Do We Really Understand Our Computerised Dashboards?

Many drivers are proudly taking ownership of their new cars, but with new computerised technology being used daily, how many of them really know what all of the lights on their dashboard mean? The new Mercedes Benz E class range has an astounding 41 lights on display.  How can you remember what they are all for, and know instantly when …

Simon CalvertDo We Really Understand Our Computerised Dashboards?

Rule Changes For Taxing Your Car

Are you aware that from 17th July 2013, there have been some changes to the rules on how you tax your car?  The new rules apply whether you are taxing your car for the first time, or renewing your existing car tax. Prior to the rule changes, when your tax was due on your car, (usually at the end of …

Simon CalvertRule Changes For Taxing Your Car

Maintaining Your Car Through The Summer!

We all enjoy the hot weather in the summer months, especially when there is a heatwave, and we all try to get to the nearest beach for some relaxation.  But spare a thought for your car, that does not always perform as well in extreme heat conditions.  How many times have you set out on a journey to the coast …

Simon CalvertMaintaining Your Car Through The Summer!

Strangers Parking On Your Driveway?

All across the country people are allowing strangers to park a car on the drive in front of their home for a small fee.  Why are they doing this?  Commuters, who live outside of London, travel into the suburbs, park their car, and then travel the rest of the way into work by bus or rail.  It is not just …

Simon CalvertStrangers Parking On Your Driveway?

Google Glass – Can We Wear It?

Google, the internet search engine, have developed a wearable computer device, with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD), that will display information in a smartphone type format hands free.  It is like wearing spectacles without the lenses, except one will hold the computerised device, that is a small screen displaying pictures, video and text.  The device picks up instructions via voice …

Simon CalvertGoogle Glass – Can We Wear It?

Meeting Other Traffic And Forward Planning Video

Video Translation "Okay, so we are looking in this part for what we call meeting situations, okay?, so we have potentially got a meeting situation coming up, because we have got parked cars on either side, and we have also got this van that's coming. Okay, so we are going to have to wait for this van that's coming, so ...
Simon CalvertMeeting Other Traffic And Forward Planning Video

Moving Away And Stopping Driving Lesson Video

Video Translation "So, for moving off and stopping, the first thing we are going to do, is to check the handbrake is on, check for neutral, okay?, then we are going to start the car up.  So the first thing we need to do is to prepare the car, so the clutch is going fully down to the floor and ...
Simon CalvertMoving Away And Stopping Driving Lesson Video

Roundabouts Driving Lessons Video

Video Translation "So, at the roundabout, we are going to follow the road ahead this time, so we are applying the MSPSL routine again.  So we are going to check the mirrors centre and left, positioning in the centre of the left hand lane, no signal required again, this time following the road ahead. At the moment, it looks to ...
Simon CalvertRoundabouts Driving Lessons Video

Left Corner Reverse (Reversing Round A Corner)

Video Translation "Okay, so we are going to do the left corner reverse, and the objective of this manoeuvre, is to drive to the other side of the junction, then stop, and then manoeuvre the vehicle, under control, back into the junction, keeping reasonably close to the kerb, and ending parallel to it. Okay, so we are going to prepare ...
Simon CalvertLeft Corner Reverse (Reversing Round A Corner)

Approaching Junctions Video – What To Do

Video Translation "Okay, so we are going to take the next turn on the right. You can identify where it is, because you can see the gap in the houses. So, we are going to check our centre mirror to find out what is going on behind us, our right mirror to see if anyone is overtaking us, then we ...
Simon CalvertApproaching Junctions Video – What To Do