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Hit or miss? Our reporters face one 'L' of a challenge!

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New Book Helps Novice Drivers

Driving Test Changes are planned

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Hit or miss? Our reporters face one 'L' of a challenge!

 

Andy Hall of Felcourt Road has been a driving instructor for seven years.

 

He says a lot of problems are caused by poor driving, particularly from younger motorists. He said: "Twenty per cent of road accidents happen within 20m of a junction. Many people come up to a bend too quickly and find themselves on the other side of the road.

 

"Young and novice drivers are notorious for causing accidents".

 

Andy runs his own school, Nudrivers, based around East Grinstead, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells.

 

He has recently published a book on driving, Hazard Ahead, that helps new drivers with hazard awareness.

 

The experienced instructor took each of the nervous reporters out and tested their ability, just a few years after taking their tests.

 

Mr Hall said he thought the driving test was actually quite hard and that examiners could be "quite picky".

 

Only 42 per cent of learner drivers pass first time.

 

He said: "That's actually quite low and it's harder in certain areas. Examiners are getting very much more cautious about the driver's attitude. They're just looking at how best they stay safe on the road. If there is any concern they will look closely at their faults"

 

He also said examiners judge on eco-driving, which means that drivers should match their gears with their speed and limit their revs.

 

Common mistakes that learner drivers make, he said, are driving too slow and not using mirrors.

 

It's very easy to forget to use your mirrors. People do not check before they signal and brake. It's very important to know how close a vehicle is, " he added.

 

Giving his verdict on each of each of the reporters, Andy said: "Sam stopped at a roundabout, put his handbrake on and then went. He was a good driver but too hesitant.

 

"Jenni on her reverse manoeuvre was terribly wide, but it was mostly observation faults."

 

"Sian was a bit wide around corners."

 

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Andy Hall of Felcourt Road has been a driving instructor for seven years.

 

Young and novice drivers are notorious for causing accidents and with 60% of all accidents happening within 20 metres of a junction, much debate has centred on how to improve their skills.

 

Approved Driving Instructor, Andy Hall, is tackling this subject head on with his new book, ‘Hazard Ahead’, which uses real-life examples to instil road awareness and skills. The book was launched at the Schools Trade Fair Exhibition at the Ashford International Hotel in Ashford, Kent on 7 October 2008.

 

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New Book Helps Novice Drivers

 

User friendly and professionally compiled, "Hazard Ahead" features around 400 pictures of actual events on the roads grouped into subjects taught by driving instructors - from "Meeting Traffic" to "All Weather Driving". The book is specially designed to help the novice motorist drive defensively, identifying risks in good time and dealing with them correctly, thereby reducing accident risk.

 

 

 

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Driving test changes are planned

 

Major changes to the driving test and the driver learning process, including a star-rating system for instructors, have been proposed by the government.

 

Aimed at reducing the high accident rate among young drivers, the proposals, which will now be consulted on, could see changes in place within two to three years.

 

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Educating new drivers

 

Business and Industry Today are pleased to award Andy Hall of Nudrivers with Company of the Month. This is due to he company’s hard work and commitment to learner drivers and brilliant customer service. Nudrivers will continue to provide excellent high standards of driving lessons and provide books to help learners.

 

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