NEWS FROM LANES SCHOOL OF DRIVING IN BROMLEY, KENT

The Highway Code: rule change for motorways

It is nearly a year since the announcement of changes to the driving test which would involve learner drivers to be able to practise on the motorway. Since June of…

Tips to reduce the cost of insurance for young drivers

The average cost of insuring a new, young driver – under 25 years of age – is over £1,000 and often significantly higher. This isn’t a cost that many young…

Do you need to re-take your eye test?

You may have had your driver’s licence for a while now, but the chances are that you don’t remember what the eyesight rules are. The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing…

Intensive vs standard driving courses

You have decided that it’s time to learn to drive and are now trying to figure out the best way of doing so. With so many driving schools and instructors…

Six apps for new (and learner) drivers

With a smartphone app for practically everything these days, this month we have rounded up some of those that could prove useful for new and learner drivers to make things…

What has happened since changes to vehicle tax rates were introduced?

Following the big overhaul of car tax that took place last year, this year sees in some new and additional changes. Effective from April 1, 2018 they will have an…

Stopping and parking

One of the key things that drivers learn early on is about stopping and parking. It is all too easy to get confused by the rules that apply, particularly when…

Box junctions & slow-moving traffic

It is a question that comes up often during driving lessons and not just from new drivers but also from those who ask for a reminder of some of the…

Driving safely in wet weather

The recent cold spell has given way to slowly rising temperatures and before we know it, it will officially be springtime and with that comes the rain. The Highway Code…

DVLA steps up measures to track car tax dodgers

It has been widely reported recently that since the abolition of the tax disc the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has lost out on over £100 million in revenue….

Driving in icy conditions

This winter has already seen a few very cold spells and we are only just getting into January which is typically one of the coldest months in the UK, so…

Further information on the new driving test

You will recall a couple of months ago we covered the new driving test that is came into force on Monday the 4th of December. For a quick recap, here…

The benefits of an After Pass Course

Have you recently passed your driving test? Congratulations! We know it’s no easy feat – there is lots to learn in terms of theory and skills and plenty to keep…

Learning to drive on the motorway

Following the recent announcement that driving tests will be changing from the 4th of December 2017 (see our previous blog for full details) further changes are coming to the way…

December’s new driving tests – what you need to know

December will see new changes to driving tests brought in by the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency. The changes are being introduced to help new drivers learn the skills they…

Should there be an insurance cap for new drivers?

Learning to drive is, for many, essential but it is also an exciting time for the younger generation. However, the increased expenses that come with being a new driver are…

Five top tips for safe summer driving

Although winter brings hazardous road conditions, did you know that it is actually the summer months that are the most dangerous to road users? We commonly apply caution during the…

Buying your first used car? 10 must ask questions

Buying a used car can be a bit of a minefield, even more so when it is your first time.  If you are looking to buy your first used car,…

Should Learner Drivers Have To Prove Sat Nav Skills?

Research conducted by the DVSA has indicated that more than half the drivers that currently use the road make use of satellite navigation devices. Consequently, the decision has been announced…

Understanding Highway Code Rule 146: Adapting Your Driving

Highway Code rule 146 seems to be one of basic common sense. But is it really? Because this rule covers a broad range of possibilities and the interpretation of adapting…

Mobile phones and new drivers – All you need to know

For many drivers it’s all too easy to be blasé about mobile phone use when in charge of a vehicle. It seems that our 24/7 attachment to our smartphones today…

Intensive Driving Courses: Do They Work?

Let’s face it, no one wants to spend longer than they need to waiting for that passed test – and for many, intensive courses present an attractive opportunity to get…

Data protection: Looking after your pupils’ information

As a business, we take the protection of our pupils’ information incredibly seriously, but we also understand that there is plenty of confusing information out there in relation to data…

Why learner drivers should be allowed to drive on motorways

Q & A: Is the government right to propose that learner drivers should be allowed to drive on motorways? On the 30th of December 2016, the government announced a public…

Winter proof your car with these easy tips

Now that winter is truly upon us, drivers need to make sure that their vehicle will be able to operate effectively regardless of what the weather is like. Coping with…

Does Music distract you when you are driving?

