Driving

  1. Comments Off on WHAT IS THE PASS PLUS COURSE AND WHY SHOULD I GO ON IT?

    Information taken from the Gov.uk website

    After you’ve worked so hard to learn how to drive, passed your theory test and passed your practical driving test your first thought probably isn’t ‘let’s go on another course and have another assessment’ but going on the Pass Plus course has its benefits!

     

    What is Pass Plus?

    Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least six hours. It’s for drivers who have already passed their initial driving test and want to improve their skills and drive more safely.

    Only a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor (ADI) can teach you and you’ll be pleased to know we’re all approved here at Road Masters!

    The Pass Plus course has six modules covering driving:

    • in town
    • in all weathers
    • on rural roads
    • at night
    • on dual carriageways
    • on motorways

     

    All modules are practical sessions; you’ll normally spend at least five and a half hours driving. There isn’t a test with the Pass Plus course (phew!) but you’ll be assessed throughout the course. To pass you’ll have to reach the required standard in all the modules.

     

    When can I go on the Pass Plus course?

    Anyone who has passed their practical driving test can go on the Pass Plus course although it’s probably most useful to new drivers in the first year after passing their test.

     

    Why should I go on a Pass Plus course?

    The main benefit of completing the Pass Plus course is the potential discount offered by car insurance companies. We all know how expensive insurance can be, especially for new drivers, so anything that can be done to reduce the cost is a positive!

    You’ll receive a certificate when you’ve completed the Pass Plus course and car insurance companies will want to see this certificate before giving you a discount.

    Even if you don’t think you’ll be insuring a car straight away after you’ve passed your practical driving test you may be able to put the discount on hold for up to two years. Each insurance company has a different policy, best to check with them direct.

     

    Please be aware that the amount of discount depends on the insurance company and not all insurers offer Pass Plus discounts. Also, as the Pass Plus course is primarily aimed at new drivers check with your insurance company if you can still get a discount if you passed your practical driving test more than a year ago.

     

    How much does the Pass Plus course cost?

    Here at Road Masters the full Pass Plus course costs £199. However, if you’ve already passed your initial practical driving test with us the costs is discounted to £175.

     

    If you’d like to book a Pass Plus course, or would just like more information, please contact us!

     

    All prices are correct at the time of publishing this Blog.

     

     

     

  2. Comments Off on Learner drivers now allowed on the motorway!

    Learner drivers on motorwaysAs of yesterday (4th June 2018) learner drivers of cars in England, Scotland and Wales can now drive on a motorway with an approved driving instructor!

    Here at Road Masters we’re based right next to the M5 so rest assured we’ll be taking advantage of the new rules to make sure that all of our learner drivers know how to use motorways safely. All of our students will be given motorway driving lessons prior to their test, although motorway driving itself doesn’t form part of the test.

    This won’t be tackled on lesson 1 though … it’ll be up to our fully qualified driving instructors to decide when our learner drivers are competent enough to drive on the motorway. Safety is always our priority and all lessons will be in our dual control vehicles.

    There are lots of different elements to driving on the motorway, learner drivers will now gain experience of:

    • joining and leaving the motorway
    • overtaking and using the lanes correctly
    • driving at higher speeds
    • motorway specific signs

    During the motorway lessons they’ll also be time to talk about the more practical parts of driving on a motorway, like what to do if you break down!

    Ultimately these changes will prepare drivers for a lifetime of safe driving and give them a broader experience before taking their test. Driving on the motorway forms a large part of daily life for many drivers and it can be a daunting thing if you’re inexperienced so these changes will help to improve confidence and understanding before drivers take their test.

     

    Is there anything other road users can do to help?

    If you see a learner driver on the motorway, as with any vehicle on the motorway, please keep a safe distance from them and increase the gap even further in wet, icy or foggy conditions.

    Also, (this goes for all learner drivers on any roads) please be patient, we were all learner drivers once! While drivers are learning they may not be as skilful in anticipating and responding to different road events.

     

    If you’ve already passed your driving test but don’t feel confident driving on a motorway we can help! As well as taking advantage of these new rules for learner drivers we can offer motorway specific driving lessons for drivers who have already passed their test.

    Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about our lessons and how we can get you motorway-ready!

  3. Comments Off on Are black boxes showing up your driving?

    Black boxesBlack boxes collecting data

    Black boxes, fitted by insurance companies are busy daily, collecting data which shows exactly how British motorists are driving. Billions of miles have been travelled by cars fitted with a telematics device over the last decade and they are gathering data on things like speed, cornering, braking and accelerating. The majority of black boxes are being used by new drivers in a bid to prove that they are sensible behind the wheel, thus reducing their insurance costs.

    “Real driving habits” of British motorists

    This data is being examined and some interesting facts about our driving habits are being recognised.  However, unsurprisingly to some, it has shown that 17-year-old drivers who have just started their driving experience are actually safer than 18 and 19-year-olds who have held their licenses for a bit longer.  These new drivers are are believed to be still getting used to driving and are more cautious, whereas those who are slightly older have had time to gain confidence which is why their driving deteriorates over the age of 18.

    Does this sound familiar? Don’t forget if you think you could do with some refresher Driving Lessons or some Motorway Driving Tuition then please get in touch.  Also is appears that those with a few years of driving experience are the worst speeding offenders, whereas 17-year-olds actually drive at a relatively modest speed.  Black boxes have also supported the myth that women drive more carefully, at lower speeds, and have fewer accidents than men.

    Interestingly, cars that have been involved in accidents have also been reviewed and it was found that a driver’s behaviour leading up to an accident is often erratic from the time they get in the car.  This suggests that in some cases, events before driving, like an argument or being late for an engagement could have a negative effect on their driving which results in them having an accident.

    We all could do with a reality check and a refresher, do get in touch if this is something you think would benefit your driving.

  4. Comments Off on Avoiding driving distractions

    driving distractionsThis subject, driving distractions, comes to the forefront far more as the days become shorter and more of us are driving in the dark.  Aside from the obvious darkness and having to use your lights to see and be seen, also you will tend to tire more quickly and could be dazzled by bright lights.

    While some distractions like dazzling headlights can’t be avoided, others can be. Try to keep your attention focused on the road at all times, do not get distracted by sightseeing, your mobile phone or smoking behind the wheel. Don’t forget to take regular breaks too, if you feel drowsy, stop as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Dazzling drivers

    It is said that you can lose your vision for up to two seconds when you have been been momentarily blinded by an oncoming car.  I’m sure we’ve all had that happen to us, as drivers and passengers.  Some cars, these days, have automatic dip-beam function but it is still a dangerous problem as you can still be blinded by vehicles even when the lights are dipped. The quality of lights and the angle of the beam or beam pattern can also be a factor.  Xenon bulbs are quite popular as they create a brighter light than traditional halogen ones.  They improve the visibility for the driver, but create a strong glow for oncoming motorists.

