Despite the changes to the driving test, you’ll be interested to hear that the top 5 reasons for failing a driving test have not changed. We thought it’d be useful to give you some advice on how you can avoid these.
Observations at junctions
During the test, you will get a serious fault if they aren’t taking effective observations before emerging at junctions and emerge into the path of other vehicles. You should remind yourself to look both ways to make sure it’s safe before proceeding.
Mirrors before changing direction
Another common fault pupils make is not remembering to use their mirrors, or only checking one of them. You should remind your pupils of the importance of always checking their mirrors effectively before doing things like changing lanes, signalling or increasing or decreasing speed. This is a simple mistake that can be easily prevented.
Moving off safely
Similarly, when your pupils are moving off from the side of the road, they need to make sure they look around, check their blind spots and indicate correctly.
Control when steering
Your pupils need to be able to maintain a steady course in normal driving during the test. Things like mounting the kerb while driving, or not following the contour of the kerb results in faults in this area.
Turning right at junctions
When approaching a junction and turning right, it’s important your pupils position their vehicle correctly. The vehicle shouldn’t cut the corner when turning right. Your pupils should also watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists, and any pedestrians crossing the road.
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This covers a forward bay park to the right. The reversing part of the manoeuvre will be covered further into the tutorial.
To turn into the bay easily, you need to be as far away from the bay as possible.
To do this, use as much of the road as possible by moving over to the left as far as you can, avoid driving over bay markings or getting too close to parked vehicles. Before you do this however, check your internal and left mirror to ensure it’s safe for moving over to the left.
It’s important that you show your intentions by signalling to the right if necessary. Before doing so, check your interior mirror followed by your right door mirror.
You will now reach your first reference point. This reference point is also your point of turn (see forward parking to the right reference point). From the bay which you intend on driving into, when the first line appears just under your right door mirror, stop the car (you don’t have to stop, but it slows the manoeuvre down, allowing for better observation). Now take a final look into your interior and right mirror, followed by the right blind spot. If all clear, very slowly move off and immediately steer quickly to full right lock.
As you enter the bay, straighten up your steering when your dashboard is in line with the horizon, or something else such as a hedge or fence.
In order to know where to stop, the next reference point is when the end bay kerb or line comes just under your door mirror (see reference points). When the kerb reaches this point, you will be safely in the bay. Once there, select neutral and apply the handbrake.
Reversing Out of the Bay
Some car parks, particularly those that may be of limited space may have a one-way system. If there are painted road arrows which dictate the flow of traffic, it’s important that you reverse in a direction that allows you to drive off with the flow of traffic.
Your view of the road that you’re reversing into can be significantly restricted, particularly if there are vehicles parked either side of you – the green shaded area of the inset image displays the limited view in which you can see of the road. It’s critical that you begin reversing very slowly, continuously look up and down the road that you’re reversing into and stop if any vehicles approach. If possible, look through the windows of parked vehicles to aid observation.
Reversing out of a bay
Before reversing, get the car ready to move by selecting reverse gear and hand on the handbrake ready to release. Look up and down the road that you’ll be reversing into as much as your view will allow. If all looks clear, look in the direction of travel and begin very slowly reversing, think of a ‘crawling’ speed. It’s essential at this point that you’re prepared to quickly stop your car. If a vehicle approaches, stop to assess their actions. They may drive around you or they may stop. If they stop, continue with the manoeuvre. Continuously look around before moving and during. Continue to reverse straight until you reach the reference point.
As you begin to turn, the front of your car will swing out. It’s important that you not only observe the road you are entering, but now also the front of your car so to avoid it hitting a car parked in the bay alongside you. At the reference point, or ‘point of turn’, turn the steering wheel half turn to either the left or the right.
Which way you turn depends on which way you want to reverse and drive off. For your car to reverse to the left, steer to the left and for your vehicle to reverse to the right, steer to the right. When you are confident that the front of your car is clear of vehicles parked alongside you, proceed to full lock.
