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Big changes to the Driving test here is everything you need to know



If you are a learner driver you might want to think about passing your driving test before December, Before they make some big changes to the driving test.

The Major changes will see a focus on drivers becoming more safe and independent on the roads which is not a bad thing.

Those who hate reversing round the corner will no longer be asked to do it during the test, so if you struggle December could be a good month for you. After all how many of you have actually reversed round corners since passing your test?

No more asking your dad to jump out and reverse the car out of the bay so you can get back home anymore as drivers will be required to do this before they can pass the test.

Those on the test will be required to park in a bay within a supermarket or shopping centre and then be required to reverse out of the bay.

To be honest it is something you’re going to need almost daily once you’ve passed your test.

Sat-navs are going to be another focus within the driving test and no longer looking at road signs for directions.

What are the four big changes?

1. More independent driving

Independent driving with a Sat-Nav will increase to 20 minutes from the current 10, you’ll be allowed to use a satnav or traffic signs.

However, you don’t get to decide the examiner will decide if he or she wants you to use road signs or the satnav.

2. Using a satnav

Standardised TomTom Start 52 model Satnavs will be used within the examinations, these will be introduced into the driving tests.

The examiner will provide the equipment and will set it up for the direction of travel.

Four out of Five people will be required to use the Satnav within the test.

3. Changes to manoeuvre

They’ve decided to bin the ‘reverse around the corner’ and the dreaded ‘turn-in-the-road’ these will no longer be tested however they will still be taught by your instructor as standard.

Instead, you’ll be tested on one of the three manoeuvres: Parrellel park at the side of the road, Parking in a bar and either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out and finally pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lenghts and rejoin the traffic.

That means you’ll be tested on one of the following three manoeuvres: parallel park at the side of the road; park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

4. ‘Show me, tell me’ questions

The show me, tell me questions are changing and these will have more focus on car safety.

The ‘Tell Me’ questions will be asked at the start of the test, But the new ‘Show Me’ questions will be asked during the test.

Which means you could be driving along and the examiner will ask you to show me how to use the windscreen wipers.

So what isn’t changing?

They are keeping the pass mark exactly the same you won’t be allowed more than 15 faults and no serious or dangerous faults. If you manage that you’ll pass.

The test will still last 40 minutes and they’ve also decided to keep the cost the same.

The changes come into play for anyone taking their test from December 4th, 2017.

If you cancel or move your test or it is rescheduled after this date you’ll take it under the new changes.



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URGENT PRODUCT RECALL: Toy ball fears it could pose choking hazard



Toys R Us has urgently recalled a children’s ball after it was found to pose a choking hazard.

Parents have been urged to urgently stop their babies playing with ‘Bruin Wiggle Ball’ also known as the ‘Giggle Ball’ and return them to the store.

The toy was found to pose a safety risk to young babies, The rubber knobs and plastic back can detach to create a small part that could choke a child.

The bally has been recalled has been recalled at Toys R Us worldwide after safety concerns were raised in the US.

A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Toys R Us had received six reports of the knobs breaking off, including four reports of pieces of the product found in children’s mouths.

The US regulator said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled balls, take them away from babies and return them to Babies R Us or Toys R Us for a full refund.

A spokeswoman for Toys R Us in the UK said: “This item is now off sale and we ask customers who have bought this item to return it to a Babies R Us or Toys R Us for a full refund.”

The blue plastic toy has distinctive green, yellow and orange knobs and carries the item number 067369 and the model number 5F6342E.

The ball wiggles, vibrates and plays three different musical tunes. It has an on/off switch and requires 3 AA batteries to operate.



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Cleveland Cops investigate grim discovery of severed hand, all is not as it seems



Cleveland Police have closed one lane of the A19 to deal with what they called a police incident.

Things took a turn when a member of the public believed they had spotted a hand. Cops immediately responded.

Cops from the road policing unit were on ‘hand’ to let members of the public know that officers would be in the carriageway carrying out an investigation.

Mystery surrounded the nature of the incident which occurred on the A19 Northbound between Portrack and Norton Slip Roads.

The flow of traffic was slowed while police investigated what they believed to be a ‘realistic looking severed hand’ and immediately put a crime scene in place.

Thankfully to the officers relief this wasn’t a real hand, after many jokes I’d image between themselves they re-opened the A19 and welcomed the jokes.

Cleveland Police Road Policing Unit said “The A19 is now clear. In a nutshell, an eagle eyed diligent member of the motoring public spotted a suspicious looking item… see picture, in the central reservation. Officers have attended and it has been found to be a realistic looking ‘severed hand’. No doubt comments will be forthcoming- please!………..”

We really think that the police are going to need a hand finding out who left the hand there.

Hopefully whoever wasted so much Police time will feel the long arm of the law.

Sorry that’s the best we can do with the jokes.



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How to use iOS 11 new driving safety mode



The latest apple update has your safety in mind with the new update keeping your hands and mind off your handset while driving.

The new update will place your phone into an automatic Do Not Disturb mode when you are driving. The very clever safety feature will reduce the chances of a driver using the phone behind the wheel.

The clever system will block all notifications from displaying while you are driving and distracting the iPhone user while driving.

The featured is hoped to reduce the number of accidents caused by people texting and talking on the phone while driving.

The feature is called Do Not Disturb While Driving and as soon as you get behind the wheel your phone will be disabled meaning you can’t receive texts or calls while driving.


Your phone screen will be off and you will not be able to see any notifications appear unless you have disabled the mode or tell the phone that you are a passenger and not a driver.

What if I’m waiting for an urgent handsfree call?

The phone is really clever you can allow the phone to accept calls and texts from your favourite contacts within your phone, but they will be required to put the word urgent in the message in order for you to receive it.

Your phone will then send them an automatic message saying that your currently driving and you will contact them as soon as soon as you have stopped driving.

If they urgently need to contact you the user can deactivate your driver safety mode and break the notification barrier by sending another follow-up message with the word ‘urgent’.

you can set up this feature within your personalised control centre at any time and can enable or disable it.

How to turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving mode

1. Open settings

2. Click Do Not Disturb

3. Click Activate under Do Not Disturb While Driving option

4. Then choose whether you want the phone to manually enter the Do Not Disturb mode, so you would have to click it on, or whether you want it to automatically detect when you’re driving.

You can also choose the option to enable the Do Not Disturb when connected to Car Bluetooth, which is something people with fancy Bluetooth cars can enjoy.

5. Scroll down and you can change the auto-reply message that will be sent to people who text you or ring you while you’re driving.

6. The auto-reply by default will only be sent to your contacts that are Favourited, but you can also edit this so you will get notifications from Recent contacts or all contacts – or no one if you want to be alone with the road.

What if I’m a passenger and my phone has disabled?

Well, your phone won’t be able to tell if you’re the driver or the passenger so you’ll need to let it know that you’re the passenger.

When the feature pops up automatically after it has detected you are in a moving vehicle simply swipe the banner and say you are not driving.


The new feature is hoped that iPhone users will stop using their phones behind the wheel and reduce the risk of road accidents caused by people distracted by their phones.


Well, it’s actually against the law to use your mobile phone when driving, so Apple is also preventing you from receiving a fine because using your phone behind the wheel will result in a Fixed Plently Notice of £200 if the police catch you.

So we would strongly advise you keep the feature active on your phone if you are driving for your own safety and the safety of others.



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