    Whilst you can not stop other drivers making mistakes, you can make sure you don’t fall into any of these traps and potentially cause a fatal accident.

    Take care as you drive this winter, avoid driving distractions!

  5. Comments Off on Keep your car safe

    Figures gathered by the RAC has reported rise of 30% in car theft in recent years.  Whilst there could be other reasons for this it does raise questions about modern anti-theft technology as car theft rates had actually been decreasing since 2002. The RAC also found a notable rise in the theft of motorcycles and scooters.

    Modern anti-theft technology

    When buying a new(ish) car you are often presented with extra, modern anti-theft alarms and immobilisers but are they effective?  The rise in car theft is surprising considering these improvements, however in reality the thieves are just finding new ways to get around these high tech features. Anti-theft devices being put in place are just not up to scratch.

    Cars using keyless fobs seem to be the worst as the technology is far from secure. It is even possible to steal a car by holding a bag up to a house door and use a device to activate and extend the reach of the keyless fob inside the home.  Organised gangs will then steal cars and export them abroad for profit.

    How to keep your car safe from car theft

    As a consequence of this rise in car theft, motorists are also seeing their insurance premiums rise. Combined with a variety of other factors, this is making the cost of driving even more expensive.

    Now there is a rise in the number of people purchasing anti-theft devices like those used back in the 1980s and 1990s! Steering wheel locks and gear stick locks are enjoying something of a resurgence.

    There are several steps you can take to help keep your car safe.

    1. Park it somewhere safe particularly at night
    2. Always remember to lock it, with all windows and the sunroof closed securely
    3. Leave all valuables out of sight as well
    4. You should also ensure that you have any appropriate alarms and immobilisers fitted, which will hopefully deter anyone who is hoping to steal it
    5. Never leave your car running while it is unattended
    6. Try to avoid leaving your registration document in the vehicle, as this can help thieves to get away with stealing it if they’re stopped by the police
    7. If you want an obvious deterrent, a steering wheel lock is ideal. This shows people that you’ve taken steps to secure your car, which may make them think that you have other devices in place too (even if you don’t).

    By following these tips, you can decrease your chance of being a victim of car theft, even if the numbers continue their steep rise.

  6. Comments Off on Used Car Checklist

    Buying a Used CarBuying a Used Car? Use This Checklist and Avoid Disaster!

    Picking up a car on the used market can be dangerous, but if you are careful then you can avoid the dodgy dealers that are trying to take advantage of your trust or lack of knowledge. To make sure you’re not getting short changed, use this checklist of important things to verify when buying a new car.

    Be Wary of Dodgy Tactics

    Aggressive sales tactics, like claiming that they are in a hurry to sell, or that they have other buyers lined up, are often signs of a seller who who is too pushy and not too worried about being honest with you. Be especially wary if they are asking for a large deposit.  Collecting deposits from multiple buyers and then disappearing is a well known tactic of used car scammers. Also avoid dealing with anyone who wants to exchange a car for other valuables, like jewellery.  There could be outstanding finance on the car.

    Check the V5C (Log Book)

    Ask to see the vehicle’s registration documents and check that all the serial numbers you can find match up. If you’re buying privately, make a note of where the vehicle is registered to and ask if you can pick it up from there when the actual exchange happens. If the sellers are reticent, it might mean the car is stolen.

    Do a History Check

    A quick HPI Check will reveal anything about a car that the seller might have an incentive not to mention. If the vehicle is stolen or has ever been written off, this will let you know right away, and if everything matches up to what the seller has told you it’s a good sign that you’re dealing with an honest merchant. That said, don’t skip anything on this list if you want to be sure.

    Do a Thorough Inspection

    Not only should this give you a general idea of the car’s condition, it will also expose tell tale signs of a few popular scams. If there are signs the dashboard has been tampered with the mileage may have been artificially lowered, while conspicuous metal seems below the seat you could be looking at a cut and shut (two halves of destroyed cars welded together)! These are incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to be vigilant. Check for signs of oil leaks and black exhaust fumes and a noise engine.  These could all indicate that you will be paying an expensive repair bill fairly soon.

    Should you buy diesel?

    There have been some important changes that will eventually affect owners of diesel cars.  There has been a massive u-turn in the official opinion on diesel cars, they have gone from being the most favoured to some of those hit hardest by taxation. The latest is the announcement by the Government that only fully electric cars and vans will be sold in the UK by 2040.  So unless you plan to keep your diesel for 20 years + then I wouldn’t be too worried but you may be paying more tax that your eco-friendly neighbour.

  7. Comments Off on The dangers of dehydration

    Did you know that driving while dehydrated can be just as dangerous as drink driving?

    Dangers of dehydrationYou wouldn’t drink drive, but what about driving whilst dehydrated? A recent study has found that even mildly dehydrated drivers can make just as many errors as drink drivers.  I’m sure you will find that surprising, just as we did.  If you are dehydrated then you may make mistakes such as lane drifting, late braking, or crossing over a rumble strip.

    The study used driving simulators with a group of men, once when they were sufficiently hydrated and again when they were slightly dehydrated.  It was done to simulate real-world conditions, such as when you’ve had a particularly busy day and were unable to take breaks for drinks.

    This slight dehydration was enough to significantly skewer their driving abilities. They made twice as many mistakes when dehydrated as when hydrated. This sharp spike in errors that could lead to driving accidents matched what Watson observed in his previous studies, when participants used the same simulator after downing 2.5 ounces of vodka.

    Just like alcohol, “mild dehydration has been shown to reduce concentration, slow reaction times, impair memory recall, and produce negative effects on mood,” says Watson. “All of these factors can impact our ability to safely drive a motor vehicle.”

    So don’t forget to…

    Hydrate before you drive and don’t avoid drinking before a long trip to avoid bathroom stops.

  8. Comments Off on Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence

    Lose your driving licence

    Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel, under tougher penalties that come into force in England, Scotland and Wales today (1st Match 2017).

    The government are bringing in these strong deterrants to prevent serious road accidents.  Penalty points and fines for using a phone while driving will double, to six points and £200.

    Drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.

