Drive to get kids behind wheel at as young as 11

With studies showing that children who start learning to drive from as young as 11 are half as likely to have an accident when they pass their test, a petition to teach driving on the school curriculum has been launched in Britain, writes Lisa Salmon. Could the north benefit too?

LEARNING to drive starts from the age of 17, right? Wrong. Getting behind the wheel and learning to drive a car under proper supervision can start, on private land that doesn’t have public access, from as early as 11, when a child is tall enough to reach the vehicle controls.

And research shows that the earlier a young person starts learning to drive, the safer their driving becomes.

One in five new drivers has an accident within six months of passing their test and, every year, hundreds of people are killed in motorcycle and auto accidents involving young drivers throughout Ireland and Britain. If you were involved in an accident, talk to the motorcycle accident lawyer colorado springs to get help and get a settlement. But research shows that youngsters who start learning to drive under the age of 17, and in some cases from as young as 11, are half as likely to have an accident when they pass their test.

A number of driving schools in Britain are now teaching children under 17 how to drive, and a petition has been launched urging the British government to include driving on the school curriculum.

Kim Stanton, managing director of the pre-17 driving lessons provider, Young Driver, which has launched the petition, says: “Driving a vehicle is potentially one of the most dangerous and responsible things a person can do. Learning to drive should be done over a long period, and from a young age, when pupils are more receptive to safety messages.

“Research shows that road safety messages are better absorbed by children in their early teens rather than at driving age. By having this take place at school, it can be made inclusive for all.”

The petition is backed by motoring organisations including the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the RAC, the Driving Instructors Association, and motoring expert and TV presenter Quentin Willson, whose son, aged 16, and 11-year-old daughter, have both started driving lessons.

“I think it’s vital – it’s a road safety revolution in the making,” says Willson. “If we could get this on the curriculum, so the opportunity was open to all, it would have huge ramifications in terms of the safety of our young people. And, as both a father and road user, that’s certainly something I want to back – 100,000 signatures could help save 400 precious lives every year.”

Although young drivers can’t start learning to drive a car on public roads until they get their provisional licence when they’re 17, driving lessons can be held on road systems created using cones and road signs on private land, such as car parks that are closed to the public.

Driving schools like Young Driver use dual-controlled cars with insurance for lessons provided by qualified CRB-checked driving instructors, and drivers from the age of 11, and at least 1.42m tall, learn everything from changing gears and parking, to using roundabouts and even manoeuvring a slalom. Lessons mirror those taken on the road at 17, but give youngsters the chance to take their time without any pressure to pass a test.

“The accidents that young drivers have are usually down to a lack of experience and not having the right training,” Stanton explains.

“By starting at a younger age, you can more easily focus on attitude and behaviour and you have a better chance of tackling a young person’s sense of invulnerability.”

But while children can learn the basics of driving and how to control a car from the age of 11, the fact they aren’t legally allowed to drive on public roads until they’re 17 and able to purchase car insurance means they can’t experience how to deal with other traffic.

Stanton agrees that full driver education needs to involve driving on real roads and learning to deal with other road users, but she points out this can be learned after the age of 17, when the practical side of driving, such as changing gear and steering, has been mastered earlier on.

“When they get on the road at 17, they can spend driving lesson time focusing much more on interaction with other road users, rather than concentrating on when they need to use the clutch, for example,” she says.

“Even if you just have four hours of driving a year from the age of 11, that’s a lot of hours behind the wheel by the time you get to the age of 17, when you can then learn to socialise with the traffic out on the public roads.”

Stanton says Young Driver is already providing lessons in some schools, but stresses: “Our goal is to get this on the school curriculum. The government says there isn’t the money to do that, but the cost of 400 young deaths a year, let alone all the serious accidents that happen to these very young people who’ve just passed their test, is massive, and learning to drive earlier can help tackle that.”

Mark Lewis, director of standards for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, agrees that the driving education youngsters currently receive is inadequate.

“The high number of accidents and the sad loss of life as a result of unprepared young drivers urgently needs to be tackled,” he stresses.

