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5 Top Tips For Summer Driving

5 Top Tips For Summer Driving

Safe summer driving blog

5 top tips for summer driving

The summer holidays are nearly upon us. If you’re planning a road trip this summer, it’s very important to make sure that you and your car are prepared. So here are 5 top tips for safe summer driving.


If your tyres are at the wrong pressure or even damaged, in the heat the risk of a blowout could be increased. It’s very important to check your tyres before any long journey. (Also remember to increase your tyre pressure for extra loads)

If you have a caravan you should also do the same. If any tyres on the caravan show signs of cracking in the side wall or in the tread groves, they should be replaced asap.


Dazzle from the sun can cause lots of accidents through the summer months. You can reduce the effect of glare by keeping your windscreen clear and by replacing worn or damaged windscreen wipers.

Hay fever

If you are a hay fever sufferer it’s always best to do the following:

  • Make sure any medication you’re taking doesn’t cause drowsiness
  • Close windows and air vents to reduce pollen grains in the car
  • Keep tissues close to hand
  • Clean mats and carpets regularly to get rid of dust



If you smoke, make sure you don’t just throw your cigarette out the window when you have finished. During the summer months’ verges and embankments can be come bone-dry and a smoldering cigarette may be enough to ignite road side grass.


When driving through the country side it’s common to get stuck behind a tractor, this can be very annoying but it’s important to remember these points when stuck behind these slow moving vehicles:

  • Keep plenty of distance between you and the tractor
  • Remember that a tractor may be longer than it appears
  • When passing a tractor make sure you have plenty of room to get past


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Driving Tests-Cashback is Coming

As internet shoppers many of us will be familiar with the idea of cashback on your shopping. It’s always a welcome extra benefit.

Driving Tests

Well cashback could soon be coming to driving tests fees also. The government have plans to pay cashback to learner drivers who pass their test at the first attempt and a consultation is being launched, with the backing of the RAC.

The idea is to encourage drivers not to take the driving test before they are actually ready. As it is only some 1 in 5 people pass their driving test at the first attempt and there is anecdotal evidence that some learner drivers are booking a practical test well in advance, perhaps at the start of their lessons, and then taking the test at that time regardless of whether they are truly ready or not.

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, speaking on the subject, said “We want to make learning to drive safer and more affordable. This change will give those who pass first time some money back and provide an incentive for learners to be more prepared before they take their test”.

Learners who fail their test at the first attempt will still have to pay the full amount but they will be given more feedback from the examiner ahead of their second test. So potentially this change is beneficial for those who fail too.

The possibility of introducing more flexible slots for driving test appointments in the evenings and at weekends is another issue that will be considered during the consultation.

This article is intended for general information purposes only and  shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice.  Newnham &  Jordan Solicitors cannot accept  responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article or any external articles it may refer or link to.

Driving Tests-Cashback is Coming

Driving Licences

Driving offences solicitorDon’t leave it until you’re spoken to at the roadside by a police officer or receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution to check your driving licence.


If you change your address, or you marry and change your name, you must advise the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency straightaway.

There’s no fee unless you also want to change your photo on a photocard licence, in which case the cost is £20, the same as the fee for renewal at 10 yearly intervals.

Those of us still holding the old paper licence are okay for the moment but from 2015 DVLA will only issue photocard licences and the whole process of keeping them up to date and paying the appropriate fee will apply.

Incidentally beware of third party websites offering to handle your driving licence renewal process. While it is not illegal to offer such a paid for service (as long as it is properly explained) you will almost certainly find yourself paying quite a lot more for a DVLA service that may, depending on the event, often officially cost no more than £20. These third party sites often use a lot of bright orange in their background very similar to that used by Directgov so look carefully for the DVLA logo in the green triangle and, incidentally, they can also betray a lack of professionalism or even ignorance by spelling licence the American way with an S. Save your money but don’t put off what needs to be done.

Newnham & Jordan Solicitors are able to assist and advise you with regard to a variety of Road Traffic, Driving and other regulatory issues.

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This article is intended for general information purposes only and  shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. Newnham &   Jordan Solicitors, in Wimborne Dorset, cannot accept  responsibility for   any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in  respect of this   article or any external articles it may refer or link to.