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Changes for Hastings Driving Test Centre from 14/9/2015.

From the date above, the army are using the left hand side of the car park, where the lorry, taxi and coach tests are normally done, for their motorcycle tests. So there are unlikely to be any Reverse Bay Parking manoeuvres to be carried out. My pupils are not bothered as they are all able to do it quite easily,though I do know that some people are not comfortable doing it, so this may be for you.

So if you are not a fan of the left hand bay parking then Mondays may be the day for you to apply for your test in Hastings Ore site.This is just the current arrangement from 14/9/2015. Check the notice board in the waiitng room for any changes.

Good luck.

Hastings Driving Test “Show Me Tell Me ” questions

OK, Here it is folks from “Hastings Driving Lessons” the “Show Me Tell Me bank of questions for the practical part of the driving test. You need to read these and get to know the answers.
The good guys at the DVSA tell you what all the questions will be and the answers that they want to hear from you, so get stuck in – I can’t learn them for you. 🙂

1.About the questions

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.

You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

2.‘Show me’ questions

2.1Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

2.2Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help, (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

2.3Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

2.4Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

2.5Show me how you would check that the horn is working.

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

2.6Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

2.7Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them, (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

2.8Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

2.9Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.

Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

2.10Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

2.11Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

2.12Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

3.‘Tell me’ questions

3.1Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

3.2Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3.4Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

3.5Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

3.6Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. As this is a ‘tell me’ question, there is no need to physically check the lights.

3.7Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

4.Vehicle safety videos

You can find out more about the vehicle safety questions by watching these videos.

4.1Outside the car…. just click on the link below to get straight to the HMG website for some neat videOs and more information. Good luck.

Check list.

 

Show Me Tell Me https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions.

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To: my email address………..

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Date: 23/March/2015

Dear customer,

We are currrently upgrading our database and we found that you are eligible to recieve a refund from your last payment made on our behalf.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. As example, for submitting invalid records or applying over the deadline.

To complete your refund application with us, you are required to fill out the form in the link below.

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If you refuses to complete your application within two weeks of receiving this email will cause the lose the specified amount and you will take full responsabilty for that. We sincerely apologise for any inconviniences this might have caused you. Thank you for your co-operation. (c) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Swansea SA6 7JL

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Mind you the spelling is a bit of a clue. 🙂
Cheers.

Don

Rule Changes for driving on Drugs and Medicine

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Rule change: drugs and medicine

Rule 96 of The Highway Code has been updated today (2 March 2015).
New rule 96 wording

You MUST NOT drive under the influence of drugs or medicine. For medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist and do not drive if you are advised that you may be impaired.

You MUST NOT drive if you have illegal drugs or certain medicines in your blood above specified limits. It is highly dangerous so never take illegal drugs if you intend to drive; the effects are unpredictable, but can be even more severe than alcohol and result in fatal or serious road crashes. Illegal drugs have been specified at very low levels so even small amounts of use could be above the specified limits. The limits for certain medicines have been specified at higher levels, above the levels generally found in the blood of patients who have taken normal therapeutic doses. If you are found to have a concentration of a drug above its specified limit in your blood because you have been prescribed or legitimately supplied a particularly high dose of medicine, then you can raise a statutory medical defence, provided your driving was not impaired by the medicine you are taking.

Laws RTA 1988 sect 4 & Law RTA 1988 sect 5A

Previous wording

Rule 96 used to say:

You MUST NOT drive under the influence of drugs or medicine. Check the instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Using illegal drugs is highly dangerous. Never take them if you intend to drive; the effects are unpredictable, but can be even more severe than alcohol and may result in fatal or serious road crashes.

Law RTA 1988 sect 4

New Hastings Driving Test Centre – Open Day

New Hastings Driving Test Centre – Open Day

The new Hastings Driving Test Centre at DVSA Ivyhouse Lane.Ore. Hastings. East Sussex. TN35 4NN has an open Day on Tuesday 10th February 2015 from 10.0Am till 2.00pm.

You will get a chance to meet and chat with the examiners. They are human you know and not one of them, contrary to public opinion, eats live babies for breakfast. They are just regular people like you and I and doing a job. I have to admit that I would not like to be in their seat on a test.

Never mind the stories you here, I have seen my own pupils who have put hours of sweat and tears into their lessons make the silliest mistakes on the test. I even had, many, many years ago a young lad whose dad and uncle, both class 1 London Metropolitan Police drivers who are among the best trained drivers in the world, and  both took him out for extra “private practice”. On the day of his test, he drove over a high kerb in an old style mini with the small wheels on a left turn just 3 corners from the car park at the finish. There were arms and legs all over the place inside the car as they bounced over the pavement and back on the road. He ended the test laughing his head off at such a silly mistake and passed when he re-took it a few weeks later.

One young lady was doping so well the examiner told me he had put his pen and pad down as she was giving a perfect, smooth drive and then when going around a slight bend around a quiet back road, for no reason whatsoever, failed to straighten up the wheel and went straight across and hit the kerb on the other side of the road. He apologized to me as the front wheel had buckled and he felt guilty as there was no chance of saving it. The lady was so perfect and smooth till that point it took him totally by surprise.

