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

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

Can you see where you are going??

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.
Rule 92

Vision. You MUST be able to read a vehicle number plate, in good daylight, from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres where the old style number plate is used).

If you need to wear glasses (or contact lenses) to do this, youMUST wear them at all times while driving.

The police have the power to require a driver to undertake an eyesight test.

Highway Code

Alcohol and drugs

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It’s essential reading for everyone. Here’s a reminder about alcohol and drugs.

Rule 95

Do not drink and drive as it will seriously affect your judgement and abilities. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.

Alcohol will:

  • give a false sense of confidence reduce co-ordination and slow down reactions
  • affect judgement of speed, distance and risk
  • reduce your driving ability, even if you’re below the legal limit
  • take time to leave your body; you may be unfit to drive in the evening after drinking at lunchtime, or in the morning after drinking the previous evening

The best solution is not to drink at all when planning to drive because any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. If you are going to drink, arrange another means of transport.

People can often think that ‘just a small one’ won’t matter but it actually does.

If you think that you’d like to put this test and prove that the above is true, then let’s have a chat as I have a safe way to disorientate you and make you feel like you’ve had a drink.

Happy motoring.

Driving Test Success

Sahadat DipuChristmas came early today for Sahadat Dipu who passed his practical driving test at the Sevenoaks Test Centre today. Dipu worked very hard to attain the necessary standard to pass this test and I am extremely proud of him. This was my last visit to the Sevenoaks Test Centre this year and to finish on a high note like this was icing on the cake. Well done, Dipu.

Even cyclists have rules

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY
The Highway Code THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Rules for cyclists
The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It’s essential reading for everyone. Here’s a reminder about rules for cyclists.
You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.

Rule 64

Deriving Test Pass

Well done to Zara Farrant who passed her driving test today, 5th November, at Tunbridge Wells. Each time one my students pass I feel so proud; like a mother hen letting go of her babies. This pass means so much to Zara but little does she realise that she will now become a taxi driver for her two boys until they are old enough to do their test! Goodbye green licence; hello pink!

If you like Top Gear…….

Last Wednesday on BBC2 at 9 pm was a great programme which I would recommend anybody with or without a licence should watch. The programme is called How Safe Are Britain’s Roads.  It was brilliantly well presented and not at all patronising. There were many statistics regarding crashes on the road and where these collisions took place. Interestingly they are mainly on the urban roads and at speeds of less than 20 mph.

There are also very interesting demonstrations on Electronic Stability Control and also some crazy thing that stops the car before you hit a pedestrian! Totally well worth a watch so try and catch it on I-Player before it disappears.

This Wednesday, BBC2 are showing the second part to this programme which is focussed at the driver. They will explore the danger surrounding the use of mobile phones whilst driving and they will also be testing a vehicle that drives itself. I wonder what a driving examiner would make of that!

I hope many of you will watch these programmes and enjoy them as much as I did. If you like Top Gear you will like these.

Wet leaves!

Hello everybody. This is the time of year when train travellers get frustrated by delays on the networks caused by wet leaves. Every year the leaves fall from the trees and every year it’s as if it’s a surprise to the railway bosses. Road users face problems too.

Driving in Sevenoaks you will now be coming across these same leaves. They are extremely slippery and seem to gather in the most awkward places. Apart from gathering at the side of the road they also like to do sneaky stuff like laying right across the road at a junction. This is particularly true when driving on the lanes in villages such as Ightham, Kemsing, Otford, Shoreham etc. Be extra cautious approaching a T-junction where there are leaves about.

Stopping quickly on wet leaves simply does not happen; it’s like stopping on ice. Apart from realising the effects it has on your ability to stop safely, it is vital that you consider how difficult it is for others. It’s hard enough for those with 4 wheels but for those with 2 wheels it can very dangerous indeed. So, please be sure to be aware of the changing road surfaces and give the 2-wheelers a bit of extra room.

Autumn leaves on the trees are absolutely stunning but when they fall they are treacherous so take care out there.