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Keeping children safe in the car

Road safety – it’s a topic we speak about a lot, and one that is bound to be mentioned through the course of your driving lessons, but a factor of safety that people just don’t hear enough about is how to keep children protected in the car. Whether they be your own, a sibling or relative or children you look after, the action of transporting a child within your vehicle involves additional caution and careful planning. With a number of actions to carry out whilst both stationary and on the move, we have summarised the key points to ensure that any children within your vehicle remain safe at all times.

Where should children be seated?

It is recommended that young children should sit in the back seat of the vehicle, facing the rear, for as long as possible. However, small children are able to be seated in the passenger seat if the correct safety precautions are followed. These include:

  • Seating the child facing the rear and deactivating the front airbags
  • If the child is to be seated facing the front of the vehicle, you must push the chair back as far as it will go to maximise space between the child and the dashboard. The airbags should remain on.

There isn’t really a right or wrong when it comes to choosing which side of the vehicle the child should sit when in the back seat. It is most often down to personal preference. For younger, rear-facing children, some drivers like to install a mirror to the headrest, allowing them to see their face when looking in the rear-view mirror. For older children, drivers use regular verbal communication and so don’t feel the need to see the child at all times. If you do feel anxious, position them in a seat that remains visible in your rear-view mirror, preventing you from turning around whilst on the move and risking an accident. Additionally, you should get into the habit of parking in a location where you can safely remove the child from the car on the kerbside, away from moving traffic.

The laws on booster seats

All children under the age of 12 or the height of 1.35 meters are required by law to remain in a booster seat. Those under this age and height must be seated within an appropriate child restraint that is suitable for their own size. This can mean a baby seat, child seat, booster seat or cushion. If children are seated on the cars own seating, the seatbelt could cut into their neck or face rather than fit across their chest, causing injury whilst on the road or becoming ineffective if a road traffic accident did occur. If you weren’t to follow these laws, you could face a penalty of £100 as well as receiving points on your licence.

Before seating the child in the correct restraint, you must check that it is secured correctly. You should also remove any padded outer-clothing such as coats before buckling up, allowing the seatbelt to remain tight to the body and therefore, more protective.

Secure those seatbelts

Did you know that in the UK, it is actually illegal for drivers and passengers of all ages to travel in a vehicle without a seatbelt? It will be the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers are secured correctly, or they could face a penalty up to £500. This includes the seatbelts of children. Securing two children into one seatbelt is classified as a law-breaking offence, as is travelling with a child on your lap.

If child passengers are old (and mischievous) enough to unplug theirs whilst on the road, they should be educated on safety and the law before the journey begins. With all children, you should check in regularly throughout the course of the drive to ensure that they remain securely buckled up at all times.

Check the doors and windows

Child locks are a saviour for drivers whilst on the road. Children of all ages are experimental and learn by touching things, but you wouldn’t want this to be their door handle. By activating the child lock, the doors in the back seat of the vehicle will only be able to open by use of the external handle, leaving the internal one ‘useless’ until the lock is removed again.

Windows can be operated in the same way. Although they may appear to be less dangerous if opened, electric windows are causing a surprising rise in injuries to children travelling in the back seat, with drivers doing up the windows without the knowledge of an arm remaining out of it which then becomes trapped. Whilst on the move especially, drivers should keep the back windows up and locked, preventing waving arms from excitable children from causing harm to passing cyclists and other road users, or harm to themselves.

The aspect of keeping children safe in the car can be daunting, but our team at Lanes School of Driving are available for any advice you are seeking before heading out on the road with one in tow. Give us a call on 020 8166 5678 or drop us an email at and we will be happy to help you.

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Emergency breakdown kits: What to include

In the unlikely but possible event that you breakdown, an emergency breakdown kit can be vital in keeping you and your passengers safe whilst waiting for roadside assistance. Although these kits are available to buy, many drivers find that they already own the required items and so find it simple to create their own. Within or alongside your emergency breakdown kit, you should also assemble a first aid kit. In this month’s blog, we run through the items that you should pack within these to keep you safe whilst on the road.