    Mobile phone epidemic: Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in road accidents where drivers were using a mobile phone last year in Britain.

    Do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving

    It may not seem like too much of a distraction, but it only takes a second.  Holding and using your phone at the wheel can cause serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.  Your reacts are twice as long for drivers who are texting compared with those who have been drinking.

    Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.

  9. Comments Off on Crackdown on dangerous drivers

    Caught using a Mobile Phone

    Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones in Britain are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling. Under new rules expected to be set this year, drivers could face fines of £200 and six penalty points.  Newly qualified drivers could be made to retake their test the first time they are caught.   This comes alongside pressure by ministers calling for motorists who cause death while on a mobile phone to face tougher sentences.

    Neil Greig, RoadSmart director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said he “strongly” supported a mobile phone awareness course as an automatic option for first offenders.

    Caught Speeding

    Drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences are also set to face harsher penalties under new sentencing guidelines for magistrates.  Fines for motorists caught going well above the speed limit will start from 150% of their weekly income rather than the existing level of 100%.

    Drive carefully and abide by the rules!

  10. Comments Off on For people who NEED a cancellation driving test

    For people who NEED a cancellation driving testThe DVSA’s waiting list time in Exeter is currently 8 weeks… DrivingTestCancellations.co.uk can find you a test date sooner for £18.  They will email you the second there are closer dates available give you first refusal!

    One of our recent passes, Nicola, needed to use them as she only had one week left in the UK before emigrating.

    Nicola passed

    If you are in a similar situation or just don’t want to wait, check out DrivingTestCancellations.co.uk

  11. Comments Off on The Government are considering allowing learner drivers on motorways

    Exeter sits at the end of one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country – the M5. During the summer it is the main holiday artery for thousands of holiday-makers heading down to Cornwall, and every day throughout the year hundreds of lorries thunder up and down it. To some, motorway driving is something they have to do every day, while others prefer to use it occasionally. The Department for Transport tells us that a modern road network [motorway] helps traffic move around the country more easily and is essential for economic growth.

    Exeter M5 motorway drivingSo why is it that we only allow newly qualified drivers onto these roads?

    We should be educating learner drivers how to cope with faster driving and heavier traffic and how to navigate the myriad of new signs and information boards. Smart motorways came into action in 2013, with CCTV controlling digital message boards, variable speed limits, and lane closures. All this can be intimidating for the most experienced of drivers. Therefore it is with a sense of relief that somebody at the Department for Transport is at least considering allowing learner drivers onto these busy roads under the expert eye of qualified driving instructors.

    The Guardian in December 2015 reported that:

    The possibility of learners on motorways [would] be explored under a £2m project examining driver education. It would look at whether the current regime gives the best training for learner and novice drivers.

    Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation welcomes the idea of supervised practice for learners; “One in five young drivers has an accident within six months of passing their test so putting the learning process under the spotlight has to be a good thing.”

    At Road Masters we welcome these considerations as driver confidence and safety is at the forefront of our ethos. In the meantime we will continue to offer our Motorway Driving Tuition for newly qualified drivers.

  12. Comments Off on Crash course to passing your driving test

    FacebookOur crash course to passing your driving test:

    1. Find a driving school near you. Those of you that live in Exeter or Exmouth can book your driving lessons with Road Masters. You can book an intensive course or a block of 10, 20 or 30 hours.
    2. Start reading the Highway Code available from bookshops or click here.
    3. Pass your theory exam. Try your hand at some sample exams here. Book your theory exam here.
    4. Book your driving test. We will advise you when to do this based on your progress. Click here to book your driving test.
    5. Pass Plus logoPass your driving test!
    6. You can also take the Pass Plus test with Road Masters.
    7. Enjoy years of driving freedom
  13. Comments Off on A driving test for the 21st century

    gov driving testBack in November 2015 the government launched a consultation of new proposals to improve the driving test. If these proposals go ahead it could be the biggest shake up of the driving test in over 10 years.  The proposals include a ‘cashback’ incentive which will introduce deposit system where it will be returned to the driver if they pass.  This is thought to encourage learner drivers to take their test when they are ready as currently only 21% of driving tests result in a first time pass.

    Reduced driving test fee

    Under the new proposals the driving test fee would be reduced by requiring learner drivers to pay a deposit when they take their test, which they get back if they pass.  It will be an incentive to be prepared for the test and hopefully increase the pass rate.  Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said, “We want to make learning to drive safer and more affordable”.  Steve Gooding director of the RAC Foundation said “We support measures that will encourage learner drivers to get the experience they need to pass their test first time with flying colours, rather than barely scraping through or failing and having to repeat the process a few months down the road at yet more expense.”

    Improving road safety and increasing efficiency

    The consultation also sets out proposals to:

    • introduce more driving test appointment times, including weekends and evenings
    • offer tests from a range of venues
    • review fees for all services provided by motoring agencies
    • change providers for some services
    • combine services at motoring agencies

    Information taken from Gov.uk article – www.gov.uk/government/news/a-driving-test-fit-for-the-21st-century

  14. Comments Off on The UK Theory Test… Made Easy

    Your quick easy guide to everything you need to know to pass.

    UK Theory testGetting ready to take your UK Theory Test can often seem overwhelming, just like any exam. It is however really quite simple and nothing to worry about when you break it down. So here are some useful things broken down for you…

    Background of the UK Theory Test

    The UK Theory Test was first introduced in 1996 to improve a new driver’s understanding of the skills and responsibilities associated with driving. The UK Theory Test includes:

    • Driver Attitude
    • Traffic Signs & Regulations
    • Effects of Alcohol, Drugs and Fatigue on Driver Behaviour
    • Safety and Environmental Aspects of Vehicles
    • Hazard Awareness

    What to expect

    The first part of the Theory Test consists of 45 multiple choice questions and 5 multiple choice questions that relate to a case study. To be successful you will need to correctly answer 43 out of 50. The second element of the test is the hazard perception module. You must be successful in both the Theory Test and the Hazard Perception elements to gain an overall pass.

    Hazard perception

    In November 2002 the hazard perception element was introduced to the Theory Test. It follows the theory test questions and consists of fourteen one-minute video clips of every day road scenes, filmed from the perspective of a car driver.

    The candidate acknowledges, by clicking the mouse button, when they observe a developing hazard. They will be marked according to how quickly they respond to the developing hazards.

    • The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.
    • Candidates must be successful in the theory and the hazard perception elements to gain an overall pass.

    What does it cost and how long is it valid for?

