Driving lessons for the older driver

We do not just teach young people to drive, we can and do offer lessons for the older driver, sometimes this can be for someone who is experienced but wants to upgrade their driving skills, possibly to take the Institute of Advanced Motorist test.\r\n\r\nAll our driving instructors have extensive knowledge and skills for teaching learner drivers and they understand that instructing an older driver requires a different approach from teaching a young novice driver. An older person can display nerves in exactly the same way as anyone and our instructors approach them with the same sympathy as a seventeen year old getting behind the wheel for the first time.\r\n\r\nIf you are an experienced older driver, but want to upgrade your skills, you can be sure that you will listened to and respected, your good driving points, as well as your bad driving habits will be discussed to enable you to become a better driver.

Do you prefer a Female Driving Instructor?

Many people prefer to be taught to drive by a female driving instructor and that includes men as well women. At Bill Plant you will be offered the choice of a female driving instructor if that is what you prefer, we do not tell you who you will have to take you through your series of lessons up to the all important driving test.\r\n\r\nWhilst it is true that most of our female instructors have women on their books, they also have men too, and when you ask a man most of them prefer the sympathetic approach of a qualified female instructor. We are aware that female learner drivers prefer to be taught by woman because it often puts them more at ease and more women are taking their driving test, with five women learning to drive for every three men. Although in many driving schools, female instructors are a rare breed; this cannot be said for the Bill Plant Driving Schools

How does the online theory test work?

You will be aware that the driving test comes in two parts, the practical driving test, and the theory test which forms an important section of the examination that assesses your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely, and the emphasis is on safety.\r\n\r\nAt the Bill Plant School of Driving we have a database of over 900 different questions to test your driving knowledge and although this is a great way of gaining valuable experience as to what the real theory test will be like, it is a simulation and not the real thing. All the students who are learning their driving skills with Bill Plant have access to and are encouraged to practice the theory test using online facilities by simply logging on with their name and address and the password given to them by their driving instructor. If you are not a Bill Plant student login with your name and email address – it”s that easy!\r\n\r\nThe online theory test is really important and we would remind you that to pass the test you have to achieve a score of 43 correct answers to the 50 multiple choice questions so it pays to keep up that practice!

Stationary traffic

One of the most common impact situations is being hit from behind when you are stationary, waiting at a roundabout, a road junction, or simply in a queue, this is of particular concern should you be carrying children in the back seats. It is possible to lessen or even avoid the impact altogether by taking action before the collision.\r\n\r\nAs with most other situations, you should always leave a big gap between yourself and the car in front, or where visibility permits, not to drive up to the edge of the junction. When stationary make it a priority to keep an eye on your rear view mirror and if you see a vehicle approaching likely to hit you, move forward to lessen the impact or move away completely. Consider keeping your foot on the brake to make yourself more visible and use hazards if necessary. If the queue is just over the brow of a hill, place yourself at the top, even if this means you are leaving yourself well short of the queue, and then move forward when the vehicle has seen you.\r\n\r\nBill Plant keeps you driving safely.

Safe Driving Education

In your series of driving lessons you will be taught safe driving and the importance of observation and consideration to other road users. At Bill Plant we do not want you to become one of the thousands of people who are involved in a road accident, we want you to drive safely, economically and enjoy the use of your motor vehicle.\r\n\r\nFigures going back to 2003 show that 3,508 people were either killed or injured in road accidents, this in spite of government and road safety organisations promoting road safety. There is no one factor why a road accident occurs, or when someone is killed or injured, these can include speeding, dangerous driving, negligence, talking on a mobile ‘phone, lack of use of safety belts amongst many. Whatever the reason, accidents do not just happen, they are caused. We know that it is possible to reduce the possibility of becoming one of the statistics by driving in accordance with the standards set out by the advanced driving test, reduce fuel cost and wear and tear on your vehicle.

UK Drive – reduction in risk for drivers?

Thinking of taking a UK drive?\r\n\r\nDriving standards in the UK are of course very different from abroad. Such areas as risk reduction for drivers are not always covered. We have mentioned before intense pass style courses which often claim to deliver efficient driver improvement or qualified drivers at such a fast pace that people fail to learn to drive.\r\n\r\nBefore you think about a UK Drive, consider this:\r\n\r\nYou will need a provisional license this is a legal requirement before commencing any driving in the UK.\r\n\r\nBill Plant knows that the best way to learn to drive is by carefully training with both male and female driving instructors who are local to your own area.

New Drivers Beware

The adding of penalty points to a driver’s licence is designed to act as a deterrent and make us all think about how we drive or park our motor vehicles. The usual imposition is three penalty points for an offence, but this can be more depending upon the offence. An example of this is three points for each defective tyre, so two tyres means six points and if you are stupid enough to have four defective tyres, you no longer have a valid licence!\r\n\r\nThat’s right, twelve points and you lose your right to drive a motor vehicle. However, how many people are aware that a new driver is on probation for two years following the passing of the practical and theoretical driving test. If during this period a new driver collects only six penalty points, and we can see that this is not difficult, they lose their licence and have to retake both parts of the driving test and be accompanied by a qualified driver at all times. Remember under new legislation exceeding a 30 mile per hour speed limit by 15 miles per hour brings with it a new penalty point imposition of six points.

UK Speed Camera Locations

Whether you believe that the speed camera is a safety device, a revenue raising device, or do not have an opinion, one thing that you can be sure of and that is that they are here to stay. They certainly raise revenue; about that there is no argument, for as long ago as the year 2003, cameras raised £120 million from the 2 million motorists who were caught by camera, exceeding the speed limit.\r\n\r\nFor a number of years now, the fixed speed camera has been easily recognisable, as by law they had to be painted a bright fluorescent yellow, with reflective paint making them visible even in the dark.  This is now no longer the case and the camera can be neutral in colour and it can even be placed unobtrusively, or in other words hidden! As always here at Bill Plant driving school, we emphasise that the law and the Highway Code should be obeyed at all times for both the sake of other road users and to keep your all important driving licence clean, breaking the speed limit means three points on your licence, or in the case of excessive speed six points. Keep it clean.

