The New Driving Test January edition

The New Driving Test January edition

We’ve reached the end of the first month since the new driving test was introduced, and these are our finding so far:

There was a massive surge in people trying to book their driving test before the new driving test was introduced, but in reality the new test isn’t any more challenging than the old one.

Yeah, sure there’s a few changes, but what’s the difference?

Well there’s a few new manoeuvres, which many instructors were already teaching during lessons well before they were introduced to the test, so no big change there.

Some of old manoeuvres have been axed, one being my least favored the reverse left, because of the difficulty in finding convenient roads to practice this manoeuvre, and my empathy for other drivers who had to patiently wait while the student completed the manoeuvre.

One of the new manoeuvres which caused a plethora of complaints from both ADI’s and examiners, is still proving to be unpopular. This manoeuvre requires the student to park on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic, before being asked to reverse two car lengths and then moving off when safe to do so.

I personally don’t see this manoeuvre as a difficult one, but I do understand why it’s the cause of so many complaints. I think the DVSA might have to re-evaluate this one!

Another part of the test that doesn’t seem to have been well thought out, is the independent drive using the sat nav.

The DVSA provide their own sat nav unit’s. The major problems here are 1) mounting the unit, and 2) what happens if the student goes off route.

  1. Mounting the unit. We’ve seen examiners using non slip dash mats to sit the sat nav on. The problem is that the units vibrate around, and slides off, which results in the examiner trying to recover the unit, and then hold it in place until the end of the independent drive section.

Big distraction for the student.

Yes, before you ask; Examiners have been supplied windscreen mounting brackets, but some cars have proven impossible to use these types of mounts, and they can cause problems with the airbags, especially in the new, and very popular Citroen C3.

With so many different cars used by driving instructors, and the shape of the modern dash, you’ve got to sympathise with the examiners.

A number of examiners have also complained about the difficulty in mounting these units, as it causes them discomfort, especially to their back while trying to fit the windscreen suction brackets.

2) The DVSA provide their own sat nav’s which have pre-programmed routes in them. A major problem we’ve been told about already, is should the student take a wrong turn the sat nav (which you would expect) re-calculates the route. But because the route is already pre-programmed, this causes the problem.

The examiner has to intervene with new directions while the sat nav is still barking out an alternative route. Very confusing indeed.

The examiner then has to manually end the route on the sat nav, in mid lesson.

Now I’m sure you can foresee a real problem that might occur in the future if a better alternative isn’t found by the DVSA.

We suggest, using the sat nav provided by the instructor, which can be quickly programmed by the instructor before the test, or by the student during the test to guide them back to the test center as part of the independent drive.

Food for thought.




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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Elite Driving School!

We hope that you have all had an excellent Christmas break, and a lovely New Year.

I wanted to talk today about the meaning of New Years, and what it symbolises to people.

There are so many promotional slurs going around at new year, most of them centralising around the popular ‘New Year New Me’.

Here at Elite, I don’t believe that it is really a ‘New You’.

I see life as a book, or a collection of books, and this new year is simply a new chapter, or a new story. The year hasn’t even been written yet, so you can fill it with whatever you want. The new year means that there are 365 opportunities (1 per day), and you can write those days with anything you want.

This is your life, and you can do what you want with it.

This is your life, so you should be driving it.

Be in control of your own life.

So many people start off the year with resolutions, and things they’re going to stop/start doing.

But really, we could do this any time of the year.

So Even if you’re already feeling defeated with whatever resolutions you have made, just remember that you can write whatever you want in your book of life. If you want to start healthy eating again in June, do it. That’s still half a chapter, half a year to progress.

But if you’re like me and you want to get started at the beginning of the year, then do it.

Want to lose weight? Try building up to it, go for walks, but don’t throw yourself into the deep end if you don’t want.

Want to learn to drive? Then call today and book in. Trust me, it will be the best thing you do.

Wan’t to change jobs? Then do it. There is no point being unhappy for another year, because your life is precious, and you deserve to have happiness throughout.

Did you know that we also train people to become driving instructors?

