Cars, Obstructions, People and Signs: What should you be doing before your journey.

As you’re learning to drive you’ll pick up handy hints like this. Just don’t forget them when you pass your driving test!



 Your car:

  • Follow your ABCs; Always Be Checking, start from the bottom and work upwards


Other cars:

  • Check, is it busy or quiet?
  • Where are the cars coming from?
  • How much room do I have to pull out?




  • What’s in my way as I drive off?



  • What can I see?
  • What can’t I see?



Who’s about and where are they?

  • Are they old, are they young?
  • What are they doing?
  • Are they aware of me?
  • How will they affect me?



  • Where are the road signs?
  • What are the road signs telling me?
  • How will they affect me?
  • How will they affect others around me?


Why is it important to think about these things when driving? Because as many times as you make a journey, it will never be the same as it was yesterday. Animals, cars, people, changes in road signs, other cars… it’s SO important to be aware that things around you are constantly changing and YOU as a driver need to adapt to them.

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The Law and learning to drive

Are you thinking about learning to drive? There are a few things you need to consider before you get on the road.

An overview:

  • In the UK you have to be 17 years old to learn how to drive
  • You must have a provisional driving license
  • You must have insurance when learning to drive with friends and family
  • You must display L Plates when you’re learning
  • You must be accompanied when driving on a provisional license


The Licence:

The first thing you are going to need is a provisional driving licence. You can apply for this before you are 17 so it is possible to have a driving lesson on your 17th birthday. You can either go to The Post Office or get it online from GOV.UK.

So you know: If you are driving on an overseas licence you have one year from your time of entry into the UK.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Because of the various checks that go into a driving licence, it becomes a very valid identity document. In addition, there is an online checking service where people can check your license is legitimate. As a driving instructor, I am normally too lazy to use this. But give me the slightest hint something is not right and I will be checking.


Go with a professional instructor and your insurance worries are over.

If you are using a family or friends car you must check. The person sat next to you must be over 21 and have had a licence for 3 years. Some companies say that the supervising driver must be over 25. Not having the right supervisor can get you fined £1,000 and 6 penalty points.

The average motor insurance claim is around the £3,000 mark. Some claims are an awful lot higher. Having no insurance or invalid insurance could mean an unlimited fine and 8 points on your licence.

You must tell your insurance company everything. If you don’t and things go wrong, you’ll be in trouble.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Being sat next to me is the safest you’re going to as a driver for a long time. This is reflected in my insurance which is fully comprehensive with hire and reward and I pay under £500 a year.


If you are a learner you must display ‘L’ plates on the front and back of my car. They should be placed on the driver’s side of the car to make them more easily seen by the other drivers.

Buy them, don’t make them as they must be a certain size and shape so everyone can recognise them. They should be removed when not being used. Professional driving instructors are allowed to keep them on.

You can buy ‘L’ plates from places such as big supermarkets and petrol stations.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

My car is covered in ‘L’ plates, forward, behind, both sides and on top. No one has the excuse of not knowing mine is a learner car. I am very careful about what I do.


Anyone can teach you to drive, but only a professional driving instructor can take money from you for doing that. The school of mum and dad can be great for practising outside of lessons, just make sure you have the correct insurance, your ‘L’ plates and your provisional license.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Like a lot of my instructor friends, it’s frustrating when we hear of non-professionals charging students. We worked hard to get where we are and we make sure that everything is safe: proper insurance and duel controls. We train to instruct and if we are any good, keep training. The government also carries out regular checks to make sure you, as a learner are safe.

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Safety when driving: The 3 Zones of Safety

Safety is the most important thing when it comes to driving. Your safety, your car’s safety and everyone else on the roads safety, but how do you know if it’s safe to drive?


1.Safety of self 
Are you:

  • Fit to drive
  • In a condition to drive
  • Prepared for your driving task that day
  • Prepared for driving generally
  • Able to practice the Drivers ABC Always Be Checking


2.Safety of you and your vehicle

Can you:

  • Be responsible for the vehicle, contents and occupants
  • Understand and use vehicle safety features
  • Practice the Drivers ABC Always Be Checking


3.Safety of other road users 

Do you:

  • Practice the 7 Principles of Professional Driving
  • Practice the Drivers ABC Always Be Checking
  • Allow for the mistakes of others: one day it will could be you making the mistake

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