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The 2023 Driving Instructor Survey

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WHAT THE DRIVING TEST WAITING TIME ACTUALLY MEANS With many learner drivers waiting longer than we'd like to take a driving test, there's obviously a lot of interest in driving test waiting times and what we are doing to reduce them. In the last few weeks, we have asked all eligible managers and administrative staff back on the front line to carry out driving tests full time. They’ll do this until the end of March 2024 and it will create about 150,000 extra driving tests, helping to reduce driving test waiting times. We're often asked by learner drivers, driving instructors and the media for the latest driving test waiting time. In this blog post, I want to explain how we work out the driving test waiting time we report on, and how it’s just part of a range of measures we look at. As at 16 October 2023, the current national average car driving test waiting time is 18.8 weeks. But to be very clear, that does not mean that every learner driver in Great Britain is going to have to wait 18.8 weeks between booking and taking their test. As well as the national average, each driving test centre also has its own waiting time. The figure we report is how long it is until at least 10% of the weekly appointments are still available to book. Let's look at an example. If we have a test centre where there are 175 tests available 4

each week, the waiting time is the first week when 18 or more appointments are still available to book. In this example you can see that it's 9 weeks until 18 or more appointments are still available. So the waiting time here is 9 weeks. But you can see that there are still 68 appointments available in the weeks before then – so many people would not be waiting 9 weeks, and some would only need to wait 2 weeks. The booking window for driving tests is a rolling 24 weeks. Each week, we add a new week’s worth of tests. We also add tests as and when they become available. For example, if a driving examiner is going to transfer to another test centre in 4 weeks’ time, appointments with them are added. Let's take that same example from before, and now add another driving examiner from

week 5 onwards. That driving examiner will do 35 tests a week when they join. So our test centre will have: • a 175 appointment capacity each week for weeks 1 to 4 • a 210 appointment capacity each week from week 5 onwards The waiting time is now the first week from now where either: • 18 or more appointments are still available to book (weeks 1 to 4) • 21 or more appointments are still available to book (week 5 onwards) As you can see, there are now only 5 weeks until 21 or more appointments are still available. So the waiting time has become 5 weeks. Now these are quite simple examples, and in reality it's not quite as simple as that, as things are constantly changing. But they should give you a better insight into how driving test waiting times work.


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BEING A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR CAN BE A CHALLENGING BUT REWARDING CAREER CHOICE AS YOU GUIDE AND PREPARE YOUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE ON THE ROAD This crucial role instructors play in making our roads a safer place comes with risks, however, that you should prepare for. If your vehicle is involved in an accident, you’ll want to avoid having to pay for repairs or a new vehicle. And, particularly in these challenging times, you’ll want to get back to earning an income through doing what you do best. Having the right insurance policy in place can give you peace of mind. And, as specialists in providing motor insurance to driving instructors and driving schools, we at C&A Mackie Insurance Brokers understand you need a service you can rely on. A good broker will fit your


insurance around you and your career, ensuring you’re fully protected, and your policy offers the right benefits for your personal circumstances. Our team of experts at C&A Mackie Insurance Brokers have many years of experience providing driving instructor insurance. We offer full and part-time cover for Approved and Potential Driving Instructors. Our people will get to know you and your requirements as we find the right insurance solutions for you and your business. We check with the many insurance companies we’ve built up strong relationships with over the years to get the best deal

for you. As well as covering costs involved in a claim, your cover also includes a replacement dual-controlled vehicle, regardless of an accident being fault or non-fault. And, through our 24/7 Motor Claims Line, if you need to claim for vehicle damage, our advisers will contact your insurer and the third-party insurer, deal with any claim, and provide ongoing support throughout the process. We can also provide additional products including Motor Legal Expenses, Breakdown Assistance, GAP Insurance, Replacement Car following mechanical failure, Excess Protection and Key Replacement Cover. It’s not just your insurance solutions that are important to us. We’re proud of the great customer service our friendly team of advisers provide. And we’re there for you throughout the year – not just at renewal time! Why settle for a one-sizefits-all driving instructor insurance policy when you can get a bespoke package that suits your needs? Get in touch with us on 0141 423 8555 to find out more about the insurance we can offer you and to receive a free no obligation quote.



TYRE SAFETY – HERE’S SOME TIPS TO LOOK AFTER YOUR TYRES THIS WINTER! It’s a brilliant time to recap on best practice to ensure that tyres are looked after. The largest tyre manufacturer in the world, Michelin, has provided an easy to follow guide. Alongside our partners at Kwik Fit and Michelin, RED Driving School took part in some research to understand which areas – outside of the learning to drive process – learners and new drivers would benefit from some added advice, finding that tyre maintenance was a key area to work on. The survey specifically found that over two thirds of respondents had never checked their tyre pressure, a simple way to identify any potential issues. This, coupled with the knowledge that 57% 8

of tyres being driven on Britain’s roads are underinflated, paints a picture of a potentially costly and dangerous outcome for drivers if tyres are left untreated. In a time of hyper-focus on finances, it’s worth mentioning that underinflated tyres increase fuel usage and it is estimated that the UK’s motorists could be wasting between £600m – £1 billion in unnecessary fuel bills due to underinflated tyres. Richard Bezzant, Marketing Director UK & ROI, Michelin Tyre PLC comments, “As tyres naturally lose some air through the rubber, it is important to check your tyre pressure regularly. Without this, you risk losing grip and increasing your braking distances. You can also damage your tyres, shorten

their life and increase your fuel consumption. Simple practices can really make the difference.” 1. What’s the recommended tyre pressure? Tyre pressure is always optimally defined by the manufacturer for the vehicle / tyre combination with a clear objective: your safety. This is why it is imperative to consult the pressure recommended by your manufacturer for your vehicle. It is generally indicated: • on a sticker in your driver’s side door, • in the fuel filler flap, • or in the vehicle manual. The recommended pressure for your front and rear tyres may not be the same. You will also

Carly Brookfield Chief Executive of the Driving Instructors Association "We're pleased to see providers such as Collingwood are supporting pupils in this way, by helping them access an insurance product which covers them as they learn and incentivises learning outside of their formal lessons. Rewarding instructors who facilitate access to this product, and who actively encourage accompanied practice, is another great feature of Collingwood's product"

Peter Harvey Chairman of the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain This insurance is a fantastic way of encouraging learners to get extra practice in their own/family vehicle without risking any no claims bonus the family may already have, it also gives the pupil a good introduction to planning for their own insurance when they pass the L-test. As an added incentive for the instructor it brings in some additional income through the affiliate scheme - as the saying goes, every little helps and that's something I've appreciated over the years I've been using the scheme. As an MSA Member it costs you nothing to enrol with Collingwood and both pupil and parents or guardians can view the excellent website before making any decisions or financial commitment. Sign up now: your pupils will like the extra freedom - and I'm sure you will like the extra income and benefits it generates.

