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4/28/2012 11:24:38 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.
Be Positive
4/24/2012 8:36:11 AM
"You become what you think about. Negative thoughts reap negative results. If you think positive thoughts, you will get positive results."
4/20/2012 10:30:50 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.
Yet another 1st time pass
4/16/2012 1:03:53 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.

Booking your Driving test
4/16/2012 12:55:43 PM
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
4/15/2012 8:57:24 PM
DSAgovuk: The HighwayCode is 81 years old today. Read it online
Can you see
4/13/2012 8:25:35 AM
DSAgovuk: Do you need glasses or contact lenses for driving? Here are the rules.
4/11/2012 12:04:10 PM


Driving in wet weather


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

 Rule 227

 ·       In wet weather, stopping distances (PDF, 125KB) will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. In wet weather

·       you should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead

·       if the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually

·       the rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen

·       be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery

·       take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders

Pass Plus Success
4/10/2012 8:57:09 AM

Congratulations to Scott Donald from Laurencekirk who completed his Pass Plus course yesterday. He completed all six DSA core competency module’s which were delivered in 8 hours of training as a 1 day course. Not only did Scott successfully complete his course, but he clearly ranks in my top 5 students who have taken the course and demonstrated to a high standard that he was a safe and confident driver. Good luck to Scott for the future and I look forward to seeing him on the road.

Safety improvements for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers
4/3/2012 6:55:02 AM

Safety improvements for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers

Measures to boost safety for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers have been put forward in Parliament. 

The measures - which also strengthen requirements for driving examiners and impact on the rules for drivers towing trailers - will come in to force on 19 January 2013 as part of new European requirements aimed at improving road safety. 

The changes are being implemented by the Department for Transport in conjunction with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). 

The main aspects of the new rules are:

  • Motorcyclists – Access to more powerful bikes will be staged subject to competence, age and previous experience. The minimum age to ride the largest bikes without previous experience will rise from 21 to 24.
  • Licence renewals for bus and lorry drivers – At present, drivers of medium-sized and large buses and lorries need to renew their licences every five years once they reach the age of 45. Over 45s also need to demonstrate their fitness to drive through a full medical report. From 2013, all new or renewed bus and lorry licences will be renewable every five years. However, drivers under 45 will not require a full medical report and will still only need to renew their photograph every 10 years. All other drivers and riders will continue to renew their driving licences every 10 years as is currently the case.
  • Driving examiners – Compulsory initial qualification, periodic training and quality assurance checks will be required for driving examiners. Britain already fulfils most of these requirements but the new rules will enhance the Driving Standards Agency’s existing arrangements.
  • Trailer towing – Under the new rules car drivers will be limited to towing 3.5 tonnes.

DSA chief executive, Rosemary Thew, said:

“Britain already has some of the safest roads in the world. These changes build on our existing standards and recognise the importance of our examiners' professionalism. They will also help to ensure that new motorcyclists gain the right skills and experience before riding bigger bikes."

DVLA chief executive, Simon Tse, said:

“These changes will provide a useful additional reminder for bus and lorry drivers. They will help to ensure that drivers of these vehicles will continue to operate to high levels of levels of safety by ensuring that they are fit to drive.”

The European requirements are being introduced in Great Britain in line with feedback from a public consultation, which included responses from driver and rider training bodies, trade associations and road safety groups.

Full details about the changes can be found at
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