Tips For Driving Safely

When you’re out driving your car driving safely should always be your top priority. In the modern day of varied technology we can become more distracted than ever, so it’s extremely important to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every single time you hop in the car. Here are some safe driving tips:

Some Top Tips for Driving Safely

Focus on driving – Nothing else!

  • Focus 100% of your attention on driving at all times, have your passengers deal with anything that may need doing within the car.
  • Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
  • Keep to the speed limit. Speeding gives you less time to react, decreases braking time, and increases the severity of an accident.

Defensive Driving

  • Try to be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and what they may do next – expect the unexpected.
  • Assume that other motorists could do something out of the ordinary, and always be prepared to avoid it if it happens.
  • Always keep a 2-second gap between you and the car in front of you.
  • If the weather is wet or foggy, increase that gap to 4 seconds.

Always Plan Ahead when Travelling Long Distances so Nothing is done on the Move!

  • When planning your trip, schedule time to stop for food, phone calls, rest breaks, or other business.
  • Ensure your seat is adjusted to your liking, as well as your mirrors and climate controls before setting off on your journey.
  • Stop to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes, and will keep you more alert.

Practice and Think Safety

  • Secure any goods and luggage that may move around while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Never attempt to retrieve items that fall on the floor.
  • Always keep handy items needed within simple reach
  • Never drive without your seat belt safely secured and NEVER drink then drive!

 

We hope you continue to practice driving safely at all times. If you ever need a refresher lesson or feel you would like to have some defensive driving lessons, we would love to hear from you.

Give us a call to see how we can help.

When you or your loved one needs an Older Driver Assessment

old-driver-assesor the traffic, the hazards, the concentration. It can all feel quite overwhelming for some.

Having to limit where we drive, or even worse, losing all our ability to drive, can mean losing more than just the transportation. It can mean losing our independence. So what happens when you turn 75?

In NSW drivers are required to have an annual medical examination to retain their license once they reach 75. Two months before your birthday you will receive a form in which your doctor must complete. If you doctor still deems you medically fit to drive, the form can be handed in to your local RMS. If your doctor has some concerns with your ability to drive safely they may either refer you to another doctor for a second opinion and then to an Older Driver Assessor for a detailed medical assessment and practical driving test.

Once you turn 85 and every two years after, you must choose whether you surrender your driver’s license or choose to switch to a modified license. If you opt to keep your unrestricted license you are required to complete a practical driving test or assessment to maintain your existing license.

If you decide to choose to switch to a modified license this means that some negotiations need to be made between yourself and RMS in regards to the restrictions that may be put on your license. For example a “Home to Town” condition could be put in place. Or you may choose that you no longer drive after dark.

So if you are sent for a Driving Assessment what happens? Well, a driving assessment is carried out by a licensed driving instructor who holds the Older Driver Assessor qualification. Assessments are usually conducted from your home and on the local streets you drive every day. As long as you don’t perform a serious fail during your assessment, based on RMS standards, you can have as many assessments as you like. What is a serious fail? A serious fail may be recorded when your driving behaviours pose a danger to yourself and other road users.

Driving assessments should be completed prior to turning 85 years old and then every two years after that. At P-School, we are a licensed Older Driver Assessor. When choosing us to perform your assessments you know that you or your loved one is in great hands as all our instructors are calm, patient and empathetic to the senior community.

Preparing for your P’s Test

driving-testThat time is drawing near! You have clocked up all your driver-training hours. Your log-book has filled to the brim. Your driving instructor is getting confident in your abilities as a safe driver – It’s time to book in your P-Plate driving test!

But what are some practical tips for the driver who is getting ready to participate in that nerve wracking practical driving exam?

Firstly, make sure you have practiced in ALL weather conditions – If you have avoided practice driving in the rain – then how will you feel confidently prepared if the weather is bad during your practical driving test?

Whenever you are in the car as a passenger before your test, imagine that you are the driver. Look for all obstacles, pedestrians and other potential hazards. See and imagine what happens at each intersection you come to. Watch what your driver is doing. See how confident they are in their abilities and know that soon enough you will feel that too.

