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A few weeks before your driving test, I will conduct mock testing. This
is to ensures that you are fully aware of the !!!
1) Length of time of the test.
2) Language (terminology) that will be used in the car on your test.
3) Pressure associated with being examined/tested.
4) Mock test report that will be used to measure your performance.
- If you have been learning elsewhere, you will be amazed at our modern coaching style of approach.
- Every lesson will have a definite objective, there will be no “just driving around” like an headless chicken.
- Regular recaps will be used to check your level of understanding.
procedures your driving instructor should be doing.
- Does your driving instructor arrive on time for at least 99% of the lessons?
- Does your driving instructor always recap the previous lesson to agree strengths and weaknesses? (What do you remember from the last lesson?)
- Does your driving instructor always state firm lesson objectives as to what you will be learning during the current lesson and what you will be trying to achieve? (It is vital that you know exactly what you are trying to learn in the current lesson)
- Does your driving instructor teach in a non confrontational manner or shout and complain when you make mistakes?(does your instructor prevent most errors by checking what you are going to do before you make a mistake or does he complain or shout after the event?)
- Does your driving instructor finish the lesson with a recap of what has been learnt and does he/she ask questions to check your understanding?(Statistics show that what you discuss during the last five minutes of your lesson will stay with you and reinforce your understanding)
Car Safety Questions
After passing your theory I will provide you with a copy of the latest
car safety questions.
You will be asked before leaving the test centre show-me tell-me
Examples include show me that the horn is working and tell me how
you would check the oil.
The theory test is a computer based test and consists of two parts hazard perception and a series of multiple choice questions. To obtain a pass you need to pass both sections at the same time. If you fail one or other section you must re take the whole test.
For the multiple choice part of the test you must correctly answer 43 out of a possible 50 multiple choice questions.
For the hazard perception part of the test you must score a minimum of 44 out of a possible 75 points.You will be shown 13 separate clips within which are 15 scorable hazards. You will score up to a maximum of 5 points per clip depending on how quickly you spot and react to the hazard. There is 1 hazard to identify in 12 of the clips and 2 hazards to identify in 1 of the clips.
The DSA produces it’s own study material for your preparation for this test. You can view the various products available online at www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest. You will also find practice theory tests here that you may find useful.
If you require any further information or you would like to discuss your requirements with us please contact us and we will be happy to help.
We recommend applying for a provisional licence as soon as possible as you will need this before you start learning to drive. You will need to complete the DVLA’s D1 application form, either via their website or at your local post office.
If you’d prefer to apply online, you can do so on the Direct Gov website. You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday although you cannot drive on the road until you have turned 17 and you have the provisional licence in your possession.
The first part of your theory test is a multiple-choice section designed to test your understanding of the rules of the road, including signs, road markings and appropriate reactions to situations. You’ll have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions and need to correctly answer 43 or more to pass.
Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 possibilities and you will be given some questions in the form of a case study. During the test you’ll have the option to skip questions and return to them later.
The hazard perception test – for this you’ll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users. You respond to each hazard by clicking the mouse button. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.
Theory test – before you can apply for your practical test you need to pass the theory test, which is made up of two parts: multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception section.
. Booking your test – you need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test. Once you’ve got that, you can book your theory test by phone on 0870 0101 372 or online:
The practical driving test changed on the 4th December 2017. There are 5 parts to the new driving test: an eyesight check, ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions, general driving ability, reversing your vehicle and independent driving.
The changes apply to the ‘show me, tell me’ questions, reversing your vehicle and independent driving parts of the test.
The test will be the same for both manual and automatic cars.
How long the test lasts: you’ll drive for around 40 minutes. You drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.
Eyesight check: you’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate. New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as GL57 GLS.
You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions: you’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.
You’ll be asked the ‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving and ‘show me’ question while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.
Your general driving ability: you’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes aren’t published, so you can’t check them before your test: pulling over at the side of the road. You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including normal stops at the side of the road, pulling out from behind a parked vehicle, a hill start.
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle: the examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises parallel park at the side of the road, park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do) or pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic
Independent driving: you’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either directions from a sat nav or traffic signs. The examiner will tell you which you have to do.
Following directions from a sat nav: the examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you. You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test. Going off the route: your test result won’t be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it.
The examiner will help you get back on the route if you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
If you make mistakes during your test you can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.
The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.
