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New ADI Information Pack released

The new information pack for ADI's is now being distributed to newly qualified driving instructors.  The pack has been produced by the DSA following feedback from experienced ADI’s on what they would have liked when they started out on their new career as a driving...

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Tyre Safety Month – Check your Tread Depth!

Campaign materials are now available for October's tyre safety month, which focuses on tread depth and will encourage drivers to check and replace any illegal tyres on their vehicle. The campaign is organised by TyreSafe, a non commercial organisation responsible for raising awareness of the...

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DSA sees sense on steering… but have Instructors?

After much recent pressure from within the professional driver coaching industry, the DSA have made an important amendment to their driving test marking guidelines.

steering wheelIt seems to be a little known fact that a driver taking their driving test will not be faulted for simply failing to adopt the ‘pull-push’ steering technique.  In truth, this has been the case for over 20 years, but the ‘pull-push’ method has become so ingrained within the industry that many driving instructors still vehemently insist on its use.

A new paragraph has appeared in the latest amendments to the DT1 (DSA Examiners Guidance Notes) with regard to ‘control’.  You can access the full document here.

“To ensure uniformity, when conducting car or vocational tests and ADI qualifying examinations, only assess the candidate’s ability to control the vehicle and do not consider it as a fault if, for example, they do not hold the steering wheel at ten to two or quarter to three or if they cross their hands when turning the steering wheel. The assessment should be based on whether the steering is smooth, safe and under control.” (Crown Copyright)

18-year-olds now allowed to drive lorries

learner lorry driverFrom today (10 September 2009), 18-year-olds will be permitted to drive lorries. Until now, the minimum LGV driving age was 21, but this has been lowered across the European Union to try and encourage more young people into the haulage industry.

BBC Radio 1’s newsbeat reports the story of Adam, an 18-year-old who works for his father’s waste company.  Until now he’s been helping out, knowing that it would probably be a while before he got to drive the lorries himself. But today, he took his first lesson in an LGV.

Adam said: “I was over the moon that I could do it. It’s just better money, it’s just better everything. It means more responsibility.”

He says the lessons are hard: “They make you reverse into really tight gaps, it’s quite nerve-wracking.  You’ve got to drive around narrow streets, you feel a bit worried about what you’re doing. But it’s all good.”

Theory Test Changes – September 2009

From 28th September 2009, case-study style questions will be introduced into the Driving Theory Test for learner drivers and riders. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have introduced this change as one of the early initiatives following the results of their Learning to Drive Consultation, published earlier...

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Get your DSA phone call answered!

How many times have you tried calling the DSA, gone through their tedious menu system and eventually received a helpful message telling you that all the DSA advisers are busy and that you should call back later? Really frustrating, isn't it?  Especially when it's the...

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DSA clamp-down on C1 & D1 learner supervision

Business quiet?  Fancy a bit of variety in your job?  Interested in expanding your skill-set and training people to drive other types of vehicle?  Then you need to hurry!

ambulanceGood quality minibus and lorry drivers (including ambulance drivers) are needed throughout the UK, so demand for training is still high.  It’s always good to have an additional string to your bow, so if you’re interested in becoming a minibus, small lorry or ambulance driver trainer, read on!

If you passed your car driving test before 1997 and want to supervise learners in some other categories of vehicle, you only have until April 2010 to get the necessary new qualification.

1 in 5 young drivers uninsured

Almost a quarter of a million young motorists are driving illegally because they do not have any insurance cover, according to a report released today by BBC’s Newsbeat.

uninsured-driversThey found that more than 20% of 17 to 20 year olds are not covered by a valid car insurance policy, which amounts to a staggering 243,000 illegal young drivers on our roads.

Many illegal drivers cite the huge cost of an insurance policy as being the reason for not having cover.  Yet the risks of not having a policy are huge, not just for themselves, but also for anybody they may be unfortunate enough to crash into.

The BBC reports the story of 21 year old Gary Street, who was hit by an uninsured driver at 30mph in Manchester two years ago.

Traffic Warden punches local Driving Instructor

An off-duty traffic warden who assaulted a Driving Instructor from Failsworth in front of CCTV cameras faces the sack after a recent road rage incident.  Peter Robinson ADI was chased by off-duty traffic warden, Jason Pheasey, after the instructor had accused him of jumping a...

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Mixed reactions to latest Drug-Driving Campaign

A £2.3m advertising campaign launched last week to warn of the risks of driving whilst under the influence of drugs has received a mixed reception from the British public and road safety experts.

The television advert warns motorists that police can spot the involuntary signs of someone being under the influence of drugs if they are stopped. These signs include severely dilated or constricted pupils.  The advert shows a car carrying several young people with their eyes enlarged, adding: “Your eyes will give you away.”

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Young men aged between 17 and 29 are thought to be most likely to drive while on illegal drugs.  Indeed, a recent survey in Scotland suggested that 81% of clubbers have driven whilst under the influence of illegal drugs.

The Department for Transport (DfT) estimates that as many as one in five drivers or motorcyclists killed in road accidents may have an impairing drug (legal or illegal) in their system.   Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said in a recent interview, “Whatever one’s views on drug taking, we’ve got to make it absolutely socially unacceptable to drive while under the influence of drugs, because it can kill.”