Stay within the speed limits and save a minimum of £100 and 3 points on your licence! Don't hurry... offer never ends.. not just for Black Friday!
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Stay within the speed limits and save a minimum of £100 and 3 points on your licence! Don't hurry... offer never ends.. not just for Black Friday!
Wrong answers only please!
If your instructor gives advice or makes a decision that you aren't happy with, the worst thing you can do is verbally attack or be rude ("chimp response" - "The Chimp Paradox" by Professor Steve Peters) as that will render the decision irreversible.
Take time to consider your response. Express your thoughts / feelings and desired outcome in a calm, thought out manner, and open a discussion.
*Pinched from elsewhere *
I don’t want to be a grass here, sorry if it comes across like that however…
I think the owner of this car needs to know it’s dog took the car off to McDonald’s drive throu the other day to get some food. I suspect he also took their bank card to pay to?
He drove really well and no issues with their driving but not sure if the insurance company would cover the dog driving 🤷♀️
Having fun drawing roads for my toy "teaching" cars
What your mind tells you on test day, and what you really need to do explained below.
On test day most learners believe they have to drive the most incredible drive..........WRONG!
What you actually need to do is drive the safest drive you've ever driven.
All examiners understand that until the full licence certificate is in your hand at the end of the test, you are by all accounts still a LEARNER! and that is why you are permitted up to 15 driver faults.
This does not mean we want you to use those 15 driver faults, we'd love to see you with NONE!
But, should you miss a mirror check, or forget to put a signal on etc, and this does not lead to any other road user being affected by it, then you'll receive a driver fault for each occurrence.
No more than 15 of these and you should pass.
If you create any dangerous or serious fault what so ever then it is an instant fail.
Therefore, get out there and driver HOW YOU'VE BEEN TAUGHT TO DRIVE, and don't do anything you've not done on your lessons and you're on a good path to a pass.
Use the test as an opportunity to show the examiner that you deserve a full licence and that you are safe to be on the road with other road users. An easy way to describe your drive it to imagine you've got your frail granny in the car and you want to give her the smoothest ride she'd ever had.
This doesn't mean you need to drive around like a snail, it means that braking is progressive and not flat-out hard smashing granny's face on the dashboard. It doesn't mean cornering into road like you're on the Nurburgring and granny flops from left to right in her seat as you take the corner, it doesn't mean as you move off you accelerate and put as much G force on granny into her seat that her skin looks like it did when she was 15!
It literally means that you are going to give the person sat in the passenger seat a smooth, relaxed comfortable drive from A-B, allowing them to feel calm and refreshed when they step out of the car at the end of the test. You want to ensure that you make informed judgment calls when turning into or emerging from junctions and stay in your lanes whilst traversing a roundabout. Slow down where circumstances require it and speed up when necessary to make progress when the situation changes.
Observations are key to having a great outcome on test day.
Don't overthink it and you'll be fine!
Sometimes it's more than the review... 🥰
Aw, a lovely review from Elise who passed yesterday and had a car delivered after her test! 🎉🎉🎉
Congratulations to Elise who passed her driving test 1st time at Lee on the solent with driving instructor Vikki
The road is only wide enough for one car, so you’ve instructed the oncoming car to come through even though it’s your right of way. They’ve accepted your courteousness and here they come, driving towards you. Any second now they’ll give you a little wave. Or maybe they’ll just lift a finger from the steering wheel. Perhaps they’ll give you a full palm, or a simple nod, or the most confident show of appreciation: a quick flash of the lights. It doesn’t really matter, as long as they do something. They’re leaving it a bit last minute, aren’t they? At this rate they’ll be past you before they’ve even… NOTHING!!! THEY DID NOTHING!!! They stared straight ahead! Didn’t even look at you! The audacity. That’s the day ruined.
Don Mitchell urged younger drivers to always stick to the speed limits
Don't judge me
If only I had thought of that 🤔🤔🤔
A driving instructor has shared his genius trick for learning how to reverse a car into a parking bay perfectly every time using helpful reference points in the vehicle
A very kind review from a very happy pupil. Thanks so much Rumi
These last minute lane changes happen all of the time locally and at high speed...there really is no excuse - lanes are signposted and marked on the road - it is poor preplanning that is putting many lives at risk
A car ploughed into road barriers in Southampton after switching lanes at the last minute.
