A massive congratulations to Macauley who passed his driving test in Bury with GDT. Great to see family support on the return home. Stay safe, and dont forget those mirrors :>)
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I remember when Monopoly and Ludo were popular with kids on Autumn / Winter evenings. I certainly wouldnt recommend allowing your children to play this game DANGEROUS !!!!!
Strange how people drive in the snow !!! Take a look at this idiot overtaking in icy conditions, with another vehicle approaching.
Amazing what some people use their car for, even I am not sure if this is legal, it certainly should be !!!!
By far our most viewed video, with almost 1000 views on Youtube.
Regular mirror checks are essential for safe driving, imagine not seeing this guy as you think about overtaking a cyclist.
Watch closely as the speeding car approaches us on the wrong side of the road !!
Crazy “foreign” HGV driver with a double trailor undertakes us whilst on a driving lesson in Bolton
What single most part of the body is the most important when driving? Quite simply this award goes to the eyes. Just think about it, if you haven’t seen a hazard / road sign etc how can you expect your hands / feet to steer or brake to deal with it?
So taking in the short statement above why on earth do most drivers ignore the condition of their eyes and therefore put themselves and other road users in unnecessary danger?
When do most people start to worry about their eyes if driving isn’t the main priority?
Just how many people understand just how dangerous this could be when driving. Lets look at each of the above problems.
Struggling reading – If you struggle to read a book or newspaper when sitting comfortably in your living room, how can you expect to read a road sign travelling in excess of 30mph?
All of the main driving guidelines say you should take a break from driving after a couple of hours. However you are thinking of starting a journey, already at an alertness disadvantage.
How do you feel when you have a headache? irritable, tired, ? Ask yourself are these really the best personal conditions to start a journey from the driver seat.
History of the current driving eye sight check.
The current eye sight check for drivers has remained unchanged since its inception in the 1930′s. Ask yourself the following question, has driving changed since the 1930′s? I think you will find it most certainly has, we have more road signs to read, more drivers and other road users to identify and deal with. I wonder if the qualifying criteria for being a plumber, electrician, nurse or doctor has changed since the 1930′s.
FACT – If you are a class 2 driver PCV, LCV, HGV from the age of 45 you have to renew your licence (inclusive of eye site check and further medical) every 5 years up to the age of 65, where it is then renewable every year. However it is OK to transport your family, children, friends etc with just one check on the day you pass your driving test, which for some is over 50/60 years ago?
The DSA eye test is non-negotiable, even a letter from your optician stating that you have perfect eye sight will not overturn the examiners decision, if you can’t read that number plate, then that’s it test over and a “unsuccessful” driving test is recorded. What absolute and utter garbage that is, how does reading a number plate from a recognised distance really say your eye sight is good enough to drive? It’s a bit like saying if you can change a plug on a lamp or kettle that makes you a qualified electrician. Reading this next excerpt from “The Independent” proves that this part of the driving test is actually quite pointless and a more independent assessment is required.
David was an enthusiastic Motor Bike Rider aged just 24...
“Nothing in life prepares you for finding out that you are going blind. I had no idea there was any problem with my eyesight until I casually mentioned to my optician, at a routine sight test, that I struggle to see in the dark. She made a detailed examination of my eyes and said nothing, but I knew from the look on her face that she had seen something ominous. I was told to go back the following day for a visual fields test. This assesses peripheral vision, and involves staring at a central dot of light inside a darkened box and pressing a button each time you catch a glimpse of another dot of light, away from the centre point. I waited and waited, staring into blackness, detecting no flashes until the final stages of the test. My heart sank; I knew something was seriously wrong. The optician’s verdict began with those fateful words that only ever preface truly awful news: “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but…”
Sorry to tell me that my peripheral vision does not meet the standard required for driving. How did this happen? One minute, I’m happily reading the optician’s test chart to confirm, as usual, that my mild short-sightedness hasn’t got any worse, the next I’m losing my driving licence and my life is in disarray. It doesn’t get a lot worse than this, I thought. I was wrong. Full story here
Lets now take a look at your general health and well-being. As a driver has their been any changes in your health since you passed your driving test? For some this may be a matter of days, for others this could be many years. But think about it if you have passed your test over 10-15 years ago it is possible that some form of health problem has occurred and you have been to the doctor who has hopefully sorted it all out for you, so what about your eyes? Have they been checked ? Are they still good enough to pass the driving test standard ? If not WHY ARE YOU STILL DRIVING????