What Driving Instructors Have To Say! Katy Higgins Insight2Drive and winner of Best Woman in Business Award "I think it is a great way of learners being able to get that practice in before going for a test, and at an affordable price too. It's a win win situation." D Shephard "Thanks for your service to us instructors, I will certainly always recommend you to anyone who needs prospective insurance cover for a learner driver, I find your assistance second to none, it's brilliant!" S Lord "I am more than happy to help Collingwood to get young motorists on the road with as little fuss as possible. All young drivers deserve a helping hand." D Evans "I find this scheme very useful for pupils wishing to have practice when learning with an A.D.I."

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check your tyre pressure when the vehicle has been driven less than 2 miles. This will give you a true picture of your tyre pressure. If necessary, you can adjust by adding air if the pressure is low. 4. What should I be doing with the spare wheel? The spare tyre is often overlooked in the tyre pressure checking process. However, if your vehicle is equipped with one, you should be able to rely see that two types of pressure the correct pressure is reached. on it if one of your tyres goes are indicated: flat or is damaged. The spare 3. When should you check tyre also needs to be checked • Normalised pressure: this is tyre pressure? regularly, even if it is not used the standard pressure Always check your tyre pressure daily. • Loaded pressure (often when the tyres have not been symbolised by passengers driven or have been driven very 5. How do I know I have a tyre and luggage): to be little and as a minimum on a puncture? adopted when the vehicle monthly basis. This is because The TPMS (Tyre Pressure is particularly loaded, for when you drive, the tyres heat Monitoring System) allows you example when going on up, which causes their pressure to detect when your tyres are holiday to rise. If you check your tyre too low in pressure. It has been pressure after driving for a long compulsory in Europe since 1 The pressure is indicated in the time, you will feel that your tyres November 2014 (in the USA pressure units of either BAR or are over-inflated and you may since 2007), which means that in PSI (1 bar = 14.50 psi). be tempted (wrongly) to remove your vehicle is equipped with air in order to adjust. it if it was manufactured after 2. How do you check your tyre It is recommended that you this date. pressure? The easiest way to do this is to check and adjust your tyre pressure at home. All you need is a portable compressor, which you can buy in Automotive tooling and accessory stores. If you don’t have one, most petrol or service stations have a tyre inflator. After identifying the tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer*, insert the compressor nozzle onto the valve. Check whether the tyre pressure indicated corresponds to the recommendation. If not, press the button to inflate until 10

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR FORUM MAGAZINE The advantage of this system is that it provides an automatic warning of your tyre pressure. You might then think that you don’t have to go to the service station every month because the TPMS is there to tell you when it’s time to reinflate your tyres, but that’s not what we recommend. The TPMS has one drawback: it only activates when your tyres have lost 20% of their air, which is about 0.4 bar on average and at this pressure level, the tyre is already under-inflated and it is known that an under-inflated

tyre leads to premature wear. If your tyre wears out prematurely, it will have to be replaced earlier than expected, meaning extra costs. 6. And what do I do about a punctured tyre? Call Recovery if you are unable to continue your journey safely. Damaged tyres should only be removed from the rim by a trained tyre technician who can fully assess the tyre both externally and internally and determine if the tyre is repairable. Small punctures in the tread

may be temporarily repaired with a tyre sealant. Always follow the sealant guidelines. NB Do not use tyre sealants if the puncture is too large or if the tyre sidewall itself is damaged. Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School comments, “The cost of replacing tyres prematurely far outweighs the effort it takes to check on their wear and tear. We urge all learner and new drivers to get into the habit of regularly checking their tyre pressure once a month, taking into account Michelin’s handy advice.”


THE NEW MINI MULTITONE EDITION MINI has launched a brandnew limited edition for the MINI Electric; the Multitone Edition, with exclusive designs on both the exterior and interior of the car. Limited to just 200 examples in the UK, the MINI Multitone Edition symbolises the diversity within the MINI community and is offered with an editionexclusive multitone roof design. Extending from the windscreen frame to the rear across the entire roof, the gradient starts with Aspen White before transitioning through the subdued grey shade of Melting Silver II then finishing in Jet Black. The unique look created by this colour gradient is complemented in the MINI Multitone Edition by an abstract, white rainbow on the roof, which is also featured throughout the design of the special edition. This special look is made possible by the innovative wet-on-wet painting process used by the British MINI plant


in Oxford. With this Spray Tech paint finish, the three colour shades are applied directly one after the other. Due to changing environmental conditions, deviations in the colour pattern may occur, making each MINI Multitone Edition vehicle unique. Offered on MINI Electric for the first time, the new MINI Multitone Edition is presented exclusively in Sage Green Metallic, which has previously only been available on the MINI Countryman. The black or chrome trims surrounding the headlights and MINI badge have been replaced and are offered for the first time in White alongside 17” Scissor Spoke 2-tone wheels. On the exterior of the vehicle, a graphic rainbow motif made up of Indian Summer Red and Sage Green colours can be found on the C-Pillar with matching-coloured designs also found on the side scuttle and door sills, and exclusive selflevelling wheel caps in a two-

tone design. These motifs continue into the interior of the vehicle, where logos can be found on the sun visor, floor mats, cockpit facia and steering wheel. Customers of the MINI Multitone Edition will also receive a 3D printed key car in Sage Green. The MINI Multitone Edition is offered to market as a MINI Electric Level 2, featuring front heated seating, automatic dual zone air conditioning, sports leather steering wheel and sports seats as standard. Also standard is a 8.8” centre display screen, Apple CarPlay, MINI Navigation system, cruise control, MINI Driving Modes, rain senior with automatic headlight activation, rear view camera and rear park distance control. The new MINI Electric Multitone Edition is limited to just 200 units in the UK and available to order from retailers nationwide, priced at £33,200 OTR.


