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Q is for Queues

me firstWell, it goes without saying as the great British public we just love to queue, don’t we? In supermarkets, bus stops, fair grounds, we will form an orderly queue and take our turn unless you in the ‘short dated fresh food’ aisle in the supermarket, you know the one where they reduce the items that you going to get thrown out they don’t sell them, so you just might get something with 10p off.

Hopefully, we won’t get to this level of me first, as seen in the picture. 

Anyway, when it comes to driving it seems we don’t like queuing. We see drivers on a daily basis trying to get that elusive one car ahead by swopping lanes, pushing in at the front of the queue and even trying not to allow anyone else in the queue.

There is an easy way of stopping people pushing in when we are queuing, especially when two lanes are going into one. Really simple, just let them in, how can they possibly push in if you are allowing them, it simply puts you in charge. It is just like holding the door open for someone; it is a choice to let them go first, so why not make this choice on the road?

But there are people out there who don’t want others to have the advantage on them and they will see someone getting in front of them as taking the advantage, not just someone who is just making a journey.

In the situation of two lanes going into one, some drivers will block two lanes to stop other people getting past them, therefore effectively blocking the carriageway. Now this is where it can go wrong. It is actually an offence to block the public highway so they can in fact be prosecuted for this.

On the other hand, how many of us have got into the wrong lane or noticed that the lane we are in is closing shortly? And we will have to swap lanes; we can then find that other drivers won’t let us in because they are assuming we have done it on purpose.

There are also the people who are driving somewhere on a personal or medical emergency and are desperate to get somewhere quickly, but we conveniently forget about these people and just assume they are pushing in on purpose as well or that they are just horrible people.

Now let’s do something positive and look for a solution. Hold on the solution is already in the Highway Code, it is Rule 134. We call this zip-merging; where everyone queues in both lanes and at the point of where one lane closes then each driver takes a turn, for example each driver will allow one car in front hence the term zip-merging.

Let’s look at the difference in the two ways: One way is to all get in a queue as soon as we are warned one of the lanes is closing. This can cause the queue stretch for miles from the point of closure, so far back it could affect junctions or roundabouts , so everyone is queuing in one lane at least one mile back or at the very least at the first sign stating the lane is going to close. Now there will be drivers who are a further mile back that won’t even know the lane is closing as they have not seen the sign, so will continue until they realise they have to get over, who is going to let them in?

So now the queue could be more than two miles long that will mean there are two miles of empty road in the other lane of wasted space. This traffic jam could, in effect, block junctions and roundabouts, causing increase congestion on the surrounding roads.

If we all zip merge this would free all this wasted space up, we would end up with two queues of one mile each, using the road space effectively with each driver taking turns to move in at the point the lanes merge into one. This means that both queues would continue to move and the traffic would clear more quickly, and the surrounding roads would be less affected. However this can still be spoilt by the lane hopper. They see some sort of advantage if moving from lane to lane as they may perceive one lane is moving faster than the other, realistically they might even get two cars ahead instead of the usual one.

So please remember try to zip-merge and let people in if they want to, it puts you in charge, use the road space wisely.
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Cleaning your car

4x4 mudThere are some people who never clean their own car, as it is easy to get someone else to do it. 🙂

However, as any new driver will tell you, the first Car is an exciting prize – but also an expensive one!
Such an investment needs to be cared for and looked after. Take care of your car – and it will take care of you! (And also your passengers!)

One aspect of cleaning a car, that is often missed, is that by cleaning the bodywork, the lights, the windscreens and the tyres – there is opportunity to check for any problems, faults and imperfections that may impact upon the safety of the vehicle or that simply need fixing.

If the windows are clean and smear free (inside and out) then it is obvious that the driver will be able to see all other road users, and be better placed avoid incidents and accidents. But driving with dirty windows can cause eye strain, which can go on to cause fatigue. Cleaning the inside of the car, not only will it be a better place to be, but by removing clutter the car will be safer should the driver need to brake or take avoiding action. Any lose items in the car can be thrown forward in the event of a collision, which can cause greater injury.

By cleaning the bodywork, any damage can be noticed, keeping the lights clean is a legal requirement, and this will ensure you can see clearly in the dark and as equally important that you can be seen by others.

Finally, when cleaning the face of the tyres always check for any cuts or imperfections as these can be fixed before something goes wrong, this could literally be a life saver.

When washing the car always removed loose dirt and dust with plain water first, ideally with a hose, this will ensure you don’t rub the dirt into the paint work and cause surface scratches. Then use a soft brush or sponge which is designed for washing car paintwork.

