Intensive Driving Lessons

Intensive driving lessons are they a good thing? This is a Money Supermarket website headline.
Below is a comment I wrote  on the moneysupermarket.com website.

Intensive courses the old fashioned way : First lesson on Monday test on Friday no longer work for most people. Engineers, siblings of a farmer would be the exception.
Intensive courses when used as part of an overall learning to drive programme can save a lot of money and time. Whilst producing a very safe driver at the end.
A 5 day intensive gets the process of car control into the nervous system with outstanding results. The following 5 days after a few days, or even a week off, the new driver blossoms out. The new driver is more than ready on this next 5 day course to take on traffic and challenging situations.
A test should never be booked whilst taking an intensive course. It blocks the learning process. Once things start to come together a test cancellation is then booked with extremely good results.

As you can see, I am firm believer that intensive driving courses, when used as part of an overall driver training programme are an excellent wayAre intensive driving lessons a good thing to save money and also save time. The really important added bonus though is the built in extra safety factor, over and above taking weekly lessons.

Are intensive driving lessons a good thing? Safety Observation

From a road safety viewpoint, intensive driving lessons produce a safer, more experienced driver. When a pupil makes a driving mistake. There is plenty of time to practice the correction. On weekly driving lessons it is usually left until next weeks lesson to try again. But this is often forgotten now by both instructor and pupil.

Repetition of good driving skills raises the standard of driving and produces a very safe and confident driver. 

Fast Track Driving Test

Fast track driving test booking service with an intensive driving course now available. Learning to drive at one lesson each week will take the average person a year or more before they would be ready to pass a driving test. Fast track learning to drive and driving test booking service can mean its possible to learn to drive and pass a driving test within the month.

Fast Track Driving Test

Once an intensive driving course has been completed a driving test would normally follow. Sounds good, but there is always a waiting list for driving tests. This can be anytime from 6 to 9 weeks which could mean more lessons are needed.

Fast Track Driving Test
Fast Track Diving Test

Do you need to learn to drive and pass a practical test as soon as possible because of the offer of a job? Need to be independent of public transport? At the Scottish Driving School we now offer a Fast Track Booking Service for students who are ready to take their driving test. There are no shortcuts to learning to drive. Why wait for a driving test if you are ready to pass?

A Fast Track Driving Test does not mean taking a test before you are ready.

It means taking a test as soon as you are ready.

Learning To Drive

Learning to drive for new pupils can be a nervous experience. Learning to drive on the quiet roads of Perth on either one of our residential courses, or weekly intensive courses can be made less stressful. Once your confidence grows you will be ready to move out into the traffic. Our modern driver training methods ensure that you will be able to cope in traffic more than you could ever imagine.

Once you are ready and eager to take your practical test we avoid the long waiting list and get you a test, sometimes within 3 days. Why wait if you are ready to pass?

Driving Tests Ban Vauxhall Corsa

Any Vauxhall Corsa registered from May 2014 will be banned from use on driving tests unless a certificate is produced from a reputable garage. A major steering problem exists with this model and all owners have been asked by Vauxhall to return their cars for inspection and/or rectification where necessary.

Driving examiners have been instructed not to carry out driving tests in the Corsa unless a safety certificate is presented at the time of the test.

Vauxhall Corsa 2014
Vauxhall Corsa 2014

Other vehicles banned from being used on a driving test are listed below:

Proof

You can’t use any of the cars listed below unless you bring proof that states:

  • the car was recalled and the recall work has been done
  • the car was recalled but didn’t need any work to be done
  • the car wasn’t part of the recall

The proof must be in 1 of the following forms:

  • the actual recall letter or safety notice that has been stamped by the manufacturer or dealer
  • written proof from the manufacturer or a dealer (on official or headed notepaper)

Your test will be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t bring the right proof.

Ford

Fiesta

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty seat belt mechanismSome models built between 1989 and 1990 (‘F’ to ‘H’ registration plates)18 Mar 1996
Faulty brake hosesSome models built between Jul 1995 and Jun 1996 (‘M’ to ‘P’ registration plates)12 Feb 2008COB 8/98, 10/98, 11/98, 14/98

Honda

Jazz, CR-V, Stream, Civic Coupe

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 11 Jul 2000 and 13 Aug 2003 (‘W’ to ‘53’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Mazda

6

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 14 Feb 2002 and 20 Apr 2003 (‘51’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

121

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty brake hosesSome models built in 1998 (‘R’ to ‘S’ registration plates)13 Feb 1998COB 9/98, 14/98

Nissan

Nissan Almera, Almera Tino, Terrano, Navara, Patrol and X-Trail

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 22 May 2001 and 6 Jun 2003 (‘Y’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Pathfinder (imported vehicles only)

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 22 May 2001 and 6 Jun 2003 (‘Y’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Peugeot

107

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Accelerator pedal may fail to return to idleSome models registered from Feb 2008 to Aug 2009 (‘08’ to ‘09’ registration plates)3 Feb 2010COB 04/2010

206

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty brake linkageSome models (excluding Station Wagon (SW)) built between Sept 1998 and Feb 2002 (‘S’ to ‘51’ registration plates)11 Dec 2003COB 30/03

Renault

Clio ll (mark two) and Campus

A current MOT certificate is acceptable evidence for the Renault Clio ll (mark 2) and Campus only.

