Get off to a clean start

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With the winter slowly receding and the clocks going forward, springtime is more compatible for the morning routine than those frosty snowy mornings of late. When you were learning to drive your qualified instructor will have explained how you should check your car before setting off on your planned journey and this will have included a clear and clean windscreen.

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We all perhaps take wipers for granted although often, polish from the car body finds its way onto the windscreen blades; this also applies to resin from nearby trees. It may not be necessary to replace the wiper blades  some thing as simple as a thorough wipe over with a bit of kitchen roll can extend the life of the blades considerably, take away those lines, and stop the smearing effect that destroys vision to effectively. Be a safer driver just as you were when you attended the driving school and make sure that you have a clear view of the road ahead at all times.

Practical help with your driving lessons

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There is absolutely no substitute for getting driving experience with your Bill Plant Driving Instructor, but there are modern aids in the form of CD’s available through the Bill Plant School of Driving online shop.

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The Driving Test Success practical pc CD ROM will give you the confidence to become a safe driver and it will enable you to practice, revise and refresh the essential driving skills taught to you by your Bill Plant Driving Instructor.  With this tool you will be able, through the virtual 3D car, be able to practice, under instruction, the many vital driving routines on your PC all in your own time at leisure. Using the step by step guide you can prepare for your test using professional advice, safe driving practices and techniques. This CD ROM is one of many others that can be found at the online shop, helping you become a better safer driver.

Misjudging a corner

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If you have ever misjudged a bend and found yourself braking in the corner, you would not be on your own. Getting this wrong can mean the consequences are potentially very serious, particularly on rural roads, which still dominate crash statistics. Statistics clearly show that it is not just the young or newly qualified driver that gets caught out, most single vehicle accidents occur in these situations.

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Your Bill Plant Driving School instructor will have given you tips and advice how to spot a severe bend, road signs are the most obvious. There are other signs to look out for though and these include; line of trees, hedges, buildings, street lights or telegraph poles, but remember sometimes telegraph or electricity poles can cross fields, so don’t try to follow them! If you have been caught out why not consider a Pass Plus course featuring advanced driving lessons. Pass plus covers all types of driving conditions and gives you added confidence.

Driving and Tiredness

How often do you stop when driving when you begin to feel tired? According to safety campaigners not many of us do and driving when feeling tired is the cause of 20%, or one in five road accidents on major roads in the country.\r\n\r\nHow do you recognise tiredness when driving? According to the Road Safety Minister, a single yawn is enough to signal that you should stop at the next service area or lay by and have a twenty minute sleep or “cat nap”, enough to recover and continue your journey. Many fleet drivers, or others who drive for work, point out that if you are going to a meeting, or have a timed delivery to make, twenty minutes will completely throw out your schedule. Frankly this is just not an excuse and planned stops should be factored into your journeys, having, or causing an accident is not an option.

New Drivers Act

It is vital for the driver who has successfully completed a course of driving lessons with the Bill Plant School of motoring and has passed both the theoretical and practical driving test that it is not all over, not yet anyway. Effectively all new drivers are on a probationary period for two years from passing their driving test, and if during this period they accumulate six or more penalty points, automatic disqualification will occur and their precious driving licence will be revoked. Any penalty point that might have been collected before passing the driving test also count, remember these are still valid.\r\n\r\nShould this unfortunate event occur, a couple of speeding cameras for example, you will have to re-apply for your driving licence as a learner driver and re-sit your driving test. It is important to remember that passing the re-test does not remove the penalty points from your driving licence these penalty points remain valid, although your driving licence can only be revoked once under the provisions of the act.

Fleet Driver

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Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers have a statutory duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees at work and this also includes any driving activity on the road.  The act does not just include the employees, but also the place of work and as a fleet driver this means the motor vehicle, which is their place of work.

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Bill Plant School of Motoring offers Driver Training for businesses of all sizes in the UK which will identify the current risk that an employee might pose on the road. Following this initial assessment they will be coached to reduce identified risks and trained to anticipate to hazards, and develop their driving skills. A written report outlining the employees driving standards is sent, to keep with the employees driving records. Make your work place a safer place.

Daytime use of headlights

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The debate is raging and it is likely to become more vociferous in the coming years as it has been announced that all new cars are to be fitted with automatic daytime headlights within four years. Government has been against the idea, arguing grounds that using lights in the daytime would increase fuel consumption and emissions.

