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Top Questions To Ask Your Driving Instructor

The great thing about the process of learning to drive is that all aspects are entirely down to you. The way you learn, where you learn, how often you take lessons and most importantly, who teaches you is based on your personal preferences. A driving instructors main priority is to ensure that you pass your test in as little time as possible as a safe driver. To guarantee that you achieve these results, the process starts with finding the best driving instructor suited to you, so here are our top questions to ask!

What Are Our Top Questions?

Not only is it important to ask questions to find a little more information about your potential driving instructor, but asking questions can also be very useful throughout the entire learning to drive process. Out of everyone that you may come across, your driving instructor will be the most knowledgeable source of information about learning to drive. An experienced driving instructor would have taught a vast range of different people, all of which have their own way of learning meaning will have a whole host of great tips.

We asked Dave Russo who teaches in Maidstone what common questions pupils ask him, here is his response:
“After teaching for over six years, I have been asked a whole host of questions. The most popular question is what is the first time pass rate in this area, along with how many driving lessons do I need.”

We have devised a list of key questions for both learners looking for an instructor and learners in the lead up to their test.

Questions When Looking For An Instructor

How Long Have You Been In The Industry For?

Years of experience in the job role doesn’t always mean that instructors will necessarily be better than those who are newer to the role, but it does give a good indication that they must be doing something right. A driving instructor can only continue their job if they have people to teach, so if they had continuous bad results, then they would slowly run out of business. On the other hand, newer instructors have fresher information on teaching techniques; they have newly qualified so all information is still fresh in their mind.

What Are Your Pass Rate Statistics?

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you will find an instructor with a pass rate of 95-100%, due to the fact that in some cases, events occur during tests that are unpredictable and unstoppable. It is thought that around four in ten people take more than one attempt to pass their practical test, which isn’t a bad thing. Of course, you want a driving instructor to have a high pass rate as it is a real insight into how well they teach. If pass rates are something that concerns you, Driving Test Tips allows you to search for the pass rates of your local test centre.

Do You Have Knowledge Of Test Routes?

Aside from the more straightforward questions, another useful question to ask a driving instructor is how well they know the test routes. Your practical test will be taken in your local area, so if you can find an instructor who has experience teaching in these particular areas they can make you aware of certain curveballs that often lead to a major in driving tests. In most cases, each test route has places that you are taken to that will be used to test how well you can deal with driving situations. If you have been walked through test routes prior to your test, you will know what to expect and how to deal with tricky situations successfully.

girl ripping up L plate

Questions When Approaching Your Test

Where Is There Room For Improvements?

One of the best pieces of advice that you could be given when learning to drive is not to take criticism to heart and always see it as constructive, a learning curve. Driving isn’t an easy skill to learn, and you will do things wrong, so always use every piece of information to improve your driving. Your driving instructor is the most useful source of information so through asking them what you can improve on; they can help to find ways to make this happen.

What Aspects Am I Doing Well In?

Confidence is one of the key skills to driving; if you are confident in what you are doing, then you are more likely to stay calm and approach situations in the best way. Although constructive criticism is great, compliments and reminders on what aspects you are doing well are just as important. It shows you how well you have progressed and reassured you that you are on the right track to passing your test.

Am I Able To Do A Mock Test?

Giving yourself an insight into what to expect in a driving test is vital because it will be very different to what you are used to in driving lessons. The key to a successful practical test is to stay calm, and if you are aware of how to manage each aspect of the test, then this will be a lot more manageable. Your examiner will take a very different approach to what you would have been used to with your driving instructor. They will not be chatty or give you any help or guidance, so it is recommended to ask your instructor to take this approach in a lesson. Another aspect of your test that will be unfamiliar is the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. This should play a part in your mock test, and when approaching your test, it is more than likely that your instructor will go through each question with you. Walking into your test with no knowledge of these questions means you will be faced with an automatic minor. 1Drive is a useful tool in which you can find all questions along with answers and videos.

Unfortunately, not all areas have a local test centre, so you may have to travel a little further to take your mock tests. For example, as a company, we have had many learners taking their driving lessons in Ilford. However, it’s imperative as you approach your driving test to take your lessons and do a mock test in test centre area which you are taking the test in. The nearest test centre to Ilford is Goodmayes, so our driving instructor will go through Goodmayes test routes to prepare you for your test.

road to continuous improvement

Being asked a huge list of different questions will be a part of the job that all driving instructors will be more than used to. Their main responsibility is to educate and with education comes a whole host of questions. Don’t be embarrassed or worried to ask questions, no matter how irrelevant or straightforward it may seem, if it helps to further your learning then it is important. If you have an experienced instructor, then it is more than likely that they would have heard people ask it before.

