Free driving lessons with a College bursary

20 hours of free driving lessons for Ron Dearing UTC Students

It’s hard to imagine that you could get a bursary for 20 hours of free driving lessons from your college, but that’s exactly what’s on offer for students at Hull college Ron Dearing UTC

Students at the college are able to apply for the bursary which is worth 20 hours of free driving lessons with Elite Driving School.

The scheme has been funded by Ron Dearing’s partner businesses and promoted by the college’s employer sponsors, who believe that being able to drive is a key skill and advantage for young people who may want to join them in the future.

To be eligible, students must have at least 95 per cent attendance, be on target with their studies and have passed their driving theory test.

That’s a huge benefit when they start lessons with an Elite instructor because they already have reasonable knowledge of road markings, road signs, and the highway code.

Ron Dearing celebrate the launch of their unique driving lesson bursary

Getting started is easy

Student apply for the bursary, then they call Elite driving school to arrange their lessons, it’s that simple.

There are families that struggle to pay or contribute towards driving lessons for their children, so the bursary contributes a huge chunk towards learning.

Alistair, is one of the students who’s on the bursary, and knows that having a full driving licence as part of his skillset will help improve his employment prospects and make it easier for him to get to and from work.

The 17-year-old said: “It’s going well. I’m driving here, there and everywhere. I’ve not really had time to save up for lessons but this has given me a head start on things.

Elite Driving School team up with Ron Dearing UTC to offer free driving lessons to students
Alistair Sceats is making the most of the free driving lessons being offered (Image: Karl Andre Photography Ltd 2019)

Alistair’s instructor Steve said “he’s a natural, & picking up driving at a fast pace.” He added, “Alistair has only had 6 lessons but he’s already a very considerate driver.

We’re excited to help the students at Ron Dearing UTC learn to drive, with their unique offer of 20 free diving lessons.

The free driving lessons will massively contribute towards these students becoming safe and responsible drivers.

Many young people dream of the day they turn 17 and being able to drive. They can’t wait to get their first car, it’s so exciting, and it’s their first step to independence.

Do you remember your first car?

How many people remember naming their first car?  Mine was called Gimpy, because of it’s gimpy gold color.

What name did you give your car, and do you still name your cars today?



Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier.

It has been found in recent studies that learning is significantly easier for younger people, rather than in older years. The brain is a lot more capable of learning when younger, meaning that it is learning new things, such as driving is considerable easier and less frustrating.

Because Driving is a new skill, it requires a lot of patience and time and effort, but also a lot of concentration.

Meaning that the younger generation are going to require less concentration, and patience, because their brain is more capable of learning, unlike someone in their late twenties, and thirties and so on.

Obviously, it depends on the person, and their own personal and mental development, but generally it is easier for younger people to absorb information.

This means that passing driving and theory tests can be substantially quicker, and better, which means that more money is saved throughout the process, making it more cost-effective to learn to drive at the age of 17 than a novice at the age of 35.

Moreover, even if you can’t afford to get a car at the age of 17, the skills have been learnt meaning that refreshing your memory later on in life, when you can afford a car, is a lot easier than starting from scratch. It’s very similar to the saying ‘You Never forget how to ride a bike’.

It’s considerably the same thing, as most people to learn to ride a bike at a very young age, meaning that the skills learnt are more likely to stay stored in the brain.

But of course it is never too late to start to learn to drive. The freedom gained at the end of it will not differ, and the experience of lessons will not change.


Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA.

It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’ ‘Tell me’ portion of the test.

If you don’t know what this is, it is where the examiner will ask you a ‘show me’ question and a ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of your driving test. These questions are given to you by your instructor to prepare you for your test.

The ‘Tell me’ Questions are as follows:

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.


And the ‘Show me’ questions:

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?


Now with the changes to the Driving Test, it means that the ‘tell me’ questions will be asked at the beginning of the test, and the ‘show me’ questions will now be asked during the driving test, whilst under their examination.

However, do not fret, the changes are not made until the 4th December, so you have plenty of time to figure how to undertake these ‘show me’s’ in your instructors car.

We hope this helps and we will keep you updated with any more changes to the UK Driving Test on the Elite Blog, so make sure to follow Elite on Social Media, so you can be updated with any Driving Test changes coming your way by December!

The Elite Team

Who is Demanding Your Attention?

Who is demanding your attention?


What can be so important that they are asking you to commit suicide?

Despite the new tougher penalties that were brought into effect on 1st March, figures show that more than 200 drivers a day were caught using mobile phones at the wheel within those first four weeks.

Let me repeat that: 200 drivers a DAY were caught using their mobiles…

Just a few seconds distracted could have severe consequences for you or an innocent bystander.


Turn off your mobile phone when getting into your car or shield it, you can buy a signal blocker that only costs a few pounds, it’s a phone pouch made from soft, hard wearing material that you place your mobile phone into and it blocks all signals taking away all driving distractions, whilst your mobile phone is protected from scratches or damage.

As soon as you remove your phone from the pouch all the missed calls and message notifications will appear on your screen and you can then deal with them when you are parked up and safe to do so.

The next call or text you take whilst at the wheel could be killing you or someone that you know.

Can you live with that thought?


Turn off your mobile, and stay safe


#whoisdemandingyourattention #distracteddriving


The Trouble with Driving Lessons

The Trouble with Driving Lessons

The Trouble with booking driving lessons is that people can’t get the times and days that they want. The fact is people are are having to wait quite a few weeks before starting driving lessons. This is partly due to the high demand for driving lessons and the dwindling number of driving instructors.

