Gears Infographic

Lockdown seems to be going on forever. Still, messing around with Powerpoint occupied me for a few hours yesterday. I like the look of infographics and made this one about gears. Let me know if I’ve made any glaring errors or typos!

gears infographic


Globe trotting Alice has visited more countries than I ever will. It’s been interesting hearing about foreign climes. However, Alice confined herself to the streets of Basingstoke this morning and drove flawlessly (apart from that speed bump!) to get her full licence. Well done! Enjoy driving and resuming your travels when the current restrictions are lifted (sooner rather than later I hope).


Arran is a Reading supporter! It doesn’t affect his driving though 🙂 He did something very unusual today in his early morning, drizzly test: he drove with no faults at all! That is a very rare achievement. Congratulations Arran, it’s been a pleasure helping you get your licence. Enjoy yourself in your Polo and (of course) take care.


Leila’s test came up very quickly after the virus lockdown. No problem! Leila chatted to her lovely examiner non stop throughout the test and came away with a well deserved pass. Congratulations Leila – I hope to see you for a spin on the motorway.


Jared takes after his Mum in that he’s a great driver and I had the privilege of teaching them both! Equally happy driving a tractor with a huge trailer or my tiny car, Jared drove really well today and deservedly passed. Enjoy driving your car Jared!

Basingstoke roundabouts

The Winchester Road roundabout in Basingstoke is a bit tricky to the uninitiated. Lots of lanes and options squeezed into a relatively small space. Think Driving School made an excellent video showing you all the options and pitfalls – thanks go to them!

Visual tricks

You know how us driving instructors are always going on about looking carefully when pulling out of a junction, or when approaching a roundabout? Did you know that your eyes (and your brain) can be easily fooled?

This Wikipedia article explains how your eye can easily miss some important information. It has an interesting blind spot test – you should try it!

The image below has pairs of dots in each corner – unless you look at the centre of the image, in which case there is only one dot at the corners.

It’s all too easy to take a quick glance at a junction, and go, when a more thorough scan of the road might save you a lot of hassle!
Check out some more illusions here.


Nathan’s speciality is artificial intelligence and cloud computing which makes driving a piece of cake by comparison. A lovely drive around Basingstoke this morning followed by some “precision” parking 🙂 Well done Nathan, enjoy driving to your new job!