Dominic Barnes Passed in August 2019!

Congratulations to Dominic Barnes who passed his Driving test, in August 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

Dominic Barnes!

Dominic passed his driving test, with Elite Instructor Mark Langton! Mark really enjoyed teaching Dominic to drive – and he looks over the moon!

We want to wish Dominic all the best for the future!

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Phoebe Mora-Blanco Passed in August 2019!

Congratulations to Phoebe who passed her Driving test, in August 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

Phoebe Mora-blanco!

Phoebe passed her driving test, with Elite Instructor John! John really enjoyed teaching Phoebe to drive – and just in time for University!

We want to wish Phoebe all the best for the future!

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Harley Bayham Passed in August 2019!

Congratulations to Harley who passed his Driving test, in August 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

harley bayham!

Harley passed his driving test, with Elite Instructor John! John really enjoyed teaching Harley to drive.

We want to wish Harley all the best for the future!

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John Shepherd Passed his Driving Test in August 2019!!

Congratulations to John who passed his Driving test, in August 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

John Shepherd!

John passed his driving test, with Elite Instructor Tim! Tim really enjoyed teaching John how to drive. He’s already looking for a car, and is excited at the prospect of getting on the roads soon!

We want to wish John all the best for the future!

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James Edmonds Passed!!

Congratulations to James who passed his Driving test FIRST TIME, in August 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

James!

James passed his driving test FIRST TIME, with Elite Instructor James! James really enjoyed teaching James how to drive. He’s already looking for a car, and is excited at the prospect of sharing the driving responsibilities with his partner!

We want to wish James all the best for the future!

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Recommendations for the THEORY test

Studying for the theory test

 

I’ve been asked a lot recently about best preparation for the theory test.

The Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data shows that average pass mark for theory test from 2007 to present date is between 47% to 65%.

You can view the full stats here

The theory test fee is £23 and you have to pass the theory before you are able to book a practical driving test.

For some people taking the theory is more of a concern than taking the practical test. And, in some cases people have taken more than 10 attempts to pass the theory.

This is a serious concern for learners, so what can you do?

Well first of all you have to acknowledge that you are going to have to put some study work in if you want to pass it.

There are many products available to help you, the most common is online practice sites and home study DVD’s.

Online practice sites fees range from free up to a tenner, however most free sites require your personal information before giving you access to questions.

That’s because they want a crack and selling you something or they might sell your information on to a third party who will want to sell you something.

The problem with free is that the quality of questions might fall well short of what is required to be considered as good practice questions.

Some sites simply offer mock tests, but Mock tests don’t often give you the depth of questions you could be asked on the official theory test.

So, a good place to start is by reading the highway code, or purchasing the official DVSA practice material here

However there are some good third party online sites that can help, one of our favorites is Theory test Pro. These guys offer a free version, but we recommend you invest a few quid and get the full comprehensive version.

Our tip is try to avoid just practicing MOCK tests, instead use the practice topics which will give you a broader set of questions, on some site like theory test pro you can also take advantage of the Knowledge & understanding help guide.

So’ here’s what you should expect on the theory test.

The multiple choice test

Before you start the multiple choice test, you can have a 15-minute practice session if you want to get used to the format of the test.

In the test there are 50 questions: you’ll need to get at least 43 correct to pass. You’ll have 57 minutes for this part of the test.

The multiple choice questions appear on-screen and you’ll use the mouse to choose the correct answer. For some questions you’ll need to select more than one answer – there’ll be a message if you don’t choose enough answers. There are also case study questions: these will show you a short ‘story’ and you’ll need to answer five questions about it.

If you aren’t sure about any of the questions, you can ‘flag’ them and come back to them later.

The hazard perception test

When you’ve finished the multiple choice part, you can go straight on to the hazard perception part or take a three-minute break. You can watch a short video before you start the test, showing you how the test works.

You’ll need to click the mouse when you see a developing hazard (ie something that would need you, the driver, to take some action such as changing speed or direction): the sooner you spot the hazard, the more points you’ll score. You can score up to five points for each hazard. You’ll need to score at least 44 out of 75 points. Each film shows one hazard apart from one film, which has two.

If you click the mouse too much or if you click in a pattern, you’ll be given a warning message and you’ll score no points for that film.

 

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The perfect learner mindset

Why you should get the right Learner Mindset!

 

For the average learner driving lessons are not cheap, on average a lesson cost £25 per hour but there’s a lot of expense that goes in to each lesson.

First your driving a car which is adapted for teaching which might be costing the instructor £450 a month, insurance is another £150, fuel £3 per hour, maintenance, tyres, tax, and that’s before we start adding marketing cost’s and extra insurance to the mix.

Then after all expenses the instructor get’s paid his hourly rate which we already know isn’t £25!

