Amongst my first recollections of driving were having to make arrangements with my parents about when I would be able to drive the family car. I was saving hard and spent ages calculating when I would be in the financial position to buy my own car. Being asked if I was fit to drive did knock me back a bit because I clearly did not understand the quality of content that would satisfy as being a good answer.
Realising what kind of illness and what degree of feeling poorly that would deter someone getting into the driving seat of their car is surely an indivdual decision and this situation probably alters from person to person. Considering alternative transport for any journey most people find necessary to make, is possibly not an option they would consider and they would rather enjoy the comfort and security of their own car.
Each and every time you contemplate driving a vehicle do you ask yourself, if you consider yourself fit to drive?
Having the correct documentation, driving licence, MOT, Road Fund Licence, insurance etc all seem to be fairly obvious for the seasoned driver. Whether documents are up to date is another issue, a driving licence would need to be renewed because the photocard is limited by time. Have you been driving without incident since taking out car your insurance cover.
Let us say an accident happened, undertaking any journey by driving e.g. a car would be at great risk to the driver, any passengers or other road users if the insurance company had not been informed beforehand of any driving offence. This is a very important subject because a driving offence is considered to be a material fact, the insurance company should be informed. An investigation carried out by the insurance company would reveal a lack of factual information that information that has been witheld by the policy holder. Similar incidents have resulted in insurance companies refusing to pay for any repairs or damages.
Before using any vehicle on the highways how is road and legal fitness determined?
But what does Vehicle Fitness mean? Let’s have a look at some of the items we need to be knowledgeable about.
It is good that learner drivers have to learn a variety of simple maintenance checks that they will be tested on during their driving test. Around 19 aspects cover under the bonnet engine bay, in-car checks and exterior safety items. This is part of a positive move towards new drivers having a greater amount of knowledge and awareness about the vehicle that they not only drive but are expected to maintain simple maintenence. Although their driving examiner will only ask one show plus one tell me questions it is more likely that new drivers will continue weekly maintenence particularly when they get their own cars. In addition it is recommended that new drivers study the car handbook before taking to the road.
Some cars carry a small toolkit including small items e.g. spare fuses. Taking delivery of a new car even if this is a second hand one is usually creates a bit of excitement and during this time you will no doubt set about exploring what the array of switches operate. Under the bonnet check are made simple now that car manufacturers have colour coded those items that the driver should check. How often they should be checked will be found in the car handbook. It’s all about familiarising yourself with your new car, seating, head restraint and steering adjustments. Finding the car jack and where the toolkit is located is probably one of the last things on your mind but it should be one of the first. Out on the open road you unfortunately have a puncture, yes you could phone for help but on this occasion you cannot get a signal on your phone. Not knowing where the toolkit is located or how to change a wheel places you in a vunerable situation. So, read you car handbook, if there isn’t one in the car then contact the manufacturer, you can often download a handbook from their website or if not available, from specialist supplier who supply a whole variety of car handbooks via their website.
Before you decide which driving academy you are going to choose for your course of tuition it would be a great idea to check out Eddie Reade’s site including resourceshttp://www.carryondriving.co.uk/book-store. This article, When can we go for a Drive? is released under a creative commons attribution license.