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

 

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

Are you a goldfish or an elephant when taking driving lessons?

Driving Lessons banter

Which one are you? Goldfish or elephant?

 

Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to complete a random quiz to help you identify which animal you are (this isn’t Buzzfeed after all).

 

Or a survey to see which pet you should get next (FYI, elephants aren’t suitable pets, in case you were wondering…)

 

I am, in fact, talking about your memory.

 

What’s this got to do with learning to drive I hear you ask?

 

Well if like a goldfish, you have a three-second memory? Could Dory from Finding Nemo remember more from your previous driving lesson than you?

 

Or are you more like an elephant? Never forgetting anything and priding yourself on being able to recall random facts from 10 lessons ago?

 

If your memory is like a sieve, this simple trick promises that you’ll be able to remember just about anything…in under 40 seconds.

 

According to experts at the University of Waterloo, drawing is a pretty powerful memory aid. They gave students a list of 30 words and asked to spend 40 seconds writing it out repeatedly or drawing it.

 

Those that drew the words recalled twice as many as those who’d written the words out.

 

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/7070177/Memory-like-a-sieve-Try-this-one-simple-trick-to-remember-anything-in-under-40-seconds.html

 

Even if you’re an elephant then, this is a handy trick to keep your memory in tip-top condition.

 

Though I can’t promise it’ll help you remember your next lesson…

 

So whether you’re an elephant, goldfish, or simply someone who needs a helping hand with in the memory department, this is one technique worth trying out.

 

Now, if only I’d known this earlier. I’d of remember where I’d put my car keys….

 

Have a fantastic weekend…

You’ve Passed Your Test, Now What?

Congratulations on passing your test and gaining a full licence!

You can now enjoy your new found freedom but you must remember that passing your driving test doesn’t necessarily mean you know everything, it is just your first step at becoming a skilled driver.

You will learn whilst driving and better improve your skills.

Continue reading “You’ve Passed Your Test, Now What?”

Driving Tips: Steering

One piece of advice when steering, and we’re aware of how it sounds is to look at what you want to hit.

You will be drawn towards whatever you focus your attention on, or what you are looking at. Thus, it follows that if you pay close attention to obstacles, you are likely to hit them. Nearly every steering problem can be traced back to observation.

By looking ahead and keeping your eyes moving, you are taking in as much information as you can, something that is crucial for acquiring effective steering control.

When steering through narrow gaps such as parked cars, ensure to look well ahead and aim for the empty space. By looking ahead early, you are setting yourself on the right course and won’t need to look at the obstructions.

Turning right

A large number of new drivers have difficulties when turning right or completing the final leg of the turn-in-the-road manoeuver, otherwise known as a three point turn.

A natural response is to look at the car’s bonnet or directly in front of the car, however, you should be looking through the driver’s side window.

Moving your view along the new road and then ahead, so then your eyes won’t start to move back towards the front (a common occurrence as the car moves around the corner) move the steering wheel with them.

Are you looking for a driving school in Hull? Look no further than Elite Driving School!

 

Before you start driving

Prior to taking the next step and beginning your driving lessons.

The minimum age in the UK to start driving lessons is 17. However, those that want to start driving should be in possession of a UK provisional license issued by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).

Provisional license

The initial step is to acquire a provisional license. If a person wanted to begin their driving lessons as soon as they turned 17, it is possible to apply for a provisional license three months before that person’s 17th birthday. It will arrive before their birthday but will not be valid until that day.

If a person is entitled to mobility allowance, they can apply for their provisional license at the age of 16.

Reading

Another step to consider would be to take up some essential reading either during your driving lessons or before you begin them. The Highway Code is recommended, along with preparing for your hazard perception and driving theory to ensure you are well equipped with the right knowledge for your tests. There’s a variety of resources available on the internet.

Please visit the website if you would like to begin your driving lessons in the Hull area!

 

Intensive driving course benefits

Many modern driving schools now offer the option of intensive driving lessons available.

Due to the eligibility for certain jobs, or just needing a car for a specific reason – intensive courses may be the option for someone who needs to learn to drive within a limited amount of time.
Modern schools meet these needs, not only providing a quicker time frame to learn to drive, but with the same amount of quality and integrity.

With intensive driving lessons, you choose when you would like to pass and we will set that goal and hopefully reach it.

Elite Driving can teach you to drive in 7 days on one our Intensive Driving Courses, or, if it’s more convenient, it can be spread across 2 to 10 weeks on one of our fast pass Route 66 driving courses.

Please visit our website to view all of our driving courses available and we can help you decipher the best course for you.

Driving Lessons Hedon

Driving lessons Hedon, Jessica CheesemanCongratulations to Jessica Cheeseman from Hedon who passed her driving test on her first attempt on the 4th March 2015.

Jessica did especially well to beat the nerves and have a great drive.

Jessica already has her own car and is all ready to get on the roads!

Happy driving Jessica best wishes for the future from driving instructor James Fosten and the team at Elite driving School

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Driving: FAQ

Driving instructors will hear the same questions being asked when prospective learners are enquiring about driving.

Below we’ve listed the frequently asked questions we hear and provided answers to help shed some light.

What age can I start learning to drive at?

To begin driving lessons and obtain a licence, you must be 17 years of age. However, there are some driving instructors that offer lessons to be taught on private land, in this case, learners can begin at a younger age.

I’m 17, what do I need so I can learn to drive?

Prior to driving, you will need to apply for your provisional driving licence – at this present moment in time, a provisional costs £50 and can be applied for in two ways:

  1. Online

The fastest and simplest way to apply for a provisional is to apply online; you can visit the direct gov website and you can apply if you are eligible to the following:

– a resident in Great Britain
– are no younger than 3 months prior to your seventeenth birthday
– can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
– are currently not prevented from driving due to a conviction or health
– can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card
– own a valid form of identification e.g. British passport
– are able to provide evidence of residence for the past 3 years

  1. Post Office

Provisional driving licences are obtainable from most Post Offices when an application from D1 and a photo card application form D750 should be completed, and sent up to 3 months before your 17th birthday to the following address:

DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD

After you have received your licence by post, you can then begin your driving lessons!

When am I able to take my theory test?

You are able to take your theory test once you receive your provisional licence and are 17 years of age.

To book a theory test you will need:

– your Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
– your debit or credit card
– a valid email address in order to receive a confirmation email that will contain your booking details

The two ways to book a theory test are:

Online – The easiest way is book online here.

By phone – You can call the DSA on 0300 200 1122, welsh language 0300 200 1133 or text 0300 200 1166, these lines are open weekdays from 8am to 4pm

When can I book my driving test?

You will be able to book your driving test once you have received your provisional driving licence and have passed your theory test.

To book a driving test:

In order to successfully book your driving test, you will need:

– a valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional licence number
– a debit or credit card
– if applicable, a theory test pass date and certificate number

Booking by phone – Call the DSA on 0300 200 1122, welsh language 0300 200 1133 or text 0300 200 1166.

Online – One of the quickest ways to book your driving test is online, here.

Check driving test date

This can easily be done online if you have the following data:

– your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
– you application reference number
– your theory test pass certificate number

Check online –

Cancel/reschedule online – the same data, as listed above will be mentioned when cancelling or rescheduling your driving test, you can do that here.

We hope any of the questions you may have had about driving have been answered above!
Please visit our website to view our driving test dates and more!