Driving Lesson Leeds: Appealing for Licence Reinstatement

Although you may have the right to appeal to the court’s decision that revoked your driving licence, as indicated in the notice being attached at the medical revocation grounds, you must be aware that taking legal proceedings in court could be unnecessary and costly.

If you could have any medical evidences or information other than you’ve already presented, provide these to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). But make sure that it should be relevant to your real medical condition or your fitness to drive after taking driving lesson Leeds.

In the light of the above information, there’s a two-step process in appealing your case against the decision of the DVLA such as an appeal to the Magistrates Court or a written representations to reinstate your driving licence.

With regards to your written representations, that is if your licence had been revoked by the DVLA on medical grounds, it’s crucial that you’ll get an advice from a lawyer who is a specialist in defending drivers in this situation. A specialist or an expert solicitor means that he has an almost perfect record of winning cases in court.

Do get this kind of a lawyer immediately on your right to appeal against the decision of the DVLA. This lawyer will be assessing your case for any possible grounds of appeal, and if there are solid grounds for you to appeal, then he will make some written representations to the DVLA so that your licence will be reinstated and you can drive your vehicle again.

It is necessary that you’ll do this as soon as possible after you receive any notice as there’s only a six-month time limit to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court decision.

Your written representations provided to the DVLA along with some supporting documents will enable the DVLA medical panel to determine the lawyer’s representations. In time the DVLA adheres to the solicitor’s requests then you’ll be in a position to re-apply for your driving licence.

When your re-application will be processed, then you can get back behind the steering wheel. If the DVLA doesn’t adhere to the lawyer’s request or suggestion, then you can directly appeal to the Magistrates’ Court.

If in case the DVLA would maintain its stance and it’s unwilling in the re-instatement of your driving licence, then you could appeal to a local Magistrates’ Court. Your appeal should be made to the Magistrates’ Court within the period of six months.

Then, the Magistrates Court would list an appeal against a medical revocation and it would be for the lawyer to present “On the Balance of Probabilities” that the licence holder is fit to drive and in good health. It would be necessary that the supporting documents are being obtained to ensure that the right outcome will be achieved.

Your supporting documents could range from letters from your employer, doctor, colleagues and even from your family.  If the Magistrates’ court would determine that the DVLA’s decision is incorrect then it could request the DVLA for the re-instatement of the Group one or Group two licence.

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Medical Revocation of Licence

In order to safely use the public roads as a responsible driver you should learn safe Leeds driving lessons, you must always be in good health and truly fit to drive, so as to make sure that being a holder of a driving licence, you wouldn’t become a potential hazard to other road users.

At the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA), the State for Transport Secretary, acting through the medical adviser are having the responsibility to make sure that all holders of driving licence must be fit to drive after taking Leeds driving lessons.

For both groups one and two licence holders, the medical standards should be applicable only to group one licence holders, to include those who drive motor cycles and motor cars.  The group two licence holders refer to large lorries or category C and buses or category D.

The medical standards for group two drivers are much higher than those of group one due to the weight and size of the vehicle, as well as the length of time being spent on the road or whilst behind the steering wheel.

The question that follows: Does a medical revocation apply to the concerned licence holders? The answer is: A medical revocation could be applied to both groups one and two licence holders, in time the DVLA medical adviser would determine that a licence holder is never fit to drive a vehicle.

The DVLA can investigate a driver’s fitness to drive in a number of ways, which are as follows:

(1.)  The licence holder or an applicant for a driving licence must inform the DVLA about his real health condition which could affect their driving such as diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

(2.)  The Police have concerns about the health and well-being of a licence holder after a particular accident such as unfamiliarity of road signs or the roads due to dementia.

(3.)  The holder of a driving licence has been convicted of a drug or drink driving related offence and has been sentenced to face the corresponding penalties.

(4.)  The Doctor informs the Driver that they are not fit to drive and then he informs the DVLA of their diagnosis such as mental disorder, epilepsy, fainting or persistent misuse of alcohol or drugs.