Heres a quick test : can you comfortably read the times on a bus lane sign (10 metres before you get to it) at 30mph? If not please think about getting your sight checked.
If reading the above has not convinced you to make an appointment with your local optician the least you can do is visit the web site below and check your own eye sight.
and……… if that was ok why not take the following test? Click here
In closing this article surely its time that all relevant authorities got together and came up with some plan to ensure that every driver on our roads is in good health and not just driving on instinct or because they have simply got by accident free for the past few years.
Just a really quick update. The bulk of the new web site is now online. However I am experiencing one or two issues, mainly due to speed etc. I am hoping it is an issue with the guys who host the site and not something I’ve done.
For those who have already seen the site, you will notice it now has a much cleaner, crisper and simplified look.
More updates soon
You will need to be able to demonstrate a safe and competant level of driving at all times. When you can confidently and consistently deal with all road and traffic conditions and complete each of the set piece manoeuvres first time, you are ready to take the driving test. Most importantly, you should be aware that you may pass the driving test! This means that you will be on your own from then on, no help or guidance from your driving instructor. When you feel confident to be able to do this – have a go.
What can you expect on the day?
Whether you go for the driving test in your driving instructor’s car or your own car, the driving test will be conducted in the same way.
First you will be asked for your documents by the driving test examiner – you will need your driving licence (with photo ID if you have an older driving licence) and you will need to present your theory test pass certificate.
Then you will be asked to sign a declaration form stating that the vehicle is insured for your use on the driving test. This should not be a problem if using a driving school car.
You will be asked to lead the way out to your car. You may ask for your driving instructor to accompany you if you wish.
Before you get into the car, you will be shown a registration number plate to read at about 20.5m (67ft). If you cannot read the number, the correct distance will be measured and you will be asked again. If you still cannot read the number, the test will have failed the driving test and you will need your eyesight tested.
You will then be asked two “Show me – Tell me” questions.
On successful completion of the show me tell me questions, the driving test examiner will invite you to make yourself comfortable in the car while he notes down the car’s registration number and checks the car’s roadworthiness.
Once the driving test examiner gets in the car, he/she will explain the rules of the driving test to you.
Basically, follow the road ahead unless road marking or signs direct your otherwise. If he/she wants you to turn off to the left or right, he/she will give you the direction in plenty of time. If you do not hear or do not understand the direction given, simply ask them to repeat it.
The driving test will last for approximately forty (40) minutes and will include the following conditions
Urban roads and back roads
Main roads possibly of a higher speed limit
Dual-carriageways up to national speed limit (70mph)
Country roads up to national speed limit (60mph)
You will only be expected to perform one (1) of the set piece manoeuvres on the test
Turn in the road (Three Point Turn)
Reverse into a limited opening on the left/right (Reverse around a corner)
Reverse Park – either in a car park into a parking bay or on the road behind a parked vehicle.
There is approximately a one in three chance of having to perform an emergency stop. This is NOT conducted on every driving test.
At several points during the driving test, you will be asked to park in a safe place and then simply pull away again. Possibly on a hill or from behind a stationary obstruction.
At some stage during the test the examiner will conduct a 10 minute session of Independent driving.They will ask you to either follow a series of directions or follow some road signs or a combination of both.
At the end of the driving test, the driving test examiner will ask you to switch off the engine and will then inform you as to your success or failure.
Regardless of pass or fail, the driving test examiner will ask you if you wish the driving faults to be explained. This is always a good idea, especially if you have not passed, but even if you pass this may still be some useful advice.
Another pass for GDT as Leanne Tonge (Swinton) passes her driving test first time with us at GDT. Since passing Leanne has also completed our Going Solo package, adding to the initial skills learnt before test.
Going Solo includes a minimum of 2 hrs motorway driving