New Highway Code Rule for Smoking Drivers

Fleet driver trainingA new ruling in the Highway Code (Latest Edition) means that drivers who smoke could be prosecuted.\r\nThe smoking driver could be charged with not taking due care and attention.\r\nDrivers should not be distracted with other activities says the Minister of Road Safety Jim Fitzpatrick. The Minister is hoping this will also deter drivers from other distractions whilst behind the wheel such as use of a mobile phone or map reading.\r\n

The new edition of the Highway code contains new safety code aimed at new drivers is 42 pages longer and has 29 more rulings.

\r\nSmoking is of course a big issue in the UK at the moment and of course company vehicles are classed as work areas.\r\nThe new smoking in a car ruling will give the police options to question your ability to drive the vehicle in a proper manner.

Celebrity Drink Driving Offence – 24 Star Kiefer Sutherland

An American TV show star (Kiefer Sutherland) who has gained popularity in the UK for the series 24 was pulled over earlier this week after he made an illegal U- turn in the road the LA Police said. He has been freed on bail.\r\n\r\nThe actor had been arrested on Tuesday this week for suspicion of drink driving. He is still on probabtion for drink driving offences in 2004.\r\n\r\nAs an actor and a role model to younger people he is setting a bad example and has it seems not yet learned his lesson. What do you think?

Fleetcraft Corporate Driver Training

The Driving Standards Agency is there to make sure of “Safe Driving for Life” On their website they give guidance on how to book your driving test online, forms and publications with road safety initiatives, and links to other useful driving resources.The agency aims to set driving standards to a high level of safety and make sure education and provision of learning resources is clear. The Driving Standards Agency also register and supervise quality assured instructors.’, ‘Driving Standards Agency’, 0, ”, ‘publish’, ‘open’, ‘open’, ”, ‘driving-standards-agency’, ”, ”, ’2007-10-29 16:16:30′, ’2007-10-29 15:16:30′, ”, 0, ‘http://blog.billplant.co.uk/driving-standards-agency.html’, 0, ‘post’, ”, 0),
(16, 1, ’2007-09-12 10:59:55′, ’2007-09-12 09:59:55′, ‘Fleetcraft \r\n\r\nImproving road safety is very important to us here at the Bill  Plant driving school, this is why we developed the fleet services department within the driving school offering full corporate driver training services. We realise that the  management of occupational  road risk can be an area of confusion to many and are fully experienced in delivering full training packages to organisations.\r\n\r\nWe talk to corporations every day both large and small to not only assess their training needs but listen to what they are saying to make sure we give them the most efficient and relevant training.

Practical Driving Test – Bill Plant Driving Instructors Help

Young driving insurance no longer needs to be such a daunting prospect to find.  Insurance companies today are more aware than ever that they need to make insuring young drivers as affordable as possible. There are many websites which offer insurance comparisons for younger drivers so that they can find the most affordable options available.\r\n\r\nThe chance to compare hundreds of the leading car insurance companies is always online and you may be surprised at the immediate deals they can offer.   Obviously more powerful cars will increase the  insurance premiums for younger drivers and to maximise the number of results in sites that compare insurance full driver details are required.’, ‘Teen Driving Insurance’, 0, ”, ‘publish’, ‘open’, ‘open’, ”, ‘teen-driving-insurance’, ”, ”, ’2007-09-25 16:02:56′, ’2007-09-25 15:02:56′, ”, 0, ‘http://blog.billplant.co.uk/teen-driving-insurance.html’, 0, ‘post’, ”, 1),
(24, 1, ’2007-09-26 16:01:37′, ’2007-09-26 15:01:37′, ‘Bill Plant driving instructors will tell you the best time you should apply for your driving test practical after you have passed the theory test. A period of at least 2 weeks will elapse until you receive your test date.\r\n\r\nYour driving instructor will of course help you with your driving test application should you need it.\r\n\r\nThings to know about the Practical Driving Test \r\n

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    The driving test itself will take approximately 45 minutes and be conducted locally by your DSA examiner.

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    Town driving will be focused on and take up most of the test

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    There may be a variation in routes which will involve both single and dual carriageway driving

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    The driving examiner will take you out of 30mph limit areas

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    The driving examiner will ask if you can read a car number plate at a certain distance just after you leave the test centre

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    You will be asked 2 questions about car maintenance and safety before getting into the car which you will be taking your driving test in

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\r\nOn your driving test day you will need certain documentation with you, such as your test appointment card, some form of photo ID and of course your driving licence.