At Elite, we are a franchise, and so you will be your own boss, but with an entire established company backing you, to help make your dreams a reality.

If you want to find out more about driving lessons or driving instructor training please call: 01482 772327 today!

Part One ADI Theory test

Sitting the Part One ADI Theory test


In this blog I’ll tell you about my experience of taking the theory test and my help tips to get the most out of your time.

But first I want to address the problem associated with setting aside time to study.

I recently received a message from Rob who’s studying for his part one ADI theory test.

Rob asked: “Any advise about the best way to study? I set aside a full day during week to study, but I didn’t get anything done.

Last week my study day didn’t go as planned. I started off by taking the kids to school because the wife was working. Then I did the weekly shop, followed by running a few errands. By the time I got round to study most of the day had gone, so I didn’t bother starting”.

Well Rob that’s the same for most busy people, because life gets in the way.

Allocating a full day to study is an ambitious plan. I prefer to break study down in to smaller chunks of time. I’ve found the ideal time for me is 90 minutes sessions, 3 to 4 times a week.

90 minutes is enough time to make headway, but not too long that it impacts on my day, or effects my concentration.



Back to the theory test:

Lesson number one: Don’t park in a restricted area that gives you a maximum of 2 hours waiting, otherwise you could walk out to a ticket.

When you arrive at the test center you’ll be asked for you’re driving licence, and given a key to a safety deposit box. You’ll be asked to put your jacket, phone and any other possessions you might have in your pockets, into the box.

Next your given a declaration to read before signing to say you agree with the rules.

Finally you’re asked to show that your pockets are empty for the camera., before taking a seat and waiting to be called through to your booth.

When your allocated a booth, you’ll be given the option to practice using the system, this doesn’t use up any of your theory test time so it’s worth taking a few minutes to get yourself focused, and get used to the set up.

When your ready select start the test. Keep an eye on the time which is at the top right of the screen, and the question number on the bottom right.

Read every question carefully before answering. Many answers are similar, and can be confusing, so reading them a few times might help you spot the correct answer easier. If in doubt mark the question so that you can return to it later, then your not wasting time or focus by stressing over the answer.

Once you’ve completed 100 questions, go back to those you highlighted and with the time remaining do your best to answer them correctly. Don’t leave any questions unanswered. Even a guess gives you more chance of getting it correct than not answering it at all.

Once you finish the questions you’ll be offered a 3 minute break before starting the hazard perception part of the test.

During this part of the test avoid repetitive clicking, but just a one click strategy might result in you clicking too early and you’ll score nothing. My tip is click every time you see a hazard, and click several more times when you know it’s turning into a potential danger. This increases your chance of getting in the scoring zone with a high score.

Once you’ve finished head back to the reception where you’ll be given your score. Before you leave the center don’t forget your possessions from the locker.

If you’ve been successful and passed, you can book your ADI part two practical driving test. click here


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The ADI part one theory

The ADI part one theory


The big time drainer.

Starting a new career involves building new knowledge, experience and learning new skills.


ADI part one theory


The first step to becoming a driving instructor is learning the theory which is the first of the three parts required to become an Approved Driving Instructor with the DVSA.

This is a big time drainer, and in my experience can put many people off continuing through to qualification.

Those that do stick by and complete the theory can take a good 6 months or more before actually sitting the test.

It’s always been a goal of mine to discover why it takes so long, so I started the part one training for myself and sat the actual ADI part one exam.

What I found during my training has helped me understand why people fail to go beyond the first exam, and why others take too long to prepare.

First it’s worth mentioning that some training schools don’t include theory preparation in their training course. Instead at best they give you a list of the DVSA recommended reading material, and ask you to contact them after you’ve passed the part one test.

Others, ours included give you a complete step by step training manual, which guides you through reading relevant chapters from the supplied books and then testing you on your knowledge with multiple choice questions.

I started by following our own system, but I found the problem for me was the system was time draining, and could be slightly confusing because the course involves reading a few pages from multiple books at the same time.

Now if you’re not a good reader, that can hold you back.

I find it’s easier to read one book, before starting another because it takes me ages to get into a book. So jumping in and out of different books doesn’t particularly help me digest the information.

