Importance of going to a driving school

Obtaining a driving license is a great achievement for a young person; they now have that extra freedom to explore, although along with it comes responsibilities.

A driving school will offer that little bit of extra help to process these big step, and here are a few factors to consider attending a driving school prior to trying for your driver’s license:

Comfort – It can be a daunting and awkward feeling sitting behind the wheel for the first time; a driving school will help eliminate that feeling and make students feel comfortable behind the wheel.

Techniques – Driving schools are also a great way to learn the proper techniques of driving and quell bad habits that could get prospective drivers in trouble on the road.

Confidence – Confidence behind the wheel is another hurdle to overcome, but with practice, and comfort, a student’s confidence should develop.

Insurance – It is possible to save on insurance if you show your insurance company proof you attended an accredited driving school and passed.

Preparation – Along with being prepared to drive, you will be prepared to face all of the possible issues and situations you may face when on the road.

Road Rules – Good driving schools will aid their students in learning and understanding road laws and rules.

Foundation – A driving school can also help a prospective driver build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge that can and will be utilised for their time on the road.

Reduction of accidents – The experience a student gains from attending a driving school and through the education will give a better understanding to driving as a whole, what to do in tough situations – these lessons will be vital in the future to avoid accidents.

Learning to drive is a wonderful experience but should always be taken seriously!
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Driving test updates

Get updates about driving test disruptions from DVSA on Twitter

DVSA’s customer support team are providing a bad weather alert service on Twitter to cover driving test centres nationwide.

This service will provide news about test slots cancelled due bad weather such as snow, ice and fog.

How the service works

When driving test slots are cancelled, DVSA’s customer support team will send out a tweet to let you know.

Each tweet will include a hashtag of the test centre concerned – you’ll find which hashtag to follow on the poster displayed on the test centre notice board.

How you and your pupils can receive updates

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow the DVSA customer support team’s account, @DVSA_HelpMe and search for tweets using your test centre hashtag.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still view these updates – go to and follow the tweets from there. You can also search for your test centre hashtag without having to sign in.

For more information

If you have any queries, please speak to your local driving examiners.

Hull Test Centre

Hull test centre to re-open for car practical driving tests 

This is the latest news from the DVSA

The practical driving test centre on Reservoir Road, Hull is scheduled to re-open from 31 March 2015.

This follows the temporary relocation to Craven Park Training & Enterprise Centre due to health and safety concerns.  

We are confident that these have now been addressed and that measures have been put in place to prevent any disruption to tests.

The last day testing from Hull Craven Park will be Friday 27 March.

Practical driving tests will restart from the site at Reservoir Road from Tuesday 31 March. 

Test notification

Any candidates with tests already booked at Craven Park after 27 March will get a new test notification with the change of location.

CGI update to driving theory test

The world of CGI has been introduced to driving tests as it updates the section of hazard perception theory test.
As of this month, filmed video clips will be utilised as a way of testing the candidate’s reactions to possible hazards that they may face while driving on the road.

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) support the relevance of these clips and what is being offered although they believe the image quality may not be clear or as defined as modern digital technology allows.

The first few clips to be screened will feature the same situations as the former filmed clips, however they promise to be clearer and include updated models of vehicles, roads and surroundings in order to reflect modern day driving.
The use of the CGI will allow the DVSA to develop new clips in the near future that will include a wider range of hazards, and scenarios, including vulnerable road users that could provide a risk while driving, such as cyclists, elderly people and children that may have been more of a challenge to film prior to the introduction of CGI.

Also included in the CGI clips will be a variety of driving conditions e.g. difficult weather, driving at night etc.

Alastair Peoples, the chief executive of the DVSA, commented on the technological development in driving test theory: “The theory test plays an essential role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road. Research has shown how effective the hazard perception test is in reducing the number of crashes involving newly qualified drivers.

Using CGI clips in the hazard perception test will allow us to present a clearer, more up-to-date situations, ensuring the test fully reflects the realities of modern day driving.

The hazard perception test was introduced in 2002 and since then, research has found that it has been associated with an 11% decrease in the number of crashes, reducing the number of deaths and injured on Britain’s roads.

Each year, roughly 1.5 million hazard perception tests are taken as a part of a theory test, the average pass rate being 85%.

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Hazard perception updated

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test will be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from next Monday (12 January).

DVSA announced in December that the hazard perception clips in the theory tests will be replaced with new computer generated imagery (CGI) clips.

Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

No change to how the test works

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

The way the hazard perception part of the theory test works won’t be changing. The pass mark will stay the same.

The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips will feature two ‘developing hazards’

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