Driving with Disabilities

Here are Bill Plant Driving School we know that learning to drive is not that easy. Learner drivers must hold a provisional licence and by law have to be supervised by a person who has held a full driving licence for at least three years and be over the age of twenty one. The key to learning anything is practice and when your driving instructor thinks you are ready they are likely to encourage more driving sessions with other experienced drivers who are friends or family.\r\n\r\nDriving Practice Tips\r\n\r\n1) Avoid carrying passengers when you are learning to drive\r\n\r\n2) Don”t overload\r\n\r\n3) Remember what your driving instructor has said\r\n\r\n4) Keep alert\r\n\r\n5) Make sure your communication is clear\r\n\r\n6) The novice driver is unable to absorb all driving information at once.\r\n\r\n7) If you are unsure at any stage find a safe place to stop the car and discuss.’, ‘Learning to drive – Driving Tips ‘, 0, ”, ‘publish’, ‘open’, ‘open’, ”, ‘learning-to-drive-driving-tips’, ”, ”, ’2007-12-11 18:13:20′, ’2007-12-11 17:13:20′, ”, 0, ‘http://blog.billplant.co.uk/learning-to-drive-driving-tips.html’, 0, ‘post’, ”, 0),
(14, 1, ’2007-09-10 12:50:52′, ’2007-09-10 11:50:52′, ‘When driving with a disability most cars can be converted to suit your needs. The range of modifications available is extensive, from a simple hand control to a more technical modification like a joystick. Through the government grants are available to assist with the conversion.\r\n\r\nHere at Bill Plant Driving School (Huddersfield) we have specially adapted vehicles to suit your driving needs.\r\n\r\nDriving with disabilities \r\n\r\nApplying for your provisional license\r\n\r\nYou can make an application for your provisional driving license before your 16th birthday (3 month)\r\n\r\nThe Driving Test\r\n

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  • The driving theory test and practical tests will be identical to other people taking the test but systems are in place to give you assistance should you need it.
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  • Bill Plant Driving School do offer specially adapted cars to take your test in, alternatively to take you driving test you could use your own vehicle with adaptations for your own requirements.
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  • More time is allowed which will mean the driving examiner can fully understand the level of your disability and this will also give you more time to enter and exit your car.
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UK Road Safety – Driving Instructor Fleet Driver Training

Bill Plant Fleet Driver Training is about including everyone and not just corporations who require essential driver safety training. Bill Plant Fleet Driver Training designs and delivers driving safety education, all the fleet driver training packages are tailored to suit the client”s needs and are very much led by what the client wants to get out of the training sessions.\r\n\r\nRoad Safety Results \r\n\r\nResults from our proactive approach to road safety have spoken for themselves with many organisations seeing immediate benefits:\r\n

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\r\nMost important from the training sessions is our overall message of driver safety safeguarding individuals and companies at the same time.

Intensive Driving Lessons – Crash Driving Courses

No we don”t mean go out and crash the car. This is the reference often given for intensive driving lessons. Intensive driving courses are a very fast and effective way to learn to drive, but here at Bill Plant Driving School we recognise that they are not for everyone.\r\n\r\n Intensive Driving Lessons – Learn to drive in one week?\r\n\r\nIntensive driving lessons are just that but need to be taught by a qualified driving instructor with a great deal of experience. We don”t believe that you can learn to drive in one week but we do think that intensive driving lessons can be highly effective. More information can be found on the Bill Plant Website

Automatic Driving Lessons Birmingham, Huddersfield

Some people prefer to learn to drive an automatic and you can take your driving test in an automatic car. Remember when you pass your test in an automatic vehicle the driving licence will only entitle you to drive an automatic car.\r\n\r\nSo you would have to take the driving test again for driving a manual vehicle. Bill Plant have many specialist driving instructors who will teach you to learn how to drive an automatic car for example the driving school in Huddersfield specialise in automatic driving lessons as does the driving school in Birmingham.\r\n\r\nThe process of learning to drive is much easier in an automatic car as you don”t really have to think about gear changes and use of the clutch. The right foot is used for breaking and acceleration and as there is no clutch you can ignore your left foot altogether.\r\n\r\nAutomatic driving is an ideal solution for people who are older or disabled because the car pretty much does the work for you, allowing you to concentrate on the most important issues such as planning ahead and steering. Bill Plant driving instructors will explain about the extra use of the handbrake and the different techniques needed to control the car at lower speeds.

