I am often asked “How often should I check my mirrors?”

The answer is prior to any change in speed or direction, or every 5 – 10 seconds if you are travelling along a road at a constant speed.

It is important to know what is happening all around you, so that you are aware of the effect of your actions are likely to have on other road users.

Always drive to arrive safely.  Happy motoring.

Feeling Good


Great care is needed when negotiating roundabouts.

It is important to concentrate on traffic that may be approaching from different directions at different speeds.

You also need to be aware of vehicles, such as lorries, coaches and riders on horseback taking an unusual course through the junction.


Driving up and down hills

Some learner drivers have problems maintaining the correct speed when negotiating hills.

It is important to be in the correct gear for the incline you are negotiating.  When going uphill you need to be in a gear that is powerful enough to allow you to drive at an appropriate speed up the hill.  When going downhill you need to be in a gear that is low enough to assist you in controlling the speed of your car whilst travelling down the hill.  This is known as engine braking.

As a general rule, use the same gear for going down a hill, as you would for going up the same hill.  This means:  STEEPER THE HILL = LOWER THE GEAR.

Stay safe and enjoy your driving.


Coasting, is when you allow the car to roll without a gear being selected, either because the gear stick is in neutral or you have the clutch depressed.

This means you have less control over the vehicle, plus no engine braking to assist you in carrying out manouevres, or stopping.

To avoid coasting, delay depressing the clutch until just before you are about to stop.  Dont leave it too late, otherwise you will stall the engine.

Happy Driving!!!!!!!


While you are driving you will notice that some drivers are in more of a rush than others.

If another driver cuts in front of you causing you to slow or stop, don’t get angry – SMILE! Smile.

If somebody is driving too close behind you, let them pass.

REMEMBER: An angry driver will make mistakes. – An aggressive driver will have less time and space to correct mistakes. – A bad driver is best kept , where you can see him – IN FRONT OF YOU.

If we all drive with courtesy the roads will be a far safer place for all of us.

Driving & Alcohol

These two definitely do not mix.  I have never met anybody who admitted that their drivng was worse after drinking alcohol, although I have seen the attempts of some drunk drivers, which all too often end in tragedy.


If you have a drink, wait at least 12 hours before driving.  Keep yourself safe and your friends & family happy.



Your concentration falls away quickly when you are tired.  This affects your decision making and reaction speed.

If you feel tired whilst driving, open a window for fresh air, and stop for a rest at the earliest opportunity.

REMEMBER!  Many accidents are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.