Anyway, I’d already set myself a brave time goal for re-educating myself for the part one test, and allocated 15 hours to research & study before sitting the exam for real.

For those of you that don’t know me, I trained to be a driving instructor 27 years ago. I qualified in 1989, worked for a few franchised driving schools before setting up my own driving school in 1991.


In 1995 I started a new business which was not in the driver training industry, and swapped my skills as a driving instructor for those of a business owner.

Driving sales, managing people and organising business is a mile away from sitting in a car teaching a student the skill of safe driving for life.

So I feel I’m in a good position to comment on the ADI part one theory, and in doing so find an alternative to the existing recommended study preparation methods.

Now, my first hurdle was finding time to study. I had already decided to put a few hours a side two nights a week, but I found that life has a habit of getting in the way. But in reality that’s merely an excuse for bad planning and lack of commitment which effects most people.

I started by following a recommended part one study guide, but it became too time consuming. And so I tried various other options from reading an entire book, to simply practicing on one of the many theory practice sites on the internet. But I found I wasn’t taking in the information with either option.

So, I looked for an alternative method to study, and with just 10 hours available I followed this system.

The part one test is in four banding, so I studied one band at a time. In each band I practiced multiple choice questions, marking questions I was sure i knew, followed by those I wasn’t certain about, and finally the questions I clearly didn’t know the answer to.

I could then go and read the book that gave the most information about the subject (band) i was working in, and if i needed more information I would find it in another book.

I would then re-visit the questions and see how much my knowledge had improved. This method helped me find the knowledge I lacked and helped me retain the information learnt.

My confidence grew and I started to get into the research, which was something that I didn’t get from simply reading, or practicing on the internet.

The Hazard Perception part of the test

I left a few hours to study the hazard perception part of the part one test, and I’ll explain how I dealt with that in the  next post. I’ll also share my results from the actual test with you…





Register to train to become a driving instructor with the DVSA

Register to train to become a driving instructor with the DVSA


Once you have received your criminal record reference number, the next step is to register to train to become a driving instructor with the DVSA (Driving Vehicles Standard Agency).

Follow this link

You will require your Criminal record reference which can be found at the top right of your letter.

First you will be asked to accept the user declaration, and then you should select the drop down option for ADI (Approved Driving Instructor). Next you’ll be asked for a user name and password (these are your own choice of details) which you can use every time you come back to the register to update or change your details, so keep them somewhere safe.

You will be asked for your personal details required by the DVSA. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete, but before logging out, please make sure to check that you have entered your information correctly.

After submitting your details, again expect a short wait of a week or so for a letter of registration approval to arrive from the DVSA.

You’re now ready to start the qualifying process, and I would recommend getting the ball rolling and pre-book your part one theory test.

You can choose a date from the many available. I would suggest giving yourself a six week goal to read the study material and prepare for the test.

If you’ve done as I suggested in the first post, and started to study while waiting for your criminal reference number, you might only need a few weeks to be ready to take the theory test.

A word of warning, don’t think of this as study to pass a test. You are learning and gaining the knowledge you’ll require to become a driving instructor. The more you know the better the instructor you’ll be, so it’s  important to do your research, and ask questions if you don’t understand something.

We recently asked two people to take a 20 question theory test. One person had done some online theory practice tests, and the other we asked to read the highway code.


Highway code


The person who used the online method got a score of 12 out of 20. The person who read the highway code scored 19 out of 20, and interestingly would have got 20 if he had read the question properly.

I came across a study a few years ago about how we approach learning, and they suggest you should embark upon study with the willingness to learn. You can’t become an expert without knowledge.

PDI’s (potential driving instructors) who skip reading the recommended books, and opt for the easier option of practicing online mock theory questions are less likely to pass the part one, and consequently end up struggling when they reach the final stage of the training.

Please note:  When studying the recommended books, you might find yourself reading words you don’t understand, so before moving forward find out the meaning of the words. Try using Google for help.

In the next blog I’ll show you methods to help your study progress smoothly, and i’ll also share tips to hep you get more done in less time.


