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Anything but walk in park

IT HAS become part of the Australian Grand Prix tradition.Mercedes-Benz boss Horst Von Sanden writes a very large cheque to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and, in return gets an empty, pristine grand prix circuit for one day – a motoring utopia called Albert Park. Into this place they bring 34 sporty AMG production cars worth around $7.6 million and assemble a collection of AMG owners and enthusiasts, celebrities and motoring journos. As well, they bring together 34 racing drivers, including Australian motorcycle legend Mick Doohan, to act as tutors/overseers to the drivers.

Picking a string of cars to drive in the allotted hour is like picking the finest dishes from the menu of an exclusive restaurant and my selection looks like this: for an appetiser the stately S63 with 5.5 litre, twin-turbocharged V8. For entree a red C63 station wagon powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2 litre V8 and main course is a delicious and quite rare CL 65 AMG worth a mere $519,000 (give or take). Dessert? A CLS twin-turbo V8 flown in especially for the occasion.Understand that this is serious business and not for the faint-hearted. Helmets are chosen, footwear checked, nervous visits made to the loo and then we are off, our driving instructors Birmingham barking instructions at us. Acceleration is atomic, braking brutal. Eyeballs push forward as the heavy cars are slammed from 220-230 km/h to 60-70km/h at the end of the main straight.Bodies are then pushed back into seats under huge acceleration as drivers pick up throttles midway through that corner and keep winding on the power until the next command to “Brake!-Brake!-Brake!-Turn-in, roll-onto-throttle-ease it-ease it-now full power!-Go!-Go!-Go!” is given.On a mild day in an air-conditioned car we sweat, big time. It ends as quickly as it began and the stories start to flow as we try to one-up each other with tales of bravado and speed.Me? I’m just happy that I went fast and stayed away from the walls. You see, no one remembers the quick guys, but they never forget the bloke who manages to bash or bury a half-million dollar car on a special day in Melbourne. 

The Driving Test in Australia

Driving test standards vary the World over. In a European context the Driving Test in Australia, while improving and continuing to evolve has a long way to go before it reaches Premier League status.

One of the biggest problems with the Irish Driving Test is that there is currently no stipulation regarding the necessary level of tuition to be taken before sitting the Driving Test. In most European Countries there is a mandatory tuition requirement before being allowed to sit the Test.

Since anyone with a Provisional License in Sunshine coast may apply for and sit the Driving Test, the large numbers of applicants that are totally and hopelessly unprepared for the Driving Test has lead to an ever lengthening waiting list .This waiting list is now approximately one year in most Test Centres and despite efforts by the Ministry for Transport it is unlikely to be reduced in the next couple of years.

Why so? Well the increasing level of immigration from all corners of the Globe but primarily from within the Australia, means that the list just continues to grow and since the number of Driving Test Examiners is not growing to meet the demand the waiting list gets longer by the day.

Candidates that have not bothered to find out what is required to pass the Irish Driving Test continue to turn up in droves at every Test Centre every day of the week. Also many candidates with an appointment just fail to turn up at all! This of course means that the list keeps on growing and the frustration level amongst genuine candidates with a pressing need for a full license has reached breaking point.

There is a growing world wide acceptance that a certain level of mandatory driving lessons in Coventry and supervised driving is the only way to reduce the horrendous level of young driver fatalities and that by imposing such restrictions on Learner Drivers the message will eventually get through that the process of learning to drive is a serious one that requires a serious approach and a lot of hard work.

As a final comment on this explosive subject it is worth mentioning that the standards in Germany are ones to be applauded where a learner Driver has to complete fifty hours of Tuition , both Theoretical and Practical before being allowed to sit a Driving Test. In addition it must be pointed out that the Driving Test is only the beginning and not the end of the learning process. Most professional Driving Instructors will go way beyond the scope of the Driving Test in their Blacktown driving lessons with learner drivers and will attempt to pass on decades of experience which has been learnt the hard way. In Australia we have a very specific set of road, weather and driver demographics that require in depth study if one is to remain safe and accident free!

Driving Test Centre Routes

Driving Test Centre routes do vary considerably around the country. In general the distances covered will be uniform approximately six miles but the experience can be very different. Let us look at the differences and then examine whether or not you should contemplate booking a Test at a Test Centre further afield that appears to give you a better chance of passing first time.(It Won’t!)