Motoring Offences – Road Traffic Law

The big driving news for Corporates is that their cars may have to be fitted with a device under the bonnet of the car to prevent speeding. The device works by blocking acceleration and gently applying the brakes. The implementation of the restricting device is thought to improve road safety and reduce emissions.\r\n\r\nFleet services companies agree that they may be rewarded with cheaper insurance because of the device and better fuel economy with the price of taxing the vehicles potentially being lowered.  UK businesses are expected to be targeted by the Government first as the commission for integrated transport (Government appointed) pushes the scheme forward.\r\n\r\nAnother angle which the commission are going for is to reduce the speed of motorway driving to 70mph in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions. Recent reports have shown that motorway drivers regularly exceed 80mph and in doing so use much more fuel than necessary whilst reducing levels of driving safety.\r\n\r\nFuel prices could increase to deter people from buying larger vehicles and push them towards more economical forms of transportation. Taxing of vehicles is also thought to be on the increase for cars that are deemed “high polluters”.\r\n\r\nThe report from the commission is thought to be released sometime next year. Companies will want to fit in with the new driving laws – for more information on this subject and how as a company can prevent your employees breaking the law when driving contact Bill Plant occupational road risk management services for corporate driver training.’, ‘Company Cars Intelligent Speed Adaptation ‘, 0, ”, ‘publish’, ‘open’, ‘open’, ”, ‘company-cars-intelligent-speed-adaptation’, ”, ”, ’2007-09-13 12:18:27′, ’2007-09-13 11:18:27′, ”, 0, ‘http://blog.billplant.co.uk/company-cars-intelligent-speed-adaptation.html’, 0, ‘post’, ”, 0),
(20, 1, ’2007-09-14 16:40:34′, ’2007-09-14 15:40:34′, ‘Did you know that failing to stop after an accident could get you between 5-10 penalty points and a fine up to £5,000 ? With possible disqualification?\r\n\r\nWe endorse safe and responsible driving here at Bill Plant. A driving school is responsible  for teaching you the potential penalties that you are likely to face should you ignore the UK Driving Laws.\r\n\r\nHere are some safe driving tips and others to make sure you are not breaking the law:\r\n

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  • A  Driving Licence penalty points for not having one could be 3-6 with disqualification possible and a fine up to £1,000
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  • Don”t Speed – Once you pass your driving test don”t be tempted to speed, exceeding the speed limit means a potential fine of up to £2,500 and 3-6 penalty points.
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Hazard Perception Test – What you need to know

The Hazard Perception Test is also known as the “awareness” test and is made up of video clips to test your knowledge of driving hazards. The video clips shown (14 in total) are all about one minute long.\r\n\r\nThe Videos shown will obviously contain a driving hazard that you will have to identify, in 13 of the clips there will be 1 hazard to identify and in one of the clips 2 hazards to identify, unfortunately they won”t give you any hints as to which is the clip containing 2 hazards.\r\n\r\nDriver changes speed, direction or stops \r\n\r\nIn the video clips you will see hazards that will cause the driver to change speed, direction or even stop. To identify the hazards you will select the correct hazard by clicking either the left or right mouse button. Time is an issue here too as the quicker you identify the hazard the more points you will score. The points system operates on a scale of 5 to 0.\r\n\r\nOh if you were thinking of being clever and working round the hazard perception videos by clicking as many times as you could as the video plays the system will pick this up and you will ultimately score o. There may be other hazards on the video that you can see and click on but you will not loose points for clicking on them. Potential driving hazards won”t gain you points but also won”t loose you any either.\r\n\r\nRemember you are looking for hazards that will cause the driver to change speed, change direction or stop. This is the driving hazard you must identify to score points.\r\n\r\nPassing the Hazard Perception Test \r\n\r\nIn order to pass the test you must score at least 44 points out of possibly 75.\r\n\r\nDriving Theory Test \r\n\r\nThe hazard perception test is the second part of the driving theory test. It comes after the you finish the actual theory test and there is a break allowed of 3 minutes in between, a tutorial will be played as to how the hazard perception test works and after that has been shown the test will begin.

Driving Theory Test Updated

It”s a special day in the driving world today. From this date the driving theory test has changed. For starters there will be more multiple choice questions an increase from 35 to 50. The increase in driving theory test questions is designed to raise the standard of drivers and promote road safety and other benefits.\r\n\r\nCandidates taking the theory test will need to achieve a pass mark of at least 43 correct responses out of 50 with a maximum time allocated of 57 minutes to complete the multiple choice questions part of the theory test. The fee for the test has also increased from £21.50 to £28.50. So when booking your online driving theory test you will be made aware of the increase in test time and price information.

New Highway Code 17th September 2007

We like to keep you updated here at Bill Plant.\r\n\r\nPlease do not forget that the official new highway code is out on the 17th September 2007. The Highway Code features the latest guidance on correct road usage and is prepared by the Road Safety Directorate and Driving Standards Agency.\r\n\r\nThe book keeps you current  which is essential for safe driving and conforming to the many legal requirements on today”s roads. Even if you are an experienced driver it helps to be aware of the new rules.\r\n\r\nYou can pre-order copies online or at local book stores.

UK Driving Age May Rise and Drink Drivers Targeted

The government are set to increase the the minimum driving age in the UK. Currently the minimum legal age to drive in the UK is 17. The proposal from them is a 12 month probation period for new drivers, so basically a 17 year old would not be able to hold a full driving licence until they are 18. There are no plans at present to introduce an upper driving limit.\r\n\r\nA zero alcohol limit is also set to come into force for newly-qualified drivers for a 12 month period any new driver found with alcohol in their blood will be forced to retake their driving test. Motorway driving is also on the agenda and could well be restricted to more experienced drivers.\r\n\r\nThe Driving Standards Agency will present a consultation document containing all new plans this October.\r\n\r\nHere at the Bill Plant Driving School we know that driving is not just a fun activity but that it must be done in responsible way.