Know the safety features in a car and be mindful of them as a driver and a passenger...driver’s, make sure your passengers travel responsibly
A good instructor will plan your lessons WITH you, involve you in YOUR learning, adapt to your NEEDS, and work to develop your understanding in what you are doing.
You cannot, and should not, fast track learning to drive....
Although, on your driving lessons you will be taught these so they don't have to!
Thanks to Kiah for my 5* review...it was a pleasure
Vikki is a lovely person and an amazing instructor! I couldn't recommend learning to drive with vikki enough as she will always go that extra mile to help you achieve your goal. I was very anxious to even sit in the driver seat and now, with the help and guidance of Vikki I feel like a completely different person and have a whole new positive outlook on driving. She was able to help me build my confidence and pass my test, which is something that before I met Vikki I couldn't even envisage doing. I recommend filling in your progress tracker and watching any of the resources from YouTube provided on the total drive app as that extra bit of homework really helps you pass quicker and gives you better knowledge. Vikki also provided us with some great podcasts for people who feel anxious, and these really motivated me. Lots of instructors out there might be purely focused on making sure you can only pass a driving test and do not provide you with the skills to drive on many different roads or areas other than the test route. This is differently not the case with Vikki. It was clear to me that she cared about helping me become a safe and independent driver who could confidently drive with or without her in any location. For example i was nervous about multistorey car parks and filling up with petrol so these are things that we practiced together, they are not on the test but they are valuable life skills thats I will forever be appreciative of. If you are someone who is thinking about learning to drive or someone who has had a break and wants to start again, do not hesitate to start your journey to being a driver with Vikki.
A couple of spaces now available due to test passes - weekdays only. Please share
I am absolutely incensed. We have a neighbour in our road who has zero regard for anyone in the road. Frequently leathers it down a no-through roads at speeds well exceeding, by our estimate, 40mph. My son and his girlfriend had just gotten into their car and I had just put finished putting the bins out when he haired it past, covering us with dust. Thank god noone stepped out as they would not be here now.
So when you leave your vehicle at night and go into your abode, having broken speed limits, cut corners, jumped reds, lane hopped with no indication (I could go on)...give some thought to the "what ifs"...one day you, or someone else, might not be here to "think" at all!
Stolen (and edited)
When I teach you to drive on today's roads, I am not just getting you test ready.
Test ready is the final stage in preparing you for today's roads.
As an advocate for safer roads, I feel obliged to discuss good and bad driving examples by other road users.
By having these discussions with you, I am preparing you for the "REAL THINGS" that you WILL experience on the roads every day of the week once you have passed your test.
There are just too many incidents where poor driving happens EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.
If we do not have these discussions I am doing you a disservice and you WILL NOT be prepared for today's roads once you pass your test. You will in turn, as your experience grows, know what types of vehicles to look out for, what tends to happen more often than not at particular types of junctions, and certain risks that certain road users may take on a regular basis.
When we complete the driving syllabus and you ask me: Am I ready for my driving test?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
Let me let you answer that for yourself.
Do you ask me the following?
What lane should I be in?
What's the speed limit here?
What mirrors should I be checking?
Is it safe for me to go?
Who has priority here?
Do I need to signal?
What does this button do?
How do I check the tyre condition?
How do I start the engine?
Why do I keep stalling?
What is a limit point?
What is Tyres and Tarmac?
Safe following distance, what's that?
Why do I need to stop?
Can I go?
Where are the lights?
How do I wash the rear or front screens?
What's a rear demister?
How do I put the air con on?
Should I use the handbrake?
Are you doing or know fully about the following:
Applying the parking brake?
Are you turning on the wipers and lights when it's raining?
Do you demist the window without being reminded?
Are you checking your mirrors as a final check before turning into junctions?
Do you check to the left when exiting a roundabout?
Are you cutting corners when turning into roads?
Are you driving with just one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on your lap?
Do you regularly check your rearview mirror whilst generally driving along the road?
Do you check your door mirrors before moving off from traffic lights or after waiting at a junction for some time?
Do you slow down where space is restricted?
Do you still need me to touch the steering wheel because you are just about to annihilate my alloy wheels with the kerb?