Emergency breakdown kit

Within your emergency breakdown kit, you should stock the following items:

  • High visibility vests or clothing, allowing you to be seen by other road users no matter the hour
  • A torch with spare batteries, allowing you to see your surroundings and vehicle
  • A hazard warning triangle which can be placed around 10 paces behind your vehicle, alerting other drivers of the oncoming hazard
  • Tissues or paper towels, allowing you to clear any fluid or oil spillages on your skin or vehicle
  • A bottle of engine coolant, allowing you to cool an overheated engine
  • A foot pump or puncture spray, allowing you to temporarily repair pressure loss or a puncture within your tyres
  • Warm, waterproof clothing and shoes, allowing you to remain as warm and dry as possible whilst standing a safe distance from the roadside. A blanket would also come in useful in such an event.
  • Bottled water and packaged food, allowing you to replenish your hunger or thirst whilst waiting for roadside recovery
  • A spare phone charger, allowing you to charge your phone in a nearby service station, shop or café to contact and wait for assistance
  • A shovel is particularly useful in winter months as, if stuck in snow, you can dig small slopes infront of your front two wheels that can help you to drive out

Emergency first aid kit

Your emergency breakdown kit should include a visible, easy to reach first aid kit within its own sterile compartment or bag. You may require this whilst on the move – it doesn’t necessarily have to be saved for use during a breakdown. Within this, you should have:

  • Plasters to protect and cover wounds or scratches
  • Anti-septic wipes to clean any wounds or open injuries as well as medical equipment before use
  • Disposable gloves to protect yourself and the injured person from infection
  • Tweezers to remove any items safely and effectively from within the skin, such as splinters or glass
  • Sterile eye wash and dressings to clean the eye effectively and prevent any ongoing injury or risk
  • Sterile gauze swabs of multiple sizes to clean and dry wounded areas
  • Medical tape to secure gauzes and bandages
  • Painkillers to fend off a aches and pains whilst on the road

The idea of breaking down can often be scary, but with the right preparation, there needn’t be a reason to fear. For more advice on packing your emergency kits, get in touch with our team who will be happy to help. Give us a call at Lanes School of Driving on 020 8166 5678 or email us at . Having successfully passed pupils for over 100 years, we have the humbled experience that allows us to help drivers with every requirement.

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Thinking of becoming a driving instructor?

Have you been waiting for the chance to take the leap and delve into a new career that fits around your schedule, gives you an element of freedom and provides you with a sense of fulfilment each day? Why not consider becoming an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) – there is no better time than now!

With our teaching here at Lanes School of Driving being put on hold for the last year for the safety of our staff and students, there are hundreds of locals across the country who are itching to get out onto the road again, and you could be the one that allows them to do that!

As well as passing pupils for over 100 years, we have also been training and passing instructors for over 40, so we’d like to think we know our stuff! Allow us to explain just how our instructor training course is carried out in our simple three step process.

The course

Step 1: Theory and hazard perception
As well as having access to DVSA approved reference books, we provide classroom sessions at our training sites with approved driving instructors. With over 400 hazard perception clips available for you to revise, as well as a range of supportive DVD’s, your theory examination could be a breeze. However, if you fail, don’t fear. Step 1 allows you to retake as many times as you need.

Step 2: A test of your practical driving
Qualified trainers will accompany you on the road for 20 hours to assess your driving skills and train you to fine-tune your actions if needed, ensuring that they are on par with DVSA standards. Once you have passed this assessment section, you will be able to drive as a Trainee Driving Instructor with Lanes Group of Driving Schools.

From here, you will be provided with a provisional licence for a six-month period, allowing you to teach pupils within a sponsored driving school. Within the first three months of this provisional period there is a requirement to train for an additional 20 hours. Completing this will allow you to feel confident in your instructing ability and begin to earn as you move onto the final stage of our three-step process.

Step 3: Test of instructional ability
The final assessment will take place over two 30-minute sessions where you in-car trainer will act as a pupil. The preparation for this includes 40 hours of 1-to-1 training (carried out in two-hour blocks), as well as classroom tuition. You can tailor these resources to suit you and your way of learning, as well as current working commitments.

Whilst step one of the training allows multiple retakes, steps two and three require a pass within three attempts. However, with the resources we provide and the one-to-one sessions both within the classroom and vehicle, we have no doubt that you will pass these!

Once you have completed all three stages and passed your training, you will become a fully qualified ADI and be granted a job with our team at Lanes School of Driving.

Payment for our driving instructor training course is split over a 12-month period, so no matter how long it takes you to train and gain your qualification, there will be no large upfront investment.

