How our bodies shaped driving: Part 1

Have you ever thought about why cars are designed the way they are? Well, we’ve got some answers for you.

 

We are all a bit different from each other and the modern car will allow for that. What the car designers are looking for is a geometric balance. This will allow as many people as possible to be able to use their vehicles. How we are and the shape of our bodies not only shapes the car but how we drive.

 

The first thing manufacturers will start with is the eye datum line, which is where you look. From the driver’s seat, we need a good view of the road ahead as well as the instrument panel. Having established that we can see enough to maintain safety and legality we now need free and easy access to the controls. This should be done in such a way to minimise tiredness. We now move into the territory of the cockpit drill. As driving instructors, we are aware of the effect bad position will have on our pupils and their ability to drive safely. and the first thing we want from our pupils is to be able to adjust your car properly. It is not enough to make the car just for the average person. Manufacturers want as many people as possible to be able to drive it.

 

Stay tuned for more on how our bodies shaped driving.

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Want to Learn to Drive?

What questions should you be asking? What answers should you get? Can I do it?

Commitment is key. You will need to put aside time, money and be prepared to make the effort.

1.What about the money.

Who is paying?

Are you being given a block of lessons as a present? Can you afford to carry on after that?

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Lots of people start when someone else has paid but not everyone can keep it up. Also, keep in mind that someone that stops and starts, spends more money over a longer period of time.

2.What about the time?

First off it will take time. Just because your friend passed in 15 lessons doesn’t mean you will. Everyone is different. When it comes to learning to drive, there are no guarantees and you should trust that your instructor has your best interests and safety in mind when they advise on when to take your driving test.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Not everyone realises how long it takes nowadays. The DVLA suggest a pupil is ready to take their test after 47 tuition hours and 22 hours of private practice. That’s 70 hours behind a wheel and that’s the average!

Secondly what time do you have to do it?  It’s good to have a regular time but as you progress it’s valuable to be flexible and practice at different times of the day to get experience.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

A regular time for a regular pupil makes it easy for both of us. No excuse for forgetting which can happen but be aware that your driving instructor will charge if you’re not there. It’s their living after all.

3.What about effort?

The desire to learn is essential as well as the ability to work for it. This means you need to be on time for your lessons. Be ready for them. Listen to what your instructor tells you and act upon it. Think about driving between your lessons if you can. Keep a diary and write about your lesson afterwards (it’s called a reflective log), and don’t forget to ask questions.

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Havant, Leigh Park & The Warren

This area covers Langstone, Northney, the North of Hayling Island, Stoke, Fleet, Warblington, Denvilles, Emsworth (Portsmouth side), New Brighton, Bedhampton, Havant College, Rowlands Castle. The Warren we have our own resident instructor here, Mark Pernell. If you want a local man he’s the one for you. He will be busy so we have listed our other instructors who will help him out and cover the rest of the area.

 

The local Driving Test Centre is Portsmouth:

Opposite Fort Southwick

James Callaghan Drive,
Portsmouth,
Hampshire,
PO17 6AR

 

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access: Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability as there are steps leading to the waiting room.

 

Our instructors who cover this area are:

 

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Waterlooville and Denmead

The areas covered here are Waterlooville itself, Denmead, Cowplain, Weakcock Farm, Horndean, Cathrington, Clanfield, Purbrook, Widley, Southdowns College, HMS Dryad and the QA Hospital. We are very lucky here to have two top class local instructors. Nigel Thomas and Greg Wise. As they are in high demand a couple of the other instructors help out.

 

The local Portsmouth Driving Test Centre is:

Opposite Fort Southwick

James Callaghan Drive,
Portsmouth,
Hampshire,
PO17 6AR

 

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access: Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability as there are steps leading to the waiting room.

 

Our instructors who cover this area are:

 

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Fareham

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I’ve been a husband for 37 years and a father for 34 years, which I’d say is proof of my patience, which is one of the many skills that I bring to my role as a driving instructor! I qualified in 1985 and have worked continuously in the industry ever since. In addition to teaching [...]
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I love driving, it’s my favourite hobby and luckily, one that I excel at! My calm, friendly and patient nature makes me an ideal instructor and working as one has further developed my already good people skills. I’ve been driving for 28 years and I have a C&G 7307/02 & 0/3. These are both parts [...]
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I live in Portchester - where I grew up - and know the village, plus surrounding areas such as Fareham and Gosport well. Before becoming a driving instructor, I worked as a retail manager for 24 years. This involved me training and developing people to become the best they could be and it is these [...]

