Dodgy Driving Habits Reported in Blackpool
This week Blackpool Gazette spoke to our Driving School owner Paul Hornby, who is also a driving instructor in Blackpool. The Gazette wanted to speak to Paul to discuss what he thought of the standards of drivers in Blackpool as there had been many compplaints from the general public about other road users attitudes and driving behaviours. Paul and his driving instructors have seen some terrible driving incidents from road users in Blackpool and below is the article: (Courtesty of Blackpool Gazette)
Blackpool Driving Instructor's View on Bad Driving on the Fylde Coast
Paul, 36, is the owner of Golden Mile Driving School, and has been an instructor for nearly 10 years.
“There’s been a real increase in bad habits,” he said, “Particularly regarding the use of mobile phones. You see people distracted at traffic lights, and look over to see them scrolling through Facebook.
“There’s a definite trend between young people and going on their phones while driving, though that’s not to say that it is exclusively younger people either.
“People even use their phones going round roundabouts - the behaviour of some drivers is disgraceful.”
The behaviour noticed by Paul also extended to people’s tolerance of other drivers on the roads.
“I recently had a pupil who stalled in front of a taxi. Instead of waiting patiently, the taxi started beeping repeatedly, despite it being clear to see that the driver was a learner.
“Signalling is also an issue,” Paul added: “It’s very dangerous for all drivers, not just learners, when people don’t use their indicators at roundabouts.
“I’ve witnessed drivers not stopping at zebra crossings when pedestrians are crossing, learner drivers being harassed and tailgated by other drivers, as well as a lack of regard for the well-being and safety of cyclists, who often have to swerve when they are not given enough room when being overtaken.
“It’s as if people make their own rules up once they pass their tests.
“There are five of us who are part of the Driving School in Blackpool and we have all noticed a decline in safe driving. It’s mostly down to laziness and it’s just disappointing to see, really. I have to feel for the students who have to accommodate this type of behaviour on the roads. It’s hard to learn to drive in a safe environment in these conditions.”
What can be done to improve peoples driving
When asked what the government should do to raise the standard of driving around the country to prevent potential accidents from happening, Paul said: “I feel that it would benefit road users if it was mandatory for every driver to take a short driving ‘refresher’ course every 10 years. This may help drivers to be more aware of their potential bad habits and prevent their standards from slipping.
“I understand that people make mistakes. However, we do need to understand that one small mistake can so easily escalate into something much more serious. For the safety of ourselves and others, it’s important for us all to drive with due care and attention at all times.”
How to save over 25% on car insurance after recently passing your driving test
You've done all the hard work, passed your car theory test, had your driving lessons and finally passed your practical driving test. It's now time to buy a car and get yourself insured on it. We all know that car insurance for young drivers, and those who have recently passed their driving test, is well-known for being very expensive.
The reason behind expensive insurance for young or new drivers is that they are as a higher risk. As a new driver you do not have the experience behind you compared to someone who has been driving for many years, the insurance companies feel that you are more likely to be involved in an accident.
There are a few ways around high insurance premiums, We have created this article to try and help you save as much money as possible on your first insurance policy.
Get a black box fitted to your car
Black box car cover (AKA telematics insurance) involves having a special device fitted to your car - you will not be able to see the device as it usually hidden under the bonnet, the device will then monitor your driving style, and determines how much of a risk you are
It's a popular choice for you younger drivers, you'll often see huge discounts given if you choose to take the black box option.
Complete a Pass Plus course
Some insurance companies offer no discount to Pass Plus customers , however, there's many that do! The insurance may be significantly reduced when combined with black box insurance. Some insurance companies offering over 25% discount.
The Pass Plus course is an additional driving course comprised of different modules, Some of the topics covered are:
Driving out of town
Driving on motorways
Before you take a Pass Plus course you could always check with your insurance company to see if they offer a discount. We feel that taking a Pass Plus Course will make you a much safer, confident driver. It's definitely a great step towards improving your skills as a new driver.
You might also cut your premium by:
Other tips on saving money on your car insurance
You could choose to add a second responsible driver to the policy, such as a parent. If they have a good driving history behind them then this could help you save money.
Get multiple car insurance quotes
Don't just take the first offer you receive. Shop around and see if other companies can beat your existing quote. Try a comparison website site like www.gocompare.com sometimes these comparison sites can be great for grabbing a bargain but it's worth noting that not all insurance companies list their services on them. Sometimes it might be better phoning direct instead.
Avoid Modifications to your car
Many young drivers want their car to look cool, so tinting the windows, adding alloys and groovy air filters may sound like a good choice but it could seriously ramp up your insurance quote. Stick to being as basic as possible for your first policy. If you do decide to add additional features to your car make sure you tell your insurer.