What happens when the DVLA are informed about my fitness to drive?

The DVLA becoming aware of a licence holders fitness to drive will conduct its own investigation through relevant medical information from your Doctor.

If the DVLA determines that the licence holder is a risk to other road users through supporting documents, they will revoke your licence on medical grounds. If your Group one or Group two licence is revoked on medical grounds then unfortunately you will no longer be in a position to drive.

Will I be able to drive my vehicle when the DVLA is conducting its investigations? The 1988 Road Traffic Act particularly its Section 88 has stated that Group one or Group two licence holders will retain their right to drive. However, if a driving licence had been revoked due to a health reason, then this right is being lost and the licence holder will have to stop driving immediately.

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Failing to Provide Driver Information

If the driver of a vehicle is believed to have committed an offence against the rules of the road, the registered keeper of the vehicle would receive a request from the Chief Constable to provide them the information as to the driver’s identity at the moments of the offence.

It has been observed however, that there are times during this process that things go wrong and you’ll see yourself being charged with an offence called “Failing to Provide Driver Information” and consequently you’ll receive six penalty points on your licence.

If you find yourself in this position, you can call your driving instructors in Leeds or resort to a lawyer for consultation. This solicitor will listen to you. Then he will advise you about your legal position in the case and discuss some requirements for you to comply for legal representation.

In this process you’ll know what’s your penalty for your offence of failing to provide driver information. You’ll actually be facing a fine of up to £1,000 plus six penalty points or a disqualification from driving depending on the discretion of the court.

What are your defences in court which are already proven effective? If any of the following defences would apply to your case then the lawyer can successfully defend you in court and you’ll be acquitted. These are your defences:

(1.)  You did not receive the notice.
(2.)  You responded to the notice and posted it back identifying the driver.
(3.)  You did not know the driver and could not, with “reasonable diligence,” identify the driver.
(4.)  The prosecution has failed to properly serve the request for information.

Then, the lawyer will answer some of the questions commonly asked about failing to provide driver information: (1.) What if I didn’t receive the notice? If you didn’t receive it which is not of your own fault, then you have the strong defence, because you cannot provide any response to something which you didn’t receive.

So, here are the evidence which may help you win your case:

(1.)  Postal interruptions evidence such as bad weather.
(2.)  Postal difficulty evidence in your local area such as neighbours receiving your post.
(3.)  Access difficulties with your present address such as the postman could not deliver.
(4.)  Uncertainty of your postal address.
(5.)  Mail theft such as post in communal areas.

What if I sent the response but the police say they didn’t receive it? If you’ve posted your response to the police and they said that they didn’t receive it, you’ve not committed any offence.

The lawyer will then again work with you in proving that on a “Balance of Probabilities,” you’d posted the response to the police and therefore you’ve not committed an offence.

There are also evidences which may help you win your case:

(1.)  Evidence of other communications with the police such as request for photos.
(2.)  Evidence of where you posted the item
(3.)  Proof of postage
(4.)  Confirmation from a third party, such as a partner, that you really replied the request.

What if I do not know who the driver was? So, if you didn’t know and could not, with “Reasonable  Diligence” identify who the driver was, then you’re not guilty of the offence.

The lawyer will work with you in proving to the court that on a “Balance of Probabilities,” you’ve exercised all “Reasonable Diligence” to try to identify the driver.

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Driving Schools Leeds: Supporting Documentation

What do we mean by supporting documentation? The answer to this question is your strong defence in court in case you’ll be caught doing an offence whilst at wheel be it intentional or unintentional against the rules of the road. 

Anybody can tell a court that he will lose his employment if he loses his job or indeed that his life will be made more difficult. This is not the so-called “Exceptional Hardship” and it’s for you to prove more that people around you will be truly effected negatively.

In order to do this, there’s a group of lawyers in the United Kingdom (UK) that you can resort to. The group called “Caddick Davies Solicitors” will advise you about obtaining letters to support your plea in court. These supporting letters can be obtained from the people who will be most effected by the loss of your licence.