    • Your certificate will be valid for 2 years, in which, a driver should aim to pass their driving test.
    • The fee for the theory/hazard perception test is currently £31.00

    Prepare effectively and you will succeed.

    Although your Theory Test will seem scary, it really is nothing to be nervous about. As long as you put in the right amount of time studying the Highway Code and you practice hazard perception then you have nothing at all to worry about.

    Road Masters Driving School offers support in preparation for driving theory tests. Why not contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. You can also practice hazard perception and all the things mentioned with Driving Test Success on your home PC.

    Good luck!

  15. Comments Off on Funny Driving Lesson Stories

    The life of the driving instructor is one of variety, interest and relatively high risk. We meet fascinating characters from different walks of life and enjoy the satisfaction of imparting essential road safety information on a daily basis. However, those of you who’ve watched programmes such as the Dangerous’ Drivers School will appreciate that one-on-one lessons are often frantic and stressful.

    Lost!

    Driving examiners are advised to explore the test routes before handing control over to the anxious learner drivers. However, one experienced experienced examiner failed to heed the advice. Without access to a road map or sat-nav he inevitably lost his bearings during the driving test. He was forced to cancel the test and order a return taxi for the bemused learner.

    Using The Mirrors

    As driving instructors we are aware of the need to reinforce the positive. One reformed boy-racer was praised on the use of mirrors during his lesson. He said that he was aware of the need to keep a look-out for trailing police cars. The conscientious attitude paid off and he went on to pass the driving test without a single minor error.

    Too Close For Comfort

    One of the most skilled learner drivers took his test in a cramped Daewoo Matiz. He found that he was brushing the examiner’s leg when changing to second gear. Worried about the prospect of a hot and steamy test, the learner opted to stick to the other gears. The oblivious examiner was obviously quite impressed and the student passed his test.

    Stripped

    One young woman feared the worst after an error strewn driving test back in the 1980s. In a final attempt to convince the examiner she lifted her top and revealed her prize assets. The self-confidence paid off and she was deemed to have passed the test.

    Do you have any Funny Driving Stories?

    If you can recall similarly humorous driving lesson stories then please send a message to the Road Masters team. We’ll be delighted to have a read and feature the best tales on our blog!

  16. Comments Off on 5 Reasons For Failing The Driving Test

    Driving lessons in ExeterThose of you who’ve been taking Road Masters driving lessons in Exeter will undoubtedly be keen to pass the practical and theory tests first time around. However, the Department For Transport have revealed that a mere 47.1% of learner drivers successfully complete these challenging examinations. Some people fail because of extreme nervousness on the big day. Others are unprepared for encountering major motoring hazards. We’ll explain some common and obscure reasons for failure…

    1. Junction Observations

      The Road Masters instructors take time to highlight the importance of approaching junctions with caution and looking in both directions before turning in the road. However, a high proportion of learner drivers are deemed to have made the major error of inadequate observation. Many fail to identify significant hazards on the left side of the road.

    2. Reversing Round Corners

      Learner drivers are prone to worrying about the performance of maneuvers. Some become so anxious that they forget to carry out blind spot checks and maintain appropriately low speeds while reversing around corners. The driving examiners also keep a watchful eye for use of the side mirrors. However, young drivers can maximise the chances of success by remaining calm, acting with due caution and practicing the principle of thorough observation.

    3. Unexpected Distractions

      Complete concentration is essential for driving test success. However, there have been some instances of young drivers being marked down as a result of unexpected distractions. One young lady was unable to resist the temptation of veering towards a hunky motorcyclist. Cats, dogs and squirrels have also played a part in driving test failure.

    4. Steering Errors

      Extreme nervousness often results in over-steering during the driving test. There have even been instances of young drivers colliding with the kerb and moving dangerously towards oncoming traffic. Thankfully there are various ways of overcoming the stress. It might be worth trying some relaxation techniques and waiting until you have complete confidence behind the wheel before registering for the test.

    5. Bumping into Pedestrians

      The driving examiners are usually able to take control and avoid collisions with unsuspecting pedestrians during the driving test. However, there was one reported instance of a learner driver who crept forward and bumped into a seemingly carefree shopper at a zebra crossing. Apparently the pedestrian had been camouflaged as they were wearing striped clothing. However, the examiner wasn’t entirely convinced!!

    Don’t fail your driving test – get your lessons with Road Masters! Contact us now!

  17. Comments Off on Considering The Use Of Car Tracking Technology

    Black box trackingIt is quite common for teenagers to seek means of limiting the amount of parental interference in their everyday lives. Many look forward to the sense of freedom which comes after passing the driving test. However, some of the leading insurers are promoting the use of black box car tracking devices as a means of monitoring the driving behaviour of newly qualified motorists. These devices keep a constant track of speed and send automatic alerts to the parents of teenagers who drive irresponsibly. However, they do offer some notable benefits, as outlined in this blog.

    The young drivers who opt for the installation of car tracking technology pay considerably less for insurance. Some of the leading insurers even offer incentives for good driving behaviour.

    The likelihood of involvement in serious crashes is significantly reduced as the young drivers are aware that they are being monitored. Some leading motoring groups have claimed that black boxes should be fitted as standard for the assurance of road safety.

    A number of young drivers have said that they couldn’t have afforded to take to the roads if it hadn’t been for the option of relatively inexpensive black box insurance. They have adapted their driving behaviour for fear of being disciplined by their parents. The insurers have also threatened substantial fines for those young drivers who fail to keep to the rules of the road. A leading insurance expert said that the technology “is not about spying, it is about safety, the single most important factor when looking at young drivers.”

    The safety-conscious Road Masters team fully appreciate the importance of improving road safety. It is for this reason that we offer fully comprehensive training and only encourage learners to take their tests when we have complete confidence in their ability behind the wheel. We also encourage our valued customers to consider the option of black box insurance.

  18. Comments Off on Is It Time To Overhaul The Driving Test?
    Mr Beere 1935

    16th, March, 1935, Mr, R,E,L,Beere of Kensington, London, proudly shows his wife, certificate number, 0001, the first ever driving certificate after he passed his driving test

    A lot has changed since the driving test was introduced in 1935. The car has become the primary method of transport and the completion of the driving test has been widely acknowledged as a right of passage. Road safety has become a major issue and the DVLA have incorporated elements of theory and hazard perception into the driving test. However, the Institute of Advanced Motorists are keen to overhaul the current system and introduce a variety of brand new training methods for learner drivers.

