Monday, 24 November 2014

Vicky passing her driving test.

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Congratulations Vicky on #passing your #drivingtest today at the first try, a well deserved result. It has not only been a pleasure teaching you, it has also been fun. Enjoy your driving.

 — with Vicki Teasdale.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Oli passing his driving test.

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Congratulations Oli on #passing your #drivingtest this morning 1st time and with only 3 minor faults, really well done. I'm sure Tom will be pleased for you, even thou you've got braggin rights over your big bro.

Enjoy youe commute to college - drive safe, well done again.

Oli .. Penryn

Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Watcher

 It’s 7.35 on a still Monday morning, I’ve got four lessons today, the first one starting at 8.30 which leaves me enough time to give the car a wash. So with my bucket of warm soapy water, ( well it is December ), and sponge in one hand, and a brand new chamois leather in the other, I open the door and step out into the chill morning air.

The previous day’s bad weather had left the car in a bit of a state, the doors and sills were covered in mud and it was almost impossible see through the windows and so, with the first sweep of the sponge it was great to see the black bodywork come back to life.

I’d been working for about five minutes before the feeling of being watched started to creep over me. I stopped and looked around, curious to see who else was out at that time of the morning, but I appeared to be alone. Shrugging it off I carried on with the cleaning, but, as I got to the passenger side door the feeling returned and a glance in the nearside mirror brought a cold chill to the back of my neck.

My watcher was standing looking down on me, he wasn’t very tall but as he moved his head his cold staring eyes gave him a look of arrogant menace. I’d seen his type many times before and I had a bad feeling of what was to come.

It was 8.00 and the car was looking good, time left to pick up my diary and get to my first appointment. Apart from a couple of glances towards my watcher I had managed to put him out of my mind, as I walked back inside I had a quick look around and noticed he was no longer there, I felt a bit daft then as I closed the door.

The sight that met me as I returned outside was, I suppose, only to be expected, the watcher had left his calling card, down the length of the roof, across the windscreen and over the bonnet, like a line of bullet holes.

My eyes started searching for him and I didn’t have far to look, there he stood on the roof, an evil look on his face as his eyes followed me as I walked to the hosepipe, the air turning blue as I called him every name that I could think of.

I’m sure he knew what fate awaited him if he ever came within reach of me but for now he knew he was safe. Having to wash the car again was bad enough, hearing that screeching laugh of his just added insult to injury.

As the stinking mess slid from the car the thoughts of revenge had already started forming.

by Mike Lanyon

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Last week finished on a high with three very good lessons on Friday. My first pupil, Callum, is very close to being ready for his test and we started the day by asking what he felt his strengths and weaknesses were. He is very relaxed in the car and quite confident, but country roads and meeting traffic were the areas that he felt needed some attention so, the content of our lesson being decided, we set off.


Our route would start from the sea front and follow the coast road through Maenporth and Mawnan Smith, a relatively gentle start but progressing to some narrow country roads before returning to the streets of Falmouth. The weather was beautiful but, while it was great to see the sun it would prove to be an additional hazard when we reached the more difficult parts of the route.
Cliff Road

Castle Drive was nice and clear and, apart from a few joggers and dog walkers there was nothing too difficult to handle so it gave Callum time to settle himself into the drive. The road is pretty good until you pass Swanpool beach, then a nasty double uphill bend leads you into some of the more challenging parts of the route.

Road signs are put in place to give instructions or information to road users, and, while its always important to be aware of and to react to them, when driving on particularly difficult roads those needs are emphasised.

As our route progressed towards Maenporth the road became narrower with several bends and Callum found that he needed to focus even more on the road ahead. By reacting early to the road signs he was able to negotiate the difficult parts with relative ease and, when meeting oncoming traffic it gave him time to prepare rather than being rushed into taking avoiding action

Driving out of Maenporth the road twists and turns and reduces to single lane in places, this was the first time that Callum had tackled this hazard, he approached cautiously, keeping an eye open for passing places in case we met oncoming traffic, which, of course, happened. Callum slowed the car, slipped into first gear and, using clutch control, pulled to the side and applied the handbrake, allowing the approaching cars to proceed. Callum’s hill start was excellent and we continued on our way.

The road into Mawnan Smith still held some surprises, the black and white chevron sign, above right, being used after the left hand bend sign to indicate the sharpness of the approaching bend. Once again, with good observation and forward planning we were able to negotiate the corners safely and with no problems.
Driving away from Mawnan Smith the road becomes a little easier, although there are still a couple of nasty bends, and it’s as we approach one of these bends that we catch up with two cyclists. We don’t have a good view of the road ahead and so we
stay behind the cyclists until we can pass them safely, giving them as much room as possible and making sure that we check in our left hand mirror to see that they are still sitting on their bikes.

As we returned to Falmouth the hazards that come from meeting traffic changed again, now we were on streets with parked cars, sometimes on both sides of the road, and, of course, pedestrians now became another potential hazard. Increasing amounts of traffic also helped to keep Callum well focused as returning to his house would require us to pass through some quite busy roads.

Approaching Falmouth hospital we meet not only cars but also a bus and a lorry before the lights on the crossing turn to red, and if we were hoping for more challenges in Tregenver road we weren’t to be disappointed, because of the parking in the road there is little or no space to pass without someone having to stop and pull in, unfortunately not all drivers are polite as Callum is and, even though he had the right of way he still found it necessary to pull in to let oncoming traffic through because they  were not prepared to wait.

Our lesson finished shortly after and, once parked, we discussed how the lesson had gone. Callum felt satisfied that he had handled some difficult situations quite well, reading the road ahead and using available road signs had increased his awareness and therefore helped him to plan how he might be able to handle potential problems without panic. A successful lesson completed.
By Mike Lanyon

Thursday, 14 November 2013

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Hello and welcome to Accord Driving Schools first blog.

We offer driving tuition in the Falmouth/Penryn area and are both keen to help our pupils in any possible to pass their driving test.  I started the company over 12 years ago and Mike Lanyon joined me in 2010.

Both Mike and myself like to make our lessons fun and interesting and we hope that’s what this blog will be, please tell us if it isn’t. We are both new to the world of blogging and will welcome your input.

In future blogs we will not only be giving advice on how to pass your driving test, but also passing on news, information and stories from the world of driving; to invite discussion, comment and, hopefully, bring a smile to your faces.