25
Dec 14

Determined to Pass? Then Get Those Nerves Under Control


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If you’re about to take your practical driving test, you may be feeling a little nervous – it’s completely normal. ‘Test anxiety’ is a common condition often experienced by those being monitored on their performance, such as in situations like the UK driving test, school examinations, or sports competitions, for example. Test anxiety is sometimes praised as being beneficial in certain situations, with many claiming that the added stress acts as a motivator, encouraging a desire to study and prepare, and ultimately raising confidence. However, in a driving test environment, it could be that test anxiety is, in fact, detrimental. Could being nervous really mean the difference between a pass and a fail?

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18
Dec 14

The UK Driving Test Turns 80! So What’s Changed?


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2014 marks an impressive 80 years since plans were introduced to perform official road tests for those owning or using motor vehicles on UK roads, while 2015 marks 80 years since road testing became compulsory for drivers. There are men and women driving on today’s roads who took the very first form of UK driving test, but just how has it developed over the years? How has the UK driving test changed since 1935?

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11
Dec 14

Driving Simulators: Should You Try One?

More and more driving schools in the UK are starting to offer the opportunity to undertake a part of your driving tuition in a driving simulator, and there are also many types of downloadable versions available to use at home, but are they a good idea, or is it more beneficial to be out and about on the road, experiencing ‘real’ driving situations?

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04
Dec 14

Alcohol & Driving: Know Your Limit

In 2012, 280 people in the UK were killed as the result of a drink driving accident – an increase of a whopping 17 percent on the previous year. Yet despite this, driving while under the influence of alcohol remains legal across Great Britain, providing the blood alcohol level is below the government-enforced limit. In October 2014, the Scottish government announced that it plans to cut the legal limit by almost half in time for Christmas – a decision that comes following reports showing that one in every 10 road deaths in the country can be attributed to alcohol.

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