Types of pedestrian crossings to learn about

Types of pedestrian crossings, know all about them!

New research shows that 81 percent of drivers don’t know how to use a zebra crossing. Meanwhile, as many as one in four don’t know who’s permitted to use a toucan crossing.

This follows news that car drivers are substantially against proposed changes to the Highway Code. The proposed alterations would give vulnerable users like pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders priority over motorists. Less than a third (30 percent) of the drivers surveyed agreed with the proposals.

There are seven types of pedestrian crossings in the UK, including the new tiger crossing, currently being trialled in London. With lockdown restrictions currently in place, there has no doubt been a rise in the number of cyclists and pedestrians on the roads, meaning having good road safety knowledge is increasingly important.

During your driver training you should be aware of the rules for pedestrian, cyclists, and horse riders on road crossings to decrease the chance of being involved in an accident.

Here, we explain the difference between zebra, pelican, puffin, toucan, pegasus, officer-controlled and tiger crossings.

Zebra crossings

Types of pedestrian crossings - Zebra crossings

This is most common form of pedestrian crossing. Zebra crossings have flashing beacons on the pavement, black and white stripes on the road and zigzag lines on either side. These lines prohibit parking either side of the zebra crossing.

Traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. When there is an island in the middle of a zebra crossing, pedestrians must wait on the island before crossing the second half of the road. It is counted as a second pedestrian crossing.

Pelican crossing

These are signal-controlled crossings operated by pedestrians. Pushing the button will activate the traffic signals, but pedestrians should not cross when the red figure is illuminated. When a steady green figure shows, drivers will be shown a red light telling them to stop. If the green figure begins to flash, pedestrians should not start to cross.

Drivers must not move until the pelican crossing is free of pedestrians. The Uswitch survey found that 71 percent of people believe pelican crossings can be used by cyclists. This isn’t the case – only pedestrians are permitted to use pelican crossings.

Puffin crossing

Types of pedestrian crossings - Puffin crossings

Puffin crossings differ from pelican crossings as the red and green figures are above the control box on the side of the road. There is no flashing green figure phase. Simply press the button and wait for the green figure to show.

These are smart versions of the older pelican crossings. They use sensors to indicate when the crossing is clear to release the traffic. Only one in three people who took part in the survey were able to identify a puffin crossing.

Toucan crossing

Toucan crossings work in the same way as pelican crossings, with the key difference being that they can be used by pedestrians and cyclists. They are push-button operated. Drivers will see a red light when the pedestrians and cyclists are shown a green light to cross.

Pegasus crossing

Pegasus crossings, also known as equestrian crossings, are for horse riders. They feature pavement barriers, wide crossing spaces, plus horse and rider figures in the light panels. The button is positioned higher for ease of use by the horse riders. Traffic is controlled via standard traffic lights.

Types of pedestrian crossings - Pegasus crossings

Authorised person crossings

These are crossings controlled by an authorised person, such as a school warden or police offer. They will signal the traffic to stop, at which point the pedestrians can cross in front of the authorised person.

Tiger crossings

A Tiger crossing combines a pedestrian zebra crossing with a crossing for cyclists. They are called tiger crossings because early examples featured yellow stripes on black tarmac.

The first tiger crossing was installed was in London, but the concept is common in the Netherlands. Unlike toucan crossings, they feature dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists. This makes them ideal for use on cycle lanes.

In all cases, pedestrians and cyclists must check that the traffic has stopped before the start to cross the road. Always cross between the studs or over the zebra markings, and do not loiter on the pedestrian crossing.

Read the official guidance in the Highway Code


Winter driving needs these great 10 top tips to help

Winter driving done safely with Driving Ayrshire’s tips

Fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures, not to mention heavy rain, snow, ice, fog and low sun – is it any wonder that winter driving is more hazardous for experienced drivers let alone novices not used to how the car acts under extreme weather conditions. However, while you can’t predict the weather, you can take sensible steps to improve safety on the road, from checking your car thoroughly to how you drive it.

With help from Leaseplan UK, we’ve put together 10 tips for safer winter driving. But first, let’s look at being prepared.