“Learning such an important skill shouldn’t potentially be done and dusted in a few short months – there needs to be more done at an earlier stage.”

Leeds Driving Lesson Tips: Q & A to Come Out in the Driving Test

After taking Leeds driving Lesson you need to take the test. In the driving theory test, there are questions and answers which will usually come out. They might just differ in the sentence construction but it has similar meanings and contents. You should often be aware of these so that when you encounter them, you’ll easily pass your test.

The following are the possible questions and answers including its important explanation:

(1.)  How many drinks can you get away with if you’re driving on an empty stomach? (a.) It depends on how long your journey is. (b.) Two – before you feel it. (c.) None at all.

If you choose letter c, you’re right because none of the above choices (a. & b.) are correct. The correct answer is “none at all” because alcohol could slow down your reaction time by 10 to 30 %. It also reduces your ability to perform two or more tasks at the same time, and it also reduces night vision by 25 %  which means it’s really unsafe to drink and drive.

(2.)  When is it safe to coast or travel in neutral or with the clutch pedal pressed down? (a.) Down a hill in an area you know well. (b.) It’s never safe to coast. (c.) When you’re running low on petrol and need to save fuel.

If you choose letter b, you’re correct because it’s really never safe to coast. Because coasting will reduce the driver’s control over the vehicle. It will also eliminate the effectiveness of the brakes and drastically affect your steering responses.

(3.)  If someone is tailgating you aggressively, you should…(a.) Drive fast to get rid of him/her. (b.) Swear right at them with anger. (c.) You should maintain at your comfortable speed and keep left.

If your choice is letter c, then you’re right and have a good thinking. Because by showing up your being extra-polite to rude drivers such as keeping your car as far left as possible so that this rude motorist will have a clear view ahead to allow them to pass. But make sure that you leave a big enough gap in front of you so that he/she can easily get back in after passing.

Be aware that tailgaters will often put you in danger so you should get rid of them as quickly as possible. So make it easy for them to get away by immediately clearing their way.

(4.)  Loud music in a car can cause accidents because… (a.) It makes other drivers mad. (b.) It distracts you. (c.) It tempts you to play around with the CD.

If you choose letter b, you’re right or too right because loud music is dangerous because it’s distracting the driver’s concentration whilst behind the wheel. It would also mask the sounds of traffic and approaching emergency vehicles.

(5.)  A driver in the UK turning right at busy intersection must yield to what? (a.) Vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. (b.) Vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles which are approaching from opposite direction. (c.) Vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles approaching from the left.

If you choose letter b, you’re correct because any driver turning left must yield to the vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles from opposite direction.

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How to overtake cyclists – the video all drivers should watch

The Highway code requires vehicles to give cyclists at least as much space as a car – but many cars endanger lives by ignoring this. Chris Boardman features in a new YouTube video that aims to help change that

“Socialism,” wrote the 1970s Chilean politician José Viera Gallo, “can only arrive by bicycle.” That’s why Jeremy Corbyn cycles everywhere. And come the revolution, prime minister Corbyn will see to it that this land of ours will be festooned with bike paths. Not the usual “crap” ones, oh no, the Corbynite cycleways will be clause IV bike paths, nationalised, surfaced with butter-smooth tarmac and wider than a wide thing.

Until then, we’ve got to make do with less then wholesome conditions, and that means sometimes sharing the road with tonnes of tin driven by texting, speeding, tweeting motorists.

I’m all for striving to reach Utopia (this is a small town in the Netherlands) but I live and cycle in the present day and I’d quite like motorists not to kill me today, and not just in 20 years’ time. Therefore alongside campaigning for infrastructure I’d quite like to affect some behavioural change right now. Naturally, expecting the current crop of motorists to treat cyclists with common courtesy is pie-in-the-sky thinking but we’ve got much more chance with the next crop.

There are now 17-year-old learner drivers who have had school-based Bikeability cycle training at school and it’s plausible that, because of memory imprinting, they will be more likely to treat cyclists with care. Part of the problem with some British motorists at the moment – and this is certainly different in the Netherlands – is that too few of them have ever ridden bicycles.