Popular Driving New Years Resolutions

As we start to ease ourselves into the New Year, there are many different aspects of our day-to-day life that we promise ourselves we will improve. There is a whole host of popular new years resolutions that we hear people discussing year after year, but have you ever considered focusing on improving your driving? Looking into how to make yourself a safer driver?

What Are The Top New Years Resolutions?

As a whole, the majority of people are very safe drivers; they are aware of their surroundings and how to make sure that everyone in the car and outside are not at risk. Growing confidence while driving often comes with tiny things that you let slide, things that you think wouldn’t matter. So even if you think that your driving is perfect, why not take a look at these driving new years resolutions?

Avoid All Distractions

A popular driving related new years resolution is to become a more focused driver. Although everyone likes to say they do not get distracted, sometimes it is very easy for your attention to move elsewhere, even if it is just for a couple of minutes. One of the biggest distractions that we are all aware of is a mobile phone, even more so due to the fact that it is against the law. The simplest, yet most effective way to guarantee that you do not go near your phone is to put it away in a bag or away from your reach. Put it on silent or ‘do not disturb’ so you do not get distracted by alert sounds. Even when using a hands-free device, only use a mobile phone in emergencies when you are pulled over in a safe place.

Another common distraction, which may sound a little strange, is eating while driving. It is complicated to find a way to eat using no hands, which means that you will see yourself driving with just one hand. This can cause a problem in the case of emergencies.

Lastly, as hard as it may be, don’t let passengers distract you while you are driving. The odd “look at this” or “look at me” can wait until you have arrived at your destination, nothing is that important to rick the lives of both you and your passengers.

man drinking coffee and on phone whilst driving

Save Money On Fuel

Fuel for your car does start to eat your money, and it is an expense that sometimes we do not realise is costing so much until we look at our bank account in shock. A widespread new years resolution is to start saving money, so whether you have a small or larger engine, there are a few quick tips that can help you save on fuel.

The most significant way to save on fuel usage is to take fewer trips, which may sound obvious but even saving the smallest trips can help. Try to go everywhere or do everything you need to do in one slightly more extended trip, rather than several short trips. Stopping and starting several times surprisingly uses a lot more fuel than driving longer at a steady pace. If you know you need to pick up some essentials from the shop, why not find a shop that is, for example, on the way to work?

The idea of fuel usage being higher with excessive stopping and starting also applies to driving in rush hour. If you can avoid it, try not to drive at times where you know you will be stuck in traffic for a huge chunk of your journey. This can be hard and may seem unavoidable when you work hours such as 9-5, but if you do want to save fuel, try leaving a little early, so you skip the traffic.

Be A Calmer Driver

Many people decide as a whole their new year’s resolution is to become a better, calmer and more tranquil person, and this can also apply to driving. Everyone suffers from a little bit of road rage, whether it is frequently or just now and again, even if you are an experienced driver or a learner taking driving lessons. An easy way to avoid this is to think of the fact that although a driver has done something to frustrate you, it is unlikely that you will ever see them again, so they are not worth getting to you. There is no way to change what the other driver has done, and there isn’t a way to improve the way they drive, focus on your driving and how you can ensure that you are never that person.

Another aspect of keeping calm is to be patient when dealing with learners. We spoke to our very own Greg Zatyracz, who is a driving instructor in Maidstone about this issue. He said that his biggest dislike is “drivers who disrespect learners on the road, as they have forgotten how challenging is to learn how to drive a car.”

For more tips on how to cope with stress while driving, take a look at this Holts helpful resource we have found!

man meditating

Car Care

We all want our car to last as long as it can, and we do not want to find ourselves in the event of a breakdown, so keeping up regular car maintenance is a great resolution to make. Essential tips to maintain a long lasting car is to do routines such as cleaning your car, never ignore any lights that pop up on your dashboard and to regularly check aspects such as tyre pressure. Each car is different, which means that the best way to research how to take the best care is to have a thorough read of your owner’s manual. Never put off booking in for your service and MOT, even if you worry that it could result in a high expense. Confused.com have a great tool that allows you to find the cheapest garage quotes for your particular car.