The lawyer might include advising you to obtain a letter from your spouse or partner, from your employee, or from an elderly relative or anybody whom you’re assisting that will be effected by the revocation of your licence.

The lawyer will also advise you about the type of information which should be presented to the court. It’s this preparation which made “Caddick Davies Solicitors” as renowned specialists in this area of defence for those offending drivers, maintaining its record of success.

Another question of technicality: I had already argued once about exceptional hardship in the past, could I argue it again? The answer is: “Exceptional Hardship” can only be argued once every three years on the same grounds. This could mean that if you’ve argued about it in the past three years, you’ll be disqualified to argue it again.

In some instances, it can be argued as a bonus when it’s on the defence in an effort to prove this, and that the grounds being argued are new and that, on the earlier occasion, they had not been argued before the court.

If you’re in this position as an offending driver, the lawyer can contact the court and get the notes which are original from your earlier hearing in order to determine what arguments were accepted or taken by the court as “exceptional hardship.” Then the lawyer will discuss your case with you hopefully to get some new grounds.

One of the best examples is a case of Mr. Thomas Brown (his real name withheld for confidentiality). He contacted the Caddick Davies Solicitors being worried that his licence will be revoked due to his accumulated penalty points.

He got nine points for very minor speeding offences and now he’s due to appear before the Bedford Magistrates for another offence of mobile phone use whilst at wheel which will add another three points on his licence.

Mr. Brown explained to the lawyer that he is a company Director who employs 26 people in the industry of Information Technology (IT). He is successful and wealthy and he is concerned that there will be no way of avoiding his disqualification from driving.

He further explained that the revocation of his licence will ultimately mean that in this time of difficult economic climate, his business will definitely suffer. He also explained that he just had relocated purposely to care for and live with his elderly mother who is suffering from a heart disease and is immobile.

So, the magistrates had been persuaded that the loss of Mr. Brown’s driving licence will really result to “exceptional hardship” and therefore agreed that he will not be disqualified from driving.

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Are Intensive Driving Lessons a Good Thing For The Learner Drivers?

Teenagers often long to drive but the bad thing, most of them are far being patient behind the steering wheel. It’s the same impatient behaviour that prevails when a teenage learner driver wants to acquire a driving licence at the shortest time possible. So you’ll decide to learn fast by taking the intensive driving lessons Leeds.

The world is really spinning the way it’s doing these days, because many people have been choosing the traditional two or three lessons a week over the course which runs for several months. So, they’re now  in favour of a week-long intensive driving courses which are also called as “crash courses” in order to save time and money.

A learner driver in the United Kingdom (UK) would average 47 hours of driving lessons and 20 hours of private practice before taking their practical driving test. The average cost of one driving lesson is £22. So a learner driver can now expect to pay in excess of £1,000 before even booking their practical exam at £62 .

If you will compare this to a five-day driving course at a driving school costing just £600 including the test. So you can see the savings that can be made if you choose to take a quick-fix option.

There was a fast learner driver named John who took the five-day intensive driving course but still failed during the practical driving test because he did not consider some of the negative realities of his quick-fix choice. He wanted to get the test quickly done as much as possible.

He wasn’t aware that the driving school in Leeds didn’t lie to anybody for the term “intense.” It was really a very real intense. Imagine that he was driving six hours every day from Monday to Friday, and then had his practical driving test on the Saturday. In other words, his mind and body were shocked by the system.

So, what’s your verdict on crash courses? You may not have the answer if you’re already inclined into it, but it’s nothing more than a waste of time and resources for John.

Throughout John’s experience, there’s no wonder that car insurance premiums are too high for young drivers. The statistics could show that 40 % of male young drivers aged 17-year-old have an accident in their first six months behind the steering wheel. This is really no surprise if young drivers could take to the road alone after just five days of their intensive driving course.

