Judging gaps at roundabouts

Judging a safe moment to emerge onto a busy roundabout can be very difficult for someone who is learning to drive. It takes experience and a degree of confidence to spot a gap and take your opportunity. Over-thinking is common – ‘is that a gap?’…’I think it is’…’I should go’…too late! The gap has gone. …

Pull push steering

Pull push steering? It’s not difficult…

Although you are allowed to cross your hands while steering – providing the steering is smooth, safe and controlled – pull push steering is the DVSA approved method because it is safer. Crossing your hands over the centre of the steering wheel enables you to keep both hands on the wheel at all times, it’s …

Driving test

Extended driving tests

A driver can have their driving licence disqualified if they are convicted of drink / drug driving or other driving offences that is necessary to result in a ban. A court can order that once the disqualification period has ended, that the individual must return to a provisional driving licence holder and go through the …

Don’t know? Don’t go!

When you are learning to drive there will be times when you have to start making decisions but don’t know what to do. “Do I go or stop?” It looks like the driver in the picture on the left has made a late decision to stop for the cyclist – this is possible because he …

How to get your first provisional driving license

The earliest your provisional license can become valid is on your 17th birthday, however you can apply for the license up to three months before your 17th birthday. The exemption to this is if you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate your provisional license can come into effect when you are 16, …

What to do if someone is following you….

The first thing to remember here, is that it’s rare to be followed by someone who might have bad intent towards you when you are driving. However, if you think that you are being followed, you need to keep calm and act rationally. The starting point is remembering that you are in control of the …

Yellow box junctions

There can be few things more irritating than waiting patiently to enter a yellow box junction, only to see cars from the opposite direction “trying their luck” and stopping mid-box – when it’s obvious that there is nowhere for them to go. Not only are those anti-social drivers preventing you moving when the lights are …

Parent’s grief…

The parents of a university student from the USA killed in a car crash as he typed a text have released his final message in a bid to warn other drivers against doing the same. Alexander Heit died shortly after the accident on April 3 on the outskirts of Greeley, Colorado. The 22-year-old’s parents have …

Driving and mobile phones – they don’t go together!!

A substantial body of research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing. Drivers who use a mobile phone, whether hand-held or hands-free: are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them fail to see road …

The left hand reverse

The driving test examiner will be looking for these key skills: Accuracy – The test examiner will be assessing your ability to reverse round the corner, not touching the curb or straying too far onto the other side of the road. Control – The examiner will be judging your ability to use the clutch to …