We need to reach student drivers via their driving instructors and this is something I’ve been doing via today’s universal medium of learning stuff: YouTube.

Last year I produced a video starring master driving instructor Blaine Walsh who explained why cyclists might sometimes ride “in the middle of the road”. The Driving Standards Agency sent this video to all UK driving instructors.

And now the DSA is all set to distribute the next video in the series, a film about rule 163 of the Highway Code, or how to give cyclists oodles of space, not the inch some motorists think is fine and dandy. Blaine Walsh is our driving representative again (he has a YouTube channel with 400 driving instructor subscribers) and from the world of cycling we’ve only gone and got Chris Boardman.

In the good old days a video like this would been produced and disseminated by the government as a public information film but the government doesn’t do such sensible things any more so the Bicycle Association and British Cycling funded this one.

The video takes the photograph of a wide overtake from the Highway Code and makes it move. We had Blaine overtaking a pack of cyclists from Exeter Wheelers but also made sure Chris pointed out that rule 163 applies to everyday cyclists, too.

The film is called Space, and lasts just three minutes. Beautifully, it finishes with a couple of correct overtakes from the real world, including a textbook overtake from an HGV driver that should be compulsory viewing for every motorist.

Should we be banning drivers for minor offences?

No one would argue that truly dangerous drivers should not be banned from the roads, but bans are also dished out for accumulated smaller offences. Could these convicted drivers be made to do good instead?

There are several driving offences that carry an automatic ban if the driver is convicted. This is a sensible sentence, as it aims to remove dangerous drivers from our roads.

But what about the many drivers who end up banned through the ‘totting up’ system, whereby if they end up with 12 points on their licence they face a driving ban? These drivers have received penalty points for driving offences, often speeding. The fact they have repeatedly reoffended and not learned from the experience suggests another approach would make more sense.


Among the various options that have been mooted and tried are driver education courses, and fitting cars with monitoring devices – like the automotive equivalent of an electronic ASBO tag.

However, there is one option that has not been explored which could offer some banned drivers a chance of good driving education while also serving the community. The idea is to allow some banned drivers back behind the wheel under strictly supervised conditions so that they can carry out a community service.

[Related story: Young men most likely to be banned]

While a driver may have their licence taken away due to a ban, the ability to operate and drive a vehicle remains with that individual, So, instead of letting them walk or use the bus, bicycle, train or taxis, the idea is to make use of their driving ability to benefit others who might not have access to a vehicle or be able to drive.

Crime and punishment

If a banned driver could reduce the length of their driving ban by carrying out community service combined with driver education, it could benefit all involved. The driver would have to pass a driving test before being allowed on the road, which is something they would have to do anyway at the end of the ban period.

When this type of driver goes out on the road, they would be under strict supervision and all of their driving time would be part of a re-education course to make them aware of the dangers of speeding and other driving offences.

After passing a driving test and initially proving their ability to drive safely, they could be used to help the elderly or disabled getting to and from home, shops and appointments. These probation drivers could also help with services such as meals on wheels, or deliver documents for services such as hospitals.

All of this would be conducted with a qualified driving instructor in the car, helping to generate business and income for them.

Of course, this idea would not be suitable for all offences. Instances of drink- or drug-driving should mean the driver serving the entire ban and then sitting a driving test. However, for some drivers there could be other ways of redeeming themselves by giving back to their communities, while learning to be better drivers at the same time.

Driving ‘should be taught at school to save lives’

According to Young Driver, four hundred lives could be saved each year if driving was taught at schools. Read more about this below.

Adding driving to the school curriculum could save 400 lives every year on the UK’s roads, according to a driving lesson provider.

A petition has been launched to support the proposal by Young Driver and is being backed by major motoring organisations including the Association of British Insurers, the RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Driving Instructor’s Association.

The petition does not want to lower the legal age of driving from 17 but instead wants school children to be taught about driving from a younger age.

