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
Should you go for a car with automatic or manual gears, or one with both?
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.
How the British road numbering system works
Without road numbering zones, our journeys would be harder to complete. Imagine asking for directions, or directing drivers, without reference to A-roads, B-roads, or motorways? If you travel some distance, it would be harder than eating soup with a fork. Continue reading
Dotty driving laws from around the world
You might think that some of our driving laws are a bit petty. With this blog post, we at Drive 4 Life Academy suggest you ought to think again.
Could Ofsted style league tables be introduced for driving instructors?
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.
Ten great driving songs you may have forgotten about or didn’t know about
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.
Why Drive 4 Life Academy focuses on roundabout training in great detail
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.
What are Smart Motorways and how they work
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.
New clampdown on drivers who insist on phoning without a hands-free kit whilst driving
From the 01 March 2017, the Department for Transport will introduce stiffer penalties for anyone caught phoning whilst driving, without a hands-free kit. Before then, the penalty for using a mobile phone without a hands-free kit was three penalty points and a £100 fine. From the 01 March, that will be doubled to six penalty points and a £200 fine. Continue reading
Compulsory driving lessons to be added to South Africa’s high school curriculum in next academic year
In South Africa, the Department of Basic Education has taken steps to improve road safety among its 55 million citizens. From the start of the 2017-18 academic year, driving lessons will be added to the South African high school curriculum. The reasoning behind this is the country’s high rate of road traffic accidents. 50 people a day are killed on their roads. Continue reading