Resolutions Don’t Have To Be Limited To New Year!

There are many different things that you may consider making a new years resolution, but it is also essential to remember that resolutions can happen all year round. There is never a set time of the year that you are limited to making yourself a better driver. This applies even more to learner as you may have to wait until later on in the year to start taking lessons. Your resolution may be to make sure you will learn to be a safe driver!

Common Reasons Why People Fail Their Practical Driving Test

No matter how much of a confident driver you are and how much practice you have, the idea of failing your practical driving test is always going to be a worry. It is all about what happens one the day, some people are lucky and have a stress free test, and everything goes to plan. But some people, unfortunately, come across a tricky situation that is hard to handle and end up failing.

What Causes You To Fail Your Practical Driving Test?

Several different reasons may contribute to you receiving a major in your driving test. Some are things that you can avoid yourself, and some are just bad luck, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, there are some common issues that your driving instructor would have regularly come across as a reoccurring problem. If you want to find out things that you can do to help your test go smoothly then keep reading!

Mirrors

You have mirrors all over your car for a reason, so make the most out of them. It is more than likely that you will hear your driving instructor repeat the phrase ‘mirror, signal, manoeuver’ throughout your lessons and this is because it is one of the most important things that you need to remember. It is critical that you check your mirrors not only when doing manoeuvres, but when you do just about anything while driving, changing lane, speeding up, slowing down, changing directions. By check mirrors, it doesn’t mean that you have to stare in your mirror for an extended period, just take a quick glance to ensure that you are completely aware of your surroundings and know exactly what is going on outside the car. To pass your test, you need to prove to your examiner that you will be a safe driver and they can trust you to drive independently, always looking around and being aware is one of the main ways of proving this.

car wing mirror

Positioning

Not all roads are the same, you will not always be in the same lanes for everything, not every roundabout will be a left lane to turn left and right lane to turn right. This means it is vital that you are always checking road markings and road signs to check that your positioning is right and you are in the correct lane. If you do realise that you are in the wrong lane then as long as you change lane in due time, there will be no issues. Changing lane last minute will not only cause panic but it’s also not always possible to cut in last minute. You could end up being forced to go the wrong way, different to the direction in which you were asked to go by your examiner.

Another aspect of positioning that you need to be careful on is that you are positioned in the middle of the lane. You want to avoid being too close to the curb and run the risk of hitting the curb. But also you don’t want to be too far over or too close to the line that could run the risk of disrupting the other lane.

Junctions

The long-running rule of junctions is that if you cannot see exactly what is coming or cannot see around the corner then do not go straight away. At some junctions your vision is blocked due to parked cars, houses, trees or hedges, which means the best approach is to stop and then use the ‘peep and creep’ method. This means very slowly emerging out of the junction slow enough that you can very quickly stop if you see someone coming. Even if is an open junction with nothing blocking visibility it is crucial to thoroughly look both ways, not just in the direction you plan to go. If you pull out and it forces another driver to slow down or slam on their breaks then, unfortunately, it is a major, which is an automatic fail.

car going round corner

Blind Spot

Although your mirrors do cover most areas, there are blind spots that you will also need to check by physically turning around and looking through the windows. Blind spots can be a massive safety hazard because they can hide cyclists and people who are walking behind your vehicle. You will need to ensure you check blind spots while performing manoeuvres and changing lanes, but most importantly moving off. Failure to move off safely will result in a major on your test. If you’re unsure about where blind spots are situated within your car, we have found a helpful resource to explain more.

Control

To prove you can drive safely you have to have full control over the car and the main aspect of this is steering. Your examiner will be watching out for whether you can maintain steady steering and you are not continually swerving. Although this sounds easy, steady steering can become more difficult when you are driving at a higher speed; the smallest movement can be accentuated. You will also need to look out for your steering when turning corners, in particular, sharp corners, you don’t want to steer too early, but you don’t want to steer too late. As long as you slow down enough and steer quickly, you can easily avoid hitting the curb or cutting a corner and more importantly avoid another point on your test.

steering wheel

Driving is all about practice; it is true that practice makes perfect. The more you drive and get used to the new skills, these kind things should become second nature. It is easy to panic in your test, which causes mistakes and things slip your mind, but as long as you keep going over everything that your instructor has taught you, then you are on to success. If you are worried about your test and would like some more tips on driving skills, The Official DVSA Guide to Driving is a helpful book to give a read.

