Ten Tips on Choosing Your Irish Driving Instructor.

Written by Robin Piggott


First of all letís examine why you would need a Driving Instructor in order to learn how to drive. Sure everyone needs a teacher, advisor or instructor, donít they, when facing up to a new challenge? Or do they? Which comes first,repparttar Chicken orrepparttar 150391 Egg?

Would you go out and Order an expensive Steinway Piano, never having played a note? Would you go to your local swimming pool and jump inrepparttar 150392 deep end if you had never been inrepparttar 150393 water before?

Would you ring up your local light Aircraft Company and order a Cessna for next day delivery and ask them to have it tanked up and ready to go?

How about booking a two week scuba Diving holiday inrepparttar 150394 Aegean when all your experience to date is a deck chair onrepparttar 150395 beach at Torremolinos? All ofrepparttar 150396 above scenarios are about as inconceivable as you can possibly imagine; yet thousands of Irish learner Drivers are doingrepparttar 150397 equivalent every day ofrepparttar 150398 week. Why so? Well it is a combination ofrepparttar 150399 previously lax laws and now that we do actually have some legislation heading us in roughlyrepparttar 150400 right direction,repparttar 150401 inability ofrepparttar 150402 Garda to enforce them .Yes we have had a good deal of changes to our system of Driving Tests and Licensing recently but Mandatory tuition has yet to be enacted. When it is introduced, hopefully we will be onrepparttar 150403 slow uphill climb to some degree of motoring competence instead ofrepparttar 150404 current Motoring mayhem which we currently enjoy.

Letís now have a look atrepparttar 150405 type of Instructor you should be looking for.

1.Look throughrepparttar 150406 Golden Pages and try to make a short list of those Driving Schools with a Web Site. You could of course, do a quick search on Google using various search terms. A School with a web site is one who takes their profession seriously and who will provide quite a lot of free, but invaluable information .Do not regard a web site as purely a smart way of attracting more pupils. Look at it as a way of getting some valuable info, together with an inside peek at whorepparttar 150407 Instructor might be, and how he or she does business.

2.Look for a school with qualified Instructors. Now in Ireland at present, but not for long, anyone can call themselves a qualified Instructor, never having so much as looked at an advanced Driving Course or taken any Examinations. We have The Driving Instructor Register here which has been examining Driving Tutors on a voluntary basis since 1996 .A good number of Driving Instructors have passed these exams and will be able to impart an advanced level of tuition.

3.Donít just ring up a Driving School and with your first sentence ask what prices are your lessons. You are perfectly entitled to query prices, which will be very muchrepparttar 150408 same from all established Schools. Schools that have not been established for long or who are desperate for business will be sometimes somewhat cheaper. Any one that is substantially less thanrepparttar 150409 bunch should be avoided since this is not a profession that is cheap to run and today you get what you pay for .Cheap lessons are exactly that!

4.Askrepparttar 150410 age ofrepparttar 150411 Instructor and how long they have been driving. European Driving School standards require that an Instructor must have been driving on a full licence for at least three if not four years. Frankly, anyone with less than ten years driving experience will not haverepparttar 150412 necessary skills to be a worthwhile choice in my view .We are talking here about teaching pupils skills for life and not a half-hearted few lessons prior torepparttar 150413 Driving Test, which sadly seems to be a favourite choice of a good many Irish learner Drivers.

My First Car A 1962 Chevy Belair ďThe Black BeautyĒ

Written by Sue DeFiore


My first car was a extraordinary black, 2 door 1962 Chevy Belair with blue vinyl seats, which I nicknamed ďThe Black BeautyĒ! I mean she shined beautifully when polished. There is nothing like a black car highly polished! It also didnít hurt to have those 8 cylinders and that great 283 workhorse engine that Chevy put in it! And all forrepparttar bargain price of $400! Five years later I sold it forrepparttar 150333 same price!

Like many of my generation, we normally got cars for our graduation. I was lucky, as my dad worked for Rolls Royce andrepparttar 150334 head mechanic there, Johnny T was selling this fantastic car. Now this wasnít just any 1962 Chevy Belair. Since Johnny T was an avid fisherman and didnít want to ruinrepparttar 150335 upholstery he coveredrepparttar 150336 cloth upholstery with a blue vinyl one. Johnny also put in allrepparttar 150337 instrumentation needed onrepparttar 150338 inside ofrepparttar 150339 car, oil and temp gauge, and tach. He also installed a blinker system, sorepparttar 150340 blinkers were onrepparttar 150341 hood. The final coupe de grace was putting Rolls Royce seat belts inrepparttar 150342 car. Since Johnny was a great mechanic and of course, did all his own work, when he sold usrepparttar 150343 car he included extra tires and allrepparttar 150344 materials to keeprepparttar 150345 brakes up to par for many years to come.

I can remember my first drive inrepparttar 150346 car. I pulled out of my drive way and drove over torepparttar 150347 park a couple blocks away, too, of course, show it off to all my friends.

I cleanedrepparttar 150348 Black Beauty every weekend from top to bottom. My Saturday morning ritual was cleaningrepparttar 150349 inside, and then washing it. I waxed it once a month. My dad went and got me a 8 track cassette for it (yes, I know I just dated myself; for those of you who donít know what an 8 track is, think CD player of today)! Unfortunately my poor baby was broken into a couple of times when they stole my 8 track and some very nasty person slitrepparttar 150350 front seat. Bad enough they took my 8 track and tapes,repparttar 150351 least they could have done is leftrepparttar 150352 seat alone. So, yes there were bad eggs around then too!

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