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Motoring groups are united in their opposition to the move claiming that fuel consumption will increase by three percent, a figure that the European Union refutes claiming that it is only 0.3 percent a figure which would not be noticed by vehicle users. Anything that makes a vehicle more visible to all road users, and that includes cyclists and pedestrians, can only be a good thing. However what could be more important is if road users used dipped headlights in fog and poor visibility, something that all students learn during their driving lessons at the Bill Plant School of Motoring.

Car Driving: Tyre Performance

It is true to say that modern tyres have never been better; the technology has advanced, possibly through F1 racing teams with their millions of pounds pouring into research at all levels. Tyres are made to very high quality standards, but there are still slight variations in thickness of the rubber as well as the steel belt and radial webbing, causing slight variations in weight easily compensated for by wheel balancing.\r\n\r\nBill Plant Driving School believes that road safety is one of the most important aspects of driving.\r\n\r\nTyres should be checked on a weekly basis, always when cold, this check should include not just the tyre’s pressure, but also a visual check for cuts, bulges, nails or screws embedded in the tread. These weekly checks will ensure that your tyres will not suffer premature wear, and your car will ride and steer as the makers intended. Almost certainly you will see an improvement in fuel consumption, which at today’s price is important. Your life and the lives of other road users could be dependant on drivers taking care of their tyres and changing them before the legal limit of tread depth is reached.

Motorway Driving Lessons

Reports of the tragic death of a man driving the wrong way down the M6 in Cumbria highlight the need for advanced tuition following the passing of the practical and theoretical driving test. At Bill Plant School of Motoring we advocate that pupils consider enrolling for the Pass Plus and motorway driving instruction as part of their driving tuition.\r\n\r\nExperienced drivers will be aware that to access a motorway “the wrong way” has to be extremely difficult, but clearly it can be done as this report and others before it demonstrate. By becoming involved with a plus pass course or an advanced driving course you will become a much better and safer driver all round and you will be eligible for a reduction in your insurance premium following this.

Learning To Drive – Driving School Advice

You have successfully passed your theory test as well as the practical section of the driving test and are about to embark on the road on your own for the first time, naturally you are either terrified, excited, scared, or more likely all of these. Previously, you will have driven many miles in a driving school car or in your parents’, sitting alongside a fully qualified driver, but now you are a fully qualified driver and about to embark on the road by yourself.\r\n\r\nIf you plan your journey you will enjoy this newly found experience so plan the time to go, avoid the rush hour traffic and go out in daylight for the first few trips. The weather is something to consider, although if you have done a pass plus course you will have experienced a wide variety of weather conditions, if not go out when the weather is settled and dry.\r\n\r\nPlan your route ahead of your intended journey, if possible avoiding roads you may not be familiar with. Try to restrict your journey time to less than one hour which will be enough for your first solo drive. Above all enjoy the newly found freedom!\r\n\r\nRemember, the Bill Plant Driving School is always there to offer you friendly and helpful advice even after you have passed your driving test.

Pass Plus Driving Course

You have passed both the theoretical and practical driving tests with Bill Plant and you are on your own and ready for the road, or are you? We are well aware that it to become a skilled driver does not happen over night, it can take years of driving in differing conditions, but taking the pass plus course helps get you there by speeding up the learning process under expert tuition.\r\n\r\nAlthough not an advanced driving course, pass plus will help boost your awareness of all kinds of hazards and help you learn how to anticipate, plan for and deal with them safely. After completing your pass plus course you can get substantial discounts on your insurance premium, often more than the cost of the course! When taking the pass plus course you will be continually assessed during a series of modules which you must complete successfully, there is no test! These modules cover: town driving, all weather driving, night driving, dual carriageways, and motorways amongst many. Why not become a better driver and reduce your insurance at the same time?

Car Breakdown Services

It can happen to you, it certainly will affect most of us at least once during the time we drive a motor vehicle, the dreaded breakdown of our motor vehicle, or being involved in an incident of one sort or another.\r\n\r\nWhat to do if your vehicle breaks down is firstly to think of all other road users and where possible get your vehicle off the road. Take precautions by warning other road users by switching on your hazard warning lights and if you have a reflective jacket (standard in some European countries) put this on. Most new cars have a warning triangle supplied with them and this should be placed at a minimum of 45 metres behind your vehicle. If the visibility is poor or it is dark your side lights should be left on and you should never stand between your vehicle and the oncoming traffic.\r\n\r\nBreakdowns on the motorway present an entirely different set of situations and before anyone ventures on to one of our motorways for the first time they should read the comprehensive advice given under sections 247 to 287 available on the Online Bill Plant Highway Code pages.