So, the problem with intensive driving courses is not just the small amount of experience of learner driver on the road come the day of the test, but the overall stress of it. John was concentrating for solid six hours a day at wheel and trying not to make a single wrong move was too tough on the body and mind.

There’s some reason why teachers would often tell their students to start reviewing their lessons even months before a periodic exam.  It’s the best way to remember things. However in intensive driving course, a learner driver will just spend five days learning to drive, and definitely it isn’t long enough to consider anyone safe or qualified behind the steering wheel.

Therefore, intensive driving lessons Leeds is not only unfair on young drivers who are tempted to take it, but it’s potentially dangerous for other road users. Because attempting to start from being scratch and then 30 hours later you’ll become legally qualified is a big mess and recklessness.

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Older Drivers in Britain Increase in Number

The number of motorists aged 70 years or above has been increasing by 10,000 drivers every month across the United Kingdom (UK). So, there are currently 4.34 million drivers aged 70 or older with valid driving licences in Britain, which is 320,000 more compared to the figures in previous year. It has an increase of 11 %  from 3.9 million in this age group.

With this fast growing number of aged drivers in the UK, concerns have been raised that this age group would pose as potential hazards on the road because the fact behind old age is a significant decrease in hazard perception and reaction time.

They may be still okay in terms of quickness in making decision as their brains are still functioning well, but weakness prevails in their other body parts.

However, there is also another fact in a free society that as much as possible older motorists have their own rights worthy to be uphold such as, to continue to enjoy their life on the road and experience the challenge of today’s motoring which is far more different compared with the time when they were young.

In the past 31 months, the number of motorists in this age bracket has increased by 323,631 which also means a monthly increase of 10,440 drivers. Meanwhile, the number of drivers who are 80 years old and above has now surpassed the one million mark for the first time.

Britain’s oldest holder of driving licence is now 107 years old. This is actually amazing that ultimately reflects how deeply Britain’s love and care for its elders.

Because of this significant increase in the number of drivers aged 70 years and above, there have been calls for some action plan in dealing with the specific needs of this age group. The IAM or the Institute of Advanced Motorists said the government, driving and medical assessment professionals should work together to ensure that these older motorists are well catered for.

IAM Chief Executive Sarah Millers says the people today have been living a longer life and many of them are still on Britain’s roads. We want these older motorists to enjoy their motoring as long as possible, so we want some resources and thought to go into the ways how we could make this happen.

A study conducted by the IAM has shown the common factors in road accidents that involve motorists aged 70 years and above are as follows: (1.) Poor turn-in manoeuvres (2.) To Fail in judging other road users’ speed or direction (3.) Losing control (4.) Illness or disability (5.) Nervousness (6.) Anxiety or panic (7.) dazzling sun.

In addressing these problems, the IAM has drawn an action plan for older motorists that includes among others a consideration of the vehicle’s design which could help this age group avoid road accident as well as how more information on the road could be provided to them.

Also, there should be more tools on the online assessment for older motorists, more voluntary assessment on the road and a more cooperation among different driving agencies across the country.

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Government Records of Road Fatalities

The British government has recorded and published the number of deaths in many road accidents across the country purposely to provide warning especially to young motorists to follow the Highway Code and other vital traffic regulations so that road fatalities would be prevented.

Road accidents involving young drivers between 17 and 21 years old are taking a terrible toll on young road users. There were 234 teenage car passengers who were seriously injured or killed when the young driver they were travelling with had been involved in car crashes last year.

That’s more than four deaths a week. If you would include casualties of all severities, the figure could rise to 2,144 or it’s around 41 deaths each week.

According to the government data, it’s not just passengers that are caught in the wreckage. There were 191 people under 24 years of age were killed and around 20,000 were injured in 2013. They’re all riders and drivers of cars and motorbikes.

Teenage drivers between the ages of 17 and 19 make up only 1.5% of full licence holders yet they are involved in 12% of accidents where someone is killed or seriously hurt.

But there is more shocking statistics. This could probably explain why road accidents are the biggest killer of young people in the UK, bigger than both drugs and alcohol.