Arrive a little early to your test. Look around and get a feel for the location. If possible have your driving instructor take you for some practice lessons in the testing area.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! Don’t take any risks during your test. ALWAYS ensure there is a safe gap at intersections, that you have checked all mirrors and blind spots, and coming to a complete halt at Stop signs IS A MUST.

Ensure you eat well on testing day. Not eating well can affect your concentration and alertness. Meaning you can feel faint and your reaction time could be poor in the case of a potential hazard or making judgements at intersections.

Be polite to your Testing Officer. Be calm and pleasantly confident, but don’t come across too cocky and carefree. Instead, point out potential hazards as you see them. They will appreciate that you are acting as observant and careful driver.

And finally… try your absolute best to RELAX on the day. Yes it is stressful, but you are more likely to make mistakes if you are panicked. The Testing Officers are human too, they understand how you feel, and have been there and done it themselves once upon a time!

Driving School in North Sydney

 

Learning to drive can be a stressful, tough process. This is why you need a driving school that will take the time to teach you the right way, not just the fast way. P-School takes the time to understand your requirements and tailor the ideal package to suit your experience and ability. Some learner drivers need more support than others and regardless of what you need, we can provide it. Our team includes instructors who pride themselves on their patient approach to lessons, ensuring you are comfortable and relaxed at all times. We have found that when a student is calm and relaxed, they are better able to absorb the instructions of our teachers and remain in control at the wheel.

Our driving school creates safe confident graduates

We don’t simply teach people to drive. While the technical aspects of controlling a car are important, and understanding the road rules vital to being a good driver, they aren’t the entire package. We work with our students to provide a more holistic approach, focussing on the fundamentals as well as the concept of road etiquette. We think it is important to produce courteous and conscience drivers who treat driving and other road users with respect and care at all times. Our aim is to produce graduates who add to the safety of our roads, not simply get their licences.

Experience and expertise delivering driving lessons throughout North Sydney

Each instructor employed by P-School has many years of experience, teaching people of every background how to drive. They are all highly qualified and have valid police checks. We are committed to the safety of our students and take pride in customer satisfaction. Whether you are confident behind the wheel already, or need to start from the very beginning, we can cater to your needs.

Get in touch and discover more today

For further information about our school, get in touch with our team today. We will be happy to discuss your requirement and devise the ideal lesson plan to suit your needs. Pick up the phone and call us on 0439 410 060 to speak with our team. We can answer your questions and queries to ensure you are choosing the right North Sydney driving school for you. Alternatively, fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Manual Cars for Learner Drivers Make Sense

Buying a car can be an exciting but frustrating experience. This is especially true when it’s time for a teenager to learn to drive. Many parents are hesitant to allow their children to practice on the family cars. They prefer to buy a second-hand model for such purposes. This is also a way of ensuring that the new car owners will take special care of their own vehicle.

The dilemma then arises—should we buy an automatic or a manual car for our child? The popular response is a no-brainer. “Please dad, I would love to drive an automatic car. All my friends have them.”

Before rushing out to please your children, remember that they will more than likely be operating their chosen car when taking a driving test. No problem, except that if an automatic transmission car is used for the test, the driver will only receive a licence for an automatic vehicle. There sits the challenge!

This could be bad news if the driver should decide one day to drive a car with a manual transmission. This is not allowed. The driver must undergo another test at a manual driving school. This situation could have been avoided in the first place by taking a driving test with a manual car. In other words, if learner drivers take a driving test in an automatic car and pass the test, they will only be issued with a licence that allows them to drive an automatic car.

Many drivers might go through life only driving an automatic vehicle. However, there might be occasions when they are asked to be a dedicated driver for a friend after a special occasion. That is fine, but only if the car is automatic. Adult children could be asked to drive their parents’ manual cars sometimes. Again, there will be a problem if they only have a driving licence for automatic vehicles.

In future, when buying a car for a learner driver bear in mind that some day he or she might want to get behind the wheel of another car that might turn out to be manually operated.

