Archive | August, 2014

A third of young drivers :

26 Aug

A third of young drivers who passed their test in the last year read or send text messages while on the road, a Nottinghamshire survey has shown.

Almost half of those questioned by Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership admitted to setting up sat-nav systems while on the move while 8 per cent confessed to driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

Two thirds who had acquired their licence also admitted to being distracted by singing and dancing, while a quarter said they felt they drove too fast in variable road conditions.

How the driver responds to others. Attitude.

10 Aug
It doesn’t matter, how fast,  how good or how expensive your vehicle is, it is you, THE DRIVER, who has the last say whether or not you drive that vehicle safely, .
Driver skill and driver attitude are two key areas which determine your approach behind the wheel.
There is, after all, a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction to be gained from showing your skill and ability but also courtesy and consideration to those around you. Apart from the reward of a nod or a smile in appreciation, you will have the added satisfaction of knowing that you are making our roads much safer.
The right attitude and behaviour are the key factors to becoming a good driver .

Changing gears

2 Aug

There are a few ways to recognize when you should change gear as you are speeding up.

1. Listen to the engine. The tone changes, it gets slightly higher (people sometimes say that the engine is screaming). Change up.

2. Take quick checks at the rev counter (if one is fitted). Petrol cars usually change-up a gear when the revs are between 2-3. Diesel cars between 1.5-2.5.

3. The speed of the car, (people often explain this as ‘feeling’ the car needs to change gear. If you know the speed that you need to change gear, you will eventually develop the skill to know that you are driving a certain speed (without looking at the speedometer), and that you change-up a gear at that speed.

Mini one 1.4 Diesel:

1st to 2nd – 10-15

2nd to 3rd – 20-25

3rd to 4th – 30-35

4th to 5th – 40-45

5th to 6th – 50-55


This is a guide only, altered by circumstance.


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