Winter Driving 10 top tips

Before you set off

There are seven things to check on your car before driving in the winter, especially if you’re travelling a long distance. These can be summarised as follows:

1) Battery: The car battery needs to work harder during the winter, so ensure it is regularly serviced.

2) Cooling system: Add anti-freeze into your cooling system, but remember to use the appropriate strength of formula.

3) Tyres: Make sure there is at least 2mm tread depth on the tyres. Consider investing in winter tyres, which are more effective in cold weather, not just in the snow.
Cooling system: Add anti-freeze into your cooling system, but remember to use the appropriate strength of formula.

4) Wipers and washers: Use high-strength screen wash and replace damaged or faulty wiper blades. Never use the wipers to clear ice from the windscreen.

5) Defrosting: Never use boiling water to clear ice from the windscreen. Instead, use an ice scraper and/or a can of de-icer. Remember to clear all areas of glass, including the mirrors and lights.

6) Lights: Check that all lights are working, including fog lights and reversing lights.
Roof and windows: Clear all snow and ice from the roof and windows before setting off.

7) Roof and windows: Clear all snow and ice from the roof and windows before setting off.

10 tips for safer winter driving

1. High gear, low revs
Use a higher gear when setting off as this will give you greater control of the vehicle. In slippery conditions, avoid using first gear if possible.

2. Take your time
When driving in snow, avoid high revs, but don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum. Keep going, as this could be the difference between making it home or skidding to a halt. Remember, if you’re stuck, the chances are other drivers will be too, so you’re unlikely to receive help.

3. Skidding

If you get into a skid in snow or on ice, take your feet off the pedals and steer to safety. Only use the brakes when you’re unable to steer away from trouble.

4. Braking
Triple your braking distance and maintain a sufficient gap between you and the car in front. Any sudden movements – such as erratic steering or braking – are likely to result in the car careering out of control. Use a lower gear than normal and gently apply the brakes.

5. Stick to main roads
Keep to the main A-roads and motorways when possible, as these are more likely to have been treated with salt and cleared by a steady flow of traffic. There’s also a greater chance of help arriving should you breakdown or get stuck in a snow drift. Avoid unlit rural roads, as there’s a risk that you or your stranded car could be hit by another vehicle. It’s also worth remembering when you last passed a house or shop, in case you need to find help.

6. Visibility
Use dipped headlights in the snow, but remember to turn them off when conditions improve.

7. Potholes
Potholes are more likely to appear after freezing temperatures or a flood. It will be difficult to spot them at night, in the snow or when the roads are covered in water, so drive with extra care. Not only can a pothole cause damage to a car’s wheels, suspension or steering, you may also lose control of the vehicle.

8. Fog
In foggy conditions, reduce your speed but don’t slam on the brakes. Keep your distance to the car in front and don’t rely on them to guide you through a dense fog patch. Use dipped headlights and fog lights, but remember to switch them off when conditions improve. It’s also important to remember that LED daytime running lights are unsuitable for driving in fog or at night. If you have automatic lights, make sure they’re switched on when driving in fog.

9. Flood water
Avoid driving directly through the deepest water, which is normally near the kerb. Stick to the centre of the road, but look out for debris and potholes beneath the surface. If in doubt, don’t drive through flood water – seek an alternative route. If you do drive through, take your time, avoid sudden acceleration and test your brakes when you’ve made it through the water.

10. Be prepared for a breakdown
If extreme weather is forecast, it’s worth packing for every eventuality. Should the worst happen, it’ll take longer for the breakdown service or emergency vehicle to reach you, so you could be left in the car or stranded by the road for a prolonged period of time. Before you set off in the snow, pack some warm clothing, blankets and basic nourishment.

While a winter driving safety pack might seem extreme, you’ll be glad of it should you run into trouble. We’d recommend carrying the following items: high visibility jacket, torch, warning triangle, spare tyre, first aid kit, de-icer, screen wash, jump leads and sunglasses (for low winter sun)

From all at Driving Ayrshire stay safe this winter and only travel if really necessary.



Driving Ayrshire voucher for Christmas 2020

Driving Ayrshire voucher as a gift or present

Learning to drive is learning ‘a skill for life’ and a voucher of driving lessons, as a gift either for a birthday or Christmas, helps to make the process of learning to drive easy, and paying for driving lessons, that bit more affordable as time and cost is both covered so no excuses to just enjoy learning!