Test costs – a weekday practical test currently costs £62. Evening, weekend and bank holiday
tests currently cost £75. Don’t forget to budget for a final lesson if you want one and the cost
of booking the instructor and car for the duration of the test.
Before applying for a driving licence make sure you:
Are a resident of the UK.
Can meet the minimum age requirement.
Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement.
Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason.
MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card.
Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity.
Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years.
Independent Driving COULD STILL BE
During the driving test, approximately 20 minutes will be assigned to
independent driving. This can take the form of following road signs
until told otherwise, or remembering a series of directions at junctions
(or both). This would be displayed on a diagram such as the one below.
I use many road sign and diagram examples for practise before the day
of the test.
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The Highway Code
The DSA has information and tips online relating to The Highway Code, including The Official DSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills and The Official DSA Guide
– the essential skills – material that all new drivers should have at home. Here are some key elements and tips from the code:
Be prepared to stop at traffic control systems, road works, pedestrian crossings or
traffic lights as necessary.
Try to anticipate what pedestrians and cyclists might do. If pedestrians, particularly
children, are looking the other way, they may step out into the road without seeing
Slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow
them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate them.
Do not treat speed limits as a target. It is often not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit.
Do not play loud music while driving (this may mask other sounds).
1 Highway Code Safety
If you didn’t need to take a separate theory test, for example to obtain a licence for a tractor or other specialist vehicle, you will have been asked questions on the Highway Code and other related motoring matters.
You will have also been asked to identify some traffic signs. If you had difficulty with these questions make sure that you study properly by reading as wide a range of publications as you can to increase your understanding. If you have already passed a theory test you will not have been asked Highway Code questions at the practical test stage; but you should still have a thorough knowledge of it.
Safety questions (if applicable) – you should know the location of, and be able to operate, safety components such as fire extinguisher, fuel cut-off switch and emergency door.
On taxi tests, you will additionally be asked ‘Cabology’ questions (General questions relating to taxis and taxi driving)
2 Controlled stop
You will need to be able to display a high level of skill in bringing your vehicle to a stop, safely, promptly and under full control avoiding locking the wheels. Remember that in wet weather it can take twice as long to stop safely.
3, 4 and 5 Reverse exercises
You will need to display the ability to control the vehicle safely whilst reversing to the left, right, when parking on the road or into a parking bay.
You must take good effective all round observation throughout the manoeuvre and show consideration to other road users.
6 Turn in the road
You will need to display the low speed control and observation skills necessary to carry out this exercise safely with due regard for other road users and pedestrians.
7 Vehicle Checks
You will need to display to the examiner a basic knowledge of the fundamental safety checks applicable to your vehicle, for example safe fluid levels, lighting and tyre checks.
8 Taxi manoeuvre
You must be able to display the ability to turn your car around by whatever means available, making sure you take effective, all round observation showing consideration to other road users and pedestrians.
You should control your vehicle smoothly making proper use of the clutch, accelerator, brakes and steering. You should not use a driveway or allow your vehicle to mount the pavement as this could damage your vehicle.
9 Taxi wheelchair
You should be able to securely erect wheelchair ramps, safely install the wheelchair and an imaginary wheelchair occupant into your vehicle, ensuring the wheelchair and its occupant are secured in readiness for the journey then reverse the entire process.
10 Vehicle & trailer combinations (uncoupling / re-coupling)
You will need to demonstrate the skills necessary when uncoupling and re-coupling your vehicle, driving the towing vehicle to a designated position prior to re-coupling safely.
Before you start the engine make sure that you are comfortably seated and all controls can be safely operated
This section covers, where appropriate, the safe and controlled use of accelerator, clutch, gears, foot brake, parking brake, and l steering. Additional specific control elements apply to the drivers of different vehicle categories.
Always try and use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible. This means less wear and tear on your vehicle and a smoother ride for your passengers. Make proper use of your accelerator and clutch to make a smooth start. Always depress the clutch just before you stop. Select the correct gear to match the road and traffic conditions. Change gear in good time but not too soon before a hazard. Do not allow the vehicle to coast by running on in neutral or with the clutch depressed.
There should be no need to look down at the gear lever when changing gear. Use the footbrake smoothly and progressively. Brake in plenty of time for any hazard. Make full use of the parking brake whenever it would help you to prevent the vehicle rolling backwards or forwards, and if you are parking. Steer the vehicle as smoothly as possible.
