What Driving Test Time Is Best?

What Driving Test Time Is Best

When it comes to taking the UK driving test, studies show that you may need more than good driving skills on your side.

The time you take your test could also make all the difference between a pass or fail.

The research, conducted by Dayinsure and the DVLA, revealed that pupils taking their driving test later in the day are more likely to pass than pupils who take their test earlier. Let’s delve a little deeper into those findings.

The best and worst times to sit your test

Before we look at the research in more detail, don’t panic if you already have a test booked for earlier in the day. These statistics are compiled from a small section of data and shouldn’t be taken at face value.

Many people believe that the worst time to take your driving test is during the school run and the evening rush hour. However, according to data compiled by Dayinure, a test slot between 11 am and 1 pm is statistically the worst time to take your driving test.

The statistics show that only 48 per cent of pupils passed during these times. And the best time? Well, according to the DVLA, those who take their test between 7 pm and 9 pm are most likely to pass. Pupils taking tests at this time had a pass rate of 65 per cent.

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It’s also worth noting that if you want to take your test in the evening, there is a premium to pay. The cost of an evening driving test is £75 compared to a daytime test rate of £62. So, let’s crunch some numbers. By paying an extra £13 for an evening driving test, you have a 15 per cent higher chance of passing your test.

Final thoughts

The greater success rate for evening driving tests certainly makes for fascinating reading. The difference in pass rates is possibly down to the lack of rush hour traffic and pupils being in a calmer state than they would be first thing in the morning.

Nerves are the most common reason for failing a driving test, so if you want a quieter and calmer drive, you may wish to consider booking an evening test.

If you want to save money and book a normal daytime test, but are worried about nerves, why not book some lessons during rush hour times so that you can get accustomed to the heavier traffic flow and higher levels of observation that are required?

Why Go To A Driving School?

Why Go To A Driving School

Many adults enrol in driving schools every day for different reasons. Some need to learn how to drive so that they can drive themselves to work or school. Below are some reasons why you should go to driving school.

Build confidence

Attending a driving school will enable you to become confident in your driving abilities and skills. A professional tutor will train you and help you understand what you should look out for while driving.

Pass the driving test

When applying for a driver’s test in the UK, you have to sit for an exam first. Oftentimes, this exam involves basic traffic lingo and signs. If you pass this test, you’ll be required to take an actual driving test.

An official from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will sit with you in the same car, as you drive. He/she will grade you to determine whether you’re fit enough to be behind the wheel, or not.

You may be nervous and confused during your driving test if you don’t undergo proper training. A driving school will prepare you for the test. It will also help you familiarise yourself with the different features of a vehicle.

Minimise the risks of accidents

Too many people die every year due to traffic accidents, some of which can be prevented through safe driving. Overconfidence, ignorance of road safety rules, and lack of proper driving skills are the main reasons these accidents occur. Driving schools teach learners how to become safe drivers.

Lower your insurance premiums

Many insurers give discounts to new drivers. To take advantage of these discounts, you’ll need to provide a certificate of completion to prove that you’ve successfully completed your driving course.

The certificate will also prove that you’re able to abide by all traffic rules and regulations. Driving schools offer certificates of completion as a form of recommendation.

Learn road rules and procedures

You only have to drive a few meters to see how careless many drivers are. They put the lives of other road users at risk because they don’t pay attention to road signs. To avoid breaking traffic rules, you may want to go to a driving school. Driving school teachers inform learners about the rules and procedures of the road.

The take-home message

Cars are a convenient means of transportation. However, they can be dangerous if they’re placed in the hands of untrained individuals. Enrolling in a driving school can help you identify hazardous situations and become a safe driver.

Are Driving Crash Courses Any Good?

Are Driving Crash Courses Any Good

Crash courses are intensive courses of driving lessons which aim to teach you everything you need to pass your practical driving test in just a few days.

Usually, crash courses run from Monday to Friday, with six hours of learning each day and your driving test happening on the Saturday.

But, are these intensive courses a good idea?

The average learner driver in the UK will have 47 hours of lessons with a driving instructor before taking their test, as well as 20 hours of private practice with, for example, a parent.

With the cost of driving lessons growing more and more, these lessons can easily cost in excess of £1,500, even before paying the test fees.

With intensive crash courses often coming in at less than half of that cost, it’s easy to see why they are an attractive option for cash-strapped teenagers looking to get on the road fast.

Crash courses are also very useful for older learners who have a pressing need to get on the road quickly.

For example, someone who is about to start a new job where they need to drive – or need to be able to drive to get to the office – may only have a few days or weeks in which to go from non-driver to fully-fledged motorist.

But, is it really possible to become a safe and legal driver in just a week?

