Friday, 29 April 2016

4 Mistakes Not to Make during Your Driving Test

Driving tests are often more about avoiding mistakes than showing off your driving skills. Just focus on avoiding driving errors and you should be fine. To help you through this process, here is a list of mistakes not to make during your driving test. Keep them in mind, and they will help you to get your license.

Failure to Observe Junctions

This is a common mistake new drivers often make, and it usually results from feelings of uncertainty whilst in the middle of a junction. Some drivers just feel that they might make a mistake while they're at a junction, so they try to move on as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this can be a mistake. When you're at a junction, you should always check both direction and take the time to plan your next move. This way, you will be able to avoid unnecessary mistakes.

Incorrect Use of Signals

Forgetting the correct signals, providing misleading signals as well as forgetting to cancel signals can cause you to fail your driving test. Signals are one of most basic aspects of driving, which means that the sooner you master them, the sooner you'll become a licensed motorist.

Inappropriate Speed

Most people who take driving exams drive too slowly because they fear that too much acceleration will cause them to fail. This is a mistake. When driving a car, it's important to drive at just the right speed. Remember, driving requires a certain amount of speed, and you should maintain that speed if you intend to pass your test.

Incorrect Positioning On the Road

When taking a driving test, it's important to pay attention to your location. More importantly, try to maintain good discipline at roundabouts otherwise you'll end up too far into the road when going around a bend. Some people often lose their focus during these critical periods, and they end up making mistakes.

Best of luck!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Failed your driving test? Heres what to do next

It’s that awful moment, your driving test officer tells you that you have failed your test. Disappointment runs through your body. After you get out of the car you start you wonder, what are my options? Here’s a rundown of what to do next.

Don’t panic

Firstly, don’t panic and don’t worry too much about it. Lots of people fail their driving test and the worst thing that can happen is that the disappointment leads to further failures. You now have an advantage, you’ve experienced it, you know exactly what it’s like to take your driving test and whether you realise it or not, next time you will be more prepared, mentally. You know what you did wrong and you know what you have to do right. So relax.

Book your next driving lesson

It’s not advisable to take another test straight away, book another driving lesson with your instructor and work through the things that caused you to fail. Your instructor will be more than happy to help and won’t be overly disappointed, they may however feel slightly responsible and will want to help you pass more than ever before. Talk to your instructor and take some more lessons before re-taking your test.

Pick a date for your driving test

Finally, pick a date for your next driving test, a workable, easy to work towards date that gives you some extra lessons. Sometimes driving tests need to be booked weeks in advance so its best to book it as soon as possible.


The final word

It’s not the end of the world when you fail your driving test, you may need to discuss anxiety if this was one of the reasons though, it’s best to keep calm and talk about your nerves if you or your driving instructor think this was one of the issues. Anxiety affects a lot of people and it’s much better to talk about it and deal with it head on. Good luck!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Top tips for driving at night

Driving at night can be peaceful and relaxing while you stare into the darkness and at the bright lights of the towns and cities around you as well as the bright lights of the road ahead. Driving at night however can also be very dangerous, there may be fewer drivers on the road but there are some really dangerous drivers around on a night, in addition to all of the usual hazards that come with doing anything in the dark. Here are our top 5 tips on driving at night.

Watch out for animals

This is an especially relevant tip if you are driving along small, quiet or country roads. Animals tend to be on roads more at night, mainly because some animals come out at night or it’s simply quieter. But a great tip is to look for animals eyes, your headlights will shine in their eyes. Hitting an animal can be a disaster for your car, but remember not to break too heavily if you think you’re going to hit an animal just in case there is a car behind, it’s worse if they go into the back of you.

Don’t lose concentration

It’s not a good idea to stare into a particular place or into car lights ahead, it’s generally a bad idea to fixate on something, stare at something for a long time or get distracted because you need to be more concentrated than ever before.

Use your fog lights

When it's pitch black and there is no one around, as well as there being no street lighting, it’s advised to use your fog lights, this will help you see the road much more clearly and help you see bends and hazards ahead. Remember not to blind any drivers though.

Clean your windows and mirrors

Give your windows and mirrors a good clean so you can see very clearly, it your windows and mirrors aren’t helping you much during the day, they are going to help you even less at night.

Look after your eyes

Make sure your eyes are in great condition, get your eyes tested regularly. Clear vision means less problems when driving, especially at night. If you need to wear glasses it’s advisable to wear them.

It’s all about keeping you, your passengers, other drivers and pedestrians safe - night time driving can be great, so stay focused and enjoy it.