How to improve your chance of passing the practical driving test?

It’s everyone’s dream of passing the practical driving test at the First attempt.

 

And there’s no substitute for hard work, persistence, determination, desire and faith.

But you also need to find an instructor you gel with, one who you feel you can learn from, and one who’s reliable because to be successful you need regular frequent lessons.

Missing lessons can really slow your progress, so make sure your instructor allows you to book your lessons in advance, so you get the times when you can take them, and make sure you turn up for your lessons on time.

Each lesson you take should be a step forward from the previous lesson, so planning is important.

Between you and your instructor you should agree on what you need to cover on the lesson, where improvements can be made, and what support you’ll need to make those improvements.

It’s important that you understand how to do the task your being asked to do, and that you can visualise how you will deal with the situation to get the desired outcome.

This is where you need to focus on what your instructor is asking you to do, if you don’t understand the task, then you must tell your instructor immediately.

You wouldn’t jump out of a plane (with a parachute of course), if you didn’t know how to open the chute and land safely.

Throughout your learning experience, your instructor might set short assessments for you where they will ask you to complete a task unaided by them.

They will take on the role of observer so they can see how you will deal with certain tasks, and if it isn’t to the standard required, the instructor will help you understand where improvement should be made, and then further practice will help you to get it right.

Passing the practical driving test, how do you know when your almost ready to take it?

Let’s be honest, you don’t know what the test standard looks like, but your instructor does!

This is where a MOCK driving test can be beneficial. Your instructor will step out of the role of the trainer and into the role of the observer.

For a MOCK test to be successful it should be conducted exactly like a real practical driving test.

Familiarity with your own instructor can reduce the effectiveness of the MOCK test because you’re used to being in the car with them.

That’s why we recommend taking a MOCK test with another instructor opposing to your own, because this will take you out of your comfort zone even further.

Just like the real practical driving test.

By the end of the MOCK test, you’ll have the experience of what the real test will be like, and you’ll have an idea of the standard your driving needs to be to successfully pass the real thing.

Don’t be discouraged if you fail a MOCK driving test, it’s only a measure of the standard you are at that moment in time.

And, it often highlights the weaker areas in your driving which both you and your instructor can work on before booking the real thing.

More than just one MOCK test might be required to assist with your driving development.

So, don’t forget to insist on a MOCK test before you apply for the practical driving test, even if it’s conducted by your own instructor it’s still more beneficial than not taking one.

 

 

 

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Did you make the most of Bank holiday travel this weekend

It’s was an exciting Bank holiday travel for many Brit’s, but yet bank holiday blues for others, why?

 

It’s been a manic bank holiday weekend across the country as the temperatures soured to 28.6C in some parts of the UK, and we Brits are loving it.

Places like Scarborough, Bridlington, Skegness and Mablethorpe were rammed with holiday makers enjoying the good weather.

A survey by tourism agency VisitEngland suggests 8.6 million Britons are planning an overnight trip in the UK this weekend.

This is up from 7.3 million for the August bank holiday weekend in 2018 – and is the most since the research began in 2012.

It’s times like this that people are grateful for a full driving licence. There no better feeling than waking up to a scorcher of a morning, packing the car boot with the day’s essentials and heading out for the day.

Bank holiday travel

It weekends like this that we should make the most of, because let’s face it, they’re far and few between in the UK.

Travel has to be one of the greatest pastimes, there’s so many interesting places to visit, regions to explore, and beaches to chill on.

But for some folk with out a drivers licence it’s been some what frustrating relying on public transport.

Those planning to get away by rail faced major disruption on the two main north-south routes.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has issued a “do not travel” warning for the route between London and Scotland via York on Saturday and Sunday.

That’s maybe why it’s never been so busy after a bank holiday!

Our phones have been ringing off the hook with people desperate to start learning to drive because they don’t want to miss out on another bank holiday.

Driving gives people the freedom, and convenience to travel, and enjoy breaks from work, so why put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Don’t miss out on another glorious bank holiday, and a chance to explore. So, if there’s one thing that should be at the top of your bucket list to do today it’s got to be to send off for your provisional driving licence and book driving lessons.