Well, legally, yes. If you pass your driving test – no matter how much time you have, or haven’t, spent learning to drive – then you are legally allowed to drive solo on the road. Whether it’s a safe thing to do, though, is another matter.

As we’ve already seen, the average learner spends 67 hours on the road – usually over several months – developing their skills, knowledge, and confidence as a driver. The weeks and months between lessons are also valuable in that they allow knowledge and skills to become embedded and the opportunity to cement learning over time.

By contrast, a one-week crash course might promise to turn you into a fully-legal motorist in less than half that time: just 30 hours. Whether or not you feel that’s enough time to develop your skills and learn to be a safe driver is a question that requires very careful consideration indeed.

Intensive Driving Courses Vs Normal – What’s The Difference?

Intensive Driving Courses Vs Normal

When learning to drive, one of the biggest decisions is if you want to learn gradually, having lessons and spreading out the cost week-on-week, or condense everything into a week-long, intensive driving course.

There are pros and cons to each, but first, it’s important to understand the difference before making a decision.

Remember: just because one option suits a particular individual, it’s unlikely to be the same for everyone else.

Cost

It’s no myth that learning to drive can prove to be expensive in some circumstances. Although the reward greatly outweighs the cost, when learning to drive it’s key to understand what costs are involved, and which method is best suited to you.

It all depends on the individual, but some may find investing upfront in an intensive driving course is more cost-efficient than spending money on weekly lessons, which can sometimes stretch over a longer period of time.

Review your options and see which is likely to work best for you, considering factors such as time off college, university, or work if you were to opt for the intensive course.

Learning

Everyone has their own way of learning, but there are several differences between how information can be absorbed during normal and intensive courses.

Intensive courses condense information tightly together in the space of a week, which works for some, but others could find themselves unable to take so much in over such a short period of time.

Regular courses mean the information is spread out, so you have longer to digest it, but having to refresh your memory each week may prove more difficult for some.

 

Conditions

When learning as part of an intensive course, weather and road conditions are likely to stay very similar throughout the week, which means you could learn only in beaming sunshine, or heavy rain, each day.

Partaking in weekly lessons, which span across several months, means conditions will vary week on week, and you’re likely to experience multiple seasons and weather conditions.

Again, it’s all based on the individual, but some may benefit from one more than the other.

 

Pressure to pass

We all want to do our best when it comes to learning to drive, and many of us put pressure on ourselves to do so.

While tests can be stressful for everyone, before deciding which option to take consider how you’d feel if you passed or failed in either scenario.

Some of us may think a week of intensive learning would feel more of a blow than several months, but everyone is different, so make the right decision for you, and try not to worry too much!

How To Pull Over For Emergency Vehicles

How To Pull Over For Emergency Vehicles

If you’re a new driver or even an experienced one, it can be a stressful experience having to pull over for emergency vehicles. The sirens are blaring, the blue lights are flashing, and you may not be in an ideal position to stop.

But as long as you remain calm, aware and focused when driving, it doesn’t have to be quite so stressful.

Here are a few key points to be aware of when pulling over for emergency vehicles:

1) Listen and look
As soon as you hear the sound of a police, fire or ambulance siren or you become aware of the flashing blue lights of an emergency vehicle, be prepared to stop. This will give you time to think about your planned stop and allow you to begin preparing to pull over safely. The sooner you begin to think about pulling over, the safer your stop will be. This thinking time will also allow you to identify a good place to stop.

 

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2) Slow down.
Slow down, but don’t emergency stop. Though it’s important to come to a complete stop as soon as you can, it’s equally important to keep yourself and your passengers safe, not to mention other drivers. And the slower you’re going, the easier it will be to identify a safe stopping area.

3) Watch.
Watch what other vehicles are doing. Often there won’t be an obvious place to stop, so be guided by other vehicles. For example, if everyone is going left, don’t swerve suddenly to the right. Follow their lead.

And remember, you only need to make sure the emergency vehicle has enough room to proceed – you just need to give them enough space to manoeuvre and proceed to their destination. This means you don’t have to find the perfect place to stop (which doesn’t always exist!), just somewhere safe. And don’t pull over on the kerb – this could put pedestrians in danger.

4) Anticipate.
When you see flashing blue lights in your mirror, take a moment to anticipate the route they are going to take. It’s much better to slow down and judge the situation – if you slam on your brakes you could be endangering other drivers on the road for no reason.

If you do need to stop because the emergency vehicles is heading your way, make sure you indicate to let your fellow drivers know that you intend to stop.

How To Tackle Driving In City Traffic

How To Tackle Driving In City Traffic

When you learn to drive, you’re often taken to quiet suburbs, housing estates and country roads to get the hang of things.