Become a driving instructor criminal record check

Step One: Driving instructor criminal record check


Hi I’m Kev Goldthorpe founder of Elite driving school. I’m going to walk you through the entire process of training for a career as a driving instructor, starting with the driving instructor criminal record check.

So keep your eyes peeled because each week I’ll be posting new content.



Call it a step by step manual for training for a career as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

The accreditation you are training for is the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (DVSAADI) Green Badge, which authorises you to teach people to dive for a living.

Now you already know that you can help people learn to drive a car if you’re over 21, and have held a full UK licence for over 3 years, but you can’t legally charge them.

So it’s not a career until you hold the DVSAADI green badge, Which must be displayed in the tuition vehicle windscreen.

So let’s get the journey started. Now assuming you haven’t gone any further than the enquiry stage, and deciding it’s the career you want to pursue, to register as a potential driving instructor, you must be over 21 and have held a full driving licence in category B (manual cars) for at least 3 years. You must not have been disqualified during this time.

Step 1: Apply for a criminal record check for the DVSA.

Now you might already have a criminal record reference, but if it’s not for the DVSA, then it’s no good.

To apply for your criminal reference number click here

Take a note of the following information which you will need during the application process:

You’ll need to use the:

  • organisation PIN 105205
  • secret word axis
  • organisation name DVSA – PDI (PO)

Be certain to fill the document in correctly, I’ve know the post office turn people away for supplying the wrong ID, and GBG the online disclosure company send applications back because applicants put both their first and surname in the same space, instead of just surname.

Once you are happy that all your details and proofs are correct print the form off and hit submit.

Now you need to take the form and the ID’s you supplied on the form to the nearest post office.

PLEASE NOTE: Sub post offices do not offer the criminal record check verification service. You can only use main post offices, so to find your nearest click here, enter your post code and then select the  drop down box and check the option CRB & ID Verification Service, and hit search.


Driving instructor criminal record check post office


Don’t forget…

You’ll need to take a printed page from your online application with barcodes on it and 3 original forms of ID (not copies) that you entered during application which should be:

  • your passport
  • your driving licence
  • a utility bill that’s less than 3 months old
  • a bank statement that’s less than 3 months old

The service costs £6.

If takes anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to get a reply. But if you’re convinced everything is okay, I would suggest starting to read the study books so your not wasting time.

The ADI part one theory can take some people months to study for it, but with proper planning, organisation and dedication this should only take a maximum of 8 weeks, so by starting now you’ll be able to book an early part one test date in your local town, cutting down the time and being one step closer to your dream of becoming a driving instructor.

What the video at the top of this blog, it will guide you through the process.

Watch out for the next step, registering with the DVSA to start training to become a driving instructor.

If you want to know more about a career as a driving instructor click here


How the new Driving Test Changes will Affect Disabled Drivers

How the new Driving Test Changes will Affect Disabled Drivers

As I am sure we are all aware, the DVSA are changing the driving test in December, meaning that there will be some changes. If you don;t know about this, then head over and check out the blog post about that.

However, it has led to lots of people questioning how the new test will affect learner drivers with disabilities and learning difficulties, so the DVSA have released a new article stating how this is going to help.

They have worked with several organisations to test these new changes, and to trial them amongst people with disabilities.

The New Satellite Navigation portion of the test has been broken down. The sat nav, they have chosen is able to be adjusted with brightness and colours and sounds, meaning, that for those hard of hearing or those more affected by certain sounds and colours will be fine during test.

Additionally, the learner can ask the instructor for verbal instructions also, and these instructions can be adapted into landmarks such as petrol stations or shops, rather than specific routes.

Furthermore, the examiner will still be able to say ‘your side’ and ‘my side’ instead of left and right, as some people have difficulty with their lefts and rights.

Moreover, If the learner has trouble speaking aloud, when reading the registration plate of cars for the sight-check, the learner may write down the answer, instead of having to speak aloud.

In regards to accessibility, the examiner can be arranged to meet the learner in the car, if the test centre is not accessible.

And adapted cars are still allowed, as long as they comply with the rules of using your own car.

