My name is Mike.
I am a long time driving instructor, and I own Northumberland Driving School.
In this blog, I hope to pass along some of the driving tips and techniques that I have learned over the years.
Please read and send me any feedback or questions via the site contact form.
Many new drivers, hunting for the best price, have been lured by lower prices at non MTO approved driving schools. These drivers end up losing in more ways than one: They may not get the quality of instruction that they need Theymayl not get any discount on their car insurance Both of these are very […]
Distracted driving is a silent killer on Ontario’s roads, and it is becoming increasingly more common. During our driver training sessions, I continually stress the importance of ignoring phones, and keeping music turned low. It is also imperative not to wear headphones while driving. Even experienced drivers are distracted by passengers, and by talking on […]
When looking at the statistics in the Canadian Motor Vehicle Collision Statistics Report (2012), the following facts can be noted: Since 1993, fatal injuries are down 42% — likely the result of increased seat belt use and the presence of Air Bags in most vehicles. Since 2008, driver fatalities have improved almost 5%. Since 2008, […]
Most driving jurisdictions in North America do not have streetcars, so there are many drivers who are unaware of the basic rules of the road when they first confront these dinosaurs of modern transportation. Streetcars are inherently unsafe for their passengers. In almost every place where I have seen streetcars used, they are funneled down […]
If your windshield is fogging up some days, but not others, then it may be that you are just not using your heater correctly. 1) Make sure that you have the heater in the defrost setting. 2) Make sure that you put the fan on a high speed setting. 3) Make sure that you set […]
THE BEST WAY TO WARM UP A CAR IN THE WINTER IS TO NOT WARM IT UP COMPLETELY. Let me qualify that. When you first start a car in very cold weather, the fluids that lubricate the engine will be thick and not circulate properly. This means that the engine will not be getting a […]
One of the most intimidating things that most new drivers face is learning how to parallel park. Many student drivers fail this manouver on their driving test. My students usually fare much better on parallel parking because I have a simple, repeatable method that takes the guess work out of it. It still requires some […]
Most drivers do not set their rear view mirrors correctly. Most drivers set the center rear view mirror, and the two external rear view mirrors to show almost the exact same view. Having multiple mirrors showing you the same view is a waste of this important safety feature on your vehicle. The proper way to […]
Let me say that one of my biggest pet peeves are drivers who do not signal. A friend of mine recently wrote a facetious post on Facebook about how impressed he was with the fact that so many drivers in Toronto were so energy conscious that they chose not to signal because of the energy […]
In my courses, I always give students instruction as to the basic operation and maintenance of their vehicles. It is one of the things that I believe in doing to help our students be better drivers. Even so, sometimes it is easy to miss the obvious. I had an adult female student who was a […]