Firstly let’s get the main stumbling block to passing a Driving Test out of the way. The overriding factor in the poor first time and subsequent Driving Test pass rates is lack of preparation. You have to have built up a fairly high standard of driving competence before you commence your Driving Test preparation. It’s no good trying to learn the basics two or three weeks from your Test appointment because it will take all the effort and time you can muster to cover all the Driving Test preparation activities. These would include getting to know the area where your test will take place and covering every road and junction in the vicinity at different times. Reversing manoeuvres poorly carried out lose many candidates valuable marks and so should be practised until you can do them in your sleep!

WoodView Test Centre . Limerick. It’s a Busy Car Park.

The Driving Test Centre routes are not available to download or to buy in text form so there is only one way to get a detailed knowledge of your local Test routes and the particularly difficult hot spots and that is by taking some instruction from a qualified Driving Instructor who already knows all (or almost all) of the variances in the Test routes.  Particular Hot spots that can and do cause great difficulty to Learner Drivers on their Driving Test need to be practised thoroughly so that you get a good idea of what to expect and don’t get caught out or tripped up. Being prepared is the best way to ensure a Driving Test pass. This takes time; effort and outlay.

Hot spots badly handled will lead to failure on the Driving Test even if you regard yourself as a moderately competent Driver. Feedback from Pupils that have taken their Driving Test is the method by which Instructors learn about the Driving Test Centre Routes. Driving Instructors do not follow candidates on their Driving Tests but they do keep their eyes open in order to recognise Driving Examiners that are obviously undertaking Tests.

There are notices posted in the waiting rooms of Driving Test Centres requesting driving school coventry not to be practising on Driving Test Centre routes during normal business hours. While this is an admirable attempt at leaving Test routes free of drivers who are practising so that Test candidates are not distracted, it is not really possible to avoid being on Driving Test Routes during the day. It is a free country after all and not every Learner Driver can take lessons at night after the Test Centres are closed. In any event, Test preparation should be carried out in daylight because this will replicate the Driving Test situation more accurately.

Castlemungret Test Centre Limerick.

A Custom built Centre handling MotorBike and Truck Tests for the whole Region. Despite the Sign, Learner Drivers continue to ignore the instructions and make life difficult for Test candidates by driving through the Gate and practising! We often have to point this out to Learner Drivers. Completely ignoring requests and being totally ignorant of the whole system shows why the Driving Test results are poor for many Candidates. If you can’t be bothered to park your car away from the main activities and investigate on foot you don’t deserve to be even sitting the Driving Test!

In small Towns there may not be much of a choice of suitable Driving Test Routes but having said this, with the growth of the economy and the increase in Traffic on Irish roads over the last five years it is still a formidable obstacle to gain a first time pass in a smaller location.  Small towns quite often have just one basic Test Centre route with a few minor variations. This does not mean that the Test is any easier to pass in a smaller urban locality; in fact unless you are practising regularly in your chosen location, booking a Driving Test in an out of the way location is likely to give you some nasty surprises.

Traffic intensity varies with the day of the week and the season and of course the time of day. In a Provincial City such as Limerick or Galway the traffic is likely to be heaviest on a Friday after lunch and into the evening as Truck Drivers, Company Representatives or Executives head home for the weekend. Heavy Truck traffic is the norm on Friday after lunch and if your Test is scheduled for this day of the week you will need to spend extra time during these periods to both practise and to take Tuition. Heavy Traffic means extra lunatic drivers to have to cope with.

A Driving Examiner is not the slightest bit interested in excuses because someone else behaved badly on the road. You need to be learning about the levels of competence of other drivers and how to recognise them and then how to expect serious mistakes and errors and to be able to deal with them adequately. This is the real world and this is what you are being Tested upon.

Going into a Driving Test having mastered every basic and some advanced skills is an absolute essential if you are going to Pass first time. With your in-car skills finely tuned such as correct gear; correct speed; correct distance; correct steering wheel position; correct use of brakes, you will be able to focus on the real world around you, way beyond the vehicle in front or immediately behind you.

