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Common Questions Asked on a Driving Lesson

Common Driving Lesson QuestionsThe time spent learning to drive is an investment that will last you the rest of your life, the skills you learn will make you a good driver and keep you safe for years to come. It is not just the practical side of driving the car you need to master, the theory side is just as important and an essential part of the test. Continue reading

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The Top 5 Mistakes Made on a Driving Test & How to Avoid Them

Driving Test MistakesDuring a driving test, it is common to make mistakes. This is because the period that you take your driving is normally short to allow you remember everything that you have been taught during your driving course. You will need a substantial amount of practice and experience for you to stop making these mistakes. The five major ones are as follows: Continue reading

Driving Test Changes To Be Aware Of

Motorways sign image by Jevanto Productions (via Shutterstock).
Driving Test Changes to be Aware of Before December 4th, 2017. Image by Jevanto Productions (via Shutterstock).

Most fatalities on our roads involve teenage car drivers with inadequate training on post-test driving skills, a reason that prompted the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency to expand its curricula to capture these concerns in driving lessons. Continue reading

Automatic or Manual Gears?

Should you go for a car with automatic or manual gears, or one with both?

Automatic or Manual Gears?
Which is better: the automatic one or the manual one? Images by aSuruwataRi and Plus69 (via Shutterstock).

In the motoring world, there is one argument that’ll rage on for years to come. Not the differences between having a Ford Fiesta compared with a Volkswagen Golf. That of the differences between automatic or manual gears.

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League Tables for Driving Instructors?

Could Ofsted style league tables be introduced for driving instructors?

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Pole Position: the UK’s driving instructors could be measured by league tables. Image by Albert999 (via Shutterstock).

This week is the start of the Key Stage 2 examinations for Year 6 pupils. It is also the beginning of the test period for Key Stage 1 pupils. Since the National Curriculum was conceived as per the Education Act 1988, the success of each school is due to its test results. In 1991, Ofsted introduced league tables which, alongside Parental Choice, could influence a school’s fortunes.

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Driving Songs You May Have Missed

Ten great driving songs you may have forgotten about or didn’t know about

Driving songs image by Sutasinee Anukul (via Shutterstock).
Image by Sutasinee Anukul (via Shutterstock).

Our love of motoring has inspired many songwriters over the last sixty years. There are countless compilation albums featuring songs suitable for drivetime radio or seasoned petrolheads. Inevitably, there is some duplication: you could have four compilation CDs or streamed playlists which feature 2-4-6-8 Motorway on all of them. For today’s post, we look at a selection of driving songs you may have missed.

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Why Roundabout Training Matters

Why Drive 4 Life Academy focuses on roundabout training in great detail

Roundabout training image by Neil Mitchell (via Shutterstock).
Aerial view of a roundabout and through road. Image by Neil Mitchell (via Shutterstock).

Our soggy little island seems to have a penchant for roundabouts. Mini roundabouts, standard issue roundabouts, or roundabouts with motorway junctions. In Swindon, there’s the Magic Roundabout, a standard sized roundabout with five mini roundabouts. Milton Keynes has them in abundance, and Skelmersdale eschewed traffic lights in favour of roundabouts at junctions. This is why roundabout training is a must for new drivers.

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Smart Motorways: Jargon Busters

What are Smart Motorways and how they work

Smart Motorways image by Tatchaphol (via Shutterstock).
More of our motorways are becoming Smart Motorways, as seen above with this section of the M25 motorway. Image by Tatchaphol (via Shutterstock).

Whatever you say about smart motorways, they are a necessary evil in getting us from A to B. On a bog-standard motorway in United Kingdom, the speed limit is 70 mph for cars and 60 mph for PCVs and HGVs. If one section of motorway is designated as a Smart Motorway, the speed limit varies from the default 60 or 70 miles per hour. Speed limits are adjusted in accordance to traffic flows. This is a process known as Active Traffic Management.

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