These latest figures have been prompting many concern individuals and government officials for a renewed call aimed at the introduction of a system of graduated licensing for young drivers, where they  couldn’t gain access to a full licence until they’ve acquired longer experience on the road.

The system has been proven effective in reducing the number of young driver casualties. For example, , car crash injuries reduced by 23 % in New Zealand for those aged 15 to 19 years old and by 12 % for 20 to 24 years old  following the graduated licensing being introduced in that country.

A graduated system in the UK has been estimated to result in up to 114 fewer deaths and as many as 870 fewer serious injuries every year.

The graduated licensing consists of three stages: (1.) The “learner” period. This would last a minimum of 12 months. (2.) The “intermediate” (3.) The “novice.” This usually with restrictions on driving at night and passengers.

One in every five newly-qualified young motorists would have an accident within six months after passing their driving test, so the government would also restrict the number of young passengers that can be carried by a young driver in the first six months after passing his or her driving test.

This has been a fact that the risk of road accident increases in the presence of young passengers in the car because young passengers are a distraction to young drivers.

Plus, it would impose a zero alcohol limit and a driving curfew between 11:00 o’clock in the evening and 4:00 o’clock dawn during the first six-month period, although, those young motorists who are travelling to their driving schools in Leeds or to their work, would be allowed to drive at night.

The system wouldn’t only save lives, but it would also reduce the car insurance premiums resulting in  potential saving of £370 a year.

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Driving Lessons Leeds Tips: The Danger of Drug Driving

Here’s a great driving lessons Leeds tips about danger of drug driving

It’s illegal to drive your car when you’re impaired by the effects of drugs whether it’s illegal or prescribed by your doctor, or if you’ve taken certain drug resulting to the level of it that’s beyond the specification in accordance with the law.

If the police would stop you and thought you’re under the influence of drugs they would test you at the roadside by the use of a drug screening device. If the policemen have no such device at that time, they may use “Field Impairment” test which would assess your driving ability.

If drugs would be detected in your system or when you’re deemed impaired by illegal drugs, you’ll be arrested and taken to the police station for urine or blood tests. You could be charged with drug driving if the tests would show that you’ve taken drugs beyond the specified limits.

Remember that you don’t have to be under the influence of illegal drugs to be impaired on your driving, but also when you’re taking some prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Your ability to drive could also be impaired by the drugs prescribed by your doctor. So, you better talk to your doctor, healthcare professional or pharmacist first, and ask him/her if it’s just okay for you to drive whilst taking these medicines.

It’s worth bearing in mind that today the danger of drug driving has been raised to the higher level as it’s detection has been made easier by the government. So, be reminded that on March 2, 2015 the drug driving law was changed to make it easier for drug drivers to be caught by the police and be convicted in court.

Remember that it’s now an offence to drive with certain drugs above the specified level in your bloodstream, just as it is with drink driving. There are all 17 illegal and legal drugs being covered by the law, including ketamine, cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis. The limits are extremely low for all illegal drugs which mean that taking even a very small amount of it could already put you over the limits.

The penalties for drug driving and drink driving are the same. If you’re convicted of the offence, you’ll receive:

(1.)  A driving ban of at least 12 months
(2.)  A criminal record
(3.)  A hefty fine or a maximum of six months in prison or both

The consequences of a drug driving conviction by a court are far-reaching and these can include the following:

(1.)  Job loss
(2.)  Loss of independence
(3.)  The shame of having a criminal record
(4.)  Increase in car insurance costs
(5.)  Trouble to go abroad to countries like the USA

You should be aware that today driving under the influence of illegal drugs has become extremely dangerous because of the new law on drug driving aside from affecting your driving skills in a number of ways which will result to fatal road accidents.

For example: the cannabis users always think they’re safer because they drive their car more slowly. However, this drug slows your decision and reaction times. It could also distort your perception of distance and time, and would result in losing control of the vehicle and your poorer concentration whilst at wheel.

