Our driving school in Blackpool covers Bispham roundabout in great detail, so if you have any questions about the roundabout you can contact our team or you can watch our videos on each section of the roundabout to ensure you dont end up going the wrong way around it!
You've probably heard the rumours about a new driving test that will come into play in April 2017. Well, the rumours are true and although the DVSA haven't given an exact date for the new driving test changes to commence we can reveal what changes are likely to take place;
Follow Sat Nav Instructions for Approx 20 Minutes
For approximately 20 minutes of the driving test you will be asked to follow directions given to you from a Satellite Navigation System. This is being done to make the test feel more realistic. The sat nav will be provided and the driving examiner, The examiner will always be ready to step in and direct you verbally due to a possible technical malfunction.
Two New manoeuvres
Instead of performing a turn in the road (three point turn) or reversing around a corner you will be asked to complete one of two new manoeuvres or parallel parking.
Drive forwards into a parking bay in a public car park and then reverse out
Pull up on the right of the road, reverse a short distance and then rejoin traffic
Show Me Tell Me Question Asked Whilst Candidate is Driving
You’ll be asked do the show me part of show me/tell me on the move. For example you could be asked to demonstrate how to wash the windscreen or operate the heater while you are driving. This is currently done at the start of the test when the car is stationary.
One of the hassles of not being able to drive is having to get buses or taxis to places, If we do get a taxi we expect our driver to be a safe driver and not drive dangerously like Taxi Driver Kieran Mckechnie from Liverpool who drove through Liverpool at speeds of up to 80mph after learning his partner was seeing another man.
The taxi driver who is aged 28, took his Vauxhall Astra on the two-mile driving spree from Boundary Road in Kirkdale, before smashing into a stationary car at the junction of Breeze Hill and Southport Road.
Judge Norman Wright told him: “This is appalling, disgraceful driving over two miles in speeds that approached 80mph, and were still greatly excessive in 30mph residential areas.
He sentenced him to 12 months in prison and banned him from driving for 31 months.
£200 fine and 6 penalty points for using mobile while driving
New rules will come into effect in March 2017 which will increase the number of penalty points from three to six and the size of the fine drivers receive when caught using their mobilebehind the wheel will increase from £100 to £200.
Blackpool and Lancashire Police have began a crackdown on road users using their mobile phones whilst driving. The crackdown will include patrols using unmarked vans, high vantage points and helmet cameras, as well as community spotters to inform of hotspots and repeat offenders to police.
So with the fine rising from £100 to £200 and penalty points increasing from three to six. The Government have also set out proposals that will see motorists who cause death while on a mobile phone face much tougher sentences.
Jailed for using mobile phone while driving
A 30-year old lorry driver has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment after being convicted of causing the deaths of a mother and three children in a crash on the A34 while he was using his mobile phone.
Your driving licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your driving test.
It’s straight forward: if you get six or more points within 2 years of passing your driving test your licence will be revoked.
What does revoked mean?
It means your licence will be taken away and you’ll have to go right back to the beginning - that means you’ll have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence, pass your theory and practical driving test again.All of which costs you a lot of time and money.
What happens if I get penalty points before I pass my driving test?
You can get points on a licence you don't even have yet. If you speed or misbehave in any other way while you're taking your driving lessons or learning to drive with family or friends you can face driving penalty points.
Even if you get six or more points on your provisional licence, you can still take your driving test BUT if you then get any more points once you’ve passed your test then your licence will then be revoked.
ALMOST one million motorists were caught speeding last year
ALMOST one million motorists were caught speeding last year and warnings of a surge in the number of speed cameras being deployed on the roads.
The total number of drivers in England and Wales given fixed penalties, found guilty at court or handed a formal warning reached a five-year high last year.
How penalty points are issued to you
Penalty points are imposed on motorists who have been found guilty of committing a traffic offence. There's different types of traffic offences for which points can be issued to you, and they range on a scale from 1 point to 11.
Below we have complied a list of the most common points;
Speeding is the most common endorsement found on driving licences and in this category the offences carry between 3-6 points:
Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits (SP10)
Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicle) (SP20)
Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road (SP30)
Exceeding speeding limit on a motorway (SP50)
Unfortunately they are a common occurrence on the road and if you are found guilty of any of the following offences, then you can receive between 4-10 points .
For either of the following offences you can be awarded 5-10 points:
Failing to stop after an accident (AC10)
Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours (AC20)
Careless driving is something new drivers are often found guilty of such eating while driving, and if your found guilty then you can expect to be issued with anything from three to eleven points.
The following offences carry 3-9 points:
Driving without due care and attention (CD10)
Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (CD20)
Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users (CD30)
The following would see you get 3-11 points:
Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink (CD40)
Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs (CD50)
Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit (CD60)
Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (CD70)
Driving a a vehicle that is un-road worthy
Driving an un-road worthy vehicle is not just dangerous for you and other drivers but you could find yourself disqualified from driving.
The following offence codes all carry each 3 points.
Using a vehicle with defective brakes (CU10)
Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition (CU20)
Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)(CU30)*
Using a vehicle with defective steering (CU40)
Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers (CU50)
Drug or Drink Driving
Driving whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is dangerous and carries some big penalties
Being caught doing any of the following could see you receive between 3-11 points:
Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above the limit (DR10)
Driving while unfit through drink (DR20)
Driving then failing to supply a specimen for analysis (DR30)
Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs (DR80)
Whereas these carry a penalty of 10 points:
In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit (DR40)
In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink (DR50)
In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs (DR90)
Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive (DR60)