What is the difference between an automatic and a manual vehicle? When considering a first car there are some issues to consider. Generally, manual vehicles are somewhat less expensive than their automatic counterparts. At the same time, manual transmission cars don’t use as much fuel. They also give the driver better control. On the other hand, automatic cars are easier to drive.

The upkeep of manual cars is not as expensive. Mechanics confirm that automatic gear boxes are more challenging and therefore servicing can sometimes be expensive.

Perhaps when making an appointment with a driving school, it would be wise to ask a professional opinion on whether or not your child should learn to drive with a manual or automatic transmission vehicle.

It is well worth remembering that after a manual car has served its purpose and your child has finally passed the P1 and P2 driving tests, an automatic transmission car could be the next step.

Passing the Big Test, D Day for Driving License!

Phew! So you have made it through your 100 hours driving on your learner license. You have perfected your hill starts, three point turns and reverse parallel parks while in your driving lessons, not to mention keeping track of all those kilometres and times in your log book. Your trusted driving instructor has declared you are ready and you have made the date for your first driver qualification test. What else can you do to prepare yourself for the big day AND pass the test first go?

Leading up to the day, visualise yourself in the test situation. Visualisation is a powerful technique used by successful people in business and sport to help them prepare for something important. Going for your driving examination will be one of the experiences you remember the rest of your life because we have so much excitement and emotion attached to it. So why not give yourself the extra edge that will get you over the line, safely of course! Think the ol’ “imagine them in their underwear” tip but with better results and minus the uncontrollable giggling.

Your emotions can play a big part in how you will perform in the moment and being able to relax while remaining alert is key to a great performance. If you are someone who tends to get very anxious then visualisation with relaxation will be of huge benefit. Take some time to sit and close your eyes, if it helps you then play some music that helps you feel calm and focussed. See the car, see the dashboard, imagine the feeling of your hands on the steering wheel and your feet at the pedals. What about the examiner? Imagine the stranger in the passenger seat watching you like a guardian angel. It may sound silly but when you imagine this person in a positive light, someone who really has your best driving safety interests at heart then it will help you immensely. Continue to visualise driving, see yourself calmly negotiating the traffic, seeing every road sign and confidently handling the car through each requested manoeuvre your angel asks you to complete.

Now see yourself happily pulling back into your final park and hearing the examiner congratulate you on a job well done and telling you that you passed. Feel how great it is having your provisional license handed to you. Your new freedom awaits.

Finding the Right Person to Teach You To Drive

When it comes to choosing who you are going to learn to drive with, choosing the right one out of all the available driving instructors can make all the difference.

Learning to drive is an experience you will remember all your life, not just how to drive but who taught you to drive. You will remember it whether the experience was good or bad.

Your connection with your teacher is going to make an impression that lasts, and can make the difference to whether or not you pass your test first time, or later after some attempts. Choosing your instructor based on price is an important consideration, however cheaper is not always cheaper in the long run if you don’t pass your driving test first time. Your instructors ability to connect with you and cater to your individual learning needs will make you a better, more skilled driver.

A good driving instructor is going to be able to help you to not only drive a car but to feel confident and ready when it comes time to take your driving exam. Even the most confident student will still experience some nerves when it comes to the exam. Effective preparation is not just about operating the car and performing the required tasks but also about handling yourself on the road in traffic. Our roads are becoming more and more congested, so it is very important to have a skilled, friendly, relaxed instructor who will help you to feel emotionally confident in every situation as well as handling the added pressure, when it comes time, of an examiner critiquing your every manoeuvre.

Driving lessons and any busy metro area are great when you are learning with someone who can help you to overcome your fears and become a confident provisional driver who is ready for the responsibility of driving without supervision. This may not just be young new drivers, some people may be updating skills, or perhaps you have had your learners for a long time and never quite been ready for the next step. Some people may want to extend their skills to driving a manual car after years on an automatic license. You may even consider the sex of your instructor to be important to helping you feel at ease.

Look for someone who has great testimonials from happy successful students. A reputable school will be accredited by the government and be able to tell you their first time pass rate. Most can offer packages that suit your budget.