Cocaine users have a sense of over-confidence. They perform unusually more aggressive manoeuvres at greater speeds, thus putting them at higher risk.

Ecstasy users are extremely dangerous whilst behind the wheel because they would have distorted vision, altered perception and judgement of potential hazards, their perception of sounds is heightened, and have over-confident attitude at wheel.

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Driving lessons with a family member: your best and worst experiences

Road to divorce

My ex-husband was deeply attached to his car, so much so that when I got my provisional licence, in my early 30s, he wouldn’t let me have a go. It was nothing exotic, only a Seat, but the car was his sovereign territory to the extent that he always insisted on driving home when we were out, sometimes after a bottle or more of red wine. He claimed he never got drunk and his skills were unaffected. Older and wiser, I see that this is the opposite of a man who “looks good on paper”.

He suggested I buy a car of my own to learn in, which I did. He took me out in my little rustbucket Austin Metro once for a practice drive but was constantly edgy and snappy – clearly, he didn’t like not being in control, even if only behind the wheel. It took me 76 lessons over 18 months with a driving instructor to pass my test. I don’t think the marriage lasted much longer after I passed on the third try.

Sasha Scott

Mum was in labour!

Mum was heavily pregnant and Dad had just broken his foot playing rugby. Dad was teaching me to drive, but at this time my driving was limited to first and second gear. On my fifth lesson with Dad, we were about to pull away when Mum screamed from the bathroom: “I’m going into labour!”

Due to his broken foot, Dad had made sure that a back-up driver was available, but this driver was tending to her own emergency at the time. So I became plan B and before I knew it, Dad was helping Mum into the car. I stalled three times before we set off and I was more panicked than my mum. I remember horns blaring in my direction, along with my mum’s screaming. But we finally got to the hospital and my baby brother was born a few hours later.

I’ll always remember that journey because it was the first time I changed to third gear successfully.

Tom Forte

Mum, the minimalist

My mother was born in 1915 so, at 17, she got a driving licence without a test. After she was widowed, she taught my two eldest sisters to drive in our Hillman Minx estate – with us and several friends in the back, and no seat belts.

Because she’d driven trucks in the war, she said we only needed three proper lessons each before our tests.

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Janie Hampton, left, sitting on the car bonnet, with her mother and sisters in 1961.
Shortly after I was 17, she made me drive in our old Ford Anglia down the A1 on a bank holiday, then round Hyde Park Corner in central London. After six months she said I was ready to take the test. My instructor said, “Who on earth has been teaching you? A truck driver?”

I passed my test at the second attempt after six lessons, which my mother complained were unnecessary and extravagant. I think it was worth it – I’ve been driving for 46 years and as yet have no points on my licence. But then, neither did my mother, after no lessons and 70 years on the road.

I drew the picture, above, in 1970 while waiting for the AA – it was constantly breaking down but I soon learned to fix the carburettor myself.

Janie Hampton

Terror in the back seat

In the 1960s, my father tried to teach my mother to drive in our brand new Austin 1100. I was too small to be left at home and was forced to sit in the back seat, enduring kangaroo jumps and erratic braking as we lurched slowly along the straight, wide, traffic-free road that led, ironically, to our local crematorium. My fear was as irrational as it was real, but I knew there was no way that we could trust Mummy to drive. She would kill us all.

I screamed and cried relentlessly: “Daddy, don’t let her drive. Pleeeease, Daddy, make her stop!”

Sadly, despite subsequent professional lessons, my mother never took her test.

Mandy Huggins

Attention, son!

My father was a driving instructor, so naturally it was he who taught me to drive. He had been a drill sergeant and PT instructor in the RAF and was used to his commands being carried out without question.

He wanted me to pass first time, as did I, so tuition was intense. At the end of a session, my neck would ache from several attempts to reverse round a corner, “keeping to six inches from the kerb all the way round”. If I hesitated for too long before emerging from a junction he would say, “If we stay here much longer, the lady in the house opposite will bring us tea and biscuits.”

