New roads for the UK?

Rumours have it that traffic will increase by 40% by the year 2035. In order to accommodate this, the government are looking at private companies funding and building new road systems similar to the way railways are run at the moment.

 

With a 40 % increase in traffic now may be a good time to consider becoming a Driving Instructor. There is bound to be an increase in the number of lessons required and with the price of fuel we could all learn more about eco driving.

Just better planning of a journey start time and route could save a significant amount of cost.

Be careful out there!

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Fair Fuel Prices Petition

I have signed up to the FairFuelUK Campaign to support their efforts to reduce fuel costs with a cut in duty and to help fight the Government in preventing more duty increases. Please go to http://bit.ly/fairfueluk and sign the petition

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Government starting to address our ageing drivers.

A national strategy for an ageing car-driving population is vital, a report by a Whitehall advisory body has said.

The number of older motorists holding driving licences has risen considerably in recent years, the report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) said.

But it added that reductions in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads have fallen far more slowly among older drivers.

The report said that while only 15 per cent of over-70s held a driving licence in 1975, the figure for 2010 was nearly 60 per cent.

Also, 80 per cent of current 60 to 69-year-olds hold licences and will continue to drive for around the next 20 years. More than 80 per cent of 30 to 39 year olds are licence holders and will drive until at least 2050.

PACTS said: “The report concludes that older road users are here to stay and that a national strategy for an ageing population is vital.”

The report also pointed out that pedestrian deaths and serious injuries among all ages had fallen 41 per cent between 2000 and 2010, but the fall for 60 to 69-year-old pedestrians was 37 per cent, for 70 to 79 year olds it was 40 per cent and for those 80 or over 33 per cent.

Pacts executive director Robert Gifford said: “Older people need to be kept mobile and safe.

“We need to move beyond seeing older people as a problem to viewing them as contributing to a mixed society.”

Be safe out there

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Assessment for ‘older drivers’

West Sussex County Council have launched an EDA (elderly drivers’ assessment).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7928966.stm

An assessment would be required should a driver be referred following an accident or on medical grounds as part of a driver’s 70 licence reapplication.

Does this go far enough?

Should all drivers have an assessment on medical grounds or following an accident? Should ALL drivers be assessed regardless, every so many years?

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The Highway Code

The DSA are taking an active role in making drivers aware of their responsibility with an advertising campaign for the Highway Code- about bl^&&y time….! Retest every 5 years I say! Whilst they’re at it, a driving test too!

Take a look at the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-U6c6w7Ap4

ALSO! I have 2 mock tests for you to try too!

http://www.smartdriving.org/i-course/be-a-driving-instructor-dsa-part-1.html Scroll down about half way and click on the image…….. If you get less than 45 you are a failure! ; )

Take care out there!

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Take care out there!

The bad weather is set to cause havoc once again in the UK.

Icy conditions are likely to cause more problems on the roads throughout the week, the Met Office has said.

Northern, central and eastern England are currently the regions that are most affected by the sub-zero temperatures, with six severe weather alerts in place warning of ice on roads and pavements and a forecast of freezing fog.

The public should be aware of a “risk of disruption to travel” and expect hazardous driving conditions across the UK, according to the Met Office.

Snow and ice already caused major delays and disruption on Saturday and Sunday. The RAC said last weekend was the busiest February weekend in its history after calls increased by 41%.

To prepare yourself for the big freeze, see our free winter driving tips here: http://www.smartdriving.co.uk/Driving/DefensiveDriving/weather/winter_motoring/winter_motoring.html

And take care out there!

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Driving Instructor Training – MOT austerity measures.

MOT’s, Insurance and austerity measures: Recent published information tells us that Car insurance premiums are up by about 20% to cover the cost of motorists that are not insured. Add on to this fact that unemployment is higher then there is likely to be more un-insured motorists. Perhaps a catch 22 situation; make it harder to find work and push up costs at the same time. Then we add on car maintenance costs. No money and yet your car needs a service? Then I guess the car doesn’t get serviced. These are both false economies: Car insurance is a must and can save you perhaps millions if anything goes wrong. Car servicing should help with better economy and evcen prevent bigger bills later, fro example breaking down on a motorway could cost you your life and or a massive bill. What is worrying is data released by the government: The current MOT lasts for 12 months. So I guess as long as car is taken for its regular MOT then it should be safe – shouldn’t it? VOSA (Vehicle Operator and Services Agency) reckon that over a quarter of cars had a defect that was missed or in accurately assessed! And to make matters worse 1/8th of cars roadworthiness (12.5%) was incorrect. So the government have announced new measure for us to get a better deal with garages: A performance list. Feedback about good/poor garages. Change in MOT certificates to show 3 years mileage to spot “clocking”. Mystery shoppers to check garages. Full details can be found at: http://t.co/8xjLEhlJ

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Can this be true? Women are better at parking than men, study suggests ..?

It is a cliché almost as old as the motor car itself, and the subject of many a sexist joke.

But the idea that women cannot park is simply untrue, according to research indicating that female drivers are more adept than men at manoeuvring into a space.
Covert surveillance of car parks across Britain has shown that while women may take longer to park, they are more likely to leave their vehicles in the middle of a bay.
The study is one of the most comprehensive ever conducted on gender driving differences, and took into account seven key components of parking styles.
Women were also found to be better at finding spaces, more accurate in lining themselves up before starting each manoeuvre, and more likely to adopt instructors’ preferred method of reversing into bays.