When booking driving lessons if the driving school or the instructor you are talking to are able to find a space, ask them if that is going to be a regular lesson every week. Quite often they will book you in for lessons that are only temporary spaces which means that you will end up back at the start.

I’ve heard people say any lessons are better than no lessons but that can lead to the learn and forget scenario, because leaving big gaps between lessons results in the student forgetting what was learnt, and this can be quite a costly exercise.

So get them to commit to giving you at least one regular lesson every week.

It’s a bad time for learner drivers who are wanting to book and start lessons immediately. But I feel especially sorry for those people who are available for driving lessons after 4pm or weekends, because of work commitment.

It’s also a bad time for driving schools. It’s soul destroying when they know that every phone call answered is going to result in another disappointed customer. As hard as we try it’s impossible to fit people into spaces that just don’t exist.

It can be very frustrating for people calling one driving school after another, for either lessons for themselves or a family member, and not getting anywhere. They just can’t understand why they can’t start learning this week.

We understand their frustration, but unfortunately when an instructor’s diary is full, they will generally be full for weeks in advance because they will have the same people booked in until they pass their driving test.

Our advice:

Don’t aimlessly ring around without leaving your details. Get your name on a every list you can, because it might just be a short time before someone can fit you in for driving lessons.

While you are waiting book a theory test date and start practising, we recommend using study material from the DVSA or Theory Test Pro.

One last word of advice:

Try to find a regular space each week that you can take driving lessons, so when you find someone that can take you for those lessons ask them to commit to booking you in for the same space for 5/6 weeks in advance.



Driving Lessons – Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Learning to drive is the same as any other skill, the more consistent practice you get, the better you get. Practice makes perfect as the saying goes providing that is, that the practice follows a sound structure and that it’s with the right type of teacher.

Taking time out of practice is never a good thing but necessary at some times during the year.

Summer holidays are one of those times where driving lessons become interrupted whilst both students and instructors take their annual holidays. It’s inevitable. Many people live for those few weeks of paradise.

Although holidays can knock your progress back slightly – taking long breaks or constantly missing driving lessons will almost certainly put a halt on any sort of progress.

Imagine an Olympic athlete missing lots of sessions from a busy training schedule. Do you think they will be ready and at their peak performance when it comes to competing for a medal in the games.

Driving Lessons

Learning to drive is no different, long breaks between driving lessons will set your progress back, and it will take you longer to learn, and it will cost you a lot more money.

So my advice is respect your time, don’t miss driving lessons, commit to practice and you will be a qualified driver before you know it.












Learner Drivers on Motorways Consultation

The DVSA consultation which plans to allow learner drivers to take driving lessons on Britain’s motorways ends on the 17th February 2017.

The consultations suggests that learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons as long as they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor, in a car fitted with dual controls.

The DVSA suggest that motorway tuition will help better prepare drivers, and will allow learners to:

  • get a broader driving experience before taking their driving test.
  • get training on how to join and leave the motorway, also including how to overtake and use lanes correctly.
  • Practice driving at higher speeds
  • put their theoretical knowledge in practice.

Motorway lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the ADI to decide when the student is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Source DVSA

To read more about the changes CLICK HERE 


You can also give your views on learner on motorways CLICK HERE

This consultation asks for views on whether learner drivers should be allowed to take driving lessons on motorways while:

  • accompanied by a fully-qualified approved driving instructor
  • in a car which has dual-controls

It also asks for views on whether the driving instructor training and testing system needs to be changed for them to provide motorway lessons.



Please also share your thoughts with us, I’m very interested in your comments.


#learnerdriversonmotorways, #learnerdrivers


Female Driving Instructors

Female Driving Instructors
Congratulations to Emily Taylor for passing her driving test on the 25th of January 2017

Female Driving Instructors

Congratulations to Emily Taylor of Hull who passed her practical driving test on the 25th of January 2017. Emily took her driving lessons with Elite Driving Instructor Jeannette Pickering who was over the moon with the result and maintains her high pass rate. A huge well done to Emily who did a great job to pass at the FIRST attempt. Instructor Jeannette said she is looking forward to seeing you again for a Motorway Driving Lesson or Pass Plus.

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom that a licence will bring.

Best wishes from your Driving Instructor Jeannette Pickering and the Customer Service Team @ EliteDrivingSchool.

Elite – Inspiring new drivers to achieve their dreams.


Allowing learner drivers to take lessons on motorways

Learner Drivers

Voluntary motorway lessons would be taken with a qualified instructor.

Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect. Until then, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Driving instructor training and vehicles

The Department for Transport is also asking for views on whether:

  • the current driving instructor training and testing system gives instructors the skills they need to provide motorway lessons to learner drivers
  • specially-adapted vehicles must be fitted with dual controls if they’re used for motorway lessons
  • L plate roofboxes on cars must be removed before a motorway lesson

Have your say on the proposals by 17 February 2017.



Driving Instructor Steve is Coming Home

Elite Car

Driving Instructor Steve is Coming Home


Driving Instructor Steve is coming home after 8 years living down South. Steve chose to join Elite because our students love the enthusiasm and support they receive from our instructors, giving them confidence to have fun while learning to drive.

Steve starts on the 4th January 2017 and has just a few places left for new students. If you live in the HU3, HU4 & HU5 post code areas and want to start lessons in the First week of 2017, please contact Pauline on 01482 772329


#drivinglessons #drivinginstructor #cominghome