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Paul’s puzzles – can you solve them?


I launched a fun new page on my website yesterday called Paul’s Puzzles. You can have fun solving my driving themed riddles, puzzles and murder mystery whodunits. There’s only one on there at the moment but I’m adding more soon and plan to usually write a new one each week. This is going to be…

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1stDrive is on Facebook at last!


I have now added Facebook to 1stDrive.com. I just never used it before but now it’s here and I’m excited at the new opportunities it will bring. I plan to have a chat service on the site and you can now like and share pages with friends. I’m new to Facebook so if you have…

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Is carrying a mattress more dangerous than driving a truck?


I ordered a big luxury mattress for my bed a few days ago and it was delivered last night. After walking into my house the delivery men said they were sorry but they weren’t allowed to carry it upstairs for health and safety reasons. They drove off and left me with a 38KG (6 stone,…

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Mock standards checks


Demand for my mock standards checks is growing and it’s great that so many driving instructors are keen to enhance their skills. A standards check is when an examiner from the DVSA sits in the back of the car and observes a one-hour driving lesson. These examiners are not the same ones that only do…

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Standards check training blog


Yesterday I went and met Nigel, a driving instructor in Dudley who wanted some help with his upcoming standards check. I drove there in the late afternoon after a day of teaching and we had a really good session. You’ll be seeing the video coming soon but it made me realise how valuable standards check…

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I was attacked in a road rage incident


I was driving to a lesson several years ago when I was attacked by another driver. It was a case of road rage where the driver behind me didn’t like the fact I was sticking to the speed limit of 20 mph and decided to get out and hit me in the face. You can…

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New dash cams are here!


My new Mobius Maxi dash cams have arrived! From now on I’ll be filming even my day-to-day videos in 1080p at 60 fps. That means all my videos will look much smoother. Up until now I’ve recorded in 30fps (frames per second) which has been great but it just doesn’t look as smooth. If you’ve…

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What a strange 24 hours


The last 24 hours have been bizarre. I got home from work yesterday and felt fine. I’d had two good lessons and sat down to have a cup of tea when I started feeling ill. Within an hour I was at my doctors with horrific stomach pain. I felt like I was going to faint,…

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ADI training and the future of my driving school


I became a driving instructor because of the bad experience I had when learning to drive. I had an awful instructor who taught me many incorrect methods and did the same route on every lesson. I’ve never told the full story but maybe one day I will. That’s why I became a driving instructor though:…

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Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018


The government has announced that from 2018 learner drivers will be allowed to drive on the motorway before passing their driving test. This is something many people have wanted for a long time and I think it’s a good idea. Far too many people drive on motorways having no understanding of the rules and how…

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