How many driving lessons do you need to become a professional driver? This question has been asked for many years. The answer is quite simple: It depends on which kind of driving you want to learn, and on your age. The basic rule of thumb is: “How old are you?” If you are above the age of 18+ (16+ in some countries), getting driving lessons should be a pretty big deal.
According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), driving lessons are a must for every learner, but does that mean they come at a price?
The NICE website reports that the average cost of a driving lesson is £40, and those lessons are spread over a number of years to ensure the learner is fully proficient by the time they’ve completed their test.
This is not the only expense though – a car will need to be taken to the driving center too, and the learner will need to pay for petrol and maintenance too, all of which adds up, and if the learner doesn’t drive to the center on a regular basis, they will be less likely to practice behind the wheel in actuality.
The Best Ways To Practise Driving To Become A Professional At It
For the aspiring pro to get to the top of their game, they would need to practice their driving skills and work on improving their reaction time, vision, concentration, and concentration.
These are just some of the benefits that come with driving lessons. Driving lessons are designed to help drivers improve their skills while also preparing drivers for the roadways by practicing various driving techniques.
Driving lessons will help drivers in honing their senses to adapt to different types of driving conditions, such as during a stormy night, or a very window morning.
How You Can Hone Your Driving Skills As A Beginner
When a driver is a beginner, it can be difficult for them to learn how to drive a car. There are multiple things that they need to learn: how to steer, keep their speed steady, and use the gas and brake pedals.
These things are all very important in order for a driver to learn how to navigate the road. The first thing a person needs to do is to learn how to steer a car with all their focus.
Since driving a car is a new skill, it is easier to focus on the road instead of focusing on other distractions. It makes a big difference when a driver is paying attention to the road and other road conditions instead of other passengers or what time it is.
Having distractions such as music on and being outside can make beginner drivers feel like they are going to get into an accident.
What To Avoid Doing When Driving
The most common mistake is driving on the left-hand side, which requires your eyes to read left to right. This is different from driving on the right-hand side, which requires your eyes to read right to left.
Driving on the right, however, requires you to focus on things moving from right to left. To help ensure you can successfully learn how to drive on the right, be sure to learn the following tips: 1) Use a mirror or a reflective road sign to keep your eyes on the road moving in the opposite direction of what you are looking.
Other very obvious things you should avoid doing when driving are – driving while distracted – always be aware of your surroundings! Avoid talking on the phone, looking at your phone, or eating, smoking, drinking, and applying makeup while driving!
– By ANewDriver
What you need to know about the Changes to the Driver Theory Test for 2017
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) announced last October 2016 some changes to the Driver Theory Test. Questions on drinking and driving will be added to the Driver Theory Test for the Motorcycle, Car and Works Vehicles Driver Theory Test. This is in direct response to a report issued by the RSA earlier this year which showed that drink-driving is still a significant road safety issue, particularly among some young people.
The main Driver Theory Test Question Bank will have 17 new questions on alcohol and driving. Two of these questions will be presented in the tests. The overall format of the test will not change. Learning material on the new questions is available at www.theorytest.ie .
The RSA Pre-Crash Report on Alcohol showed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a factor in 38% of fatal collisions, claiming the lives of 286 people. 43% of drivers killed who had consumed alcohol were between 16 and 24 years old and 57% of motorcyclists killed who had consumed alcohol were between 25 and 34 years old.
Candidates are advised to use the current versions of the supporting learning materials – The Official Driver Theory Test, Book and CD, 5th or 6th Edition – in addition to the PDF with information on the new section related to drink-driving. The PDF is available on www.theorytest.ie and www.rsa.ie. Those wishing to book a Driver Theory Test are reminded that the official booking website is www.theorytest.ie .See the list of additional questions here .
AnewDriver’s Success Stories 2016: We would like to thank everyone who chose to learn with us in 2016!
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Alexandru Lacobescu – 29th July 2016
Congratulations to Alexandru Iacobescu who passed his test yesterday in Finglas with only 2 grade 2 faults.
Alexandru completed his 12 EDT lessons with A New Driver and had no problem passing his driving test.
Emma Everan – 18th August 2016
Congratulations to Emma Everan for passing her test in Finglas test centre.
Ann Marie Lawlor – 25th November 2016
Congratulation to Ann Marie Lawlor for passing her driving test first time in Finglas.
Ann Marie did a course of 10 lessons to brush up on her driving and passed the test with only a few faults.
Visham Sumputh – 1st December 2016
Congratulation to Visham Sumputh who passed his test in Finglas.
– By ANewDriver via RSA
Driving during Cold Weather – Taking a number of simple precautions can ensure safety on Irish roads during winter. Don’t get caught out if severe weather hits, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now.
There are a number of simple precautions the RSA advises for driving over the winter months:
1.Check your tyres…they are your only contact with the road.
Tyres should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn. Tyres need to be to the correct tyre pressure to give the motorist the best chance in extreme conditions.
2.Use your lights.
As we come into the winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so you are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be in working order.
3. Understand your brakes.
Check your car manual and find out if your vehicle has safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti – Lock Braking System (ABS). Learn how these technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions.
It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front.
5. Make sure you can clearly see.
All too often motorists do not de-fog or de-ice windows and mirrors which can compromise visibility. This winter ensure windows and mirrors are clear, and carry a de-icer and screen scraper. Do not use boiling water as this can crack the windscreen.
