Safe Driving is for Life!

I just want to reaffirm the point that safe driving is for life and not just the feel good days such as Sunday’s, high days and holidays.

Whereas this positive attitude to road safety is one that I foster in my pupils right from the beginning I do not see it portrayed on the roads as much by other drivers.

It is a sad fact that the standard of driving, and it has to be said; a distinct lack of courtesy, have reduced in correlation to each other.

Please remember that safe driving is for life, not just for the driving test examiner. As I am sure your parents will have mentioned, a little manners costs nothing.

Enjoy your driving today.

Be pedestrian aware

There is no licence or supervision required to be a pedestrian.

We have all been and to some extent still are pedestrians. Hopefully the readers of this blog are sensible enough when walking around but I am fairly certain that all of you will have seen others walking blindly around paying no heed at all to their own health and safety.

Why then when driving do pupils always need reminding to not rely on pedestrians to be sensible?

The answer of course is that they are human beings and while learning and implementing new techniques they will have a pretty narrow focus. Health and safety is the watchword of safe driving for life so I will always be encouraging my pupils not to just observe their side of the road ahead, indeed not just the entire carriageway, but the importance of observing the entire street scene.

From experience I can assure you that every month I see several instances whereby my pupils plan has to be modified because of the seemingly random actions of a pedestrian.

This is why we maintain a dynamic risk assessment at all times.

Stay safe people, be pedestrian aware.

It rains in the summer too!

Check out @FindleysDriving’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/FindleysDriving/status/1008647443070832640?s=09

I saw this on my Twitter feed earlier and thought that it may be worth more than a short comment.

There is a feel good factor that we all feel when driving in the extended daylight of summertime. It’s great isn’t it?

This can lead us into a false sense of security.

When the weather worsens we need to remember that stopping distances are unaffected by the extra daylight and drive accordingly.

Learner drivers on motorways from 4th June 2018

That’s next week!

I will say, as I have been saying for years, that the motorways would be far safer than they already are if learner drivers could access motorway training from qualified driving instructors.

As you can see in this piece from the government website: Gov.uk the announcement has been made and we can begin the process of making what are already regarded as being statistically the safest roads; even safer.

Anyone who has driven regularly on the UK’s motorway network will be only too well aware that the standard of driving exhibited around you can change from minute to minute.  We are all painfully made aware that the vast majority of drivers have had no extra training what-so-ever in preparation for motorway journeys and this manifests itself in some of the displays of driving that make us cringe.

This change is welcome and in my opinion will improve the safety standards on our motorway network on a drip feed basis.  Practically speaking this is the only way.  It is hardly practical to close the motorways to those without suitable training, nor desirable for that matter.

I extend my sympathies to anyone who is learning to drive far enough away from the motorway network that it is not reasonably practical for them to take advantage of this legislative change.  For the majority of the population though this is an opportunity that I believe the majority of pupils will welcome to gain their first experience on a motorway with their professional driving instructor.