 

So, how can the savvy learner save money on lessons?

driving tips for new drivers

Well, here’s a few tips:

  1. Book the same day & lesson time each week, this conditions the mind for learning.
  2. Read information relevant to the previous lesson and the next lesson to keep your mind focused.
  3. Don’t skip lessons, make sure you’re there ready and on time every week.
  4. Be active in your lessons, rather than expect your instructor to tell you everything, be responsible for your own learning. Ask questions offer solutions to problems where you can.
  5. If possible book lessons when your not tired. Avoid late evenings after a long day at work.
  6. Wear appropriate shoes, high heals and flip flops are out!
  7. If you don’t understand something your instructor says, ask them to explain what they are trying to acheive.
  8. Don’t panic about other road users, or worry about what they think about you, just do your best, besides they’ve got their own stuff to worry about and probably won’t spare a moments thought over you.

 

Above all don’t stop and start lessons, or leave big gaps between them, because this will increase the lessons you’ll need and you could be learning for years.

After each lesson reflect on what you’ve learnt and write the important stuff down so you remember what you’ve learnt.

Before each new lesson read your notes from the previous one, this will avoid the instructor having to cover too much old ground.

Before you drive away make sure everything in the car is set correctly and that you are comfortable.

And finally, make sure you understand the purpose of the lesson, and what you are trying to acheive. Set a goal for improvement at the start and see if you manage to accomplish it at the end. This might be as simple as giving yourself a figure out of ten.

 

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Learning to drive requires the skill of car control

Mastering car control might not be as easy as your dad makes it look!

mastering car control is the starting point for a new driver, it’s a skill that they need to learn in areas we call nursery routes before they can progress out on busier roads.

You could Liken learning to use the car controls to something like a new golfer trying to hit a golf ball.

Watching other golfers swing and hit the golf ball on what they call the sweet spot looks simple doesn’t it?

That’s until the untrained person tries it and “woosh”, they’ve swung the club but the ball has hardly moved, and they end up on their backside, very embarrassing especially if you’ve a crowd watching.

Sure, with perseverance eventually the new golfer will be able to hit the ball, but it might not go in the direction they intended or travel very far.

So, what do you do?

Well the logical solution is to seek the help of an expert. They will not only be able to play the game but will also have a the additional skill of being able to teach others to play the game too.

With repetition and practice the new golfer will have a much better chance of hitting the ball.

And, once they mastered the basic swing, they then have to learn all the different stokes to help them negotiate an 18 hole golf course.

So, learning to drive a car requires the support from an expert, but again it’s not something that can be taught overnight, it takes time and practice.

When people embark on learning they’ve often had years of experience watching family and friends make driving look so easy, and they don’t expect their first lesson to be quite so tricky.

Just getting to grips with using the car controls can be an unexpected challenge because for so many years they’ve heard people say “driving is easy”.

But with practice and repetition, they’ll steadily become confident with the basic’s of moving and stopping the car, changing gears and turning corners.

When the instructor feels they are ready to move on from the nursery route onto intermediate roads, they will start to learn about road skills & procedures.

During these lessons they’ll learn how to apply the Mirror, signal, manoeuvre (MSM) system to driving and, how important timing the sequence becomes in order to help them deal with the various types of junctions that they will come in to contact with on a daily basis.

They’ll also become familiar with using signals correctly to inform other road users of their intentions, and understanding, and acting on signals from others.

Mastering car control
Mastering car control

Road signs and markings will also be covered during this phase of learning, before moving on to interaction skills, and driving on more advanced routes.

This is where they’ll learn about planning and anticipation, and how to deal with busy roads littered with other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

They will find themselves on routes where there is limited space in the road, and where there’re likely to be driving in busy traffic flows.

The more actively involved a learner is in each lesson, the more independent their driving will become.

During the learning process, the instructor will encourage the learner to analyse situations and offer solutions. This technique will help them negotiate new situations that they may not have encountered before, and equip them with the skills required to deal with them safely.

The Driving vehicle standards agency (DVSA) who are responsible for rider and driver testing in the UK, aim to improve the standard of new drivers and further reduce road accidents and deaths on UK roads.

Over the years they have made changes to the driving test, to meet the challenges of modern driving situations, with further demand’s on improving the skills and abilities of new drivers.

For this reason today’s learners will require more training hours than their parents did when they learnt to drive.

As more people take to the crowded roads a greater level of skill and knowledge is required at the start of their driving career to keep them safe while they gain their experience.

 

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Jordan passed!!

Congratulations to Jordan who passed his Driving test FIRST TIME, in July 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

JORDAN!

Jordan passed his driving test FIRST TIME, with Elite Instructor James! James really enjoyed teaching Jordan how to drive. Jordan practiced at home too, with his partner in her car, which really helped him progress, and meant he didn’t take long to pass!

We want to wish Jordan all the best for the future!

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Daniel Laughton Passed!!!

Congratulations to Daniel who passed his Driving test in July 2019!

Passing your driving test is an awesome stepping stone in life. It provides freedom and independence, career opportunities, and those insta moments of being able to post a pic of your first car! Driving around with your friends, being able to go places in Summer, or even driving to maccies on a Sunday morning. Once you get a car, you’ll always want to be the designated driver. Plus, lots of careers require you to have a license! All these amazing opportunities have opened up for:

daniel laughton!

Daniel passed his driving test, with Elite Instructor Joe! Joe really enjoyed teaching Daniel and instilling him with safe driving for life!

We want to wish Daniel all the best for the future!

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