Do I ever have to use the dual controls to stop you because you missed something?
Do you plan ahead and anticipate traffic flow, traffic lights, junctions coming up, pedestrians crossing, and cyclists?
Can you drive safely at night?
Can you drive safely in all weather conditions?
Can you drive with distractions such as loud music or people talking?
Can you follow another vehicle to a destination without breaking the law?
Can you drive outside of your local area?
Do you know where to stop at a safe, legal, and convenient position?
Do you know about the Hierarchy of road users?
Do you know the law on mobile phone use?
Do you know the legal limits surrounding drug or drink use?
Do you know about the Dutch reach and why we use it?
Are you aware of the laws surrounding the drivers' responsibility with regard to seatbelt use?
Where should your headrest be positioned and why?
When would it be illegal to be using your rear fog lights?
Do you know how much space you should be left between you and a cyclist at speeds over 30mph?
What about your speed and clearance when passing a horse and rider?
Do you know how to successfully manipulate the gas and brake pedal to enable smooth acceleration and braking as appropriate?
Do you check danger sides for long enough to engage with what you are seeing and make accurate informed decisions?
These are just a fraction of the things YOU need to know about and be able to perform without any doubt.
If you can say yes to all of these, then you may well be ready....if the answer is no, help yourself by taking the focus off of a test date, and working on the areas of need that you still have.....you will spend a lot of years driving once you have your licence so let's make those years SAFE ONES
Is this enough of a deterrent for exceeding a speed limit by 21mph? Thoughts?
Really interesting read...
The behaviour of speeding drivers. An overview of what psychology says that might be going on in the mind and helping pupils understand how they might be drawn into unsafe practices.
1) Risk-taking behaviour: Some individuals may derive thrill and excitement from risk-taking behaviour, such as speeding. Speeding can be seen as a form of risk-taking behaviour that has the potential for both positive outcomes (reaching the destination faster, feeling exhilaration) and negative consequences (accidents, fines).
2) Illusion of control: This is the tendency for people to overestimate their ability to control events. Some drivers may believe they have superior skills or control over their vehicles, thus believing they can safely handle high-speed situations.
3) Territoriality: In psychology, territoriality refers to the need to claim a space as one's own. On the road, a driver might view the space in front of them as "their" territory and may feel compelled to fill it to maintain control over their perceived territory.
4) Social Comparison Theory: This theory proposes that individuals determine their own social and personal worth based on how they stack up against others. If a driver perceives others around them as going faster, they might speed up to 'keep up' with the flow or even to 'outrun' others.
5) Optimism bias: This is the belief that oneself is at lesser risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others. Even with the knowledge of the dangers of speeding, some drivers may think that they are less likely to get into an accident.
6) Impulsivity: Some drivers may speed simply due to impulsive behaviour, which is often linked to seeking immediate gratification without considering the potential consequences.
7) Time urgency: This is a chronic feeling that time is always running out, making people rush and hurry. Drivers may speed to compensate for running late or due to an inherent need to always be fast.
It's important to note that these are possibilities and not all speeding drivers will have these motivations ..
Polite notice to learners looking for an instructor (pinched another instructor)
The market is flooded with learners waiting for a test.
The market is flooded for learners looking for an instructor.
Instructors generally have waiting lists with occasional gaps after test passes.
So, those of you looking for an instructor please bear in mind the following.
A good 90% of Instructors in the local area all know each other. They are possibly all on a private local instructors group which talk to each other as well.
If you book an instructor and let them down with no notice or are a bad payer it is highly possible ALL the instructors will become aware of this and your name will become known as a "risk client ". The liklihood of you then getting another local instructor is going to be extremely slim.
Driving instructors are self employed, hundreds of learners are looking for lessons and instructors will 100% frown on taking on a "risk client" when they can easily take on a reliable, keen, paying client. If you mess them around they don't earn a living so are not going to be impressed.
Mess them about, don't expect to find another one quickly.
You have been warned.
Cause of accident - a driver preoccupied with their mobile photo 🤷♀️
Spaces within the next couple of weeks- get in touch to snap one up!
It breaks my heart that full licence holders are out there being so reckless...
Watching Scarlett's Driving School...very enlightening
What a great idea lol 😂
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