The benefits of working as a qualified ADI with Lanes School of Driving

  • You will be provided with a full diary that you can alter around your lifestyle and commitments
  • You can experience uncapped earning potentials
  • You will receive support from a driving school who have been successful for over 100 years
  • You will be provided with the latest model vehicles
  • You can benefit from our in-house loyalty schemes
  • A fully managed social media account will operate in your training area, providing you with new teaching opportunities all year round
  • You will work alongside a trained office team who will successfully manage your bookings for you

Already qualified?

If you are already a trained and qualified driving instructor looking for a new opportunity, get in touch with our team today. We would love to hear from you and get you on the road in the hoot of a horn!

For more information on our driving instructor training course, or to find your nearest Lanes School of Driving centre, get in touch with us today. Call 020 8166 5678 or email and we will be delighted to help you.

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Is hands-free driving legal?

We all know that using your phone whilst driving is illegal and can result in you gaining 6 points on your licence as well as a hefty fine, but the rules around ‘hands-free’ can often blur the lines, resulting in drivers carrying out actions which they believe are safe and legal, but result in a law-breaking offence. So, what are the correct rules? Let’s take a look…

Of course, the safest option for yourself and other road users is to put your phone away. Your bag or glove compartment can be an ideal location to store your device whilst you’re on the road, keeping it out of eyesight and preventing you from taking a brief look at the screen to see who has just sent you that snapchat. However, we know that this isn’t always an option as often drivers need to use their phones for navigation purposes or to make or take an important phone call. This is where the world of hands-free comes in.

The laws around hands-free driving

As you might expect from the name, hands-free driving means that your phone or Sat-Nav device is secured in an appropriate place without obstructing your view and remains untouched throughout the entirety of your journey.

You can be caught for the simple act of touching your screen or manoeuvring the device itself if you are in a vehicle with the ignition switched on. If you find that you need to make contact with someone or fix the placement of your device, you must pull over into a safe space and switch your ignition off.

If you are accompanying a learner driver on the road, it is also illegal for you to partake in activity on your mobile device. You must follow the hands-free laws as though you are the driver yourself as road safety may be in your hands until your learner receives their full licence.

If the police have reason to believe you are being distracted by your mobile phone whilst on the road, even if you are following the hands-free rules, they have right to pull you over for questioning.

Are there any exceptions?

There are no loopholes when it comes to road safety and following the hands-free laws, except for if you need to contact emergency services on 999 or 112. If you need to carry out this action, you should still aim to reach a location where it is safe to pull over before using your device, but this is not always possible and so will be dismissed if caught.

Here at Lanes School of Driving, we have been supporting learners for over 100 years. For aid with rules of the road, driving lessons or after pass courses, get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable team who will be delighted to help. Call 020 8166 5678 or email today.

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The benefits of a Pass Plus course

So, you’ve passed your driving test – congratulations! However, not every driver holds the confidence to drive alone in every scenario after receiving their drivers’ licence – and that’s OK! The Pass Plus course is here to offer you that additional support and boost your confidence as a legal driver on the road.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a short, six-hour course available to drivers who have passed their theory and practical driving tests. Split into manageable sessions, the course is designed to help qualified drivers improve upon their skills and road safety if they feel it is needed. Taken by an approved instructor, the course is available to drivers with any level of experience – you don’t need to be newly qualified!

What do you learn with a Pass Plus course?

The Pass Plus course broadens the skills drivers withhold, allowing them to know how to safely handle a range of diving scenarios, including:

  • Driving through busy towns, increasing your awareness and handling complex junctions and lane changes.
  • Driving through varied weather types, from blinding sunshine and thickening fog to heavy rainfall, ice and snow.
  • Driving on country lanes, navigating bends and safely overtaking horses, cyclists and slow-moving vehicles, such as tractors.
  • Driving through the dark, from early mornings to late night journeys, utilising the correct headlight settings and heightening your awareness.
  • Driving on dual carriageways, building upon the knowledge your instructor would have provided you with before taking your practical test, and utilising the road at busier times.
  • Driving on motorways, reducing the anxiety and feeling of intimidation, allowing you to become comfortable with switching lanes appropriately, maintaining a safe speed and following signage.

What are the benefits of a Pass Plus course?

Although not compulsory, there are a series of benefits to taking the Pass Plus course.