Christmas Competition 2017!

Take part in this years Christmas competition to win an amazing 10 FREE driving lessons!

To enter all you will need to do is simply LIKE our page and TAG someone as a hint that you want driving lessons for Christmas, it can be a family member, friend, colleague, etc.

The lucky winner will be announced on the 22nd December 2017 live by the director of the company!

Have the chance to be one of the many successful pupils including Dele Ali from Milton Keynes and Stephen Graham from Leicester who have passed with us at driveJohnson’s. Make sure you get tagging for the chance to be the winner of 10 FREE driving lessons!

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Lessons must be used within 6 months of the winner being announced.
  • Lessons can be donated to a friend/loved one as a gift, as long as we have an instructor in their area.
  • Lessons can only be used in areas where we have instructors. If we don’t have an instructor in your area, you will have the option of taking your lessons to the nearest area where we do have an instructor.
  • Instructor availability is subject to change. In the event we don’t have an instructor in your area at the time of your booking, we will offer you an instructor in the next closest area to you.
  • You must like our page at the time of draw and tagged at least one person to be entered.

If you are looking for general lessons, you do not have to wait until Christmas to book in with us. Gift Vouchers are available for Christmas presents!
Take a look at the areas we cover page to find your local area!
Or give us a call on: 01908 533023

Merry Christmas from the team at driveJohnson’s!

DVSA Instructor Meeting in Luton

DVSA Meeting in Luton

Here are some notes from the recent DVSA Instructor meeting in Luton regarding the new driving test implementations.

DVSA staff present

Faisal Iqbal – ADI Transition manager, Enforcement directorate
Ian Robinson – Part 3/Standards check examiner
The Luton Test Centre manager

New Driving Test Implementations

The new test will be tackling faster roads and use less nursery routes. The pass rate during the trial period when the DVSA were testing the new style test was 52% which was slightly higher than the existing/current test which is around 49-50%.

  • 4 out of 5 tests will be asked to follow Sat Nav
  • 1 out of 5 test will still be asked to follow road signs

Sat Nav important points:

If the Sat Nav direction is late or slightly misleading, examiners will intervene with extra guidance to assist. This was a concern for many ADIs which was cleared up by Faisal Iqbal.

The position of the Sat Nav will be as central as possible on dashboard and the examiner should always consult the test candidate if they are happy with the position. If the sat nav can’t fit on the window then it can be rested on bean bag mat designed to hold Sat Navs.

  • Speed will be present on sat nav during test
  • Even if the instructor has a like for like sat nav, the examiner will use their own as it has pre-recorded routes on there for the independent drive.
  • The sat nav screen will remain on throughout the driving even before and after the sat nav phase.
  • If the test candidate prefers the device on the right side at the beginning of the test. The examiner will ask the candidate to stop the car, then get out of car and start the sat nav. Then get back in car to commence the independent/sat nav part of the driving test.
  • Sat nav will only be set when the car is stationary
  • The volume will be set at 75-80% in the Serena accent
  • The test candidate/pupil can ask to turn volume higher/lower or even turn the volume off at beginning of test.
  • If GPS stops working – the examiner will assist with direction straight away.
  • The examiner will carry a juice pack, in the unlikely event the battery runs out on the sat nav. The examiner will not try to plug the sat nav into the car even if the battery is low.
  • If a test candidate has any disabilities then it’s worth calling the test centre in advance and advise manager/examiner of learners difficulties.

The examiner may ask the test candidate during the sat nav/independent part of the driving test to do a maneouver exercise.

Hill starts/angle starts may happen during the Sat Nav/independent driving section too.

How to store routes on the Tom Tom Start 52

Drive on a particular route, then use the record afterwards, store it on the SD Card.

Pulling up on the Right

This will only happen on 40mph roads or less, most likely 30mph.

For those becoming a driving instructor doing their Part 2 test:

  • 2 out of the 4 learner manoeuvres will be tested
  • The pulling up on the right manoeuvre may be tested on faster roads of 40mph+

To learn more about the Pulling up on the Right manoeuvre, you can click here.

Instructions that will be used by the examiner

Step One: “Pull up on the right when it is safe to do so, please.”

