The new motorway law has landed! Learner DRIVERS now allowed on motorways

As from today – 4 June 2018- learner drivers are now allowed to take lessons on the motorway.   Previously only those who have passed their test could do so, lessons are now allowed but only with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control car. Great news as all our instructors are fully qualified, have dual-controls fitted and are experienced in providing motorway tuition. We believe having some tuition on the motorway will allay any concerns and fears about motorway driving and will greatly increase confidence when venturing on to the motorways as a new driver. Blackpool is a great place to learn to drive and is perfectly located with a motorway (M55) right on our doorstep, during the day the motorway is not too busy so is ideal for learner drivers. Road safety minister Jesse Norman said: “Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but road collisions remain the second biggest killer of young people. “Allowing learner drivers to have motorway lessons with a qualified road safety expert will help more young drivers to gain the skills and experience they need to drive safely on motorways.” Mark Winn, DVSA Deputy Chief Driving Examiner said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving. “Allowing learners to practice on motorways with a professional instructor gives them the opportunity be taught motorway rules and etiquette properly, practice at higher speeds and will help make our roads even safer.” We at Learndive, along with other motoring organisations welcome the changes, especially as over a quarter of drivers say they felt scared when driving onto the motorway for the first time. Motorways driving is not being added to the test and lessons are voluntary, we at Learndrive will only take pupils on to the motorway when we feel they are at a suitable standard and ready for test, the option to take up the motorway lessons will be up to the instructor and naturally only if the pupil wishes to do so. We hope to give you a blog with some more useful tips and advice on motorway driving so please have a look at this too. For more help and advice about motorway lessons give us a call on 01253 391941

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THE NEW DRIVING TEST HAS ARRIVED.

What are the changes on the new Driving Test?

Here are the three key new changes: 

1. Independent driving and introduction of sat nav.

The independent driving part of the practical test used to last around 10 minutes, but it has now increased to 20 minutes. This means the pupil may have to follow a sat nav (which will be set up by the examiner) or follow signs and road markings.

2. Change to manoeuvres.

The ‘reverse around a corner’ manoeuvre is being scrapped as is ‘turn-in-the-road’. Instead drivers will be asked to complete one of three different reversing manoeuvres: -parallel park at the side of the road -park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do) -pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

3. Vehicle safety questions

During your test the driving instructor will ask you two vehicle safety questions while you are taking your test. These are know as ‘show me’ / ‘tell me’ questions, which were typically asked by the examiner before the test began. The ‘tell me’ questions are still be asked at the start of the exam while the ‘show me’ questions are asked while you’re driving.  

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The length of the test has not changed, it should last around 40 minutes. For more information on the new test please contact us on 01235 391941 thanks.
New Driving Test in December 2017

New Driving Test in December 2017

The Driving Test is set to change in December, for full details about the change see the link below, for more information and advice call us on 01253 391941 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-test-changes-4-december-2017

Are intensive courses cheaper than hourly lessons?

Intensive course cheaper than hourly lessons?

Paying for your tuition on a lesson by lesson basis could cost a small fortune. Taking into account a usual 10 minute recap at the start of each lesson and just when you might be getting into it the hour lesson is approaching the end. You may have only driven about 40 minutes before you’re starting on the debrief and then waiting another week for the next lesson. An intensive course would mean less time wasted and be more cost effective at the same time improving your confidence and getting you up to test standard quicker.

Look out for any discounts

Often it’s worth checking if any discounts are available, especially at quieter times of the year. Even if no discounts are showing on the website there is no harm in asking. Often companies are happy to discount if you recommend a friend too.

Consider a 0% card

As most courses can be paid by card it might be worth paying this way and then you will have time to pay it back over several months. Don’t consider this if you don’t think you will be able to pay it off though as substantial interest could be incurred. Better still ask bank of Mum/dad! You can be their free taxi service after.

Pass first time!

Ok so you are eager to pass but remember this is a skill for life and extra time spent on lessons will give you better chance of passing first time and being a confident driver once you pass. Although at Learndrive we offer free tuition on our unique 4,5 and 7 day courses if you do not pass, there is still the extra cost of the test fee to pay out.

I’ve passed!

Pass first time!

Ok so you are eager to pass but remember this is a skill for life and extra time spent on lessons will give you better chance of passing first time and being a confident driver once you pass. Although at Learndrive we offer free tuition on our unique 4,5 and 7 day courses if you do not pass, there is still the extra cost of the test fee to pay out.

How to keep costs of learning to drive down?

Learning to drive can cost a packet – here are some tips on keeping your costs down.

Learn before you start!

You can save yourself some time & cash by cracking on with the theory side and learning the rules of the road and the Highway Code before even starting on your practical lessons. There are plenty of free resources to help with this (eg free phone apps) and having this knowledge will make you a better driver in less time.

Intensive course cheaper than hourly lessons?

Paying for your tuition on a lesson by lesson basis could cost a small fortune. Taking into account a usual 10 minute recap at the start of each lesson and just when you might be getting into it the hour lesson is approaching the end. You may have only driven about 40 minutes before you’re starting on the debrief and then waiting another week for the next lesson. An intensive course would mean less time wasted and be more cost effective at the same time improving your confidence and getting you up to test standard quicker.

Look out for any discounts

Often it’s worth checking if any discounts are available, especially at quieter times of the year. Even if no discounts are showing on the website there is no harm in asking. Often companies are happy to discount if you recommend a friend too.

Consider a 0% card

As most courses can be paid by card it might be worth paying this way and then you will have time to pay it back over several months. Don’t consider this if you don’t think you will be able to pay it off though as substantial interest could be incurred. Better still ask bank of Mum/dad! You can be their free taxi service after.

Pass first time!

Ok so you are eager to pass but remember this is a skill for life and extra time spent on lessons will give you better chance of passing first time and being a confident driver once you pass. Although at Learndrive we offer free tuition on our unique 4,5 and 7 day courses if you do not pass, there is still the extra cost of the test fee to pay out.