Driving Test Guide – Make Sure You Practice, Prepare, and Calm Your Nerves

November 7, 2013 Posted by Admin

Being able to legally drive in this country means that you have to pass two tests: a written exam and a road test. You must demonstrate your knowledge and skills in order to get your driver’s license. The written test is fairly easy. The road exam is what most people have trouble with. Even student drivers who have been practicing for a long time can end up failing their road test if they’re not properly prepared. Feeling overwhelmingly nervous is an issue that some people have to deal with as well.

What can you do in order to pass your exam so that you can get your driver’s license? For starters, you need to make sure that you get plenty of practice. The amount of practice needed varies from person to person. It might take you just a few days to perfect something that might take another person months to perfect.

Parallel Parking Tips – Pass Your Driving Test

November 7, 2013 Posted by Admin

Some experienced drivers would rather try and knit dried spaghetti than reverse behind another vehicle. That is probably because they have not tried the manoeuvre since the day they passed their driving test (or even before if they didn’t do the manoeuvre in their actual driving test).

On a driving test the examiner will ask you to pull up at the side of the road. Select a suitable place to pull up using Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre (M.S.M). The Examiner will then explain that he wants you to complete a Parallel Park behind the ‘target’ vehicle ahead of you. When you are ready to move away again, use your moving away routine of Prepare, Observation, Move (POM), not forgetting your blindspot check of course.

Stop alongside the target vehicle, and parallel to the kerb. The target vehicle may not be parallel to the kerb, so you should not rely on the position of the target vehicle relative to the kerb. Make sure that you leave about half a metre’s gap between you and the target vehicle, certainly enough so that a cyclist cannot get between both vehicles.

Keep your foot on the footbrake, and select reverse gear to show the reversing lights behind you. Any vehicle approaching you should see your reversing lights and brake lights, so it should be obvious that you are about to start a manoeuvre. Start your observations from your right shoulder, and round towards the rear window. If it is clear all around, reverse slowly using good clutch control to move the car slowly and under control, slowing the car even more as your car gets level with the rear of your target vehicle. When the back of your car is level with the back of the target vehicle, turn your steering wheel one full turn to the left. Once you get to the correct angle of 45 degrees, take the turn off by turning the wheel one turn to the right so that your wheel is centred again.

The car will now be moving in towards the kerb at 45 degrees. At your correct reference point which is probably the passenger door mirror level with the middle of the target vehicle turn your steering wheel full lock to the right (about one and three quarter turns) this will bring the front of the car in towards the kerb. As the vehicle moves round level and parallel with the kerb you will need to straighten the wheels.

Reverse backwards until you can see the tyres of the target vehicle, at this point, stop.

The secret to this Manoeuvre is to keep practicing it time and time again until it becomes second nature.

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Driving: The Skill Everyone Wants

November 7, 2013 Posted by Admin

Learning to drive remains one of the most coveted of skills and it is one that can be achieved fairly simply following a course of driving lessons, usually from one of the many driving schools that operate across the UK. Every year around 1.6 million people sit the driving test in the UK, but fewer than half of those taking the test achieve a pass.

A test of skill and knowledge

The driving test is open to anyone in the UK from aged 17 who must apply for a provisional licence, then – following an appropriate number of driving lessons – can sit two tests set by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

The first is a theory/hazard perception test designed to reveal knowledge of the Highway Code, then the practical driving examination, taken at a DSA test centre, which will ensure the learner can drive safely and is competent in the basic skills.

The practical test starts with an eyesight exam in which the student must read a number plate from a certain distance followed by around 40 minutes of road driving that includes two out of three reversing manoeuvres and an emergency stop. To pass, you must not commit any serious or dangerous faults and cannot commit more than 15 errors of a less serious nature.

Learner drivers cannot sit the practical test until they have passed the theory test and only once both examinations have been passed can you go out on the road unaccompanied.

Meeting the driving challenge

In Leeds, one of the biggest cities in the UK, learner drivers keen to pass their test and take to the road can choose from a large number of driving schools. While driving is a skill virtually anyone can learn, learning to drive can be a challenge and the more driving lessons you can have the more likely you are to pass both tests first time.

Anyone looking to learn to drive will usually look at a number of driving schools to find one that suits the timescale they have set for themselves to pass as well as their wallet.

Driving schools will use Approved Driving Instructors who are graded regularly by the DSA on their ability. It’s important that the instructor assesses the learner’s ability during every lesson and also remains patient, transmitting a calm aura to a learner who is likely to be nervous and tense, particularly during early driving lessons.

Get the price right

Cost can often determine how many driving lessons a learner will take and many driving schools offer block bookings for a set number of hours that work out cheaper than booking a single lesson at a time. Most driving lessons will last for an hour but some driving schools will offer longer lessons or double sessions which might be important as a test date gets closer. If you’re a student, shop around for driving schools that offer you a discount on your lessons.