New ‘Noise Cameras’ To Fine Drivers Of Illegally Loud Cars

Noise Cameras

The environment is becoming more of a pressing issue in the UK and this is not solely based around plastic waste and greenhouse gases. Noise pollution is also high on the agenda to be dealt with.

This has seen new plans announced which will affect UK motorcyclists and motorists.

The UK Government has recently announced steps to trial a new ‘Noise Camera‘ across the nation which will spot drivers causing unacceptable levels of noise as they pass by.

Who will be targeted by the trial?

From information released by the UK Government, it would seem only a certain section of motorists or motorcyclists need to worry.

These include ‘boy racer‘ types who enjoy revving their engines up loudly, motorists whose exhausts or engines are damaged thus making lots of noise or bikers who take the silencers off their motorbikes. But what is the point of all this?

In simple terms, it is a way of the authorities trying to cut down on noise pollution in quieter residential areas.

It will see the new ‘Noise Cameras’ fitted to ANPR systems already in place across the country. If the new detectors pick up excessive vehicle noise, a photograph of the offending vehicle will be taken. This will then see a fine automatically posted out to the owner.

Many residents will welcome the move

Although this may seem a little draconian, many feel it is about time steps like this were taken. Indeed, official guidelines from the UK Government state that exhausts and silencers must not be altered to increase noise and also must be kept in good condition.

This has been allowed to slide somewhat in recent times but the new cameras may be about to redress the balance. The new system is set to be trialled at several different locations and if it proves successful, will see it rolled out to more.

What do current laws advise?

Within Europe, the current legal limit for noise is 74 decibels. If you create noise north of 90 decibels, then the authorities will officially record it as a nuisance.

There are some more detailed rules around excessive vehicle noise which include:

– The Police Reform Act of 2002 includes Section 59 where the Police can seize your car if they deem you causing distress or annoyance to the general public.

– Road Vehicles regs from 1986 state that you could be given a fine on the spot if you have fitted custom engine or exhaust products that produce excessive noise.

– if Police think loud music is distracting you when driving, they could prosecute you for careless driving. This could, in turn, see a £100 fine and 3 points added to your licence.

Cut down the noise and stay out of trouble

For most road users, this new technology will have no impact at all on their daily lives. If, however, you think you may fall into the categories of people it is targeting, then you need to beware.

If you are deemed to have caused noise pollution which the new cameras pick up, a fine could be winging its way to you in the post before too long!

Speed Limits: Everything You Need to Know

Speed Limits

Speed limits will be different depending on the type of road you are driving on. Learning what the UK speed limits are is an essential part of being a good driver, so we’ve created the guide on everything you need to know about speed limits.

Knowing the Speed Limit

You can find out the speed limit of a road by looking for speed limit signs. These are circular signs with a number inside that indicates what the speed limit is. A speed limit sign is used to show the limits up to 60mph. For a 60mph limit, the national speed limit sign will be displayed.

Residential Areas

In cities, towns and residential areas there is usually a 30mph speed limit. Usually, there aren’t many signs around to alert you of this limit. In built-up areas where there are no signs, play on the safe side and stick to a 30mph speed limit.

The way to tell what the speed limit is in a residential area is by the presence of street lights. The highway code states that when you see lampposts, the limit will usually be 30mph unless there is a sign that states otherwise.

National Speed Limit

Main roads such as dual carriageways, motorways and A roads all fall under the national speed limit.

  • A road is either a single or dual carriageway road. If it is a single land there limit will be 60mph.
  • On a dual carriageway, the speed limit is 70mph. Any areas of carriageway that have a lower speed limit will be signposted.
  • On the motorway, the speed limit is also 70mph. Certain stretches of the motorway will also have lower limits which are signposted.

 

Temporary Speed Limit

A temporary speed limit can be put in place during certain events such as heavy traffic, accidents or roadworks. They are particularly common on motorways and dual carriageways. When there is a temporary speed limit in place, it will be displayed using a temporary or illuminated sign that is above or to the side of the road.

Temporary speed limits should never be ignored. They are there for safety reasons, controlling the flow of traffic for a short period of time.

It’s a Limit for a Reason

The speed limit should never be seen as a target. Sometimes the speed limit isn’t the safest place to drive at either. For example, on country lanes, the speed limit is 60mph, but it would be dangerous to drive at this speed on these roads at night. Think about the road you are driving on, the time of day and also the weather conditions you are driving in to remain safe at all times.

