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Why Learner Drivers go slow !

Why Learner Drivers go slow !

When was the last time you got “STUCK BEHIND A LEARNER DRIVER” ! How did you deal with it, with patience ? Or did you get agitated ? Unfortunately most people will have answered with the latter.

Lets relate “learning to drive” with “learning a new language” – Will you be fluent and happy to mingle with the locals when you go abroad ? Or will you be nervous and worried about pronouncing something wrong ? Well thats just how a learner driver feels when they are out on the open road. Unlike learning a new language,  where you can practice in private – you have to learn on the open road, which can be scary (A bit like going into a busy city abroad and needing directions but nobody speaks English).

When learning to drive, all the natural mirror use, gears, observations that you take for granted are not in the learner drivers muscle memory, so they have to think about each stage seperatley, you know like, when you try and speak your new language and you have to speak a whole lot slower than the locals.

I hope you’ve found this useful – but please be a little more patient when you are “stuck behind a learner.

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How to choose the right instructor for you

How to Choose the right driving instructor for you ?

Did you know every driving instructor is different ?

Did you know every driving instructor has the same goal ?….. (You passing your driving test.

It really is so important that you find the right instructor for you ? You need to find one that suits your learning style, personality and your actual learning style. Do you know what your learning style is ? Are you a note taker, do you like to watch and copy or maybe you just like being thrown in at the deep end and learn from making small mistakes. A good driving instructor will find this out and will adapt his or her method to suit yours,  remember its your lesson not there’s.

Four Tips to Finding the perfect driving instructor for you.

Tip #1
Check they are qualified to teach….

A green certificate in the windscreen is the sign of a fully qualified instructor

A pink certificate in the windscreen means the instructor is still in training

No certificate displayed ILLEGAL INSTRUCTOR !!!! WALKAWAY Do not under any circumstances give them any money.

Tip #2

Try and find some reviews from “passed” pupils. Also look for a variety of people and find one that tells a similar story to yours. (You can view ours below)

https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/bury/business-guide/feature/gdt-/reviews/

Tip #3

Don’t necesseraley choose your instructor on price alone. The cheapest may not be the best instructor for you, and neither could the most expensive.

Tip #4 Shop around if you find an offer that seems too good to be true, then you wll need to check the snall print. (Watch the video, and Graham will tell you the main one to be careful of)

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Emergency ! Blue Lights What to do !

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE EMERGENCY SERVICES

 How to deal with the Emergency Services

This can be nerve wracking to new and experienced drivers alike, when you hear the sirens or see the lights, and there are a few simple things you can do to make everything work smoothly for yourself and the emergency vehicle.

Remember what the Highway Code advises:

Rule 194: Emergency vehicles. You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police or other emergency vehicles flashing blue, red or green lights, headlights or sirens. When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of the emergency vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but do not endanger other road users.

‘You should look and listen’

This is something that you are expected to do all the time, your Look Assess Decide Act routine should be happening every moment you are in charge of your vehicle. However, distractions from passengers, radios and the like may mean that you do not notice things as early as you should. Be aware of these distractions. If you like loud music, increase your observations – don’t let yourself drive on autopilot – being surprised by something, especially an emergency vehicle, means that you have let your concentration slip. Bear in mind that speeds above 45 mph may mean you cannot hear an approaching siren from behind simply due to road and engine noise.

[sociallocker] ‘do not panic’

Easy to say, but not so easy to do. The simplest way of avoiding panic is to be aware of what is happening early, so that you can start planning. Assess the situation, and decide on the best course of action early, you will be able to put it into action smoothly and safely if you start working before you become a hazard to the emergency vehicle.


‘Consider the route of the emergency vehicle’

You may hear the sirens before you see the vehicle, and though advances in sirens do help you to work out which direction the vehicle is approaching from, in built up areas this is not always possible. Keep looking all around, including your mirrors. At this point, remember other drivers may be changing their own plans, be aware of other drivers slowing or pulling over ahead and behind you.

When you can see the vehicle, you need to assess it’s likely route. If you feel you may prove an obstacle to this route, you will need to plan your actions early, using the MSM routine.


‘take appropriate action to let it pass’

The easiest thing that you can do, as the highway code suggests, is to pull to the side of the road and stop. However, there are some situations where this is not possible. If there is no room for the vehicle to pass you, continue safely to the earliest place where you can pull over. Avoid pulling over opposite other obstructions as this will make the road narrower for the emergency vehicle.

If you are in a position to be easily overtaken, simply slowing down and moving over may be enough to allow the emergency vehicle safe passage, but be very careful – they have safety procedures to follow, and the safest vehicle to pass is one which is not moving.

If you are waiting at a junction and hear an emergency vehicle approaching, do not enter that junction. However if you are travelling toward a green traffic light and are entering the junction as you hear the siren don’t brake harshly, as the emergency vehicle going through a red light ‘should not’ put itself into your path until they can see that you have reacted to them.

If the emergency vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, assess whether it has a clear run through traffic, taking into account parked cars or moving traffic it may need to overtake. It may still be necessary to select a safe place to pull over using your MSM routine.


‘do not endanger other road users’

Do not panic
Do not drive onto the kerb or pavement
Do not proceed across a red traffic light
Do not stop on a road with a solid white centre line on your side
Do not alter your course or speed until you know where the emergency vehicle is coming from and going to
Do not stop opposite an obstruction making the road narrower
Do not move off again until you are certain there are no more emergency vehicles, and be very aware of following vehicles moving off and using this as a chance to overtake

Most importantly in all of this – keep your head, and try to be as little trouble to the emergency vehicle as possible, one day you may need their help yourself.

Quote from Met Police web site :

“Emergency vehicles. You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights, headlights or sirens. When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of the emergency vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but do not endanger other road users.

We would further add;

We do NOT expect you to risk damage to your tyres, wheels or steering by bumping up kerbs to make way for us.

We do NOT expect you to put yourself in danger by crossing red traffic lights to make way for us.

We do NOT expect you to risk road camera fines by, for example, moving in to bus lanes during hours of operation to make way for us.

We would however, appreciate your co-operation by looking well ahead and choosing sensible places to pull over. If possible avoid stopping before bends, brows of hills or narrow sections of roads where we may have difficulty passing”

http://www.met.police.uk/mpds/advice.htm

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Bury Driving Instructor Graham Evans

What its really like on a lesson with Graham

An independent view of a Bury Driving Lesson

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Driving lessons can come in many guises depending on the type of instructor you choose. There can be those who are quite military in style where everything is do as I say and there are some that are quite easy going. Which of these types of instructor is best for you, well that’s down to how you learn and what you personally want from your instructor. There really is nothing wrong with either style.

What we have done though is made ourselves open to critique and asked an independent “passenger” to sit in the back of one of our lessons and ask them to write about what they saw and there opinions on how our lessons are conducted.

“What Kathryn actually said A couple of weeks ago I sat with Graham Evans, owner of Get Driving Today.
We were discussing modern day driving and that he’s pretty much seen all that I could imagine (and more) on the roads
I’m always looking for new ways to write blogs from a different perspective……..” Read the full story here 

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