Moving away from the kerb without looking over my shoulder would mean, he said, “The examiner has failed you, the rest of the test is a waste of your time and his.”

Tensions ran high close to the date of the test. He put me through a “mock test” that lasted three minutes before we argued and I got out and walked home. I passed first time. Thanks, Dad.

Jon Webster

Bum steer with MiL

Years ago, when I was still at the “nervous” learner-driver stage, my (now, sadly, late) mother-in-law took me for a practice spin in her Triumph Herald. We began on country lanes in first and second. Followed by an A-road, up a gear.

Then we were on a huge multi-lane road, where I was encouraged (“check there’s nothing coming …”) to leave the nearside lane, switch to fourth gear, overtake other cars, use the middle lane… until, suddenly, in the distance there loomed a huge island-roundabout, a major (city-to-city) highway crossing our path.

Unsure which lane I should be in, I asked as calmly as I could: “Where are we going?”

“Straight ahead!”

So, still in fourth, at about 60mph, I drove straight ahead – across the first half of the road, then the island, the second half of the motorway, and down the (luckily, empty) road opposite. I was encouraged to slow down, pull over and stop.

“Right!” said my mother-in-law, brightly. “I think we’ll change seats now and I’ll drive home …”

Frederick Robinson

Snoozing on duty

My dad took me out on my 17th birthday, in the Mini he had bought me. He was a very laidback man. Nothing fazed him. When he was in the army, in action in the second world war, he was known for falling asleep standing up even when danger was close by.

Off we went on my first “official” on-road driving lesson. As we approached the bottom of our road, I asked where we were going. “Anywhere you like,” he replied. We were only about a mile from home, when I asked if I was doing OK – but there was no answer.

He was asleep. I shouted to wake him up. He asked why I was shouting and I told him he had fallen asleep. He was tired, he said, and besides he knew I would be able to drive as he let me drive his old tractor across the fields when I was 10. I said that I thought that was different and we were on an actual road now, but he had fallen asleep again.

Julie Bronze

Brave, patient Dad

At 17, I was the proud owner of a brown 1.2 litre Vauxhall Nova. Having failed my first test after lessons with an instructor, my dad, who had recently retired, agreed to coach me until my next test date came through.

We spent hours side by side in the car, his patient, gentle support helping me to gain confidence and teaching me far beyond “mirror, signal, manoeuvre” to become a considerate and courteous driver, just like him.

He’d choose our route. Invariably it took us to Middleport, the area of Stoke-on-Trent he’d grown up in, where the poorer streets of the Potteries were being levelled. Three-point-turns were mastered in Prospect Street, a cul-de-sac of abandoned factories and a few remaining homes. Dad would relive youthful memories while I tried to find the clutch.

I didn’t know it at the time but his early retirement was prompted by a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease two years earlier. My parents thought I was too young to be burdened with the news, so I went on in that self-absorbed teenage way, not noticing his grip on the steering wheel becoming more determined.

Years later, when Dad had given up driving, I drove him to appointments, to day centres, and back to the changing streets of Middleport and I was grateful for the skills he’d passed on and that precious time we spent together behind the wheel.

Nicky Taylor

Legacy of the lessons

There was never any question but that my father, a motoring journalist, would teach me to drive. From the day of my 17th birthday, we went out every evening and I passed my test after two months. But the instruction didn’t stop there.

When the first snow came that winter, my father taught me how to handle a skid. He taught me motorway driving skills, how to change a tyre, read a map, park and, when I drove abroad for the first time, gave me a crash course in continental motoring.

Those two months broke down a lot of teenage barriers. Qualities in my father that I sometimes found frustrating at home made him the ideal driving teacher: he was rigorous, patient and unflappable. For 30 years I have loved driving and feel confident and safe behind the wheel of a car.

As my father advances into his 80s, I realise that his greatest legacy to me is his constant presence on the road as I drive every day.

Rachel Bladon

We’re still together

My main aim when I went off to Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1987 was to get a boyfriend. To achieve this in the first term was fantastic, to get a boyfriend with a car was a great bonus.

