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Changes to the practical driving test
September 13, 2017

With less than 3 months to go to the new test I thought a summary of the changes would be useful for everyone.  Please feel free to comment on this post with any questions.  I’ve already been teaching the changes to the test for several months, even to those likely to take the test before […]

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I’ve realised recently that a lot of people – learners and experienced drivers – seem confused about which lane to use to follow the road ahead at a roundabout.  The issue mainly arises when there are only 2 lanes so see below for a helpful list. You should use the left hand to follow the […]

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Spending as much time as I do on the roads I see how people panic when having to deal with an emergency services vehicle so I thought I would write some hints and tips to help you.  It may be that we encounter some during our lessons or it may not, unfortunately this is one […]

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Dealing with breakdowns
July 18, 2016

What do you if your car breaks down?  Well a lot of it depends on where you are but there are some general rules to follow. Get your car off the carriageway if possible and turn on your hazard warning lights if you are causing an obstruction. If it is night time or poor visibility […]

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Despite the note on the back of the practical test pass certificate many people seem to be unaware of the need to report certain medical conditions to DVLA.  Why do they need to know about your condition?  It’s not so they can take your licence away but to make sure you are safe to drive.  […]

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Young Drivers: What You Need To Know When you pass your driving test a new life of independence awaits you. It’s an exciting time but one which comes with a set of responsibilities. Young drivers also have to bear the financial cost of increased insurance premiums. However, with a little preparation you can still ensure […]

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Pedestrian crossings
June 28, 2016

It seems that understanding the differences between the different types of pedestrian crossings can be a bit of a minefield so I thought I would write a post showing the main points for each type so hopefully it’s easier for people to remember.  As a point of note there’s very few differences between puffins, toucans […]

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Following my post on what to do if you are involved in an incident I thought I would write about what to do if you are witness to an incident or arrive on the scene shortly afterwards. If there are already enough people who have stopped to help continue driving carefully. If you do stop […]

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As part of the theory test you are required to know what to do in if you are involved in an incident and it’s something that may well happen once you have passed your test but it’s very unlikely to happen during your lessons so it’s something I can’t give you practical experience of.  I […]

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Smart motorways
June 15, 2016

I thought I’d write up a bit about smart motorways as most people will be unfamiliar with them.  The closest to us is past Bristol so even on a 3 hour motorway lesson we may not make it as far as the smart motorway.  They are becoming more common, especially in busier areas and gradually […]