We all know that making a telephone call or sending a text when holding a mobile phone can be distracting and dangerous, but what about listening to music? Could it…

5 driving blunders that can make you fail your driving test

There are many reasons why learner drivers fail their driving test in this country. Often the reason for failing is simply down to the nervousness of the learner. After all,…

Now we are 20 – Two decades of the Driving Theory Test

Since the driving test was introduced in 1934 it has evolved to meet the ever changing challenges of driving on this country’s roads. If you are thinking of learning to…

The proposed changes to the driving test – explained

In July the government arranged a consultation to discuss prospective changes to the driving test. This article will outline the changes that are proposed, and the reasons the government have…

10 things to remember when driving overseas

No matter how comfortable you are driving in the UK, driving abroad is a completely different kettle of fish. In many countries – for example – they drive on the…

Illegal driving instructors – what it means

Illegal driving instructors – what it means To put it simply, if someone advertises their services as a professional driving instructor, then they must be registered with and approved by…

Driving – you’re never too old to learn

For most people, learning to drive is seen as something as a youthful ‘rite of passage’. You learn to drive just as you begin to desire a little bit of…

A child’s safety when they’re a passenger in your car – what you need to know

When you’re driving your car, you’re not only responsible for your own safety and the safety of other road users, you’re responsible for the safety of your passengers too. If…

Time to spring clean your car

Even if you’re not that bothered about the appearance of your car, you still need to keep it clean if you want it to retain its value. Keeping your car…

New plug-in car grant levels from March 2016

We want to update you on the Government plug-in car grant changes which will be taking effect on 1 March 2016. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a…

8 tips for theory test success

Those lucky people who learnt to drive before 1996! They didn’t have to pass a theory test before they were awarded their driving licence. If you are learning to drive,…

Your New Year’s resolution – learn to drive!

Well, bye bye 2015 and hello 2016. It’s the turn of the year again and it’s time to make your New Year’s resolution. No doubt you are going to lose…

Teaching your child to drive – a guide for worried parents

Once they approach their later teens, most children will want to learn how to drive. Not only is it a modern ‘right of passage’, it’s always a way for your…

If at first you don’t succeed …

… then welcome to the club. The amount of people who didn’t pass their driving test first time in some areas outnumbers those who did two to one. The key…

How to fit driving lessons around your work/school schedule

Obtaining your driving licence is seen as a right-of-passage, mainly as it comes at a time when most people are closer to the end of their teens than they are…

How do I choose the best driving instructor?

You want to learn how to drive, and you have decided to take driving lessons. You will be investing your time and money so you can pass your driving test….

Driving on country roads

There is no better feeling than taking a long drive down a winding country road, away from the noise and bustle of the city. However you must remain alert and…

Intensive driving lessons and the benefit of crash course driving lessons

Learning to drive can take months, but with a crash course of intensive lessons you could be ready for your test in as little as 6 days. There are many…

New Driving Licence Regulations

From the 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart of your driving licence will be abolished. All driver information will be held centrally by the DVLA, which will be the only…

Should I take advanced driving lessons

If you have already passed your driving test, you might consider taking advanced driving lessons. They will enhance your skill set and teach you to become an advanced driver. Research…

Using car parks

Learning how to use car parks is an important skill for any driver. When you have mastered this skill you will be able to park in supermarkets and multi storey…

Learning how to drive safely in the city

Driving in the city can be confusing and stressful. The city streets are riddled with intersections, one way streets and bus lanes. Traffic levels are very high and there are…

5 Reasons you know you need an intensive driving course

5 REASONS YOU KNOW YOU NEED AN INTENSIVE DRIVING COURSE You need to be road legal quickly If you’re starting a new job or moving to the countryside and need…

A day in the life of a driving instructor – is it time for a career change?

Are you thinking of a career change to become a driving instructor? A job as a driving instructor has many advantages if you like meeting different people and enjoy the…

Why did I fail my driving test?

If you failed your driving test, do not despair. Most candidates who fail do so due to a lack of planning and judgement. Even if you are able to drive…

Safe motorway driving by Lanes School of Driving

Whilst you are learning to drive, you are not permitted by law to drive on a motorway, even if you have a fully qualified instructor with you. You can only…

The benefits of becoming a driving instructor with Lanes School of Driving

Do you want to be a driving instructor? If you enjoy working with people, teaching people to drive can be very rewarding. You will encounter pupils from all walks of…

Changes to the Driving Theory Test

Driving gives you the freedom to travel anywhere on your own. You may be considering learning to drive, so there is an important change to the Driving Theory test that…

How to become a good driver, by Lanes School of Driving

HOW TO BECOME A GOOD DRIVER When you take driving lessons you’ll be learning how to operate a car and get from one place to another, and how to manoeuvre…

Is an intensive driving course right for me? by Lanes School of Driving

5 REASONS YOU KNOW YOU NEED AN INTENSIVE DRIVING COURSE   1. You need to be road legal quickly If you’re starting a new job or moving to the countryside…

Tips for lower car insurance as a new driver by Lanes School of Driving

6 TIPS TO GET LOWER CAR INSURANCE AS A NEW DRIVER New drivers are often hit hard by high insurance premiums. In today’s post we share the secrets to getting…

Is post test training necessary?

Post Test Training is a popular option with newly qualified drivers from Lanes, this is a separate course run by ourselves and it’s designed to give you greater confidence whilst…

How many lessons will it take me to pass my driving test? By Lanes School of Driving

Lanes is a well established driving school. We have been giving driving lessons for over 100 years. The question we are asked most often is: “How many lessons will it…

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