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Why do most crashes happen near home?

The answer is very simple “close to home” is where most people drive most of the

An elderly man in Preston had to be pulled from the wreckage of his car after crashing into his own house. Taken from a report in the Lancashire Evening Post
An elderly man in Preston had to be pulled from the wreckage of his car after crashing into his own house. Taken from a report in the Lancashire Evening Post

time. Therefore most crashes happen close to home.

One survey showed that nearly a third of crashes happen less than a mile from home. Crashing into a parked car was the most common type of collision within a mile of a driver’s home. In this survey just 5% of crashes occurred 26 to 50 miles from home, and 6% at distances of more than 50 miles away.

Of the crashes closest to home, the most common cause after hitting parked vehicles was crashing while driving out of a minor road, followed by reversing into a vehicle and by hitting a wall.

Another study show that only 1% of accidents occur more than 50 miles from home. Most people drive close to their home, which is why

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Give them a Gold Star on their “Driver Record”

Gold StarIt always seemed like common sense to me for learner drivers to keep a record of their progress towards a full driving licence. I guess it was because when I started as an Instructor with BSM we were all encouraged to make a record of our pupils’ progress that the learner kept.

I’m no psychologist, although I have listened to a few over the years, but the theory that someone has to think about a learned behaviour in order for that learning to transfer from the short term memory to the long – and become learned – seems to me to make a lot of sense.

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Do I need to attend for my Standards Check?

DVSA ADI LogoI spoke to a member the other day who asked “do I need to attend for my Standards Check?” of course you do I said unless you have a very good reason to postpone it, why wouldn’t you attend? I went on to state how important the test was to maintain standards and then I went on a bit about the person’s  sense of responsibility and then I went on a bit more.

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Lively start to the year

January-2015-calendarJanuary was a busy month for the MSA, and all my good intentions to blog on a regular basis have fallen by the wayside. When ‘John’s blog’ was launched I said that, “The idea of my writing a blog is to fill in any gaps in the information output from the MSA. It will give me the opportunity to tell people what I’m up to on behalf of MSA and EFA.”

I’ll try and fill in some of the gaps here.

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I’m trying to be nicer

Towards the end of last year I was invited along with a number of others, to take part in the traditional ‘look back, looking forward’ review of the year.

Full details of what those responding replied are in the January issue of Newslink due to be delivered to MSA members in the next few days.

These are the questions and my responses.

1) Do you think the Standards Check has been a success – and depending on your answer, why?

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Transparency data on departmental spending

Today I received an email from the Department of Transport concerning Transparency data on departmental spending in October 2014 covering the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Highways Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and others. I never quite worked out who the others were.

I’m sure I have been sent this information in previous months but I guess I have never felt moved to investigate further before. I downloaded the file.

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Bioptics and Restricted Licences

I have participated, on behalf of EFA, in a Disabled Driver Assessment Workshop organised by CIECA (The International Commission for driver testing). It was a well organised event held on the outskirts of Amsterdam and hosted by CBR the Netherlands testing authority. Kari Hakuli President of CIECA opened the meeting. Jean-Pierre Fougère, was the Moderator for the day and began by outlining the programme.

Ruud Bredewoud, Chief Medical Officer, CBR, The Netherlands was the first speaker and made one announcement that surprised me.

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Is it time to update MSAs Terms of Business for ADIs?

bus-lane-sign-timesI was recently talking to an MSA member who asked what happens if a pupil goes into a bus lane, during its period of operation, on a driving test. Answer – Most likely the test candidate will fail and a fixed penalty notice may be on its way.

Who pays? The answer is of course the vehicle keeper named in the log book – unless of course they have an

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