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Next time you think it doesn’t matter if you drive at 60mph+ in a 40mph zone, or you see no point in the 30mph limit where you are driving, please ask yourself the ‘What if…?’ question:
What if a pedestrian is crossing the road just beyond this bend?
What if a child runs out from a driveway?
What if that emerging car stalls?
What if there is a dog walker/horse rider/child/cyclist around the bend on this narrow country road?
What if there is a vehicle coming towards me around this bend on this single track road? (Each travelling at 30mph = 60mph crash!).
Defensive drivers understand ‘What if…?’ Do you?
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Consider the following statements concerning CPD:
- I don’t have time to do CPD
- CPD costs too much
- All courses are too far away
- I can’t give up a day of driving lessons
- CPD doesn’t help me earn more money
- I’ve been doing this job for years so why should I change now?
- I know everything I need to know to teach learner drivers
How many of these statements apply to you? Would you like to do more but time/cost/distance all get in the way?
Do you find you really don’t know what courses to do? Don’t know who delivers the best training?
Don’t know if it’s worth your while doing a BTEC course, or even if you’d cope with such a course?
Attended a few workshops or training days in the past, but found they added nothing to your business?
You’d be happy to read a bit more, but don’t know where to find topics of interest to you?
You’d like to interact with other ADIs, but don’t always find Facebook appropriate?
No doubt you could add many more to this list.
So, what then is The Dile?
Put simply, it’s learning online, sharing knowledge and resources, meeting the experts in driver training and in business. Learning how to run your driving school like a well-oiled machine! Learning new skills so you can deliver (even) better driving lessons! Understand client-centred teaching, because you’ll need to demonstrate proficiency in this in your check tests post April 2014. Meet the trainers who’ll help you get that grade 5 or 6. Find out how to use social media for business. And much much more!
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When you look at this image, and see all those red triangles (fatalities) and blue squares (serious injuries), what do you think about? Personally I think of all those families affected by these tragedies. In the latest crash there was an additional fatality, not involved in the crash itself, because the partner of the dead woman collapsed and died from a heart attack the following day! The human cost of these crashes is horrific! And there is a financial cost too, that must be bourne by the emergency services, employers, and ultimately the economy. But no price can be put on the human suffering which will be felt for many years, a lifetime for the families involved!
So, I am in total agreement for the upgrading of this stretch of single carriageway to dual; any road improvements which can be carried out to improve safety are to be welcomed, and should be lobbied for. However, road improvements alone will never solve the problem, but the thing that will do so, in conjunction with these road improvements, is the very thing the motoring public would shout loudly against, and that is regular refresher training for ALL drivers, every 10yrs on renewal of photo licence, with a suitably qualified driver trainer. This should be someone who has received further training since becoming an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor), both in their driving skills, which must be at the very highest level, and in their coaching techniques, because no qualified driver wants to be treated like a learner! And when these drivers reach old age, I firmly believe we will see a drastic reduction in crashes associated with elderly drivers. Put quite simply, if you have poor driving skills before you reach 70, you can be sure those will get worse in old age! Develop good driving skills throughout your driving lifetime, then you stand a much better chance of retaining your independence long into your dotage!
Please do comment on this post as a lively debate would be most welcome!
How well do you use your eyes when driving?
As a learner driver, you actually need to be taught how to use your eyes. How wierd is that?
Take a peep at the following tips and see how many of these you are already aware of:
Aim your eyes high:
To see as far ahead as possible, you need to aim your eyes high, so think of them like headlights, on main beam not dipped. Our eyes are used to looking lower down when we’re walking, so when you first start to learn to drive, you need to practise focusing your eyes much higher than your brain is used to doing. In fact a large percentage of qualified drivers need to do so too!
Look at what you want to hit:
If you don’t want to hit it, don’t look at it! What should you look at? The space where you want your car to go. Going through a narrow gap, keep focused on the road ahead where you want to go; in a multi-storey car park, negotiating the ramp between floors, look into the space ahead not at the wall or railings to the side. Turning into a side road, look as early as possible into the road, and, as you make the turn, avoid looking at the corner pavement, kerb, wall, hedge etc, but focus your eyes well up into the road ahead.