Calls for Driving Lessons to Be Videoed After ADI Misconduct Claims Triple

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Research by a leading newspaper has revealed that the number of claims of sexual harassment levelled at driving instructors by their students has tripled in just four years.

In a recent Sunday Telegraph article, findings suggested that reported conduct breaches included unnecessary physical contact, the use of sexualised language and inappropriate text messaging. The worrying findings have meant that some instructors are calling for in-vehicle video recording to be made mandatory in order to protect both learner drivers and ADIs alike.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, over 240 complaints of sexual harassment were brought to the attention of the Drive and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). This represents a significant increase in just a few short years. In comparison, just 75 reports were made between 2015-2016. However, that number has since been on the rise, with 109 reports being made in 2016-2017, and 150 in 2017-2018.

 

Action taken

Following complaints last year, the DVSA took action against several instructors. Of these:

• 10 were banned from instructing.
• 23 were issued with warnings.

A further 130 cases are still under investigation.

 

Calls for regulation

Some instructors and students feel that the DVSA isn’t doing enough to help combat inappropriate behaviour, with many calling for measures to be introduced to help reverse the trend. Conservative MP Richard Graham has called for the following legislative measures to implemented:

• Mandatory recording of lessons – this would involve the fitting of all learner vehicles with in-car cameras, to protect both parties and to provide evidence of any inappropriateness.

• Banning instructor/student relationships – this would involve instructors to be classified in the same way as teachers in other educational settings, meaning that any sexual relationship between a student and instructor would become a criminal offence. At present, the DVSA already takes a stance that any form of intimate relationship between students and instructors is “unprofessional”, however there are currently no laws against this.

 

Safeguarding

Carly Brookfield, the CEO of the Driving Instructors Association, has also called for mandatory safeguarding training to be issued to instructors. In a recent statement, Brookfield highlighted how this would help instructors to educate learner drivers without “compromising” on professionalism.

 

Guidelines

Learners might be unaware of what instructors are allowed to legally do during a lesson. According to the DVSA, instructors should avoid the following:

• Inappropriate physical touching/contact.
• Inappropriate language.
• Discussion of personal relationships.
• The creation of circumstances which could be perceived to be inappropriate.

 

In perspective

While the news of a rise in complaints against instructors is concerning, it is perhaps worth noting that there are over 40,000 driving instructors in the UK. Those accused of misconduct make up a tiny fraction of British instructors, while the overwhelming majority of ADIs conduct themselves responsibly.

How To Reverse Bay Park

How To Reverse Bay Park

Reverse parking in a bay is considered the safest way to park and offers greater control of your vehicle, so making sure you can do this effectively is beneficial.

Many people find it easier to just drive forward into a parking space, but this can cause problems when you come to leave as your visual space can be compromised by other cars and blind spots.

It can also be dangerous to reverse out onto oncoming traffic and you risk hitting other vehicles or a passerby.

Taking the time to reverse park into a bay properly means you can simply drive out of the space once you return to your vehicle, which makes it quick and easy as you can see all the obstacles around you.

December 2017 saw the reverse bay park remain as one of the possible manoeuvres that could be asked of you in your driving test after it was revised, so it’s important that you master it and are confident parking in this way.

Here are some simple steps to help you learn and perfect your bay parking skills:

 

Assess Your Space

 

Firstly, check the bay has sufficient space for your vehicle. If other vehicles are overhanging their bays, you may want to reconsider this space until you have more confidence.

Also, make sure you look around where you are parking.

Are there lots of stationary cars, traffic or pedestrians?

Only begin your reverse parking when the area is free of obstacles. Use your mirrors to check around you and don’t forget your blind spots. If any pedestrians or vehicles come towards you, make sure to stop your manoeuvre until they have moved on.

Parking Using Your Reference Points

 

Once you have indicated your intention to park, you need to begin your manoeuvre using unique reference points.

There are four main points you need to look at to help you work out where your car needs to be. Once you’ve indicated and approached the space, come to a stop slightly beyond your chosen parking bay. At this stage start to reverse until you line up the middle of your passenger door with the closest side marker of the bay.

This is point 1. Once you have found this, start to reverse with your steering wheel fully locked to the left.

As you begin to reverse slowly, you’ll start to see the bay appear in your left wing mirror which will be point 2. Continue on, checking your mirrors until the bay appears in your right wing mirror, point 3. At this point, you should straighten up your steering wheel to park parallel with the lines of the bay. Edge backwards, keeping an eye on all your mirrors while making sure you avoid hitting any obstacles at the rear of the parking space.

