Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is more than using your phone

by safedriver

Distraction resultFor more than a decade we’ve really stepped it up with social media. We can find out what’s happening within our world every second of the day. That is, if you want to. To many people, they can’t let a moment go by without knowing what’s happening. Our phones play a big part of this and we all know how risky using our phones while driving has turned into. Using our smart phones is really turning into an addiction. But our phones are only one part of distracted driving.

We’ve always been distracted at some point throughout our lives. I remember as a kid when I was reading and my mom or dad come into the room and started talking to me. I never heard them because I was so into what I was reading. How many times were you caught daydreaming while you were in school only to miss the information the teacher was sharing? It happens all the time and it won’t really stop.

Even 30 or more years ago we were distracted while driving. But instead of distracted by our phones, we were distracted by our radio, passengers, loose items in our vehicle and a crowded front seat. Remember the bench seat? Oh yeah, we also didn’t have cup holders or water bottles. If you wanted to drink something while driving, you rested it on the seat beside you. If it spilled, you were focused on that and not driving. We were always distracted, even while driving more than 30 years ago. Cell phones have just added to the list of distractions.

Since we can agree being distracted is a common element, why don’t we agree on when we can afford to be distracted? We can afford to be distracted the most when that distraction won’t affect our own safety or the safety of those around us. For example, being distracted while walking along the sidewalk or riding a bicycle can lead to injuries or mistakes. I’ve watched cyclist’s text while riding and go straight through stop signs. Did they care what they just did? Did they know what they just did? Texting while walkingacross the street can lead into trouble.

Its human nature to be curious, but it takes focus to decide if you should do something about the curiosity or if you should ignore it. The case can be found with this photo. This is the result of the driver becoming distracted with a spider in the vehicle. I know many who don’t like spiders, or bees or any other insects. I think we all know the logical thing to do is to pull over and deal with it, but what if you can’t?

Having your passenger attempt to kill it while you’re driving may be just as distracting or worse. In most cases, you’ll be able to pull over safely and within a few seconds so you can deal with your distraction. It really comes down to prioritizing. If you’re swimming you focus on not drowning. If you’re Bar-B-Qing, you focus on not burning your food. Think of the end result. Driving shouldn’t be any different.

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Why train for a BTEC Level 1 – Safe Road Skills and Attitudes

I am offering a BTEC Safe Road Skills and Attitudes for all the 14 -18 year old in Boston the chance to train for a

BTEC Level 1 Award - Safe Road Skills and Attitudes

The Safe Road Skills and Attitudes has been developed in collaboration with the Driving Standards Agency, with the aim of educating road users and changing their attitudes – including building a sense of personal responsibility and promoting mature attitudes to risk and safety issues. The qualifications therefore are not only suitable for car drivers but also benefit other road users from pedestrians to horse riders.

They will also seek to inform young people on safe road use before they start driving. Learners who achieve the Certificate in Level 1 Safe Road Skills and Attitudes will also be eligible to take the DSA Abridged Theory Test (once they reach the required age).

Qualification Title QAN  Credit Value 
Pearson Edexcel Level 1 Award in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes (QCF) 500/9801/9 7
Pearson Edexcel Level 1 Certificate in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes (QCF) 500/9802/0 13

BTEC Level 1 Award - Safe Road Skills and Attitudes

BTEC Level 1 Award and Certificate in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes

The aim of the BTEC Level 1 Award and Certificate in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes is to promote and build positive attitudes to road use and to help young people to take responsibility for using roads safely. We believe that young people who become proficient road users at an early stage will be able to carry these attitudes and behaviors throughout life. This, in turn, should result in fewer deaths and serious injuries among the young and among road users generally.

Candidates who successfully complete the BTEC Level 1 Award in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes are:

  • Gaining important key life skills;
  • Building up BTEC credits from the QCF (Qualification Credit Framework)
  • Students who go on to complete all 4 Units and gain the Safe Road Skills and Attitudes Certificate should there be enough demand are also
    • Eligible, for three years from gaining the qualification, to undertake an abridged version of the Driving Theory test at a discounted cost. The Abridged Theory Test consists of 35 multiple choice questions instead of the usual 50;
    • Eligible for Young Drivers’ Insurance at preferential rates with a leading Insurer.

