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

The secret of how to pass the theory test

Why is the theory test a big deal for some people but not others?

 

Lets explore some of the reason why people flop the theory test…

Well the first clue is the word TEST, no one likes to be judged. Mention the word theory test and failure springs to mind.

Have you ever heard yourself say if I fail the first test I’ll pass the second or third time.

Noooooo… The next time you here the voice in your head shout fail, say Thanks but NO I’m not going to listen to you, I know I can pass first time.

To many students passing the theory involves revising and giving up time, but that’s the reality. If you want to succeed you’ve got to put in the hours and study.

Think of the years of benefit beyond the theory and driving tests, all for just a few weeks of revision.

 

Finding the right study material can be a chore

There is no shortage of learning solutions on the market to help you prepare for the theory test, but I recommend studying the Highway Code in book form and paying a few quid to gain full access to Theory Test Pro available here

Of course the questions you’ll find on the internet are different to those featured in the actual test, so it’s pointless trying to memorise them.

Practice questions are designed to test your knowledge, and they deal with exactly the same themes and rules of the road as the actual test questions.

 

No Flapping

During the test you might find some questions that causes panic arrhhhh, but don’t ignore them, you can mark them using the FLAG button and return to them later when you have completed all the remaining questions. You might find by then you’re in less of a flap and the answer might pop into your head.

Hazard perception rules ok:

hazard part of the test isn’t such a big deal for many, after all most are used to playing video games and clicking a mouse. But bear in mind the hazard clips are live and there’s no going back if you think you’ve missed something.

So imagine it’s you sat behind the wheel of the car in the videos, and with eagle eyes focused on the road ahead, assess situations as they develop and if you feel you might need to slow down or turn the steering wheel to avoid the actions of other road users including pedestrians, click the mouse.

Be aware that just one click might not land you in the scoring zone so click a few times, but avoid continuously clicking or in a pattern because the system will detect some form of cheating may be going on.

Many instructors think the cheat detection system is too sensitive, especially in busy town scenarios, where there might be multiple potential hazards.

To help you get the best results on the hazard test, practice is essential. Most clips allow you to playback scenes and see how your score was recorded, which will help you understand how the system works.

So now you’ve got a better idea of what you need to do, you should be better prepared to pass your theory test at the first attempt.

 

#theorytest, #hazardperception

 

Why People Get The Hazard Perception So Wrong

Why People Get The Hazard Perception So Wrong

The hazard perception part of the Theory Test seems to be catching lots of people out, resulting in a retest and a further £23.00. In my opinion the problem is that people are looking so hard for the hazard that it goes virtually undetected.

Let’s start off by explaining what a hazard is. A hazard is an action that could become a potential danger, which means as a driver you would have to change your speed or direction. This could be as slight as coming off the gas or moving the vehicle’s course slightly to the left or right. Awareness and planning of the road ahead should assist in spotting potential dangers as they occur.

My advice is when sitting the hazard perception test imagine you are the driver of the car, looking out of the front windscreen and let your natural instincts work for you to assist in spotting a hazard. When you spot a hazard click the mouse and as it turns into a danger, click a couple more times. The first click generally is the one that is alerting you to the situation, further clicks are trying to get you in the scoring zone.

A word of warning avoid repetitive clicking of the mouse. Practice enough before you take the real test and you will get the hang of it.

Happy Clicking.

#hazardperceptiontest #theorytest

 

Could YOUR Parents pass the driving theory test?

Two in three experienced motorists would fail the theory test

 

  • Half of drivers in the study failed the multiple choice section of the test 
  • More than a third failed the hazard perception section of theory exam

 

Two out of three experienced motorists would fail the driving theory test if they took it today, a study found.

 

And the biggest stumbling block is basic traffic signs, according to researchers who gave 50 drivers a real copy of the test.

 

In the results from the test only 33 per cent of experienced motorists scraped through, compared to 51.6 per cent of novice drivers who pass their theory today.

The questions on road and traffic signs were the most likely to trip drivers up, followed by those on vehicle handling and accidents.

 

However, they did well on questions dealing with other types of vehicles, suggesting that their road experience may have helped them in this area.

 

The research, by Churchill Car Insurance, also found that more than half (53 per cent) of drivers think it should be compulsory to retake the theory test. Churchills report concluded: ‘that motorist felt that ten years would be the most appropriate frequency for retaking the theory test.’

 

Around one in 12 (8 per cent) wanted a retest every five years – but not everyone agreed. Roughly one in seven drivers (15 per cent) felt that they were ‘completely road literate’ and never had any trouble reading signs.

 

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency theory test, introduced in 1996, consists of 50 questions, randomly taken from a bank of hundreds. Candidates must answer at least 43 questions correctly within an allowed time of 57 minutes.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

The hazard perception test

Was first used in 2002, involves watching a video of a driving scenario and clicking on the screen to demonstrate awareness whenever a hazard appears.

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard & you must score 44 out of a possible 75 points

 

On average, novices taking the test score higher than experienced drivers did in the study. For the 1.54million theory tests taken in 2013/14, the pass rate was 51.6 per cent. Among men it was 48.8 per cent and for women, 54.7 per cent.

 

 

Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance, said:

An inability to read the road properly often leads to hesitant and unsafe driving, so we’d urge all road users to regularly brush up on their knowledge of road signs and regulations, as these are frequently updated.

