At the moment I am sitting in a waiting room while my tuition vehicle is having the brake discs, break pads, and new tyres fitted to both sides on the front.
Driving instructors will recognise this as just part of the grind whereby as well as potentially losing income from pupils who are not able to take other available times a large bill will have to be settled.
If you have ever queried the lesson price charged by an instructor then these are just some of the hidden costs that you may not have considered to be included with that price.
I am always hopeful that things will get better.
Thus is especially true in the realm of pedestrian safety, or to be more accurate, pedestrians taking some responsibility for their own safety.
The number of times per day that I witness pedestrians demonstrate an absolutely blase attitude while crossing a road engrossed on whatever content their phone is pumping through their headphones. Any thought for road safety? Not a jot, leave that to the drivers. After all, it is they that will be prosecuted if an incident occurs.
This may or may not be the case in all instances but what I am certain of is this:
Being hit by a car ALWAYS hurts the pedestrian more than the car driver.
Good morning Nuneaton!
Today being somewhat on the special side and having niceties planned for later on I would like to live to see my sweetheart smile.
I am totally accustomed to the continuous increase in arrogance and general carelessness displayed while behind a steering wheel. I use a mix of techniques to ensure the health and safety of both myself and others continuously on a day to day basis. I am simply asking that upon this special day for many a little extra time be allowed to complete your journey safely.
I like to think that we all have a little of the child within us and I certainly do.
I remember as a boy having my face pressed against the car window whenever we passed by any site which had earth moving equipment in action. Nothing has changed much, just a little less eager to press my face to the window.
An obvious question you may think but my answer will hopefully offer food for thought.
Pupils instinctively worry to some extent about their driving test once the date is booked. To mitigate this pressure, which they do not need to deal with, I offer the following thought:
One day you and I shall be walking side by side towards the driving test centre. We will have made certain that you know within yourself that you are above the standard required for the complete syllabus, and further to that you will have a complete understanding of the test that you are about to take!
To gain a full driving licence in the UK it is a legal formality that you have to pass a practical driving test. Fair enough; but you have already been tested on every aspect of driving and gained the experience and confidence required to drive consistently above the required standard. It is fair to say then that for a properly trained candidate the test can be viewed as more of a legal formality. I would be lying if I said that this approach takes away the nerves for every pupil.
It certainly helps to offer them a different way of looking at that date on their calendar.
To be fair to the contractors they have done a good job and finished in good time. As a regular road user it does seem that major schemes take for ever.
The traffic lights have been turned on for a few days and the complete system is now available to use. I have heard many opinions, many of which confirm that people do not seem to accept change readily.
I am in the minority that is very pleased with the new traffic scheme having approached it from every conceivable direction. With some minor advice in relation to the more logical scheme of the layout my pupils have shown no problems adapting.
There is more to transport in the community than motor vehicles and I have been very pleased to see the facilities incorporated for pedestrians and cyclists as well.
As usual I would urge caution whilst drivers become accustomed to the changes. There are too many on the roads who seem to think that a sudden burst of acceleration is all that is required when they notice that they are in the wrong lane. While this causes much consternation to other road users it is not the fault of the contractors.
All in all a big thumbs up from me.
Whereas I fully understand that we all have to be somewhere I will never understand why the tolerance and courtesy towards others that we would display automatically in any other public space eludes so many while they are driving.
There are countless good advice posts online suggesting leave more time for your journey, advice regarding weather conditions etcetera, I shall almost certainly write more of those myself.
This post on the other hand is simply a plea from the heart of a cynical driving instructor to his fellow humanity:
Please show a little more patience on the road!
A few days later than most quite possibly but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2019. If you can manage healthy and prosperous then happiness will be a lot easier to achieve.
Have a great 2019!
Or at least those of us who have any sense are…
Being self employed, which all driving instructors are, has it’s advantages. A regular dependable income is not one of them.
Christmas is the time of celebration, presents, dressing nicely and merriment. All of which costs money! From early December driving instructors will hear a steady stream of, “I won’t be able to book any more lessons now until January i’m afraid. You do understand don’t you?” We understand perfectly. Pupils don’t always understand quite so much when I respond with, “Totally understandable! However should anyone ring for lessons I will have to sell them this timeslot. You do understand don’t you?”
In business as with driving forward planning is the key to a successful journey. The wise instructors are squirrelling away a few pounds now to see them through. It would be nice if pupils did too but, ah well; that is life.
I do not normally make a big thing of it but I love watching the cycle races on the television.
When we at maison de Findley learnt that the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain 2018 had a stage starting from Nuneaton there was no doubt that a half day off would be booked.
I must say it was great to see quite a number of the current greats of world cycling on stage in the town centre for the signing in ceremony.
Certainly for this family of cycling fans the televised races will seem that little bit more real now that we have been directly alongside over one hundred top riders.