Leaving The Space

 

Once you wish to leave the space, check all your mirrors and blind spots to make sure it’s safe to proceed. Begin to move forward slowly until your car is around a third of the way out of the space before steering in the direction you wish to leave in.

Do You Struggle With Driving On Mini-Roundabouts?

Do You Struggle With Driving On Mini Roundabouts

Tips For Mastering Mini-Roundabouts

 

It’s not uncommon for learner drivers to encounter confusion over roundabouts.

The traffic can be fast-moving and at first glance appear to be coming from all directions at once. It’s important to wait until it is your right of way and pull out safely.

However, any driver will know that during peak times of the day when there are high volumes of traffic, spotting the opportunity to do this can be much easier said than done.

But mini roundabouts are a million times easier… surely?!

You’d be forgiven for thinking so, and much of the time you’ll be glad to know that they are. However, sometimes mini roundabouts cause just as much of a struggle and can leave even the most experienced and confident drivers feeling flustered and frustrated.

The trouble with mini-roundabouts is that… well, they’re smaller meaning that they can often only accommodate one vehicle at a time.

As larger roundabouts tend to have several vehicles travelling around them at once, they are often much more free-flowing. Mini-roundabouts, on the other hand, will often require you to wait longer for your right of way and lead to traffic queues.

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Speaking of right of way…

Sometimes there will be a vehicle at each entrance to the roundabout with no-one quite sure whose turn it is to enter.

Mini-roundabouts can be much less forgiving if you misjudge when it is your right of way. While the traffic will be travelling much more slowly than on a larger roundabout, there will be a shorter distance between you entering the roundabout and exiting.

This means there is much less room – if any at all – for either party to ‘get out of the way’ should an error of judgement occur.

So, what should you do?

Keep calm and simply approach the mini-roundabout as you would any other roundabout:

  • Approach slowly
  • Be prepared to give way to traffic approaching from the right
  • Follow your MSPSL rules

Tips for approaching mini-roundabouts during peak traffic times:

  • Use the ‘block off technique’ – if traffic directly to the right of you stops to give way to the traffic on their right this gives you an opportunity to enter the roundabout
  • Sometimes it may be necessary to give a clear hand signal to another driver to indicate their right of way at a busy mini roundabout. It is important to be courteous of other road users.
  • Avoid doing a U-turn at a mini-roundabout, this will be a very tight manoeuvre and will not be expected by other road users, so could cause a collision.

What Is An Intensive Driving Course?

What Is An Intensive Driving Course

Learning to drive is a right of passage for many. Once you’ve passed your driving test, you’re free to travel where you please offering a great sense of independence.

Until then, you have to learn to drive safely.

The standard way to learn is with a registered driving instructor with 1 or 2 hours of lessons taken regularly. Some people only require a few lessons to pass. Others need more.

Not only can you choose to learn over a series of weeks but you can also learn to drive in an intensive course.

With many people trying to schedule their busy lives and fit lessons in, many are looking to these intensive courses to help them learn fast and pass their test swiftly.

What Is An Intensive Course?

Many learner drivers require twenty to forty lessons before they undertake their test. If someone chooses to take one lesson per week, it could take over six months to pass which can frustrate many people.

With an intensive course, many learners take a week or two to be taught and take their test in a quick and easy program. It’s aimed at those who can learn in this way, so it’s not for everyone. It offers a service that can result in faster learning and could cost you less than standard lessons, resulting in you potentially passing your test sooner.

The vehicular teachings are exactly the same, the lessons are just condensed within a few days rather than weeks. Instead of an hour or two a week, you spend five hours a day for a week or two, in a concentrated way of learning, until you feel ready to take your test.

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You’ll work your way through the standard format of learning the highway code, learning the controls of the car and how to navigate the UK roads. Like a standard lesson, you’ll learn one to one with an experienced driving instructor, who works with you through your blocked time. Once you’ve completed your allocated lessons and feel ready, most driving schools arrange for a test shortly after completion of your course.

You can normally choose between learning in your local area, or travel to a driving centre that facilitates these intensive courses. Make sure to pick which is the most convenient option for you and offers you the best learning experience.

Because you are fully submerged in this learning environment for long periods of time, you are less likely to forget instructions, making it easier to build your knowledge up.

Many companies offer package pricing for an intensive driving course, meaning it could also work out cheaper for the learner. This may mean you forking out the full cost before learning but, on average, you’ll end up paying less than if you followed the standard lesson structure.