The scheme’s supporters say providing lessons in the classroom and practical driving courses would help save the lives of this most vulnerable group of drivers.

Another benefit of the scheme would be to cut the number of deaths of young people travelling in cars driven by other young people aged 17 to 24. A quarter of all road deaths in the UK involve drivers or passengers aged 15 to 19.

Kim Stanton from Young Driver explained: “Driving a vehicle is potentially one of the most dangerous and responsible things a person can do. Learning to drive should be done over a long period of time, and from a young age, when pupils are more receptive to safety messages.

“Evidence-based research shows that road safety messages are better absorbed by children in their early teens rather than at driving age. By having this take place at school it can be made inclusive for all. We urge people to sign this petition so we can get this issue in front of the people with the power to change things.”

Mark Lewis, director of standards for the IAM, added: “The high number of accidents and the sad loss of life as a result of unprepared young drivers urgently needs to be tackled. Quite obviously the driving education that youngsters are currently receiving is inadequate.

“At the IAM we can help prepare people for more advanced driving situations once they have passed their test, but there needs to be more done at an earlier stage. Learning such an important skill shouldn’t potentially be done and dusted in a few short months.

“That’s why I strongly believe people should sign this petition and get the subject debated in the House of Commons.”

Filling Your Car with Automotive Additives

There’s a lot of additives you can fill your car with that will make it perform better. But which ones are really worth using? So, here are some essential guides to help you find the best from the best driving instructors in Leeds.

There are bolt-on and go-faster goodies for our vehicles, but what about some upgrades you simply pour into the car to make it better? From improved cooling to clearer windscreens, there’s a lot of additives you can mix with vital fluids of your car. But which ones to work perfectly and are worth spending money on? They are as follows:

(1.)  Fuel Additives.

One of the most common additives you will come across is the type that claims to clean your vehicle’s engine as you drive along. This type of additive is being poured into the fuel tank and mixes with the diesel or petrol so it will get into the engine and touch all of the parts that are reached by the fuel.

When you use this sort of product, you have to make sure you’re buying the right kind for your vehicle, because they vary according to the fuel your car’s engine is using. Whilst some of this type of additives claim to boost the power of the engine, the best of them are those that will work by helping to remove sludge and carbon deposits that are building up in the engine during its normal use.

As the car is used, these deposits have been softened and washed away through the use of chemical cleansers. When using this kind of product, you may notice some smokes coming out from the exhaust pipe. However, that should quickly clear and the engine will feel slightly lively. It also reduces fuel consumption.

(2.)  Oil additives

Oil additives, which are the same as the treatments of fuel, are also being poured into the engine’s oil filler directly. They make the engine oil last longer or it degrades longer in regular use. But if you’re not certain of their quality, it’s more advisable to just use engine oil of high-quality and regularly replace every year the oil and oil filter.

(3.)  Screenwash Additives

This type of additives are a simple pour and use solution for your vehicle. These are for the windscreen washer treatment. This will work by the mixture of the washer fluid and spurting to the windscreen as you use the washers. It’s like a common shower spray, a windscreen treatment can work by turning the glass into a unique water repellent, so that dirt and rain do not adhere to the glass.

(4.)  Coolant Additives

Engine coolant aid is an additive that will mix with water and it is often called “water wetter.” This type of additives can work by blending with the water in the vehicle’s coolant system to increase chemically the water’s boiling point which means the coolant fluid will carry on doing its job even at higher temperature, such as when the vehicle is caught in a traffic jam or during summer season.

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Driving Lesson Leeds Tips: How to Save Fuel at Wheel

There’s a lot of ways to save fuel whilst driving a vehicle on the road, however some of them are still not known to many drivers especially the novice or the young drivers in driving schools. So, it’s important that you will know about them so that you won’t only save money but also make your driving lesson Leeds environmentally friendly and help save our mother Earth.

(1.)  One of the most effective ways of saving fuel while travelling is accelerating your car smoothly which means you have to maintain almost the same speed specially when you’re on a long trip.