Drive Right the First Time

Getting your driver’s licence is important if you want to be an independent adult. Let’s face it, life is a lot easier when you can drive. Getting the licence will require some dedication on your part but is well worth it in the end. Most of us are given our first lessons by our parents but this is not necessarily the best way to learn.

P-school will not only teach you good habits but will keep the peace in the home as well.

A good drivers school starts to teach you safe driving from your very first lesson. Lessons begin by teaching you the rules of the road and also what the various road signs and markings mean. A school will provide a qualified instructor who will be able to gauge when you are really ready to take a crack at getting your licence.

A qualified instructor will also vary the conditions that you drive in so that you can learn to develop a wide range of skills. You really only learn to drive properly by gaining experience. It can be scary to drive at night or in rainy weather but under these conditions it will make you more balanced as a driver. It is better to attack these situations with a qualified driving instructor in the car with you.

You are also going to need plenty of practise learning basic skills like parallel parking, reversing, etc. Initially these are difficult to come to grips with but, once you have practised them, they become almost like second nature to you. If you want to be a good driver when you eventually get your licence, you are going to need some professional guidance.

The right school will instil you with the confidence that you need in order to be able to ace your test. It will also help you to develop confidence as a driver – after all, when controlling a vehicle you must keep on your guard at all times and monitor different situations at once. It can be hard to concentrate properly when driving so being able to do things like change gears, etc. automatically without having to think about it is a necessity.

There are certainly costs involved in having professional lessons and you are going to have to budget for quite a few classes but, at the end of the day, it will be worthwhile. A professional instructor is a good way to start your driving experience on a good foot.

The Process for Acquiring an Australian Drivers Licence

Whether you are seventeen or forty-seven, it’s never too late to get a driving licence. Without a licence, people’s lives can be hampered considerably. However, this is easily rectified by attending lessons for professional instruction.

From the age of 16, a teenager can apply for a learner licence. Young adults who are seventeen years old and older are allowed to take a test providing they have kept a log book and they have chalked up 120 hours of driving. This must also include at least 20 hours of driving at night and that they have had a learner’s licence for a minimum of twelve months. However, learner drivers who are over 25 years old are excused from keeping a log book. They are also not required to have had a learner licence for a year.

Many people are not sure what the difference is between a Learner Licence, a P1 Licence and a P2 licence. In a nutshell, a learner licence is issued after an electronic test has been successfully completed and passed. This is known as a Driver Knowledge Test or DKT. It evaluates how well a candidate knows the rules of the road and other issues relating to road safety. There are 45 random questions that are spread over a broad spectrum of information, road safety awareness and traffic sign knowledge.

The computer test immediately informs whether or not the test has been successfully passed or failed. Candidates who carefully study the relative handbooks of road rules will find that it isn’t necessary to feel anxious about this first step. After a successful result a learner’s licence is issued and a yellow L Plate must now be displayed on the outside of car whenever a learner driver is at the wheel.

Learner drivers should be aware that they can be issued with demerit points. Speeding is a ‘no-no’, as a learner driver is given at least four demerit points for this offence and the licence is suspended. After three months, the learner driver can re-apply for a new learner’s licence. This is just one of the rules that are strictly enforced in order to promote safety.

A P1 (P stands for Provisional) licence is issued after a learner has held a learner’s licence for at least twelve months and all the necessary regulations have been followed. At this stage, a Provisional driver is allowed to drive without an experienced licence holder being present there is a restriction of 90 km per hour. The red P1 Plate must be displayed on the outside of a car. This licence is held for at least a year before the next phase.

The P2 phase is attained after another year and after the satisfactory completion of an electronic hazard perception test. The P2 Plate is green and, again, must be displayed on the exterior of a car. At this stage, a driver is not allowed to drive over 100 km per hour. The P2 licence must be held for at least two years. Thereafter, one can apply to become a full licence holder. There are many other rules and regulations that need to be studied in order to comply with government requirement.

Although tests preparation appears to be very involved and complicated. It’s not really. Just take it one step at a time and get in some good driving practice with a professional driving school, if possible.