Is your Driving Instructors breaking the Law on Lessons ?
I'm amazed at the number of driving instructors using mobile phones during lessons out on the roads here in Toronto.
The thing that really surprises me is that they all know it is illegal, and that getting caught not only means a fine with points on their licence but they could also lose their DAI registration, along with it their means of livelihood.
Now even if a driving instructor has one of those in ear bluetooth hands free kit devices, should he/she really be making or answering mobile phone calls during a driving lesson? Many provisional licence holders might even be happy that their instructor is on the phone while they drive as that is a sign of their competence and that they are even ready for the driving test, while others might think they can't do anything about it if their instructor sends or checks a few text messages during their driving lesson and don't be fooled by them using independent driving on the test as an excuse either!
Personally I view it as very unprofessional to be distracted by the mobile phone (even if hands free) during driving lessons, in fact I've lost a few potential clients who call multiple times during training sessions, don't get an answer never leave a message, and when called back later in the day say they have gone somewhere else because I didn't answer when they called!
Many learners don't see it as a big deal, but here is the truth, your driving instructor is not paying attention to you while talking on the phone. You could be making driving errors which could potentially let you down on the driving test because you were not prompted or even told about it by the very person you are paying your hard earned money to offer a service to you.
|Posted by wajid ali on October 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
When driving, it's important to be aware of what's around you at all times. The mirrors help with that but even if they are adjusted properly, they won't show you what's in your blind spots.
Major blind spots are located to the left and right of your vehicle just behind your normal field of forward vision. Trucks have two other blind spots directly to the front and rear.
A shoulder check is essential to see properly what is in the blind spots, but first the mirrors have to be adjusted correctly. Remember, you don't need to see the side of your car. Adjust them slightly outside that point. And when shoulder checking, avoid turning your head all the way around. It's dangerous because it takes your eyes off of the road in front of you.
To shoulder check properly, turn your head until your chin reaches your shoulder, then glance to the side towards the rear. This should be done fairly quickly.
A good driver will also stay clear of another's blind spots.
|Posted by wajid ali on October 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
How to deal the bicycles on the road
More and more these days, people are using bicycles as basic transportation to and from work. It’s a great way to stay fit and it’s good for the environment. But as motorists we need to share the road safely with cyclists of all ages.
When passing a cyclist, slow down and if you can’t change lanes allow at least one meter between your vehicle and the cyclist. Also never turn right without checking first for cyclists near the curb. And be sure to check your mirror before opening the driver’s door. In residential areas, remember that kids on bikes are often unpredictable.
Make a quick shoulder check before making a right turn -there may be a cyclist right beside you who's not turning.
Now while cyclists have the same rights as motorists on the road, they also have the same responsibilities. When riding a bike, try to make yourself visible to those behind the wheel.
Never assume that a driver can see you. Ride about a metre from the curb and obey the rules of the road by using hand signals and stopping at stop signs