Driving in Grimsby
Why learn to drive
Driving and jobs
Convert your new skill into your career! Why not work as a delivery driver for one of your favourite takeaways on Victoria Street! Develop your driving further and train to be a truck driver OR make a living out being a bus driver for the local number 8 bus into Grimsby town.
Driving at leisure
Whatever your interests, driving helps an awful lot to get you to and from your favourite places! Turn up bang-on time for your home-town football team players at Grimsby Town F.C. Drive yourself to see your favourite performers at Grimsby Auditorium. Grimsby is known as having the largest fishing fleet in the world, why not drive to a prime fishing location and enjoy a relaxing camp out.
How to start up
Do you have your provisional licence? This is something you will need to apply for and must take to your first driving lesson.
To apply you can visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence or collect a form from your local Post Office. Charges do apply to order your provisional, but it is essential you have it.
The next step is to book your first lesson in! Book with us by just filling out our quick and easy online booking form at http://www.drivinglesson.com/book-driving-lessons-online.asp or give us a call on 08001075724.
We offer theory practice for just £10 through Theory Test Pro to help you practice official DVSA multiple-choice questions, hazard perception, understanding road signs and the highway code.
The test must be taken before you can book in your practical test, but the theory test can be taken at any point of your driving, you can even take it before your first lesson. The test itself is booked through the DVSA and will cost you £23.
The day of your test you will need to bring your provisional licence and theory test pass certificate and present these to the driving examiner, you can choose to have your instructor in the car with you on your test. The examiner will then take you over to the instructors car and ask you to read a number plate on a nearby car, this is called the sight test, be sure to bring your glasses if you need them. The test will last around 1 hour and will include; 40 minutes of driving, one or two manoeuvres and;
Show me /tell me
The examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving, for example; tell me how you would check that your brakes are working.
And one ‘show me’ question while you’re driving - for example, show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights?
The independent drive will last around 20 minutes, where you will be following signs for whatever the examiner has asked you to follow signs for. During this part of the test, you may be asked to also follow directions from a Sat Nav.
When the test is over you can choose whether to have your instructor listen in on how the test went, the examiner will let you know whether you have passed or failed and pick you up on any points you have failed on or gained a fault for.
Once you’re on the road
‘Learn, pass then go’ is most people’s thought, but there are things you must do and things to consider. We have outlined the important things for a new driver to be looking at before setting off on the road.
You will need to be insured on your new car. Insurance provides cover for you and other drivers involved in driving-related accidents. There are three different insurance covers to choose from;
Third party property damage -this covers you for any damage your car causes to other people’s property.
Third Party Fire and theft Cover – covers any damage to your car due to fire or theft as well as damage your car causes to other people’s property.
Comprehensive Car Insurance - covers most damages to your car dues to collision, flood, fire, storm and theft. It also includes cover for damage your car causes to other people’s car or property.
You may want to consider joining a company that installs a black-box into your car that measures the way you drive, also known as 'telematics'. This can work out cheaper for you providing you are a good driver.
Do not think you can get away with driving with no insurance, if you are caught you will receive a £300 fine and at least 6 points on your licence!
There are lots of little checks you should be doing on your car to ensure it is safe especially before a long journey. Some of the things to check over are;
Your tyres tread-depth, within the band around the central three quarters of the tyre should be 1.6mm, no less. For having defective tyres, you can receive a £25000 fine and 3 points.
The cars oil level should be maintained between the min and max levels on the dip-stick, this prevents your engine from over-heating and in worse cases breaking down, as the oil cools, lubricates, cleans and protects your engine.
Be sure all your car lights are working, the best way to do this would be to turn on your hazard warning lights while your vehicle is stationary and in a safe and quiet place, walk around your vehicle to be sure all lights such as; main beam, dipped headlights, side lights, indicator lights and brake lights are all working correctly.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is:
80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood in your body
35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath
107 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of urine
The number of units you can drink does depend on things such as; weight, age, gender, the type/ amount of alcohol you’re drinking, what you have eaten and your stress levels.
As a result of being over the limit you can be banned from driving for at least 12 months, and fined up to £5,000, in some cases you could even be sent to prison for up to six months.
We recommend not to risk it at all, under any circumstance, due to it depending on you at the time. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Areas covered in Grimsby:
ASHBY CUM FERNBY
HOLTON LE CLAY