Category: Driving Tips

The Future of Driving Test Manoeuvres

The Future of Driving Test Manoeuvres

The most feared manoeuvre in the driving test amongst learners tends to be reversing around a corner. There have been many rumours of its demise regarding its relevance and suitability for modern tests but as I type it’s still very much alive and kicking and sending shivers down nervous spines.

The argument about this particular manoeuvre is whether anyone really uses it anymore? And why would you want to? Lots of people suggest it’s dangerous, and I agree. After all, you’re reversing towards oncoming traffic. It should always be the absolute last resort. Put yourself into the shoes of an approaching driver, thinking about the give way line they will soon arrive at, and suddenly you have a car reversing towards you?! It does seem strange, crazy even, and I believe within the next 10 to 15 years at the most we would have waved goodbye to this particular manoeuvre.

I would abolish reversing around a corner. I think it’s generally seen as a chance to monitor a learners car control when reversing more than it is seen as an actual manoeuvre that will be used, but surely the other two show this to a sufficient level.

It’s strongly argued it’s far more important to have more emphasis and practice on driving country lanes and possibly motorways too. Especially with county lanes being officially the most dangerous we will come across. Statistically they claim the most lives.

For now though it remains.

The only really relevant one now is the ‘turn in the road’, or to you and I, ‘3-point turn’. Certainly the most widely used. The parallel park is also a common one of course and I’m sure will stay too, but it’s very different doing it in the test and then in the real world. In the test, and indeed in lessons too, learners will only ever be required to complete it using one car – so there would be no vehicle behind you once you finish. This is due to the fact it being very difficult to find two cars parked the perfect distance away from each other and the owners probably wouldn’t be best pleased! In reality, spaces will be smaller and roads busier. I guess it gives an idea of how to complete it, but that’s about it. The learning, as with all driving, comes once you have passed the test.

The past year has seen the test changed in that only 1 manoeuvre is required to be completed on the test, and this was a step in the right direction. Once reversing around a corner is long forgotten and we have tougher testing on a variety of roads, we’ll really be getting somewhere.

Jason Vines

Get Your Florida Learners Permit By Completing Traffic Law And

Get Your Florida Learners Permit By Completing Traffic Law And Substance Abuse Education Course

I always knew that taking a Traffic Law And Substance Abuse Education Course was just something I would have to do to get my permit, but that doesn’t mean I am excited about it, as I have to sit in classrooms for hours to finish this course which I really feel bore to do so. That all changed when I found out that I could take the course online and don’t have to spend all my weekends in a classroom bored out of my mind.

This online course is accessible from any computer with a basic internet course has got approval of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This way I knew it would meet all the requirements that are needed to pass my DMV Permit Test and I got to do the entire thing from home. One really cool thing about this Florida Drug And Alcohol Course is that it’s just not all reading loads of text; Every unit in the course is loaded with interactive videos and animations, so you will never get bored with tons of reading.

The traffic law and substance abuse education course only took me a few days to finish and don’t tell my parents, but I actually learned a lot about driver safety too. They even give you free practice tests to help you get ready for the Florida permit exam. After finishing this Florida drug and alcohol course I was able to practice with questions that are same as appeared on DMV Learners permit exam in past, so I felt confident about my answers.

In the world we live in today it just doesn’t make sense to take a classroom-based course anymore. Plus, you’ll probably learn a lot more with this one at an affordable price in convenient manner anyway!

So what are you waiting for just signup in the course and get your Florida Learners Permit.

Important Safe Driving Tips For New Learner

Important Safe Driving Tips For New Learner

A driving school is a place which teaches new learner how to drive your vehicle and handle it with confidence on the road. Going for driving tuition is an investment for a lifetime for harmless motoring of vehicle. Driving lessons develop skills and awareness of safe and smart driving which make you better-prepared, expert, safe new driver. Learning to drive with the help of a professional driving instructor is a great deal in the long run. The well qualified driving tutors of quality driving school will help you to develop your driving skills to make you a perfect driver. Here are some advices to ensure a comfortable and safe journey for new drivers.

1. Know the road you’re driving on – When driving, plan your trip and familiarise yourself with the roads you’ll be taking before you make your journey. Unfamiliar roads or relying on a GPS are distracting and potentially dangerous for all drivers, especially provisional 1 and 2 drivers.

2. Seat belts – In the event of an accident, your seat belt will most likely be the key factor in preventing serious injury. Adjust your seat belt “low and tight”, making sure your seat belt sits low across your hips and isn’t twisted.

3. Lane changing – Depending on traffic conditions, lane changing can be stressful and unpredictable. Above all, always use the appropriate indicator. To avoid a crash while lane changing, ensure you can see any approaching vehicles clearly in your side mirror. If you can only partially see a vehicle in another lane, it most likely will not be safe to move across.