40% OF DRIVING INSTRUCTOR EARNINGS HAVE INCREASED TO £1000 PER WEEK A recent survey by FBTC, a specialist accountancy services provider and RED Driver Training, reveals the buoyancy of the driver instructor market in which earnings have increased by an inflation-beating 11.5 per cent in the past year. The survey shows that 40 per cent of Driving Instructors achieve a gross weekly earning of £1000 or more. Alongside this, average earnings for the profession increased from £836.11 in 2021, to £935.93 in 2022 – marking an increase of over £99 in the last year. As the reality of a tough economic year ahead is realised, and many in the workforce contemplate a change of career direction or a job switch, there might never be a better time to consider a more independent and fulfilling role such as a Driving Instructor. Testament to this is how 92% of Driving Instructors are satisfied with their job, up from a strong 80% last year, the survey shows. As consumer demand continues to grow in light of the national driving test backlog caused by the 2020 pandemic – in which learner drivers are still facing test wait times of up to six months – the average UK lesson prices have also topped the £30 per hour mark for the first time. The cost-of-living crisis is

having a profound impact on workers, encouraging people to look elsewhere for additional streams of income. Research shows that 26% of people in the UK are planning to change jobs as a direct result of the current climate, in which many workers are also seeking part time roles that provide flexibility alongside their current job, such as driving instructor training. RED Driver Training, the National Driving School of the Year, offers training for instructors and is responding to the backlog in learner drivers wanting to pass their test through their recruitment drive, with demand for an additional 400 Driving

Instructors. Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driver Training, comments: “The January blues have become a much more publicised phenomena in recent years, but there is something to be said for considering the future positively at the start of a new year. The role of a driving instructor can offer many benefits including steady and rewarding professional work, the opportunity to maintain flexibility in working hours and locations, and the amazing satisfaction of seeing your learners passing their test safely, successfully and achieving the freedom of the road.” 13

THE PEUGEOT E-208, NOW WITH A NEW ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN OFFERING UP TO 248 MILES OF RANGE The electric technology being offered on the recently announced PEUGEOT e-308 is set to launch on the popular PEUGEOT e-208 in 2023. The PEUGEOT e-208 will be offered with 15% more power and 10.5% more electric driving range. After an initial optimisation at the end of 2021 that increased its range to 225 miles, the PEUGEOT e-208 will benefit from a major technological shift in 2023 to incorporate the new PEUGEOT e-308’s motor. Maximum power will increase by 15%, from 100 kW/136 bhp to 115 kW/156 bhp, while major work on efficiency will increase the range by 10.5%, to reach up to 248 miles. The award-winning PEUGEOT e-208 has impressed customers since launch with its dynamic looks, onboard technology and driving experience. Its many qualities have made it a huge success with customers: almost 110,000 have been produced since its launch in 2019, but above all,


the PEUGEOT e-208 has been leading sales in the electric B segment in Europe since the beginning of 2022. Up to 248 miles of electric driving range thanks to major technological developments The new version of the 100% electric PEUGEOT e-208 will come with: • A new engine with 115 kW/156 hp, an additional 15 kW/20 hp and 260 Nm of torque available from stand still for immediate reactivity, adding further enjoyment to the driving experience • A new, more efficient highvoltage battery, with a gross capacity of 51 kWh. The useful capacity of this battery increases from 46.6 kWh on the current model to 48.1kWh and operates at 400 volts Efficiency was the priority for this new powertrain, since all of these developments make it possible to aim for remarkably low average energy consumption.



to preserve the amount of energy contained in the battery when heating and maintaining the temperature inside the vehicle. • A class "A+" tyre, which minimises energy loss through friction. • A revised transmission ratio of the gearbox that increases the range on road and motorway journeys.

The advantages from the first optimisation in 2021 remain At the end of 2021, the PEUGEOT e-208 had already benefited from an initial technological development aimed at increasing its efficiency, which increased the range from 217 miles to 225 miles (WLTP). Since its launch and thanks to these two successive developments, the PEUGEOT e-208 will now offer 17.65% more range and 15% less energy consumption.


All of the optimisations from 2021 are still present in the new e-208: • A heat pump coupled with a humidity sensor installed on top of the windscreen maximises the energy efficiency of the heating and air conditioning. The information transmitted by the sensor makes it possible to control the air recirculation in the passenger compartment more accurately and, ultimately,

The effectiveness of this first development is particularly noticeable at low outside temperatures. But beyond the substantial increases in range on the WLTP cycle, there are significant benefits for customer usage as well, including a gain of 24 miles of range when in urban traffic at temperatures close to 0°C. Easy to buy and use every dy Two types of on-board chargers are available on the PEUGEOT e-208, to suit all uses and all charging solutions: as standard, a single-phase 7.4 kW charger and, as an option, a threephase 11 kW charger. The PEUGEOT e-208 is capable of fast charging: from a 100kW public charging point, allowing a 20-80% charge in less than 25 minutes. The PEUGEOT e-208 featuring the improved range will be available in the UK from 2023 to purchase in store from PEUGEOT Retailers or via PEUGEOT’s Buy Online platform. Buy Online allows customers to configure, finance, and order their next vehicle entirely from the comfort of their home, as well as obtain a part-exchange valuation on their current vehicle.



NEXT-GENERATION COLLISION-AVOIDANCE TECH DEMONSTRATED BY NISSAN Nissan recently demonstrated a Skyline sedan fitted with a still-in-development version of the automaker’s ProPilot driver-assist feature. The latest version adopts lidar detection to create a highly accurate view of a vehicle’s surrounding environment in real time, to support much more capable collision-avoidance features than current automatic emergency braking features. The Skyline sedan (sold in the U.S. as an Infiniti Q50) used in the demonstration was fitted with lidar, as well as radar and camera sensors. Information from these sensors is fused together to create a view of the environment in a process Nissan calls Ground Truth Perception. Using this information, the 18

Skyline sedan is able to judge a situation and automatically perform high-speed collisionavoidance operations, including changing lanes when necessary. The hazards could include a vehicle, person or even a rolling tire suddenly entering the lane or blocking multiple lanes, as well as slowed traffic up ahead. Nissan sees this as a key step on the road to full self-driving cars. “We are confident that our in-development Ground Truth Perception technology will make a significant contribution to owner confidence, reduced traffic accidents and autonomous driving in the future,” Takao Asami, Nissan’s head of global research and development, said in a statement.