Schools who include the BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes as part of their extra-curricular or enhanced learning can:

  • Demonstrate clearly that the school is actively addressing teenage road safety
    Add value to pupils’ experience through extra learning opportunity
  • Gain a competitive edge in terms of variety of enhanced learning, important in attracting new pupils .
  • Specifically designed as a pre-test qualification, this course focuses around developing good, safe driving attitudes that will last a lifetime. The course includes practical exercises along with a written workbook. Accredited by Edexcel, the course is built around the following units:
  • Unit 1 – Preparing for a Safe Journey by Road.
  • Unit 2 – Maintaining Own and Others’ Safety in Relation to Vehicles.

This course is ideal as a precursor to the driving theory test as well as for those drivers who would like to improve their understanding of the need for vehicle checks and planning journey’s

This Safe Road Skills and Attitudes qualification is accessible to anyone from the age of 14 years onwards

Cost: £120 including enrolment

Why train for a Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving (Car Driver)

The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving (Car Driver) shows the holder has taken extra training to demonstrate they understand the idea of Safe Driving for Life.


This Qualification should be seen as a further step to develop a person’s knowledge and experience to help make our Roads Safer. Employers should recognize that holders want to improve their ability to be a Safe Driver for Life. Although the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving is aimed at learner drivers it can also be used to help experienced drivers further their training and experience to become Safe Drivers.

Adrian-FluxFor learners the qualification is recognized by many insurance companies to be of value. Some are prepared to give up to 15% discount on a driver’s first insurance. Companies such as Adrian Flux is advertising they are offering up to 15% discount for the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving. To some students this is better that training for the Pass Plus certificate.

I hope that the successful students will look at the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving as an extra step in their life long development towards Safe Driving for Life. Further training could include joining RoSPA and taking their safe driving award or training with the Institute of advanced Motorists and gaining there award. In both cases insurance companies offer reduced insurance premiums for the training. Of these two I would recommend the RoSPA award because they require continual re-qualification from their members every 3 years. This means that their drivers are continually updating themselves with any changes to the law or changes in car manufacture.

the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe DrivingAny Driver has launched BTEC Level 2 Award Demonstrate Safe Driving (Car Driver) with huge success, and has a widespread promotional effort in place in schools around the country.

“In today’s climate, getting a job has become more competitive than ever,” he says. “By giving learner drivers an extra qualification the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving to add to their CV, we have turned our product into one of the most successful on the market in a short space of time.

Considering that one in 8 of all people in the UK leave school without a level 2 qualification or equivalent, Any Driver’s aim was to provide learner drivers not only with a course that led to a driving licence, but also a recognized qualification that would enhance their employment potential. The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving.

Any Driver was founded by Managing Director Neil Evans in South Wales in 2007, predominantly as a driver training company that provides specialist Continuing Professional Development to the UK’s driving instructors. Since beginning to access the stream of government funding for training in 2008, the company has rapidly expanded its offer and now provides a wide array of training and development options for both driving instructors and learner drivers.

The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe DrivingThe Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving is broken up into ten different sections which I will now quickly explain.

There are five written assessments and five practical assessments. They are not hard to do when you have the help of a Qualified Driving Instructor who has been trained beyond the normal standards of instruction and holds a further Assessing Qualification and possibly a Mentoring and Coaching Qualification. All the instructors will be qualified to help train qualified drivers who work for companies running fleets of vehicles.

The first two sections of the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving involve the practical demonstration and understanding of how to do the pre-start checks.

These checks can be for when you are asked to drive a new vehicle or check your own vehicle. With your own vehicle it could be before you are going on a long journey or a periodic check to see everything is OK. So you are aware of any potential dangers. There will also be a written requirement to help you learn and remember the checks.

The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving second section had again a practical demonstration of how to be considerate and look out for hazards while driving.

Showing you are accessing potential risks that might be occurring while you are driving. The written section has been designed to reinforce these ideas by you writing about how you would assess recognize and deal with these potential problems.