Traveling the perfect way on the road, you have to have a constant speed which is around 50 miles per hour (mph), and it should be in the highest gear as possible such as six or five. So, if you’re a patient motorist to just be contented with the 50 mph speed, then you will have lower fuel bills after your travel. It’s as simple as that.

However, you’ll also have to change speed sometimes if there’s a need to do it. For Example, when you overtake another vehicle which is running at the same speed of 50 mph as its driver may have been able to read and follow what’s written in this article, you really have to accelerate more than 50 mph to be able to overtake.

We have to accept the fact that there are situations where avoiding to overtake is unrealistic. But there are instances of overtaking which only has a little or no point at all which you should avoid, such as accelerating past a vehicle to simply be at the front of it without any significance at the next set of traffic lights.

When you follow these simple tips and advice, any instant reward will definitely appear on your fuel bills the next time you fill up the fuel tank of your car.

(2.)  Don’t push the gas pedal down too far. This one will always surprise people. It has nothing to do with what gear you are in. You may be in a high gear and travelling at a sensible speed, but if you’re pushing the gas pedal down too far to avoid changing into a lower gear, for instance into third from fourth, then you’re using more fuel.

Obviously, if your vehicle has an automatic gearbox you’ll know if it does change from higher to lower gear, then it would probably do a better job than you in term of choosing which gear to be in. So you’ll have no problem with automatic car.

(3.)  Turn off the air-conditioning. On the whole year round, it’s actually tempting to leave the air-con as it stops your windows misting up during the winter and you won’t ever need thinking about the temperature inside your vehicle, however it uses a bit more of fuel. So you’re advised to turn your air-con off when it’s not hot.

(4.)  Regularly check your tyre pressures. Be aware that the lower the tyre pressures, the more fuel the vehicle needs to move it down the road. It’s recommended that you have to take five minutes every two weeks to check your tyres.

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Experts call for driving to be added to the school curriculum

Latest news as the experts said that driving lessons is important to stiudents and it’s a great additional to school curriculum today. Read more, in the article below.

“Motoring organisations are supporting a petition for the government to add driving to the school curriculum in a bid to cut the number of road accidents involving young drivers that has been recently released by Kelly White Donofrio LLP.

Set up by Young Driver, provider of driving lessons for under 17s, the petition calls for practical and classroom-based driving lessons to be added to the national curriculum.

The company says its petition, which doesn’t call for a change in the driving age, already has the support of organisations including the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the RAC, as well as insurance companies and motoring expert Quentin Willson.

One in five new drivers have a crash within six months of passing their test and road traffic accidents account for a quarter of the deaths of 15-19 year olds in the UK, compared to just 0.5% of the overall adult population. Every year 400 people are killed in accidents involving young drivers.

Willson said: “Both my son, age 16, and daughter, age 11, have started having driving lessons with Young Driver. I think it’s vital – it’s a road safety revolution in the making.

“If we could get this on the curriculum, so the opportunity was open to all, it would have huge ramifications in terms of the safety of our young people. And, as both a father and road user, that’s certainly something I want to back. Getting 100,000 signatures could help save 400 precious lives every year.”

If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the government will issue an official response – while 100,000 signatures could see it debated in Parliament.”

Formula One’s Rising Star Max Verstappen to Take Driving Lessons

Formula One, rising star Max Verstappen need to pass his driving test! But first he need to need to take a minimum six or seven hours driving under the laws in Belgium. The Dutch 17-year-old, fourth for Toro Rosso in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix to take DVLA driving lessons during summer break.

Read more about on this CNN article…

(CNN) While his Formula One peers are relaxing on yachts and holidaying in Ibiza, Max Verstappen is spending his summer break taking driving lessons.

Toro Rosso’s young gun has already proved his skills at the wheel of an F1 car — but the 17-year-old still can’t drive a road car at home in Belgium.

When asked whether he had a driving license to add to F1’s required Super License by media earlier this month he revealed: “I still don’t have it.

“I have my theory exam already so I just have to wait until I’m 18 and then I have to do the practical test.”