Keep your eyes moving:
Scan the scene so that your eyes move out far ahead, then bring them back towards your car, like reeling in a fishing rod, into the rear-view mirror, then out ahead again. Let your eyes scan the scene from side to side, like sitting a bit close to a cinema screen, so you spot things to the sides. And remember to blink! Heavy concentration makes the brain stare, or fixate, which prevents blinking, leading to dry eye, which then makes you feel tired! Gosh, so many connections!
I’m sure these are things about learning to drive you just wouldn’t even have thought about. And there’s more! But I’ll save that for another post.
Take care (of your eyes)
I recently received the following post concerning the effects of the driver’s airbag deploying in an accident. The content is very interesting and raises a few questions concerning the danger of mud, distractions, journey planning and the lack of knowledge re airbags in the car.
When airbags go off bang!
Last year I had an accident in which my airbag went off. It was not at all how I had expected it to be and it would have been very helpful to have had a bit of prior knowledge, which is what I am hoping to impart to you. Knowing this would definitely have reduced the scariness of the incident.
So, let’s set the scene……it was a dark, very cold, January night and I was driving on a little back road from Harleston to Hempnall, on the way to Norwich to go and pick up resources from the Millenium library for the following day’s training. I was then collecting a band member to go to a Slow Gin (our blues band) rehearsal. Time was tight. I normally drove an old 2 seater with very low suspension, which hugged the road like it had just met it again after a very long time. Cornering was its special delight! (Jackie – in good, dry conditions!) But because of picking up boxes of books, a guitarist and two guitars I was driving our Peugeot 307 which was more skittish on corners particularly if you had forgotten which car you were driving, and were listening to a song, and were learning it at the same time……..you know what is going to happen, don’t you?! (New drivers, this is not an example of safety!)
I was on a section of road which the farmer, whose land it runs through, told me is on the border of two parish councils who disagreed whose responsibility it was, and so it never gets resurfaced. There are always accidents here, he told me cheerfully whilst I picked up various missed oddments of art materials which had flown out from my boot and were still in the ditch. But back to the night…..
As I went around the corner I noticed that I was taking it slightly too wide and then I lost control of the car (ice on the unsurfaced road?) Jackie – no, not ice, it was mud on the road!
and headed for what looked like a tree…. This is a country road where there was no lighting, but there did appear to be a lot of foliage, and then the most enormous bang happened with a bright orange flash and everything went black. When I came to, I was very confused, not helped by the fact that it HAD been a small tree and the car was on its side and I was in its uppermost branches.
I couldn’t remember which car I was in, but whichever it was, there was a very strong smell of burning; I did recall a bright orange flash and the car appeared to be filling with smoke, although I could not see any flames or smell petrol.
So, facts about air bags…..they are packed in dust, when they open the dust fills your car….if it is dark and you are disorientated this is VERY easily mistaken for smoke. They also open with an explosive charge which is VERY loud and if you are close to the wheel can burn either you or your clothes. I had singeing all up the sleeve of the coat I had only made 3 weeks before, that was what I could smell. (Husband has just told me that they need the explosives to deploy the airbag to fill the space….I take his word that it has to be quite so violent as he is a military historian!)
I did not know either of these facts and had a few moments of cold fear, thinking that my car was alight and I was going to perish for lack of working out how to get out of it. Me to brain: “How do I open the windows on the bottom side to get out, which I need to do very urgently?” Brain to me: “Good Lord, I never did know such foolish information! But I do remember which verse you were singing when this strangeness happened!” Adrenalin does strange things to your brain, and thinking this might be the end of you definitely gets the old adrenalin running. However, I say this in favour of adrenalin, it completely blocks any pain and gives you the ability to slalom through the back window, which a kindly man has just bashed in with his handy sledgehammer, as if you were in the Olympics gymnastics team. Hurrah!