    Recommended Changes

    The IAM are eager to prepare new drivers for the variety of hazards which may be encountered after the completion of the driving test. They have said that driving instructors should provide night-time and wet weather training. Young drivers could also receive lessons on the safe navigation of poorly maintained roads.

    Road safety would be included as part of the national curriculum if the IAM proposals are given the green light. There would also be a restriction on the number of passengers that young drivers are allowed to travel with after passing the test. These positive steps would undoubtedly be welcomed by concerned parents and emergency service workers across the UK.

    Expert Opinion

    Newly qualified drivers already have the option of taking the Pass Plus course. However, the IAM have said that follow up-training should be mandatory. Motoring charity representative Neil Grieg said ‘The driving test needs to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world.’

    Government spokesperson Jake Berry followed up by saying ‘I think many of our local responsible driving instructors will already be doing a lot of what the IAM is recommending and I would urge people to find a good local driving instructor who will give them the breadth of experience they need to be a good driver.’

    Road Masters Driving Lessons

    Road Masters driving lessons are the ideal choice for people living in Exeter and East Devon. Our instructors provide essential training and adapt effective training methods in accordance with driving test changes. We’ll equip you with the necessary skills for safe and enjoyable driving.

  19. Comments Off on Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions For Young Drivers

    New-Years-2015Hip, hip, hooray, it’s 2015! A time for optimism, excitement and the all important New Year’s resolutions. Now you may have the resolve to keep a brand new exercise regime or diet that you’ve been conscientiously avoiding for the past few months. Alternatively you could adopt the driving-related promises highlighted in this encouraging New Year’s blog.

    1. Pass Your Driving Test

      If you’re really keen to gain a greater sense of independence in 2015 then you should learn how to drive. You can make the learning process as smooth and enjoyable as possible by signing up for driving lessons with Road Masters. Master the motoring manoeuvres, learn the theory and look forward to ditching the L plates.

    2. Buy A Car

      There’s a fair chance that you’ll be feeling the financial pinch after taking driving lessons and finally sending off for your full driving license. However, you may be surprised at the availability of cheap and reliable motors advertised via the specialist websites and newspaper classifieds.

    3. Learn About Vehicle Maintenance

      Do you know how to check the tyre pressure or check the engine fluids of your vehicle? If the answer is no then you would be well advised to sign up for a local car maintenance course. The experts will be able to show you the best means of preventing vehicle breakdowns.

    4. Correct Your Bad Habits

      There is very little chance of developing bad habits while under the guidance of the professional Road Masters instructors. However, it’s very easy to slip into bad ways after passing your driving test. You should take a little time to reflect upon the safety of your driving. If there’s cause for concern then you may sign up for a refresher lesson or take your skills to the next level with Pass Plus.

    5. Stay Safe

      Those of you who make the smart option of taking Exeter driving lessons with Road Masters will gain a comprehensive knowledge of road safety. You’ll learn the importance of driving according to the road conditions and respecting fellow road users. These tactics will be essential for your safety in 2015 and beyond!

  20. Comments Off on 2015 – A Year Of Change For Young Drivers

    young driversYoung drivers throughout the United Kingdom are likely to be affected by a variety of changes in 2015. Those of you who’ve been taking driving lessons with Road Masters may well be prepared to take your theory and practical tests. You may be interested in the proposals and expected motoring advancements that are highlighted in this blog.

    Government Plans

    Members of the main political parties have outlined a variety of proposals in the aim of winning the vote of young drivers in the general election of 2015. The Labour party have called for the introduction of affordable travel-to-work-only insurance for young motorists. Such a scheme would involve the use of telematics technology to monitor driving behaviour.

    The Conservative politicians are working with major motoring groups to develop a range of safety initiatives. The Liberal Democrats have also outlined plans for a green paper highlighting key steps for the general protection of the driving community. It is thought that car insurance premiums could decrease as a result of improved road safety.

    Driving Tests

    There is expected to be a considerable overhaul of the practical driving test in 2015. Challenging manoeuvres such as the 3 point turn and corner reverse might well be scrapped. However, the takers may be expected to park in bays and pull over safely when navigating minor roads. The examiners may ask for a demonstration of appropriate sat nav use. There is also expected to be an increase in average test times.

    Driver Licensing

    The DVLA have announced that they are set to scrap the paper counterpart driving license in 2015. Newly qualified drivers will be granted with standard photo license, which must be renewed every 10 years. It will be possible to view information about vehicle licensing and grant access to selected third parties via the DVLA website.

    Road Masters Instruction

    You can be sure that the Road Masters team will respond appropriately to the various changes outlined in this blog. We will continue to provide comprehensive road training at the most affordable prices for young drivers in Exeter and Exmouth. Any feedback will be taken into consideration as part of our commitment to outstanding service!

  21. Comments Off on Top Winter Driving Tips

    winter driving, snow ice coldThere are a wide variety of driving hazards that should be taken into account during the winter months. The roads may be covered in snow or ice, visibility may be significantly reduced and particularly irresponsible drivers may be tempted to take to the wheel after drinking. Those of you who’ve only just started taking driving lessons may be particularly concerned about the risks at this time of year. However, the Road Masters instructors have come up with the following tips to ensure that you are properly prepared.

    Spend Less Time On The Road

    We appreciate that you’re probably quite keen to take additional driving lessons with experienced friends and family members. However, it’s advisable to avoid the roads during particularly bad weather spells. If you’re in any doubt then it would be worth listening to the road traffic reports and practicing in quiet residential areas.

    Maintain A Safe Distance

    The Road Masters instructors will highlight the importance of maintaining reasonable speeds and risks of tailgating during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth. The advice is particularly pertinent during the winter months, given the effect that water, ice and snow will have upon stopping distances. Extra care should be taken, both for your safety and that of other road users.

    Ensure Complete Visibility

    A large number of crashes could be avoided if drivers took the necessary steps to ensure complete visibility when bad weather strikes. It is absolutely imperative that you remove ice, snow and mist from all of your car windows before driving. You should also fit new windscreen wipers every 6-12 months and top up the washing fluids with anti-freeze when necessary.

    Perform Routine Maintenance Tasks

    If you want to minimise the risk of winter breakdowns then it is essential to carry out comprehensive car maintenance. You should replace old car batteries, maintain the appropriate tyre pressure and make sure that your car lights are functioning properly. If you’d like further winter driving guidance then please go ahead and contact the knowledgeable Road Masters team.

