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Learner Drivers to Take to Motorways

Results of consultation will see learner drivers on the motorways at the start of December

Motorways sign image by Jevanto Productions (via Shutterstock).
From December, learner drivers will be able to take to the motorways. Image by Jevanto Productions (via Shutterstock).

From the 04 December this year, learner drivers will be able to access the UK’s motorway network, for the first time ever. The changes followed a consultation period which began at the start of this year. According to various sources from around the world, it is claimed that introducing learner drivers to motorways gives them more real life driving experience. Continue reading

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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?

League tables image by Albert999 (via Shutterstock).
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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The Cost of Phoning and Driving? £200

New clampdown on drivers who insist on phoning without a hands-free kit whilst driving

Driving and Phoning image by Zenstock (via Shutterstock).
How not to use a mobile phone in your car: if you need to use your mobile phone in your car, buy a hands-free kit. Driving whilst phoning will attract stiffer penalties. Image by Zenstock (via Shutterstock).

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

Driving Lessons for South African Pupils?

Compulsory driving lessons to be added to South Africa’s high school curriculum in next academic year

South African schoolchildren are set to benefit from driving lessons. Johannesburg skyline image by Svitlana Avramenko (via Shutterstock).
Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. From the middle of this year, the city’s high school pupils will be taught how to drive. Image by Svitlana Avramenko (via Shutterstock).

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