Feeling that scared also alters your sense of perception, so I phoned my dear one and told him that I had come off the road and was in a field. What a lovely safe place to be! He was somewhat alarmed, therefore, to notice a blue glow in the sky approaching my approximate location and to round the corner and see two fire engines, a police car, an ambulance and my car on its side up a tree and over a four foot ditch. I would have been too, as I was convinced that I had driven off the road into a field!
To end on a humorous note…..the training I was due to deliver the following day was ‘Physicality, Sensuality and Sexuality’, a course for staff about sexuality and relationships for people with learning difficulties. After I had been borne off in the ambulance for neck x-rays, my husband stayed with the firemen who were retrieving and righting the car. Of course lots of the resources had moved from the boot to the inside of the car and out the open window. Amongst these were the aforementioned art materials used in other courses. My husband told the firemen that I had sexuality resources in the car and not to be too shocked. One young firemen picked up a large container of silver sparkles (art materials) and asked him what this was used for, vis-a- vis sexuality, at which my droll husband drew him aside and said quietly, “Oh, don’t you know? Ask the other lads to tell you when you go for a drink when you are off duty!” and came to the hospital tee-heeing all the way!
PS. I never learn songs whilst driving now, it takes up too much of my poor challenged brain and definitely affects concentration …..and I apologise to the tree every time I pass it. It has never quite recovered, although fortunately I pretty much have.
Zoë Grace Cozens www.leapfrogtraining.co.uk
So what can you learn from this sorry tale?
- Airbags save lives but they are not without danger themselves! Zoe Grace fortunately only had her coat sleeve singed but it could have been much worse. People can sustain quite serious injuries from the deployment of an airbag if they position themselves too close to the steering wheel. Your body should be at least 25cm from the steering wheel. By coincidence I was asked today about airbags when pregnant. The advice I gave was that the airbag will prevent serious injury, but that the pregnant woman should measure the 25cm from her bump. If it makes reaching the controls impossible, then perhaps she should consider not driving when this stage is reached. I am not an expert on this so any advice from someone with more knowledge would be appreciated.
- Mud is very slippery! You should take as much care driving on mud as you would do on ice! Why do you think Zoe Grace found she was taking the corner wide? Her speed into the bend, which may well have been slow but certainly not slow enough, meant that the car was not able to turn on the slippery mud, and so she ended up against a tree!
The driver of this car, fortunately with no tree to hit, also failed to comprehend the significance of the sign next to where his car ended up! Notice this too happened on a bend.
Slippery surfaces and bends are a recipe for disaster!
As Zoe Grace says at the end, she was distracted – by the reason for her journey (“time was tight”) as well as by the song she was singing and the words she was trying to learn at the same time! Driving requires your full attention, at any time, but especially on rural roads in bad road and weather conditions!
Look for the clues, in this case:
- Time of year – winter so likely to have been wet, maybe even icy!
- Time of day – it’s dark, rural so no lighting; there could suddenly be an animal, fox or deer maybe, in your path, and unseen dangers on the road surface such as thick mud.
- Location: it’s rural Norfolk and runs through farmland so even higher chance of mud on the road surface!
A final word:
Plan your journeys. Consider the time of day and time of year when selecting your route. This particular road may well have been a shortcut, reasonably familiar to Zoe Grace, but just like the forest at night, in all the best horror movies, takes on a very sinister character at night in winter! My advice in these circumstances is to choose the open main routes, even if that means a slightly longer journey.
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Flat, clear, open rural road in Norfolk, national speed limit, learner driver ahead slows down then brakes, not hard, but keeps brakes on to slow the car much more. Traffic isn’t heavy, and the learner has happily been travelling at 50mph, not up to the limit, but an acceptable speed. So why has this driver slowed down?
Well, I would hope most drivers would ask that question, and take a moment or two to look for the reason, before finally deciding it’s safe to overtake. Not so the 2 cars that overtook us today! One can only assume it was the sight of the obvious learner car that caused them both to overtake. One was dangerous enough, but two…? It beggars belief!