Nissan is relying on lidar from America’s Luminar for Ground Truth Perception. Other companies working with Luminar include Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Nissan said it expects to complete development of its Ground Truth Perception technology by the middle of the decade. The technology will start filtering out to the first models shortly after that date, and by 2030 it should be available on every new model. Nissan’s existing version of ProPilot available in showrooms enables a vehicle to handle itself in a single lane during regular driving. It can also handle lane changes. In both cases the driver needs to be monitoring things and ready to take over at any time.

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HYUNDAI MOTOR ANNOUNCES I30 N DRIVE-N LIMITED EDITION Hyundai Motor has announced the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition, an exclusive, special version of the highperformance Hyundai i30 N hatchback. This unique edition of the new i30 N delivers the same high-performance driving experience with a distinctive exterior and interior design. The limited run of 800 units began production in the last week of April, with 75 vehicles destined for the UK1. To develop the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition, Hyundai enhanced the current i30 N using market feedback, media feedback, and inspiration by N-thusiasts – its community of Hyundai N fans – who have already been modifying their own vehicles. The exclusive edition is available in two body colours – Phantom Black Pearl and the new Serenity White Pearl. The i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition is equipped with the i30 N’s 2.0 T-GDi engine, with peak power of 280PS and 392

Nm torque, combined with Hyundai’s in-house developed eight-speed wet-type dualclutch transmission with three N performance functions for an even sportier experience: N Power Shift, N Grin Shift, and N Track Sense Shift. By using the N Grin Shift (NGS) button, the car will get a “boost” of additional 10 PS for the amount of 20 seconds. The exterior and interior designs of the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition have been carried over from the new i30 N to deliver the same fun-todrive experience wrapped in a more exclusive package. The exterior will feature 19-inch forged alloy wheels in a dark bronze matte finish; black Hyundai badges; special decals on the side, front and rear; and two dedicated Drive-N badges in dark bronze matte on the side fenders. The badges on the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition also display the GPS coordinates of the home of the N models, the Hyundai


Motor Europe Test Center at Nürburgring in Germany. Hyundai’s high-performance cars are developed, tested, and honed at the NürburgringNordschleife since 2011. The interior of each unit is outfitted with a unique numbered badge, depicting its position among the limited volume of 800 total units. Instead of leather, Alcantara with red stitching will cover the steering wheel, gear lever, armrest, and handbrake. All accents decorating the interior will be in red colour. This applies to the seat belts in the front and rear, the steering wheel N buttons, the inserts and stitching of the N Light Seats with its new pattern. The i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition also has exclusive floor mats with specific lettering. UK pricing and specification will be confirmed in due course. Hyundai N’s brand slogan is ‘Never just drive’. This claim


captures the mindset and spirit of N: Do more than simply drive. Enjoy every second of it. To ensure this, the highperformance engines found in Hyundai N models are tuned for great responsiveness and excellent power output. This display of power shows customers that driving is not just about reaching a destination – it can be exciting as well. Hyundai N stands for Namyang, where Hyundai

Motor’s global research and development centre is in Korea. Opened in 1995, the Namyang R&D Center is the heart of the company’s global research and development network, the birthplace of Hyundai N, and where the i30 N was conceived. N also stands for Nürburgring. Hyundai’s highperformance technologies are tested and further developed at one of the world’s most challenging racetracks, Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

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THE 2023 DRIVING INSTRUCTOR SURVEY We’ve published the results of the 2023 working as a driving instructor survey. First, I want to thank every one of the 5,795 people who spent time filling in the survey. I know it can be easy to be sceptical about filling in surveys, but your feedback is really important. Understandably, we heard lots about how driving test waiting times are affecting you and your pupils. And you’re absolutely right to ask for more to be done. Dealing with driving test waiting times continues to be our top priority at DVSA. Many of you commented about how bots and unofficial booking services are making your working lives harder. Loveday Ryder, our chief executive, recently blogged about how we’re dealing with bots and reselling of driving tests. We’ll be telling you more about our plans on this soon, too. I do want to highlight how your hard work is paying off, though. Recently published statistics from the Department for Transport show that between April 2022 and March 2023, 816,775 people passed their car driving test – the previous year, 751,914 people passed. That’s helping the country’s economy. It’s helping people to become independent and unlocking opportunities for them. It’s transforming lives - and not just your pupils - but their families, friends and colleagues’ lives. You should be proud of how your hard work is making a 24

real and lasting difference. And the latest statistics show that more people than ever who are passing their driving test are doing so with zero faults. Between April 2012 and March 2013, just 1.5% of people who passed the car driving test passed with zero faults (a ‘clean sheet’). Ten years on, and that’s increased to 3.9%. It’s an indication that those who are passing are better prepared than ever. So thank you for having those difficult conversations with pupils and parents. Thank you for every early start or late finish you’ve done to accommodate pupils. Thank you for being out in all weathers. And thank you for every lesson you rearranged when another test-ready pupil found an earlier appointment at short notice. We heard lots from you in the survey about needing better support and guidance. If you’ve had chance to read DVSA’s vision to 2030, you’ll have seen that we want to do much more work to inform, educate and advise. So it’s really encouraging to hear you saying the same. It’s great to see that more of you than ever are aware of some of our newest guidance, with about 9 in 10 ADIs now aware of the ‘Ready to Pass?’ campaign

resources. We’ll continue adding to the toolkit in the coming months with exercises you might want to use with your pupils. After listening to you, our immediate priority is going to be improving guidance for the ADI standards check. We’ll shortly be moving to recording ADI standards check results on tablets in the same way we do for other tests. We’re going to use the opportunity of confirming results by email to give you links to more comprehensive guidance to understand your result. And this guidance will be available for you to see before you take your standards check, too. We’ll also use the same improvements to benefit people taking the ADI part 3 (instructional ability) test. Thank you for all the comments you made about CPD in the survey. It was great to see so many of you passionate about this topic. The survey shows that just over half of you (53.6%) have done some CPD activities in the last 12 months. It also shows that about 6 in 10 of you (61.8%) agree that you can access the right CPD when you need to. Over the coming months we’ll be working with you to help you understand more about what types of things can count as CPD, and what topics could help with your development. We held a joint workshop with the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) on Tuesday 1 August 2023 to start planning what we can do.

