Problems with speed.
A problem with speed is the faster the speed the greater the likelihood of death if you hit a pedestrian. The source of this idea is two studies: one UK and the other Australian.
The UK study found that the chance of death from being hit by a car at 30 mph was 45%. And the Australian study reports that the chance of death from being hit at 30 mph was 37%.
At 40 mph both studies showed that the chance of death was over 80%.
And at 20 mph it dropped to 5% in both studies.
The reason it jumps from 5% at 20 mph to over 80% at 40 mph is down to the laws of physics. As the impact speed doubles the energy imparted to a collision quadruples. Blame Sir Isaac Newton for that one.
A more interesting question is why the difference between the UK and Australia. A 45% chance of death in the UK, compared to 37% chance in Australia.
The Australians might believe that this is because they are tougher, where as the English could retort that this is because drunks sustain less damage. A more likely explanation is that with wider roads and pavements Australian children are less likely to be run over.
All this brings us back to why 30 mph, and it is all to do with people surviving their mistakes. Children do run out into the road, old people wander out and drunks stumble out.
At some point in our lives we all make mistakes. Without a speed limit these mistakes could be a death sentence.
Most experienced drivers as well as learners have feeling of panic when confronted with an emergency vehicle, during lessons this is something your instructor will explain. To help it is worth visiting the official video “Blue Light Aware” on YouTube www.youtube.com) but always remember you not expected to break the law in order to get out of the way.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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!
- Follow your ABCs; Always Be Checking, start from the bottom and work upwards
- 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.
Did you know that to become a taxi or Uber driver, you have to pass an assessment? In Portsmouth and the surrounding areas, taxi tests are conducted by The Blue Lamp Trust. They tend to call it an assessment rather than a test and just like learner drivers, the examiner wants to know that you will be a safe driver.
The assessment consists of a driving licence check and eyesight test followed by a 45-minute driving assessment across a variety of road types. In practice, this means a driver can be anywhere in a 20-minute radius of where they start the test. By failing the eyesight test, or not having the licence to show the examiner before they start, the practising taxi driver can fail their test before they even get into their car!
The less the examiner notices about their driving the better. When you get into any car and the driver is a good one you will feel safe and relaxed and this is how you should feel when you get into a cab with a professional driver. Safe and relaxed is how the examiner wants to feel because that’s how you should feel.
At the beginning of the test, the examiner will say that they want you to be smooth, safe and legal. Sound familiar? If you can do those three things you should be alright. Just like the driving test, the examiner can only mark what they see on the day.
Just like learner drivers, it’s important to have some training before taking the Blue Lamp Taxi Test. You wouldn’t take your driving test without driving lessons, so why take the Blue Lamp Taxi Test without lessons? At driving-pro, we offer training to people looking to take the Blue Lamp Taxi Test.
Our aim is to have as many safe drivers on the road as possible! And just like us, you can be sure the local council is concerned about the safety of drivers, their passengers and the people around them.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the types of training we offer, get in touch via the form below!
You’ve passed your driving test. You’ve bought a car. You’ve got your insurance covered and paid your road tax but there’s something else to organise. A mechanic. We cannot stress enough, how much easier your life will be if you find a mechanic before you have any major car troubles or your MOT is suddenly due.
But how do you choose a mechanic? Here are a few things to consider during your search:
- Ask your friends and family. Chances are that the people around you will happily give you their recommendations and some of them would have been going to the same mechanic for a number of years.
- Ask your driving instructor. Their job is to be on the roads every day…in a car…that works. You can’t really go wrong asking a professional driver who their mechanic is, they’ll probably be able to give you a few recommendations of mechanics in your local area.
- Know what you need. Understand your car. Some garages don’t have the capacity to deal with electronic or hybrid cars and some don’t have the capacity to deal with old or vintage cars. It doesn’t make a mechanic bad, it just means that they don’t have the tools or expertise to deal with your particular vehicle.
- Do your own research. You’ve got your recommendations so now it’s time to do your own research. Look online, check out reviews, go to the garages and ask some questions, find out what services they provide. Do they do MOT’s, are they able to look after hybrids? Take your car with you and find out if they have experience with your particular make and model. Car troubles can be stressful (and expensive) so make sure that you can not only get on with your mechanic but that you trust them too.
- Don’t assume. Don’t assume that the garage down the road or that one your mum told you about has the capacity to see you and your car straight away. Most of the time, good mechanics are constantly busy. This is also why you shouldn’t wait until you have major car troubles before finding the right mechanic for you and your car.
Finding a mechanic doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to be stressful. It will take a bit of time and a bit of research but your car will thank you for it in the future. If you’ve got no one to ask or maybe your new to an area, use websites such as The AA Garage Guide or Approved Garages Near Me.