6.Beware of “Black Ice”.
Black Ice is one of winter’s biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.
During these winter months it is advised that motorists carry a number of essentials in the boot of their car:
- High visibility vest
- Spare fuel
- Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots
- A hazard warning triangle
- Spare wheel – (Check that your spare wheel is in good condition and is fully inflated. Some cars may have an inflation repair kit instead of a spare wheel. Make sure that you know how to use it.)
- Tow Rope
- A shovel
- De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks)
- Spare bulbs
- First aid kit
- A fire extinguisher
- A working torch
- A car blanket, additional clothing & some food and water
8. In the event of a breakdown.
Drivers need to ensure their vehicle is well in off the road so as not to obstruct other vehicles. The driver should also put on their hazard warning lights. If the vehicle breaks down on the motorway pull in as far as you can, alerting traffic behind you with hazard lights. The driver should leave their vehicle, get behind the barrier (on the embankment) and call the Gardaí, on their mobile phone or roadside telephone.
9. Keep up to date.
Listen to local weather and traffic reports. Pay heed to the weather warnings alerting drivers of unsafe and dangerous driving conditions.
10. Check out the RSA’s publication ‘Severe Weather Advice for Road Users’ for more detailed advice on what to do if severe weather strikes.
Driving into hailstorms can be very dangerous.
Hailstorms can start very quickly without giving any warnings.
The best and only thing to do is to be prepared and for when driving into hailstorms by following these tips. Here’s what to do if you drive into a hailstorm:
- Keep an eye on the weather. While it is difficult to accurately predict a hailstorm, they are most commonly associated with severe weather such as tornadoes and thunderstorms. Check your local newspaper or weather channel for the daily forecast, and plan your schedules accordingly in the event of severe weather.
- Stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and it can cause injury to those in its path.
- Stop driving and pull to a safe place so hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows — driving compounds hail’s impact with your car. Stop under an overpass, and don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water. Motorists should pull off to the side of the road, away from trees or other areas where debris could fall, and stay undercover until the storm has passed.
- Keep your car angled so the hail is hitting the front of your car. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and backglass are not, so they’re much more susceptible to breakage.
Lie down, if possible, and keep your back to the windows. If you have a blanket, cover yourself with it to prevent possible debris from hitting you.
– By ANewDriver
Something as quick and simple as putting on your seat belt or getting your windshield cleaned can mean the difference between life and death. Being aware of yourself and other drivers and practicing good road etiquette is equally important. So here are some tips to keep you mindful and safe:
Driving Close to Schools
– By ANewDriver
Every season presents its own challenges on the roads, but autumn is one season that often gets overlooked. With weather conditions that are typically not as harsh as those in Winter, Spring, and Summer, it’s easy to take it for granted. While the weather may not be too harsh, it’s more unpredictable than other seasons, so we should be aware of some hazards.
Any morning may be warm, cold, foggy, raining, sleeting, or even snowing. This season also sees the first frost, which can cause roads to be slippery, especially on secondary roads where ice can form and take longer to dissolve. In addition to weather conditions, fallen leaves can also cause slippery conditions: that’s because they contain a large amount of water and are in decomposition process. So the best action to take when spotting a road covered in leaves is to slow down where there are large patches.
With the school year starting in September, everyone will be sharing the road with school buses during the morning commute. This can be particularly problematic because several morning weather conditions, including cooler temperatures, can make it difficult to see through a windshield. It’s a good idea to make sure the defrost feature is in working order before Fall is in full swing. When school buses are on the road it’s important to keep a safe distance at all times, especially when the stop arm is extended. Everyone needs to stop at that time, unless there is a divider between a car and the school bus. The rule for stopping is similar to the rule for pulling over when an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing.
Fall conditions also affect evening driving. During the season, the sun rises later and sets earlier, so a person may wind up driving toward the sun in the evening. It’s a good idea to have a pair of sunglasses in the car. A properly positioned visor can also help with the glare of the sun. The best way to position a visor is to push it all the way toward the windshield, and then bring it toward the steering wheel until it’s in the correct spot. Once the sun starts going down, it’s time to turn on the headlights. It’s best to do this during dusk so other drivers can see the car, because a setting sun can still cause glare on a windshield. During dusk it’s also important to use the two-second rule to keep a safe distance between cars. Using these driving tips will be a good step toward a safe season.
– By ANewDriver via Independent.ie
Driving from a wheelchair: the new Hi-Tech vehicle is a boost for drivers with physical disabilities. The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) will officially roll out the new motor and driving tuition service. It will be known as a the ‘Drive from Wheelchair Tuition Vehicle’.
The important addition to the IWA’s driving school fleet means people will be able to learn to drive from their wheelchair, alongside a driving instructor.
While Hi-tech advances are usually associated with new and eye-catching cars, it is good, for once, to highlight its use in a manner that can improve people’s lives in such a profound way. The new vehicle is expected to help open up opportunities for many with physical disabilities.
Those who use a power or electric wheelchair will be able to learn to drive in the specially adapted vehicle which, as our pictures show, has a spread of controls and technology designed to help them.
The vehicle is expected to benefit many as it is capable of substantially increasing their level of independence on a day-to-day basis. As a result, it is anticipated that it will help improve opportunities for employment and/or further education.