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REVEALING THE TOP TIPS TO STAYING SAFE ON THE ROADS THIS WINTER DRIVING IN SNOW The coldest season is now approaching, with this comes much tougher driving conditions. Accidents and breakdown are much more likely to happen during the winter, even for the most experienced of drivers. The biggest issues come from driving in snow or on icy roads. This is why Insurance Revolution have put together some advice and tips for driving in snow and wintry conditions. Before setting off There are certain checks you should make even before you start driving. One of the main things you should do is make sure your vision from the car will be as clear as possible, as well as; • Make sure you clean your windscreens inside and out • If you have snow on top of 26

your car you should clear it. If you leave it on it could drop onto your front windscreen when you are driving • Replace any damaged or worn windscreen wipers • Make sure your lights are clean. If they have mud or dirt on them it can decrease visibility • Try setting off earlier than you usually would. This gives you time to de-ice the car • Check your fuel levels. You should keep your fuel at least quarter of the way full • Use anti-freeze! • Make sure your tyres are in good condition. Your grip on the road will be severely reduced, so making sure your tyres are suitable is essential. Legally the minimum tread you can have on your tyres is 1.6mm, however, grip can start to reduce on anything below 3mm

DRIVING IN BAD WEATHER Here are some tips for once you set off and start your journey in difficult winter conditions. Take your time This is an important one, during difficult weather conditions you should never drive like you’re in a rush. Make sure you take your time, give yourself as much time as possible by leaving earlier than you usually would. This means there is no need to stress, or panic about being late, which helps concentrate on your driving carefully. You should also be aware of black ice, it is really difficult to notice so can be a hazard if you are not careful. If you do hit black ice It is possible to recover from a skid if you hit some black ice. The main things to remember is to keep both hands on the wheel and steer into the skid, and to try to avoid using your

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR FORUM MAGAZINE brakes. This can be difficult as it is a time you could panic and your instinct will be to brake. Try to stay calm and remember those two bits of advice.

CARRY A WINTER windscreen could frost over BREAKDOWN KIT whilst you are broken down, We think it is alway best to be and if the car is fixed and you prepared. You might not like to are able to set off again, you think you will need a breakdown need these items available to kit, but it doesn’t take much clear your windscreen. Keep your distance effort to store one in the boot • Walking Boots – You Driving in any weather you of your car. If you should might have driven in more should be making sure you keep breakdown you will be happy comfortable footwear, but if enough distance between you you have the kit, and will regret it you need to exit the vehicle and the car in front of you. This if you don’t. after a breakdown it would be is even more important during Here is a list of what we think safer to put on some boots the winter, when rain, snow or you should pack; with good grip. This will help ice could massively increase you if the floor outside the car your stopping distances. If you • Spare warm clothes and is icy or wet. are driving too close to the car in blankets – Most people don’t • Reflective warning signs – front of you and they suddenly like to drive whilst wearing a You will need two of these brake, you will not be able to coat as it can feel restrictive, and they normally come stop in time. but you should still pack one. in the form of a triangle. If It is also advisable to pack a you breakdown you should Use a higher gear when hat, scarf and gloves because be putting them 45 metres driving in snow and ice if you do breakdown in the away from the car, one at the You can have much better winter, you will be stuck in front and one at the rear. You control of your car in a higher your car with no heat. If you should not use these on a gear. Setting off in second have any passengers in your motorway. As well as being gear, rather than first can help car you should ask them to safer, carrying these signs is you avoid wheel spin. This is bring spare warm clothes too. a legal requirement in many particularly useful if you are • High-visibility jacket & torch European countries. struggling to set off in the ice or – After you breakdown, if you • Shovel – If you do get stuck the snow. need to leave your vehicle in the snow, having a shovel for any reason then you will help you dig your way out Rain, wind and fog should be wearing a high-vis of trouble. It is not just snow and ice you jacket. The reasons should • Jump start cables – Batteries should be wary of, as rain, wind be obvious, it is much safer are more likely to die during and fog can also make your if you can be seen by other the cold winter season. These driving experience more difficult. motorists. As well as being can be useful if you are offered Again, the best thing to do is safer, in some European help from a fellow motorist. drive carefully, keep both hands countries it is a law that you • First aid kit – It is a good on the wheel and slow down. must have a high-visibility idea to have this in your car If the road is slippy or visibility item of clothing. It would help all year round, not just the is poor you should drive to you out massively if you have winter. the conditions of the road, not a torch available too. • Food and drink – You never the speed limit. If you are on a • Ice scraper – You should have know how long you will 40mph road, that doesn’t mean an ice scraper and a de-icer, be broken down for. Your you have to travel at 40mph. It’s such as antifreeze available. experience could be even more important to drive safely. Before you leave your home worse if you are hungry During heavy winds it is best to you would have to use these or thirsty and you will be keep overtaking to a minimum, to keep your windscreen thanking yourself if you have especially try to avoid overtaking clear. The same applies if some hot drinks or soup in a large vehicles such as lorries. you have broken down, your flask available. 27

SUZUKI INTRODUCES THE ALL-NEW SWIFT Suzuki has unveiled the all-new Swift. In its fourth iteration, Suzuki’s iconic hatchback has evolved into a sophisticated, smart compact with a crisp design, advanced safety features, and fun-to-drive playfulness that redefines everyday mobility. A long-time favourite among consumers across the world seeking a stylish and fun-todrive hatchback, the Swift has won numerous awards since its introduction as a global model in 2004. The all-new model builds upon the legacy of its predecessors, offering a driving experience that is not only

enjoyable but also prioritises comfort, efficiency, and safety. The Swift has been sold in 169 countries and regions with accumulated sales of over 9 million units as of October 2023. The all-new Swift will go on sale in the UK in Spring 2024 and further details regarding technical specification and standard equipment will be provided in due course. New Swift Highlights • Dramatic new exterior and 28