A big perk of an intensive course is being able to fast track your driving test, so once you’ve learnt everything and it’s fresh in your mind, you can go on to take it soon after.

This intensive environment isn’t for everyone, but for those who take to it, it can be a quick and convenient way of learning to drive.

How Many Driving Lessons Will You Need?

How Many Driving Lessons Will You Need

Everyone wants to pass their driving test as soon as possible. So, naturally, a common question learners ask is – how many lessons will I actually need before I can take my test?

The answer is not a simple one. The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) recommends that you have at least 44 hours of professional driving lessons before you put in for your driving test. Remember, however, that this is just an average suggested figure. You may need more, you may need less – it depends on you.

What factors impact the number of lessons I’ll require?

There are many things you have to consider, all of which will have an impact on the number of lessons that will be necessary before your instructor thinks you’re ready to take your test.

Your age

Statistics show that younger drivers have been proven to need fewer lessons on average than older drivers. It’s suggested by the DSA that for every year you age, two hours are added onto the number of lessons that are recommended before you go for your test, so start early.

Lesson frequency

It stands to reason that the more often you drive, the quicker you’ll learn. You should be aiming for between two and four hours of professional driving lessons each week, to ensure continuity of what you’re learning. Try and book two hour lessons as often as you can, to help learn faster.

Private lessons

In addition to professional lessons, it’s recommended by the DSA that you have roughly twenty two hours of private lessons. Remember – anyone who takes you has to have a reasonable vehicle, be over twenty one years old, hold a full driving licence for more than three years, and display L plates.

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Your style

We all learn differently, and the way you learn can impact the number of lessons you need. Whether you’re a more visual/physical learner or theoretical learner – it’s important you find the right instructor for you. They need to be able to teach you in a way that you can understand quickly.

The money

Owning and running a car isn’t cheap, and nor is learning to drive one. Invest as much as you can comfortably afford into your lessons, to keep them as regular as possible. Enquire about block advanced bookings, as some driving schools offer cheaper rates. If you’re a student, you may be entitled to further discounts.

Your instructor

Not all driving instructors are equal. It might take a few different tries before you find someone you really gel with – never just settle when it doesn’t feel right. Lessons are expensive, and getting your licence means you need to learn properly. Be prepared to be picky, and find the right instructor for you.

Choosing your instructor

It’s so important you take the time to find the right instructor for you. A professional, reliable, and experienced instructor will be able to give you the necessary guidance to make sure you continue learning in a consistent way – week after week. Keep an eye out for either a pink or green badge, which should be clearly displayed on their car.

Green means they’re a fully qualified instructor, and have passed each of the three DVSA exams. Pink means they are not yet fully qualified, and are still undergoing training.

A pink badge instructor isn’t necessarily worse. Their inexperience may make their lessons cheaper, and the fact they’re still learning may make them better inclined to help you learn. A driving instructor with a green badge who is bored and full of bad habits is never preferable to a pink badged instructor hungry to improve their skills.

Getting an assessment lesson

Many instructors offer what’s called an “assessment lesson” – which is often cheaper than a normal lesson. Think of it as a “getting to know you” session for both you and your instructor. They can determine your level of experience, and plan their proposed lesson plan accordingly. You can ask about their experience, and see if their teaching style matches the way you learn best. All driving instructors need good communication skills.

There is no defined answer as to how many driving lessons you’ll need – the only consistent thing to know is that you should never rush. Be patient enough to wait until you’re actually ready to be sure you pass your test.

Top Tips For After You’ve Passed Your Driving Test

Top Tips For After Youve Passed Your Driving Test

There’s no feeling quite like that of being told you’ve passed your driving test. After your practice, hard work and countless lessons you’re now the holder of a full driving licence! The excitement of passing can sometimes lead us to forget some important things, however.

That’s why we’ve made a list of some tips to remember after you’ve passed your driving test.

Don’t buy the first car you see

It might be tempting to buy the first car you see and fall in love with. Your first car is always an exciting purchase and it might seem like the best idea in the world to buy a cheap car from your friend or local garage. However, there are a few things to consider before buying a car.

The person selling you the car will tell you everything you want to hear, but if you don’t have a lot of knowledge about cars it’s definitely worth bringing someone along who does. Be aware that used cars were sold on for a reason, and sometimes those reasons are mechanical. Ask the seller for a vehicle check and history and take it for a test drive before agreeing to buy it.