Speeding Drivers to be taught a Lesson

The government are currently considering plans to enforce even tougher penalties on drivers who are caught speeding and are way over the speed limits.\r\n\r\nThe usual culprits are those typically found doing over 40 mph in a 30mph zone, it is now looking like drivers doing these excessive speeds could face up to six points on their driving license.\r\n\r\nIf we think about this carefully, just two offenses in one year could result in a driving ban. The levels of speeding motorists should be cut says the transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick.\r\n\r\nThe other indication is that drivers who are only slightly over the speed limit could find a more lenient approach from the government.\r\n\r\nHere at Bill Plant we know that speeding is dangerous and teach all of our drivers to be aware of their speed at all times. We understand that the government want to enforce speed limits for a reason, to protect other road users and for pedestrians.\r\n\r\nWe expect the Department of Transport to be in consultation over the forthcoming weeks and their conclusions aired sometime in the new year.\r\n\r\nA fine is also expected to be given to those drivers who are  well in excess of the speed limits imposed.  There are many driving lessons to be learned and it seems the government is intent on making their road safety campaign very clear.

Winter Driving Road Safety

Winter is upon us and with it comes problems encountered on a daily basis by millions of drivers in the UK. The hours of daylight over the next few weeks are getting shorter and we should all be aware of the correct use of lights on our vehicles. During rainy and foggy weather in daylight, drivers should use their headlights and when visibility is poor, high intensity rear lighting. Lights should be checked on a regular basis and defective bulbs replaced. Headlamp alignment is one of the areas that are often neglected unless being checked at an MOT service for instance, and adjustment can be necessary following the changing of a headlight bulb.\r\n\r\nRoad Safety \r\n\r\nA common cause of accidents during winter months is losing control of the a car on icy surfaces, which are encountered on many roads, particularly minor roads which frequently do not have the benefit of gritting first thing, major roads having priority. Great care should always be taken in the early morning as black ice can be encountered in places. Obviously control of the car is vital when traction is lost and we would recommend that consideration be given to a skid pan experience, not just for drivers who have recently passed their driving test, but experienced drivers as well.

Free Online Mock Theory Test Driving School Leads the Way

Practice your theory tests online.\r\nIt”s official and Bill Plant as usual leads the way with opening up the online theory test to visitors to the driving school website. This is one of the most comprehensive learner driver packs online today. Imagine your immediate driving test advantage, being able to almost predict the real theory test questions. Bill Plant sees this as a valuable online learning resource for both new drivers and indeed more experienced ones.\r\n\r\nWatch your nerves about taking the theory test dissapear as your confidence grows with the Bill Plant Driving School.\r\n\r\nOur new online theory test section is  open to Bill Plant Students and even…wait for it non- Bill Plant students. How”s that for promoting safe driving and driver”s knowledge ?

Drivers using the wrong fuel

A recent report from the top UK breakdown services says that more and more drivers are putting the wrong type of fuel in their cars compared to ten years ago.\r\n\r\nApparently over 150,000 drivers make this fuel error each year, which could potentially damage the car for good or cost great amounts to repair. It is thought that the number of people now using diesel which are on the whole a lot quieter than ever before makes them forget what vehicle they are driving.\r\n\r\nHere at Bill Plant we think petrol stations should have better signs on their pumps to remind people what fuel to use and pump nozzles could be modified much like the diesel types that are too big to fit into a petrol car.\r\n\r\nThe point to make is that people need to be more aware of the fuels they put into their cars, remember ever those with the greatest of driving experience can be caught out.

Mobile Phone Use When Driving- UK Driving Law

The law regarding the use of a mobile phone whilst driving a motor vehicle is quite clear, or we understand it to be the case, so you would imagine that a government minister in the Home Office would be fully aware of this legislation. Therefore it comes as a complete surprise to most that Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, has been convicted for driving while using his mobile phone. Mr. Byrne claimed that he was taking an important call, but we all know that this is no excuse for breaking the law. What makes this offence more difficult to understand is that Mr. Byrne is a former policeman! As a result of his misdemeanor the minister was fined £100.00 plus costs of £50.00 and received three penalty points on his licence.\r\n\r\nFigures have been released this week to show that the illegal use of mobile ‘phones is still prevalent and using a mobile ‘phone at the wheel is one of the most common examples of bad driving, and although stricter penalties were introduced earlier this year, more than 1100 drivers have been reported. Using a mobile ‘phone when driving is means that the driver is not in full control of the vehicle, lacks concentration, frankly it is dangerous.

Drinking and Driving after a night out

A tragic case has come to light, highlighted in the nation press and local television, of a van driver 23 year Scott Easton who crashed into the car of a family of 5, a mother, father and three children, whilst driving on the A1 near Kirby Fleetham North Yorkshire in March of this year killing four of the family including the mother and father.\r\n\r\nIt transpires that the van driver had been drinking the night previously and when checked by the police at the time of the accident, was over the legal drink driving limit. This case highlights the dangers of assuming that it will be alright to drive a motor vehicle after consuming, what could be moderate quantities of alcohol the night before and driving the next day. Airline pilots in common with professional drivers do not drink alcohol the night before undertaking their professional duties and the same rule should apply to all people who drive motor vehicles.\r\n\r\nThe consequences of breaking the law in this regard are serious and the van driver in this case received a custodial sentence of seven years in prison and a small nine year old boy is without a mother, father and two brothers.