Driving Tips

Parallel Parking A Step by Step Guide

In 1994, Ontario introduced a graduated licensing system that made parallel parking a requirement to get a final “G” license. Fast forward 18 years, many drivers still avoid parallel parking like the plague. And if they do attempt it – many parallel parking attempts end after second or third attempts still without full satisfaction.

The reasons for these failures may be attributed to the fear of hitting another vehicle; a confidence issue to properly parallel park; and the embarrassment of people watching your multiple failed attempts. One bad parallel park in the eyes of family and friends can instantly make you feel like a less than average driver.

How do we do eliminate your fears and perform a flawless parallel parking? There is no scripture or exact science to it; however these simple three steps can be your guide to impress everyone.

The approach: Sometimes we want a certain spot right in-front of our destination or have trouble finding a spot, so we try to squeeze in to the impossible small spot. In those instances, we’ve failed before we began, so be sure to find a space that your vehicle can fit in. Once your spot is located, signal to indicate your intention to other road users, lower your speed to a minimum level and check the traffic from all directions.

The process: Align your car with the other parked vehicle preferably mirror to mirror. Signal and check all mirrors for on-coming traffic and for any pedestrians in your blind spots. Change gears into reverse and start turning your steering wheel to the right for a full 360 degrees and slowly move your car backwards until you can see the plate number of that parked vehicle. At this point you should be at an angle of 45 degrees in a “V” shape. When your passenger door is aligned with the rear bumper start to slowly turn the steering wheel to the left until your car is straight. If you are not straight you should still have the space to rock your vehicle forwards and back until you reach a straightened position. Put your car into park, pull up your hand brake and you are finished.

The resumption: Start your car, signal, check for traffic, lower your hand brake and put your vehicle in reverse. Reverse back to see the back tire of the parked car in your front and then put your car into drive and slowly accelerate out. Cancel your signal and keep driving. Remember, the more you practice the easier it will be and the more skilled you become. Good luck!

Do You Know About The UK Driving Test Changes?

This year has seen some important changes to the UK driving test. While some have challenged the wisdom of the changes, they are in my view, a step forward – and they are here now, so you should understand them if you are taking the test.

Independent driving

Since early October 2010, the UK Driving Test includes a section of ‘independent driving’ – about 10 minutes without direction from the examiner, in contrast to the step-by-step instructions issued during the other sections of the test, and throughout the previous test format.

In the new test, during the independent driving phase, the examiner will issue directions or instruct the candidate to follow traffic signs – or perhaps a combination of the two.

With many drivers relying on technology such as satellite navigation to find their way to their destination, the old-fashioned way of using a map and reading road signs is fast becoming out of date. Whilst for the most part sat navs are useful, it is important that new drivers remain fully alert and are able to demonstrate that they can follow signs on their own and and not rely on other people or gadgets to help them.

The Directgov site stresses that, if the candidate forgets the route or otherwise gets lost, they will not be penalised. This is because the examiner is not testing orientation and navigation skills. However, driving faults will be penalised.

Instead, the examiner will help the candidate get back on the route – indeed, if you do get lost or otherwise confused, it’s best to come clean and the examiner will help you get back on track.

Test routes and manoeuvres

Test routes are no longer published: Until early October 2010, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) published details of test routes online, but no longer. This supports the Independent Driving section of the test by not allowing candidates to drive and/or memorise the route they will be tested over.

There’s only one manoeuvre: While there were previously two manoeuvres in the test, there’s now only one. While manoeuvres are obviously an important part of driving, it seems logical that by testing just one, candidates will have more driving time on the roads, experiencing more junctions and roundabouts, which are normally the areas that a few drivers are less confident and serious accidents are more likely to happen.

Future changes

Future changes may be to scrap the Pass Plus scheme, introducing a driver attitude test, implementing a minimum learning time of 12 months to match the rest of Europe, retesting drivers every five to 10 years and motorway testing. Lowering the the drink drive limit to 20mg per 100ml for newly-qualified drivers has also been under discussion.

Defensive Driving Online Texas is Your Solution

A defensive driving online Texas course can provide the perfect solution for residents of Texas who got a ticket or who want to lower their car insurance rates. Defensive driving courses, in general, provide significant benefits to drivers in certain situations. Taking a course online can provide all of these benefits along with the added convenience of online education.

Benefits of a Defense Driving Online Texas Course

The most basic benefits of defensive driving online Texas course are similar to the benefits enjoyed by anyone who attends any type of driving safety class. One of the most important of these benefits is the ability to keep points off your license and moving violations off your driving record.

For most offenses that you receive a moving violation for, successfully completing a six-hour defensive driving course approved by the state will keep the ticket from going on your record. Since points on your license and tickets on your driving record can significantly raise your insurance rates and can even cost you your license if you get too many, avoiding these points is essential.

Can You Take Defensive Driving if You Have NOT Received a Citation?

Even those who have not gotten a ticket can benefit from a defensive driving online Texas course. Many insurance companies throughout the state of Texas provide up to a 10 percent discount on insurance premiums for drivers who take a defensive driving class. Such drivers are viewed as safer and less likely to become involved I an accident and they enjoy both the lower insurance premiums and the increased safety that goes along with learning how to drive well. Check with your auto insurance provider for details on their discount programs.

Why Take Online Classes?

While both an approved online and approved local class will give you similar benefits in terms of your insurance discount and protecting your license, the online courses offer things the local courses don’t. The biggest difference between an online defensive driving class and a local one is that you are able to set the schedule for your own education.

Texas requires that the course be six hours long in order for it to be approved and get you out of points on your license. Six hours is a long time to give up and go sit in a classroom on someone else’s schedule. With defensive driving online Texas courses, you can log into the system and out of the system whenever you want. You can set the pace of the driving course yourself and you can take the class at any time of the day you want, whether it’s 5 AM and you’ve just gotten up or 12:00 noon and you’re on your lunch hour at work.

Because you can take the classes anywhere and any time, it is much easier and much less stressful to take defensive driving online Texas courses. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a regular course, but with the added convenience of anytime access. , You’ll also use a simple computer interface and you will learn to be a better driver without ever having to set foot outside of your house if you don’t want to.