Archive | February, 2013

Driving lessons/tests, Nottingham Trent University

25 Feb
Exciting news, Nottingham Trent University is opening a driving school jointly run with the Driving Standards Agency.
Driving tests will be carried out by DSA staff from March 2013, after Roads minister Stephen Hammond gave the all clear for the (3-6 months) trial. Tests will be carried out from two sites,  located at Clarendon Street and at the Clifton campus.
Stephen Hammond has said “The trial will help us understand how we can best provide a service for driving test candidates using universities. I am delighted that Nottingham Trent University is leading the way on opening up their sites not only to students but also the general public.
This builds on our recent announcement to conduct driving tests from branches of Halford and the DSA is also in discussion with areas of the Fire and Rescue Service.”



18 Feb
Anticipation in driving means planning well ahead and acting promptly to deal with the changes that happen around you. It should, with experience, become an almost automatic reaction. It’s the hallmark of a good driver.
You need to continually question the actions of other road users.
If you plan ahead and try to anticipate the actions of others, you can:
  • avoid being taken by surprise
  • prevent some hazards developing
  • take early evasive action for those hazards that do develop.
It’s said that patience is a virtue, and this is certainly never more true than when your driving.
Sadly, incompetence, bad manners and aggression seem to be commonplace on our roads, but there is no excuse for this kind of behaviour when driving.
You shouldn’t let bad driving behaviour by others lead to any conflict. If you do , your well on the way to an accident.
Be prepared to make allowances for someone else’s mistakes. In everyone’s interest try to ignore their behaviour.
  • drive in a spirit of retaliation or competition
  • use aggressive language or gestures
  • try to teach another road user a lesson,even if they caused you inconvenience.
  • keep calm
  • show restraint
  • use sound judgement.
There’s no better lesson than a good example.


Defensive driving pt 1

14 Feb
Defensive driving is based on effective observation, good anticipation and control. It’s about always questioning the actions of other road users and being prepared for the unexpected, so as not to be taken by surprise.
Defensive driving involves :
  • Awareness.
  • Planning.
  • Anticipation.
  • Staying in control.
And driving with :
  • Responsibility.
  • Care.
  • Consideration and courtesy.
It means putting safety above all else.
This means having real concern, not only for your own safety, but also for other road users, including the most vulnerable – those walking or riding.
Expect other people to make mistakes, and be ready to slow down or stop – even if you think you have the right of way.
Never rely on other road users doing the correct thing.
Your safety
Your safety lies mainly in your own hands. The better control of your vehicle and the road space, the safer you will be.
Set a good example
Your driving should always set a good example to other road users.
You never know when your good example will make a deep impression on another driver, especially a learner or inexperienced driver, and perhaps save lives in the future.
Reducing hostility
With defensive driving, you will show more patience and anticipation. This will help reduce the number of incidents which result in :
  • Open hostility.
  • Abusive language.
  • Threats .
  • Physical violence.
Avoid the kind of driving that :
  • Gives offence to other road users.
  • Provokes reaction.
  • Creates dangerous situations.
competitive driving
Never drive in a spirit of competition.
competitive driving is, inherently, the opposite of defensive driving. It increases the risk to everyone.
When you check the mirrors, just checking is not enough. You must act sensibly on what you see.
You must make a mental note of the :
  • Speed.
  • Behaviour.
  • Possible intentions.
of any other road user.
If you are not observing correctly, you cannot assess a traffic situation correctly.
At junctions, there’s no point in just looking, if your view is obstructed – for example, by parked vehicles. You must also move carefully into a position where you can see without emerging into the path of oncoming traffic.
  • L – Look
  • A – Assess and
  • D – Decide before you
  • A – Act.
That’s what effective observations is all about.
Observing what’s ahead
A skilful driver constantly watches and interprets whats ahead.
Always drive at such a speed that you can stop safely within the distance which you can see to be clear.
A good driver will constantly scan the road ahead and to the side and, by frequent use of the mirrors, be aware of the situation behind.
Drive beyond the limits of your own vision.
Approaching a bend Ask yourself :
  • Can i see the full picture?
  • How sharp is it?
  • Am i in the right position?
  • Is my speed right?
  • What might i meet?
  • Could i stop if i had to?


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