Sally Cooke with her student boyfriend – now husband – and the car he taught her to drive in, with his windsurf board on the roof.
He drove a 1975 Vauxhall Chevette with his treasured windsurfing board permanently on the roof bars. He offered to teach me to drive when we had been going out for a year. So, after spending a little bit of my student grant on a couple of “proper” lessons, we attached L-plates to the Chevette and hit the local housing and industrial estates.

He winced as his car hit the kerb as I failed repeatedly to reverse round the corner. He buried his head in his hands as I overshot a junction by about 10 feet and patiently waited out my tears as I told him “I JUST CAN’T DRIVE!”

But slowly, gradually I got the hang of it and began to drive.

We’re married now and the kids think I drive better than Dad does.

Sally Cooke

L-plate shenanigans

My parents were never going to pay for driving lessons, so they taught me themselves. I passed my test first time in a six-seater Fiat Multipla that, on test day, was held together with masking tape.

However, it didn’t come without struggles: the arguments on roundabouts about what I had actually been told to do; the family road trips when I had four people (both parents and my two younger siblings) all giving me instructions about how to park; the time when the L-plate flew off the front of the car while we were travelling down a 60mph road and there was nothing else for my mum to do than hold a spare L-plate up at the window for the rest of the 60-minute journey.

Despite all this, it hasn’t put my mum off, she is still planning to teach my siblings to drive.

Fiona Murray

Intensive Driving Lessons Leeds: Smooth Operator

High on the list of the mixtures of techniques for a good and safe driving is the need to use the car’s brakes in a fine, smooth and progressive way.  The drivers need to develop anticipation and observation, so that they could begin braking at a stage early enough to leave a decent margin for braking more heavily if the need arises unexpectedly.

There are drivers who tend to brake too hard and too late. While there are many of them have the habit of touching the brakes, enabling themselves to feel better, even if they have no intention to slow down the car to any measurable degree. This is called “comfort braking.”  They’re doing this believing themselves as careful drivers.

It’s better by far learning to read the road ahead. Not only to get early warning of developing hazards, but you can also respond to them by adjusting your speed using only your gas pedal.

An advanced driver will judge the distances and speed involved and, having left a decent gap, he would be able to follow safely by letting the speed “fall away” and so he/she will avoid the need to brake.

Also think about your road positioning. Make sure that you maximise your forward view. You can do it by positioning your vehicle slightly different on the carriageway. This should be a smooth change in your line and not an abrupt repositioning, enabling you to see forward that little bit better. Your careful adjustment of road position can improve your view ahead, especially through corners.

To apply these techniques will not only make you a smooth operator of your vehicle but it will also help you save fuel.

Another technique to make you a smooth operator can be applied not only on your road positioning and braking but also in accelerating your car particularly when you’re driving a manual transmission car.  It’s a task that will take you some training. Definitely, it can be accomplished pretty much by anyone who puts his/her mind to it.

It will really take some finesse and knowledge – to drive a manual transmission vehicle smoothly, particularly a truck or other large vehicle is more difficult because of a more rigid transmission, larger engine and heavy flywheel.

When you drive smoothly a manual transmission car you should depress the clutch fully. If you can feel any slight movement, slightly depress the brake pedal. Then, move the stick into neutral. Take note that the neutral is usually between first and second gear. The gear stick moves freely from right to left when you’re in neutral gear position.

Fully depressed the clutch pedal, then slot the stick into the first gear. Release the clutch slowly and at the same time depress the gas pedal slowly and smoothly until the car begins to engage and moves forward slightly. You will notice a point when the head of your car in front of your sight jolts a bit. At this point, release your hand brake.

Continue releasing the clutch slowly as you press on the gas pedal. Keep the Revolution Per Minute (RPM) slightly above idle. You should manage this with the gas pedal as you consistently release the clutch. Then, continue adding more throttle slowly and release the clutch fully for you to accelerate smoothly and normally ahead.

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