To Signal or Not to Signal – That is the Question? – Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (January 2020)

“Sufficient direction indicators shall be so fitted to every vehicle or every combination of vehicles at all times while such vehicle or combination of vehicles is in use in a public place as to enable the driver in the normal course of traffic to give adequate signals in good time to other traffic of his […]

Road Safety Ireland – February 2019 – Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD

Prince Philip Escapes Prosecution Prince Philip will not face any charges for a crash last month in Norfolk that saw his vehicle overturn and two women injured. Prosecutors said: “No further action should be taken against a driver involved in a collision on the A149 at Sandringham”.  The decision was made after the Duke, who […]

Drivers – Is Your Vehicle Roadworthy? – Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (December 2019)

Most readers of this article drive cars or other vehicles. In order to remain safe on the road it is incumbent on each one of us to ensure our vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and is mechanically sound. Apart from the resultant dangers of driving an unroadworthy vehicle, it’s illegal and therefore if stopped […]

Sleep Apnoea & Driving Risk – Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD November 2019

Harrington Driver Training Services Many drivers suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and go through a large part of their lives unaware of the condition. Studies have shown that 20/25pc of motorway crashes are due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel and these crashes are likely to occur at certain times of the day. […]

The Physics of Driving & ‘Mother Nature’s Law’- Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (August 2019)

Harrington Driver Training Services To be a good driver trainer one has to be a good driver. However, to be a good driver one doesn’t necessarily have to be a good trainer. But in relation to the operating principles of a motor vehicle – how much should a driver or the driver trainer know. Of […]

Unofficial Hand Signals & Misplaced Courtesy? Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (January 2020)

Harrington Driver Training Services Signaling is part and parcel of everyday motoring. We signal our intentions in various ways, from indicators to brake lights, flashing of headlights, the horn and position of our vehicle. However, there are those ‘courteous’ drivers who also give various gestures including the ‘come on’ wave inviting another road user to […]

Automaticity & The Psychomotor Driving Skills Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (September 2019)

Skillful and precise driving demands complex psychomotor skills, visuospatial co-ordination, vigilance and satisfactory judgment. However, many drivers lacks these skills – especially at the learning stage – and even though they will achieve a certain skill level to drive and  pass their driving test they will struggle to become as accomplished and ‘polished’ as a […]

Kinesics & the Driver Trainer’s Body Language – Tom Harrington LL M DSA ADI F Inst. MTD

Kinesics is the interpretation of body language such as facial expressions and gestures – or, more formally, non-verbal behaviour related to movement, either of any part of the body or the body as a whole. Eye- contact is another major aspect of facial communication and it serves many purposes. Posture can be used to determine […]