  22. Comments Off on The Costs Of Learning To Drive

    learning to driveYoung people have traditionally been enthusiastic about the prospect of learning to drive. The successful completion of the driving test has been seen as a way of gaining increased freedom and independence. However, recent media reports have revealed that young people are perturbed by the costs of driving lessons and vehicle ownership. Thankfully the Road Masters team have come up with the following budget friendly tips.

    Register For Discounted Lessons

    Young drivers are typically expected to require 47 hours of professional tuition before they are ready to sign up for the practical test. At a cost of £25 per lesson they can anticipate a combined cost of £1,081. It’s also worth accounting for the cost of private lessons with friends and family members. However, budget conscious youngsters can keep the expense to a minimum by booking lessons in blocks. Road Masters are offering blocks of 20 hours for the special price of £460 at present. There’s also the option of signing up for intensive lessons.

    Prepare For The Driving Tests

    Those young drivers who are nearing the end of the learning process may be interested to hear that the driving theory test currently costs £25. However, it is possible to minimise the expense by choosing a test centre close to home. The chances of passing first time will be greater if time is spent reading the highway code and practising the different types of test questions. Drivers can expect to pay upwards of £60 for the practical test. However, the cheapest test slots are available during the working week.

    Make Sensible Buying Decisions

    Some novice drivers will dream of cruising the open roads in souped-up sports cars. However, it is financially prudent to select small vehicles in the lowest insurance bands. Drivers who are particularly perturbed by the extreme costs may consider the option of telematics insurance. It is also sensible to take account of the reliability and fuel economy of different models. The pass plus course is a great option for drivers who are keen to avoid potentially serious crashes and car insurance claims.

    Ask The Experts

    Drivers who adopt the different financial tips outlined in this informative blog will undoubtedly save significant amounts of money. However, it would be worth asking the Road Masters instructors for additional advice during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth.

  23. Comments Off on How To Deal With Driving Distractions

    distracted driving mobileResearch by different motoring organisations has revealed that distracted drivers are particularly likely to be involved in serious accidents. However, the chances of maintaining concentration are diminishing as people become increasingly attrached to mobile phones, sat navs and other technological devices. Young drivers who are particularly concerned about this safety issue should follow the advice outlined in this helpful blog.

    Driving Under The Influence

    People who take to the wheel after consuming alcohol and drugs will experience a reduction in focus and alertness. They may start daydreaming and perform dangerously irrational driving manouveres. It would be far more sensible to arrange lifts with sobre and responsible friends or parents. Alternatively there’s the option of using public transport.

    Chatting On Phones

    There have been a number of media reports and road safety advertisements regarding the dangers of using mobile phones while driving. It’s been revealed that the risks associated with hand-held and hands-free devices are roughly the same. However, motorists who text and use social media pose the greatest liability on the roads. The best advice is to switch mobile devices off before making road journeys.

    Listening To Music

    Many drivers enjoy the exhilleration of cruising the roads while listening to pumping rock tracks. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that certain types of music cause distraction and increased aggression. The levels of concentration will also decrease when changing radio stations and adjusting multimedia devices. Safety conscious drivers will pull over before making such changes.

    Using Satnavs

    Many people have chosen satnavs in favour of traditional maps during recent years. These smart devices have gained recognition as essential navigational guides. However, satnav users must remember the importance of keeping their eyes on the road and resisting the temptation of attempting to beat the estimated arrival times.

    Driving With Friends

    The leading motoring organisations have revealed that young drivers are in particular danger of accidents when friends are in the car. This may be due to the difficulty of maintaining concentration during conversations or the inclination to act irresponsibly. If the distraction becomes too great then it would be advisable to pull over and remind friends of the potential dangers.

    Expert Advice

    If you’re keen to find out more about the various driving distractions then it would be worth having a word with your instructor during driving lessons in Exeter. We’ll highlight alternative means of minimising distraction when driving.

  24. Comments Off on Deciding Whether To Take Your Car To University

    car at universityThose of you who’ve made the choice of combining college studies with driving lessons may well be debating whether to take your cars to university. You might be tempted by the thoughts of increased freedom and independence. However, the costs of vehicle insurance and maintenance may seem a little prohibitive. Thankfully the experienced Road Masters instructors have come up with some helpful advice for your consideration.

    Return Trips

    The idea of escaping your parents may be appealing initially. However, there’s a fair chance that you’ll start missing the home comforts while staying in shared university accommodation. You might be keen to catch up with old friends and fill up on some of your Mum’s delicious home cooked meals. Of course you have the option of returning via public transport. However, there’s no denying the convenience of having your own vehicle.

    Policy Premiums

    Those of you who are required to pay substantial amounts for course registration and university accommodation may be put off by the high cost of car insurance. However, there are some proven ways of minimising the policy premiums. It’s worth using the price comparison websites to research the latest deals. You might even consider the option of black box insurance.

    Car Sharing

    There’s a good chance that your university pals will want to accompany you on trips to the local supermarkets and out-of-town attractions. They may well be prepared to offer rounds or financial reimbursement for the costs of petrol. However, you should make it quite clear that you’d rather let your hair down than become the designated driver.

    Learning At Uni

    Those of you who are keen to gain a head start in the ‘real world’ may consider the option of taking driving lessons while at University. It might even be tempting to take comprehensive driving lessons in Exeter with Road Masters. If you’d like more information about the flexible driving lesson options then please give us a call on 01392 462077.

  25. Comments Off on Safety Tips For Wet Weather Driving

    Wet weather drivingThose of you learning to drive with Road Masters may be alarmed to hear that rain is one of the most common causes of road accidents. The reasons include reduced visibility and vehicle control. However, our instructors consider it a priority to prepare you for torrential downpours during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth. We offer the following tips to ensure that you enjoy safe and stress-free motoring experiences.

    Take Time To Prepare

    It’s absolutely essential to ensure that your vehicle is optimised to deal with rainy conditions. You should fit high quality wiper blades and purchase windscreen washer for the removal of stains and smears. It would be sensible to check the weather reports and delay unimportant journeys until the rain has ceased. If you really have to hit the road then tell friends and family about your intended journey. You should also carry a mobile phone in case of accidents and vehicle failures.

    Drive Sensibly

    You should remember the importance of altering your driving behaviour in accordance with the road conditions. If the rain is pouring then you should maintain reduced speeds. It is also important to keep a good distance from other vehicles due to the increased stopping distances on wet roads. Headlights should be dipped to ensure good visibility. You are also advised to increase the windscreen wiper speed to minimise the effect of spray generated by larger vehicles.