It is best to start at the top on the car and work down, do the glass first and the wheels last. Before cleaning the wheels rinse the car off first, as by the time you have done the wheels the rest of the car could be drying with streaks. To avoid streaks when drying use a special cloth such as a chamois leather to wipe off residual water.

So clean your car often, especially during periods of bad weather when the roads may be covered in salt, mud and debris it will most certainly preserve the value of your investment
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20 Zones and 20 Speed Limits – Is there a Difference?

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More and more “20 Zones” and 20mph speed limits are appearing all over our towns and city centres. The reason for this is obvious, but it is important to remember that this puts additional demands upon the driver.

As school timetables have changed, the times when children will be travelling to and from school can be more varied. It is also important to remember that children may be travelling to other locations such as swimming pools and other venues. Therefore it is vital to respect the speed limit, and to be particularly observant.

The primary reason for the limits is the fact that many young children do not have any concept of the dangers of cars and road vehicles. Therefore, the responsibility for their safety falls completely upon the driver to proceed with extreme caution.

Think about this, we cannot stop children running into the road, even if we put pedestrian barriers in they simply jump over them.

There are two types of 20’s the 20 zone, these always have traffic calming measures such as speed humps, additional bollards and refuges – all aimed at reducing the speed of traffic. Most important, as well as reducing the speed of your vehicle, the slower you go the more information you will be able to see and assimilate.

A 20 speed limit with not have traffic calming, but it will have 20 repeater signs on the lampposts or on posts at the side of the road.

The reason for 20mph zones and speed limits is simply because you are less likely to kill someone instantly in a 20. You will have more time to react and hopefully stop in time, if you do not the risk of death is still around 1% compared to 7% in at 30mph, 18% at 35mph and 31% at 40mph.
As a driver the legal and moral responsibility is yours, and having the right attitude and social responsibility is essential.

It may well be the local council who set the speed limit but it is your responsibility to drive at an appropriate speed within the speed limit.

And finally remember – the speed LIMIT is 20mph, this requires the driver to control the vehicle within 20 miles per hour. At the point of writing this article a number of police forces across the North West are enforcing 20mph speed limits. So keep an eye on that speedometer.
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O is for Observations

DSC01541It goes without saying you should be looking where you are going while you are driving, enough said I think.

I once asked a driver, fully qualified one, who had been driving for 30+ years, what they had just got from the training session they had just been on. They said: “This looking forward thing is a good one”. I am sure they meant looking in the far distance is a good thing, well I hope that’s what they meant anyway.
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Driving in Bright Sunshine – Good or Bad?

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Driving in the sun can be great, giving you a ‘feel good’ feeling, coupled with good visibility with a nice dry road, unless the sun in low in the sky and you are driving towards it.

The sun can sometimes be directly in your face, what would you do? Always take the time to learn how the sun visors in your car actually work, in many cases, these visors will be lowered “on the move” in response to a change of direction or maybe the appearance of the sun from behind a cloud. It sounds very simple, but practice lowering the visor, it will make the process easier. You may have to turn the visor so that it is placed over the side window for the occasions where the sun begins to dazzle through your side window.

Remember, if you know you are going to turn into the sun, for example when turning left or right, lower your visor before you turn so that you do not get blinded in the first place.

Always give consideration to other road users. The sun may not be shining into your face but in situations where the sun is shining from directly behind your vehicle it will be shining into the face of oncoming traffic. If the sun is behind you think about how visible your brake lights are, so always start slowing down early, thus giving following traffic a chance to see your brake lights.

It is also always worth having a set of sunglasses in the car. Even if the sunlight is not directly shining into the driver’s eyes, a pair of sunglasses can reduce the need to squint, and certainly enable the driver to concentrate on the road conditions around.

One last thing to remember is how you feel when driving on a nice sunny day, with your music on, your ideal partner or best friend at your side. This could pose you drive a little bit faster and cause you to feel invincible.

Take stock of your emotions and stay safe.
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Driving Offences

If you are suspected of committing any minor driving offences under the Road Traffic Act, you will be served with a statutory Notice of Intended Prosecution, or NIP. This must be responded to promptly to avoid committing the offence of failing to provide requested information. More serious offences, which will be dealt with at court, will result in you being issued with a summons and if you do not turn up at your trial, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

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N is for Night time risks.