Avoid harsh steering, or steering too early or too late as it may cause you to hit the kerb or swing out towards another road user. If you are riding a motorcycle slowly, maintain a straight line and do not allow the machine to wobble towards other vehicles.
13 Move off
You will need to demonstrate your ability to move off smoothly and safely on the level, on a gradient and at an angle taking the correct precautionary observations.
14 Use of mirrors – Rear observations
Use all the mirrors fitted to your vehicle safely and effectively. You must always check carefully before signalling, changing direction or changing speed. Use the Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre (MSM) routine effectively.
You must signal clearly to let others know what you intend to do. You should only use the signals shown in the Highway Code if it would help other road users (including pedestrians).Always signal in good time and ensure that the signal has been cancelled after the manoeuvre has been completed. Do not beckon to pedestrians to cross the road.
16 Clearance to obstructions
Allow plenty of room to pass stationary vehicles, obstructions and be prepared to slow down or stop. A door may open, a child may run out or a vehicle may pull out without warning.
17 Response to signs/signals
You should understand and be able to react to all traffic signs and road markings, You must act correctly at traffic lights, and check that the road is clear before proceeding when the green light shows, Obey signals given by police officers, traffic wardens and school crossing patrols, Look out for signals given by other road users, including people in charge of animals, and be ready to act accordingly.
18 Use of Speed
You should make safe, reasonable progress along the road bearing in mind the road, traffic and weather conditions and the road signs and speed limits, Make sure that you can stop safely, well within the distance you can see to be clear, Do not speed. Remember, as a new driver, your licence will be revoked if you accrue six or more penalty points during the first two years, and you will have to retake and pass both theory and practical tests.
19 Following distance
Always keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles. Remember, on wet or slippery roads it takes much longer to stop. When you stop in traffic queues leave sufficient space to pull out if the vehicle in front has problems.
20 Maintain progress
In order to pass your test you must show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions. You should approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being over cautious or interfering with the progress of other traffic. Always be ready to move away from junctions as soon as, it is safe and correct to do so, driving excessively slowly can I create dangers for yourself and other drivers,
21 Junctions (including roundabouts)
You should be able to judge the correct speed of approach so that you can enter a junction safely and stop if necessary. Position your vehicle correctly. Use the correct lane – if you are turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe. Avoid cutting the corner when turning right. If turning left, keep over to the left and do not swing out. Watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your left and pedestrians who are crossing, you must take effective observation before moving into a junction and make sure it is safe before proceeding.
Only overtake when it is safe to do so. Allow enough room when you are overtaking another vehicle. Cyclists and motorcyclists need as much space as other vehicles; they can wobble or swerve suddenly. Do not cut in too quickly after overtaking. Take care when the width of the road is restricted or when the road narrows. If there is an obstruction on your side or not enough room for two vehicles to pass safely, be prepared to wait and let the approaching vehicles through.
When you turn right across the path of an approaching vehicle, make sure you can do so safely, other vehicles should not have to stop, slow down or swerve to allow you to complete your turn.
You should position your vehicle sensibly, normally well to the left. Keep clear of parked vehicles and position correctly for the direction that you intend to take. Where lanes are marked, keep to the middle of the lane and avoid straddling lane markings. Do not change lanes unless necessary.
24 Pedestrian Crossings
You should be able to recognise the different types of pedestrian crossing and show courtesy and consideration towards pedestrians. At all crossings you should slow down and stop if there is anyone on the crossing. At zebra crossings you should slow down and be prepared to stop if there is anyone waiting to cross. Give way to any pedestrians on a pelican crossing when the amber lights are flashing. You should give way to cyclists as well as pedestrians on a toucan crossing and act correctly at puffin crossings.
25 Position / Normal Stops
Choose a safe, legal and convenient place to stop, close to the edge of the road, where you will not obstruct the road and create a hazard. You should know how and where to stop without I causing danger to other road users.
You must be aware of other road users at all times. You should always think and plan ahead so you can judge what other road users are going to do, predict how their actions will affect you and react in good time. Take particular care to consider the actions of the more vulnerable groups of road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Anticipate road and traffic conditions, and act in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment.
27 Ancillary Controls
You should understand the function of all the controls and switches, especially those that have a bearing on road safety. These include indicators, lights, windscreen wipers, demisters and heaters. You should be able to find these controls and operate them correctly when necessary, without looking down. You may now use www.dsa.gov.uk to re-book your practical driving test online.
28 Health Declaration
You must declare any change to your health status since you last applied for a licence.