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’…
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.