Learner Driver Week

This week is Learner Driver Week.  We would like to encourage you to head over to http://wearemarmalade-news.co.uk/3LQ9-8TQM-UKTHL-51BCS-1/c.aspx to see lots of interesting and informative resources for you which fit in nicely with our mission to make you a safe driver for life.

While you are there you could also think about using their services for insurance or even nominating Paul for Driving Instructor of the Year 2017 – you could even win a fabulous prize for yourself! Have a look at the information below if you think this is for you!

Driving Instructor of the Year 2017

Fancy winning an Amazon Echo? Nominate your instructor as Driving Instructor of the Year!

Driving instructors are among the UK’s unsung heroes, sitting beside thousands of nervous learners and nurturing them as they navigate the world of driving. Join us as we search for the Learner Driver Week instructor of the year. 

Does your driving instructor go above and beyond the call of duty? Do you think they deserve a bit of extra recognition? If you have a special story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. Maybe they helped you overcome your nerves and anxiety, maybe you’ve already tried learning with others but it never worked out until you found the right fit. In 50 – 150 words, tell us why your instructor deserves to be Driving Instructor of the Year 2017. If we agree, you’ll both win a fantastic prize!

Entrants must be 17 or over and both the nominee and the instructor must live in the UK. 

Meanwhile – Happy and Safe Driving!!


Yesterday Paul went on a course to learn about eco-driving techniques and benefits.  As many of you may be thinking what a lot of rubbish I felt we should put some information out there for you.  Paul was no less sceptical about it than most people, but the course has convinced him of the REAL benefits for everyone.

Not only will you save money on fuel (the obvious one!!), but it will also save money on wear and tear on the car as well as some really interesting added benefits being that it has been proven to make your driving safer and more relaxing for you and your passengers! These claims can be backed up by statistics:

Fuel & CO2 savings:

  • 13.5% on the day (EST)
  • 3.0% to 6.2% long term (EST and DVR)

Safety :

  • 35% reductions ‘at fault’ collisions (DVR)
  •  22% reduction ‘non fault’ collisions (DVR)

You may well still not be convinced, but just think about this – if youemploy the techniques suggested when approaching a red light so that you arrive at that light more slowly and just as it changes (to save fuel) you are not slamming on the brakes and wearing out your brake pads as well as increasing the chances of the surprised driver behind you,who may not be paying attention to the lights ahead, failing to stop and colliding into your car!  We think it’s worth considering seriously.

Here is a summary of the main ideas:

  1. Change Gear upwards as soon as possible
    Shift up between 2.000 and 2.500 revolutions. (this depends on your car and fuel type). Do not accelerate quickly or harshly.
  2. Maintain a steady speed
    Use the highest gear for the conditions and drive with low engine speed.
  3. Anticipate traffic flow
    Look ahead as far as possible and anticipate what is happening. Plan your actions accordingly. Don’t brake sharply or heavily.
  4. Decelerate Smoothly
    When you have to slow down or to stop, decelerate smoothly and leave the car in gear as long as is possible.
  5. Check the tyre pressure frequently
    As an example, 25% too low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance by 10% and your fuel consumption by 2%.

Have a go and let us know how it goes!

Exam Season

squirrel-clip-art-r_212Exam season is now well and truly upon us and we would like to wish all our students, both past and present, a successful and stress free time.  Remember to look for that squirrel and ‘sparkle’!!!  We look forward to hearing all your successes in the future.

Paul, Squiggie, Badger and Sparkle




Christmas is Coming!

It’s that time of year again when there are lots of parties and celebrations.  A reminder from all of us at Drive-2-Arrive to keep safe and leave the car at home!  Wishing all of our students and their families a very Happy and safe Christmas and all the best for the New Year!!