Driving Ayrshire voucher for Christmas 2020

There are so many reasons to learn to drive:

  • It’s brings independence.
  • It’s makes travelling more convenient.
  • It gives a great sense of achievement.
  • It’s a necessity for many jobs.
  • It helps to improve employment prospects for anyone looking to enter the labour market.
  • It can be the skill that helps someone to gain that promotion.
  • It’s a practical skill that’s used all the time.
  • It’s truly enjoyable!

For these reasons, a voucher for driving lessons, as a gift, is often hugely appreciated by the recipient.

With Driving Ayrshire Driving School, there are a range of vouchers to choose from that make great presents for anyone who is keen to learn to drive, or whose employment prospects would be improved by having that extra skill. Vouchers can be processed to include any number of driving lessons, from one lesson upwards.

Vouchers for driving lessons

Please note: If the person to receive the Gift Voucher has never before taken lessons with Driving Ayrshire Driving School, then the voucher price will incorporate the first discounted price saving £2 per lesson. For further details, please contact us and we can arrange a Voucher for Driving Lessons suitable to your needs. We’ll be happy to discuss some options with you.

Our most popular vouchers, and the corresponding prices, are listed below

Voucher Prices:

learning to drive
Duration Cost
10 hours/lessons £260.00
20 hours/lessons £520.00

Our vouchers are valid for a full six months from the date of purchase.

If you’re at all interested in giving the gift of driving lessons, or have any enquiries about our voucher range, then please feel free to contact us .

Prices correct as of November 2020. Please note that all lessons contained within the Gift Voucher are bound by Driving Ayrshire Driving School Voucher Terms and Conditions, seen below.

Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions.

1. Driving lessons purchased through Driving Ayrshire Driving School Gift Vouchers are only valid to be redeemed with Driving Ayrshire Driving School
2. If more than one Gift Voucher is bought and each Voucher has been endorsed through the ‘Special Offer to New Pupils’ deal, then each individual Gift Voucher must be redeemed by a different, individual recipient.
3. The Gift Voucher recipient must be in possession of a valid UK provisional driving licence or equivalent at the time of voucher redemption.
4. Gift vouchers are required to be presented to the Driving Instructor at the first lesson appointment to be authenticated and have tuition time allocated, and will be surrendered at that time.
5. Non-presentation of a Gift Voucher at the first appointment will result in the lesson being chargeable. If the Gift Voucher is unable to be presented, for whatever reason, the School has the right to refuse tuition, or monetary refund. The Gift Voucher is a proof of purchase – please look after it.
6. Driving Ayrshire Gift Vouchers are valid for a period of six months from date of purchase.
7. Lessons require to be commenced within six months of the date of purchase.
8. Once teaching commences the lessons banked within the Voucher shall be available for 1 year from the date of purchase. At the end of the year period, any untaught lessons banked within the Voucher will be deemed invalid and any outstanding monies will be non-refundable.
9. Gift Vouchers purchased through Driving Ayrshire Driving School incorporate a discount on full lesson price and, therefore, monies returned on cancellation will be proportional to the amount paid.

Contact Driving Ayrshire Driving School, for a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.



Driving Ayrshire Pass Plus course

Driving Ayrshire Pass Plus course

What is Pass Plus?

The Pass Plus scheme is a post driving test course made up of six modules. These modules can be done at your own pace to completing the Pass Plus course which can work towards safer driving and keep your insurance premiums down. At Driving Ayrshire we support your driving journey post test to further your driving confidence and competence.

Driving Ayrshire Pass Plus

Town Driving – Module 1

The first parts begins with an introduction to Pass Plus, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered. The second part  of Pass Plus is a practical session, covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport.

You’ll focus on:

  1. observation, judgement and awareness
  2. eye contact
  3. consideration for vulnerable road users
  4. showing caution
  5. keeping space around your car

All Weather Driving – Module 2

This module will be covered as much as possible in a practical session. You’ll focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:

  1. rain
  2. sleet, snow and ice
  3. mist and fog
  4. bright sunshine.