Get proper insurance

While you were learning how to drive, you were either covered as a named driver under your instructor’s insurance policy, or on your parents’. That all changes when you have a car of your own and the cost could be much more than you expected. Before buying a car, get an insurance quote to make sure you can afford it.

Before you drive anything on your own, you have to have a valid insurance policy or you’re breaking the law. The law is there for a reason and if you break it there could be serious repercussions. Double check your insurance policy and tell your insurers that you have a full licence now and want to drive different cars.

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Get P Plates

There is no legal requirement for you to display P-Plates on your car when you’ve passed your driving test, but it is a good idea. This green plate shows other drivers that you’ve just passed your test and you’re new to driving. By displaying the plate, it will give you a bit more time in traffic if you stall the engine or are slow to take off at traffic lights. If you’re a nervous driver, they’re a good idea to get because other drivers will be a bit more patient with you.

Drive alone

As a learner, you had to drive with someone supervising you at all times. When you pass your test, you can immediately start to drive on your own without passengers. While it might have been frustrating at times to have to have someone with you in the car, there was someone there to help if you got into a tricky situation.

Driving on your own is something you need to do and get used to as soon as you pass your driving test. For the first few times you drive alone, really use the opportunity to get used to the car. Try different parking manoeuvres to ensure you know how to handle the car. It is also a good idea to learn about the engine and how to change the tyres.

As a driver, it’s up to you to understand where the windscreen wiper wash goes, how to change your tyre and how to perform certain safety checks. These are your responsibility, so learn how to do them as soon as you can.

Buy some in-car essentials

Following on from the last point, it’s crucial to have a certain number of things available to you in your car at all times. Having de-icer is a great idea, along with jump leads, a petrol can and spare tyre and jack. While most cars come with a spare tyre, some smaller or older models don’t. Make sure you have these items before taking off, because you never know when you might need them!

Stay aware of regulations

The rules of the road still apply once you’ve passed your driving test. The skills you were taught by your driving instructor during your lessons are all applicable to fully licensed drivers. It’s important to remember that it’s illegal to use your phone at all times when driving, including when you’re stopped at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. Make sure you follow the rules of the road when it comes to phone and sat-nav usage, because it’s not worth getting penalty points!

Should I Get A Black Box? – The Pros And Cons

Should I get a black box

If you are a learner driver or have just passed your test, then finding reasonably priced car insurance can seem like a real challenge.

For many new drivers, a black box insurance deal may be a more affordable option, and the high cost of car insurance for new drivers means that many decide a black box will save them money.

However, your black box will come with some restrictions, fees and penalties which may mean that your insurance is actually more expensive than a traditional policy.

We look at the pros and cons of getting a black box, so you can see whether this is the best choice for you.

What is a black box?

A black box is a small device which is installed in your car to monitor your driving. Black box insurance, also known as telematics insurance, is a way of insuring your vehicle based on your driving behaviour. There are a number of different things that a black box will record, including location, mileage, braking, speed, acceleration, when you drive and how regularly you drive.

Benefits of black box insurance

There are several benefits to having a black box insurance policy, including

– Cheaper insurance

This is perhaps the most important benefit of a black box. Black boxes can save you as much as £500 a year, and for new drivers who are struggling with high insurance costs, this can be a huge factor.

You may also get rewards from your insurer if you are driving well, safely, or you have low mileage.

If you have driven well, according to the black box, then you might get significant reductions on how much your car insurance costs. Some insurers also offer ‘bonus miles’ or cashback.

 

-Monitor your driving

 

Most black box insurance policies also have a smartphone app where you can track your driving, or you can access your black box information online. This can be a handy tool for learner and new drivers, highlighting the areas you need to work on in your driving. You can share this information with your driving instructor or try and work on specific areas before your test. Having a clear picture of how you drive can be a real advantage.

– Evidence in an accident

Another surprising benefit of black boxes is that if you get into an accident, the black box can be used as evidence. It can prove you were driving at the correct speed limit or whose fault the accident was.

– Improve your driving

In many cases, black boxes can be used to improve your driving, and safe driving gives you real rewards.

Things like heavy braking and driving above the speed limit are monitored and discouraged, reducing your score and increasing your costs.

Safe driving is rewarded, and many drivers actively try and improve their score to lower their insurance costs.

– Track your car

In the unlikely event that you lose your car or it is stolen, you can use your vehicle’s black box to locate it.

Disadvantages of black box insurance

 

– ‘Bad driving’ can mean you pay more

As mentioned earlier, black box insurance is designed to encourage good driving and penalise bad driving.