  • Having the additional certification of passing the Pass Plus course could result in lower insurance premiums.
  • There are no formal examinations that need to be sat at the end of the Pass Plus. Instead, your instructor will assess your standard of driving after each module and offer you the certificate upon completion.
  • Unlike a theory and practical driving test, the Pass Plus can be carried out in any location, allowing you to utilise varied routes, building your confidence on roads outside of your driving experiences.
  • The Pass Plus allows you to improve upon your certainty of navigations and hazard awareness with less pressure on the operation of the car and its controls, as you will be more relaxed with this factor of driving having already passed your practical exam.

Here at Lanes School of Driving, we have been helping drivers for over 100 years. From learners to those seeking assistance with after-pass courses, we are on hand with our valuable expertise. For any enquiry, get in touch with our team by calling 020 8166 5678 or emailing us at .

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Top tips for stress-free parking

From learner drivers, right through to those who have years of driving experience, parking has always been one of the more daunting parts of driving. Whether you are the type that often relies on someone else to drive, allowing you to avoid parking, or if you are the kind to pre-plan your route in advance with the hope of finding a quieter street or car park away from those feared ‘prying eyes’, take a look at our top tips. Parking needn’t be a case of stress or worry. It is a factor of driving which every motorist has to participate in each time they head out onto the road – it may just take a little practice or mind training to get used to it!

Practice makes perfect

Parking is something which is rarely successful at the first attempt. Take a family member or driving instructor out with you to experiment in your local carpark after closing hours. With no cars around you, it will be easier for you to relax and complete a successful park. You can do this by following the lines around you, or even positioning cones to act as other vehicles around your space. During your practice sessions, you may find that you feel more comfortable and confident parking in one particular way, whether it be a parallel or bay park, and this could boost your confidence for completing this move in a busier location.

A top tip for all parking manoeuvres is to reverse into your space, no matter what kind. Driving forwards into a bay parking space will make it more difficult to leave as there will be restrictions either side of your vehicle, providing you with less room for the front of your car to turn and edge you out of the space. Reversing into a parallel space will allow you to minimise the number of manoeuvres you will need and prevent you from having your front wheels stuck up a kerb or landing you in a space where your only option is to restart.

Worried about those “prying eyes”?

Having other vehicles, drivers or pedestrians around you when you are attempting to park may bring fear to your mind, causing you to misjudge or rush the park altogether However, this needn’t be a factor you worry about. Chances are, those surrounding you couldn’t care less about what you are trying to do! Parking happens every day and, in truth, it isn’t too thrilling to watch! They are more than likely recapping their shopping list in their mind or planning out the day ahead of them. They could even be as nervous as you and worrying about where they will choose to park! Focus only on yourself and your vehicle and you will succeed.

Confidence is key

By telling yourself that you can do it, you will push your mind into confidence – and you can do it! You have completed a park before, even if it was in an empty car park or quiet street, every success counts. Parking doesn’t need to be (and rarely is) completed within one manoeuvre, so don’t put pressure on yourself if you don’t get it right within the first try. Every manoeuvre you take is one closer to that perfect park that you are aiming for.

Let your success motivate you

Achieving a successful park simply means manoeuvring your vehicle into the lines of a space and leaving it in a position which is safe to lock and leave. If you have done this, then you have been successful! It truly doesn’t matter how long it took for you to get there, or how many spaces you have driven out of to find a new one which may seem easier. All that matters is that you completed the park that you have been aiming to do. Ignore any negative thoughts about timings and attempts and simply use your success as motivation. Once you know you can park successfully, the number of manoeuvres it takes for you to get there will decrease and your confidence will rise time and time again.

Recap your parking skills with a professional

If you are still finding fear in those car parks, why not reach out for some trusted, professional assistance. Here at Lanes School of Driving, we offer After Pass courses for a range of skills, one of which is parking. For over 100 years, we have been successfully passing students and aiding them into an all-round successful driving lifestyle – stress-free and filled with confidence! To speak with a member of our trusted team about taking up your own parking skills recap lessons, give us a call on 020 8166 5678 and we will be happy to help you find your life-long parking confidence.

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The best Sat-Nav apps for 2021 [A simple guide]

Since 4th December 2017, a handful of changes were made to the way in which practical driving tests were carried out. One of these changes was to ask four out of five test candidates to follow the directions provided by a sat-nav that was to be supplied by the examiner. Since this change came in to play, the production and use of sat-nav apps have risen, and to save you the time and effort in testing them all, we have created a list of the four best sat-nav apps for use in 2021.