But for the millions of us who live in the city — and the many more who work in one — your real-world, independent driving experience is going to be a lot different. You’ll have no one to tell you which lane to be in, no one to bear the brunt of any hostility or road rage and, perhaps most importantly, no one to tell you which way to go.

But though driving in cities can be tricky, it’s not THAT tricky. UK cities are comprehensively designed and optimised for motorists — it won’t be like Mumbai. With a few tips, you’ll be able to handle them no problem.

Tip #1: know your route

First things first, make sure you know where you’re going. Cities can have confusing one-way systems, dead ends and other tricky things that can send you off in completely the wrong direction.

So, think ahead: trace more complicated bits on your sat-nav, or on Google Street view if necessary. You may also consider doing a trial run of a given route if you have time — it all helps to limit surprises and make you feel calmer and better prepared.

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Tip #2: be cautious

City roads can be busy and narrow, both with parked vehicles and traffic. So when you’re coming out of a junction or turning a corner with a restricted view, make sure you edge, peep and creep slowly until you can see properly.

Likewise, some roads may be busy with pedestrians, or even semi-pedestrianised. Go slowly, even if you think said pedestrians should mind out of your way. It’s also very useful to know the width of your car and don’t be overambitious with tight squeezes.

Tip #3: but be confident!

While it’s important to be cautious, be sure to keep up with the flow of traffic. Not doing so can cause confusion, congestion and many other more dangerous problems. So drive, tackle roundabouts and change lanes with confidence — other cars will let you do so, just as they would elsewhere.

Tip #4: avoid traffic

Finally, it’s better to simply avoid stressful situations where possible, instead of tackling them. So don’t drive in cities when it isn’t necessary, and try to steer clear of rush hour when you do.

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Using A Sat Nav During Your Test

Using A Sat Nav During Your Test

Back on 4th December 2017, the UK standard practical driving test changed its terms, with one of the biggest changes being a section that includes following the instructions of a satellite navigation system.

From this date forward, all drivers are expected to complete a section of independent driving where they follow directions and instructions from a satellite navigation unit, commonly known as a sat nav.

The specific sat nav used throughout driving tests is the TomTom Start 52. This model has a large 5” screen, meaning that learners can easily see the map without having to focus too long on the screen, and it has a loud, clear voice, meaning that directions can easily be heard.

What you must remember

Regardless of what point in your test your examiner asks you to use the sat nav, there are a few rules you must stick to.

  1. Pull over first
    If you have to enter a destination or use the touchscreen on the device, pull over safely to do this. Everything you do on your test has to be legal and safe; your examiner is unlikely to feel safe if you have your hands off the wheel and are typing in an address while still attempting to drive!
  2. Don’t focus on the screen

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    Look at the screen when it is safe to do so. Sat navs are not televisions, and you should only glance at the screen briefly when your attention does not need to be elsewhere. Once you have looked at the screen and understood the instruction, immediately look back at the road conditions to check that nothing has changed. Remember that sat navs give directions audibly too, so you can listen to the instructions and follow the guidance without even needing to look at the screen.

  3. Sat navs are just an aid
    While sat navs can be extremely helpful, it is important to remember that they are not always accurate, and in no way should be followed over and above the conditions in front of you. Always be aware of the changing road conditions, and use your normal judgement to navigate the roads safely.You won’t be penalised for taking a wrong turn, and if you are unsure at any point in the test, ask the examiner for confirmation. They are there to help you as well as examine your driving skills.

 

 

Not everyone passes first time, and there is no shame in failing and retaking your test. However, one of the best ways to pass is to prepare and practice, so ensure that you feel 100% confident on everything that will be in the test before sitting it.

 

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East Ham Has Some Amazing Roads To Practice Driving On

East Ham Has Some Amazing Roads To Practice Driving On

Learning To Drive In East Ham

Outside of the hustle and bustle of central London, East Ham is a true East End gem, replete with multicultural cafes and quintessentially Cockney market traders.

Yet even though it boasts some of the most convenient rail links in the area, its bucolic greenery and location just outside of the frenzied centre of the city make it an ideal place to learn to drive a car.

Cruise around Central Park, tour some of its many green spaces or take in the views of the local nature reserve from the comfort of your car.

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Learning to drive in a quieter area in the shadow of the city of London has many benefits.

While there will still be a wide array of traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and general motoring vagaries to negotiate, the neighbourhood feel of the area makes it less daunting than driving in the city centre.

With slightly fewer distractions to contend with, you are free to concentrate on the task at hand: learning to drive a car in a decidedly less frenetic area, yet with enough happening so that you feel you are still being challenged with real-life scenarios.

If you are local to the area and agree that it is an attractive area to begin driving lessons – and have done your research and chosen a driving instructor that you feel comfortable with – here are some quick general tips that can aid a learner driver on their personal road to motoring independence.