Verstappen told reporters at Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix that he planned to use F1’s four-week summer break for an intensive course of driving lessons.

“I’m doing my lessons in the summer break,” Verstappen explained. “With the F1 schedule it has been difficult to fit everything in so I’ve had to wait for the break.

“You need a minimum six or seven hours driving under the laws in Belgium, where I live — and I hope that’s all I need.”

Verstappen heads into the holidays full of confidence after racing to a brilliant career-best fourth place at an action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix.

But when it was suggested to him that passing his road car test would be a breeze, he joked: “I’m not sure. Maybe I’m a bit too fast on the road! We’ll see.”

Verstappen became the youngest driver in the history of F1 when he joined the grid at the start of the 2015 season with a tender 17 years and 166 days on the clock.

His speedy promotion to the top tier of global motorsport drew criticism but the son of former F1 racer Jos Verstappen — who partnered Michael Schumacher at Benetton in 1994 — and go-karting supermum Sophie Kumpen quickly dispelled any doubts with his level head and feisty overtaking skills.

Verstappen will turn 18 on September 30, three days after the Japanese Grand Prix, and plans to take his driving test as soon as possible.

But as for completing his school lessons, well, Verstappen has other ideas.

“This was basically my last school year but the opportunity you get in F1 only comes once, so I’m focused on F1 for the moment,” he explained.

“You can always finish school later … Hopefully I’ll never have to go back.”

Verstappen will continue his schooling on track with the rest of the F1 pack when the season resumes at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 23.

What’s the Future of Driving Schools Leeds with Driverless Cars?

One of the challenges faced by driving schools Leeds in the future is the advancement of modern transport technology that may eventually cease them from existing – the creation of completely driverless cars. If the future of our roads will see no more drivers controlling any cars running on the streets, drivers and driving schools will become a thing of the past.

However, many people believe it may only happen too far in the future when no one else of today’s generations will be alive, let’s say after 100 years or so. If it will happen this far, then driving schools of today have nothing to worry.

A new study has showed that one in three British drivers said they wouldn’t get into a driverless car because of fears about reliability, safety, and lack of control. These drivers just gave their reactions following the government’s recent announcement to provide a funding of £19 million to make driverless cars a reality in Britain.

Aside from this number or a third of all British drivers refusing to get into a driverless car, a half of them or around 48 % said they wouldn’t consider buying this type of vehicle in the future. Only a quarter or 24 % said they would think of buying a driverless car such as the most advanced type which has no more steering wheel, a totally driverless.

A study conducted by SPA Future Thinking has showed British drivers are too sceptical about driverless vehicles. They are 80 % of all British drivers who believe this type of vehicle must have a steering wheel so occupants can take control immediately if it’s necessary or malfunction occurs. Only six percent of all respondents in the study thought no driver controls for this type are needed.

The study further revealed that only 17 % of British drivers believe that driverless cars will remove the requirement for a driving test in the future. This suggests that British drivers are reluctant to embrace this new technology at this point in time of our generation.

SPA Future Thinking Managing Director Richard Barton said: “The key issue being highlighted in the research is that people who want a driverless car to have controls to use if necessary is 80 %. This raises a significant issue of liabilities if accidents will happen that the Highway Code and insurers need to address clearly before anyone can be a backseat driver to any driverless car.”

The main benefits of driverless cars as seen by the motorists are as follows:

(1.) Increased safety on the roads – 18 %

(2.) Fewer road accidents – eight per cent

(3.) The occupants are able to do other activities such as working or reading while travelling – 6%.

However, a lot of negative implications were cited by the respondents such as the following technological malfunctions:

(1.) The threat of hacking or viruses – 18%

(2.) Danger to the public  – 15%

(3.) Lack of control  – 11%

(4.) Still unproven technology – 8%

“The United Kingdom has the excellent heritage of being at the forefront of transport technology and development, and it’s too encouraging to witness the progressive attitude of British government towards technological innovations with tremendous accident reduction potential and making the flow of traffic more smoothly,” Barton said.

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