Once you start it doesn’t take long to pass the test, and you’ve then got a life time to enjoy the fruits of those few months of learning.

Remember:

“if you don’t learn today you risk missing tomorrows opportunities”  

 

#bankholidaytravel

 

New in Driving News

Hello everyone and Welcome to the Elite Driving School Blog’s New in Driving News!

There has been a lot of Driving News lately, mainly, revolving around the weather!

However, last week, it was announced that Learner Drivers would be allowed on the motorways, with a qualified Driving Instructor, as of the 4th June 2018!

I have both good and points for the debate of Learner Drivers being allowed on motorways…

Let’s get all the negativity out of the way, and start with the cons:

-Motorways are dangerous if going both too fast, or too slow. Going too slow on a Motorway can cause serious problems, and can be very dangerous, which is why generally, it is better to do when more competent.

-Realistically, in an average hour/hour and a half lesson, the Learner isn’t going to get very far, before having to turn around and come back home. It is going to be extremely difficult for those who don’t live anywhere near a motorway, to have a motorway lesson as a learner…right?

-Thy’re unreliable. This shouldn’t be too difficult to explain, but sometimes, for unforeseen circumstances, you can get stuck on the motorway for hours. I’m sure we have all been there. Just last week, people were stuck on the M62 for 15 hours, after a mass crash. – Could you imagine being stuck in a car for 15 hours with your instructor?

-The other road users. You can sometimes get people, who get a little ‘speed happy’ and tend to just zoom off, well over the speed limit. This of course is annoying to general road users, never mind learners, who haven’t even passed a test to determine if they are ready to drive safely or not. I can imagine it being quite scary.

-They’re unqualified. Sure, they’re with a qualified instructor, who can drive at an advanced level, and in a car with dual controls, but that doesn’t prevent the fact that they’re unqualified. And yes, I understand the point of this is to become qualified, but people generally learn or go on a motorway, after they have experienced driving on their own on A and B roads.

Okay. Now, for the Pro’s:

-It allows the learner to advance on the skills that they already have, to be able to assess the situation appropriately.

-It allows learners to be experienced on all roads, before becoming qualified.

-With the new ‘Smart Motorways’ it enables learners to be more aware of how they work, as they won’t be involved in the Theory test.

-It gives them an advanced knowledge, meaning that there could potentially be fewer ‘new driver’ accidents.

 

What do you think?

We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject, as I think it is such a controversial one.

– The Elite Team

 

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…

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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’…

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What Is The Best Way To Learn To Drive?

The Best Way To Learn To Drive

The best way to learn to drive is to book two to three regular weekly lessons and the ideal driving lesson time should be 90 minutes.

To get you started ask for recommendations, read reviews and make sure you book lessons with a credible instructor.

From the very start book your Theory Test in advance and practice each day for 30-60 minutes. Knowledge is important to help you learn quickly.

Make sure that you use recommended study material from either the DVSA or Theory Test pro.

Ask questions from your instructor if you don’t understand something you’re being taught or if you feel you’re not getting the results you expect.

Once you’ve passed your Theory Test prebook your driving test in advance but before you do make sure you talk to your instructor about a suitable date and get them to make you responsible for achieving the goal.

Before each lesson read any notes that your instructor has given you, be on time for lessons and be reliable. Missing lessons will hinder your progress.

Ask your instructor for permission to email any questions you have in between lessons so they can be answered before your next lesson.

If you can get extra practice ask your instructor to talk to the person giving you the practice and advise them on what they should focus on to help your progress.

If you can’t get extra practice – every time you’re a passenger in a car start by watching out for hazards and dangers in the road ahead, above all immerse yourself in a safe driver culture and make sure you regularly study the Highway Code.

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Learning to Drive Successfully

Learning to drive successfully involves making decisions…

When you are learning to drive at some stage you will have to start making your own decisions otherwise you’ll never be confident driving yourself.
There will be times when something happens and you won’t know what to do. But if you learn to rely on your own judgement you’ll find that you can make sensible safe decisions.
Take the picture below for example.

