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At Drive 4 life we have a wealth of knowledge about safe driving. We’ve written several articles which you can read below, to help you expand your driving skill and knowledge.

Unusual Overseas Driving Laws

admin : May 23, 2017 2:46 pm : blog

Dotty driving laws from around the world

Driving laws image by Sayu (via Shutterstock).
Image by Sayu (via Shutterstock).

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.

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League Tables for Driving Instructors?

admin : May 8, 2017 2:44 pm : blog

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

admin : March 31, 2017 10:00 am : blog

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

admin : March 29, 2017 10:04 am : blog

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

admin : March 2, 2017 11:15 am : blog

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

admin : February 28, 2017 3:15 pm : blog

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. more »

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Driving Lessons for South African Pupils?

admin : January 20, 2017 11:56 am : blog, blogpost

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. more »

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Learner Drivers Allowed On Motorways

admin : January 17, 2017 4:58 pm : blog

Pass Plus option to be added to standard driving lessons for all learner drivers

Motorway learner drivers image by Chrispo (via Shutterstock).
A motorway: at present, off limits to learner drivers. Changes pencilled in for next year could see learner drivers on motorways as part of their driving lessons. Image by Chrispo (via Shutterstock).

The United Kingdom has 2,173 miles of motorway. At present, none of them are open to learner drivers. After passing their driving test, motorway driving is covered as part of the Pass Plus scheme. From 2018, subject to a consultation, this could change.

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A History of the Driving Test: Infographic

admin : November 9, 2016 2:58 pm : blog

How the UK driving test has evolved over the last 82 years

Rolls Royce Phantom
If you had some serious money in 1934, the Rolls Royce Phantom was a must-have car for anyone who passed the first driving tests that year. Image by KS-Art (via Shutterstock).

It is hard to imagine a time before the driving test came about in 1934. Or at least a time before we even had driving licences. The UK’s first driving licences were administered in 1903, under the Motor Car Act which was enacted that year. By the late 1920s, accidents on the road reached frightening levels. With safety a major issue (7,000 deaths from road accidents in 1931), The Highway Code was first published. It has been an ever-present in the bestseller list since its first edition, 85 years ago.

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Gillingham Lessons and Driving School

admin : October 24, 2013 10:27 am : blog

Learning to drive is a rite of passage, regardless of whether you’re doing it as soon as you turn 17 or you’ve left it a bit later. Driving is an important life skill and will enable you to be more independent and flexible, as well as opening up more opportunities in terms of employment not just in driving jobs and jobs where driving is a compulsory requirement, but for jobs in locations not well served by public transport. If you are looking to learn to drive, it is always best to go to a professional driving school to learn, and make use of a driving instructors experience not just at driving, but at passing the test.
Tests of all kinds are intimidating and with a practical test such as a driving test you need to think on your feet and react the circumstances around you. There are also various ‘hoops’ to jump through such as manoeuvres and emergency stops. A professional driving instructor from one of the many Gillingham driving schools will be best placed to show you how to carry out these tasks and drive in a manner that is conducive to passing the test itself.

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