Step Two: “I’d now like you to reverse back 2 car lengths, keeping reasonably close to the kerb.”

Step Three: “When it’s safe, please drive away again and join the flowing traffic.”

This manoeuvre will be marked as right reverse on the marking sheet.

Be aware: The highway code states to try and avoid the manoeuvre when visibility is poor. In this instance – poor lighting/fog test wouldn’t go ahead anyway.
For ADIs teaching in poor weather conditions, think twice before practicing the manoeuvre. I.e. in the dark, you should use side lights when reversing backwards on the right side of road.

See the video below:

Reverse parking in a bay

This manoeuvre will only be tested at the Driving Test Centre. Where the test centre does not have a car park, it will not be tested.

Driving in forwards and reversing out of a bay

This will be done at any car park within the test route areas, but not at the test centre.

The pupil can choose to park left or right side of car park. Doesn’t have to be in between 2 cars.

An example of an instruction the examiner may use is, “I would like you to drive forwards into a car parking space of your choice.”

See the video below for more information:

Can the pupil take a shunt and, if they can, how many?

The answer is yes. The examiner will use their discretion as to how many shunts becomes too much to the point that it is affecting other road users or it is obvious the learner can’t complete the manoeuvre. Typically 1 or 2 shunts is acceptable anything over 3 shunts is demonstrating incompetence to complete the manoeuvre.

This manoeuvre will be marked under section 8 – forward park on the test report form.

Show me tell me questions

The examiner can give a serious fault on show me questions on the move.
For example if the test candidate loses control whilst trying to fulfill a show me question. If the test candidate is trying to operate the windscreen wipers for example and then they put the full beam lights on for a long period of time or put a misleading signal that affects other traffic significantly.

  • If pupil doesn’t understand then the examiner will pull them up and explain question again.
  • If pupil doesn’t know – examiner will tell them and driver fault will be given.
  • When the examiner asks the test candidate to perform a show me question, they will always say in advance, “When it’s safe to do so…”

The tell me questions will always be asked at the beginning of the test before leaving the test centre.

Did you know?

The test slots are 57 minutes in duration. This is the amount of time allocated to the examiner to complete the driving test and fill out any necessary paper work before commencing their next test.

The amount of test routes vary on each test centre. Smaller towns will usually have less routes than bigger cities.

Why Do I Hate Driving Lessons? (9+ Answers to Consider)

Year after year, new students and young people start to learn to drive. In most cases, new driving pupils become excited and cannot wait to get behind the wheel. However, after doing a little research, it seems that there is a small minority of students that really dislike driving. After looking into the volume of Google searches completed we found that more than 100 people are searching for “why do I hate driving lessons” every month!

Now as a driving school that’s quite a worrying figure to see. If you do the maths that means that more than 1200 people are searching for answers every year. Now as a driving school ourselves – that simply is not good enough. These are some answers to why people may be searching “why do I hate driving lessons”.

Why Do People Hate Learning to Drive?

  • Little Confidence
  • Nervous
  • Bad Previous Experience
  • Failed Tests (Theory or Practical)
  • Not Comfortable With The Transmission
  • Anxious
  • Feeling the Pressure to Pass
  • Fear of Failing
  • Costs and Expenses Involved
  • Theory Training Itself

#1 Low on Confidence

As a Grade A driving instructor, the driveJohnson’s owner, Anthony Johnson has taught many people to learn how to drive. Some have been complete beginners, whereas some have had more experience than others. He even had the pleasure of teaching Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Dele Alli how to drive.

Many of the new pupils that take their driving lessons in London are low on confidence simply because they are complete beginners and that is perfectly understandable. Going from public transport to driving on the busy roads in London is a highly stressful process, especially if you are planning on driving during rush hour.

However, have no fear. Being cautious is a typical reaction and over time, your confidence will grow as your driving ability improves. As they say – “Rome was not built in a day”, and you’re certainly not going to be passing your driving test and hammering around the streets of Central London after a handful of driving lessons.

#2 Nervous

Many driving pupils are put off by learning to drive simply because they cannot handle their nerves when they are behind the wheel. However, any approved driving instructor worth their salt will recognise this and will hold back from taking you out onto busy roads until you are both comfortable at the wheel and controlling the vehicle.

You will never be taken out onto main roads and dual carriageways as a complete novice – “It just isn’t cricket” and would not be fair on both parties.