interior design • Advanced safety features • New 1.2L engine with 12V mild hybrid system Dramatic new exterior and interior design While maintaining the signature looks reminiscent of its predecessors, the new Swift has undergone a dramatic redesign beyond the parameters of past models. Exterior Styling The new Swift exudes confidence and adventure with a piano-black grille and L-shaped signature lamps that flow into rounded shoulder lines, highlighted by flared fenders. Side on, the muscular contours tracing the new Swift’s profile, and the floating design of the roof add a sense of energetic lightness. The threedimensional rear combination lamps, and wide rear bumper give the new Swift a stable yet playful look that stands out on the road Body Colours The new Swift colour line-up consists of eight single-tone options and four dual-tone options, including new colours Frontier Blue Pearl Metallic and Cool Yellow Metallic. Notably, the new Frontier Blue Pearl Metallic joins the Burning Red Pearl Metallic paint scheme as a deep, vivid, candy-like colour

tone, symbolising a new era of Suzuki paint quality. Both colour options consist of a threelayer coating, resulting in a rich texture and highly saturated hues. Interior Styling The new Swift offers a spacious and comfortable cabin equipped with ergonomic features to elevate the driving experience. Inside the new Swift is a cockpit designed for an immersive and ergonomic driving experience, featuring a centre cluster and controls that are subtly angled toward the driver to ensure ease of use. The wraparound, dual-tone black and light-grey dashboard and front door trim, with satin plating and satin dark silver paint accents, give the cabin a sporty, dynamic look. New 1.2L engine with 12V mild hybrid system The new 1.2-litre petrol 3-cylinder engine in the new Swift features improvements all around, combining enhanced fuel economy and reduced emissions, with higher lowspeed torque for greater responsiveness and overall performance. In the new Swift, the engine is paired with the mild hybrid system for further enhanced environmental performance. The hybrid system converts kinetic energy generated during deceleration, and stores it in the lithium-ion battery, and assists the engine when accelerating for higher fuel efficiency.







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Fuel consumption figures for Citroën C3: MPG (l/100km): Combined 41.6 (6.8) to 67.0 (4.2), CO2 emissions: 107 – 85g/km. ‡Offers apply to qualifying new models ordered & registered 01/09/2023 - 31/12/2023 or until such time as offers/prices may be withdrawn by Citroën at its complete discretion for business users only, excluding National Fleet customers as defined by Citroën UK & exclude VAT. Contract Hire rentals shown apply to Citroën C3 - Flair PureTech 83 S&S manual & an advance rental of £1,014 will be required. Actual model shown: Citroën C3 PureTech 82 Manual Flair incl. Polar White paint and ‘Cross’ alloy wheels advance rental £1,032 followed by £172 per month. Contract Hire quotes require 35 monthly rentals on a 36 month agreement of 20,000 miles per annum. You will not own the vehicle. Contract Hire rental includes delivery to dealership, Citroën Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Excise Duty & Government First Registration Fee. Metallic paint optional at extra cost. Excess mileage charges of 2.92 per mile may apply if the agreed annual mileage is exceeded. Contract Hire rental rates have been calculated with the appropriate manufacturer’s support applied to the OTR price. All rentals are subject to VAT at 20%. Free2Move Lease reserve the right to amend any of the rentals quoted without notice. Finance subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Over 18s only. Finance provided by and written quotations available on request from PSA Finance UK Ltd (company registration number 01024322) t/a Free2Move Lease, RH1 1QA. W R Davies (Stafford) Ltd trading as W R Davies Stafford is acting as a credit broker and not a lender. To finance your vehicle we will only introduce you to PSA Finance UK Ltd, t/a Free2Move Lease. Commission may be received. Offers & specification correct at time of going to press, but are subject to change at any time without prior notice (which may occur as a result of, but not limited to, any changes in legislation and/or any changes by the government). Terms & conditions apply. Please ask for details. Subject to stock availability. Offers & prices correct at time of going to press, but are subject to change at any time without prior notice (which may occur as a result of, but not limited to, any changes in legislation and/or any changes by the government). *Terms & conditions apply. Please ask for details. Subject to stock availability.

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TEN MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT COULD INVALIDATE YOUR CAR INSURANCE The DVLA informs drivers to tell them should they suffer from a medical condition that could prevent them from getting behind the wheel. Experts from Quotezone. co.uk have identified 10 conditions that could prevent motorists from legally taking to the road or invalidate their insurance, leaving them unprotected in the case of an accident. Drivers could face a £1,000 fine for not declaring a medical condition and also run the risk of prosecution if the driver is involved in an accident, yet some motorists may be unsure of what exactly precludes them from driving. Medical conditions that drivers might realise they must declare to the DVLA: 1. Diabetes Diabetes can lead to further complications including hypoglycaemia, which can result in drowsiness and blurred vision. It may not lead to a driving licence being revoked, but the DVLA do need to be informed, especially if the diabetes diagnosis is extremely serious. 2. Sleep apnoea Extreme fatigue can lead to drivers losing concentration on the roads. Conditions including sleep apnoea, where breathing stops and starts during sleep, as well as other illnesses affecting fatigue and in turn driving ability, must be 30

awake and lost consciousness, your licence will be taken away. You can reapply if you go six months without a seizure and medical advisors have given their input. If a seizure happened in other instances, such as while you were asleep, you may be able to retain your licence depending on DVLA and government guidelines. reported to the DVLA. 3. Heart conditions Any heart conditions must be reported to the DVLA. For example, arrythmia must be reported as it can affect the ability to safely stop a car, and can be distracting. 4. Eye conditions Most eye conditions, such as Glaucoma, must be reported to the DVLA, and it is up to their discretion what procedure to carry out regarding your licence. 5. Stroke After having a stroke it is possible that you may be able to drive again in the future, but initially you must stop driving for one month after having a stroke. If you have returned back to normal health after a month, you can start driving again, however the DVLA needs to be informed if health problems still persist for longer than a month after the stroke. 6. Seizures and epilepsy If you have had a seizure whilst

7. Vertigo Recurrent or sudden dizziness must be reported to the DVLA. 8. Syncope Syncope is a condition that causes a temporary loss of consciousness. Fainting conditions including syncope, which causes blackouts, must be reported to the DVLA. 9. Certain operations Operations on certain body parts, including your legs, can exempt you from driving, yet this can be up to the discretion of the doctor, who should inform you on driving procedures after leaving the hospital. 10. Driving on medications If you are on strong medications, it is likely that you will be recommended to avoid driving. Opioid painkillers, tranquillisers, and certain antidepressants are examples of medicines that can affect driving ability – as well as those that cause drowsiness or say ‘do not operate heavy machinery’.