The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving third two sections deals with the practical side of driving at an appropriate speed for the road conditions and keeping control of the car to reduce wear and tear alongside fuel efficiency and reducing risks of accidents.

The written part helps to identify how different junctions and situations require different types of awareness. Then also comes how to improve fuel consumption and road safety along reducing wear and tear along with the awareness of how to avoid accidents.

The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving fourth section is aimed at learners helping them understand how to perform their manoeuvres such as Bay parking and Parallel Parking in a safe manner.

The written section helps them identify how to complete the manoeuvres safely.

The last practical component of the course is designed to verify the driver is safe to drive on Motorways. By showing the assessor how safe they are when driving on a Motorway as part of the Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving.

It would be hoped that while training you will have a chance to drive in difficult weather and road conditions. Including night time driving on rural and urban roads. If this is not completed at least you should talk and discuss how this would affect your driving styles.

QCFThe Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving covers all the points that Pass Plus used to cover but goes into the concept of learning deeper by requiring you to write your ideas as well as demonstrating how well you can drive. The written evidence can be printed with a computer for those like myself that find writing with a pen difficult This qualification is worth 13 QCF Points

Are you approaching your driving test then a Any Driver Instructor can enrol you onto this valuable BTEC qualification The Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving

The course includes independant driving on varied types of roads, including motorways – so you’ll need to complete this part after you’ve passed your test, exercises involving vehicle safety and a workbook to confirm your understanding.

Not only will you gain a Level 2 BTEC Award in Demonstrating Safe Driving qualification but the Insurance Companies we work with will guarantee you a 15% discount off your insurance – what more could you ask for!! Follow this link 

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Written by Tony Lane bostondrivingschool@gmail.com


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As usual all my students will be given free access to my theory test training website which can help them pass thier test quickly. As your diving instructor I can see what questions they are being asked and how they replied. You will be able to get the site to read the questions to you which my students find helpful. Especially those suffering for reading problems or those whose first language is not English. The website can also use be set to translate the questions for non English students.

Free Training Notes on Line

Free Training Notes on Line

I also offer free Training Notes to help my students with there driving lessons. My students have a chance to read the notes I show them during thier driving lessons. So my students can pass thier test first time. There is also a training matrix that I use so my students can see to help them follow how well they are doing and give them ideas as to what they might want to talk about or do on thier next lesson.



Driver Training Videos in Boston

Special YouTube designed for Driver Training Videos in Boston


Hi all I have arranged to work in association with an ex Boston driving instructor who has now moved to work in Derby. He has created a YouTube profile that he filmed Driver Training Videos in Boston designed to help you train and become a safe driver in this area. This means that as you view the Driver Training Videos in Boston you will see areas around Boston that you will recognise exposing how to deal with different situations in and around Boston

I hope you all find these YouTube videos useful please let Bob Christmas know what you think.


His Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Christmas-ADI/315297688481546?fref=ts

Driver Training Videos in Boston

Bob Christmas has set up his Driver Training Videos in Boston to help everyone wanting to learn to drive.  Unfortunately he had to move to Derby to work. He has left this Unique Training Videos that he created while working in Boston. Most of the Videos will be able to help my students relate to what we have been talking about during a lesson and then see places we have been to.

By being able to see on videos that you can view in your own time and in areas you are familiar with I hope these Driver Training Videos in Boston will help you learn to drive quicker and become a safe driver for life.

If you have any questions please contact me using the website contact page or else my Facebook page or you can call me on my mobile. As I am working in Boston I can take you to the places that the Videos were created. Driver Training Videos in Boston has been created to help you learn to drive. Hope you enjoy viewing these videos between us we want you to become Safe Drivers for life.

Driving Distractions

Driving Distractions

Concentrate: don’t let others suffer

 Music, mobiles, laughing and joking. All signs of a good time, but in a car these things all increase the risk of having a collision. A big risk to a new driver is the number of friends in their car, the more passengers the bigger the risk. The risk of an inexperienced driver crashing multiply by up to five times when they have two or more passengers in the car. The time they are most likely to have a crash is at the weekend between 10pm and 5am.