4. Maintain confidence – While being an overconfident driver can be dangerous, all drivers must be confident, calm and aware of surroundings. If you feel nervous when driving it will be reflected in your driving performance and the risk of being involved in an accident will increase. If you are frequently experiencing a lack of confidence while driving, consider professional driving ‘refresh’ lessons from quality driving school, or ask an experienced friend or family member to accompany you while driving.

5. Rear view mirror – Many drivers focus on the road ahead of them, neglecting their rear view mirror. Check your mirror every 10 seconds and always check before braking. If a vehicle is close behind you, brake gently. Adjust your mirror so the entire back window is visible.

6. Parking – A large amount of accidents occur while parking as a result of limited space available. To reduce the risk of damaging your car while parking, use all mirrors, don’t rush, and above all, don’t focus purely on one section of the vehicle. Monitor each section of your vehicle while parking to maintain control and awareness of your surroundings.

Good, safe and responsible driving is a compulsion for everyone on the road. Follow these driving tips, which will reduce your risk of being involved in a crash.

Black Boxes in Vehicles

Black Boxes in Vehicles

Having said that, the government have rejected the idea at this time, but it surely won’t be long before this is commonplace. Maybe at the moment with the ideas of motorway tolls and other financial increases, the government felt it not the right time to announce this measure. Many motorists would see this as a further step towards a nanny-state.

It surely won’t be long as the benefits both for safety on the roads and financially for the government are huge. Just imagine the data that could be stored and kept for the authorities. If the government do bring motorway tolls in, which I think is a bad idea which I’ll explain in a moment, then the black box, fitted with the latest satellite tracking devices, would be able to immediately charge a driver for using certain tolled roads. An account would be created and either the money could be withdrawn straight away, or totalled up for an end-of-month fee. The government wouldn’t have to waste any time on resources as it would all be automatic. And huge sums would surely be made.

The problem with tolling motorways is it would completely negate the whole reason for having them in the first place. The idea was to move traffic from clogging up our towns and countryside. Tolling would bring a lot of that traffic back and the problem would re-appear. I personally would avoid all motorways and tolling. I don’t like motorways anyway – dangerous, fast, and overly aggressive morons too close for comfort. I try to avoid them when I can now already so tolling them would be fine by me, other than my journeys would take a little longer, which again I really don’t mind. I’m sure I won’t be the only one gladly avoiding them. The government are assuming after an initial outcry the anger would subside and everyone would get used to being charged.

I think black boxes are a good idea. Spoken from someone who doesn’t speed, doesn’t drive aggressively, and doesn’t take chances. If I were to be in an accident, I would gladly have my black box investigated to prove I wasn’t in the wrong. Of course those overly aggressive morons I mentioned wouldn’t be happy about it at all, because they know they’d have to fall in line with the decent of us.

Now speeding is another reason why the black box makes sense for the government. They could have information in them that would enable the box to know when you’re speeding, and issue a speeding fine and points on your licence straight away. A letter would automatically be sent. This would make our roads a far safer place for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Obviously getting a ticket for straying just over the limit would be unfair, but the usual gap aloud of 10% plus 2-3mph would be fair. And anyone who thinks this would be unfair dues to sometimes not noticing a speed sign will just have to learn to be more careful – like they should be anyway!

The only problem I can foresee is the fact it could be detached. This will have to be looked into but I’m sure solutions could be found. Perhaps the Police could have a sensor which would be able to detect if a black box isn’t present, or maybe the manufacturers could hide it somewhere only a mechanic could get too and make it troublesome to remove. Or with the advances in technology surely a vehicle could be made to just not work if it was taken out.

These black boxes will almost certainly come into use in Europe before here, but we will quickly follow. I look forward to it.

Jason Vines

Tips On Driving Abroad

Tips On Driving Abroad

With it finally being holiday season, you can be sure that many people are planning a self-drive holiday abroad to sample the different cultures and climates. However, it’s important to remember that driving abroad is an entirely unique expireience with it’s own important rules that you should follow:

Always follow the driving laws of the country. Each country will have it’s own unique driving laws – driving on a different side of the road is one of the main ones – so it’s important to make sure that you familiarise yourself with all of the necessary rules for every place you’re going to visit, otherwise you might end up on the wrong side of the local law enforcement.

Check out your insurance in advance. It’s important to make sure that your cheap breakdown cover and general motor insurance are still applicable when you drive in other countries, as you may be required to invest in an extra policy to ensure accidents incurred in foreign countries are covered.

Check whether you’ll need a permit/Green Card. Green Cards are commonplace and are applicable in over 40 EU countries. They prove that you’re eligible to travel between these countries, is universally recognised in these nations. Check in advance whether the nation you’re travelling into requires the use of one, and make sure you obtain it if it does.

Check the technical vehicle requirements. Certain countries will have their own motoring laws regarding which tyres are needed in certain seasons as well as other matters, so check up in advance which laws will be required, and make sure you adhere to them.