The difference between a test route in a small town and those in larger towns or cities will be primarily volume of traffic. However in smaller rural locations there will be the ever present elderly driver who lives out of town and only ventures in occasionally. These drivers are usually totally unused to today’s traffic volume and still attempt to double park outside their destinations causing huge disruptions. They are also likely to be very indecisive and pottering along looking for somewhere to park. In addition you will have the latest clutch of younger Drivers who have never taken any lessons and you need to be on the look out for these as well.  They can be recognised by generally driving older cars. Any sign of indecision from a driver in front of you (or behind for that matter) indicates a seriously suspect and inexperienced Driver. These require careful scrutiny as many have never taken a Driving Test and do not have the skills required for driving in today’s climate. You will meet these on your Driving Test and will need to deal with them competently.

In the Capital City there are numerous Driving Test Centres usually on the outskirts of the City Suburbs. Traffic is likely to be fairly constant at all these Test Centres so really the time of day and day of the week are the prime considerations here. As a candidate you don’t have any say in the day of the week of your proposed Test so get some insider secrets from a qualified female driving instructor Melbourne and LISTEN to what she or he says .Then carry out your own practise and Driving Test preparation.

CastleMungret Test Centre. One car just back from Test(ours) Two candidates waiting to go out on Test. Note the two different parking techniques:-

We don’t recommend surfing through the Test Centre details on the Government web site looking for quieter locations or those with a shorter waiting list. You will not have the time to be venturing across the country to practise, unless it happens to coincide with your summer holidays. You will also be encountering those drivers that we mentioned in an earlier paragraph. Believe me the Devil you know beats the Devil you don’t. Get used to your own locality and Practise- Practise- Practise.

Careless Driving- Try To Enjoy A Safe Ride

Careless driving let us down to discuss the notice of intended prosecution (NIP). The release of a NIP is in agreement with the traffic act of 1988 and requires registered keepers of the automobile to recognize who was lashing the vehicle at the time when offence took place. If you are driving without due care and attention, it can lead to death as well. You cannot drive your vehicles like anything; otherwise, you have to face serious consequences for the same. The hit and run accidents can even lead to the death of human beings. According to the concerned department of transport it has been figured out that approximately 3 percent were caused by hit and dash drivers. Therefore, any type of affluent trial is going to pivot on exact proof of who was driving. According to the act, if the keeper of the vehicle cannot remember who was in fact driving the vehicle at the time of offence, then he is also liable to prosecution.  In such particular cases you need to get a competent and specialist driving offence solicitor who can serve your purpose well. The best you can do to prevent such situation from occurring is undergo professional driving classes in Liverpool.

However, a common misconception that needs to be pointed out by the community is that NIPs are simply issued for speeding offences and in meticulous cases of camera fines. Reckless driving should be avoided to take care of lives around us. Careless driving includes many aspects. Under this, you can also include dangerous driving along with mobile phone offences. Careless driving sometimes also includes breaking the rules of traffic light offences and speeding on the top priority list especially if you are considering of the youth population. The list of careless driving is by no means exhaustive and highlights the wide varieties of offences on a whole. Hence, it can cover wide range of intended prosecution. You need to be very honest in case of hit and run accidents that results in serious injury or even death in many of the cases. Even the driving lessons in Adelaide or anywhere else advise you to be honest in such a situation.

Driving Lessons : Learn To Drive Safe

For those who belong to any of the areas of Australia  learning driving has become a very simple task. The reason behind this is that there are number of driving schools and certified driving trainers available to serve you with the needful. No matter you are looking for driving lessons in mill park or you need Bunbury driving lessons, you will get the best of it on reasonable prices. There are the skilled and qualified driving instructors who help you becoming an expert in driving without making any mistakes. Once you learn to run your car on the road with all the traffic rules and the knowledge of basic driving principles then you will be able to enjoy the ride in your personal vehicle without any hassle or hesitation.

Though people can learn driving from their friends of peers and in that they do not need to pay any sort of price but the only concern is that no one can teach you the way certified and qualified trainers can. This is the reason that in the field of opting for driving lessons sydney has a top rank. The same goes with the tendency of people selecting the option of driving lessons in worthing. This is because once you learn all the basic of driving you drive safe not only for you but for the other people on the road. This is the main reason behind naming the practiced driving as smart way.

The good thing about the modern driving teaching techniques is that there are number of automatic driving options are available for those who want to learn by themselves and need the right guidance.  In the area of modern and high tech automatic driving lessons and worthing have their special name, as there are number of high tech automatic driving training solutions are offered to the users.