Show me tell me questions 2017
The DVSA have recently given driving instructors the option to opt-in to display their standards check grade on the ‘find your nearest driving instructor’ service on GOV.UK.
We want consumers to be able to make a more informed choice when they choose a driving instructor.
The "Find your nearest driving instructor" service was officially launched in July 2011. Since then, over 27,000 ADIs have signed up to appear on the service – around 67% of all ADIs on the register.
The use of this service among consumers has been steadily increasing too. It was viewed around 760 times a day in March 2017.
The service displays the driving instructors name, email, and phone number to learner drivers looking for driving lessons in Blackpool or whatever area you are from. The listing will also display if the driving instructor has;
Driving instructors can choose whether or not they want their standards check grade to be displayed.
There are currently 3 grades;
1. A - The highest grade possible.
2. B - The second highest grade
3. FAIL - The instructor has failed the standards check and would be asked to re-sit the check test exam again.
Recently 2 of our Blackpool driving school instructors received a Grade A... Well done Paul and Andrea! We are awaiting the results from our others instructors who are shortly due a check test but no doubt with the help and training they get from our driving school training they will get top marks.
Variable speed cameras appear and are used on many motorways in the UK with plans to get them on the M55 which leads into Blackpool. Unlike other fixed cameras and average speed cameras, variable speed cameras don't tend to enforce the road speed limit 24/7, but are used when the motorway's national speed limit of 70mph, is temporarily lowered eg. 50mph. These temporary speed limits are set and changed automatically at the press of a button by operators at a control room.
Within the past 10 weeks more than 500 motorists in Britain have received an unwelcome letter notifying them that they have been caught by a speed camera!
What was strange about the letters was that the recipients had not been caught speeding through a quiet village or suburb. Instead, they had been snapped breaking the limit of 70mph on a motorway, an offence that — until now — most speed cameras ignored.
Speed cameras are sited on overhead gantries above each lane of moving traffic, meaning gantries can have up to four or five individual speed cameras targeting each lane of the motorway.
Cameras used at these locations are often the popular Gatso ones, when a vehicle travels in excess of the posted 'variable' or 'temporarily' speed limit the camera is triggered and photographic evidence of the speeding offence is recorded.
So never think you're safe to speed on motorways.. or anywhere! Remember speed can kill and most people end up speeding to queue anyway. So stick to the speed limit especially if you've just passed your driving test as if you get 6 points on your licence within the first two years of driving then you'll have to take your theory test and practical driving test again!
When our learner drivers are asked what the biggest causes are of road deaths, they tend to answer with drink driving, driving whilst on a mobile phone or speeding.
One thing they almost certainly won’t come back with is sleep deprivation, and yet it is one of the biggest killers!
We would all like to think that we’ve paid full attention on our driving lessons and it’s only the intentionally negligent that are at the root of our roads death tolls. Recent studies show that around 15% of road accidents are caused by drivers being tired.
Because when a driver is fatigued, they often don’t react until the accident has actually happened, meaning these accidents are more likely than others to result in serious injury or death.
More than 35% of accidents attributed to some form of sleep deprivation involve commercial vehicles. Given the great demand on deliveries in this "I WANT IT NOW" world, this is probably to be expected.
However, another sleep-deprived dynamic posing the greatest risk are believed to be men under 30.
Given that learner drivers now have an average starting age of 26 years old, it is vitally important that learners heed driving advice on how to avoid accidents caused by tiredness.
There are very clear guidelines that will help learner drivers avoid getting into bother through sleep deprivation.
The laws may not find it easy to prove tiredness as a cause of an accident, but if there are witnesses, then an otherwise law-abiding citizen can face the same full penalty under the law that another driver would if found guilty of causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
It might sound a tad overwhelming, but at our Blackpool Driving School we can provide you with all the advice and help you need to avoid falling into the tiredness trap.
From today, there will be a much harsher punishment if you get caught speeding.
You could be fined 150% of your weekly earnings!
As from 24th April 2017 the new speeding laws will change giving drivers a more stern penalty.
As driving instructors we always teach our learner drivers the consequences of speeding and not only will a speeding fine burn a hole in your pocket but how speeding can injure or even kill. Also if on your practical driving test the driving examiner see's you speeding the test will ultimately result in a fail and you'll have to sit the driving test again!
We hope these new speeding penalties will help improve our roads, but if you do get caught speeding then here are the fines you could be faced with;
Back In 2015, 166,695 people in England and Wales were sentenced for speeding with an approx fine of £190.
The maximum fines will stay the same, but higher fines are likely to be applied more with the new guidelines.