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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.


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?


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 .




Driving lessons/schools Nottingham.

21 Dec

Driving Lessons Nottingham

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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, 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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