#3 Bad Previous Driving Experience

This is arguably one of the most common reasons that pupils either give up on learning to drive or wait until they are a little older, wiser and “street smart”.

As one of the leading driving schools in the UK, it does hurt us to see that more pupils are delaying their learning experience due to the incompetency of a previous, inexperienced driving instructor. If you want to learn to drive – go for it. Do let a bad experience hold you back. For example, all of the driving lessons Grays that we provide are carried out by approved driving instructors (ADI’s).

These guys go through annual assessments to ensure that they are to a standard that can provide top of range driving tuition for every single one of our pupils, no matter what age or driving ability.

#4 Failed Driving Tests

Unfortunately, not every driving student can pass his or her driving test first time. Fails do occur. However, many myths are lingering around that claim that driving instructors and examiners have to fail a certain number of pupils.

That claim is total rubbish and is completely false. It’s like asking a chef to send out a percentage of his food raw – it just isn’t going to happen. If your ability to drive is considered safe and meets the examiner’s guidelines – you pass.

Obviously, if you have failed your driving test a couple of times, your confidence will be low. However, you are more than capable of passing your driving test. If there is a particular area of the driving test that you feel could hinder your performance, then you are well within your rights to request individual routines and manoeuvres to help build your confidence during your lessons.

#5 Not Comfortable With The Transmission

90% of drivers learn to drive in a manual vehicle. This is always recommended as after you have passed your driving test in a manual vehicle, you then have the opportunity to drive an automatic car too.

However, if you take your driving lessons in an automatic vehicle as well as your final practical driving test – you will only be able to drive an automatic car unless you take an actual driving test for a manual car.

Older people tend to learn how to drive an automatic, whereas younger people stick to the manual controls. The final decision is up to you – we would always encourage you to learn and take your test in a manual vehicle because you can always make the change after.

However, if you are seriously struggling – you could consider learning in an automatic.

#6 Becoming Anxious

Anxiety and mental health have become a significant issue here in the UK – especially around young people, which is incredibly frightening. If you do suffer from anxiety or other stress related illnesses, it is well worth contacting your local GP to ensure that you are safe to learn how to drive.

If you suffer from undiagnosed anxiety, then this could be a reason why you search for “why do I hate driving lessons”.

The important thing to know is that you are not alone. There are many free support groups and treatments available that have been designed to help young people cope and embrace their anxiety.

#7 Feeling the Pressure to Pass

If you have a close group of friends and all, but you have passed your driving test, then there can be a huge weight of expectation and pressure to pass. However, it is worth noting that you should only listen to the pressure that you put on yourself (which should be minimal).

No rule states that you have to pass your driving lessons Manchester in less than 3 months. Many pupils have taken up to a year and more to get to a test standard.

You should only feel comfortable booking your driving test when you feel that you are ready and comfortable with the driving manoeuvres and test routes.

#8 The Fear of Failing

Everyone is scared of something, and to some people, their biggest fear is the fear of failure. This isn’t always driving related and can come into play with some everyday routines.

A lot of people feel that they are judged on both their successes and failures – that is not something that you need to concern yourself with.

Many people fail their driving test every year. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, there is only a small number of individuals that are capable of passing the first time – and that is not always guaranteed. You can book driving lessons in Watford with driveJohnson’s for a local patient driving instructor to help you through your training.

#9 Costs and Expenses Involved

Some young people are put off of learning to drive due to the costs involved with learning and running a car. There are many things to consider such as driving lessons, a vehicle, tax, car insurance and general maintenance costs – not to mention breakdown cover.

If you want to learn how to drive but save as much money as you can – consider purchasing a bulk-booking offer from a driving school in Preston.

You can book 10 hours of driving lessons and receive a discounted rate per hour – making it a little cheaper for you.

When it comes to vehicle tax and insurance – there are a few things that you can look into which will help reduce costs. Some newer vehicles are so efficient that the annual car tax can be as low as £20 (per annum).

For car insurance – younger drivers can pay for something called a “little black box”. These small boxes are fitted to your car and measure your driving, considering speed, braking, positioning and more.

At the end of each year, your general driving ability is assessed. As long as you have been behaving on the roads, your insurance premium may be significantly reduced.

#10 The Theory Training

Another area that young or new drivers are put off by is the theory training that is needed to take the practical driving test. I have lost count of the number of people that has gone into taking a theory test with little or no revision.

