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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.


Driving test age rise considered for teenagers

16 Oct

Learners can currently take a driving test aged 17.

Teenagers may have to wait a year longer than they currently do, before they can take their driving test.

The government is considering issuing only 12- month probationary licences at the age of 18 in a bid to cut accidents involving young motorists.

New drivers would also face restrictions on carrying passengers.

This new legislation would recommend a one year ‘learner stage’ beginning at 17, during which drivers would have to total at least 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under qualified supervision.

Learners can take their test at 18 and, if they pass, they will get a probationary license and have to display  a green ‘p’ plate.

During this stage new drivers would face restrictions on carrying passengers and have a curfew 2200-0500.

After the 12- month probationary period, drivers would automatically graduate to a full license, with no special restrictions.

Driving lessons/schools Nottingham: Mock test

25 Jul

Many learner drivers go into the driving test without ever previously taking a mock test. Although it is not essential to take a mock driving test it can significantly improve your chances of passing the real exam.

A mock driving test allows you and your instructor to identify any areas of your driving that need improvement before taking the DSA practical driving test.

It is of course significantly cheaper if you fail a mock driving test than if you fail the real one. Failing the real DSA test will involve more test booking fees, more driving lessons and there is always a waiting list to take into account. (To take a mock test with your instructor is the standard lesson price)

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Driving lessons/schools Nottingham.

18 Jul
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Driving lessons Nottingham, Roundabouts

18 Jun
Roundabouts allow traffic from different roads to merge or cross without necessarily stopping.
Before you enter a roundabout, you normally give way to traffic approaching from your immediate right. However, you should keep moving if the way is clear.
In a few cases, traffic on the roundabout has to give way to traffic entering. Look out for ‘Give Way’ signs and road markings on the roundabout.
Some roundabouts have traffic lights (sometimes part-time) which determine priority.
Always use the MSM/PSL routine on approach.
Approaching a roundabout
Always look well ahead for the advance warning sign.
Especially at large or complex roundabouts this will give you a clear picture of the layout of roundabout, together with route directions. The sign will enable you to select the most suitable lane in which to approach the roundabout.
Watch out also for advance warnings of appropriate traffic lanes at the roundabout. These are often backed up by road markings, which usually include route numbers.
• Get into the correct lane in good time.
• Dont straddle lanes.
• Never change lanes at the last moment.
Where possible it is a good idea to look across the roundabout and identify the exit you are aiming to take. This will help you to plan the safest route through the roundabout.
Adopt the following procedure, unless road markings or signs indicate otherwise.
Going left
• Indicate left on approach.
• Approach in the left hand lane.
• Keep to that lane throughout the roundabout.
• Maintain a left turn signal through the roundabout.
Going ahead
• No signal on approach.
• Approach in the left hand lane. If you cannot use the left hand lane because it is blocked, use the next lane to it.
• Keep to the selected lane throughout the roundabout.
• Check your mirrors, especially your near side one.
• Indicate left just after you have passed the junction before the one you intend to take.
Going right or full circle
• Indicate right on approach.
• Approach in the right hand lane.
• Keep to that lane and maintain the signal on the roundabout.
• Check your mirrors, especially your near side one.
• Indicate left just after you have passed the junction before the one you intend to take.


Driving lessons/Schools in Nottingham

13 Jun

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At It’s Drive Time we are fully committed to each and every person learning how to drive. Whether you are a total beginner, and a little nervous, or you have some experience behind the wheel and just need a little brushing up before taking the driving test.

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 At It’s Drive Time we understand that every pupil learning to drive is different, people learn at different speeds,and in different ways. We tailor all of our lessons to suit you; that way you get the most from each lesson.
Passing your driving test is one of the best feelings that you will ever experience, (just ask anyone that has.) Your instructor will take great pride in teaching you the safest way to drive, so when you pass it will be a proud day for both of you.
Book a lesson today or give us a call on 07970 830 637, we’ll always be happy to talk to you.



Driving lessons Nottingham, reverse park. (parallel parking)

5 Jun
This makes use of the vehicle’s manoeuvrability in reverse gear to park in a restricted space.
remember, while you are carrying out this manoeuvre, you could be a hazard to other road users.
Position and observation
Good all-round observation is essential for this manoeuvre.
Do not start to manoeuvre if you are likely to endanger or inconvenience other road users.
Other drivers might not be aware of your intentions, so before you pull up at the place that you have chosen to park, remember to carry out the MSM/PSL routine.
Positioning your vehicle
Stop your vehicle reasonably close to, and parallel with, the parked vehicle ahead of the gap . (A half a car door length gap, between your vehicle and the vehicle you are along side is sufficient space)
Your vehicle should be about level with, or slightly ahead, of the parked vehicle. This will depend on the size of the gap and the length of the vehicle.
Manoeuvring into the gap
Apply your handbrake if necessary. Show your break lights by pressing the footbrake. Select reverse gear to show the reversing light(s). This warns other road users of your intentions.
Check all around. (360 degrees)
When reversing your main observations should be through the back window, although you will still need to keep checking for any other dangers and be able to take the correct action if necessary.
  • Reverse, so that the back of your vehicle is in line with the back of the vehicle that you are along side. Check over your right shoulder at this point for anything passing. Steer the wheel 360 degrees to the left (one full turn to the left). Be careful not to dry steer.
  • When your vehicle has reached a 45 degree angle (two o’clock), steer the wheel back to the right 360 degrees (one full turn to the right).
  • Always maintain your observations. Look in your left mirror and you will see a triangle of road, as the road disappears out of sight (this reference point is different from person to person as seating position changes depending on size). Steer the wheel 360 degrees to the right (one full turn to the right)
  • When you see the road reappear in the left mirror, steer the wheel 360 degrees to the left (one full turn to the left).
Reverse back straightening the vehicle if necessary, so that you have a one car length gap between your vehicle and the one in front.
Keep a good lookout for other road users throughout this manoeuvre, particularly
  • pedestrians.
  • oncoming vehicles.
  • passing traffic.


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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