People will often say that it is safer to break the speed limit or go through red traffic lights late at night or early morning, because there is no one else about. There may be less people around but there are people around! However, the people who are sharing the road with you at the time are all thinking the same, “I can take a few more risks as there is no one else around”
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Leanne Brakell
Leanne Brakell
2019-10-04T15:11:39+0000
I would highly recommend this company I passed with Leanne today she is an amazing instructor I couldn’t of done it with out her by my side she gave so much confidence an truly believed in me from day one she really is an amazing instructor the best of the best an now she my friend xread more
Nadia Newman
Nadia Newman
2019-09-17T19:33:57+0000
I would really recommend Jackie as a driving instructor for anyone thinking of having driving lessons. It took me a while to start getting the hang of driving and Jackie really helped being a great teacher, supportive and building my confidence driving. It was really good being able to fit in extra lessons closer to my test and having lots of feedback. Thanks to her I was able to pass first time!read more
Rachel Morse
Rachel Morse
2019-09-15T12:37:23+0000
I completed my part 2 and 3 training with Kathy. At the time I was actually with another driving school. I found Kathy very supportive and approachable, and thanks to her help and guidance I passed my part 2 first time. During my part 3 training I realised that I wanted to join Insight 2 Drive. I liked the idea of working with a team of other instructors, and the level of continued training and support that Kathy and the academy team could offer. Kathy, Leanne and Jackie were all really helpful and I thoroughly enjoyed my training sessions with them, as I learned something new each time. They were always there when I needed help, and I never felt alone. Thanks to the help and support I received from Kathy, Leanne and Jackie, I achieved my goal and passed my part 3 and I can’t thank each of them enough. The training doesn’t stop there though, Kathy ensures that regular CPD course are available for all of the team, in order to help us develop and grow. For anyone looking to change career and train to become a driving instructor, I would highly recommend doing it with Kathy and the academy team at Insight 2 Drive. They will ensure they steer you towards success!read more
Derek Rodgers
Derek Rodgers
2019-09-05T18:22:48+0000
I chose Insight2Drive to support me through my ADI Training as I really appreciated the personal approach. I didn’t feel like a number, but a person. They worked with me to ensure that I was a great instructor and as a by product of that, I passed my Part 3 (exactly how I do with my learners). I never felt under pressure to succeed, I was supported and that I could ask anyone of the trainers for help/assistance at any point. Thank you so much for all the support and I like that this hasn’t stopped since I qualified. This is why I am now part of the business, we’re a team and I really enjoy that especially in a role that can be isolating at times. Thanks again Derek Rodgers 👍🚗👍read more
Laura Spark
Laura Spark
2019-07-20T11:09:25+0000
Had an excellent time being taught to drive by Colin - he really helped me with my confidence on the road and had loads of great tips! Thank you!read more
Catherine Williams
Catherine Williams
2019-07-17T20:03:54+0000
Jackie is a great driving instructor, without her patience I would have struggled to learn the more difficult manoeuvres. She kept the lessons interesting and fun and worked around my schedule. Revision material provided helped to keep things fresh in my memory. I would recommend Jackie to anyone thinking of taking driving lessons. Kal Williamsread more
Kayleigh Smith
Kayleigh Smith
2019-07-13T18:55:58+0000
I am currently doing my lessons with Rachel. Rachel has helped me gained my confidence behind the wheel again and has helped me achieve a lot. Always gives me the confidence boost when I’m nervous and always gives me great advice. Thank you for all your help Rachel, definitely a credit to insight2driveread more
Louise Croft
Louise Croft
2019-07-09T11:38:47+0000
Deborah Jordan was really friendly, My son loved his lessons with her, extremely calm and a caring instructor, excellent communication and reliable, Deborah was truly amazing and supported him during his test, thank you so much!!read more
Rebecca Johanson
Rebecca Johanson
2019-06-18T10:57:37+0000
Started my lessons in April with Maria & have passed today 18th June 1st time. Maria was such a good instructor, taught me how she knew I learned best & gave me so much confidence. I honestly cant thank her enough. xxread more
Guy Shread
Guy Shread
2019-05-25T16:24:55+0000
I was recommended Colin through a friend. He was very patient with my constant asking of questions and I felt he had a genuine interest in helping me pass and become a confident driver. He really settled my nerves on my test day and thanks to this I passed first time!read more
Malaika Wong
Malaika Wong
2018-12-04T09:44:39+0000
My 17 year old daughters confidence was knocked by a previous instructor. On her first lesson with Kerrie, she had big smiles. Thanks to Kerrie's teaching methods my daughter no longer hated driving and passed first time! Fabulous instructor and beautiful person. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I'm a happy and proud mum.read more
Kriss James
Kriss James
2018-07-31T15:16:25+0000
Just want to say how much of a fantastic instructor Karen is. Karen made me feel very comfortable as a learner and made the lessons fun and engaging. Thank you so so much.read more
Karen Errity
Karen Errity
2018-04-15T17:37:41+0000