This area includes Stubbington, Hill Head and Wallington. It is fortunate in being served by two local test centers. Portsmouth and Lee on the Solent. To know which one is best talk to one of our instructors.

The local Driving Test Centre is:

Portsmouth

Opposite Fort Southwick

James Callaghan Drive

Portsmouth

Hampshire

PO17 6AR

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access: Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability as there are steps leading to the waiting room.


The other local Driving Test Centre is
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Lee on the Solent

The Richard Sainsbury Building

Daedalus Argus Gate Daedalus Drive

Lee on the Solent

Hampshire

PO13 9JY

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access: Wheelchair accessible

Our instructors who cover this area are:

Gosport

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I’ve been a husband for 37 years and a father for 34 years, which I’d say is proof of my patience, which is one of the many skills that I bring to my role as a driving instructor! I qualified in 1985 and have worked continuously in the industry ever since. In addition to teaching [...]
jo-driving-pro-fareham-and-gosport31 (1)
I love driving, it’s my favourite hobby and luckily, one that I excel at! My calm, friendly and patient nature makes me an ideal instructor and working as one has further developed my already good people skills. I’ve been driving for 28 years and I have a C&G 7307/02 & 0/3. These are both parts [...]
danny-far-photo[1]
I live in Portchester - where I grew up - and know the village, plus surrounding areas such as Fareham and Gosport well. Before becoming a driving instructor, I worked as a retail manager for 24 years. This involved me training and developing people to become the best they could be and it is these [...]

This driving school area covers Alverstoke, Browndown, Brockhurst, Rowner, Lee-on-the-Solent, Elson, Hardway, Bridgemary, HMS Sultan, HMS Collingwood, Bay House School and St Vincent’s, Lee-on-the-Solent itself, Browndown and Bay House School.

It is also part of the greater Gosport area. So if you are not sure which area is covered by our driving instructors, use our contact form at the bottom and we will get back to you.

The Gosport Driving Test Center is located at:

The Richard Sainsbury Building

Daedalus Argus Gate

Daedalus Drive Lee on the Solent

Hampshire

PO13 9JY

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access: Wheelchair accessible

Our driving instructors who cover this area are:

Our instructors who cover this area are:

Southsea

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I live in Portchester - where I grew up - and know the village, plus surrounding areas such as Fareham and Gosport well. Before becoming a driving instructor, I worked as a retail manager for 24 years. This involved me training and developing people to become the best they could be and it is these [...]
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I have lived in the Havant area all my life and have fantastic knowledge of the Havant and Waterlooville areas. I’m happily married and have two grown-up children and a lovely little granddaughter. In my spare time I enjoy tropical fishkeeping, watching movies and eating out with my wife and family. Other interests include walking, [...]
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I live in Denmead with my wife and son. I enjoy playing the piano and guitar, and listening to a broad range of music. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking, family time, watching movies and have recently discovered home-brewing my own beer! I love all things vehicle-related and have even had a couple [...]
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I live in Southsea and have three grown-up children. In my spare time I like to relax with friends. I also have many sporting interests including Judo and Karate in which I hold black belts. I have been a driving instructor for over 24 years and in that time, I’ve taught hundreds of people, from all walks of [...]
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I live with my wife Teresa in Southsea and have a grown-up stepdaughter who I acquired a half share in when I married Teresa. I keep fit by going to the gym and walking. One of my interests is travel with over 50 countries visited so far! Sometimes I have combined walking and travel with [...]
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I've lived in and around Portsmouth all my life, so I know the area well. I have a grown-up daughter who I enjoy spending time with, usually at the cinema or curry house! I love jazz music and classic cars, and can while away many an hour listening to Jazz FM while browsing classic cars [...]
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I live in Portsmouth and have two children. I enjoy keeping in shape, which has become more challenging since hitting the big 5-0! I particularly enjoy martial arts and have been practising for more years than I care to remember! I have an extensive background in teaching/training adults and hold numerous qualifications including PTLLS and [...]

South of Fratton Bridge this area will take in Somers Town, Eastney, Craneswater, Portsea, Gunwharf, Milton and The City Centre. We are very busy here so you have a good choice of instructors.

