What happens in the driving test?

So, you’ve passed the full theory test: now for the practical driving test. It all begins with a brief eyesight test – reading the number plate on a car about 20 metres, or six car length away, don’t wait until the test before you get your eyes checked out – as well as two vehicle […]

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Theory test

Before you can hop in a car to take your practical driving test you must pass the theory test – so you’ll want to get it right first time. Once you’ve applied for your theory test, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will send you a DVD called Are You Ready? which explains the theory test. […]

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Choosing an instructor

Driving lessons are expensive – around £25 per hour – so shop around for the best. Don’t just choose Bob’s Dad from Basildon. Only an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or a licensed instructor under training can charge for lessons. ADIs have a green badge in their windscreen, from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA); instructors under […]

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Learning to drive with your parents

Learning to drive can be expensive – really expensive — so it’s only natural that when you’re learning you’ll want to save as much money as possible. And one of the best ways of cutting the cost of learning is by supplementing your tuition with some practice with a friend or family member. Unfortunately, your […]

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How to reverse into a parking bay

One of the manoeuvres you might be asked to perform on your driving test is to reverse into a parking bay. If you’re asked to do this manoeuvres, it’ll either be at the start or end of the test in the test centre’s car park. So if there’s no car park at your driving test […]

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Show me/tell me questions

When it comes to taking your practical test, the first thing you’ll be asked to do is read a number plate from a set distance away, which shouldn’t be too difficult unless you’re short-sighted and you’ve left your glasses or contacts at home. The second thing you’ll be asked to do is slightly more complicated; […]

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How to do an emergency stop

The emergency stop has long been a part of the driving test. At one time, every candidate had to perform one, but since 1999 this has dropped to just one in three. Unfortunately, they’re chosen at random, so you won’t know in advance whether or not you’ll have to pull up in a hurry. The […]

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How to reverse around a corner

While driving forwards is easy, reversing is more difficult as it feels unnatural. But it’s something you have to get used to as a driver, and on your test you may well be asked to reverse round a corner to show that you can control a car going backwards. The examiner will be making sure […]

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How to spot an illegal driving instructor

As you’d expect, you can’t just set up shop as a driving instructor by buying a car and some L-plates and taking out an advert in the local newspaper. The driving instruction industry is heavily regulated to make sure that driving instructors know what they’re doing and that the new drivers they teach turn out […]

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Learner driver insurance: how it works

Learning to drive is expensive, but one of the easiest ways of cutting the cost of learning is by getting in some private practice in your own car or a parent’s car. On top of this, private practice should will also allow you to build experience and confidence that much faster. The problem here though […]

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