find something better, and therefore, I left in total disappointment at not leaving there with a car.

We looked around for weeks to find something better for me, we ventured out of Hull, across the Bridge and nearly all the way to York, and then, when I had lost a lot of hope, I found it. It was a black Renault Clio ’05 plate, and a 1.2 litre, in great condition.

I had to wait a week for it to be MOT’d but the day I picked it up, was a day I’d never forget.

I went straight to Morrison’s to get petrol, and whilst there also bought 3 air fresheners, wash rags, and de-icer (it was the end of April, and I don’t know what I was thinking).

It was a Thursday Morning and before college started, I went to show my Grandparents, who were so impressed. (I felt so grown up).

And then driving into college was the best. I texted my friends to meet me at the gates, so we could ‘walk in’ together, and I will never forget their faces as the saw me drive into the gates into my brand new (well, brand new to me) car. It was such a proud feeling. I was the first one of my friends to learn to drive, and the first one to get a car, and I therefore, felt so popular. That lunch time, we drove to McDonalds to celebrate which was so much fun. I finally felt grown up.

3 and a half years later and I have the same car, which I love to bits, even if it is getting a bit old. But I don’t think there will ever be any better car than my first, no matter what I get next. I love cars and know that I would love something a bit more upmarket like a BMW or an Audi, but I just don’t think I will ever love any car as much as my first.

So to conclude, this nostalgic story, the excitement of both finding a car and actually buying a car are memories that I would never replace.

The freedom I had, and still have, the joy of taking my friends to maccies for lunch, and that feeling of adulthood is a really something I would never change. The likely hood is, that for your first car, you’re going to get something pretty basic. But it’s the quirks of the car that make it irreplaceable, the annoying times when it didn’t start, the time that it wasn’t very quick on the motorway. But I would not have changed this for the world.

My Clio has provided me with some hilarious stories, no longer having to get a bus for half an hour into town, and the ability to go where I want, when I want.

All these things, are why getting a car is so great.