News and Events http://smartadriver.co.uk//page8.php TEST PASS 8/29/2012 11:07:55 AM Excellent result for Andrew Marshall from Aberdeen… it’s been a row of firsts for you, you passed your theory 1st time, you passed your driving test this morning 1st time on the first test of the day in the busy Aberdeen traffic and you had ZERO faults to top it off. Douglas joins the list of first time passes and the few who have had no minor driving faults. Andy took all his theory and driver training with ourselves at Smarta Driver Training and completed all of his training and tests within a 7 week schedule. Well done you were a pleasure to teach and I look forward to seeing you on the road.

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TEST PASS 8/29/2012 11:07:23 AM Well done Douglas McKay from Aberdeen on passing your driving test 1st time today. Douglas joins the list of first time passes and had only 3 minor driving faults. Douglas took all his theory and driver training with Smarta Driver Training. Well done you were a pleasure to teach and I look forward to seeing you on the road.

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=47 HIGHWAY CODE - TIP 7/26/2012 1:09:31 PM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

Description: The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Vehicle maintenance

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about vehicle maintenance.

Tyres MUST be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification for the load being carried. Always refer to the vehicle’s handbook or data. Tyres should also be free from certain cuts and other defects.

Tread depth

Cars, light vans and light trailers MUST have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference.

Motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles MUST have a tread depth of at least 1 mm across three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and in a continuous band around the entire circumference.

Mopeds should have visible tread.

Burst tyre

If a tyre bursts while you are driving, try to keep control of your vehicle. Grip the steering wheel firmly and allow the vehicle to roll to a stop at the side of the road.

Flat tyre

If you have a flat tyre, stop as soon as it is safe to do so. Only change the tyre if you can do so without putting yourself or others at risk – otherwise call a breakdown service.

Tyre pressures

Check weekly. Do this before your journey, when tyres are cold. Warm or hot tyres may give a misleading reading.

Your brakes and steering will be adversely affected by under-inflated or over-inflated tyres. Excessive or uneven tyre wear may be caused by faults in the braking or suspension systems, or wheels which are out of alignment. Have these faults corrected as soon as possible.

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=44 HIGHWAY CODE - TIP 5/31/2012 12:25:25 PM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

Description: The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
General advice

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about some general advice.

 

Rule 151

In slow-moving traffic. You should

  • reduce the distance between you and the vehicle ahead to maintain traffic flow
  • never get so close to the vehicle in front that you cannot stop safely
  • leave enough space to be able to manoeuvre if the vehicle in front breaks down or an emergency vehicle needs to get past
  • not change lanes to the left to overtake
  • allow access into and from side roads, as blocking these will add to congestion
  • be aware of cyclists and motorcyclists who may be passing on either side

Read all the rules giving general advice (144-158)

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=42 HIGHWAY CODE - TIP 5/18/2012 7:38:18 AM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Lighting requirements

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about lighting requirements.

 

Rule 114

You MUST NOT

·       use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders

·       use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other road users (see Rule 226)

·       In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again.

Read all the rules about lighting requirements (113-116)

 

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  • At the end of 2011 there were 34.2 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain, of which 28.5 million were cars.
  • Between 2010 and 2011 the total vehicle stock number increased by 0.3 per cent. 
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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=39 Rules for cyclists 5/10/2012 1:14:14 PM

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.

Rule 66

You should

  • keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear
  • keep both feet on the pedals
  • never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends
  • not ride close behind another vehicle
  • not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain
  • be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by ringing your bell if you have one. It is recommended that a bell be fitted

Read all the rules for cyclists (59-82)

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=38 Government crack down on drug driving menace 5/10/2012 1:11:55 PM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

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NEWS
Government crack down on drug driving menace

 

The government announced plans today to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of drugs.


Legislation unveiled in the Queen’s Speech will create a specific drug driving offence. Currently police have to demonstrate that driving had been impaired by drugs in order to prosecute.

Under the proposed legislation it will automatically be an offence to drive a motor vehicle if you have certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of specified limits. This will make it much easier for police to take action against drug drivers.

Devices to screen for drugs in the body are expected to receive type approval from the Home Office by the end of the year.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“Drug drivers are a deadly menace – they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do.

“The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive whilst under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.

“We have an enviable record on road safety in this country and I want to keep it that way. This measure will help to rid our roads of the irresponsible minority who risk the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians.”

An independent review of drink and drug driving law in 2010 recommended that a new specified limit offence should be developed. The exact drugs covered by the offence and the specified limits for each will be determined following advice from an expert panel and a public consultation.

Earlier this year the Department for Transport announced the formation of the panel and today is confirming the membership. It includes experts in the field of alcohol and drug misuse and will also work with officials from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department of Health.

The penalty for the new offence will be a maximum of 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000, and an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=37 Roundabouts 5/3/2012 12:14:06 PM

The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Roundabouts

 

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

Rule 186

Signals and position.

When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

signal left and approach in the left-hand lane

keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave

When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

signal right and approach in the right-hand lane

keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout

signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want

When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

select the appropriate lane on approach to the roundabout

you should not normally need to signal on approach

stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout

signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want

When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.

Read all the rules about roundabouts (184-190)

 

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=36 TEST PASS 5/2/2012 11:09:31 AM Well done to Steven Rankin on passing his driving test first time yesterday. Unfortunately he was on test for about 1.5 hours due to getting stuck in some traffic as a result of an accident. Regardless of this the examiner commented that he was impressed to see that Steven kept his cool and that even after having to wait on the traffic clearing, completed his test to a high Standard. Good luck Steven and look forward to seeing you on the road. 

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=35 THEORY TEST 4/28/2012 10:24:38 AM Well done to Michael Young from Laurencekirk who passed his Theory Test today with the help of Theory Test Pro training system which all students of Smarta driver Training get FREE.]]>
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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=34 Be Positive 4/24/2012 7:36:11 AM "You become what you think about. Negative thoughts reap negative results. If you think positive thoughts, you will get positive results."]]>
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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=33 THEORY TEST 4/20/2012 9:30:50 PM Well done to Robbie Birnie from Laurencekirk who passed his Theory Test today using the Theory Test Pro training system which all students of Smarta driver Training get FREE.]]>
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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=32 Yet another 1st time pass 4/16/2012 12:03:53 PM Well done to Gemma Laing from Aberdeen on passing her driving test 1st time today. Gemma joins the list of first time passes and had only 2 minor driving faults. Gemma took all her theory and driver training with Smarta Driver Training and only started in February 2012. She passed her theory test within a week of starting using the Theory Test Pro system we provide FREE, and then completed her driver training in just 10 weeks. Well done and I look forward to seeing you on the road.

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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=31 Booking your Driving test 4/16/2012 11:55:43 AM DSAgovuk: Through your Driving Instructor or via Directgov is the only official site to book your theory or practical driving test. Other sites might charge extra fees http://t.co/3hIYm0li.]]>
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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=30 HIGHWAY CODE 4/15/2012 7:57:24 PM DSAgovuk: The HighwayCode is 81 years old today. Read it online http://t.co/0BNTkyLe]]>
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]]> http://smartadriver.co.uk/page8.php?post=29 Can you see 4/13/2012 7:25:35 AM DSAgovuk: Do you need glasses or contact lenses for driving? Here are the rules. http://t.co/du8NJ2Tq]]>
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