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RoSPA (RoADAR) Advanced Driving Test Preparation


We offer intensive, bespoke driver training for those drivers that are taking, or plan to take the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test (RoADAR), or are soon due a re-test. This training is also ideal for drivers who need to pass the RoSPA test as part of their job.

The RoSPA test is considered the most advanced and challenging advanced driving test open to the public.

The test lasts around 60-80 minutes. The examiners are serving or retired Police officers.

What makes the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test unique is that a driver is graded either Bronze, Silver or Gold. To remain a member of RoADAR you will need to take the test every 3 years.

The Grades:

Gold – Gold is only awarded to the driver who shows a consistently high standard of driving throughout the test. The driver will demonstrate a confidence in their ability together with a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test.

Silver Silver is awarded to candidates who display a skill level well above the average. They will show a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test. The driver will make safe systematic progress however not demonstrating the consistency, final polish and smoothness of the Gold grade candidate.

Bronze A Bronze grade will be awarded to those candidates who show that they have an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of advanced driving demonstrating a good level of observations and anticipation, but not doing so consistently throughout the test. They will however drive in a safe and legal manner, to a standard which is significantly above that required to pass the appropriate DVSA test.

 

Our Training:

We offer a range of courses for those looking to take the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test:

Option 1: Pre-Test Check. This is a 3.5hr session, designed for drivers who have had the training and are ready to sit the test, but want a final training session with an independent instructor, to ensure they reach their maximum potential on the day.

Cost: £200 + vat

Option 2: Refresher Half Day: This is a 3.5hr session for those that have passed the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test in the past, and are due a re-test in the coming weeks or months, and so want to ensure they are up to the standard expected.

Cost: £200 + vat

Option 3: Refresher Full Day: This is a 7hr session for those that have passed the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test in the past, and are due a re-test in the coming weeks or months, and so want to ensure they are up to the standard expected.

Cost: £320 + vat

Option 4: Full Training: This is designed for drivers who require full training for the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test. This runs over 2 x 7hr sessions, taken at a time convenient to you. We usually recommend at least a week between the two sessions to enable you to practice what has been taught. This is ideal for those that want to get up to speed and pass their RoSPA test in a short period of time.

Cost: £600 + vat

Essential Reading:

We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of Roadcraft before any training. The things you will learn during your training, and the things you will be assessed on are all covered in this book, chapter-by-chapter. We also recommend purchasing the DVSA Official Highway Code.

 

Our Tutors:

All our tutors who deliver the training are DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) approved fleet driving instructors, who have passed the RoSPA Advanced Driving test at Gold grade, and have many years experience in delivering driver training for full licence holders.

Why Us:

a. The highest level of training only ever delivered by professional DVSA registered tutors, significantly increasing your chances of achieving the highest grade possible

b. We are experts in delivering professional advanced driver training to private individuals and companies across the UK

c. Bespoke training based on your own needs and requirements

d. National coverage

e. Intensive training to fit with your own needs, requirements and time schedules

f. No need to join a local group

 

What Next?

Please call us or email rob@driversdomainuk.com for more information and to look at dates for training. You are also free to use the contact form in the upper right of the screen, we aim to reply to email enquires within 1hr during working hours.

Booking Your RoSPA Test:

After you have received training and you are ready to take the RoSPA test, you can book online at RoSPAs (RoADAR) website at https://www.roadar.org.uk/applications/application-form.aspx?id=2

If you are looking to book a 3-year retest you can book here – https://www.roadar.org.uk/applications/application-form.aspx?id=1

 

All Season and Winter Tyres

All Season Tyres – a compromise:

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As the name suggest, all season tyres are designed to be used in all seasons, they are different to winter or snow tyres. The main difference is the different tyre compound used, which react differently in different temperatures. An all season tyre is a trade off that incorporates characteristics found in winter tyres, and also characteristics found in summer tyres. Should you be driving in snow or extremely cold climates, then an all season tyre probably is not right for you. However, in the UK an all season tyre can work well and be an excellent compromise.

Winter Tyres – designed for a purpose:

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A winter or snow tyre has a self cleaning tread design that effectively cleans itself of snow as it drives. This allows the tyre to keep better traction when in snow.  A non-winter tyre is more likely to pack snow into the tread when driving. A winter tyre has a much softer rubber compound, which means in cold temperatures, the tread remains soft. As the temperature drops, a summer tyre, and to some degree an all season tyre, will  become harder and as a result offer less grip. Due to the softer tread, a winter tyre will wear quicker and is not suitable for summer use.

Benefits – All Season Tyres:

All season tyres are useful if you drive in a range of conditions. Summer tyres are designed for use for temperatures 7 degrees and above. An all season tyre is designed to work well in warmer temperatures, but also in colder temperatures too.

Disadvantages – All Season Tyres:

Being a jack of all trades means an all season tyre is a compromise. So although you enjoy it’s range of benefits, it’s neither a high performance summer tyre or a strong winter tyre. Depending on your climate you may find an all season tyre is too hard for real winter driving, or too soft for summer driving. An all season tyre would be best suited to a climate where there is no extremes in temperatures, such as in the UK. Having said that the UK can have very cold winters, and also very warm summer days – so again it is a compromise on what you want.

Benefits – Winter Tyres:

A winter tyres is a master of one thing – driving in the snow and in wintery conditions. Should you demand the very highest level of safety and are driving in very cold conditions a winter tyre is ideal. It has the ability to flush out snow from it’s treads and remains soft in cold temperatures, where non-winter tyres would become hard and offer less grip. Winter tyres provide more grip and shorter braking distances in snow and cold temperatures.

