What you need to know about pedestrian crossings

What you need to know about pedestrian crossings 

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When you first begin learning to drive  it can be very easy to become overwhelmed with all of the rules and guides that go driving a car. Many students often feel mastering the clutch, brake and steering a massive distraction on their  driving lessons but once you have the basic controls down to a T you can then start focusing more and hazards on the roads, including; the different pedestrian crossings that you will come across, your confidence will help you become a safe and driver.  Here's a few basic rules and advice on dealing with pedestrian crossing. We advise you take note as not educating yourself on this subject could land you in serious trouble or even worse cause a fatality

The Traffic Light Sequence

While learning to drive and once you have your licence, you will certainly come across many traffic lights. Knowing how they work can make you a safer and more efficient driver. Different lights mean different things, and while the concept is simple, here was have listed a breakdown of a traffic light sequence.

  • Red light: You must stop just behind the white stop line if the traffic light is red. Crossing over the line ever so slightly may result in failing your driving test or three penalty points and a fine.
  • Red and amber traffic lights: With this light combination, you must still stop but you should be prepared for the light to turn green. Keep in mind that you must not pass through the intersection until the green light has been illuminated.
  • Green traffic light: Green means go! Always look around before proceeding though the green light  to make sure that there are no pedestrians or other road users  in your way.
  • Amber traffic light: If the amber light is continuously illuminated (not flashing), be prepared to stop. Driving through an amber light is only acceptable if you have already crossed over the stop line as it changes or if stopping is dangerous . I.e. if there's bad weather or higher chance of an accident. This is why checking your centre mirror is very important when approaching traffic lights - Just imagine if someone was up real close behind and you were to slam your brakes on!  regular use of the centre mirror could prevent someone going into the back of you. If you see it early, slow down sooner to bide yourselves both some time to react.

Zebra Crossing

Probably the most easily identified pedestrian crossing  it can be easy to spot because of its black and white strips that form a path across a road. These crossings do not have traffic lights. They usually have two flashing amber beacons either side of the crossing.  Pedestrians crossing at a zebra crossing should give you plenty of time to see them as you must stop to let them cross. This is a very common road crossing that you will quickly become familiar with.

There are no traffic lights at a zebra crossing but they are easy to spot because of the black and white poles with flashing yellow lights on both sides of the marked crossing. This makes zebra crossings easy to see, even during inclement weather and at night.

Pelican Crossing

A pelican crossing is similar to the zebra except that pedestrians are signalled to cross by a signal or pelican crossing lights. They are found at intersections with traffic lights. These are more common in heavily populated areas.

When the button is pressed by a pedestrian at a pelican crossing, the traffic light will shortly change from green to amber and then to red.  This crossing has a flashing amber light - when the traffic light is flashing amber it signals that motorists are allowed to proceed as long as the crossing is clear. (the pedestrian will see a flashing green man, indicating to them that the lights for the motorists will soon turn to green)  The light will eventually turn back to green.

When approaching a pelican crossing, take care to observe your surroundings. For example, be prepared to slow down when approaching these crossings in case the light changes and pedestrians are signalled to cross. Keep in mind that when the amber light is flashing, you are required to give way. Pedestrians are less likely to check for oncoming traffic at a pelican crossing because of the signals.

Toucan Crossing

At a toucan crossing, both pedestrians and cyclists can safely cross. If you keep asking,. A very easy way to remember this crossing is to think TWO CAN CROSS (Toucan) You will normally come across this type of crossing near a park or cycle lanes. The amber flashing light feature is not used at a toucan crossing and traffic lights operate like normal.

Puffin Crossing

A puffin crossing is similar to a pelican crossing but a little more advanced thanks to sensors located on top of the traffic lights. These sensors can hold the red traffic light longer as needed if it senses that pedestrians are waiting or already crossing. The light sequence is  similar to a pelican crossing, puffin crossing lights do not utilize the flashing amber signal. They operate just like a normal traffic light. It’s possible that a pedestrian will cross at a strange angle and not trigger the sensor so always be on the lookout for pedestrians at a puffin crossing.

Equestrian Crossing

Equestrian crossings are also known as Pegasus crossings  operate similar to toucan crossings. They allow horse riders to cross safely. At a Pegasus crossing, there is no flashing amber light and the traffic lights will operate like normal.

Children Crossing Sign

This is a very important pedestrian sign to know. When approaching a children crossing sign, or school crossing, always stop when a school crossing patrol officer steps into the road. You might notice a flashing amber signal when approaching a school crossing. Always drive slowly until you have passed the crossing and use extreme caution as children can be unpredictable.

When it comes to learning all the different pedestrian crossings, just remember that these crossings are designed to be a safe place for pedestrians to cross. Always approach a pedestrian crossing sign with safety in mind. Never park on a crossing or stop on top of the lines. Also, avoid waving on a pedestrian as other drivers might not stop for them.

Level Crossings

Level crossing signs are typically found on the approach to a crossing to warn drivers of the hazard ahead. They are often then followed by further signs and depending on the type of crossing, possibly light signals that inform drivers when to stop.

