Driven to distraction: 15 fascinating facts about driving in the UK
Ever get bored behind the wheel? Here’s a few facts and figures to ponder as you go…
1. The UK driving test only has a ??% pass rate.
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Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.
You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.
You can start driving when you’re:
Your licence will say when you can start driving different vehicles.
You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
If you apply online you’ll be agreeing that DVLA can check your personal data, including your National Insurance number.
DVLA will confirm your details with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
To register for your first provisional licence click here: https://motoring.direct.gov.uk/service/DvoConsumer.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=FAP&_nfls=false
DVSA is warning learner drivers to avoid copycat websites and save money by using GOV.UK.
If you type the names of some popular government services into search engines, some of your search results might be ads for sites that offer a service you could get for free (or for much less) on GOV.UK, the government’s own website.
Driving test bookings
Some of these copycat websites offer to book theory and practical driving tests, and look like they might be official, but they actually charge a premium for their services.
Some websites charge:
Copycat websites don’t let you pick an actual appointment, and don’t give you instant confirmation of your booking.
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.
Claire took her Driving lessons in Hull with driving instructor Stuart
Thanks Claire for a lovely review, Stuart was over the moon for you when you passed your driving test
Thank you so much too Stuart McLean For Been such a good driving instructor & Never doubting me.. I am so pleased to of passed my driving test 2nd time. Nerves was all over but I DID it Thank you Elite you Are the best
Wahay… Well done Rebecca Louise Norrison for passing your driving test at the first attempt on the 15th October 2014.
I know you struggled with your nerves which had put you off driving in the past, but you got it together and decided to go for it. And in just 17 hours of driving lesson you passed your test.
You’ve been a brilliant student, and I know how much benefit you’ll gain from getting your full driving licence. I hope you get the car you dream of, and then you can go visit your mum.
Best wishes fro driving instructor James Fosten
If you want to be driving as quick as possible, you’re obviously going to need to achieve your driving test at the earliest available time. In order to do this, you need to prepare for your first driving lesson. Nobody wants to book their first lessons without remembering to get their provisional licence, or if they can’t attend the appointments.
Before your start your driving lessons, be sure that you’ve completed the following tasks:
Have your provisional licence
Did you know: You can actually apply for your provisional three months ahead of your 17th birthday, which allows you time to get your licence sorted before you can start driving at 17. It’s also notable that if you’re disabled and you receive mobility allowance, you can apply for your provisional at 16.
Get some practice
If you have zero experience of driving, you should consider getting a small amount of practice in before taking driving lessons. If you have a fully qualified driver in the car with you, there’s nothing wrong in having a quick drive around an empty car park, as this will do wonders for your overall driving confidence.
Be sure that you have the correct insurance in place and you have a set of L-plates displayed on your vehicle.
Get some rest
A good night’s sleep is a MUST when you’re attempting to prepare for your driving lesson. Try and wake up at least an hour before the lesson begins, as this will give your body time to catch up with itself. You’ll find the lesson more engaging when you have higher levels of concentration through being well rested.
Although this is in here for obvious reasons, you should avoid any form of alcohol the night before taking lessons. You’ll need a clear mind to take in all of the information from the lesson. Also, driving with considerable levels of alcohol in your system is illegal.
Make sure you eat well
Nerves can affect all of us differently, but make sure that yours don’t put you off eating breakfast. The last thing you’ll need on your lesson is a grumbling stomach to take your attention off the road.
We recommend that dressing in comfortable/sensible clothing for your driving lessons is important. You don’t need to dress up and wearing some comfortable clothes will help relax you. Sensible shoes are a must: no high heels, wedges or flip flops.