    Consider The Dangers

    There will be an increased risk of breakdowns during rainy days. Rain water which enters the engine air intake chamber may significant damage. Your vehicle might lose contact with the road surface and aquaplane in the event of floods. However, the risks will be minimal as long as you drive at low speeds. You should also check your breaks and call upon roadside assistance in the event of significant mechanical problems.

  26. Comments Off on The Hazards Of Driving

    pedestrian crossing hazardAs a learner driver you may be particularly worried about the great variety of driving hazards. You might be concerned at the prospect of encountering pedestrians who show little regard for the basic rules of road safety. You may also be daunted by the hazard perception element of the driving test. However, you can prepare for the unexpected by reading this informative blog.

    Professional Guidance

    You will undoubtedly encounter a number of motoring hazards during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth. However, safety will be guaranteed as the Road Masters vehicles are fitted with dual controls. The instructors will also ensure that you maintain appropriate speeds to minimise the prospect of accidents. They’ll highlight the importance of remaining focussed on the immediate road environment at all times.

    Hazards of Driving and Potential Dangers

    There will be some variation in the types of hazards that are encountered in different areas. You may have to navigate blind corners and avoid potholes when driving along rural roads. However, fast motorists may pose a potential danger on the motorways and dual carriageways. It is absolutely essential that you gain experience of the various scenarios in preparation for the driving test.

    Hazard Perception

    You will be required to take the computer-based hazard perception test after answering multiple choice questions in the DVLA examination. It will be necessary to watch a series of 14 videos and identify the different types of static and developing hazards. There’ll be a period of 15 seconds which should be used to survey the motoring scene. A maximum of 5 points will be rewarded for the rapid identification of potential dangers. However, motorists who remain calm and completely focussed will stand the best chance of passing the hazard perception test.

    Keeping You Safe

    Those of you who are keen to find out more about the different types of hazards and the specific details of the theory exam should speak with the Road Masters instructors. We’ll take the time to address your concerns and ensure that you develop a comprehensive knowledge of road safety.

  27. Comments Off on Is It Time To Introduce Graduated Driver Licensing?

    Government research has revealed that the number of road deaths has decreased considerably over the last few years. However, the youngest and most inexperienced drivers are still at a relatively high risk of serious accidents. Male motorists aged between 17 and 20 are 10 times as likely to sustain serious injuries or lose their lives as those aged from 40-59. Such statistics have prompted motoring groups such as BRAKE, the road safety charity and the RAC Foundation to demand the introduction of a graduated driver licensing system.

    Graduated driverSummary Of Graduated Driver Licensing

    The graduated licensing method is seen as an effective means of gradually improving the knowledge and awareness of novice drivers. It involves the legal enforcement of various rules regarding the supervision of learner drivers and the experience which must be acquired before taking the theoretical and practical driving tests. Advocates of the new system also support the imposition of curfews and restriction in the number of passengers that young drivers are allowed to travel with.

    Reasons To Introduce The New System

    Researchers from the University of Cardiff have claimed that the introduction of the graduated driver licensing method would lead to a considerable drop in the number of serious road injuries and deaths. This claim has been supported by the successful introduction of graduated licensing in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and America. RAC surveys have also revealed that the majority of British motorists would back the enforcement of young driver restrictions.

    Driver Safety Advice

    Young drivers are bound to see the introduction of graduated driver licensing as a mixed blessing. However, it is surely worth waiting a little longer for complete freedom of the road in return for a significant improvement in motoring safety. In the meantime it would be worth registering for driving lessons in Exeter with the Road Masters Driving School. You can be assured that our professional instructors will provide the necessary guidance to ensure optimum safety behind the wheel!

  28. Comments Off on Preparing For Your First Driving Lesson

    It’s quite likely that you’ll feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety about the prospect of your first driving lesson. You may be eager to pass your driving test and gain an increased sense of independence. However, you’ll also appreciate importance of developing the broad range of motoring skills to ensure complete road safety. Thankfully, you can rely upon the professional guidance of the Road Masters Driving Instructors.

    Realistic Expectations For The First Session

    It is advisable to read the highway code and ask an experienced driver to teach you the cockpit drill in preparation for your first driving lesson. The driving instructor will also expect you to show them both parts of your provisional license and provide details of any visual limitations. You’ll be driven to a safe residential area upon completion of the initial checks. You will then have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the various functions of the driving instructor’s vehicle.

    The experienced Road Masters driving instructor’s appreciate that you will learn at your own pace. We do not expect you to soak up every last detail that is covered in the first lesson. We’ll take the time to address your concerns and explain the reasons for common motoring errors. Every effort will be made to ensure that you feel calm and confident behind the wheel.

    Setting Yourself Up For Success

    It’s worth bearing in mind that your motoring knowledge will increase incrementally over time. The D.S.A recommends at least 45 hours of professional motoring instruction. Of course you’ll learn some of the essentials during the first lesson. However, it will be some time before you develop the confidence and ability to practice hill starts and three point turns. The learning process will prove smooth, enjoyable and ultimately successful as long as you don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

  29. Comments Off on Essential Refreshment Offered By The Road Masters Driving School

    Those of you who are in the process of learning to drive will undoubtedly be looking forward to completing the dreaded DVLA tests and ditching your L Plates. You may relish the prospect of increased independence and freedom. You’ll undoubtedly enjoy the experience of unsupervised driving. However, there’s a chance that you’ll develop bad and potentially dangerous habits after gaining your full license. You might even forget some of the motoring basics over time. If you do feel that your motoring knowledge and ability is deteriorating then it would be worth considering the option of refresher driving lessons.

    Pass Plus

    The Pass Plus course is entirely suitable for those of you who feel anxious about different elements of the motoring experience. This intensive course covers the different aspects of motorway and dual carriageway navigation. However, those of you who’ve been driving for a considerable amount of time may prefer the option of relaxed hour-long sessions with a fully trained motoring instructor.

    Refresher Sessions

    You may be assured to hear that the experienced Road Masters instructors have the proven ability to teach motorists of various ages and abilities. We’re quite happy to arrange individual sessions, with a focus on rural or city driving. You might even like to arrange a lesson as a means of gaining improved confidence after an accident.

    The considerate Road Masters team consider it a priority to ascertain the specific requirements of each learner. We will provide the necessary guidance and take the time to address any major concerns. No matter whether you’re looking to update your knowledge of specific road rules or overcome a fear of driving at night; we’re here to help.

    Booking Your Driving Lessons

    If you are interested in finding out about the various refresher courses and lessons then you should go ahead and contact the Road Masters Driving School. We’ll be happy to discuss your concerns and arrange driving lessons in Exeter or Exmouth.