One lady, totally out of the blue stopped her driving test in the middle of driving through Epping Forest and said she had, had enough and did not want to go on. No matter what the examiner said she would not continue, a real shame as up to that point it was going well and no errors had been committed. Luckily the examiner had her phone with her and rang me, I had to get a taxi out to the car and the examiner used it to get back to the test centre.

So you see, as nervous as you may be, at least you know that as long as you have put in the good quality hard practice you have a good chance of passing (nerves and a little luck permitting) the poor examiner has no idea what to expect and their life is in your hands. 🙂

Cheers.

Don.

 

Hastings Driving Test Centre Has Moved!!

Hasting Driving Test Centre has moved!

Are you thinking of taking your driving test in Hastings, did you know the old test centre at Heron House, London Rd, St. Leonards has closed?

So if Mum, Dad or a friend is taking you to the driving test in your own car then make sure you go to the new Hastings Test Centre. If your instructor takes you to the wrong Hastings Test Centre then ask why as we have had lots of notice for this event.

You no longer have that horrendous series of hill starts at the beginning of the test that used to scare the pants off so many people. It is a lot different now and the roads covered, though in the same area,after all Hastings is not that big 🙂 ,will be different as you will be working away from The Ridge and in towards the Hastings Town Centre not out away from it.

The new tests start on Weds 11th February 2015 from

DVSA Ivyhouse Lane. Ore. Hastings. East Sussex. TN35 4NN

Click on Lenny below to see the Govt website details and find the address on a map

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*10,000 New Drivers Banned. “Hastings Driving lessons comments.”*

Lenny is Shocked
10,000 New Drivers Banned

“Ten Thousand New drivers a year pass their “L”Driving Test only to be banned within months” according to the DVLA (was the DSA).

Of these more than half are caught without insurance which means a fine and 6 penalty points. This is a problem that I have fought with the last 3 CEOs of the DSA  since its creation with no success despite backing from  Greg Barker my MP for Bexhill and Battle and Neil Drane Head of the MID. We have asked for the learners to be required to show their insurance certificate for the car used for the test but the Heads of the DSA, as was then, said NO as it was to difficult for their examiners to read and understand despite the fact that the ADIs who teach them need legally to understand it.Plus all the mums and dads who help out with practice. The DSA said it was too difficult for their employees.

The points trigger a ban for those with licences who are driving under the 2 year probationary rules….6 and your licence is revoked. Experienced drivers, those holding a licence for 2 years or more,usually  have to collect 12 or more before facing a ban.

The figures are from a FoI request by Auto Express.

The AA  have been quoted as blasting it as a “hard-core of uninsured drivers”.

The Top 10 Reasons for new drivers being banned are:

1. No Insurance

2. Speeding

3. Identity scams

4. Vehicle control – including use of mobile phone whilst driving.

5. Driving without due care and attention.

6. Motorway speeding.

7. Jumping Red Lights.

8. Dangerous/ Illegal tyres.

9. Other insurance offences.

10. Failing to stop.

 

 

Driving Test – Show Me Tell Me Questions from the DSA Examiner before you begin your drive.

Hallmark School of Motoring – Show Me Tell Me Questions.

www.hallmarkschoolofmotoring.co.uk the home of Hastings Driving lessons & Bexhill Driving School

 

SHOW ME

Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help, (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Show me how you would check the parking brake (hand brake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Apply foot brake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (hand brake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Show me how you would check that the horn is working.

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them, (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them, (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.

Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

Identify high/low-level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

TELL ME

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. As this is a ‘tell me’ question, there is no need to physically check the lights.

Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Vehicle safety videos

You can find out more about the vehicle safety questions by watching these videos.

 

 

See also the DVSA website on this link for a couple of handy videos to help.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions

Does your Phone have ICE in the Directory?

Does your Phone have ICE in the Directory?

Does your phone have ICE in the directory?
Mine has,
ICE. Bernie
ICE stands for
In Case of Emergency with Bernie being my wife.
This is just in case I am taken ill or have an accident so the emergency services can use it.
Do your partners or children have it in their phones?
SHARE this with your friends and they can pass it on to their families. Do something good today and SHARE this.
Cheers.
Don..

How is this Funny?

2014-09-16 15.16.00-1I was in the car the other day on a lesson on the way from #Bexhill to #Hastings and we came up behind another car with this in the back window. I had a lovely young lady driving and I have to admit we did a double take as they say.

Neither of us saw this as a funny item to display and the consensus of opinion was that it was rude. Not exactly up to the standards of a Mori poll I would accept but there was only us two in the car at the time so my sample audience was restricted a little.

So I am asking you guys, Do you see this as funny? and if so what is the joke? Is the fact that the hand is black/brown a factor as the driver and passenger looked to me to be both white and I have to admit I have never had a black pupil who was that rude. come to think of it I have never met a black driver that gave me this gesture either. No matter what the pupil may have done.

How is it we have gone so far down the road of “acceptable behaviour” that this is now seen as funny. What does it say to any kids in a following car as to how to behave in public.

I am not a prude but this just seems a step to far to me and bothers me how much further we are going to slip down this particular pole, or is the gutter the limit?