THE DRIVING TEST – ARE YOU REALY READY?

As driving instructors we can only advise people about their readiness for test!

You may think you are driving well when the instructor is:

Telling  you when to change gear!

Asking you what the speed limit is!

Talking you through every manoeuvre!

Telling you which lane you need to be in!

Reminding you what exit you need to take on a roundabout because you forget!

Helping you when you can’t work out if there is enough space for you to get your car through!

If all or any of the above apply to you, then you are not test ready!

When the door shuts and it’s just you and the examiner, the car is the loneliest place to be, when you make a mistake and your brain goes to mush it’s the worst feeling ever!

Remember those family and friends  who urge you to “just have a go” for the experience, aren’t the ones having to go through it, people have very selective memory’s when it comes to driving tests!

Remember, it’s YOU doing the test, no one else, no phone to Google answers, no help from anyone else, just YOU,

If you are up to standard, you will still be nervous, but you won’t be doubtful of your ability!

Go look in the mirror and have a straight talk with yourself!

Would you take an A level if you hadn’t studied enough and then expect to pass it?

 

 

 

 

 

Motorway Hazards

Despite this emergency vehicle being parked on the hard shoulder with all its emergency lights working it was still hit from behind by an inattentive driver.
This is not a rare event on a multi-lane road so if you do have the misfortune to breakdown get out of your car, get over the barrier and wait there for help – even if it’s raining! It’s safer to maybe catch a cold than the potential alternative!

Refresher training


Most employees are assessed/interviewed on an annual/bi-annual time scale to check that performance/productivity/knowledge of the job they are doing is where it should be for maximum performance.
And yet despite fairly major changes in driving techniques, road network designs and car technology advances many full licence holders seem reluctant to accept that some re-education/training would be beneficial not only for their own safety but the safety of all around.

BUS LANES

Bus Lanes are there to enable buses to cut through peak time congestion. That’s the theory.

Out of peak times, the lanes are usually open to ALL traffic and yet around 85% of other traffic doesn’t enter into it and in not doing so create vast amounts of unnecessary congestion.
Folks, read the signs…

 

DRIVING IN HEAVY RAIN

Heavy rain can restrict vision, reduce tyre grip and frankly be a little bit scary.
Firstly, and I know I say this an awful lot but, slow down, create more space around your vehicle to think and respond to others.
Use headlights to see and be seen, use air con to keep the inside windows mist free and make sure your wipers are working and effective.
Try to avoid puddles where safe to do so, if you have to go thru a big puddle, drive thru slowly resisting the temptation to create “splash”. Car engines (and pedestrians) do not respond well to being soaked in water. Testing brakes gently after is often a good idea.
Aqua planing is potentially very dangerous as you will have lost control of braking and steering – to restore grip ease of the gas pedal and the tyres will reconnect with the road safely.
Keep safe… stay safe…

Winter checks, safety, carefull driving, dark nights, be prepared.

Winter driving

We have already seen a little bit of winter recently, so you might want to have a check over your car to make sure it is ready.

Simple checks;

For your own, and your passengers comfort and safety you should consider the following;

*Check all the lights work you may need someone to help with this.
*Check you have increased the mix ratio of your windscreen washer water. Up to 50% mix if necessary to prevent freezing and clear screens quicker.
*Have your battery checked. A sudden cold snap can kill an apparently fit but old battery.

*Check  your wipers are clean and not worn. Your wipers should clear your screen when in use.

*Check anti-freeze levels and top up as required.
*Make sure your tyres are up to the job. Coming into the winter months a minimum tread of 3mm, anything less change them!

This is just a guide.

For more information follow the link – winter driving

 

SPEED LIMITS

Another important thing to remember, Speed limits are just that! They are not “speed targets”. At this time of year it is even more true when roads are dark, damp, slippery and congested.
The “safe speed” is the only speed that matters and that speed is the speed at which you can travel safely and risk assess the environment ahead and, if necessary, stop in the distance you can see to be clear on your side of the road without hitting anything!

 

 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

If you’re struggling with what to buy people for Christmas, or even stuck when asked what you would like for Christmas, why not ask us about our  gift vouchers? We can tailor the voucher to meet your requirements, from one hour to a 10 hour block (or more if it’s for someone special)

With the approach (and passing) of Christmas and New Year comes the cold frosty weather most drivers dread. Before you set off make sure your car is ready! The newer drivers already know the safety checks for fluids and lights, make sure you’re checking them daily, and top up your anti freeze now if you haven’t done so already. Make sure your lights, wing mirrors, windows and number plates are clear of frost and snow (that doesn’t mean a small clear space in front of your face), you need clear all round vision including inside (demist). You also need to give your engine a couple of minutes to warm up in cold weather,  but DON’T leave your car running while you nip back in for a cuppa, it takes seconds for someone else to jump in and drive it away and your insurance will be invalid!

 

 

 

Welcome To Our New Website

Welcome to our new website.

We have made a lot of changes this month so we decided to make a clean sweep and replace the old website which was starting to look old and tired, so we hope you like the new look.

IMG_0737Having a child diagnosed with Autism and looking at what restrictions might be placed on them, including the inability to drive, we decided to get some advice and learn more about the learning restrictions of this and other developmental conditions to see if we could find a way of teaching these people to do what everyone else took for granted, passing the driving test and having the freedom that having their own car gives them without relying on friends and family.

 

Since then, Neil has trained many drivers in both manual and automatic cars to do just that. It may take a little longer, some may never have even rode a bike as a child and so have no knowledge of the Highway Code. Others have to be taught to make decisions, all basic stuff to you and me but when someone has had all their needs taken care of they now have to get used to thinking for themselves. However, because Neil covers such a large area geographically, driving backwards and forwards to change cars from manual to automatic can take up a lot of his time, time that could be spent on teaching someone else this amazing life skill. So, we have decided to dispose of the manual car (once the current customers pass their test) and focus on the automatic car.

There are so few automatic cars available for driving tuition and not all instructors have the patience to teach those who need constant coaching, especially in the early days. You don’t have to have a disability to learn to drive with Exceed, we teach all levels of ability, we just seem to have developed a reputation for achieving what other instructors have walked (or driven) away from. So, if you want to drive an automatic car give us a ring or complete the contact form and we’ll get back to you. If you’re nervous about driving, maybe you’ve had a bad experience previously, ring for a chat, you don’t have to commit to anything but we know that if you really want to learn to drive, we can get you there.