Did you know that alcohol consumption in Britain increases by 40% during the month of December? It is a dangerous time of year for drivers on Britain’s roads over the festive holiday period. Tragically, one in six deaths on UK roads are as a result of drink drivers who are over the legal limit for alcohol consumption.
Interestingly, nearly one in six convicted drink drivers are actually caught the morning after the night before when they thought that they might be fine to drive, but were not. 19% of drivers admit to driving the morning after a night of heavy drinking and 6% of drivers are doing this monthly or more.
If you are one of the many people out and about in the UK this Christmas, think before you accept a drive from someone who has been drinking. What is a particularly worrying statistic is that 63% of people would be willing to get a lift with a designated driver who had been drinking alcohol in certain circumstances. Equally worrying is that 30% of people would put themselves at risk by getting a lift with someone who had two drinks or more, providing they ‘seemed safe’.
Have a look at this infographic created by CR Allen & Sons for more information and be safe, not sorry, this Christmas.
It is well known that the prices of driving lessons have increased over the years, and this is down to the general cost to the driving instructors for running their business, ie fuel, franchises and car costs, aswell as the cost for a driving instructor to qualify as they are professionals who have had to pass rigorous exams.
We have all looked at driving schools and thought "wow thats expensive, i shall go with a cheaper company" only to find that cheaper is not always better as you get what you pay for. Always go by reviews on independent sites like http://www.freeindex.co.uk/profile(lendrums-driving-school)_276423.htm where you can check out reviews for any business in any part of the UK.
Most people want to be helpful and try to teach their loved ones, which can sometimes be useful, however have you ever tried to do this, and found you have fallen out with the person you have been trying to teach as things get heated in the car. Have you ever asked yourself WHY this is ? The main reason is because your not trained to be a driving instructor and are teaching what you know, ie Slow Down, Change Gear, Stop at the junction, Dont get so close to parked cars do these sound familiar ? the only part that is wrong here is you have not told the person WHY or HOW to correct, as they do not know they are doing these faults, and this is why people fall out.
Driving Instructors have been highly trained in What, When, Why, Where and HOW to do these things and also how to break everything down into small pieces, and they are upto date on modern techniques. How many of you have told the person your helping to indicate to go around cyclists, parked cars, and buses because you were taught that way ? well that does not get taught anymore since about 15 years ago, as an indication can give a false indication to others, and the road position gives clear indication to others from behind and approaching. There are lots of changes.
How many of you have picked up the most recent HIGHWAY CODE since passing your test ? I can hear you groaning and mumbling to yourself that you haven't, well if your going to help loved ones you need to know what your talking about for their safety.
The person your trying or considering helping is precious to you, well if thats the case then you should leave to the professionals. By all means help with private practice, but why not do this as a team effort and talk to the instructor so you know how you can help and also how to help the instructor, this will reduce time in lessons but ensuring quality driving practices.
Learning to drive is an investment and needs to be done properly.
Having the ability to get behind a wheel and drive from A to B is a privilege. What also needs to be remembered is that it is also a responsibility as you are in charge of a fully moveable vehicle which has the capability to injure yourself and other people if not used and operated correctly.
That is why here in the UK we have controls in place whereby people have to apply for a licence, pass a test and so on. Driving lessons are also vital in instilling good habits and awareness from the very outset.
Drivers need to build skills up such as awareness and specific rules of the road in order to become a good driver. Of course practice makes perfect but being aware is something that a driver can never lose sight of.
This infographic from FA Wheels in the UK covers some interesting facts about driving tests here in the UK but also what is the state of play worldwide. Some of the facts about attaining a licence around the world are sure to shock...check it out below!