You’ll also look at skidding:

  1. what causes skids
  2. how to prevent skids
  3. correcting slow-speed skids
  4. braking on poor surfaces
  5. aquaplaning

Driving in the Country – Module 3

This module looks at the main differences between town and country driving:

  1. observing the road ahead
  2. making progress safely
  3. bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
  4. keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead
  5. safe overtaking
  6. pedestrians, horse riders and animals in the road
  7. farm entrances
  8. slow moving vehicles
  9. It also covers the correct use of a horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places.

Night time driving – Module 4

This covers the important parts of driving at night, dawn and dusk. You’ll learn about:

  1. the importance of using headlights correctly
  2. adjusting to the dark
  3. judging speed and distance
  4. the correct use of lights and keeping them clean
  5. dealing with dazzle
  6. hard-to-see road users
  7. parking issues

Dual Carriageway driving – Module 5

Dual carriageways are high speed roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. You’ll need to have particular skills, including:

  1. effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
  2. judgement and planning ahead
  3. separation distances
  4. joining and leaving a dual carriageway
  5. overtaking and lane discipline
  6. the correct use of speed

Motorway driving – Module 6

This will be a practical session if possible. You should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory knowledge into practice.

The topics covered include:

Varying traffic conditions for journey planning. You’ll be joining and leaving a motorway, using slip roads to gain the experience of applying the following topics and skills:

  1. safe speeds in different circumstances
  2. effective observation
  3. signs, signals and markings
  4. overtaking and lane discipline
  5. courtesy to other road users
  6. motorway fatigue
  7. breakdown procedures
  8. use of lights, including hazard warning lights
  9. debris on the carriageway
  10. crosswinds

Upon completing the Pass Plus you will receive a DVSA certificate to acknowledge your achievement.





Easter Special Offer introductory to new learners

Easter Special Offer to new learner drivers

This Easter at Driving Ayrshire we are giving new learners a good deal to save on their driving lessons when they buy a block of 10 lessons for just £190 a £40 saving on the normal price of a block booking. This is just open to 5 new students so could run out before Easter.

When booking just quote the promotion code DA19 to get your block booking at the reduced price.

OFFER ENDS 22nd of April Easter Monday at 12pm or when all 5 spaces are taken.

So HOP to it and get a good driving course deal to help kick start your lessons in 2019!




Driving Lessons Stevenston – Jack Kean

Driving Lessons Stevenston – Jack Kean test passed

First test pass of 2019, Jack Kean of Stevenston passing so well at Irvine test centre on 8th January 2019. Great drive for Jack it was a pleasure taking you through your driving lessons and help achieving your aim to be a full licence holder, all the best in searching for a car and stay safe. Driving Ayrshire do driving lessons stevenston students have enjoyed and we also help post test in pass plus training and arranging insurance on that first car.

Jack left us with positive feedback on his time with Driving Ayrshire with it being his first driving school to embark on learning to drive.

“I was looking for Stevenston driving instructors who offered consistent lessons each week. The main reason I chose Driving Ayrshire was the positive reviews and wanted to learn from a reliable School as soon as I turned 17 to help me to drive up and down to university which would be much better than public transport. My instructor Kevin had good learning techniques which helped me learn every aspect of driving and not just to pass my test. Although I had to stop and restart lessons again I wasn’t pushed into too much and appreciated learning getting back to a good standard with the help of my instructor. I felt my time learning was really valued and rewarding. So much so I want to embark on doing Pass Plus to gain more advanced skills as a new driver. I can’t thank my instructor at Driving Ayrshire enough to give me the skills and road experience to gain confidence throughout my time driving.

Driving lessons stevenston - Jack Kean



New Year Driving Lesson Giveaway

Driving Lesson Giveaway of 10 hours of driving lessons

Its our annual competition giveaway here at Driving Ayrshire to win 10 hours of driving lessons which is a massive financial head start to getting your full licence.  It’s our way at Driving Ayrshire to give something back for all the support and good will of all our students throughout the year.  So the reason for this post is to get that good will gesture out there and get all your friends and family involved that wish to be a driver in 2018!! ?