Disadvantages – Winter Tyres:

Winter tyres are not suitable for summer driving. The softer tyre compound makes them wear much quicker than summer or all weather tyres.

Enjoying the best of both worlds…

Many people use winter tyres in the winter, and swap to summer or all season tyres in the summer. Although this may sound expensive, the only real additional cost is paying a garage to swap your tyres over, and of course having to store them. A garage will usually charge around £30-£60 to swap the tyres over, and if you have space in your garage storage is free. You will be benefiting from safer motoring and your summer tyres will not be worn either.

Learn more about the difference between winter and summer tyres:

Safety at Level Crossings

A level crossing is where a road crosses a railway or a tramway line. In recent years there has been more awareness about how to deal safely with these crossings following various tragedies.

Level Crossing Tips:

If you have already crossed the white line when the amber light comes on keep going. Do not stop or hesitate. The amber light is a warning in the same way that an amber warning light on a traffic light is there to warn you.

You must never reverse onto a level crossing or across a level crossing.

If you have been waiting at a level crossing and the train or tram has passed, you should only cross when the lights have gone out and the barriers have fully open.

Never zigzag around half-barriers. They lower automatically when a train is coming. At a level crossing where there are no barriers, a train is approaching when the lights show.

Always exercise caution at level crossings and never enter a crossing if you can’t fully clear it. It could be disastrous should you be sitting in a line of traffic and a train approaches. Always look ahead, concentrate and don’t assume there will be enough space for your vehicle to safely clear the crossing if you are in heavy traffic.

If you breakdown on a level crossing you should get everyone out of the vehicle and clear the crossing immediately. If possible you should use the railway telephone to tell the operator and then carefully follow the instructions you are given.

If there is time you should try and move the vehicle from the crossing (only if there is time). If the alarm sounds and a train is on approach you should get fully clear of the vehicle.

Staying safe at level crossings is all about forward planning, concentration and being aware of the potential dangers they pose. Remember unlike a car, a train simply can’t stop very quickly. The impact of a train hitting a car is catastrophic and almost without question, fatal for any people unfortunate to be in a vehicle should the worst happen. Stay safe and respect level crossings.

 

Motorway Breakdown Tips

 

If you are reading this having just suffered a breakdown on a motorway we sympathise with you. However, safety first! When you have a breakdown on a motorway you should do the following:

Get Away From Danger:

Get your vehicle off the road if at all possible. Do not put yourself at risk if this is not at option. Sometimes vehicles breakdown in standstill traffic, giving no option for the driver to head towards the hard shoulder. Other times moving towards the relative safety of the hard shoulder is not possible for a number of reasons. Remember, the Police would you rather concern yourself with your own safety, than trying to dangerously move a broken-down vehicle.

Use The Hard Shoulder:

If you stop on the hard shoulder, keep as far to the left as possible, and ensure your vehicles wheels are turned to the left. This is to help stop the vehicle moving out towards the carriageway should the handbrake fail, or should the vehicle be hit from behind.

Try and stop near an emergency telephone, which are situated approximately one-mile intervals along the hard shoulder.

Leave the vehicle from the left door and ensure your passengers do the same. You MUST leave animals in the vehicle, or in an emergency, keep them under proper control on the verge.

Warning On-Coming Traffic:

Warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights if your vehicle is causing an obstruction. Hazard warning lights are designed to indicate to other drivers that your vehicle is causing an obstruction.

If possible help other road users see you better. Wearing a light coloured top or even better, a high visibility vest or similar is ideal. You can buy a high-visibility vest from a number of online retailers – probably not much use to you right now if your reading this on the side of a motorway, but certainly something for the future to consider buying.

If it is possible – keep your sidelights on if it is dark or visibility is poor due to rain, fog or mist. Also do not stand or let anyone else stand between your vehicle and on coming traffic. Not only would this put you at risk of being hit, but your body could cover vehicle lighting on one side, which could cause on-coming traffic not to see you, or to think your vehicle is more over to the left than they thought (especially if you are covering the right side lights)

Don’t use a Warning Triangle on a Motorway:

Do you have a warning triangle? If not again, something you may want to consider buying in the future. However, note – you should NEVER use a warning triangle on a motorway – this is stated in the Highway Code. If you do have a breakdown on a road other than a motorway, then place it at least 45 metres (147 ft) behind your vehicle, on the same side of the road. Always take care then placing or recovering them.

Other Notes to Consider:

Do not attempt to perform even simple repairs on the side of a motorway

Ensure passengers and yourself are kept away from the carriageway and children and animals are kept under control.

If you can contact your breakdown service provider from your mobile – then do so once you are clear from the vehicle if possible. If you don’t have a mobile then walk to the nearest emergency telephone. Remember to follow the arrows on the posts at the back of the hard shoulder. When you are using these phones always face oncoming traffic.

If you feel at risk from another person, return to your vehicle by the left hand door and lock all doors. Leave your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you are a lone female or a female with children, ensure you state this when calling your breakdown provider, or when talking to the operator from an emergency phone.

Once you are safely away from the vehicle, and are awaiting rescue, you should contact friends to say you will be late. Waiting times for recovery can range from 10 minutes to over 2 hours. Although you should have an indication of waiting times when you make the initial rescue call. Our defensive driving courses provide essential advice and training on motorways, and what you as a driver need to do, to remain safe.

Good luck and we wish you a swift and safe recovery. Learn more about driving emergencies.