Learning to drive in 1910, when cars often resembled horseless carriages, was far harder work physically than today.
There was no power steering, making it essential that learners turned the wheel using the laborious “push-pull” method still advocated in some circles.
Starting the engine required a deft combination of mechanical understanding and brute force (starting handles were the order of the day) and brakes were rod-operated, heavy and ineffective compared to the servo-assisted systems we take for granted.
But what sorted the men from the boys was changing gear. Today’s synchromesh is so good it’s hard to fumble a change but then it required skill, timing and the ability to master double-declutching. For those who couldn’t, the best option was to come to a complete halt before first gear could be re-engaged.
Traffic at the dawn of the motoring age, however, was light, so learning how to negotiate the roads - which were still dominated by the horse and cart - was a cinch compared to today. There were only 53,196 cars on British roads compared to 28.5 million now.
Early driving lessons focused on basic car control, elementary hand signals - and common sense.
Learner driving history from 1946
1946 - Testing resumes in November, more than a year after the end of World War II.
1950 - The pass rate for the driving test is 50 per cent.
1956 – The test fee doubles from 10 shillings to £1 – that’s an increase from £10 to £21 in today’s money. Testing is again suspended, this time during the Suez Canal crisis in November. Learners are allowed to drive unaccompanied and examiners help to administer petrol rations.
1957 - Testing resumes in April after the Suez crisis. Provisional licences are no longer stamped with ‘passed test’ from July and the three-year driving licence is introduced in September.
1958 - Provisional licences are valid only for six months.
1959 - A new examiner training facility is opened in Stanmore, Middlesex. Until this point, examiners have been trained ‘on the job’.
1962 - From April, people who have held more than seven provisional licences are required to take a driving test. If they fail to, the licensing authority could refuse a further application.
1963 – A voluntary register of approved driving instructors (ADIs) is set up. To become an ADI, you have to pass stringent written and practical tests.
1968 – The test fee is increased again, going up this time to 1 pound, 15 shillings – equivalent to £25 today.
1969 - Several changes are made to the test, including the introduction of a ban on dual accelerator controls unless they have been disengaged. A separate category for automatic cars is also brought in.
1970 – All driving instructors now have to be officially registered. A total of 3,500 people are prosecuted for driving on a forged licence or wrongfully attempting to obtain a licence.
Benefits of Learning to Drive and Tips on the Best Way to Prepare for a Driving Test.
Learning how to drive and passing your driving test, have many benefits than you have ever imagined. First driving is so much fun when learning and practicing it. It becomes particularly interesting when your driving instructor makes it easy and understandable for you. That is how we at Golden Mile Driving School do it. That is why we get five star reviews from our clients.
We shall take you through the benefits of learning to drive and the tips on how to pass that drive test.
Let us start with the benefits of learning how to drive. The biggest benefit is the level of convenience that comes with learning how to drive. You easily are in control of your own life and can easily manage it. This helps you to stay away from the public transport hassle, which is often noisy, dirty, crowded, and expensive. The number of times that you hop from one public transport to another will be reduced, since you can be able to plan your schedule and be able to leave work, pass by the grocery shop, then the supermarket and pick the kids at school later with no hassle at all. You will also be able to reduce the number of times you visit the supermarket or the grocery shop especially if you have a family. You can always buy items in bulk park them up in the boot of your car and drive home. This is convenient and easy compared to the public transport means.
If you have a family, you will enjoy driving more. Picking and dropping of kids at school becomes hassle free particularly if the kids are in different schools. When you have a car and you know how to drive, you will not be limited to the few schools that are in the neighborhood. Instead, you can take the kids to schools that are far way off but offer quality education.
In the 21st century, employers look out for people who are modernized and can cope with work easily regardless of the location. It therefore becomes a prerequisite with many employers for employees to have driving licenses. They require licenses from reputable driving schools such as Golden Mile Driving School. Your driving license could be just what you need to get that job. This driving license should not be just a license but one that can get you that job. Start your driving lessons in Blackpool today.
Another advantage is that driving gives you flexibility. You can drive anywhere anytime. You do not have to stick with other people’s times. Be it the public transport, your friends, family, or even your driver. You can be anywhere you want when you want.
There is also the satisfaction and pleasure that comes with driving. Most people find driving to be fun, soothing, liberating and very relaxing. You will notice even in between the day in the office, when a person feels fatigued they just drive out around the streets and back. That gives them back sanity. To achieve this level of satisfaction for you join our Blackpool Driving School and meet our driving instructors who are more than happy to help you learn.
Now, let us help you pass that driving test.
In life everything successful is worth planning for. For you to successfully pass that driving test you need the following tips.
Choosing the right driving school is an important choice to make. Pick a Driving School that has great reviews this is paramount! At Golden Mile Driving School, you take driving lessons with experienced teachers who educate you on the traffic rules, road safety and will give you more insights on driving skills. Our customers reviews back up how good we really are!
