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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 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 in Nottingham

13 Jun

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Welcome to, It’s Drive Time driving school. Do you want to learn to drive, and pass your driving test in a safe and controlled way, with a friendly, patient and flexible instructor?
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.

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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.
Observation
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.
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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.
Dont
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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Drivers attitude

4 Jan
No matter how good , how fast, how expensive or how efficient your vehicle is, it is you, THE DRIVER, who determines whether it is a safe means of transport.
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 .

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Driving lessons/schools Nottingham.

21 Dec

Driving Lessons Nottingham

mini -blackWelcome to, It’s Drive Time driving school. Do you want to learn to drive, and pass your driving test in a safe and controlled way, with a friendly, patient and flexible instructor ?.
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.

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Driving lessons Nottingham, Moving off (POM)

26 Nov
This is an easy to follow, step by step method to move off safely.
P – Prepare. First of all get the vehicle ready to move; clutch down and select the appropriate gear, set the gas (one to one and half revs), then slowly bring the clutch up so that you feel the bite point.
O – Observe. Check it is safe; if moving away from the left hand curb, look in your interior (centre) mirror to see what is behind you. look in your offside (right) mirror to see what is coming from the right, finally look over your right shoulder (blind spot), the area that the two mirrors cannot see. Before moving off look ahead.
M – Move. Signal away from the curb, release the handbrake and keep your feet still.
When you move off safely you will have to judge that you will not slow down or make another road user change direction. (Just like when you cross the road safely) Therefore do not give a signal until you are about to move, otherwise it could be misleading. (‘Are you signalling to go? or to let people know that you want to go?)

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Driving lessons Nottingham, Hazard Perception

4 Oct
If you are ready to take your theory test, why not check out some Hazard Perception. test examples on my website….www.itsdrivetime.co.uk Be prepared!
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Driving lessons Nottingham, Recommend a Friend!!!

1 Oct
www.itsdrivetime.co.uk have a fantastic offer, available to current pupils.
Recommend a friend and receive a one hour driving lesson FREE of charge.
Terms and conditions apply….

Driving lessons/Schools in Nottingham

22 Aug

Learn in a mini

Welcome to, It’s Drive Time driving school. Do you want to learn to drive, and pass your driving test in a safe and controlled way, with a friendly, patient and flexible instructor?
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.

passing-driving-test-first-timeyoutubeButtonHelp us, help you.!!! Click the youtube button for video lessons.

 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.

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