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

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.

1st TEST PASS FOR 2013!

Well done to Jacob Burgess from Weald who passed his Practical Driving Test today at Sevenoaks Test Centre. This Jacob’s first attempt and he passed brilliantly with only 1 minor fault. It was a difficult day though because we woke to snow and didn’t know until mid-day whether the test would be going ahead. Jacob faced this uncertainty very well and held his nerves at bay. I am very proud of Jacob who has joined a long list of people who have passed at the first attempt with Teresa Allen School of Motoring.

Jacob Burgess

I passed my 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.

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE – Breakdowns

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It’s essential reading for everyone. Here’s a reminder about breakdowns.
Rule 274
If your vehicle breaks down, think first of all other road users and:

• get your vehicle off the road if possible

• warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights if your vehicle is causing an obstruction.

• help other road users see you by wearing light-coloured or fluorescent clothing in daylight and reflective clothing at night or in poor visibility.

• put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your broken-down vehicle on the same side of the road, or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing or retrieving them, but never use them on motorways.

• if possible, keep your sidelights on if it is dark or visibility is poor.

• do not stand (or let anybody else stand) between your vehicle and oncoming traffic.

• at night or in poor visibility do not stand where you will prevent other road users seeing your lights.

STAY SAFE. It’s a jungle out there.

Theory Test Pass

All passes are exciting. Passing the theory test makes a person feel like they halfway towards their driving licence. It can be a very nerve-wracking event after hours and hours spent revising. At the end of the test, the candidate is immediately given a letter carefully folded over so that the result cannot be seen instantly. The relief when it is opened and the first word is ‘Congratulations’ is amazing.

Well, yesterday, Jacob Burgess from Weald village experienced that euphoria after taking his theory test at the Sidcup test centre. All that revision was most definitely worth while in the end. In a few weeks we shall be going for the Practical Test in Sevenoaks and I am confident that Jacob will see success again. Onwards and upwards.

Another Practical Driving Test Passed

Tom Barnes

Having a great day

This week saw Tom Barnes from Ightham pass his practical driving test at Sevenoaks Test Centre at his first attempt. At Teresa Allen School of Motoring we pride ourselves in giving quality tuition that not only enables students to pass at the first attempt but also to learn the skills to stay safe on the increasingly busy roads.It’s no mean feat to keep one’s nerves in check on such an important day but Tom managed beautifully.

 

 

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!