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Police Crack Down On Phone-driving

Police Crack Down On Phone-driving

The Police in the UK are starting a new initiative to crack down on drivers using hand held mobile phones. Latest figures show that the amount of people using a mobile phone while driving has increased over the several years. New figures show the main offenders for the increase are younger drivers aged 17-24 who regularly read and type text messages as well as talking while driving. A recent survey undertaken by Bluetooth Car Kit Direct shows that over 70% of that age group have done so at least once this year, however many do admit to doing it regularly.

Many different answers were given when questioned as to why they committed the offence, however the main response from the male section of the group was down to over confidence or the ability to navigate away from a dangerous situation (if one happened). Many of the females questioned pleaded ignorance to the law’s in place since 2003 and updated in 2007, stating that they didn’t know it was against the law. However the female section did recognise that it was more dangerous to drive while on the phone than when not.

The second highest offenders were the group of 25-34 year olds of which 20% admitted to regularly using the mobile phone while driving but did realise that they were breaking the law. Many of this group would only check a text if they were expecting an important message and would usually leave an incoming call unless important. The last group 35-Over very rarely answer calls while driving and virtually never read texts. Only 5% admitted to using the phone illegally while driving this year, however of this age group questioned over half already used a bluetooth car kit when driving (were discounted from the survey). The rest were unaware of what a bluetooth car kit was, however were very interested when shown a demonstration of how they worked.

Bluetooth car kit direct demonstrated how various bluetooth car kits worked to everybody questioned in the survey. Everybody thought that all the kits shown were very useful and could see the benefits of having one. A lot of people were also surprised how cheap the kits were and they didn’t have an excuse for not using one. John (in the 25-34 age group) stated “The kit i liked was ?34.99 that’s half the price of a fine from the police and without the 3 points, I’m definitely buying one”

The police crack down is due to the large amounts of accidents attended by the police in which a mobile phone was being used. No new powers are being used however police are now more vigilant and are on the look out for phone-drivers. They are also less likely to let the offender off with a warning when caught instead opting for the ?60 fine and 3 points.

Not only are the bluetooth car kits cheaper than a fine, they may also prevent an accident.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Defensive Driving School

Things to Consider When Choosing a Defensive Driving School

This is such a big concern that it needs to be addressed urgently because it is taking too many peoples’ lives. To make matters worse, while teenagers comprise less than 8% of the population, but are involved in more than 20% of all accidents annually.

So how can we curb the rising accidents among the teenagers? Due to the fear of causing accidents or getting speeding tickets, most drivers have opted to pay for defensive driving courses. There are courses that are offered for free as well.

So what are the factors to consider when choosing the right defensive driving school? This is mostly dependent on the person who wishes to attain the driving certificate. Which methods of learning do you fancy most? For instance, there are some people who will prefer interaction with other students in the same class, while others would like personal tutoring.

If you are the person that prefers interaction with others or discussion, you can choose a course that is offered near where you live to cut on transport cost. You should also look at one that is certified to offer the best course. Cost of the course is also an important factor to look at, considering that some schools can be quite expensive.

In choosing a quality course for yourself, it is very important to have a good look at the areas of study .Are they going to be of any help to you? Do they have extra training on how to handle dangerous situations on the road? These are some of the things you should be looking for. There is no need of doing the defensive driving course and come out still feeling unprepared .When you complete the course well and get a good certificate, you may be able to have some points removed from your record. A curriculum that includes how to handle a vehicle when met with an emergency on the road is especially useful. This would be of so much help to society if we want to reduce the worrying statistics on deaths that occur on our roads.

Other ways of reducing cost of taking a defensive driving course would be to check with your auto insurance company for driving schools that they recommend. This can ensure you receive a discount once you have completed the course. Remember the idea of these courses is avoidance of accidents and if this is not clear at the school you are looking at, then look for another one that offers the skills you are looking for.

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

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.

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.