The Cardington Special Test

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Cardington, oh, Cardington,
I still hear your learners crashin,
while I watch the indicators flashin’.

(That’s a Glenn Campbell reference in case anyone was wondering)

I recently decided it was time to bite the bullet and take the only driving test I hadn’t taken – The Cardington Special Test.  Created in collaboration with the ADINJC back in the 70’s it was designed to test ADI’s against the same criteria as Driving Examiners.

This test can only be taken by ADI’s and can only be taken at the DVSA Training Establishment in Cardington. It’s examined by the staff examiners, the same people who test and retest new entrant, and driving examiners.

The test lasts 90 minutes and covers a variety of roads including motorways.

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Buckingham Palace

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On the 25th of July, I was invited by RoSPA to join their 100th Anniversary Celebrations at Buckingham Palace, representing the Advanced Driving side of the Organisation.

Here are just a few pictures from that day.

A”Porsche Experience”

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So let me start by saying, I don’t like track driving, it doesn’t really interest me driving round and round the same track with people of similar skill levels with nothing coming the opposite direction.

If you like it, good for you, but don’t kid me it’s on road applicable.

That said, I am a big believer in what John Miles wrote nearly 40 years ago:

I will drive by the methods I now use until somebody shows me a better way, and I accept the possibility there may be a better way. Driving has been my hobby as well as my work for many years, and I have discussed every aspect of it with hundreds, probably thousands of people, including students other police drivers, driving instructors and racing and rally drivers, and for my own satisfaction I have tested things which they have suggested. So far however no one has been able to improve on the basic techniques I was taught at police school and which I have since taught to others. Nevertheless, I have always tried to impress this on students, the other fellows point of view may be equally valid.


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Clutchless Gear Changing and more notes on gears

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Clutchless gear changes.

No really – You don’t need the clutch to change gear, it was invented because some people couldn’t manage to change gear, they still couldn’t couldn’t manage it so they invented the syncromesh, and they still couldn’t manage it, so they invented the automatic, they still couldn’t manage so they invented the CVT, they still couldn’t manage it so they invented the electric car.

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Pass Plus – worth it? Learn to Drive in Evesham

By | ADI's, Advanced, Learner Drivers

Pass_Plus_LogoAnother question that often comes up – What is Pass Plus and / or is it worth it?

“Wait a minute, don’t you offer a Pass Plus course on this very site? surely it must be worth it then?”

Well like any other product  – it’s not suitable for everyone, it depends on what you need,  but first what is it?

The Pass Plus Scheme was introduced in 1995, as a fudge between compulsory training with a Driving Instructor, compulsory motorway training, and to answer the criticism  that young drivers were only being taught to pass a test, and weren’t learning key skills.

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