When getting ready for a driving test, always gather as much information as you can about road safety, driving skills, traffic rules, and everything that is there to learn about driving. You can do so by reading through pamphlets, revising online pages and of course reading the highway code.
2. Ask for guidance and advise form your driving instructor, friend or relative who has driving experience.
It is always easier to learn around someone who does not make you nervous. Have this people help in the raining process. ask questions and learn.
3. Private Practice
Having driving lessons with a qualified driving instructor is advisable but private practice combined will help speed up the process. We are happy to liase with your family members or friends who will be offering you private practice to ensure they don't teach you any bad habits.Finally, you should learn how to maintain your calmness during the test. Every driver, even the experienced ones can make mistakes when nervous and under pressure. Relax, take a deep breath before starting and then go for it calmly.
In conclusion, we can say that your driving experience should be made easy and friendly, join Golden Mile Driving School in Blackpool and book your driving lessons and you will be a very happy, safe and confident driver.
Here at Golden Mile Driving School we have always shown our learner how to change a tyre. You wouldnt believe the amount of people who pass their driving test and have no idea how to change a tyre. It's important you can spot the signs that the tyre may be running flat and how to deal with a blow out when driving.
Our driving instructors offer a complete step by step guide along with a handout on how to change a tyre and will often show you where to locate various parts to enable you to carryout the procedure effectvely.
If you happen to be stuck at the roadside now then heres a quick guide for you follow:
1) Find the spare tyre, jack and and iron.
2) Make sure that the car is in gear (or in "park" if the car is an automatic) and the handbrake brake is set. The car should be parked on a flat pavement.
3) Remove the flat tire: - use the tire iron (the L-shaped bar that fits over the wheel lugs) to loosen each wheel lug. Once you have accomplished this, move the jack underneath the car. - raise the car with the jack until the flat tyre is completely raised off the ground. Once this is done, remove the wheel lugs completely.
4) Install the spare: - position the spare tire over the wheel studs. This is the most physically challenging part of the whole process. You'll have to hold up the tire and try to line up the holes in the wheel with the protruding wheel studs located on the brake hub. - after you have the spare tire hanging on the wheel studs, screw each of the wheel lugs back on. - once the spare tire is on, carefully lower the jack. Pull the jack away from the vehicle. - the final step is to tighten down the lugs completely.
5) Put the flat tyre in the space where the spare tire was and put the jack and tire iron back in the car.
Run Flat Tyres
A run-flat tire is a pneumatic vehicle tire that is designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured, and to enable the vehicle to continue to be driven at reduced speeds (under 55 mph, and for limited distances (up to 10 miles, depending on the type of tire)
Nearly all people learning to drive detest doing roundabouts on a driving lesson. Roundabouts are designed to ease traffic congestion but why do most of us prefer to opt for traffic lights over a roundabout?
One of the UK's notorious disliked roundabouts is Hemel Hempstead's "Magic Roundabout" The traffic island, containing six smaller roundabouts, fought off entries from more than 50 UK locations.
Other destinations include roundabouts in Falmouth, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bath and Letchworth.
Just outside Blackpool there is a infamous roundabout "Bispham Roundabout" which is a common fear amount learner drivers in the area. We spoke to Alison Chamber a former Blackpool council worker who recently took her driving test in Blackpool. Alison says "Bispham roundabout was something I had feared since I was a child, I always heard people saying bad things about it and dreaded doing it on my driving test"
Paul Hornby a driving instructor of Golden Mile Driving School in Blackpool added " Bispham roundabout should not be feared, we teach all our leaner drivers a step by step approach when dealing with Bispham Roundabout we even have videos giving full instructions on how to safely deal with the approach and exit. There does seem to be much scaremongering about the roundabout, but most of our pupils would agree that after we show them how to do it they feel that it's fairly simple compared to other roundabouts in the country"
Love them or hate them, roundabouts are everywhere and it's important to understand roundabouts if you're going to pass your driving test and be a safe driver.
TIPS ON ROUNDABOUTS
Firstly, make sure that you get into position early. Approach the roundabout carefully and make use of the MSM routine (mirror, signal, manoeuvre). Look early to your right and ahead, giving way to your right.
Keep a look out for vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Pedestrian crossings can also be found near the entrances or exits of a roundabout.
An artist's life-like sculpture of the human body in a way that may look distorted and ugly, but the odd-looking person scarcely recognisable as human is designed to face deadly challenges on our roads.
"Graham" as the sculpture has been named, has a massive skull, but his features are tiny and recessed. His enormous head perches atop a barrel-shaped trunk with no visible neck to support it. Rows of flaccid sacks vaguely resembling deflated breasts dangle between his ribs, and an extra joint protrudes halfway down his shins, which end in shortened, broad hoof-like feet
Though Graham's appearance may seem bizarre, officials expect that his physical exaggerations will inspire people to recognize the susceptibility of the human body to injury from a car crash.