APPROACHING A LEVEL CROSSING

Level crossing signs are used to warn motorists of a level crossing ahead. For the theory test, you will also be expected to know the various types of crossings and rules for levels crossings

GATED OR BARRIER LEVEL CROSSING

These signs indicate a level crossing ahead that uses either automatic barriers or gates operated manually by railway staff.

LEVEL CROSSING WITHOUT A GATE OR BARRIER

Level crossing without a gate or barrier can be seen on quiet roads where motorists must give way to trains similar to a road junction.

Always look out for pedestrians that may try and cross near a level crossing.

Practicing pedestrian crossing on your driving lessons

We hope this basic guide to pedestrian crossing has helped educate you. Remember, you can ask your driving instructor for more information on your driving lessons.  Your driving lessons should be consisting of pedestrian crossings training.  

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New Driving Instructor has joined our Blackpool Driving School

New driving instructor has joined our Blackpool Driving School 

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This month we have a new driving instructor who has joined our driving school in Blackpool. Golden Mile Driving School welcomes Trevor Eagle, Trevor has been an ADI for many years teaching learners all over the Blackpool and Fylde. We so happy to have him join our team of driving instructors. We feel it vital that our pupils feel relaxed and comfortable on their driving lessons and Trevor has a great reputation of doing just that!

Some customer reviews so far 

"Learnt so much from my lessons with Trevor, and was always able to make me feel confident in my driving. I would highly recommend  to anyone who’s looking to start driving" Zara, Blackpool 

"He taught my daughter to drive and encouraged her confidence. She was scared to drive and now drives everywhere. Can't thank him enough." Barry, Blackpool.

"Brilliant passed my driving test first time!"  Paul, Blackpool

 

Driving Instructors Blackpool 

Our driving school in Blackpool prides itself on only using fully qualified driving instructors. Please exercise caution when choosing a driving school as some may be offering you driving instructors who are still on a trainee badge, meaning they haven't yet passed all the 3 rigorous exams set by the DVSA. 

We feel that if your paying money for driving lessons in Blackpool then you should have the very best. We are in no way saying that trainee driving instructors are no good. We just feel that most people would prefer a fully qualified driving instructor rather than someone who isn't yet qualified. 

If a driving school in Blackpool gives you a trainee then we feel that they should inform you of this. Although they are not required to by law.  If not, you can always look for a GREEN BADGE in the window of the driving school car. This means that the instructor is qualified and passed all 3 exams. If you see a PINK badge then this means the driving instructor is a trainee and hasn't yet passed the final instructional ability exam.  With Golden Mile Driving School you'll never see a PINK! 

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Special Offer for learner drivers with no driving experience

Due to a huge demand for our driving lessons special offer we have extended our deal for a further six months. Learners will get 10 driving lessons and loads of fanatics extras all for £190. Please check out our special offer below. Hurry! Limited spaces available for November and December 2017....

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Be Prepared for the New Driving Test

Be Prepared for the New Driving Test

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Have you passed your driving test? , or you might even be preparing for the new driving test in December 2017 or even a driving test in the coming months or weeks – either way, we advise  that you spend some time reading our latest blog post  about preparing for your driving test.

Over the years, we have provided Driving Lessons in Blackpool and the surrounding areas, only to find out that a pupil has had their test aborted for one of the following  reasons.

Make sure you have everything you  need. If your driving test does happen to get aborted, you will not be refunded the money you paid for the driving tes!

Here's  a few things to check to Help Prepare for Your Driving Test:

As a driving instructor in Blackpool that supports the surrounding towns and cities nearby, there is nothing more disappointing to see when the examiner has to cancel the driving test early.

Make sure that you think of all of the following when you’re preparing for the test:

  • Your driving licence
  • Make sure your car is safe and tidy
  • Get the right insurance - our driving school is covered for driving test exams
  • Get a recent eye test from a qualified optician
  • Avoid changing the vehicles before your test.
  • Try to drive in various  weather conditions. rain, sun, dark etc

Bring your driving licence!

You’ll be shocked at how many pupils try to take their driving test without their provisional driving licence.  Place it in a safe pace so you don't loose it and your test won't go ahead without it.

At the start of the driving test the examiner will ask for your photo card licence so he can note down details such as your name, address, driving licence number and anything else needed to transfer to your full licence should you pass.

A lot of pupils that take driving lessons in Blackpool prefer to use their own vehicles for the latter stages of learning to drive and their driving test.

This isn’t a problem and happens in a load of different locations as well as this one. However, tests can be stopped and aborted if the examiner feels that the car is not in safe, working condition.

If you wish to use your own vehicle, the test examiner will ask you to complete a small form that declares that the vehicle is insured and road worthy for the duration of the test.

You will then be asked to a few “show me, tell me” questions as well as checking certain aspects of the vehicle. These usually include:

  • Checking and test the signals
  • Checking the horn
  • Checking the fluid levels of the car
  • Working condition of windshield washers and blades

Insure the car!

