40 minutes of driving on the roads with the examiner’s eyes on every move you make, having to reverse around a corner without drifting off to the opposite side of the road, and making a hill start with just the right amount of pressure on the clutch – being a little bit nervous about your upcoming practical driving test is only to be expected. However, if you knew what your overseas counterparts had to endure just to secure their first driving licence, you may start to see the UK driving test in a whole different light. In fact, in comparison, it may even seem easy!
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If you’ve never sat behind the wheel before, or if you’ve given it a shot but haven’t yet taken the leap towards booking your driving test, then we’ve got good news for you – it’s never too late to pass! Learning to drive when you’re older can be a nerve wracking experience, and many people worry about an increased risk of accidents amongst older drivers, but actually the older generation are some of the safest drivers on the roads today. Research suggests a decrease in road accidents amongst older drivers – attributed to a lesser desire to take risks – and the road safety charity Brake states that ‘there is no age-related increase in total number of incidents of any severity for the over 60s’.
With the winter comes freezing temperatures, inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions. As a new driver, you might not be aware of how to keep yourself safe whilst you’re on the road during the winter. You can maximise your safety and the safety of others by making proper preparations and taking the proper precautions.
Here’s a look at some of the things that you can do in order to get yourself, and your car, ready for the winter.
Drowsiness and driving aren’t a good combination. Being sleepy behind the wheel can be as dangerous drinking and driving. When you’re tired, your reaction time and judgement become impaired, which can increase the chances of an accident.
Feeling sleepy while driving isn’t unusual. It can happen when you’re on your way home from a long day at work, when you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, or when you are driving a long stretch of road and staring at the same, boring scenery.
How can you avoid drowsy driving? Here are some helpful, and possibly life-saving suggestions.
When it comes to the weather of the summer, you probably don’t think that there are many hazardous that you will face while driving. However, believe it or not, you – and your car – can face some serious conditions. With the increase of holidays during the summer months, higher temperatures and more drivers on the road, there are definite dangers that you might contend with.