 

So there you have it, when it comes to the theory you could be better than your parents

 

#theorytest, #elitedrivingschool

 

Driving Tests

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Driving Tests

For all of you thinking about taking your Theory Test there are many sites available for you to use, some good, some not so good. We recommend using Theory Test Pro, which you can sign up for by using the link below and also using the Highway Code as everything you need to know is in the Highway Code.

Practical Driving Test waiting times are now reducing and there are tests available in November. Please remember to check with your Instructor first before booking a test.

Driving Test Dates

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Driving Test Dates

 

For all of you thinking about booking your driving test or thinking about what the dates are currently standing at. For Hull the waiting list is into the middle of December with the odd one or two tests available in November. For York the waiting list is the beginning of November.

The earliest date available for a Theory test in Hull is 27th September 2016.

The earliest date available for a Theory test in York is 26th September 2016.

#testdates #DrivingSchool #DrivingInstructor #Drivinglessons

Tips for passing driving theory

Preparing for a practical driving test can be stressful and with the added pressure of needing to pass the theory prior to getting a full driving licence.

Elite Driving School have compiled a list of tips together to help those taking their theory achieve success.

First and foremost, in order to be prepared, you should:

Book you test

It is the obvious step however you have the option to book your theory at one of the many test centres nationwide. To find your nearest centre, you can visit the official website here.
Ensure you have your provisional licence with you, along with your credit/debit card as there will be a fee to pay.

Revise

The theory test will include fifty multiple question from a bank of over one thousand and the candidate will need to get over 90% of the questions correct to pass.

To make the revision easier, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has released a Theory Test Handbook that has a lot of useful tips and example questions that will help any candidate and is brilliant to revise from.

Hazard perception

After the candidate has completed the multiple choice question test, they will progress on to the hazard perception test.
The test will include a series of video clips that feature a variety of video clips that will feature a selection of driving hazards that the candidate will need to spot.

Click here to test your knowledge and practise scanning the road effectively, identifying any distraction and looking out for cyclists to make sure you are fully prepared.

Mock tests

If you believe you are ready for your theory test, there is a government-run website called Safe Driving for Life that enables users to try out a mock test, exclusive to the multiple choice test only.

TIP: Practise with friends and family that have already completed their theory test asking them to quiz you on your driving knowledge.

Once you have gotten all of your prep work complete, you will need to focus on these things on the day of your theory:

TIP: Arrive at the centre 30 minutes prior to the theory test.

Time

Allow yourself extra time to arrive at the theory test centre, as there is a high chance that a candidate hasn’t visited the centre before. It relieves stress on the day also.

Licence

Candidates must ensure they have brought along with them their paper and photo card of the driving licence on the day of their theory test.

Utilise your time

There will be an allocated 15 minutes of practice time prior to the test which will allow those sitting it to get used to the screen and familiarise themselves with the layout of questions etc.

Breather

Along with the 15 minutes of extra time at the beginning of the test, there will be a 3 minutes break between the first and second part of the test signifying a half way point.
This is the perfect time for the candidate to take a breather and stretch from their desk, clearing their head and readying themselves for the second and final part, hazard perception.

For further information about driving theory tests and driving lessons, please visit our website!

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%.

For driving information and lessons, visit our website!

5 top tips to passing your theory test

Driving School YorkHow can you prepare for your theory test?

Driving is one of the most daunting tasks a young adult can take on, yet with enough practice it can unlock the world of opportunity that comes with driving a car. New jobs, road trips and adventures are all to be found when you have the luxury of a car. Before you can even consider taking your practical driving test, you must first pass your theory. If you’ve been having driving lessons in York or Hull with Elite Driving School, you should be more than prepared to excel in your test. A theory test is the first major leap towards a driving license, so follow our top 5 tips that we’ve got for you in order to achieve road success.

Notice all of the hazard signs

A theory test is built up of a number of multiple choice questions over a fifty minute time period. When you’re done with the multiple choice section of the test, you’ll arrive at the hazard perception side of things. This is made up from a series of video clips that host a number of different driving hazards, as these can all happen in your driving experiences.

In order to make sure you’re prepared, you can visit a number of websites where you can practise road and pavement scanning, which will allow you to identify any potential hazards that you may need to suddenly break for in order to avoid an accident.

Keep practicing

When it comes to learning a new subject, there’s no better alternative than putting in the hours needed to learn everything there is to do with the topic. The test questions are all at random, so it’s important to remember that you must get a good handle on the subject in order to answer any of the questions listed in the Theory Test Handbook, something that holds around 1000 questions!

The passing guidelines of the theory test are a minimum of 44 out of 75 on the Hazard Perception test and 43 out of 50 on the multiple choice section of the test.

Books, books and more books!

As you’ll be having driving lessons through the Hull area with our incredibly experienced instructors, you should pick up good habits to take forward into your driving test. Unfortunately, not all of these can transfer to your theory test.

You can buy a number of books in order to practice for your test and the good news is that there’s a book produced by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) called the Theory Test Handbook. This book is vital to any new learner, being packed full of useful tips and practice questions.

There’s extra time to practice…

Before your test begins, you’ll get an extra 15 minutes to get used to the touch screen on which you’ll take your theory test. Use this time to get a feel of the questions layout and if something doesn’t work properly, let someone know before your test rather than during.

Sit a mock exam

Do you think you’re prepared to sit your theory test? All of your driving lessons with your instructor will get you only so far.

There are a number of mock tests that you can sit, all of which reflect the questions that you’ll likely encounter on your exam.

Are you looking for driving instructor in York ? Or driving lessons in York with one of our qualified driving instructors? Visit our site for more!