UK PRICING FOR NEW SMART #3 REVEALED UK pricing for the new smart #3 has been announced, with the all-electric SUV coupé arriving to stir up the premium EV segment. The second model in the relaunched smart range, following the critically acclaimed #1, UK sales of the #3 are set to commence early next year. Continuing smart’s ethos of efficient use of space with premium packaging, the #3 offers larger proportions, more athletic curves, a powerful ‘shark nose’, and slim LED headlights, standing out as a striking yet elegant everyday companion. A 370-litre boot (up to 1,160 litres with the rear seats folded) provides even greater practicality, while a panoramic halo roof connects the cabin to its surroundings creating a light, spacious atmosphere. Designed to convey driving pleasure, the #3 also boasts improved aerodynamics and performance. Optimized spring rates and a modified shock absorber set-up promote a sporter feel across all speed ranges, while a lower centre of gravity and stiffer stabilizer bars on the front and rear axles minimize body roll during cornering. A lower seating position further enhances the dynamic experience, promoting a greater connection between driver and vehicle. Customers will also feel firmly in control when it comes to choosing between 32

the comfort of the Pro+, the exclusivity of the limited 25th Anniversary Edition, the luxury of the Premium, or the performance of the BRABUS. Each line offers its own unique appeal, with peak power ranging from 200 kW to 315 kW, acceleration from 5.8 to 3.7 seconds, and range from 258 to 283 miles. Available at launch for the first time, an entry-level Pro trim will additionally complement the #3 line-up, offering an attractive option for drivers seeking exceptional value for money. With peak power of 200 kW, the Pro accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds, while also featuring a 202-mile range and an extensive list of standard kit to ensure a smooth and easy driving experience. The exceptional level of standard technology that customers have come to


expect from smart is once again evident in the #3, ensuring occupants have all they need at their fingertips. From smart Pilot Assist, which combines a variety of systems such as a Highway Assistant (HWA) and Automatic Parking Assist (APA) to improve comfort and safety, to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay[*], allowing drivers to bring smartphone features and apps to the

12.8-inch full HD infotainment display, the #3 offers all the technology modern buyers need in a simple, affordable package. To ensure that the system is always up to date, smart is also able to distribute new features quickly via the #3’s over-theair (OTA) capability, allowing updates to be implemented directly by the user without a visit to the service center.

Following its European debut at IAA Mobility in September this year, and initial media test drives at the end of November, the smart #3 will be launched in the UK in early 2024. Pricing will start at £32,950 for the #3 Pro, with the Pro+ available for £36,950, the Premium for £39,950, the limited-run 25th Anniversary Edition for £40,950, and the BRABUS for £45,450. 33

FOUR DRIVING LAW CHANGES YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Driving laws are constantly being updated and keeping up to date with the changes can be difficult; however, it is extremely important to remain in the know about what you should and shouldn’t do whilst out on the road. With four new laws coming into force this month, experts at Bill Plant Driving School have shared their knowledge surrounding the changes. The four new laws you need to know about 1 – Mobile phone usage The new laws surrounding 34

mobile phone usage whilst behind the wheel have been updated to ensure that the action is met with a greater fine of £200 and a possible 6 points on your licence. If you have held your licence for less than 2 years you are also at greater risk of a driving ban.

All new cars are permitted to be built with an inbuilt speedlimiter to cap the top speed of the vehicle. However, it is still the responsibility of the driver to stick to the speed limit.

3 – Low-emission zones As these zones become more common around the country, 2 – Speed Limiters it is important to check that if Speed limiters are already you are entering one on your permitted to be fitted on journey, you have taken all the vehicles with more than 8 necessary steps for avoiding a passenger seats and also fine. any goods vehicles with a Check that your vehicle maximum weight exceeding 2.5 meets the emission standards tonnes. of these zones, or that you

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR FORUM MAGAZINE Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. If you are transporting over 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes either via towing or in your vehicle, you may need to upgrade your standard national goods vehicle operating licence to a standard international goods vehicle operating licence before travelling to these countries with goods for hire or reward.

of you is vitally important, and phones are one of the biggest distractions for drivers, therefore this legal adjustment should enable even safer roads. Separately, speed limiters and low-emission zones (LEZ) have been introduced gradually to the world of driving. All new vehicles are permitted to include an in-built speed limiter which will cap the top speed of the vehicle. However, Tom Hixon, Head of drivers will still be expected Instructor Support from Bill to stick to the speed limits set Plant Driving School has on the roads. Low-emission shared the following regarding zones are an important step the law changes: to reducing emissions and “Staying up to date with the reducing pollution levels across rules of the road is extremely the country, you should keep important for all motorists. updated about which type You can opt to stay informed of LEZ you might encounter with any updates and changes on your journey, some fees made to the legislation via only apply to vehicles such email, which serves as a more as coaches, taxis and HGV’s, practical alternative to checking whereas zones which are the government website on type D can apply to cars and have paid the low-emissions a regular basis. It is worth motorbikes. fee before entering. If you noting that we are seeing a few Finally, if you are planning don’t pay the fee you could be changes made to road laws; on transporting goods for hire risking a fine of up to £500. with adjustments being seen in or reward to specific countries Bradford low emission zones regard to devices, speed and in Europe, you must make sure will start charging from the 26th emissions. Brexit has also led that you have an international of September 2022, and Bristol, to changes to rules, such as goods vehicle operating licence Newcastle and Gateshead will those surrounding transporting and have added the vehicles begin charging later this year. goods to Europe. you are transporting to your Be sure to keep up to date with Mobile phone usage at the licence. The requirements when your local low-emission wheel has often been revised surrounding this regulation zones begin charging and within the law over the years, are also based on the mass which class the zone is (A-D) as but the odd grey areas have of your vehicle or the weight this can determine whether you remained. However, as of this of your tow load. Therefore, are required to pay the fee. month, the fines in response to updating yourself on these any hand-held use of mobile changes is important and can 4 – Transporting goods to phones whilst driving have save you from any trouble or Europe been increased, ensuring that unwarranted delays throughout You will need a standard perpetrators are punished your journey. international goods vehicle accordingly – if you are a new If you are unsure about any operator licence for driver you are also at risk of of these laws, we would advise transporting goods for hire losing your licence. Keeping staying updated by reviewing or reward in the EU, Iceland, your focus on the road ahead the gov.uk website.” 35

