Did you know that the rules of the road are always changing? I didn’t! It’s been almost 13 years since I passed my theory test and been over 10 years now that I’ve been on the road; Not once have I checked the Highway Code to see what has changed since then. Luckily, KwikFit have created a new e-Book that will help you find out about the most recent changes to MOT tests, the Highway Code, learning to drive and the costs associated with motoring. They just want to help to keep you safe and on the right side of the law, which is darn nice of them don’t you think!?
If you’ve been driving a car that’s over 3 years old, you’ll know that every 12 months you will need to take your car for an MOT. What you might not know is that there are now five MOT categories, so it’s well worth familiarising yourself with each one and what they mean so when your MOT swings around, you’re up to speed; Pass is a rather obvious one, but you have Advisory, Minor, Major and Dangerous now.
During your MOT, things are now being checked that weren’t being checked before such as if your tyres are inflated properly. This is something I will 100% have to remember to check before our next MOT as we had a slow puncture previously that we didn’t notice for quite some time as we do such little driving so we would have possibly failed our MOT on this now!
A great addition to your driving lessons now is following directions from a sat nav which is so vital to drivers safety. You may even get tested this during your driver test now where the instructor will pick a route and input the information for you to follow. I hardly drive anywhere without my sat nav so it’s great to see that it’s being recognised and have new drivers learn to do this safely.
There is also chatter that there will be new rules passed when it comes to passing your driving test too. Some of them I think are a great idea, others I think are a little drastic! I do think a limit on how powerful new drivers cars can be, with a restriction on engine sizes could work really well as most drivers don’t learn to drive in high powered cars so it’s a big change and could be dangerous. I do think that the use of mandatory P plates for up to two years after passing your driving test is a little too much though! When I passed my test I’d had my own car for almost 2 years and was driving nearly every day with my mum in the car (as per the rules!) so I’d like to think I was very confident on the road and that having the P plates would put me off driving!
The ebook from KwikFit also talks about the rising costs of insurance, the cost of running a car and possible changes in the future so it’s a really interesting read, for anyone that drives.