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The Driving Test Is Changing
The Driving Test Is Changing
Did you know that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is changing the driving test from December 4?
There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the practical driving test - can you sort the fact from fiction?
Parking the wrong way
Parking the wrong way
One of the proposed changes to the driving test is to get the candidate to stop and drive away from the right hand side of the road. Although at first glance this may seem fairly straightforward and you will see many drivers park this way because it is more convenient for them when stopping, it should only be done if there is no possible other alternative.
Driving Test Changes
Driving Test Changes
Following trials and consultations and to reflect more ‘real life’ driving on modern roads the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are proposing to make the following changes to the driving test sometime during 2017.
Reversing into a parking bay
Reversing into a parking bay
On a driving test the candidate will be asked to complete one manoeuvre, either a turn in the road, a reverse round a corner to the left, a parallel park or reversing into a parking space (commonly known as a bay park).
Along came a spider
Along came a spider
On a recent lesson the pupil I was teaching lost all concentration and focus on her driving when her attention was drawn towards two labrador puppies being taken for a walk.
Appropriate Speed
Appropriate Speed
I am often during lessons saying about driving at an appropriate speed and as a consequence get back the question “what is an appropriate speed?” and “will I be assessed on this on my driving test?”
Pass Plus
Pass Plus
As a driving instructor I like to pride myself (as I am sure most instructors do) that the people we teach to drive will become safe, sensible, confident and competent drivers before they pass their driving test. However newly qualified drivers especially the younger ones are at their most vulnerable at this time.
I was delighted to be invited to speak at a business networking group recently, The Best of Hertford and Ware. What a lovely group of friendly professonals.
Waiting times for practical driving tests have once again dramatically increased with some test centres having waiting times in excess of 20 weeks. The DVSA states increased demand and examiners retiring as the reason for the increase! Is it just me but are not both these events easily foreseeable and are the DVSA just trying to shift the blame to someone or something else.
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