Importance of going to a driving school

Obtaining a driving license is a great achievement for a young person; they now have that extra freedom to explore, although along with it comes responsibilities.

A driving school will offer that little bit of extra help to process these big step, and here are a few factors to consider attending a driving school prior to trying for your driver’s license:

Comfort – It can be a daunting and awkward feeling sitting behind the wheel for the first time; a driving school will help eliminate that feeling and make students feel comfortable behind the wheel.

Techniques – Driving schools are also a great way to learn the proper techniques of driving and quell bad habits that could get prospective drivers in trouble on the road.

Confidence – Confidence behind the wheel is another hurdle to overcome, but with practice, and comfort, a student’s confidence should develop.

Insurance – It is possible to save on insurance if you show your insurance company proof you attended an accredited driving school and passed.

Preparation – Along with being prepared to drive, you will be prepared to face all of the possible issues and situations you may face when on the road.

Road Rules – Good driving schools will aid their students in learning and understanding road laws and rules.

Foundation – A driving school can also help a prospective driver build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge that can and will be utilised for their time on the road.

Reduction of accidents – The experience a student gains from attending a driving school and through the education will give a better understanding to driving as a whole, what to do in tough situations – these lessons will be vital in the future to avoid accidents.

Learning to drive is a wonderful experience but should always be taken seriously!
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Driving test updates

Get updates about driving test disruptions from DVSA on Twitter

DVSA’s customer support team are providing a bad weather alert service on Twitter to cover driving test centres nationwide.

This service will provide news about test slots cancelled due bad weather such as snow, ice and fog.

How the service works

When driving test slots are cancelled, DVSA’s customer support team will send out a tweet to let you know.

Each tweet will include a hashtag of the test centre concerned – you’ll find which hashtag to follow on the poster displayed on the test centre notice board.

How you and your pupils can receive updates

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow the DVSA customer support team’s account, @DVSA_HelpMe and search for tweets using your test centre hashtag.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still view these updates – go to and follow the tweets from there. You can also search for your test centre hashtag without having to sign in.

For more information

If you have any queries, please speak to your local driving examiners.

Hull Test Centre

Hull test centre to re-open for car practical driving tests 

This is the latest news from the DVSA

The practical driving test centre on Reservoir Road, Hull is scheduled to re-open from 31 March 2015.

This follows the temporary relocation to Craven Park Training & Enterprise Centre due to health and safety concerns.  

We are confident that these have now been addressed and that measures have been put in place to prevent any disruption to tests.

The last day testing from Hull Craven Park will be Friday 27 March.

Practical driving tests will restart from the site at Reservoir Road from Tuesday 31 March. 

Test notification

Any candidates with tests already booked at Craven Park after 27 March will get a new test notification with the change of location.

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%.

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Hazard perception updated

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test will be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from next Monday (12 January).

DVSA announced in December that the hazard perception clips in the theory tests will be replaced with new computer generated imagery (CGI) clips.

Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

No change to how the test works

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

The way the hazard perception part of the theory test works won’t be changing. The pass mark will stay the same.

The clips:

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

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Driving licence changes

Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

What this means for you

Photocard driving licence holders:

When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA. You can also change your address online.

Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998)

These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can checked online, by phone or post.

The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Entitlements/penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change

Organisations and businesses that check the driving licence counterpart

DVLA is developing new digital enquiry services for launch later this year that will allow organisations and businesses (such as employers and car hire companies) to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.

These new services will be offered in addition to the existing services, but are designed for those who have a business need for real-time access to the information, and may not wish to call DVLA or be in a position to use an intermediary.

Driving licence information via these services will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.

DVLA stakeholders and commercial customers can keep up to date with developments of these services through following our blog on GOV.UK.

Why is the counterpart being abolished?

The decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation. It also aligns toDVLA’s Strategic Plan which includes commitment to simplifying our services.

The counterpart (or D740) was introduced in 1998 as part of the photocard driving licence to display information that could not be included on the photocard. This includes provisional driving entitlement categories and current endorsements/penalty points.


Driving Lessons in Hull, Megan Derbyshire

This is Megan Derbyshire who took her driving lessons in Hull


Megan Derbyshire

Tony made me feel completely safe…….

When I first thought about driving lessons the idea of being behind the wheel terrified me, Tony made me feel completely safe and at ease throughout my lessons and had a lot of patience when it came to my perfectionist nature doing things again and again if I wasn’t completely pleased with myself. My lessons were very flexible, picking me up and dropping me off wherever it was convenient for me and my lessons were always on time.


Tony hasn’t just taught me to drive, he’s taught me to have confidence in myself and my abilities and for that I can’t thank him enough. Brilliant driving instructor and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

from Megan

Theory test

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is set to be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from early next year.

Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

Reflects the realities of modern day driving

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:

“Using CGI clips in the hazard perception test will allow us to present clearer, more up to date situations, ensuring the test fully reflects the realities of modern day driving.”


DVSA worked with Nottingham University’s Accident Research Unit to trial the CGI clips. Research Fellow, Dr Peter Chapman, said:

“In our research we found that CGI clips retained all the benefits of traditional videos in discriminating between good and bad candidates, whilst allowing a more attractive, flexible, and up-to-date test.”

In the future

CGI will also allow for a wider range of hazards, for example including situations with vulnerable road users like children or cyclists and a range of driving conditions, such as night time driving or bad weather.

Read the full story on GOV.UK and watch an example clip

What’s your biggest fear?

What’s your biggest fear?

Theory test?

driving test?



Can you imagine being chased by a spider? You’re probably thinking “pfft, like that would scare me in the slightest!”

But what if that spider was 50 TIMES the size of a normal one…


I’m guessing you’d run for the hills.


Or if you’re like me, you’d be thinking, a spider that size doesn’t exist…right?

Well, it does:


Okay, okay, so this ‘spider’ might just be a dog in a costume, but I bet that video made you laugh.


Need an idea to play a prank on your friends? I think this one works a treat.


If I’ve learnt anything from this video, it’s that having fun and doing creative things is the spice of life!


…a good New Year’s Resolution, don’t you think?