Google Maps

Cost: Free
Available on: iOS and Android devices

An app provided to us by Google itself is incredibly powerful. The search engine provides the ability to inform us of our inputted locations opening hours, as well as street view, allowing us to see a photographed image of the front of our chosen location. It also withholds the ability to provide us with a selection of routes to suit an array of drivers, from the ‘avoid all motorways’ option to ‘fastest possible route’ which utilises real-time data to assess traffic, road closures and alternative routes.

Waze

Cost: Free
Available on: iOS and Android devices

The most appealing function of the Waze app is its ability to navigate around real-time traffic, road works and road closures, as well as accurately alerting you of approaching speed cameras, potholes and accidents. Although this service relies upon the power of its users to report issues or warnings on the road, the app can provide you with a strangely accurate prompt whilst directing you to your chosen location safely.

Apple Maps

Cost: Free
Available on: iOS devices

Apple maps comes as standard along with any Apple product and, unlike other directory apps, allows you to find your way to your chosen location, no matter your mode of transport. Whether it be on foot, on a bicycle, on a train, in a taxi or driving your own vehicle, Apple Maps can guide you along your simplest route with a clear voice guidance. Linking to TripAdvisor, the app can also inform you of the reviews, along with images and information on your chosen location, and other businesses nearby, supplying you with back-up locations should you wish to change your mind at the last minute!

TomTomGo

Cost: 1-week free trial and then a monthly cost of £1.99 per month
Available on: iOS and Android devices

It’s no surprise that this has proven itself to be a highly popular mapping app, despite its monthly cost whilst its competitors remain free. It bears qualities which alert you on real-time traffic hold-ups, speed cameras and accurate speed limits on your current road, whilst also projecting the same quality if displayed on a screen within your vehicle as it does on your phone. The app works to inform you of general points of interest which you are due to pass on your route, as well as your chosen locations nearest parking zones.

At Lanes School of Driving, we have been successfully passing learner drivers for over 100 years, throughout all theory and practical test updates. To arrange for driving lessons in 2021, get in touch with us today by calling 020 8166 5678 and we will be happy to assist you onto the road as a qualified driver.

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2021’s new year’s resolution: Learn to drive

Upon waving a fond farewell to 2020, the thought of new year’s resolutions begin to linger in our minds. Making 2021 a year of improvements may not be too much of a challenge, but why not push the boat out a little further and challenge yourself to fulfil a resolution which, quite literally, can change your life, such as learning to drive. “Why would this be a good new year’s resolution?” I hear you ask. Allow us to show you just how!

Independence

If you are still living at home, having your own vehicle can give you a great sense of independence, allowing you to experience freedom on your own watch, with the ability to transport yourself to wherever you wish to go, without having to depend on an elder to collect you.

Employment opportunities

Many jobs in uncountable sectors often require a driver’s license which could allow you to complete tasks such as chauffeuring clients, delivering goods or attending various meetings. Without a license, employers may find it impractical to hire you, eventually limiting your career opportunities.

A lifetime advantage

Once you have passed your driving test, the license is yours (subject to renewal). Whether you have the need or desire to drive instantly, or to begin within the next few years, having a valid license at the ready will allow you to set off whenever you require. Refreshers are also available if you feel you need a brief reminder before taking to the roads in your own vehicle.

A worldwide skill

A driving license that has been awarded in the UK will allow you to hire and drive a car overseas. Driving is a skill that can be used all over the world, allowing you to navigate your way from country to country if you wish!

Broaden your options

Watch the options of your day to day life broaden, with the ability to pop to your local shopping centre in the spur of the moment, meet with your friends at a restaurant out of your local area or visit a relative without having to depend on public transport and connection links!

Driving brings a whole lease of life to anyone who holds a valid license, and with our team at Lanes School of Driving, we have been successfully passing learners for over 100 years. To speak with us about arranging your lessons for 2021, give us a call on 020 8166 5678 and we will be happy to aid you in ticking off that new year’s resolution!

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Christmas gift ideas for new learner drivers [A guide]

With Christmas just around the corner, we feel it’s the perfect time to give you some great stocking filler and gift ideas for any up and coming learner drivers within your family or friendship circle. Learning to drive can often be nerve wracking experience, so why not ease their minds and give them something positive at this fitting occasion!

A ‘just in case’ box

A safety kit is always a necessity when taking to the roads but can often seem daunting due to its name and requirement. Why not create the same kit but disguise it as a ‘just in case’ box, filling it with all necessary things needed, just in case of a roadside breakdown. Items such as a blanket for warmth, a bottle of water for hydration, a torch in case of low lighting, some gloves incase of having to handle oily car parts and a portable phone charger incase of a flat phone battery would be highly beneficial to any new driver, as well as greatly appreciated – just in case!

