Today is International Womens Day

Today is International Women’s Day! 


At SmartLearner Driving School we stand by the fight for gender equality across the world. Our list of female instructors is forever growing and we currently have many female instructors that teach in both manual and automatic.


However, the reality is only 1 in 4 driving instructors are female. Why not consider SmartLearners Award Winning Driving Instructor training and challenge gender stereotypes. SmartLearner is always looking for new people to join our ever-expanding roster of driving instructors. If you would be interested in becoming a driving instructor why not consider our driving instructor training?


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What is International Women’s Day?


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

    • Celebrate women’s achievements
    • Raise awareness about women’s equality
    • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
    • Fundraise for female-focused charities


Why is International Women’s Day important?

 Even in 2021 we still don’t have gender equality. According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for almost a century.

There’s urgent work to do – and we can all play a part.

How has driving been affected in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has recently resolved their ban on women driving. Women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.

The Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia, have been fighting for years to change this law. Manal Al-Sharif, began the campaign back in 2011. She was sent to prison after posting a YouTube video of herself driving a car.

Until now, only men were allowed driving licences, while there was no formal ban on women driving, they couldn’t drive legally either as they could not get a licence. The law was changed by 24 June 2018.

The previous leader of Saudi Arabia started relaxing some of the laws around what women could do back in 2011. But this change is said to be down to the current king’s son Mohammed Bin Salman.

Did you know?

In 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association was formed in America, with its main goal to allow women to vote. After the victory of World War One on the 6th of February, 1918, the Representation of the People Act was brought into force. This was the first time women were allowed to vote.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American rights activist, held the first Woman’s Rights Convention. She called for changes to be made in law, to gain equal rights for women.

76% of healthcare and social care workers, 86% of personal care workers in health services are women.

Help Raise Awareness for International Women’s Day

The IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenging world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. SmartLearner Driving School stands with the fight for gender equality!

Raise Awareness for International Women's Day

Raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choosing to challenge and call out inequality.

Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

Where can I donate?

The following link has a list of women’s charities to which you can donate to.

What you can expect for your first in-car driving lesson experience?

In your first-in car driving lesson, you may feel nervous, or have lots of thoughts in the mind. There are some common things that always happen when you go for your first driving practice. You can also ask your friend or relative who can help you by sharing his first driving experience.

Below, look for things that are likely to occur during your first in-car driving experience:

  • You will have to bring your learner’s approval or permit

To legally be allowed to drive in your first in-car driving lesson, the driving instructor will definitely ask to see your learner’s permit or student license; you must keep this with you while learning the driving lessons.

  • Lots of Q & A

During your first in-car driving lessons, there are high chances that you will ask many questions to remove all doubts regarding the driving. Your instructor will be ready to provide you with answers to make you more confident.

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  • New COVID-19 driving lesson policies

In this ongoing pandemic, it is sure that you will notice some changes; the COVID-19 adjustments are done to keep students and instructors safe. These changes include: wearing a face mask, use of gloves while driving, your temperature will be checked upon arrival, follow social distancing, and many more.

  • The instructor will relax you

It is normal to feel anxious when going for the first driving session. Your instructor is trained to ease you into driving. Take a deep breath and feel relax; after some time, you will find yourself enjoying the drive.

Driving Lessons near me Warwick

If have a plan to go for Driving lessons Warwick then the above points will prepare you in advance. You will be more motivated while driving the first time. Your first in-car driving lessons experience is important to decide how quickly you can learn driving.

By searching as Driving Lessons near me Warwick, you will get lots of driving options near you and can start your driving course without any difficulty.

How do you know if a bus lane is suspended?

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How do you know if a bus lane is suspended?

A bus lane is marked with either dashed white lines or a solid white line.

The solid white lines mark out the edge of the bus lane and should not be crossed while it is in operation.

The dashed white lines signify the beginning and end of the lanes, as well as points where it’s acceptable for vehicles to cross into it.

They will also have the words ‘bus lane’ marked along the road.

When can’t bus lanes be used? 

All bus lanes have blue signs signalling their times of operation. 

The sign will usually show a time period, and the days of the week when restrictions for non-buses are to be taken notice of.

