Which way is left?

Which way is left?

Do you always go the right way when your instructor says ‘take the next road on the left please? Or do you sometimes go the wrong way? It’s odd, isn’t it, how someone who usually knows their left from their right gets really confused when they’re  having a driving lesson! When you take your driving …

Short notice driving tests

There is always a waiting list for driving tests – six or eight weeks used to be typical. At the moment you might have to wait for a lot longer – maybe several months! But there are ways that you can get a test sooner. Reminder: always book your test in the usual way via …

Drink driving – the consequences

  In the last 30 years road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically, but Provisional estimates for 2019 show that between 240 and 320 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, with a central estimate of 280 deaths. The provisional estimate of …

Emergency service vehicles

Blues and twos….what to do when emergency services vehicles approach

Should you drive onto the pavement to get out of the way of an ambulance? Go past a red light to make room for a fire engine? Is it ok to drive into a bus lane when there are blue lights behind you? Or do you stay where you are and risk blocking the emergency …

Observations at junctions

The most common reason for failing a driving testFor many years, the number one reason for failing a driving test has been poor or inadequate obervations at junctions.1 All the most common reasons for failing a driving test – and how to avoid them! A junction is defined as any place where one road joins …

Prepare, observe, move

How to move off…safely

Moving off? That’s not too difficult, surely? Well….many learner drivers fail their driving test because of mistakes they make when moving off, either through poor observation skills or the incorrect use of signals. Let’s clarify the technique for moving off and how to avoid the most common mistakes. Prepare, Observe, Move The technique for moving …

Jasmine passed her driving test first

How to pass your driving test first time

There are about 45 million drivers on UK roads and about 47% passed their driving test first time.1 So – theoretically at least – you’ve got about a 50/50 chance of passing your driving test first time. But you can improve those odds massively if you follow the advice in this article. Not only that, …

Driving test nerves

Five things to do (and NOT to do!) if you fail your driving test

You’re not alone. Research shows that over half of learners fail on their first attempt and many people take several attempts before they pass their driving test. And any driving instructor will tell you that it’s often the best drivers who take more than one attempt at their driving test. So don’t worry over what’s …

Instructor guiding learner driver

Learning to drive and dyspraxia

Learning to drive is often a long and difficult process, no matter who you are. But if you have dyspraxia, it can be even more difficult. What is dyspraxia?Dyspraxia, also known as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), is a common disorder that affects movement and co-ordination. According to the NHS, dyspraxia…can affect your co-ordination skills – …

Dutch style roundabout

A roundabout to make your head spin…

The construction of a new roundabout does not often make national headlines, but one in Cambridge that gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists has done just that. So why all the fuss? The Fendon Road roundabout is the UK’s first and so-far-only so-called “Dutch-style” roundabout. Situated near Addenbrooke’s and Papworth hospitals, it was built by …