Covering learning costs

If you are gifting to someone who is expected to begin driving lessons in the new year, why not treat them to their first lesson, or explain that the first months’ worth are on you. This could allow them the opportunity to begin learning sooner than they had initially planned. This gift also applies to those who are already in the middle of learning and can act as an unexpected treat that saves them some pounds in the new year.

Covering test costs

When it comes to the latter half of learning to drive, test costs can be a hefty price to pay. Offering to cover the costs of a learner’s theory and/or practical driving tests will not only be a highly generous gesture, but can also show that you have a level of faith in them passing, boosting their confidence for the test period ahead.

Gift a sat-nav

As a new feature of the practical test, gifting a learner driver a sat-nav will allow them to practice driving alongside route guidance before sitting the practical test, allowing them to feel comfortable under examination circumstances and quite possibly resulting in a relaxed test and faster pass.

A learner-focused stocking

Stockings are always fun to receive at Christmas time, with a mixture of cheap but cheerful gifts or snacks inside. This year, why not create a stocking filled with learner-related gifts, such as a pair of L-plate socks, an L-Plate mug and even the L-Plates themselves! You also bear the option to wrap it all in festive L-Plate wrapping paper!

After-pass courses

If your learner has just passed their driving test, (congratulations to them!) why not consider booking them onto an after-pass course. Here at Lanes School of Driving, we have a series of suitable courses for drivers of any age and level of experience once they have received their full drivers’ license. These include, but are not limited to Pass Plus, motorway driving lessons, parking skills and refresher courses. To find out more about the courses we provide, take a look at out after-pass courses.

If you would like to find out more information on the after pass courses we have here at Lanes School of Driving, or to talk with a member of our team about any driving queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch. With over 100 years in passing learner drivers first time, we are here to lend an experienced and knowledgeable hand. Give us a call on 020 8166 5678 or drop us an email at and we will get back to you.

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Overcoming fears of driving in the dark

When learning to drive, there are many different factors that can alter your confidence. A common one that we find occurring around this time of year is driving in the dark. If you experience this fear, there is nothing to be ashamed of and, by working together with your driving instructor, you will be able to overcome it. Here are a few tips that have proven successful to other learners that are nervous of driving in the dark.

Practice on your usual route

When driving in the dark, you will need to take additional care in looking for road signs. On new roads, this is a common way of generating additional levels of stress or worry. By driving your usual daytime routes in the dark, you will be able to locate road signs with less distraction or complications, allowing you to become more relaxed with operating the vehicle in low light.

Lower your speed

You may be confident when driving in daylight and therefore, your speed may be up to 30mph. However, when driving in the dark, there is no rule to say that you must travel at the same speed as when you are comfortable with your surroundings. Lower your speed to one where you feel you have full control of the vehicle whilst still able to locate road signs and follow the rules of the road. Be careful not to drive too slowly however, as this can be dangerous for other road users.

Avoid rush hours

There is nothing more intimidating than travelling on the road during busy times. Drivers confident with their route can often be depicted as patronising, resulting in you losing focus and decreasing in confidence. As the winter nights draw in, morning and evening rush hours can occur in the darker periods. To ensure that you aren’t caught in the middle of these peak times, arrange for your driving lessons to be held out of the hours of 6:30am – 9am and 5pm – 7pm.

Additional attention

It may not take long until you feel relaxed operating a vehicle in the dark. It is important that, when you do experience this change in attitude, you don’t lose focus on the road and your surroundings. You must always pay particular attention to pavements, crossings and junctions in lower lights as pedestrians, cyclists and even some vehicles may be hard to spot. Although your confidence will heighten, the visibility of other road users may not.

Relaxation techniques

A final simple but ever-helpful tip is to practice relaxation techniques both before and whilst driving in darker hours. Deep breathing, playing quiet and calm music through the vehicles radio or AUX system or providing yourself with positive statements and praises are proven to relax any nerves and allow you to feel positive about your drive.

Here at Lanes School of Driving, we have been assisting learner drivers for over 100 years in the best ways to achieve a pass first time. To arrange a lesson with one of our qualified instructors, or for any further information on how we can help you, give a member of our helpful Lanes School of Driving team a call on 020 8166 5678.

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