Here I hope to offer you some practical advice for getting the best out of your driving lessons and preparing you to pass your driving test.
There are a number of factors that can affect how soon you will be ready for your driving test.
- The amount of lessons you take each week.
- Your age.
- Your previous experience of driving.
- Your aptitude ( this is your ability to learn the skills required to pass the test).
- Your knowledge of the rules of the road (The Highway Code).
- Your attitude and confidence level.
- Being with the right driving instructor.
According to the DSA, ''Those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice.'' This reinforces the importance of preparation and practice before embarking of your driving practical test.
There are numerous driving practical test tips and advice that will help you leading up to the big day; however the key things to remember are what the examiner will be looking out for. For example, they will be observing an overall high and safe standard of driving. Particularly when executing certain manoeuvres and exercises.
As well as the this, your practical driving test will commence with an eyesight check and some key vehicle safety questions. You should be familiar with the vehicle manufacture's handbook beforehand in order to ensure you can answer this''show me - tell me'' part of the test.
The driving part of the test will last about 40 minutes, and if you are planning on using your own car I would recommend you check the test vehicle requirements on the Direct Gov website prior to your test. Some vehicles can't be used for safety reasons, which could result in you losing your test fee.
From the 4th October 2010 an ''Independent driving'' section will be introduced to the practical driving test in the UK. This means that at any point during your test your examiner will request that you drive to a specific destination; either by following a sequence of directions, road signs; or both, for approximately ten minutes.
However; don't start panicking yet! Your examiner may offer you a schematic diagram to highlight your route, but it's not essential you follow these exact directions, just as long as you arrive safely and roughly within the allocated time.
For further advice and tips on the DSA's driving practical test or you would like to book your test today, please visit www.direct.gov.uk Good luck to everyone from myself!
If you are considering having tuition from a parent there are a few things to consider
All to often, parents start with all the best of intentions but before to long patience is lost and the pupil can soon loose confidence
The way people where taught in the past has changed, with examiners expecting a far greater level of ability to drive.
Some people do develop bad habits and you do not want to pass these on to your pupil.
Main points to remember
Remember the person you are teaching is not familiar with co-oridinating the controls of the car
If you are nervous, your nervousness will be transferred to the pupil. Bear in mind that the professional driving instructor will have dual controls in their car enabling them to take full control of the vehicle should the need arise.Be sure that what you are teaching is correct safe and up to date.
Remember to read the latest publication of the Driving Standards Agency Highway code, it is important that you both understand any new rules published.
If the pupil is receiving both lessons from a professional driving instructor and yourself, try not to change the way they are being taught. If you feel they are doing something wrong, ask the instructor to clarify the situation. You may gain better knowledge by asking to sit in the back on a driving lesson!
Last of all, but not least it is important to ensure that the vehicle you use is correctly insured for the pupil to drive.Also remember, to accompany a learner driver on public roads you must have held a full driving licence for the category of vehicle being driven for over three years and be over the age of twenty one years of age.
Should I choose to take a crash course?
There are driving school's who offer ''crash courses'' which offer to teach you to drive over a period of one or two weeks. Pupils who attempt to complete a course in such a short amount of time will normally be offered a poor quality of driving instruction at a higher price and their chances of passing your driving test on one of these courses is significantly lower than the national average of 43%. Even if you where to pass your driving test on a crash course there is a much greater risk of being involved in road accident after the test.
It would be far better to consider doing an intensive driving course, say over a two month period where you have more time to absorb the knowledge and allow your skills to develop. This would allow for you to work on any problems that may develop and overcome them with a degree of confidence. I would recommend that you get the theory test passed at an early stage if you are considering an intensive course, as you have got to allow at the moment around 4 weeks to book a practical driving test.