Crossing

What’s on your mind…Question Do I go or stop?
At the crossing is a young cyclist intent on riding across the road, the driver has made a late decision to stop – this is possibly because he was indecisive, or wasn’t paying attention.
The result could be that following traffic was also caught out and had to also stop suddenly putting people in danger, or the pedestrian had the fright of their life or worse still hit by the driver.
Let’s look at the three choices
Stop
Go
Don’t know
Now let’s look at the situation again.
Would you say it’s quite obvious that the cyclist is intending to ride to the other side of the road using the crossing?
What are the rules for a zebra crossing, is it a shared responsibility where pedestrians waits for a driver to stop and let them cross safely, and drivers should be aware that pedestrian are waiting for a safe opportunity to cross?
In your opinion do you think people at a zebra crossing take it for granted that drivers will stop, and that some force that issue by walking out regardless of a drivers intention?
So in the picture do you think the cyclist will ride on to the crossing without thought for the driver, Yes? Then the only logical choice is to first recognise the situation early enough and stop giving way to the pedestrian.
To help you with make the right decisions, make sure you understand the rules of the road, by reading the highway code. Be vigilant when driving and always ask yourself the “What if” question.
Happy safe driving

Don’t Lose Your Licence

Del Boy Driving Licence

You’ve worked hard to gain your licence with Elite.

What happens if within the first two years of gaining your licence you get 6 points on it?

 

Your first two years of gaining your licence is a probationary period and if you get 6 points on it, your licence will be revoked. This means that you will have to pay and apply for a new provisional licence and pay and pass both your theory and practical driving tests to once again get a full licence.

 

It is also worth a mention that the new law which was brought in on the 1st March 2017 means that motorists caught using a mobile phone whilst driving are liable to 6 points on their licence plus a £200.00 fine.

 

Our advice is to stick to the speed limits and put your mobile phones out of reach whilst driving to eliminate any temptation to pick them up, why go through all that hard work to gain your licence, to have it taken away again and then have to start all over again.

 

#drivinglicence #safety

How to Apply for Your Provisional Driving Licence

Mr Bean Fake Provisional Licence

How to Apply for Your Provisional Driving Licence

Before you can get in the driver’s seat, you need a provisional driving licence. You can’t use this until you’re 17, but you can apply for it when you are 15 years and 9 months old, this will enable you to ride a moped at 16 years old or a light quad bike or drive a car when you are 17 years old.
 
There are two ways you get your licence. You can apply online via the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), to do this you can click here, the cost to apply online is currently £34 this usually takes up to a week for your licence to arrive.
The second way you can apply is to get an application form (Form D1) from the Post Office, to apply by post is currently £43 and postal applications usually take up to 3 weeks for your licence to arrive.
For more information on applying for your First Provisional Licence click here
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The Quote

Grandpa Pabbie

The Quote

As we head into Spring with the hope of good weather, it might be nice to reflect on where you are in your journey of learning to drive and how far you’ve already come.

Of course you might not have actually got started yet, but can’t wait for the day you can.

But for those who are already on their journey you might be looking ahead and dreaming of the possibilities when you’ve passed your test.

Of course you may be thinking right now “But I’m no further ahead than I was last month…..” or even worse: “But I’ve gone backwards……!”

Well if that’s the case, I have hope for you. As Grandpa Pabbie says in the Disney blockbuster FROZEN:

“The heart is not so easily changed, but the head can be persuaded.”

I’m assuming your heart is in the right place (you want to drive right, so why wouldn’t it be). So the head is where the work will need to be done to give you the shift you need to get you to test standard. In fact it’s absolutely key to making the right decisions you need to become a safe driver.

Think about it this way. If there was a simple formula, we wouldn’t need driving instructors.

So success in driving is all about getting the right mindset and the right instructor to help you succeed.

And we can help you with the later…….

“To your success.”

#saferdriver