So just why did my learner slow down so much, on such a clear road for no obvious reason? Well, further ahead, the learner had spotted 2 horse riders emerging from a junction on the left to cross into the junction on the right. There was a clear warning sign of the crossroads, and this is a rural area, so a moment’s thought from these 2 drivers would have been a sensible thing to do. But no, first one overtook at speed, I would say at the limit of 60mph, an act which horrified us both, but then along came the 2nd, at an even faster speed! Thankfully both horse riders got safely across, but not without one of the horses becoming agitated and difficult for his rider to control!
So please, don’t just think bike, think horses too! Look for the clues – warning signs, horses in the fields, fresh horse manure on the road, the horse rider may be just up ahead, even old horse manure, clearly left there for some time, is a clear indication that horse riders use the road.
But, most importantly, if a driver, any driver, even a learner driver, slows down for no apparent reason on a clear road, then take another look and you may well spot the reason for the driver’s action! Think of the consequences first, before you blindly overtake and drive headlong into disaster.
Having just read on a driving instructor’s website that there will soon be retesting for elderly drivers, I felt it important to reassure any older drivers who may have read this, or any similar inaccurate information, that retesting for elderly drivers is NOT on the agenda, either now or in the foreseeable future. This post on the AA website, Ten tips to help if you’re worried about an older driver, clearly explains why this will not happen.
If, however, you feel it would be right either for yourself, or an elderly relative, to have a driving assessment with a qualified driving instructor, then that is most definitely a good idea. In fact, it is a very good idea for any driver, no matter their age! So please do contact me if you live in the Norfolk area and I will happily give you a driving assessment. One thing the assessment is most likely to do for you is to save you money! Now isn’t that a good reason for taking an assessment?
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How to save money on your driving lessons.
(The secret your friends don’t know – shhhhh!)
How much are your driving lessons?
Is this the question you ask?
So what do you do with the answer? Ring round and choose the cheapest?
Well what else can you do if this is the question you ask first? You’re choosing on price, right?
You are asking how much you’ll have to pay per hour. That is all!
So, you decide to go with the instructor charging £15. After all, that’s much more than you earn per hour, and it seems a reasonable amount to pay. Besides, the guy is really busy, teaching from early in the morning to well into the evening, so he can find a time to suit you, weekends included! You book 2hrs once a week, on your day off, and excitedly look forward to your first lesson.
First couple of lessons go well, then on the 3rd he’s 20mins late and he failed to let you know!
Following week he cancels as he has a driving test – well that is to be expected from such a busy instructor.
All goes well for the next couple of lessons, but on the next one he fails to turn up! What is going on?
Full of apologies he tells you a sad story so you are understanding.
Your lessons continue, but he starts shouting at you when you get things wrong! You just don’t seem to be able to get the hang of what he’s telling you, so after several lessons that nearly have you in tears, you decide to quit.
You managed to pass your theory test on the 3rd attempt, after spending more money on a DVD to help you!
In total you’ve spent £300 on 10 lessons (which is 20hrs, remember!) and you’re now a ‘nervous driver’! Plus you spent £93 on your 3 theory tests, and the certificate only lasts for 2yrs! The DVD cost £12 so total spent was £405! Oh dear, the chocolate bars effect really didn’t last long!
So, you decide to go with the instructor charging £30. By far the most expensive in the area, but you know from experience you get what you pay for.
First lesson he tells you that you get 2hrs for the price of 1hr because this is an assessment lesson – your instructor will assess your needs, your aptitude, your learning style amd your attitude to driving. You will assess whether or not you feel comfortable with this person and whether or not you like the way they teach you.
At the end of this lesson you feel very comfortable because the instructor really seems to understand you, you just ‘click’. He asks you for your opinions on how well you think you’ve done! He asks you to decide what goals you’d like to set yourself for the next lesson! He even asked you what goal you’d set for yourself for passing your driving test! You had a pleasant chat about that and decided around 4 months was reasonable, but that this goal could be re-evaluated regularly.
You decide to continue with this instructor so he offers you a block of 10hrs for £280 and you accept.