Men were shown to be more skilled at driving forwards into spaces and more confident overall, with fewer opting to reposition their car once in a bay.
But once all the elements were taken into account, women were ranked first with a total score of 13.4 out of 20, compared to 12.3 points achieved by men.
Neil Beeson, a professional driving instructor who devised the experiment, described the results as “surprising”.
Mr Beeson, who has recently appeared on the ITV show Last Chance Driving School, said: “In my experience men have always been the best learners and usually performed better in lessons.
“However, it’s possible that women have retained the information better. The results also appear to dispel the myth that men have better spatial awareness than women.
“It shows that us men need to give our partners more respect when it comes to parking. The facts don’t lie.”

The study was produced by the car park firm NCP, which employed a team of researchers to observe 2,500 drivers across its 700 car parks in Britain over a one-month period.
Each aspect of a person’s parking was marked and added to a final tally to produce a “parking coefficient” for the two sexes.
The first category analysed people’s ability to find spaces. Researchers found that impatience caused many men to drive too quickly around car parks, meaning they missed free bays. Meanwhile, women’s slower approach meant they were better able to notice spaces, or spot when other drivers were about to leave.
More than three quarters of women were found to excel in their so-called “pre-parking pose”, setting themselves up to pull into a space, compared to just over half of men observed.
Thirty-nine per cent of female drivers cleanly executed reversing into spaces, compared to only 28 per cent of men.
Men were much quicker at parking, taking 16 seconds on average against the 21 seconds women needed to complete the manoeuvre.
However, the extra time paid off leaving 52 per cent of women parked in the middle of each bay, compared to 25 per cent of men. This category proved particularly punishing for the men’s rating as it was the most heavily weighted in the coefficient.
But James May, the Top Gear presenter, last night challenged the criteria of the study, saying that parking in the centre of a bay was not always the best policy – especially if a neighbouring car was parked too close to the dividing lines.
“You have to take into consideration the cars parked next to you – you ought to be judged on how central you are to them,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t care what gender the person is next to me, I just don’t want them to bang their door on my Porsche.”
Vicki Butler-Henderson, the racing driver and television presenter, said: “Parking in a space is obviously different to reverse parallel parking, but I’m delighted that the fairer sex has come out on top – the findings ring true from my experience.
“Women do take more time, but I know a lot of male racing drivers who win races and are incredible round a track but can’t park for toffee.”
From the figures, the study concluded that, as the average motorist parks a car 1,004 times in their lifetime, women spend 12 days of their lives parking compared to nine days for men.
The findings contradict not only popular belief but also previous research. Figures from the Driving Standards Agency last year disclosed that tens of thousands more women fail their driving test on parking errors than men.
Researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany also found that women take up to 20 seconds longer than men to park a car.
Only one fifth (18 per cent) of women questioned for the NCP study thought they were better parkers than men, and less than a third (28 per cent) believed they were better parkers than their partners.

Any thoughts?

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Free Winter Driving Tips

Winter’s so mild the birds think it’s spring… just as arctic blasts brings big freeze for a MONTH!

Cheery trills of birdsong are supposed to be a sign that spring has sprung.
But many birds are already in full throat, tricked by mild weather into behaving as if the mating season has begun.

Singing is a mating call, and while birds make some noises at this time of year, experts say it has been louder and more lively than usual in the past couple of weeks.

But they may have to return to quietly foraging for food again as the weather is set to turn frosty this weekend, with temperatures dipping below freezing.
The Department of Health issued a cold-weather alert running from 6pm tomorrow until 9am on Tuesday, but it could be extended as the freeze is predicted to persist through next week.

Ice and sleet will cover much of the country today, and after a brief reprieve tomorrow, snow could fall early next week in much of England and Wales.

Temperatures are not expected to rise above 5c all weekend, although there is a possibility they may hit 7c in London and Cornwall.

Warnings of severe weather with ice have been issued for tomorrow across northern England, Wales, the Midlands and the south-west. And light snow could fall in north-west England around Manchester and Lancashire early today.

There will be showers and bright spells during the day tomorrow, but it will mostly be dry and cloudy.

Be prepared for the poor driving conditions, or better still, if you are an ADI, give potential pupils and their parents free winter driving advice!

http://www.smartdriving.co.uk/Driving/DefensiveDriving/weather/winter_motoring/winter_motoring.html

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Police Officer writes off £40k super car

It seems even the best and well trained drivers can push things too far! An investigation is under way after a £40,000 super-car loaned to police was written off while being taken for a test drive by an officer.

The top of the range Volkswagen Golf R, which has a 155mph top speed, was wrecked when the officer lost control on a roundabout, reducing the pristine vehicle to a crumpled heap.

The officer, in his 40s, had to be cut from the wreck by firefighters and suffered spinal injuries but has now been discharged from hospital.

He was driving on a public road, testing the handling of the car, which had been loaned to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) two days before so officers could try the model out before the force decided whether to buy or not.

Fortunately, the car, which can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 5.7 seconds, was insured.

The officer involved, who works in the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) intercept unit which patrols car crime hotspots, is now temporarily suspended from driving duties while an investigation is under way.

GMP said they would also now look again at using public roads to test drive cars. No other cars were involved in the crash.

A spokesman for the force said: “Shortly before 1.50am on Thursday December 15 2011, a police officer in an unmarked vehicle was involved in a single vehicle collision on Wharfside Way, Old Trafford.

“The officer, from the ANPR Intercept Unit, was injured in the collision and he was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary having suffered a back injury. No members of the public were involved.

“As a result of this incident, Greater Manchester Police is currently reviewing its policy on officers test driving demonstration cars on public roads. That review is ongoing and it would not be appropriate to make any further comment.”

Any ADIs out there want to offer so ‘refresher training’??!? ; )

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