Videos of the New ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ Driving Test Questions

In December 2017 there will be changes to the “Show me, tell me” part of the UK driving test. The questions you can be asked, and how you’ll be asked them will change. During the test, examiners ask the pupil two vehicle safety questions – known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. Currently, both questions are asked at the start of the test, but from 4 December 2017, pupils … Read more

Hesitation… It’s Not What I Need

Popping up to Lakeside – our local out of town shopping centre, my husband couldn’t help but comment a couple of times on my lane changes. Once a driving instructor, forever a driving instructor! Hesitation… It’s what happens to me when I’m not sure when is the right time to move into the faster lane of traffic to overtake. I find the amount of time between thinking about it and … Read more

Its Not All About the Cost!

The last couple of weeks in our household have been a bit of a blur. Partly through life just being very busy but also due to a car accident or two in the family! Let me talk about the big one. My son had been away in Wales for the weekend and on his return drive home, was rear ended by another driver. He was in a slow lane of … Read more

Get Ready For Changes to UK Driving Test in Dec 2017

In Dec 2017 there will be four main changes to the UK Driving Test: 1. The independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 to 20 mins 2. Following Directions from a Sat Nav Only an Examiner provided Sat Nav can be used They will set up the Sat Nav and route You’ll be able to ask Examiner for confirmation of where you are going, if you are unsure … Read more

The Triumphs and Traumas of Being a New Driver

As I waved goodbye to my daughter, she began the long drive from Southend back to Bournemouth. It all seems to have gone by in a blur – being a parent. On one level its taken such a long time and on another – its all flown by so fast.  What an interesting journey, being a Mother and watching your own child, take lessons, pass their test and drive their own … Read more

Don’t Lose Your Licence. #Just Drive

Penalties for using your mobile phone at the wheel in the UK increased on March 1st 2017 to six points and a £200 fine. Which is double what it was. If you are a new driver – (someone who has passed within the last two years) then you will automatically lose your licence. As gaining six or more points in the first two years means having your licence revoked. If … Read more

How Not to Get the Box Junction Blues

I’m very fortunate that writing these posts for A Pass 4 U Driving School, allows me to indulge my forgetful memory and remind my inner driver, exactly what certain aspects of our road traffic control measures mean and the most recent one which has caused me some consternation has been the BOX JUNCTION! I’ve said before, that passing your test as a Learner Driver doesn’t necessarily have to mean that … Read more

What Do You Think About Learner Drivers on Motorways?

Recently I sat in my car on the M25 with my husband, driving up to Mansfield. In front of us the traffic began to slow and the speed signs above, indicated to reduce our speed by 10 miles an hour at each sign. Wondering what was going on, as we slowed we saw in front of us a Highway Agency 4×4 with a flashing sign in the rear windscreen. The sign … Read more

What’s All the Fuss About Fuel?

I’ve always wondered what the fuss is about when it comes to buying fuel. So I thought it about time to find out the difference between buying fuel from a supermarket or a petrol station?  Is super or premium petrol really better for my car than regular unleaded and when looking to buy a vehicle should I choose petrol, diesel which costs a bit more at the pump or a … Read more

6 Top Tips When Buying A Second Hand Car for the First Time

Recently I’ve purchased a second hand car. Now, having a husband who has been a lorry driver, driving instructor and now a trainee paramedic, I’ve always let him make the decision on whether or not the vehicle was right for us and didn’t realise what an anxiety provoking experience it can be. So, as usual, I thought that the learning I’ve gained from the experience, is something I can share … Read more