The next lesson, your instructor comes armed with a folder from his driving school, full of information about learning to drive, the theory test and the practical test, even tips for when you’ve passed your test! There’s some leafllets about insurance (you didn’t realise you could get insurance for yourself, on a vehicle you will practise in between lessons, without affecting the car owner’s insurance! Your parents will be pleased!). The instructor tells you he will sign you up with a website where you can learn for your theory test, so you don’t need to buy anything, and you can also learn more about driving on the site as there are videos to help you learn. Gosh, all this as part of the lesson fee you pay!
Well, the rest of the lessons go really well and, with some help and advice from your instructor, you pass your theory test first time and book your driving test for a month later. By this time you are having private practice with your mum, and whenever you can you watch these videos your instructor has recommended, as well as learning from the e-learning site your instructor signed you up to. In fact, you soon realise you are learning an awful lot between lessons, not just on the driving lessons themselves! So this is how you save money on driving lessons!!
And guess what? You pass your test first time! Total cost of your driving lessons? £840. With your theory and driving test fees, the total came to £933. Spread over 4 months and it comes to £233.25 per month!
And now you have your driving licence for life, and you love driving! You also understand how to be a safe and responsible driver, whilst making progress at the same time! In fact your mates say ‘you don’t hang around’! (But this is the secret you keep to yourself!) And you can be sure, like the fruit, the effects of these driving lessons will stay with you, and help to keep you safe, for life!
So, which of the ‘sliding doors‘ (great film, by-the-way!) will you choose? Will you choose the chocolate bars or the fruit?
Would you rather waste £405, and become a nervous driver (choc bars!), or spend £933 and end up with a driving licence (fruit!)?
It’s your choice!
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If you too find bright lights on vehicles blinding and distracting, please click the banner to visit the official Lightmare website and sign the petition.
Did you know that it is an offence to use lights which ‘dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users’ (Highway Code rule 114)? The use of high intensity lights which are incorrectly adjusted so as to cause dazzle, using spotlights when visibilty is greater than 100m, using rear fog lights in the same conditions, all are illegal. I would even suggest sitting with one’s foot on the brake pedal whilst stationary at traffic lights should also fall into this category; the brake light in the rear windscreen is high intensity and shines directly into the eyes of the driver behind. Drivers should apply the handbrake and select neutral when waiting at red lights.
Please pass this on to all your friends if you too are suffering from this ‘lightmare’ – you may even have stopped driving at night because of it! Together we can make a difference.
Driving is the ability to integrate safely with other road users:
- to complete your journey safely (the ultimate goal every time you drive)
- knowing the rules and playing by them (Highway Code)
- remaining vigilant to potential threats to your safety (hazard perception)
- continually making and modifying decisions (awareness and planning)
When teaching someone to drive, it is important that the learner driver is able to develop the ability to make independent decisions. When a learner is taught exclusively through instruction, a false perception of their actual ability to drive can be built up. This is because the learner is relying on the instructor to make all the decisions for them, so much so that they can, with a skilled instructor, ‘switch off’ their own brains!
Instructors may tell you that they use coaching through their question and answer technique (Q&A), but this is merely leading the learner by the hand to find the ‘right answer’. A driving ‘coach’ will help the learner to work out the solutions to all problems for themselves, which is the most effective way to learn. Of course, in the hectic environment of today’s busy roads, coaching is not always appropriate where safety could be compromised, and so some instruction must inevitably take place. But, as a basic principle of your learning, coaching techniques will be used.
So, what exactly will coaching mean for you? The following list will give you some idea of what you can expect in your lessons:
- You set the lesson goals in discussion with your instructor.
- You rate your own progress, identifying where you have done well and which areas you feel you need to improve. This is the skill of self-evaluation, a major life skill!
- You dictate the pace of your lessons, rather than your instructor.
- You will be given the opportunity to discover for yourself how to control the car in certain situations, including carrying out reversing manoeuvres.
- You will be asked to identify the root cause of any driving faults you make and how you think you could avoid making that fault in the future.
Because lessons will always take place in environments that match your ability, this method of learning will allow you to safely explore what works and what doesn’t for yourself.
If this way of learning sounds good to you, then please contact me now. You can use the form on the Contact Us page or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can call on any of the following numbers:
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