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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.