NEW FOR THIS YEAR: 

From the middle of 2018 Learner Drivers will be allowed to practice pre test on Motorways under the supervision of a Fully Qualified Driving Instructor.

Restrictions apply and these lessons will be offered at a seperate cost to normal lessons.

NEW DRIVING TEST

 

Check these links and videos for updated information from D.V.S.A.

 
 
 
 

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Adapt Your Driving

 

  

  The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.

   Rule 146

  Adapt your driving to the appropriate type and condition of road you are on.

  In particular do not treat speed limits as a target. It is often not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit

  take the road and traffic conditions into account. 

  Be prepared for unexpected or difficult situations, for example, the road being blocked beyond a

 blind bend. 

  Be prepared to adjust your speed as a precaution

  where there are junctions, be prepared for road users emerging

  in side roads and country lanes look out for unmarked junctions where nobody has priority

  be prepared to stop at traffic control systems, road works, pedestrian crossings or

 traffic lights as necessary

  try to anticipate what pedestrians and cyclists might do. If pedestrians, particularly children,

 are looking the other way, they may step out into the road without seeing you.

 

NEW RULES FOR MOBILE PHONE USE

 Drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked under new rules in England, Scotland  and Wales. Penalties for using a phone at the wheel double from 1 March to six points and a £200 fine. New drivers who get six   points or more must retake their practical and theory. More experienced drivers can be  banned if they get 12 points in three years.The tougher punishments come alongside a hard-hitting advertising campaign.In 2015 - the latest year for which figures are available - 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents where a driver was using their phone.Police forces have begun a seven day crackdown, with extra patrols and an "increased focus" on stopping people using their phones while driving.

 

 

 

DVSA Working on Digital Licence
 
 
The UK's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is working on a smartphone version of its driving licence.Chief executiv Oliver Morley tweeted a photo showing a "prototype" using Apple's Wallet app on an iPhone. He says it will be an "add-on" to the plastic card rather than a replacementWallet already stores boarding passes and credit, debit, gift and discount cards. Payment information is encrypted end-to-end and authorised with the user's fingerprint or passcode.CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said: "Security has taken a significant step forward to support digital payments on phones, so the framework is in place for other secure applications, such as a digital driving licence." There are not many people in the UK that do not carry a smartphone with them every day, so it is a logical next step."Chris Green, technology analyst at the business consultancy Lewis, said digital wallets were "a massively underrated and under-exploited resource"."People are getting more and more used to the technology because of e-ticketing," he said."People are far more comfortable with the concept of keeping key information on their smartphone."

This article is taken from a DVSA blog 

DVSA  announced that the driving test will change from 4 December 2017, and in this post, we explain more about how the changes will affect driving instructors.

The 4 main changes to the test resulting from the consultation and trial are:

  • the independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 to 20 minutes
  • most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav
  • the reverse manoeuvres that are tested will be updated
  • one ‘show me’ question will be asked while the vehicle is moving.

 

The 4 main changes are:
  • the independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 to 20 minutes
  • most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav
  • the reverse manoeuvres that are tested will be updated
  • one ‘show me’ question will be asked while the candidate is driving
 
Following directions from a sat nav
Following directions from a sat nav is a significant change to the current test.
Just as there were lots of questions when we originally introduced the independent driving part of the test, we know there'll be questions about how using a sat nav will work.
 
DVSA will provide the sat nav for the test
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up using one of the stored test routes. The candidate won’t need to touch it.
The DVSA have been working with potential suppliers to find and buy a suitable sat nav. They will award a contract very soon, and let you know which make and model of sat nav we'll be using.
However,  to emphasise again that it doesn't matter which sat nav you use for practice. It could be a built in sat nav, mobile phone or stand alone sat nav. It is not testing the ability to set a route in a sat nav - just the ability to follow directions from one.
 
Positioning the sat nav
The examiner will make sure the sat nav is positioned appropriately and safely.
In most cases, we won’t fix the sat nav to the windscreen - it will be on a special dash-mat so it doesn't move or fall off. However, due to the design of some vehicles, there will be some cases where we need to mount it to the windscreen.
 
Powering the sat nav
The DVSA will be able to give more information about how we’ll power the sat nav once we’ve awarded the contract to the supplier.
 
Welsh language for sat navs
Some people asked about Welsh language sat navs during the consultation.
It’s something that has been investigated, but unfortunately, there isn’t a Welsh language sat nav on the market at the moment.The  announcement explains, 1 in 5 candidates will be asked to follow traffic signs instead of directions from a sat nav.
 
Support from organisations who represent drivers with a disability
Many disabled drivers use sat nav systems on a regular basis to help them drive independently and the changes being brought in will make sure that they know how to use these systems safely. They will also ensure that all drivers are better equipped to drive on a wider variety of roads, and carry out an updated set of manoeuvres that are part of everybody’s day to day driving.

The revised practical driving test will make Britain’s roads safer, and raise the overall standard of driving, therefore it is something that Disabled Motoring UK should welcome.
 
Reverse manoeuvres
Use of  a wide variety of carparks for the bay parking exercise, such hotels, retail parks and supermarkets,  driving test centre managers are finding the most suitable car parks for each test centre.They are talking to national car parking organisations to agree a joint approach to using car parks for this part of the test.
 
Pulling up on the right
 Some had strong views about pulling up on the right.
While The Highway Code  advises to not park against the flow of traffic during the day, it's very important to remember that it's an entirely legal manoeuvre.
On our busy roads, there will be times when a driver needs to pull up on the right - and they need to have the knowledge and skills to do it safely. It's vital to use a safe and systematic routine, including observations and appropriate signals.  These are the skills being assessed.
It’s also important that drivers know and understand what factors to take into consideration when looking for a safe, legal and convenient place to stop or park. For example, a busy main road with a constant flow of traffic would not be safe or convenient.
The candidate will need to use their understanding of these factors to choose an appropriate place to pull up on the right, when asked by the examiner.
 
'Show me, tell me' questions
Some responses to the consultation raised concerns about asking a ‘show me’ question while the candidate is driving. The main points raised were that it could:
  • be a distraction
  • cause an issue for candidates with special needs
  • affect people unfamiliar with the layout of the car
 Asking a 'show me' question whilst driving will be valuable preparation for types of things drivers need to do safely while driving. If someone has passed their test and is driving on the motorway, they can't pull over to switch on their headlights on!

 

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