The New Driving Test Explained starts on 4th Dec

Safe Driving
On April 15th the DVSA announced the New Driving Test. Allow me to try and explain the new driving test changes in a simple manner. There are four changes to explain. Firstly, the Independent drive It has changed, Instead of about 12 minutes the Independent drive the drive will be for about 20 minutes following directions using a Sat Nav most of the time. Sometimes the examiner will give you directions following road signs. The direction by following road signs will be only given one on five tests. The Examiner will provide the Sat Nav, so you do not need to worry about buying a particular version to take the test. If you make a mistake, you will not necessarily fail so long as you follow the correct procedure to…
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Why do I need to take the Theory Test?

Why do I need to take the Theory Test?

Safe Driving
I get asked why do I need to take the theory test as my father or mother never had to take the theory test. From my point of view, the number of people driving has increased, so drivers need to understand the rules of the road and how to be safe drivers. A potted history of the Theory Test The first Theory Test was introduced in July 1996 before that the examiner would ask several questions directly the Highway Code. For the first few years, the test was a written and drivers did not need to pass the theory test before taking the practical test. They did not get their full license till they had passed the theory test. In 2000 the test became computerised, and it became necessary for…
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Help, I want to learn to drive

Help, I want to learn to drive

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As a Driving Instructor, I have several enquiries saying - Help, I want to learn to drive. So, I’ve written a blog to help people through the first steps of getting your driving license and starting to learn to drive. Step 1 apply for a Driving License [caption id="attachment_37" align="alignright" width="236"] Buy a Provisional License[/caption] Here are two links to help you apply for a driving license. You can go to your local Post Office and get a Form D1 and fill it in Yourself then Post it to the DVLA. You can also Order your license online. However, some people can start learning earlier at the age of 16 finds out more. However, be sure that you are medically fit to drive before taking lessons things such as eyesight.…
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A short history of Pedestrian Crossing

A short history of Pedestrian Crossing

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This blog is a quick look at the history of the Pedestrian Crossing Pedestrian Crossings In 1934 the pedestrian crossing was introduced by the Minister of Transport, Leslie Hore-Belisha which had Belisha beacons. Flashing amber globes on black and white posts on each side of the road. The crossing is characterised by longitudinal stripes on the road, parallel to the flow of the traffic. Alternately a light colour and a dark one. Although the origin of the name is disputed, it was finally attributed to British M.P. James Callaghan who, in 1948, visited the country's Transport Research Laboratory. They were working on a new idea for safe pedestrian crossings being shown as a black and white design. Callaghan is said to have remarked that it resembled a zebra. It is now the law that motorists give way to…
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Show me Tell me questions

Show me Tell me questions

BTEC Level 2 Demonstrating Safe Diving, Safe Driving
In this blog, I will look at the Show me Tell me questions from the driving test. The Bold questions are the show me tell me questions taken from the DVSA website. The second question is designed to get you thinking about why the questions are being asked 1.      Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working. How does having no indicators affect other road users? Like having no brake lights not seeing a signal can increase the risk of having an accident 2.      Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine). How does having no brake lights affect other road users? I’m sure that other drivers…
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