It’s incredible to think that those individuals come out wondering what happened, thinking it would just be a walk through.

The trick to passing your theory training is through regular revision. There are so many tools that you can use to help you pass. Mobile Apps, DVD’s, Audiobooks and more – All will help you pass and take you that little bit closer to passing your practical driving test.

Confidence is Key

To pass your driving test, you need to approach it in a confident manner. If you go into learning to drive with negative thoughts, then there is only ever going to be one result.

Hopefully, you have found an answer to the “why do I hate driving lessons” query. Remember, if you need any help or advice on learning to drive – just give us a call.

All the best with your learning and we wish you best of luck!

Are UK Driving Licences Sexist – Yes or No?

Whether it be pink, green, stuck in an old wallet or even long forgotten down the rear of your sofa – a driving licence is something that many people hold in the UK and with driving figures set to increase those figures will only get larger.

However, have you ever considered the DVLA and the entire practice of driving licence printing sexist? No, neither did we. However, there are a small minority of people in the UK that have taken this one step further.

We look into the printing of driving licences here in the UK and how they could even be slightly considered as sexist.

What’s The Difference in Licences?

You may or may not know that not everyone gets the same driving licence. When you start to learn how to drive, for example if you were taking your driving lessons Basildon with a local instructor you would have a pink licence.

This driving licence is known as a provisional driving licence. In order to learn to drive, the pupil must have a valid and legal provisional driving licence. Without it, no driving lessons can commence.

Once you have completed your driving lessons Islington with your chosen driving school you will receive a new driving licence. This is subject to passing the UK practical driving test. The licence you receive will now be green and this is a full UK driving licence.

How Can The DVLA Be Considered Sexist?

As standard – men do not have any specific titles printed on their driving licences unless they are honorific. These can include doctors, reverends and others.

However, women do have their titles printed on their licences. In most cases, the traditional titles that are printed include Mrs, Miss and Ms causing a mass outrage and multiple accusations that the DVLA is in fact sexist.

In our eyes, we can see why people are getting a little upset – it would make perfect sense for every driving licence to print titles, no matter what gender.

We can provide driving lessons Dartford with our driving school no matter what licence you have. As long as it is legal and valid, we can arrange for one of our ADI’s to help you towards passing your driving test.

Some people assume that driving licences are different for ADI’s. However, we have a number of instructors that provide driving lessons Leicester on both the green (fully qualified ADI) and pink (trainee driving instructor).

The Practical Driving Test is Changing

For many, the practical driving test is a milestone and key achievement for so many young people in the UK. It really does represent freedom for most teenagers. However, come December 2017, the practical driving test is changing, so if you are taking your driving lessons, you may have to alter your training to accommodate the new introductions.

driveJohnson’s covers a number of locations across the UK, providing driving lessons in Barking, Chingford, Dagenham and a host of locations throughout London and the UK.

Fortunately, the director of driveJohnson’s is a grade A 51/51 driving instructor himself. This allows us to really stay ahead of the game and give our students the best possible chance of passing first time.

practical driving test changing

The Key Points From The Old Practical Test

For most people that have passed their driving test, they will have completed the following points during their practical exam.

  • 10 minutes of independent driving (no assistance from the examiner, unless in extreme cases)
  • The examiner would have asked you to follow specific road signs (these are usually for specific areas)
  • Option of a variety of driving manoeuvres (turn in the road, bay park, parallel park or reverse around a corner)
  • The examiner will ask you a series of questions relating to your vehicle

All of the above are some of the most obvious points that a typical practical driving test would have included. However, that is about to change for many driving instructors in the UK, whether they are completing driving lessons in Dartford or even any intensive driving lessons in Grays or Greenford.

As of the 4th December 2017 – the practical driving test will have the following changes implemented.

  • Independent driving will make an increase, going from 10 minutes to 20.
  • Pupils will be asked to follow directions on a satnav as an alternative to following the directions from the examiner. The examiner will decide on the day of the test – if the pupil needs to follow a satnav, the examiner will provide one.
  • The “reverse around a corner” manoeuvre will be replaced with more “real life” scenarios.
  • Examiners will ask the pupil safety questions while driving such as “how do you use the rear heated screen?”

Areas of the Test Staying the Same

Despite these subtle changes, there are many areas of the practical driving test that will be remaining the same. For example, these changes will only be introduced for car driving tests only. Additional categories for trailer training will remain the same until further notice.

