FIA Announce New Formula E Series

The FIA has announced a new racing series – Formula E, starting in 2014.

Set to race on street circuits around the globe, Formula E is for electric vehicles only.  You can read more at the BBC site.

My only concern is the final line in this article:

…when a driver comes into the pits, he won’t just change his tyres.

He’ll change the whole car – swapping it for a new, and fully charged machine.

Surely this flies in the face of everything the FIA is attempting to do in other formulae in cost cutting?  Is there no way batteries can be switched in the pits, or is this just journalistic licence?

How To Pass The Theory Test

The easy way to pass the Theory Test is to know your subject – as long as you know the information in the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and Driving, The Essential Skills you won’t have any trouble.

Watch this short video for some help and advice on the test itself:

Pass The Theory Test

Practical Test Cancellation & Highway Code App

Two bits of news today.

I (or rather my students) have been fairly lucky in rarely having to cancel a test at short notice. The case has always been that, if you give more than 3 working days notice of a cancellation or change, you don’t lose your fee, with changes after this date costing you the £62 test fee. Fees could be safe in special circumstances (bereavement, illness, accident, etc) but I found out today that this is no longer the case. Now there are no allowances for such circumstances, thus you will lose your test fee if you cancel within the three working day window, whatever the reason.

Recently, the DSA have announced a new iPhone app based around the Highway Code. More details can be read at the DSA’a website. Not having an iPhone, I can’t vouch for the app, but if anyone has tried it, please let me know your thoughts. Available now for £3.99.

Don’t forget the Highway Code, as well as being available as a book, is free to view at Highway Code Online.

New Website Launch

We’ve just launched an updated version of simanndriving.co.uk

All the old content is there, but there are also new parts, the most exciting of which is our Driving Test Success page at www.simanndriving.co.uk/training/dts

This is an online version of the DVDs that I have been recommending for several years. Using this page you can sign up to train for your theory test with weekly, monthly or 6 monthly subscriptions (hit the green “Start Revising Now” button to see prices).

We’ve tested the site across various browsers, but if you come across any problems, broken links, etc, please e-mail us at info@simanndriving.co.uk with details of the problem and the browser you were using.

Theory Test Changes

As of today, the Theory Test is changing. The following release from the DSA explains all:

Better testing for better drivers

From Monday 23 January, the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by rote.

Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the questions and answers.

“The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.”

The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress. They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.

The agency has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes Store.

DSA books, electronic books and software are available to order or download from TSO at tsoshop.co.uk/dsa and all good bookshops.

New Menu

We’ve updated the menu on the site as the old one didn’t work on some Android phones. The new one is far more successful in that regard, but sadly now doesn’t want to work on Google Chrome (although it seems fine on IE, Firefox, etc.).

If you’re a Chrome user, please either use the link on the homepage or go to http://www.simanndriving.co.uk/index_chrome.htm

Hopefully we’ll soon get a menu system that works across all the platforms!

Thanks for your patience.

Also added are a page for news from the DSA and one featuring posts from the Highway Code.