How many hours of lessons will I need?
The national average for new students is about 40 hrs of lessons plus private practice. However it is not uncommon to acheive a safe standard of driving well within this time. I pride myself on making sure that pupils pass their test as soon as practical, but more importantly that they are SAFE to drive unaccompanied. Because every student is different their requirements are also different and so it is important to learn in a time frame that suits you.
Fred How to choose a driving instructor
If you are paying someone to teach you, they must hold an ADI or trainee license. A fully qualified ADI must display a green badge on their windscreen when they are teaching. Trainee instructors must display a pink badge on their windscreen when they are teaching. If a badge is not displayed on the windscreen ask they to show you the badge and make sure you check the expiry date. If they can not produce a badge, then report them to the DSA.
What do I have to do for my theory test?
The theory test is split into two parts, multiple choice and hazard perception. In the multiple choice you will be given 50 question of which you must get 43 correct. You will also be given a time limit of 57 minutes to complete it.
In the hazard perception test, you will watch 14 different video clips. You will be asked to spot the developing hazard. One of the clips will have two developing hazards. The most you can score will be 5 marks for each hazard and the score will be decided on how quickly you spot the developing hazard. You will need to score 44 out of 75 to pass this part.
If I stall is it an instant fail?
No, driving examiners know that taking your driving test is one the of the most stressful days of your life and they fully understand that candidates are going to make mistakes under pressure. If you stall the car, don’t worry. Just take a breath and restart, move away promptly and safely and you’ll be fine. If you panic and stall again, or take a long time to get moving, thereby inconveniencing traffic behind you then you are at risk of a serious fault. It will be the inconveniencing of others that will result in a fail, not the stall itself, as long as you deal with it well. Don’t panic.!!
Will I fail if I cross my hands on the wheel when steering?
The driving test is assessed more on outcomes rather than technique. The examiner wants to see you keep good, safe control of the steering at all times. How you do that isn’t as important as how much control you demonstrate.
If I touch the kerb will I fail instantly?
Everyone bumps kerbs occasionally, even your examiner although I am not sure they will admit it. If it is only a light touch at low speed, it will usually be marked as driver error and should not cause you to fail. Of course, if you hit the kerb hard or at speed it could well be a different story. Play safe and avoid them.
Will I fail if I go even 1 mph over the speed limit?
No, the examiner wants to see you drive confidently and safely at a speed that is suitable for the road and traffic conditions. A brief moment of allowing the speed to creep over the limit won’t be a problem, as long as you notice and correct it immediately. However, you will fail though if drive for long periods at well over the limit.
Can they only pass so many people a week?
No this is incorrect, if you drive well enough you will pass. Don’t forget the examiner is human as well and as such they may not always treat the same mistake in the same way every time, as there may be other considerations. The best thing to do is drive to your best ability and hopefully you should be successful.
Will the examiner try to trick me or catch me out?
The examiners are on your side, they want you to pass. At the start of the driving test the examiner has a clean report form and the person that dictates what goes on it is you.
Will I fail if I take a wrong turn?
No, you are being tested on your ability to drive safely, not to navigate. Safety is paramount so don’t worry if you find yourself in the wrong lane - just go the wrong way safely!
If you change lanes without checking it’s safe first, or at the last minute, or without indicating, these are all potentially dangerous, and you will be marked accordingly.