Sometimes they’ll show two sets of times (e.g. Mon-Fri 6.30 – 10.30am, 3.30 – 5.30pm).

If there are no times are shown on the sign then this means the lane is in operation 24 hours a day and can’t be used at any point by unauthorised vehicles.

When can bus lanes be used? 

If you’re driving outside a bus lane’s operating hours, then you can use it as long as it’s safe and states it is not in use. 

Be aware that not using a bus lane when it’s safe or it is still in operation during your driving test could result in a marking down.

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The UK set to ban use of mobile phones when driving.

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The UK set to ban use of mobile phones when driving. 

The government is set to update the law to ban drivers in the UK from using mobile phones at all whilst driving. The current law states drivers are not allowed to send texts or make calls when driving. 

However it is not illegal to do other activities, such as scroll through music, play games or take photos from behind the wheel. 

The government has said the change is due to come into law after a 12 week public consultation. The new law will allow police to take intermediate action if they see a driver holding or using a phone at the wheel.


 The offence could lead to a £200 fine and six points. 


When driving you will still be able to use your phone as a sat nav as long as you’re not physically holding the phone. Buying a mount for your window or dash board will make sure that the phone is hands free. 

Police can prosecute for driving without due care and attention if they see a motorist touching the device to type in instructions whilst at the wheel. If you need to reset the sat nav, pull over where safe to do so and type type these instructions.

In 2019, there were 637 casualties on Britain’s roads. These included 18 deaths and 135 serious injuries.

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How is the theory test changing? – online theory classes

The theory test for learners will be changing.

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What changes will be made?

The changes are aimed to make the theory test more accessible for individuals who have a reading impairment, learning disabilities, or developmental condition.


Currently, the theory test has 5 questions to answer based on a case study at the end. You need to read through the case study first and then answer the questions, the case study will be the same for the 5 questions.

When theory tests change, instead of reading a case study and answering questions, you will watch a video and answer 3 questions about the video. The video clip can be replayed and watched as many times as needed.

The video will be a clip of driving through an area, such as a town, country lane etc. For each question, you will be given 4 possible answers to choose from.


Possible question example: Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?


The left-hand side of the screen will play the video clip with controls to play the video, pause the video, move to a specific part of the video by dragging the icon on a progress bar similar to a YouTube video and watch the video using the full screen. The questions will then be shown on the right-hand side.


What is staying the same?


You will still have 50 multiple choice questions to answer, with the timescale of 57 minutes to complete them. You will need to score a minimum of 43 out of 50 to pass the question side of the test. The hazard perception section is staying the exact same. This will be watching video clips to spot possible hazards.


SmartLearner Driving School has recently begun to offer theory support online. Currently, SmartLearner offers 1-2-1 help towards your theory test that requires pupils to travel to the office in Coventry. However, due to COVID-19 and current regulations, they now offer online theory support online. Their regular theory classes were met with great reception, high praise, and students who took regular lessons with the theory instructor all passed! If you would like to get booked in for online theory support give us a call on 0800 118 2001 or visit our website.


Types of crossings are operated in different ways. Each crossing is explained below, along with how to navigate these.

Zebra crossings:

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Look out for pedestrians that are waiting to cross, they have priority. Prepare to stop or slow down to let them cross. As pedestrians have the right of way, you must give way to those that are already on the crossing. If conditions are icy or wet, leave more time to allow yourself to stop or slow down. Do not wave individuals across as this can be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching on the other side, simply stop and wait. Look out for any pedestrians who have not yet reached the crossing but decide to cross just before.

Pedestrians should give traffic plenty of time to see them and to stop before you begin to cross. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing it. Traffic does not have to stop until pedestrians are on the crossing. Keep looking both ways in case a vehicle has not seen you.

Signal-controlled crossings:

The crossings are signal-controlled crossing’s, a flashing amber light follows after the red stoplight. When there is a flashing amber light, you still need to give way to pedestrians on the crossing. If the amber light is flashing but there are no pedestrians present, you may move on. Give way to anyone still crossing after the signal for vehicles has changed to green. This applies to all crossings.

These are controlled by pedestrians as they will need to push a button to cross safely and