Passengers can be driving distractions to all groups of drivers because of movement, noise and general disruption in the car. However young drivers are also affected by peer pressure from their passengers. Chimping is when the passengers spend the journey distracting you, moving around in the car, messing about with the stereo and generally behaving like chimps. The presence of friends in their car can encourage young drivers to take more risks. The collision risk for young drivers increases with each additional passenger carried. A new driver is five times more likely to crash if they have two or more passengers in the car.

Statistically, more girls die as passengers than as drivers, so it’s important for female passengers to speak up if the driver is not driving safely: they might only be speeding to try and impress.

All sorts of driving distractions, not just inside the vehicle, can cause collisions.

Be aware of

  • rubber necking
  • weather, especially when the sun is low in the sky
  • other vehicles
  • other road users

Information taken from http://www.thehonesttruth.co.uk/distractions

Problems of introducing the Graduated Driving Licence

Problems of introducing the Graduated Licence

On a previous Blog the Author explained how the government is talking about introducing a Graduated Driving Licence. However he expressed an opinion that not all Driving Instructors would be trained to a sufficient level of training to be able to offer the complete level of training that this new qualification would require. Also he felt that not everyone would benefit from having a Graduated Driving Licence.

Graduated Driving Licence

Now to put his Ideas for people to discuss regarding the introduction of the Graduated Driving Licence

  • Not all Provisional Car Licence holders are novices to driving. Some will come to the provisional training having had previous experience in different for instance

a)      They might already hold a full Driving Licence in another Non European Country having had many years of driving in that country.

b)      They might have held a full Motorcycle License for a period of time.

c)       They might have spent a period of time driving illegally without a full UK License but still have experience that novices would not have

  • There are already training courses available that insurance companies are giving up to 15% discounts for which are BTEC recognised, The Instructors offering this training will have to hold at least a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Coaching and Assessing.
  • Telemetric monitoring is now being introduced by insurance companies to help reduce insurance premiums
  • Some new License holders will need to be able to drive between the hours of 11 pm – 6 pm also may need to carry passenger because of the needs of work.
  • Putting the concept of Road Safety on the National Curriculum is a good idea
  • The concept of a Zero Tolerance towards drink and drugs is a good idea
  • He disagrees with the concept of limiting the car engine size
  • He disagrees with the concept of an additional test after 2 years

Now to take the points one at a time

  • Not all Provisional Car Licence holders are novices to driving. Some will come to the provisional training having had previous experience in different for instance

Non European Driving Licence

a)      They might already hold a full Driving Licence in another Non European Country having had many years of driving in that country.

b)      They might have held a full Motorcycle Licence for a period of time.

c)       They might have spent a period of time driving illegally without a full UK License but still have experience that novices would not have

As a Driving Instructor I have been called upon to train many different types of drivers that are not novices. I feel that if the Graduated Driving Licence is introduced in the present form then they would feel that they are not being dealt with fairly. As a Qualified Assessor and Coach I need to consider what they know and use it to develop their knowledge and train them to pass the Driving Test and become “Safe Drivers for Life”

As a result I would feel the concepts of limiting what times they drive and with who they drive as being unfair. I feel that this problem could be resolved by allowing instructors who are qualified Assessors and Coaches to be able to sign a form that removes the limitation of this part of the Graduated Driving Licence.

  • There are already training courses available that insurance companies are giving up to 15% discounts for which are BTEC recognised, The Instructors offering this training will have to hold at least a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Coaching and Assessing.BTEC

As the Author has already a Qualified Assessor and Coach beyond that his also a qualified Mentor. He is well aware that many more instructors are now acquiring these qualifications and feels that these should now become standard for all instructors. He does not feel the need to train Instructors to teach in a classroom setting yet. However as part of the basic training Instructors should be given training as to how to run a business.

Those instructors with a BTEC level 3 or above in should be allowed to sign of parts of the Graduated Driving Licence to help drivers complete their training and achieve a full license. However there will need to be systems put into place to verify that these instructors who have the additional training are not abusing the system.

