DRIVERS who passed their test after 1997 could face harsh fines this summer if they try to tow a caravan. Anyone with a regular car licence is restricted on what they can tow, but motorists might be unaware they need to pass an extra test before they get out on the road with a heavy trailer or caravan. According to the DVLA, anyone who was issued with a regular Category B (car) licence after January 1, 1997 can tow a trailer that weighs up to 750kg, as long as their car has a maximum authorised mass of no more than 3,500kg, or a trailer over 750kg, where the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg. Maximum authorised mass simply describes the total weight of a vehicle including its maximum load - this measurement is usually found in the owner's manual for your car. Anyone who breaks these conditions could face a £1,000 fine and be slapped with three penalty points. With the average weight of a mid-sized car sitting at around … [Read more...] about If you passed your driving test after 1997 you could be fined £1,000 for towing a caravan
Driving test change
Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways for the first time from next week. From June 4, the rules around driving lessons are changing to allow student drivers to practice on motorways ahead of their test. The move comes six months after broad-ranging changes were made to the practical driving test to make it more relevant to modern driving The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says that the change is an effort to improve road safety. Mark Winn, DVSA deputy chief driving examiner said: “Allowing learners to practice on motorways with a professional instructor gives them the opportunity be taught motorway rules and etiquette properly, practice at higher speeds and will help make our roads even safer.” High-speed safety While motorways are statistically Britain’s safest roads learners are currently not able to gain experience on them, meaning the first time most drivers encounter motorway driving is without the support of an instructor. The changes to the … [Read more...] about Driving lesson changes: learner drivers allowed on motorways from next month
PASSING your driving test isn't easy - around half of all learners fail the practical exam every year. But that certainly doesn't mean it is pot luck if you pass as there are plenty of ways to increase your chances. We reveal all... How do I pass my driving test? We teamed up with RED Driving School to provide you with some real world advice on how you can ditch the 'L' plates in record speed. Most people take around 40 hours of lessons although you can do an intensive course to get you ready in a matter of days or weeks. That's the premise behind E4's new TV show - All Star Driving School - that puts celebs like Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison and former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt through their paces. So what tips should you and the reality stars take - and what's best avoided? Location, location, location Where you're taking the test can have a big impact with pass rates differing hugely across the country. Test centres in the West Midlands are statistically hardest … [Read more...] about How to pass your driving test, when should I book my practical and theory and what are the weirdest reasons people have failed?
THE driving test has undergone its biggest shake-up in more than 20 years - but what will it mean for new learners? The new laws came into force in December 2017 with new manoeuvres to make it more like real-world driving for learners. Here's the lowdown. What are the new driving test laws? The independent driving part of the test will increase from ten to 20 minutes. The ability to use a sat navs will be introduced into the test. The reverse around a corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. But you’ll still be tested on parallel parking, parking in a bay and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You’ll still be asked the "tell me" question at the start of the test but the "show me" question will be asked during the test - for example showing how to use windscreen wipers. The revised list of tasks in order to pass the new driving test also includes asking candidates to pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse two car … [Read more...] about What are the new driving test rules, will I have to use a sat nav and when will learners have lessons on motorways?
PASSING your driving test isn't easy with around half of all learners failing every single year. But some manage to walk away with a full licence with just a few minors. Here's everything you need to know... How many minors and majors are you allowed in a driving test? There are three types of faults a person can make in a driving test. These are: Dangerous - This involves danger to the examiner, the driver, the public or property Serious (major) - This is when the driver does something potentially dangerous Driving fault (minor) - This isn't potentially dangerous but could be a serious fault if it keeps happening Drivers on their test can make no more than 15 minors and absolutely no majors or dangerous faults. How many lessons do you need to pass? Most people take around 40 hours of lessons although you can do an intensive course to get you ready in a matter of days or weeks. But be sure to take enough lessons before booking a test and ask your instructor for … [Read more...] about How many minors and majors are you allowed in a driving test, how many lessons do you need to pass and can I cancel and rebook my test?
THE most common reasons for Brits to fail their driving test have been revealed - and they aren't as obvious as you might think. While Brits certainly aren't known for their incredible parking skills, tricky manoeuvres weren't the main reason drivers had to re-sit their test. A recent study, conducted by Warranty Direct, found that the most common reason new drivers would fail their practical test was because they did not properly observe the risks at a junction. Junctions posed a number of issues during driving tests, with many motorists failing when trying to turn right at a crossroads. Drivers were also highly likely to fail their test for not using their mirrors properly when making a turn. While parking manoeuvres weren't as common, reverse parking did come in third on the list, just above poor steering ability. Top 5 most common reasons for failing your driving test Observation at junctions Use of mirrors when changing direction Reverse park/left reverse Lack of control … [Read more...] about The top five reasons Brits fail their driving test – and it’s NOT parking errors
Failing to check properly at junctions has been revealed as the number one reason learner drivers fail their practical test. A lack of control and an inability to reverse were also among the key issues that saw drivers being denied a full licence. Lack of observation A new study looked at the last 11 years of practical test results from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to uncover which areas are most likely to catch out candidates. Observation at junctions – or the lack of it – came out as the primary reason for failures, with failing to properly use mirrors while changing direction the second most common cause. Reversing problems Reverse parking and reversing round a corner took the third spot on the list of most common failures, with loss of control and errors while turning right from a junction rounding out the top five. The analysis of the data was carried out by warranty provider Warranty Direct. Its chief executive officer, Simon Ackers, commented: … [Read more...] about Top reasons for driving test failures revealed
There are less than three months to go until the practical driving test changes come into effect. Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released new videos to help learner drivers gear up for the modifications to the test, due to roll out on Monday December 4. The more stringent test will see FOUR major changes learners will have to adhere to including a "show me" question while operating the vehicle. DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.” Read More In other driving-related news “Asking a 'show me' question while driving will be valuable preparation for real life driving. “With less than three months to go until the driving test changes, it’s important that learner drivers work with their driving instructor to make sure they can operate the in car-controls safely whilst they’re driving. "Combined with practice with an instructor, these new official … [Read more...] about Video shows major changes to driving test
Stricter MOT test changes are coming in May which could see you landed with a hefty fine of £2,500 if you're not careful. Failure to meet the new rules which bring about changes to how vehicles are classed after a test could land you in very hot water. According to the current regulations, if your car is deemed roadworthy you can continue to drive it even after it has failed as long as your old MOT remains valid. However from next month, if your vehicle fails its MOT and is deemed as having a "major" or "dangerous" fault, then getting behind the wheel before it's fixed will mean a £2,500 fine and three points on your licence. In addition, the new law states if you've been fined for this in the past three years, you face a minimum ban of six months, as reported by Mirror Online . Read More Motoring news What's changing You cannot drive without a valid MOT, with fines of up to £1,000 if you're caught, but you used to be able to get around that. This is because you can … [Read more...] about MOT test changes
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan’s chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle. Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the U.S., the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle. Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. The ride-sharing company has been testing self-driving vehicles for months as it competes with other technology companies and automakers like Ford and General Motors. Philippe Klein, the chief planning officer at Nissan, said the automaker is ensuring its tests are safe. He said specially trained drivers keep their hands on the wheel on such vehicles, prepared to “take over the car” to ensure the “highest possible safety” in … [Read more...] about Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash