Lytes Driving School would like to say huge congratulations to Dean Coutts who passed his practical driving test at the first attempt. Dean took his driving test at Melton Mowbray driving test centre. Dean has had experience elsewhere and during his driving lessons we have been honing his considerable skills. On his driving test he had to carry out a parallel park. It was executed with great skill and the examiner said “well you’ve done that before haven’t you?” Dean is setting himself up in business and has a van ready and waiting for him. He passed just in time as the snow was falling on the way home. No more buses for Dean now.
Well done Dean from your driving instructor Dave and Lytes Driving School.
“I chose Lytes Driving School because of its great reputation. I found the website address (www.lytesdrivingschool.co.uk) and phone number on Google. Although it may have taken me a little longer to learn to drive and pass my practical driving test than I had hoped, it has made me a better and safer driver, which is a great thing. I would recommend Lytes Driving School for driving lessons because my Driving Instructor Dave is an excellent instructor with various great and simple teaching methods. It has been a real pleasure working with you, thank you very much for everything you did for me”
Tamta has shown incredible resilience, determination and perseverance during her driving lessons. We are so delighted that she has got that all important full driving licence, it will make a great difference to her life. She has been fantastic to work with and she thoroughly deserves her success. We are so pleased that she has passed but sorry to see her go.
There is no doubt that driving in winter can be challenging and potentially hazardous. However, with a little preparation you can reduce the risks dramatically.
We hope you will find some of the advice below of help.
The Highway Codes states that you must defrost and demist all windows before setting off. Clearing just a brick sized view hole in the windscreen is dangerous (I’m sure we have all seen someone do it). A word of caution, If you leave your vehicle running and un-attended whilst demisting and it is stolen, your insurance company may not pay out as it may not be considered reasonable care of the vehicle.
Ensure you vehicles engine anti-freeze is up to the job. It needs changing periodically. Your local garage can easily test its effectiveness.
Ensure that you have sufficient high quality screen-wash in your washer bottle. You need to ensure this is capable of not freezing until -15 degrees Centigrade or below. The pipes that deliver the screen-wash to the nozzles are very thin and the screen-wash can easily freeze inside rendering the facility useless. I only use a concentrated screen-wash not the ready mixed type. That way I can control the mixture strength. In summer I may only have a 20% mix but in winter I may go up to 100%. Obviously follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the screen-wash and your vehicle.
Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.
Consider buying winter tyres. Standard tyres are far less effective in low temperatures. Winter tyres are designed to work in temperatures below about +8 degrees Centigrade. Yes it’s more expense but it’s cheaper than an accident.
Make sure that the windscreen wipers are switched off before turning the ignition on. If the wipers are stuck to the screen the load could cause the fuse to blow or damage the linkage.
Check that all lights are working, clean and clear of snow.
Only ever use cold or tepid water to defrost the windscreen. Hot water may cause thermal shock and crack the screen.
Consider carrying a winter kit. Extra clothes in case of breakdown, a torch, shovel, towrope, sunglasses, mobile phone and 12v mobile phone charger, and maybe some old carpet or car mats to put under the wheels if you get stuck. Take out vehicle breakdown cover. Take a drink and a snack.
Listen to weather forecasts and try to make your journey before the bad weather sets in if possible.
In slippery conditions consider using 2nd gear to move away as it may afford greater traction.
Change up to a higher gear but keep the revs and your speed down.
Remember stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer on ice (much longer if downhill)
Switching off the vehicles traction control allows the wheels to spin. This sometimes helps moving away as the friction can melt the ice. But remember to switch it back on again as soon as you have moved away.
Keep your speed down.
Fresh snow offers more grip than compacted snow or ice.
Read your vehicle’s manual and understand how its Antilock Braking System works (ABS). ABS is NOT there to reduce braking distance. Its purpose is to stop the wheels from locking up so that you can still steer. You cannot switch ABS off.
Plan well ahead and operate all the controls gently and smoothly.
Should the car skid ease off the gas pedal and steer towards the skid.
If you ever get the chance practice skid control in a quiet car park.
Congratulations to Tamta Maisuradze on passing her practical driving test. Tamta sat her driving test at Melton Mowbray Driving Test Centre. It was a really lovely drive and we are so pleased to see Tamta pass. Whilst learning to drive Tamta has shown tremendous determination and resilience during her driving lessons, which is a real credit to her and we are rightly proud of her achievement. She has been a pleasure to work with which is why we are delighted that she has passed but sorry to see her move on. Tamta has been taking her young son on the Bus and to be honest was fed up with it. But now she has her own car so the wind and the rain don’t bother her. Passing her driving test will undoubtedly make a great difference to her life and we hope she enjoys her driving. Well done Tamta from your Driving Instructor Dave Howe and Lytes Driving School.