Companies like Anydriver and a2om offer BTEC Training

  • Telemetric monitoring is now being introduced by insurance companies to help reduce insurance premiums

Graduated Driving Licence

Here is a link to explain in detail what Telemetric monitoring is about. Basically the insurance works when your car is fitted with a small ‘black box’ device, about the size of a smart phone, which records speed, distance travelled and the time of day or night that you are on the road. The device also assesses your driving style by monitoring braking and cornering. It will also record the types of road on which you typically travel, and the times of day and night you tend to drive, to build up a comprehensive profile of you as a driver.

With a device fitted to your car you can access a secure website to find out how you are performing in each category. This will show you if you need to make any changes to your driving style, and will provide tips on how you can improve your driver score and bring down the cost of your insurance.

As a rule of thumb it is assumed that driving fewer miles on less dangerous roads, while also limiting your night time driving, will result in lower premiums. Policies linked to black box recorders charge premiums on a monthly basis, which means the insurer can adjust them swiftly to reward better driving (and punish those who show themselves to be a risky proposition).

However, although your driving can have a direct impact in the cost of your car insurance, it still makes sense to shop around and compare black box insurance quotes – prices will vary from insurer to insurer as each will have different per-mile and peak-time driving charges.

  • Some new Licence holders will need to be able to drive between the hours of 11 pm – 6 pm also may need to carry passenger because of the needs of work.

Night Driving

The Author of this blog is well aware that in different parts of the country, people are passing the driving test to be able to find better work opportunities or find work. Some of this work will require them to work unsocial hours, starting or finishing late at night or early morning. They might also be required to take passengers with them to work so that others can also find work. The driver should be aware of the additional risks of tired driving but the necessary Driving Instructor should be allowed to sign the Graduated Driving Licence off so they can continue to work.

  • Putting the concept of Road Safety on the National Curriculum is a good idea

Graduated Driving License

The Author feels that this is a necessary addition to the National Curriculum however it will need to be adapted to meet the student’s needs. In Primary Schools the information would be presented in a concrete form where in the Secondary Stage it would need to be presented in a more abstract form to be able to give the students a chance to understand the need to develop the concept of Road Safety. The Idea of a Graduated Driving Licence being introduced at school could then lead drivers to consider the need for continued driver developmental learning and not just finish your driver training when you have passed your driving test.

  • The concept of a Zero Tolerance towards drink and drugs is a good idea

drink driving

In some places in the world this idea is already being used because of the number of accidents related to this problem. The author feels that this would be a good idea but would not be an easy law to enforce because of some drivers could be tested positive for alcohol or drugs because of the medication they have been prescribed or bought. A for being part of a Graduated Driving License requirement this needs to be talked about but left to an individual drivers needs and the interpretation of the law through the courts.

  • He disagrees with the concept of limiting the car engine size

The Author disagrees with the concept of limiting the car engine size because he is aware that in Italy they tried to enforce this regulation limiting new drivers to a 1600 cc car but Fiat came out with a car that had extra gears t give it the same performance as a 2000 cc car there by still creating a problem of drivers driving cars to fast or at speed that were not safe for the conditions

  • He disagrees with the concept of an additional test after 2 years

The Author would question the extra need for and additional test after 2 years before allowing a full License how would a test of say 45 – 60 minutes prove that a driver is going to be a safe driver? He agrees with the idea of continued personal development and that this development is not limited to driving instructors to be able to give. The Graduated Driving Licence has many good ideas but needs to be looked at in a bigger framework. And will involve many different agencies the DVSA being only one RoSPA and IAM being other training agencies that could be involved so long as the trainers have the necessary qualifications and experience.

Introducing a Graduated Driving Licence

Graduated Driving Licence

There has been a lot of talk about developing a Graduated Driving Licence (GRADUATED DRIVING LICENCE) for young drivers. By taking the Latest Data the blog author has available which is from 2012. Taken from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) report.