  30. Comments Off on Summer Safety Tips For Learner Drivers

    So, we’re only a few weeks away from the official start of summer. You might be looking forward to daytime beach visits and barbecues under the summer sun. If you’re in the process of learning to drive then you might be excited about the prospect of ditching your L plates and heading out on summer road trips with your friends. However, it is absolutely essential that you follow the summer safety tips outlined in this helpful blog.

    Take Precautions In Case Of Hayfever

    You might not think that the symptoms of hayfever will impair your driving ability. However, a simple sneeze could cause you to lose concentration at an inopportune moment. Thankfully you have the option of taking hayfever medicine to minimise the negative effects. It may also be worth fitting pollen air filters and investing in protective sunglasses.

    Perform Essential Vehicle Maintenance

    The Road Masters driving instructors will highlight the importance of vehicle maintenance during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth. It would be sensible to heed the advice and schedule routine checks during the summer. You should pay particular attention to the tyre pressure and fluid levels of your vehicle.

    Consider The Road Hazards

    Loose chippings are sometimes applied in an attempt to maintain the condition of the road and minimise the risk of skidding. However, it is important that you keep to the recommended speed limits and drive a good distance from other motorists to limit the chance of damages. You should take particular care when driving in close proximity of farm vehicles.

    Prepare For Summer Breakdowns

    If you follow the tips outlined in this article then there’s every chance that you’ll enjoy a hassle-free motoring experience this summer. However, it is worth taking precautions in case of unexpected breakdowns. You should keep a first aid kit and supplies in your vehicle at all times. It would also be advisable to register with a roadside assistance company.

  31. Comments Off on The benefits of the Pass Plus Driving Scheme

    Pass PlusThose of you who are currently training for the DVSA driving test may not be inspired by the thought of taking the Pass Plus exam. You’ll probably be quite keen to ditch your L plates and enjoy the freedom of the open road. However, the Road Masters driving team urge you to consider the variety of Pass Plus benefits outlined in this blog.

    Drivers who’ve taken essential driving lessons with Road Masters are given the option of continued Pass Plus training with Ryan. You can be absolutely confident in his ability to develop your existing range of motoring skills during this intensive training programme.

    You might be surprised by the depth of training during the six Pass Plus lessons. The driving instructor will provide useful information about how to navigate the motorways, town roads and rural lanes. You’ll also be given the opportunity of supervised experience in a variety of scenarios. It is likely that you’ll gain increased confidence during the Pass Plus course.

    You’ll probably be pleased to hear that Pass Plus doesn’t involve an examination. However, your performance will be assessed by the driving instructor. They’ll inform you whether you’ve achieved or exceeded the individual specifications at the end of the day. There is every chance that you’ll pass this course with flying colours.

    The Road Masters Driving School will charge you £175 upon successful completion of the Pass Plus course. However, many of the leading car insurance companies realise the value of this specialist driving scheme. They offer discounts in the knowledge that Pass Plus holders are less likely to be involved in accidents.

    If you’re keen to gain increased confidence and reduce your young driver’s insurance premiums then go ahead and register for Pass Plus training with the Road Masters Driving School!

  32. Comments Off on Maximising the chances of Driving Test success

    driving-testIt is quite possible that you have spent a considerable amount of time and money learning how to drive. You might even have experienced the emotional strain of driving lessons with friends or family members. However, you’ve shown the determination to overcome the negative experiences and become a fully fledged member of the motoring community. There’s just one small problem. You still have to pass the dreaded driving test. Thankfully the Road Masters driving instructors have come up with these exceedingly helpful test tips.

    Prepare Thoroughly

    It will be necessary to develop a comprehensive knowledge of road rules and regulations if you want to pass your theory test first time around. You should study the highway code and any written information provided by your driving instructor. It would also be sensible to ask about any details that you are unsure of.

    Practice on the Test Routes

    It is absolutely essential to find out the routes which are chosen by driving examiners in your area. You should take every opportunity to hone your skills on the specific roads. However, it is worth remembering that road conditions do change from day to day.

    Stay Calm

    It’s far easier said than done. However, those of you who manage to remain calm during the practical exam will stand an increased chance of success. It might even be worth practicing some relaxation techniques in preparation for the big day. And remember that you have the option of pulling over if the pressure becomes unbearable.

    Take a Mock Test

    If you’ve been driving for some time then your instructor will probably give you the option of taking a mock test. This will be your chance to gain an idea of examination conditions and identify any issues that may be resolved in the run up to the big day.

  33. Comments Off on Dealing with stress as a Learner Driver

    It is extremely common for people to feel daunted about the prospect of learning how to drive. It is important to deal with stress as a learner driver. Some worry about the possibility of making basic mistakes under the watchful eye of their driving instructors. Others fear that they’ll become the victims of road rage. However, it is possible to limit the levels of anxiety by adopting the strategies outlined in this article.

    Develop A Positive Mental Attitude

    It is quite usual for ‘what if’ scenarios to dominate the thoughts of learner drivers. Novice motorists may have vivid thoughts about pedestrians who unexpectedly walk into the middle of the road, or lorry drivers who veer out of control. However, it is important to remember that the likelihood of such events is miniscule. It would be far more sensible and beneficial to imagine positive scenarios. Think about the satisfaction of passing your driving test first time or enjoying the praise of your driving instructor.

    Practice Proven Methods Of Relaxation

    Those of you who experience anxiety on a regular basis should try the various means of physical and mental relaxation. It might be worth meditating for a short time to clear your mind before potentially stressful driving lessons. You could also learn the effective art of deep muscle relaxation.  However, you should remember the importance of staying alert and attentive while navigating the roads.

    Concentrate On The Road

    You should be aware that the stresses of everyday life can have a negative impact upon driving performance. Drivers who take to the wheel after intense arguments may feel the urge to speed and act aggressively towards other road users. Those who feel upset and depressed may struggle to remain focussed on the road. However, it is possible to reduce the impact of outside interferences by clearing your mind before driving. It would also be advisable to inform your instructor if you feel unusually anxious.

    Communicate With Other Motorists

    The actions that you take will have an impact on the behaviour of other motorists. If you appropriate reasonable speeds and keep a reasonable distance from other vehicles then the potential for accidents will reduce. You should also make the effort to communicate your intentions to other road users. Let them know if you are giving way or carrying out a precision manoeuvre. And remember to thank motorists who act with courtesy.