If you’re planning on driving to your local test centre yourself then there are a few rules that you need to abide by. These tend to be:

  • Making sure that the car is insured correctly
  • You’re accompanied by a driver with at least 3 years experience
  • The accompanying driver is at least 21 years old

As part of a successful driving school franchise I have been providing lessons in Blackpool and the surrounding areas for a very long time. You’ll be surprised at what happens at the local driving test centres

I personally have never seen it, but I have heard stories of examiners calling the police because they suspect that a vehicle is being used without the correct insurance or that the accompanying driver is not of the minimum age.

Book an eye test so your vision is good to drive

Having good eyesight is paramount when it comes to driving,  no matter what your profession but even more so if you have a driving test coming up soon.

You may or may not know that your vision will be checked before you complete the practical test itself. During your driving lessons, your instructor will complete an eye test on your first lesson. Its easy for your eyesight to diminish over time so if you feel your eyesight isnt what it used to be then it's well worth a trip to the optician.

The idea is to prepare you for exactly what will happen on your test day. You will be asked to read a vehicle registration plate from 20.5 metres. If you’re unable to do this successfully, then your test will be marked as a fail.

Avoid Swaping Cars:

As a driving school in the Blackpool area that really takes pride in the number of pupils that we’re able to pass first time, we ensure that our pupils remain in the same for the duration of their lessons leading up to their driving test day.

Some driving schools will constantly give you lessons and then a week before the test is due, will drop you  and say they have no availability, leaving you in bad position looking for a new instructor at short notice .

We appreciate that this cannot be helped sometimes. However, the dangers of changing vehicles are:

  • The new vehicle will have a different biting point
  • The brakes could be a lot more sensitive.
  • reference points for manoeuvres may differ

Get Out In All Weather:

Some driving instructors may tell you to avoid driving in different weather conditions; however, we strongly believe that this can only help you improve your driving skills

If you’re driving test is coming up you should be prepared for anything that comes with it. Just because you’re taking your test, it doesn’t mean that the weather gods are going to take it easy.

If you have a driving test coming up and you don’t feel prepared then feel free to call our Blackpool Driving School and we will be happy to have a chat and discuss your concerns. We are Blackpool's most rated and reviewed driving school with 1000's of driving test passes under our belt we are confident your driving skills will excel and you'll pass your driving test fast. 

Plans for tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly

Plans for tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives.

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  • life sentences will be introduced for those who cause death by dangerous driving, and for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs
  • new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving to be created
  • part of government action to make roads safer for all and stop devastation caused by dangerous drivers and cyclists

Killer drivers face life behind bars after plans to increase maximum sentences received resounding support from families and campaigners.

Ministers today confirmed that drivers who cause death by speeding, racing, or using a mobile phone could face sentences equivalent to manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life.

Offenders who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will also face life sentences, and a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving will be created.

The move comes after an overwhelming response to to a government consultation which revealed substantial backing for the plans from a wide range of people including victims, bereaved families and road safety experts.

Today Ministers are announcing the outcome and confirmed the introduction of much tougher penalties as part of wider action across government to clamp down on dangerous, criminal behaviour on our roads.

Justice Minister Dominic Raab said:

We’ve taken a long hard look at driving sentences, and we received 9,000 submissions to our consultation. Based on the seriousness of the worst cases, the anguish of the victims’ families, and maximum penalties for other serious offences such as manslaughter, we intend to introduce life sentences of imprisonment for those who wreck lives by driving dangerously, drunk or high on drugs.

On the new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, Dominic Raab said:

We will introduce a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, punishable by imprisonment, to fill a gap in the law and reflect the seriousness of some of the injuries suffered by victims in this category of case.

The measures were confirmed in a government response to a consultation which will be published tomorrow (Monday 16 October 2017). The consultation sought views on whether current maximum penalties available to the courts should be increased, and received over 1,000 replies in just three days when launched in December 2016 – reaching more than 9,000 when it closed in February 2017.

The proposals confirmed today include:

  • increasing the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life
  • increasing the maximum penalty for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life
  • creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving

In 2016, 157 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 32 convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

Today’s announcement delivers on the government’s pledge to consider the sentencing powers available to the courts for the most serious driving offences - making sure that punishment reflects the harm caused to victims and their families.

The move forms part of government wide action to improve safety for all road users, following recent devastation caused by irresponsible motorists and dangerous cyclists.

Last month the Department for Transport (DFT) launched an urgent review to consider whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for cyclists.

For more information visit - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/life-sentences-for-killer-drivers

 

 

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons 

Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.

How the change will work

The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.

Learner drivers will need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.

Motorway driving will not be included in the driving test changes coming into force on 4 December 2017.

The change will only apply to learner drivers of cars - learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed to have motorway lessons.

When the change will happen

The exact date in 2018 will be confirmed nearer the time.

The change will be well-publicised so driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared for the change, and other road users know what to expect. The Highway Code rules on motorways will also be updated.

Until the law is changed, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Driving instructor vehicles and training

Driving instructors will be allowed to decide whether or not to keep their driving school roof-top box on during motorway lessons, based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

However, the car will still need to display L plates on the front and rear if the rooftop box is removed.

In the meantime why not check out this informative motorway basic video to gets a heads up of what to expect;