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Firstly, remember what you can’t see: it’s vital that you check your blind spot over your right/left shoulder when moving off, to ensure ultimate safety for yourself and other road users.

Secondly, when approaching any type of hazard in the road, there is a sequence of checks to remember to complete: mirror (look to see how your movements will affect those behind you), signal (let others know what you intend to do), and manoeuvre (complete the necessary action, if you determine it is safe to do so).

Finally, there is an aspect of driving that is critical when getting behind the wheel, and this will assist a new driver to become acquainted with the road: anticipation (e.g. learning to ‘read’ the road).

Look well-ahead and gather as much information as possible so that you can react accordingly. This will also help you to feel in control, and consequently relax (and perhaps enjoy the scenery!) during what can be a rather nerve-racking experience.

How To Master Roundabouts In Brentwood

How To Master Roundabouts In Brentwood

Plenty of learners find it difficult to get their head around roundabouts – not just in Brentwood but all over the country.

Just seeing a roundabout sign can induce fear and panic in most drivers, but roundabouts aren’t half as scary as you think if you get your road positioning and signalling right.

Get the basics right

There are around 10,000 roundabouts in the UK and they come in all shapes and sizes. You only need to master a basic four exit roundabout as you can then apply the skills you learn to other more complicated road layouts.

As you approach, look for road signs and road markings that will direct you into the right lane. Check your mirrors and signal in plenty of time if you need to switch to another lane.

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Tackling roundabouts is all about being in the right position, driving at the right speed and keeping an eye out for other road users on the passenger side, particularly motorbikes and cyclists.

Turning left (first exit)

  • Position yourself in the left-hand lane
  • Signal to turn left
  • Move on to the roundabout when the road is clear and keep signalling left
  • Use the passenger door mirror (nearside) to check that it’s safe to exit the roundabout

 

Going straight ahead (second exit)

  • Approach in the lane indicated by road signs or markings – if in doubt, stick to the left-hand lane
  • Only signal left once you’ve passed the exit before the one you want
  • Use your nearside mirror to make sure the exit is clear and you’re safe to leave the roundabout

 

Turning right (third or final exit)

  • Position yourself in the right-hand lane
  • Keep signalling right as you move around the roundabout
  • Signal left when you pass the exit before the one that you want to take
  • Use your nearside mirror to check for other road users and then exit the roundabout

 

Any other tips?

Don’t panic! Just remember MSPSL: Mirror – Signal – Position – Speed – Look and check that the car in front is actually moving before you pull away. Larger and more complex roundabouts can seem intimidating, but they all follow the basic pattern for signalling and lane positioning, so start with smaller roundabouts and work your way up.

Mastering roundabouts in Brentwood is all about practice, so book in for a lesson and ask your driving instructor to take you round the Brook Street roundabout until you’re 100% confident with your roundabout driving and ready for your test!

Roads To Practise On In Dagenham

Roads To Practise On In Dagenham

If you’re learning to drive in Dagenham, then it’s important you find some roads that are good to practise on.

Driving is a great skill that’s necessary for many jobs as well as your own independence.

Find a great Dagenham driving instructor and get confident by practising on some of these roads.

Try driving at quieter times, such as after the school run and rush hour, and before people finish work. Driving around 10am-2:30pm should be quieter for you as you can avoid people on their commute.

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If you’re just starting to get some driving practice in Dagenham, then these quieter areas will be perfect. The intersection between Stamford Road and Langley Crescent is a good place to start practising your basic driving skills on a quiet road.

Make sure you’ve got your L plates on and that you are confident with the person who is taking you driving.

Getting confident on roundabouts is another important aspect of learning to drive.

Roundabouts nearby include Winston Way, Beccles Drive and Green Lane, and these have all been included in driving tests in this area so it’s worth getting some practice on them.

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Make sure you follow the correct protocol, keeping an eye on other cars and knowing when to give way. Valence Circus is a tricky section of driving that you can practise until you are confident. Pay attention to traffic, people pulling out and pedestrians too.

Like many built-up areas in the UK, there are lots of car parks which are great for practising driving manoeuvres and parking, which is a big part of your test.

The best times to practise here are hours when supermarkets or offices are closed, like Sunday afternoons.

Some good options for practising driving in Dagenham are the ASDA car park and Heathway Shopping Centre car park. If you are feeling more confident as a driver, then try at a busier time, paying attention to signalling, other drivers on the road and the rules and limits that apply.

Estates like Becontree are perfect for practising turning and following directions so make sure you know the area well. In residential areas it’s essential that you keep an eye out for parked cars, children playing and cars pulling out.

Depending on your confidence in your driving ability, any of these roads are great for getting to grips with driving and honing your skills.

Our professional driving lessons are also great for learning new routes you can follow and getting expert advice.