The local Portsmouth Driving Test Centre here is: Opposite Fort Southwick

James Callaghan Drive Portsmouth Hampshire PO17 6AR

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access:Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability as there are steps leading to the waiting room

Our instructors who cover this area are:

Portsmouth

danny-far-photo[1]
I live in Portchester - where I grew up - and know the village, plus surrounding areas such as Fareham and Gosport well. Before becoming a driving instructor, I worked as a retail manager for 24 years. This involved me training and developing people to become the best they could be and it is these [...]
Driving pro_12a (1)
I have lived in the Havant area all my life and have fantastic knowledge of the Havant and Waterlooville areas. I’m happily married and have two grown-up children and a lovely little granddaughter. In my spare time I enjoy tropical fishkeeping, watching movies and eating out with my wife and family. Other interests include walking, [...]
drvingpro prfile image greg
I live in Denmead with my wife and son. I enjoy playing the piano and guitar, and listening to a broad range of music. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking, family time, watching movies and have recently discovered home-brewing my own beer! I love all things vehicle-related and have even had a couple [...]
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I live in Southsea and have three grown-up children. In my spare time I like to relax with friends. I also have many sporting interests including Judo and Karate in which I hold black belts. I have been a driving instructor for over 24 years and in that time, I’ve taught hundreds of people, from all walks of [...]
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I've lived in and around Portsmouth all my life, so I know the area well. I have a grown-up daughter who I enjoy spending time with, usually at the cinema or curry house! I love jazz music and classic cars, and can while away many an hour listening to Jazz FM while browsing classic cars [...]
Glen driving pro fareham and gosport3
I live in Portsmouth and have two children. I enjoy keeping in shape, which has become more challenging since hitting the big 5-0! I particularly enjoy martial arts and have been practising for more years than I care to remember! I have an extensive background in teaching/training adults and hold numerous qualifications including PTLLS and [...]

This area will be north of Fratton Bridge going up as far as Cosham and Paulsgrove. It will cover Fratton, Mile End, North End, Buckland, Copnor, Kingston, Stamshaw, Tipnor, Hilsea, Drayton and Farlington.

The local Portsmouth Driving Test Centre is:

Opposite Fort Southwick

James Callaghan Drive,

Portsmouth,

Hampshire,

PO17 6AR

Parking: There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets: Male and female toilets are available

Disabled access: Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability as there are steps leading to the waiting room.

Our instructors who cover this area are:

DRIVING LESSONS PORTSMOUTH:LEARN TO DRIVE PORTSMOUTH

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Liam Greaney: :

With a ready supply of the most awful jokes and very bad puns you will have all the incentive you need to pass your test in a short a time as possible. This will be important to you as he uses the same jokes each week. Call Liam on 07886 608249. Check out his professional profile here:Liam Greaney

To contact me directly:

07886 608249
liam@driving-pro.com

Learning to drive Portsmouth: Driving Lessons Southsea

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Doug Drinkwater :

With 25 years plus of teaching driving lessons and a pass rate second to none. Doug sometimes says God told him to become a driving instructor to get people through their driving test. Quite when I told him this I have forgotten now. But rest assured you will be in good hands if Doug is your instructor.  Call Doug on 07739 039943. Check out his professional profile here: Doug Drinkwater

To contact me directly:

07739 039943
doug@driving-pro.com

The 4 Considerations when driving.

What is a hazard? A hazard is anything that might make you change speed or direction and sometimes both.

When dealing with any hazard whilst learning you should use a routine such as Mirror, Signal, Maneuver or MSM.

  1. Check your mirrors (all of them)
  2. Signal (use your indicators)
  3. Maneuver

Remember: In reality, sometimes the only signal given by some people is speed and position.

Maneuver, this is doing what you need to do and where the below 4 considerations come in.

1.Safety:

This is the most important factor. Remember it’s not just your safety but the safety of the people around you. So think about the 3 Zones of Safety.

2.Legality:

If it’s illegal, it’s dangerous. Are you aware of the signs and lines around you? Do you know what they mean? Do you have reasonable knowledge of The Highway Code?

3.Practicality:

It must be practicable or why bother? How many times have you seen someone trying to get into a parking space that’s to small?

4.Convenience:

Other drivers and people need to be considered, you don’t own the road. Doing a three point turn on a busy road might be quicker for you, but what about everyone else?

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Instructor Profiles

At driving-pro we have some of the top local expert driving instructors. Depending on the area you are in will depend which instructor is available for you. Check out these areas to find a driving instructor near me.

 

Portsmouth

Southsea

Gosport

Lee on the Solent

Fareham

Waterlooville

Denmead

Havant

Liegh Park

The Warren

 

Choosing the right instructor is very important for you. Remember you are going to be sat with this person as you learn to drive so make sure you get the right one.  So important is this that we have written a guide for you to help How to choose a Driving Instructor.

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