Loved doing my ADI Training with insight2drive. Why? It was fun and hardwork at the same time. Since becoming a professional ADI, I enjoy being part of a team of like minded instructors whose aim is to teach safe competent driving for life and not just pass a test. Kathy and the training team continue to provide CPD (continuous professional development) to all the team so we keep our standards high, which makes us the best training academy in the region for learners to be the best they can. 5 stars all the way guys �����read more
Debra Jordan
Debra Jordan
2018-04-15T10:07:09+0000
The best !! Kathy and the team provide the best support, catering for whatever needs the pupil has, can't recommend them enoughread more
Ellie Ianson
Ellie Ianson
2017-11-30T18:47:41+0000
Leanne was recommended to me by a friend in work, after being let down by my previous driving instructor who couldn't fit lessons in for me around my work schedule. After failing my first driving test at Southport in the summer with my previous instructor, I had already rebooked my test in Norris Green for the beginning of November when i started my lessons with Leanne in September. We had a lot of work to do in a short space of time. Leanne went out of her way to make time for me and pushed me to do the best i can. She was always thorough in her lessons and helped calm my nerves as i was a really anxious driver. I passed first time using insight2drive and can not thank Leanne enough for helping me, would recommend her to anyone!read more
Samantha Cain
Samantha Cain
2017-11-17T15:16:56+0000
One of their drivers Andy has robbed me off my money, cancelled on me every week with fake excuses and cancelled on my friend the next day with a complete other excuse so I asked for my money back (6 weeks in a row he cancelled), he then only partly gave me my money back (after waiting over 3 weeks for it) and kept the rest and is now ignoring all messages, I have contacted the company who are also blanking my messages. I’m not one to complain usually especially as he was previously a good instructor but taking somebody’s money and not repaying them back when you haven’t provided a service is disgraceful. I don’t see how you can expect someone to pass their test if you cancel most weeks. I have tried to sort this out with both Andy and Insight 2 Drive and both are now ignoring me so I will be taking this furtherread more
Danny Linacre
Danny Linacre
2017-07-23T18:53:04+0000
When I first started with Leanne I hadnt drove on the road for about 4 years and had really bad habits from driving a forklift she was really patient and I felt really comfortable with her all have the lessons were enjoyable and she managed to get threw in under 3 months with a 1st time pass I couldn't recommend insight2drive highly enough and especially Leanne she was brilliant.read more
Pauline Harvey
Pauline Harvey
2017-07-06T15:19:25+0000
I was recommended insight to drive by my friend Amanda who was also a driving instructor, I was buying a birthday package for my son, he was allocated Jerry Dowling as his instructor, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor he has helped Sam so much, and today he passed his test. Well done Sam and many thanks for all your help Jerry.read more
Jessica Claire
Jessica Claire
2015-03-16T15:06:24+0000
I began my driving lessons with another school shortly after my 18th birthday and it was horrific. I had an instructor who was a family friend and did us a 'discount' for this relationship. It was the biggest waste of time and money that i had ever invested in and after almost 40 hours of driving around Liverpool whilst he was on his phone and other distracting things I stopped and restarted when I was 20. I started with Leanne and after one lesson she gave me her estimated number of lessons I would require in order to pass to which i was shocked as it was so low!!! Even though I had a few bad habits from the instructor before. I absolutely loved my driving lessons and am writing this review 4 hours after passing 1st time in the time frame which Leanne had said it would be. She is an amazing instructor who I beyond trust and will be recommending to any friends or family who tell me they are thinking of learning to drive. I had an absolute ball on my lessons and am now considering to do my pass plus in order to do more lessons with her as i enjoyed them so much!! Many Thanks Leanne!! Don't think I could have done it without you!!read more
Sean O'leary
Sean O'leary
2014-10-25T18:59:23+0000
Passed my driving test first time with Stuart harrison adi would highly recommend Stuart to anyone who wants to learn to drive in a safe and confident way great instructorread more
Marie Boyd
Marie Boyd
2014-08-14T10:46:47+0000
Just passed my driving test with Barbra porter! Couldn't of asked for a better instructor.. So happy! From Abbie :) x
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2014-07-14T22:12:21+0000
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2014-06-22T23:48:17+0000
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2014-05-08T18:39:44+0000
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2014-02-05T22:17:44+0000
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2013-12-19T23:04:27+0000
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2013-12-19T01:26:23+0000
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2013-12-17T00:54:32+0000
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2013-12-15T23:21:15+0000
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2013-12-14T23:10:44+0000
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2013-12-12T14:52:07+0000
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2013-12-09T07:59:22+0000
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2013-11-27T06:35:39+0000
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2013-11-19T14:21:53+0000
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2013-11-03T22:40:46+0000
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2013-11-02T09:59:54+0000
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2013-10-30T22:38:20+0000
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