under seventeens driving experience in Bournemouth

We are hosting our under seventeens driving experience day on the 10th June 2017 in Ringwood. As an instructor myself I really enjoy teaching on these days. It means i can interact with an age group that I do not normally teach to drive. This is great fun, especially because the people coming to this event are more excited than scared (sometimes those first lessons on the road can be a little nerve racking). The fear of the main roads are taken away as the site we use, although similar to real road situation, is much quieter with only other learners.

All of the instructors who work on the under seventeens driving day are great fun and whilst being fantastic instructors they also know how to have a laugh. This is why i enjoy these driving days so much, its very different to my normal working day; I meet so many new people and get to have a laugh with some of my colleagues.

Some may wonder whats involved in the lesson; we want the pupils to have as much real experience as possible and whilst our cars all have dual controls we allow the pupil to feel the clutch and use the brake without assistant – Not many have problems with finding the accelerator. Since the site is completely private we can let the pupils drive the car straight away without having to worry about other road users which means we can talk on the move more freely and allow the pupils to get a full experience of driving.  There is approximately 7 or 8 other instructors teaching so we will discuss mirrors and signaling to make the pupils aware of other road users. There are other areas where pupils will also be challenged with three point turns, reversing into parking bays, reverse parking, zig zag (forward and reverse) and a roundabout.

We hope that the driving experience will greatly benefit those who then go on to have driving lessons once they are 17. As an instructor myself
I can see the benefit of these experience lessons when I take pupils onto the road for the first time, they tend to have more spacial awareness and a clearer understanding of clutch control therefore reducing the amount of time spent on the quiet training roads.




It’s all too easy to do we hear a text or call come in, and many drivers are tempted to sneak a peek. However quick the glance, using a handheld mobile device is extremely dangerous – not to mention illegal

A new law (from 1st March) means that drivers can be slapped with a £200 fine and six penalty points. This means that according to the New driver act your licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test.

Recently I attended a course called ” The Honest Truth” –  a fantastic campaign that promotes the phrase “SMALL CHANGES SAVE LIVES” (The Honest Truth road safety charity is working to reduce the number of  people killed or seriously injured on the roads.) One of these small changes can be to switch off your mobile phone when you get into the car.  

It is proven that drivers who use a mobile phone whether hand-held or hands-free:

  • are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and/or other people
  • are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them
  • fail to see road signs
  • fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
  • are more likely to ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front
  • react more slowly and take longer to brake
  • are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
  • feel more stressed and frustrated.

So lets make the change and switch off our phones when driving.


New under 17’s booking system

So here we are finally entering the computer age at flying colours HQ. I mean there is no way some of the instructors will trade in their trusty paper diary for a digital equivalent but the new and improved Under 17’s driving experience day has gone online. You can now view available times and book directly online via our website.

Hopefully this will make things easier for everyone, and it means that we can spend less time in the office on the phone and more time out on the road doing the job we love.