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

 

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

New Year’s Resolution: Learn to Drive

With December just around the corner and the New Year following that, it might be about time we think about our resolutions.

This year, instead of picking one you’re likely to forget or break, we have a suggestion for you, only if you haven’t learnt yet: learning to drive!

Driving schools can provide students with great packages and offers that are tailored to suit them, Elite can even have you test ready in 66 days.

Learning to drive comes with an endless list of benefits, of course, you will have your own freedom and the ease of getting from A to B.

For more information about driving, check out our FAQ!

Preparing for your first driving lesson

Your first driving lesson is fast approaching and you want to be as prepared as you can be for this pivotal moment in your life.

Before you begin, the most important thing is to acquire a provisional license which can be bought on the gov.uk website.

Below, you can find tips that will be sure to help you prepare for your first driving lesson, without the nerves!

Practice

There is the recommendation to those who have never driven before to take a lap or two around an empty car park, for a confidence boost. However, ensure you are insured and have a set of L plates and are accompanied by an experienced, qualified driver.

Sleep

One of the best things to do prior to your first lesson is to get a good night’s rest – you will be much more comfortable with a good night’s sleep under your belt.

Eat well

Don’t put off eating because of nerve, a rumbling stomach will prove to be extremely distracting.

Dress comfortably

Dress comfortably for your first driving lesson, wearing loose fitting clothes and sensible shoes, meaning no heels, platforms, or flips flops.

Remember to visit our website to book driving lessons if you’re 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: 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!

5 top tips to passing your theory test

Driving School YorkHow can you prepare for your theory test?

Driving is one of the most daunting tasks a young adult can take on, yet with enough practice it can unlock the world of opportunity that comes with driving a car. New jobs, road trips and adventures are all to be found when you have the luxury of a car. Before you can even consider taking your practical driving test, you must first pass your theory. If you’ve been having driving lessons in York or Hull with Elite Driving School, you should be more than prepared to excel in your test. A theory test is the first major leap towards a driving license, so follow our top 5 tips that we’ve got for you in order to achieve road success.

Notice all of the hazard signs

A theory test is built up of a number of multiple choice questions over a fifty minute time period. When you’re done with the multiple choice section of the test, you’ll arrive at the hazard perception side of things. This is made up from a series of video clips that host a number of different driving hazards, as these can all happen in your driving experiences.

In order to make sure you’re prepared, you can visit a number of websites where you can practise road and pavement scanning, which will allow you to identify any potential hazards that you may need to suddenly break for in order to avoid an accident.

Keep practicing

When it comes to learning a new subject, there’s no better alternative than putting in the hours needed to learn everything there is to do with the topic. The test questions are all at random, so it’s important to remember that you must get a good handle on the subject in order to answer any of the questions listed in the Theory Test Handbook, something that holds around 1000 questions!

The passing guidelines of the theory test are a minimum of 44 out of 75 on the Hazard Perception test and 43 out of 50 on the multiple choice section of the test.

Books, books and more books!

As you’ll be having driving lessons through the Hull area with our incredibly experienced instructors, you should pick up good habits to take forward into your driving test. Unfortunately, not all of these can transfer to your theory test.

You can buy a number of books in order to practice for your test and the good news is that there’s a book produced by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) called the Theory Test Handbook. This book is vital to any new learner, being packed full of useful tips and practice questions.

There’s extra time to practice…

Before your test begins, you’ll get an extra 15 minutes to get used to the touch screen on which you’ll take your theory test. Use this time to get a feel of the questions layout and if something doesn’t work properly, let someone know before your test rather than during.

Sit a mock exam

Do you think you’re prepared to sit your theory test? All of your driving lessons with your instructor will get you only so far.

There are a number of mock tests that you can sit, all of which reflect the questions that you’ll likely encounter on your exam.

Are you looking for driving instructor in York ? Or driving lessons in York with one of our qualified driving instructors? Visit our site for more!

How to prepare for your first driving lesson

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If you want to be driving as quick as possible, you’re obviously going to need to achieve your driving test at the earliest available time. In order to do this, you need to prepare for your first driving lesson. Nobody wants to book their first lessons without remembering to get their provisional licence, or if they can’t attend the appointments.

Before your start your driving lessons, be sure that you’ve completed the following tasks:

Have your provisional licence

Did you know: You can actually apply for your provisional three months ahead of your 17th birthday, which allows you time to get your licence sorted before you can start driving at 17. It’s also notable that if you’re disabled and you receive mobility allowance, you can apply for your provisional at 16.

You can either apply for your provisional through the post or more conveniently you can apply on
line here.

Get some practice

If you have zero experience of driving, you should consider getting a small amount of practice in before taking driving lessons. If you have a fully qualified driver in the car with you, there’s nothing wrong in having a quick drive around an empty car park, as this will do wonders for your overall driving confidence.

Be sure that you have the correct insurance in place and you have a set of L-plates displayed on your vehicle.

Get some rest

A good night’s sleep is a MUST when you’re attempting to prepare for your driving lesson. Try and wake up at least an hour before the lesson begins, as this will give your body time to catch up with itself. You’ll find the lesson more engaging when you have higher levels of concentration through being well rested.

Avoid alcohol

Although this is in here for obvious reasons, you should avoid any form of alcohol the night before taking lessons. You’ll need a clear mind to take in all of the information from the lesson. Also, driving with considerable levels of alcohol in your system is illegal.

Make sure you eat well

Nerves can affect all of us differently, but make sure that yours don’t put you off eating breakfast. The last thing you’ll need on your lesson is a grumbling stomach to take your attention off the road.

Dress sensibly

We recommend that dressing in comfortable/sensible clothing for your driving lessons is important. You don’t need to dress up and wearing some comfortable clothes will help relax you. Sensible shoes are a must: no high heels, wedges or flip flops.

Are you looking for driving instructor in York ? Or driving lessons in York with one of our qualified driving instructors? Visit our site for more!