Driving school pupils can expect to see the following points maintained within the practical examination.

  • Practical driving test fees will remain the same. (£45.50 – Weekdays and £62.50 – Evenings and Weekends)
  • The overall time taken to complete a driving test will stay the same. A practical driving test takes between 40 and 45 minutes.
  • Pass/Fail marks will remain the same. Pupils currently cannot exceed 15 minor faults or receive any major faults.

All of the driveJohnson’s instructors complete driving lessons in London to an exceptionally high standard. We ensure that every pupil is treated equally and has the best environment to learn in, making sure that they are taught how to drive – not to simply pass their driving test.

We are always looking for new instructors to join our team. Whether you join our driving instructor franchise or complete a driving instructor training course – contact us directly for further details.

Bailey McConnell passes his driving test

After completing just 12 hours of driving tuition, Bailey McConnell passed the driving test with only 3 minor faults. He had previously driven before with friends and family in the past, so that helped at the beginning. Anthony said, “after the first lesson with Bailey, I told him to book the driving test straight away, with the waiting time so long we decided to leave any further lessons until the week of the test.”

Bailey squeezed in 10 hours in just 7 days, totalling 12 hours of driving tuition in full.

Watch Bailey’s second driving lesson, and see how far away from test standard he was compared to the lesson before his test.

 

 

Bailey’s second lesson finished with a lot still to do to get to test standard, but Anthony Johnson (the owner of driveJohnson’s) could see that he had potential, hence booking the test in anticipation that he would be ready.

 

 

Even in the hour before the test there were still a few faults that needed to be ironed out. A poor instructor would panic and reduce the pupil’s confidence. A good instructor deals with it proactively and helps the pupil believe they can pass if they put their mind to it.

See how Bailey deals with the pressures of his test just one hour away.

 

 

 

Here’s what Bailey said on social media about driveJohnson’s

Bailey McConnell on Twitter

Bailey McConnell first driving lesson – coming soon

driveJohnson’s has a massive reputation for helping pupils get through their driving test first time and fast !

Throughout the years driveJohnson’s has taught many local celebrities/up and coming stars such as; Jamie Stimpson (singer) Mister Vee (singer) Holly Brewer (singer) Rocky Nt (singer) Giorgio Rasulo (MK Don’s footballer) Samuel Oram Jones (Formula 4 driver) George Williams (Barnsley footballer) and more.

We have also taught celebrities/stars that have emerged onto a national stage such; Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) and Brendan Galloway (Everton) – all premiership footballers, also representing their chosen countries too.

All of the above names mentioned have one thing in common – they passed first time ! Most of the above also passed fast too, which brings us onto our next star ready to learn to drive; Bailey McConnell.

Bailey McConnell – Britains Got Talent Finalist

Bailey McConnell first rose to stardom through BGT. (Britain’s got talent) His first appearance blew the judges away and took him through to the final stages of the competition. Since then he has been touring the UK and US to sell out crowds, increasing his popularity even more. Bailey has just turned 17 and is very keen to pass quickly and first time. Nowadays a good looking lad with a very bright future isn’t complete without a driving licence. So he needs to get the job done sooner rather than later, hence, why he has chosen driveJohnson’s.

The challenge:

The majority of Bailey’s lessons will be filmed, they will also be available for viewing on our website and YouTube.

Here you will see a fly on the wall experience of a celebrity learning to drive safely, quickly and hopefully he will pass first time too.  (very likely)

Bailey’s first lesson is scheduled for 20th April 2016 @ 11am and he’s very much looking forward to it !

 

Who’s teaching Bailey ?

The owner of driveJohnson’s ‘Anthony Johnson’ is coming out of retirement to teach ‘Bailey’. The last time ‘Anthony’ came out of retirement was for Tottenham Hotspur and England Footballer ‘Dele Alli’.

Dele’s lessons were also filmed for YouTube and the driveJohnson’s website. Dele passed with just 1 minor fault, so intensive courses can be done successfully and to a high standard.

 

Anthony Johnson owner of driveJohnsons

Can Anthony Johnson ensure another first time pass? The pressure is on both of them to be fair, we don’t want to be uploading videos of failure at the end.

Below you can watch Anthony teach Dele Alli to drive 1 hour before his test.

Read More – Dele Alli Driving Lessons in full