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Tiger Crossings

If you're driving around Bournemouth, then look out for their first parallel crossing, which gives cyclists and pedestrians equal priority when crossing the road.

First introduced in London, the "Tiger Crossing" has now been brought to Bournemouth, with plans to create another one in the town next month.

The crossing, which comprises a standard zebra crossing with a separate parallel strip for cyclists, has been installed in Poole Lane, near LeAF academy.

Linking a well-used footway and cycle path, it also features ramps to force traffic to slow down around the area.

Tiger crossings are a variation of crossings used in Hong Kong where they were painted yellow and black - hence the name!


Dark Winter Nights - Volvo Life Paint

With the dark winter nights here, Volvo have come up with a unique product to improve visibility for those driving at night.

They have developed “Life Paint” which is being promoted to cyclists.  It is available from Volvo car dealers, and simply sprays on their bike and clothing. The spray is invisible in daylight, until car headlights shine on it making the Life Paint light up bright white. 

The best way to survive a crash, is not to crash.

Volvo Life Paint

Big Learner Relay 2015

On Sunday 8th November my pupil Tom and myself joined instructors and their pupils at Manchester City FC, and joined in The Big Learner Relay convoy to Manchester United FC.  It was fantastic to see so many faces all supporting BBC’s Children In Need.


On the next day Monday 9th November my pupil Molly and myself led a convoy of instructors and their pupils from Northwich, via Knutsford, to Macclesfield.  We were very lucky keeping the convoy intact as we drove through all the roundabouts and traffic lights! 


Below are some views from the back of my car as we lead the convoy in the rain through Knutsford for Macclesfield!  What a brilliant fundraising experience! Thank you to everyone who has supported Children In Need.


After 15 days, 2,800miles, 180 lessons, finishing with a 57 learner car convoy in Swindon, on Children In Need night we handed over a cheque for a massive £87,207 !!!


Spotty car

My new car's gone all SPOTTY for the Children In Need Big Learner Relay!! 

Please help us raise funds by sponsoring a spot, and text "PASS65 £3" (or more!) to 70070.  Thank you.


Children In Need 2015

I am honoured to have been asked to be part of the Big Learner Relay for Children In Need in November. I am the LEAD CAR from Northwich to Macclesfield, on Monday 9th November at 11am. Please come along and join in the excitement, and send us off with a great big wave and cheer!

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Someone loves you, drive with care

Signs, like this one, are being used in roadworks near Gloucester. Instead of the regular signs, which can be ignored, these “emotional intelligent” signs are designed to catch your attention, make you think more and drive with greater care for others.  I wonder when we’ll see them on the North-West’s roads?


I’m now “Mobile Friendly"

After many hours of work, my website is now officially “mobile friendly” according to Google! 

It will now display differently depending on what device it’s being viewed on: Mac/PC, Phone, or Tablet.  Let me know of any issues and I’ll get my webmaster (me!) on to it. 


Traffic Calming

Beautiful weather, and no wonder people are enjoying cycling along the country lanes. Loving the new “traffic calming” signs in the village of Kettleshulme in Cheshire!

Kettleshulme Driving Lessons

Top 10 driving test facts

The driving test’s been going for more than 75 years - here are a few facts:

  • Mr Beene was the first person to pass the driving test in 1935: he paid the grand total of 7/6p (37.5p) to take the test
  • there were no test centres in 1935 so you had to arrange to meet the examiner somewhere like a post office, train station or town hall
  • the test was suspended for the duration of World War 2 and didn’t resume until 1 November 1946
  • in 1975, candidates no longer had to demonstrate hand signals
  • the theory test was introduced in 1996, replacing questions about the Highway Code during the practical test
  • driving was much more hazardous 75 years ago, 7,343 people were killed on Great Britain’s roads when only 2.4 million vehicles were in use - in 2008, 2,538 people were killed with 26.5 million vehicles on the road
  • candidates could book their theory test online for the first time in December 2001
  • the pass rate in 1935 was 63% compared to 46% in 2009
  • 1969 saw the first driving test set for an automatic vehicle
  • since 1935 more than 46 million tests have been taken
Driving Test 1935

Drivers puzzled by common road signs

A study by Co-operative Young Driver Insurance revealed that one in five drivers believe the national speed limit sign means no access, while more than one in three (36%) did not recognise the ‘no stopping’ sign. In fact, 22% thought the sign referred to weight restrictions and 10% confused it with the national speed limit sign.

However, worryingly, four in ten drivers did not correctly name the ‘no motor vehicles’ sign, with 34% believing that it meant ‘only motor vehicles allowed’.

Official guidance about the traffic signs used on British roads and motorways can now be found HERE

Road signs

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