Private practice

Practice makes perfect, as they say, and for jolly good reason: the DSA estimates that to pass your test, you’ll need around 45 hours of professional driving lessons and 22 hours of private practice. Make your practice as good as you can and you’ll probably cut down the number of lessons you need. And fewer […]

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Driving test nerves

Before a driving test, everyone gets more nervous. But, remember: your instructor wouldn’t have put you up for the test if you weren’t ready. “It was just a huge relief to have passed my test and I just looked forward to driving myself to training in my new car,” Manchester United and England star Wayne […]

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Making the most of your lessons

You’ve paid out for your driving lessons so make the most of each 60 minutes behind the wheel… Wake up! Pick a time of day when you’re most alert and can concentrate well. If you’re a lifeless lump in the morning, book your lessons for the afternoon. Feet first Think what you’re wearing on your feet. Don’t […]

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Parallel parking

“Bruv, you could get a lorry in there!” The pressure’s on when you’ve got to park in a tight space. But follow these tips and you’ll be swinging into cheeky spaces all around Chelmsford.  Practice is a car park, reversing into spaces once you have got the hang of it is much easier than driving […]

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Pass plus and extra schemes

So you’ve passed your test and you’re ready to hit the Essex roads. The first two years after you’ve passed are your most dangerous time on the road; driving well takes experience as well as learning. So, give yourself a helping hand with extra tuition. “I’ve never had a ding. Some of that’s down to […]

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Intensive driving courses

Intensive driving courses aim to have you on the road in under a week. On average you’ll have six hours of lessons each day, for five days; so that’s 30 hours of tuition crammed into less than a week. Phew!  Check out the driving schools that offer the courses and seek feedback. “I passed my […]

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Learning with a disability

If you have a disability you need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by filling in a medical questionnaire when you apply for your provisional licence. The usual minimum age for learning to drive is 17, but if you get the Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), […]

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Getting a provisional licence

Before you can learn to drive a car, moped or motorbike you need to get a provisional driving licence. Are you 17? (16 for mopeds) Then you can apply. Actually, you can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday so you can get going straight away. Online You can complete the application form on […]

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Reasons for failing the driving test

“On my first test, they asked me to reverse into a bay of cones. I put my foot down, reversed at high speed and completely flattened the cones. I did the girlie thing and burst into tears, but the examiner was having none of it. He told me to get out of the car and […]

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You fail

Never mind, plenty of people who are very good drivers, fail their first test. You’ll find out if you’ve passed or failed straight after the test. And you can ask the examiner for on the spot feedback about where you failed. You will also get a driving report form, which shows the mistakes you made. […]

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