The Instructors at Driving Ayrshire come into 2018 with a record number of test passes, so it’s been a very successful year for our driving school and we want to continue that going into a new year to grow and prosper just like our students do learning to drive.  It’s been a massive year for new learner drivers with having the driving test restructured so this change show hopefully result in even safer drivers on our roads equipped with a high standard of driving skills. That’s what you can expect from our Instructors is high quality lessons designed to be taylored to every students ability and needs should you become one of our students in 2018.

Well where’s the competition I hear you say… well below shows what you need to do to enter it.  But hurry as the competition closes at 12pm on 31st December 2017 so you have to enter to be picked out as our latest winner. So head over onto our Facebook page found in the link under the competition rules and good luck to all that’s entered to be driving in 2018!!?? All the best everyone for 2018 from everyone at Driving Ayrshire, happy and safe driving 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣

New year driving lesson giveaway


Christmas opening times

Find out Christmas opening times over the festivities ?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday09:00 – 18:00
Saturday, Sunday10:00 – 18:00

Over Christmas and New Year we will be closed for lessons from 22nd December and starting back on the 8th January 2018 under our normal hours above. General enquiries about bookings and lessons will still be answered over the holidays if required.


Driving Ayrshire – New Driving Test

Driving Ayrshire – New Driving Test

With less than a month to go to the changes to the new Driving Test and its important you know what to expect if you have been already learning or just starting your journey to be a safe driver for life. There are key changes which you may or may not be aware of happening on the 4th December 2017. Below is a run down of the main changes:

  • The independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutesThe independent driving section of your test is set to double from ten minutes to 20 minutes – meaning it will now take up roughly half of the 40 minute exam. The DVSA explains that during this part of the test, you have to drive “without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner”.
  • You may have to follow directions from a sat nav. Most candidates will now be asked to follow directions from a sat nav during the independent driving part of the test. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it. One in five driving tests won’t use a sat nav and you’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
  • Reversing manoeuvres are changing, ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, although you will still be taught them by your instructor. Instead, you’ll be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres. This could be to parallel park at the side of the road, park in a bay (either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out), or to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoining the traffic again.
  • You’ll have to answer two safety questions while you’re driving. You’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions while you’re driving, which the DVSA says are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. You’ll be asked the ‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving, and the ‘show me’ question while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.Not everything is changing though; the test will still last around 40 minutes and the pass mark will remain the same, with no more than 15 minor driving faults and no major faults will return a pass result.

New Driving Test

If you have any questions on the new format of test you can contact us at Driving Ayrshire or book your lessons for the new year ahead.


Summer road signs

Summer road signs you should watch out for

Summer road signs

Well summer is still with us and greenery is out and blooming, Everybody is having fun it seems except those in cars  because plants, trees and bushes, all are growing like crazy. You see, this causes a problem with road signs.

The local authorities are not able to keep on top of the growth and some signs have not been washed for so long and as a result have acquired a build up of debris which in the worst cases, renders them illegible. Being green shade, it also serves to camouflage them to make them unreadable in a moving vehicle.

The hedges and trees in many areas have not been cut back for some time, probably a couple of years and are now starting to partially or completely obscure the signs. This is becoming dangerous. Road safety requires this to be at the minimum annually maintained.  Stop maintaining the roads and nothing happens until someone dies, by which time it is too late. This seems to be an national attitude to overcome.

In a recent road incident there have been rulings where badly painted roads were not deemed to be a factor in an accident. The judge ruled that the driver should always be driving in a manner whereby any hazard can be handled.

In that case, why do local authorities and the Highways Agency spend a lot of money on road signs, traffic calming etc.? Either these people have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to make roads safer or they do not. If they do not then the system in place is failing the people it should be protecting.

So with the signs and markings in place the issues are that directional signs are frequently obscured causing people to make all sorts of seemingly random last minute changes which significantly increase the risk of a collision. Warning and instructional signs are even more easily obscured than a huge billboard. Granted, they are of a shape not readily found in nature, at least not on a level that need concern a motorist, but given all the greenery and a couple year’s of growth and they become seriously obscured of not completely invisible. This is become a serious issue to al motorists.

We do live in a very strange society where life saving signage and paint is neglected in favour of strictly maintaining gardens in local housing schemes. Therefore it does make you wonder if the government really does care about how many honest, hard working tax payers are killed and injured through neglect and incompetence to keep road signage well maintained and legal for its purpose.