However, as any learner driver will know, there are plenty of grey areas. There are several driving practices that a black box will discourage, and if your black box says that you have a low score, you may incur penalties.

– Curfews

Some black box insurance policies won’t allow the driver to drive at night or during certain hours, like 9pm-5am. Different insurers have different curfew hours, so if you work late or early, a black box might not be appropriate for you. Your car is still insured during those times, but it might incur a penalty.

– Penalties for area

Another thing to consider is where you live. Some black box policies penalise you for driving on ‘unsafe’ roads, and if you live somewhere where this is inevitable, it will negatively impact your driving score.

– Hidden fees

It is always important to check what fees are added to your insurance policy. For example, some insurers charge around £100 to install the black box in a new car. Some companies charge if you change your car, some charge to disconnect the black box after your term is up and some charge to remove the device from your vehicle. Read the fine print and make sure you don’t end up paying extra costs.

– Frequent driving

For frequent drivers, a black box may work out more expensive, or the money you save isn’t worth the inconvenience. Black box insurance encourages low mileage, so if you drive a lot, if you go on long journeys or if you have to regularly drive during busy times you might end up paying more.

How To Stop Stalling Your Car On A Driving Test

Stop Stalling Your Car On A Driving Test

Taking your driving test is a stressful occasion – there’s probably nothing worse than having someone watch you intently, marking you, as you struggle to remember the ins and outs of the Highway Code.

Stalling your car is something that, at some point, everyone has probably done.

It’s embarrassing and restarting your car with a queue of other drivers behind you potentially makes you feel all the more anxious and less likely to get going straight away.

Add a driving test to the mix and you may find yourself panicking as you struggle to restart the car.

What causes your car to stall?

In manual cars, where a clutch is involved, driver error is normally the main cause of stalling – releasing the clutch too early or forgetting to apply the clutch when coming to a standstill, for example, are things that could result in you stalling.

When you’re new to driving, finding the car’s biting point can be difficult and doing it too quickly can result in the two plates that comprise the clutch crashing together – it is at this point that you stall your car.

Understanding your car and its biting point, particularly on different starting points, can give you a fighting chance of completing your test stall-free.

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How to stop stalling your car

If your driving test is nearing ever closer and you’re no closer to having a stall-free drive, then there are a few things that you can do to reduce your chances of stalling during the test itself.

When starting the car, some driving instructors use the following technique to help their students prevent stalling the car when setting off.

Settle yourself down into the car, seatbelt buckled and ready to go, start the engine, handbrake on.

Start off by depressing the clutch fully and put your car into first gear.

When this is done, slowly and gently press down your accelerator, find your clutch’s biting point and allow the clutch to lift very slowly until you hear your engine’s revs lower.

Slowly release the handbrake to get your car moving again and lift the clutch to allow your car to gain speed and accelerate.

Do this slowly, until the clutch is fully raised.

If, for whatever reason, you stall in the middle of your test – stopping for traffic lights, for example – this is the method you should use to restart your car.

Remember to put on the handbrake and switch the engine back on – the calmer you are, the more quickly you will get the car moving again and the less likely it will be that you fail your test.

Getting stressed out and struggling to restart your car could mean that you miss the light change, as well as upsetting the drivers behind you – ultimately it is this that could lead to a failed test.

If you feel your car start to quake or judder as you are slowing down, then you can often save yourself from stalling by putting your clutch and brake down.

Mastering techniques to stop yourself from stalling ahead of your test can make you feel much more confident during the test itself – where you’ll be given the chance to concentrate on performing well, without worrying about what your feet need to be doing and where you need to be pushing down and when.

 

What should I do if I stall my car during my driving test?

If you stall during a test, the obvious thing is not to panic. This is easier said than done, but your response to this episode of stalling could determine whether or not you pass your test.

Stalling your car during your driving test is not automatically a fail, contrary to popular belief – it is often how you recover from it that determines whether or not you fail. Your examiner wants to see how well – and how quickly – you recover from the stall.

If you stall at a traffic light, for example, and are able to get the car moving again quickly without an issue, then the chances are that you won’t receive a major, serious fault.

Keeping calm is key – if you lose your cool and start to panic then you’ll be there a lot longer and run the risk of turning the situation into a dangerous one.

Be alert, keep an eye on everything that’s going on around you, check your mirrors and your blind spot – it might not be the stall that fails you, but it could well be the fact that you haven’t safely moved on from the stall.

Everyone stalls at some point in their driving lifetime – don’t let it ruin your test or lead you to make dangerous driving decisions.