Graduated Driving License

  1. Nearly a quarter of all car drivers (133 out of 542 drivers) who died in 2012 were young drivers themselves.
  2. Insurance premiums for young drivers have increased dramatically due to the high levels of catastrophic claims (claims costing over £500,000) involving inexperienced drivers. As a result the GB has seen an 18% reduction in the number of young people taking a practical driving test since 2007, which has had implications for their education and employment opportunities.
  3. The Graduated Driving Licence has proven effective in reducing collisions and casualties in the countries in which it has been implemented, such as New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
  4. Numerous insurers (through the ABI) have supported the idea of Graduated Driving License, claiming that it would allow for more affordable insurance premiums with possible reductions of 10-15%.
  5. Improved training, testing and wider use of telematics (black boxes) could supplement Graduated Driving Licence but are not adequate alternatives.
  6. The introduction of the Graduated Driving License would provide casualty reductions within the UK, allowing for young drivers to obtain their initial experience of driving in lower risk scenarios, which would benefit younger drivers, their passengers and all other drivers within GB

Taking some of these facts from the PACTS Report. There has not been any discernible change in the number of accidents over the last 10 years no matter what the Government has tried to do to improve road safety. Maybe this is because the majority of young people passing the test are only concerned in passing the test at the cheapest cost to them and most of the instructors have been forced to comply with this market demand to make a living

Secondly because of the increase in the numbers of drivers having accidents and other financial considerations Insurance Companies are increasing the cost of Insurance a result. As a result there has been a reduction of the number of students taking the test up to 18% drop since 2007.

The Concept of Graduated Driving License has been seen to work in such as New Zealand, Australia and Canada and the Insurance companies in this county have said by introducing this scheme they feel they could reduce insurance costs by 10 – 15%. They are now also advocating the use of telematics (black boxes) to also reduce the insurance costs

The blog author feels it would be fair by taking this information about the Graduated Driving Licence. To consider extra training during the initial training for the driving test and after the driving test is needed to improve student’s safety record. Also he considers that the current qualification that the Standard Driving Instructor has is insufficient to be able to deliver this level of training.

Now to look at what Brake the road safety charity has to say about this topic.

Graduated Driving License

The reasons younger drivers are such a high risk on our roads include:

Lack of experience

Over-confident and risky driving

Hazard perception – young drivers tend to over-estimate their ability to avoid hazards.

Peer pressure – the crash rate among young drivers is greatly increased when passengers are in the car. US research has shown that, among 16-19 year-olds, the crash rate is five times higher when there are two or more passengers in the car than a driver alone.

Novice drivers: 

1)      Drivers should hold a ‘novice’ licence for a recommended two years after passing a practical driving test.

2)      Novice drivers should be allowed to drive unsupervised, but there should be certain restrictions on their driving, including:

a)      Novice drivers should only carry passengers who are younger than 25 under supervision. Parents who are novice drivers and need to carry their own children should be exempted.

b)      Novice drivers should not be permitted to drive at night, for the recommended period of 11pm-6am, unless supervised or travelling directly from home to work or school.

c)       Novice drivers should have a zero tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml blood.

d)      Novice drivers should not drive on motorways.

3)      Novice drivers should be restricted in the size of engine they can drive.

4)      Any driving offences, or failure to comply with the restrictions on ‘novice’ drivers during this period, should result in automatic disqualification.

5)      Novice drivers should be required to take a further 10 hours of professional tuition, during which they must drive on motorways and at night.

6)      Novice drivers should be required to pass a second driving test at the end of the two year period to help ensure safe driving on all types of roads.

Education and awareness:

Road safety should be a compulsory part of the national curriculum in schools and should teach young people about the risks they face as a novice driver or young passenger, and how to minimise these risks.

The government should conduct widespread information campaigns to support the introduction of a new regime of driver licensing and to promote safer driving among young people.

Night time driving

Young drivers are at greater risk of crashing at night. This is primarily due to the additional risks that young drivers take at this time of the day when driving for recreational purposes. Research by University College London found that in the UK, young male drivers aged 17-20 are seven times more at risk than all male drivers, but between the hours of 2am and 5am their risk is 17 times higher. This is why restrictions on night-time driving are vital to tackling young driver crashes. However, as research shows that recreational driving is the problem, journeys to and from home and work or school could be treated as exceptions, which would prevent unfair restrictions on young people who live in rural areas and therefore have less access to public transport.