HOW TO DRIVE MORE ECONOMICALLY Are you down with the staggering costs of running your car? Are you desperately looking for help to cut on fuel costs? Buying a car is a huge investment. And the ongoing expenses could take a toll on your fiscal structure if you are not a mindful driver. The good thing is there are several ways how you can drive more economically and it starts with you. The post below by Insurance Revolution offers a handy guide on making the most of your steam without costing an arm or leg. Check tyre pressure Under-inflated tyres would make the car gobble up more fuel. Do you know nearly 20 percent of fuel gets wasted in tackling rolling resistance? Sadly, most of the car owners don’t know this simple fact. Experts always suggest to check tyre pressure on a regular basis to watch out for under-inflated tyres. Properly inflated tyres are one of the best ways to assure solid fuel efficiency on your 36

rides. So, get a pressure gauge tomorrow and make sure to have weekly checks on the tyre. Replace your tyre immediately the moment you notice signs of under-inflation. You will be glad to know timely replacement of under-inflated tyres will save you a handy £4 on per fuel tank. Turn off things not in use This is another important tip when you are looking to know how to drive more economically. Get into the culture of turning

off things that are not in use at present. The same goes with your car. Make sure to turn the car engine off while you are stuck in a packed traffic. Turn off AC when it’s not too hot outside. You can certainly keep the air-con off while driving after sunset. You should also make it a point to switch off the heater at rare window, headlights and demister while you are not using them. More you use them, higher would be the fuel consumption. So, when turn them off, even if it’s for a minute, the difference would be noticeable. Just follow it for one month and compare the fuel costs you will incur with that of the previous month. The new experience is going to be a rewarding one. Check your speed limit When you take the steering, the first thing that you would remind yourself is that “you are not a racer”. So, there is no point in storming at 80mph. It’s not only dangerous but also uses up till 25 percent more fuel compared

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR FORUM MAGAZINE to driving at 70mph. Likewise, driving at 70mph will use 9 percent more fuel compared to wheeling at 60mph. Smooth driving saves Smooth driving saves both lives and money. Aggressive braking or accelerating does not add any iota of glamour or strength to your profile. In fact, it just makes you appear silly. Most importantly, reckless driving eats up fuel like anything, sometimes up to 60 percent. So, make sure to practice gentle acceleration when you want to drive more economically. Moreover, when you drive safe, there is lesser chance of collisions and consequently fewer risks of car damage. This way, you won’t have to shell out for repair works after every couple of weeks. Use specified engine oil Car owners are often not mindful about the engine oil specifications on the vehicle handbook. But you should know that when the handbook has mentioned a certain kind of engine oil for your car- it has done it for a reason. Not

all engine oils are compatible for every kind of engine. Some engines need specific lubricants to make the most of their efficiency. If you don’t give them that, they cannot perform at their best. As a result they would ask for more volume of fuel, thereby staggering your driving costs. So, be smart enough to check out for the engine oil specifications in your vehicle handbook.

costs. When you hang around unnecessarily, you end up wasting more fuel. So, it’s better you use the car only when it’s needed.

Regular servicing for your car This is another important tip to note while you are looking to drive more economically. You must get your car checked and serviced regularly. Timely servicing keeps the car parts in first-rate condition so that they are able to make the most of their power. A fine-tuned engine equipped with fresh air filters and new oil would run better compared to a neglected one. A more efficient engine invariably eliminates more fuel consumption than that’s necessary to drive the car.

Try to bypass short trips Do you use your car to get the Sunday papers from the local corner shop? Do you know it’s one of the reasons why you are down with staggering fuel bills? Well, it’s true chaps. When you want to drive more economically, do not use the car for short trips. Cold engines tend to use twice the volume of fuel as needed by warm engine. The result- you end up paying more on fuel costs every month. If you can replace short car trips by brisk walks, it would be great both for your wallet and health.

Stop idling Idling is one of the major reasons behind high driving

Use de-icer for cold engine Only a few things are as worse as a cold engine in winter months when you are in a rush. Most of us have the practice to leave the vehicle running for a good warm up. Please don’t do that. It will not only expedite engine wear but also lead to unnecessary waste of fuel. The more economical option is to invest in a quality de-icer. It will eliminate the need to leave the car running for warm up and would also save you on fuel costs in turn. Economical driving is no rocket science. You just have to be little smarter.

Reduce weight Extra weight in car invariably translates to additional fuel consumption. So, reduce all unnecessary weight from your car and enjoy handy savings on fuel bills each month.


PEUGEOT UPDATES 208 WITH ENHANCED SPECIFICATION AND NEW TRIM LEVELS PEUGEOT has updated its popular 208 with enhanced specification and a new trim structure; orders for the updated 208 are now open. From August onwards, Active Premium+ and Allure Premium+ models replace current Active Premium and Allure Premium, with no pricing changes on either trim level relating to their enhanced specification*. GT and GT Premium models remain the same. Entry level Active Premium+ models now come with dark tinted rear and rear side windows for an even more stylish appearance. For greater comfort and convenience, all Active Premium+ models now come fitted standard with automatic windscreen wipers and automatic air conditioning.


Allure Premium+ models receive the Aluminium Pack, which adds subtle styling updates such as an aluminium finish on the pedals and front door sills. Inside, Allure Premium+ models now feature a new 7-inch touchscreen with PEUGEOT Connected 3D Navigation. This forms part of the brand’s innovative i-Cockpit®, which also consists of a compact multi-function steering wheel and configurable 3D head-up digital instrument panel. The PEUGOT 208 range is available with petrol, diesel or fully electric powertrains, giving customers the ‘Power of Choice’ to find the option best suited to their needs. In addition to advanced 1.2L PureTech engines and an efficient 1.5L

BlueHDi diesel, customers can opt for the zero-emissions-inuse e-208, which is powered by a 50kWh battery and 100kW electric motor for up to 225 miles of range (WLTP). Supporting up to 100kW rapid charging, a 0-80% charge can be completed in just 30 minutes. The PEUGEOT 208 and e-208 can be purchased in-store from PEUGEOT Retailers and via PEUGEOT’s Buy Online platform. Buy Online allows customers to configure, finance, and order their next vehicle entirely from the comfort of their home, as well as obtain a part-exchange valuation on their current vehicle. Via PEUGEOT’s Virtual Showroom, customers can also schedule a one-on-one live video tour of vehicles they’re interested in.



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