So here is a really important quick bits. New laws came into force THIS week regarding driving under the influence of drugs. Some medicated drugs have now made it onto the list and drivers really need to be aware of their own medication and how it could affect them.
This week, Jo lets us into the secrets of Parallel Parking.
Watch his informative short Quick Bits video by clicking HERE
Have a good week!
Oh my! A burst tyre... What to do??
Any ideas?? Well watch our Quick Bits weekly video blog to find out!
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Your brake lights show your intentions to slow down or stop. If they aren't working, you're more likely to be involved in a rear end shunt. Not my fault?? Well no. The person following should be far away enough to be able to deal with whatever, but do you really want the hassle???
Check your mirrors! That's pretty much it really. You can't go forwards without knowing what's happening behind you.
So check those mirrors... Something to reflect on.
I took a pupil out for a drive today in the auto. A beautiful drive. It was well planned, correctly thought through and perfectly safe. Until we got to a roundabout!
Why is this? The pupil said her mum is also scared of roundabouts. Could this have been inherited? I googled roundaboutphobia this evening and found that there is actually such a thing! It didn't go so far as to give this phobia a specific name other than roundaboutphobia, but it clarified that there truly is such a condition. How do we get over this hurdle then. Well, now that I know there is such a thing, we can tackle the issue from a different angle. The pupil is genuinely scared of them so putting them in the situation over and over again would be like sticking me in a box filled with spiders just to see if it got me over the phobia. (yes I hate spiders... move on!)
So at Belt Up School of Motoring, we not only teach people how to drive, we can also amend our teaching methods to suit each learners needs. We research and discuss with each other the problems our drivers are facing and come up with ingenious ways of solving these issues. This means that our learners face the same problems as all other learners but are coached in a way that suits them so they take the information in better.
Now back to the roundaboutphobia... I can't come up with anything sensible here, I just have ideas going round and round in my head!!!!!
We will get back to this when we have tried and tested some methods. Keep in touch to find out more.
If the sat nav says there's a traffic jam and asks if you want to find an alternative route, I suggest you follow it's advice..
Just spent the best part of the evening stuck on the M5 southbound because I thought I knew best!
That'll teach me!
Just a quick one. A solid White line is a STOP line. You'll get these at traffic lights and some busier T junctions or crossroads.
It's quite simple. If a red traffic light shows, you MUST Stop BEHIND the solid white line.
At other non traffic light controlled junctions with a solid white line, you MUST Stop BEHIND the solid white line EVEN if the road is clear.
You haven't got to stop, apply the handbrake and select neutral, just bring those wheels to a complete stop to give you a couple of extra seconds to look to the right, the left and the right again!!
A. If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.
1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.