The highway code is also available on YouTube in British sign language.

These are the main changes highlighted by the DVSA in regards to the new driving test changes.

Let us Help You

As an instructor, we understand that it is frustrating when you think you’ve finished work after dropping off your last pupil, sometimes at late o’clock and look at your phone to realise you have missed calls from new clients, wanting all sorts of information and to be booked in, which can sometimes take hours.


We understand that you want to do your job well, and don’t want to let these people down, meaning that you spend the rest of your night trying to sort people out, because you can’t do it in the car with another pupil.


So what if you had someone that could do that for you, so that when you go home, your mind is there too, instead of fretting about calling and texting people back.


What if all that was done for you, so you could go home from your mobile office and just switch off for a night of peace?


Elite can provide that for you. We are a franchise with first-class trained office staff who will take calls from prospective customers, and fit them into your diary when and where you want them.


They will make sure that you don’t have to travel miles and miles to get to your next lesson, as they will only give you customers in a small area, meaning that you don’t spend half of your day travelling to pick up the next pupil.

Elite also provide all the marketing for you, meaning that you don’t have to spend your time or money on doing it.


Meaning that when December hits, and that quiet period begins, you will still have a full day of clients, without struggling to find more.


Or when customers decide to stop lessons, which is unavoidable, and frustrating because its weeks worth of money lost. Elite can fill that regular space for you, without you having to worry about it.


And at the end of the day you get to go home, and turn your phone off, without the stress of replying to people, because Elite will have already done it for you during the day.


Meaning that if you want to have a quiet night in with the family, without having to neglect them for endless Phone calling, then you can.


Elite have been growing in Hull for 27 years, and there is a reason that we’re still around. Elite are passionate about Customer Service, so you know that your business will be looked after with first class service.


Elite also offer support to pupils for their theory tests, and any information they might need, meaning that you don’t have to find it for them in your own time.

You will still be your own boss, but will have everything managed for you, meaning that you don’t have to overload yourself with endless clerical duties, which can be easily handled for you.


If you’d like more time for family and fun, and have that feeling of actually leaving the office, then give us a call today to find out the benefits of a partnership with Elite, or alternatively Email us, and we will ring you at a time that is convenient for you.


We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Elite Driving School

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Saudi Women Allowed to Drive

I think in this generation, Women’s right’s have progressed so much from the suffragette movement, and the right to vote. In Britain, it has never been that women were banned from driving. Look at Queen Elizabeth II as a prime example – she trained as a Mechanic and a Truck Driver during World War II.

However, for women to be banned from driving until 2017 is really very oppressive. To think that women in Britain, can basically do whatever they want, and yet something that we take for granted – such as driving – isn’t allowed for women in Saudi Arabia is such a contrast.

Reading a few articles on the matter, the women of Saudi are feeling much more empowered and more equal. However, a lot of the men in that country still do not approve. The women are being taught by their sons, or brothers and so on.

Some husbands are really taking on board the change, and are helping their wives to learn to drive, whilst others stay closed-minded in the 19th century.

I definitely think that in Britain especially, because driving is so much a part of our culture now, it is considered more of a necessity to drive.

However, upon reflection, it is also understandable how much men dominate the world of driving. I feel that when a man and woman go out together, it is very much more common than not that the man will drive instead of the woman. This just seems so complacent in our society that the man will drive.

Additionally, much like football, or rugby, motor sports is dominated by men. The F1 is an all male racing sport, as is the GP and the TT.

Is it because women are notoriously stereotypical bad drivers?

Or is it that it is seemed less feminine to drive?

Does it stem back to the fact that it makes the man more in control, and therefore more masculine and dominant in the relationship?

To be completely honest, I think it is a mixture of all of these things, but in contrast to Saudi, women have been allowed to drive, but it is something that we now consider tedious, and more of a chore.

I think somewhere we took this form of freedom for granted. Driving in English roads are either boring such as the motorway, or frustrating, such as the busy city roads, but at least we can go to the city, or drive to a friends house, without having to wait on others and rely on public transport.

So therefore, when you put all of this into perspective, why wouldn’t you want to be able to drive?