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty bonnet catchAll models3 May 2007COB 46/07

Toyota

Yaris

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty headrests and or side airbag deploymentSome models built between 4 Nov 2005 and 31 Jul 2006 (‘55’ to ‘56’ registration plates)2 Feb 2007COB 47/2007
Potentially defective seat rail track and/or steering column mountingSome models built between June 2005 and May 2010 (‘05’ to ‘10’ registration plates)9 April 2014COB 02/2014

Auris, Avensis, Aygo (MMT or VSC), Verso and Yaris

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Accelerator pedal may fail to return to idleSome models built between 2 Jan 2009 and 1 May 2010 (‘58’ to ‘60’ registration plates)3 Feb 2010COB 04/2010

Corolla, Picnic, Yaris, Camry, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC4300

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 6 Jan 2001 and 15 Nov 2003 (‘X’ to ‘53’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Vauxhall

Corsa, Combo and Tigra

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty driver and front passenger seat belt locking mechanismSome models built in 1999 and 2000 (‘S’ to ‘X’ registration plates)10 Jan 2005COB 11/01, 15/01, 03/05

Corsa D

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potential steering problemSome models registered from Sept 2006 to Feb 2007 (‘56’ registration plates)03 Jan 2008COB 02/2008
Possible faulty handbrake cable and fittingSome models built between Aug 2009 and 23 Aug 2010 (‘59’ to ‘10’ registration plates)27 Jul 2010COB 20/2010
Possible fault causing driving instabilitySome models registered from Sept 2006 to Feb 2007 (‘56’ registration plates)27 Jun 2007COB 32/2007

Ref: Table produced courtesy DVSA

West Midlands Casualty Reduction Scheme – Speed Cameras

Speed Awareness Course

The National Speed Awareness Course has been put in place to give drivers who are found to be in excess of the speed limit the opportunity to attend driver re-education on the effects and dangers of speeding as an alternative to a fixed penalty.

The course is only offered for low-level speeding offences detected by fixed or mobile speed cameras and drivers are only eligible if they have not attended a Speed Awareness Course anywhere in the country within the last three years. If you have been caught speeding, you will be notified if you are eligible to attend a Speed Awareness Course after completing the Notice of Intended Prosecution.

Since this is a national course, drivers can choose to take a course in any area that offers them, regardless of where the original offence occurred. Costs may vary between areas, but courses in the West Midlands currently cost £85 (subject to an annual review) and drivers who take the course will not receive three points on their licence.

The theory-based workshops last for four hours and cover:

Hazard awareness

Speeding consequences

Driving safety tips

For more information on courses within the West Midlands, to book a course, or to find directions to a course venue, please visit the TTC Group website. For information on courses in other areas, visit the National Association of Driver Intervention Providers website.

via West Midlands Casualty Reduction Scheme – Speed Cameras.

New Speed Camera Hadecs3

A new type of speed camera is to be used to enforce the national speed limit. The first camera – Hadecs3,  is due to be used on the M25 by the summer of 2014 and further afield over the next two years.

It could be the biggest change to the way speed limits are enforced since the introduction of the 70 mph speed limit in 1967.

A recent survey for Autocar magazine found that 94.6% of drivers admitted breaking the limit.

The Hadecs3 requires no white markings to be painted on the road and will be grey instead of the bright yellow.  It is cheaper to maintain than conventional speed cameras because it does not need road markings or film (it digitally downloads). Instead of using painted white lines to give a backup calculation of a car’s speed, each Hadecs3 box contains two radars that give independent readings.

Learner Driver Fined

A learner driver whilst on her driving lesson was caught driving at 36 mph in a 30 mph speed limit zone. She had only taken 12 previous lessons and pleaded that she had not noticed her speed increase.

She was given the option to either have 3 penalty points added to her licence, or take a one day driver education course. The course would cost £110.

Her driving instructor had no part to play in the ‘eyes of the law’.

Advice to all learner drivers 

According to the law; from the very first lesson, all drivers are responsible for the safety of themselves and other road users. How many new drivers are aware of that law!

All driving instructors should mention it on the first lesson.