Continue to reverse for a sufficient distance on full steering lock until you are confident that you have enough space to drive off. Stop the car and select first gear and before moving off, check the left side blind spot if you reversed out to the left, or the right side blind spot if you reversed out to the right. You check the blind spot before moving off to ensure there are no pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders about to pass in front.
When it comes to learning to drive, for most people it takes months and months of learning, having to fit it in around college or work and using up time on the weekends. However their is a better and much faster way to learn to drive – An Intensive driving course Telford.
With an intensive driving course telford you only take 1 or 2 weeks to learn to drive.
We specialise in intensive driving courses and semi-intensive courses covering Telford and surrounding areas such as Shifnal, Newport and Bridgnorth and we can help you to pass your driving test.
Intensive Driving Courses are suitable for people who want to pass their driving test in one to two weeks with lessons being 2-5 hours per day and do not want to spend months and years learning.
Below you can read some tips to help you decide which is the most suitable driving course for you
What you need to know before you start your Intensive Driving Course
You must hold a UK provisional driving licence.
You will need to have passed your theory test before the start date of your intensive driving course as it is not possible to book a practical driving test with the DVSA without this, there is also waiting times for practical test dates which change day by day, minute by minute, with the intensive course it is best to wait until you have a practical driving test booked in place and work backwards from the test date to fit your lessons in.
If you are doing a semi-intensive course you can start your lessons at a much earlier date if you are not too concerned about doing your course over a matter of weeks, we can help you with passing your theory test with our extensive range of free study material on this site.
You will have the same driving instructor for the duration of your driving course and you will learn on a one to one basis with no other pupils in the car
Do Intensive Driving Courses work?
The short answer is YES, but this depends on you and getting the right driving instructor who is an expert in doing them.
When planning on doing your intensive driving course the first thing you need to do is make the time available for your course.
Plan the date you want to start and finish your driving course and clear your diary for work and all other commitments for the days/weeks you intend to do your driving lessons. Make sure your only focus is your course and nothing else. By doing a crash driving course you will be learning to drive in a shorter space of time compared to people doing normal driving lessons, which can take from 6 months to a year. It will be tough but remember that it’s only for a short period. As I always tell my pupils you should treat it like work, you’re paying so you want to get the most out of it and get as much done as is humanly possible in the shortest period possibly.
Pick your driving instructor/school carefully, spend time researching them as you will be spending a lot of time with them in a confined place. You will want your instructor to work as hard as you intend to work yourself, it is not very often we have to spend a lot of time with people we don’t know. A good instructor is worth their weight in gold. Lots of driving schools offer intensive courses whilst also offering normal driving lessons at the same time. It is best to avoid these driving schools as it is very difficult if not impossible for a driving instructor to teach 20 other pupils at the same time as offering you a proper intensive driving course. You will need your driving instructor to put in as much time and effort if not more into your driving lessons as you do to give you the best chance of passing your driving test.
When you search the internet for these courses you will come across lots of driving schools in the UK offering them, take your time when choosing which school is right for you. If a residential course suits you best, maybe this is because you want to get away from family and friends to focus, do check how many hours a day you will be doing behind the wheel. It’s not much good getting a hotel for a week and only spending a couple of hours a day behind the wheel.
The DVSA driving test is tough and you will want the best driving instructor on your side helping you all the way. Try and avoid going on a course where you do a 5 hour lesson before your driving test as this will make you shattered and the chances of you passing will be a lot less then if you do a gentle warm-up. I would recommend no more than 1 hour beforehand.
Bring water to your driving lessons and have some before you start the test. All driving schools are NOT equal, we at Intensive Courses Driving believe we are one of the best driving schools in the UK offering intensive driving lessons, try us and we hope you will be delighted with the result. Always remember the examiner is looking for a safe driver, not a great driver, don’t rush and always stay focused.
How long will it take?
Depending on which course you do, the courses can be taken from 1 week plus, we will try and work around your availability as much as possible. The maximum hours we do per day is 5 hours. It is always best to book your lessons in once you know when the practical driving is and work backwards from that test date to fit your hours.
But it really does depends on the individual as the course is taught on case by case basis.