There is a group called Roundabout Appreciation Society. Yes, really! The Association has just voted the roundabout at Otford near Sevenoaks in Kent, with it’s duck pond in the middle, as Britain’s best roundabout. The pond dates back to Anglo Saxon times and was Grade II listed in 1975 after villagers protested at plans to concrete it over.

The world’s first roundabout appeared in Letchworth, Hertfordshire in 1909. Roundabouts have been described as ‘ the triumph of co-operation over confrontation’. Today, it is estimated that more than 60,000 have been built around the world.

It wasn’t until 1990 that a roundabout appeared in America. In the U.S. you turn right onto a roundabout whereas we go left (they do drive on the wrong side of the road though). Which is why the word for roundabout in Swahili,a language spoken in Britain’s former colonies in Africa, is ‘kipilefi‘ or ‘ keep left’.

Funny old world.

Joe the Drummer passes his driving test

You read it here first. One day the name Joe Ballantyne will be famous as top class drummer but today he became the latest pupil of Teresa Allen School of Motoring to successfully pass his driving test at the test centre in Sevenoaks. He poses here with his stick of Hastings rock (don’t ask!).Joe Ballantyne

A happy family

I am very proud of Lisa Fancett who passed her driving test today (22nd May) at the Sevenoaks Driving Test Centre at her first attempt. Lisa began driving at the age of 17 and then gave up to have her family. She came to Teresa Allen School of Motoring to try and remember what she learnt before the babies and brush up her skills. She also had valuable practise with her husband as her supervisor. It didn’t take long for Lisa to reach test standard and I should like to thank her very much for the chocolates.Lisa Fancett

Test Pass

Elson Bajrakurtaj gained his British driving licence today 15th May at Sevenoaks Test Centre. Elson held a licence in his home country of Albania and worked hard to achieve the standard required here in England. This is no mean feat when he had already been driving on his own for years and then had to go back to being a learner again. However, he rose to the challenge, kicked a few bad habits and passed the test at his first attempt meaning he can now apply for his company car.

Company car here I come!

Company car here I come!

Test Pass in Sevenoaks

Dan CoxDan Cox from Sevenoaks recently did an intensive driving course with Teresa Allen and passed brilliantly at Sevenoaks Test Centre. Dan had not driven for a couple of years after being a passenger in very nasty accident and was very courageous to get back behind the wheel. He got only 1 minor fault which he was annoyed about but remaines very proud nonetheless. Good luck Dan!

And another pass

Tracey FriendWell done to Tracey Friend from Wrotham who passed her Practical Driving Test yesterday. Tracey had tried 7 times previously with other schools but, after a few driving lessons in Sevenoaks with Teresa she passed at last and with only 3 minor faults. This pass came just in time fr Tracey who is expecting a baby next month.

Think Once Think Twice Think Bike

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.
Rule 211

It is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic. Always look out for them before you emerge from a junction; they could be approaching faster than you think. When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic, look out for cyclists or motorcyclists on the inside of the traffic you are crossing. Be especially careful when turning, and when changing direction or lane. Be sure to check mirrors and blind spots carefully.

Yet another first time pass

I cannot take all the credit here, but I did step in to help Josh Epstein from Paddock Wood pass his car driving test today at the Sevenoaks Test Centre at his first attempt. Josh’s usual instructor was unable to attend the test and I was able to help out. Josh only drove my car twice before today’s test which makes his pass even more amazing. Still, this was my 3rd visit to the Test Centre this year and Josh made it a hat-trick of passes for me. My pass rate now stands at 75% and I am thrilled by this. It’s all thanks to my wonderful pupils.

Josh Epstein

Happiness is… a pass certificate