Young drivers are more likely to crash if they have their peers in the car with them. Research shows that peer pressure can encourage bad driving and result in drivers ‘showing off’ to their passengers, as well as causing distraction. With two or more passengers, the fatal crash risk for 16-19 year-old drivers is more than five times what it is when driving alone. This is why restrictions on passengers for novice drivers would help to keep young drivers and passengers safe on the roads.

Drink driving

Alcohol is a prevalent risk factor for young drivers. Young drivers are twice as likely to be recorded as impaired by alcohol after crashing than older drivers and they have more drink drive crashes per licence holder or per mile travelled than any other age group. Taking a zero tolerance stance on drink driving means there are no excuses and no confusion; it’s none for the road.

Other data from the UK shows that:

  • An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old
  • One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test
  • Young male drivers have much higher crash rates than young female drivers.
  • Young male drivers aged 17-20 are seven times more at risk than all male drivers – but between the hours of 2am and 5am their risk is 17 times higher.

Risk taking

Young drivers are more likely to take a number of the deadliest risks on our roads, including speeding, overtaking blind, driving on drugs, and not belting up. Young drivers, and especially young men, are more likely to seek thrills from driving fast and cornering at high speed than older drivers.

Drivers under 25 have the highest incidence of failing a breath test after a crash and in roadside checks. In a 2012 month-long enforcement campaign, 5.27% of under-25s stopped by police failed or refused a breath test compared to 3.39% of driver’s age 25+. Any amount of alcohol can affect a person’s ability to drive safely as alcohol impairs reaction times and affects the ability to judge speed and distances accurately. Alcohol or drugs combined with a lack of experience on roads is a particularly dangerous combination.

Young drivers and passengers are less likely to always belt up, and may feel under peer pressure to not belt up when in a car with friends. US research showed seatbelt use decreases among young drivers when increasing numbers of passengers are present and is lowest with passengers aged 20-29. Of young people killed on roads, only one-third of young drivers and one-fifth of young passengers were belted up.

Post copied from http://12drive.co.uk/introducing-graduated-driving-license/

These are the facts taken from two of the leading Government Agencies. A comment on this Blog has been made by the Author that the Driving Instructor training system is not good enough to provide this extra training for the Graduated Driving License. On the next blog he will explain why he feels that this is the case.

Theory and Practical Test Changes from 7th April 2014

Theory and Practical Test Changes from 7th April 2014

 Theory and Practical Test Changes

As from 7th April 2014 it will no longer be possible to take the Theory or Practical driving test in a language other than English, Welsh or British Sign Language.

Before this date you could have taken the test in any one of 19 different languages.

How, each test must be done in English, Welsh or, if deaf, using the British Sign Language. From 7th April 2014 you will NOT be allowed to take a translator with you.

In 2012 over 60,000 driving test candidates took translators with them. There was a major concern that some translators were actually assisting the candidates and not simply translating the examiner’s instructions. Over 1,000 driving licences have been revoked due to fraud or the candidate receiving assistance from their translator.

There is also growing evidence of fraud. Since 2009, around 1,000 driving licences have been revoked after evidence of fraud was found during the tests.

In August 2013 Allyson Ng, a Chinese translator, was jailed for 12 months by Cardiff Crown Court for telling candidates which answer to pick in the multiple choice section of the test.

The court was told that some Chinese learner drivers did not bother to study the Highway Code because they knew that Ng would feed them the answers.

Officials became suspicious because of the sheer number of Chinese candidates who asked her to translate during the theory test.” (Taken from The Telegraph newspaper)

Nine DSA approved interpreters have also been struck off for their part in such frauds.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274192/Immigrants-banned-taking-driving-tests-foreign-languages-bid-stop-cheating-boost-road-safety.html#ixzz2xkGZwDdW

Transport officials believe that other European countries do not routinely allow people to sit driving tests in foreign languages.

It is also though it necessary for drivers to be able to read English, or Welsh, road signs especially where it was necessary to be able to understand written words on a road sign.

Over 70% of people questioned believed it was right for all British driving tests to be conducted in either English or Welsh.

For more information, directly from the  Governments web site, please click on the two links below.