Pass your theory test

The theory test – how to practice and pass it first time!

The theory test is, in effect, part one of your driving test. You can’t take the second part (the practical driving test) without passing your theory test first. Given the importance of the theory test, it’s surprising how many people do very little practice before they take it. And how surprised they are when they …

Mirror, signal

Mirror…signal…

The hazard routine The hazard routine is a routine that you use each time you approach a hazard or before you carry out any sort of manoeuver. It’s a safe system of work designed to minimise the risks involved when you’re driving a car. Note: a ‘manoeuver’ is any change of direction. A hazard is …

Let them merge!

Let Them Merge

We all get frustrated in traffic at one time or another. However, simply because traffic is moving slowly doesn’t mean that we can’t let another driver into our lane. One additional car in front of you isn’t going to make you arrive any earlier or later than you already would have. So the next time …

Stalling on driving test

Stalling On Your Driving Test

Many thanks to Diary of an ADI for permission to reproduce this article. Do I fail if I stall on my test? No. Not automatically. It depends on many things, like where you do it, how many times, and how you deal with it. Stalling is NOT automatically a serious (or “major”) fault. If you …

How to pass the theory test

Car theory test – top tips to help you pass

Essential reading and other resourcesHighway Code – download (pdf) Highway code – online version The official DVSA guide to driving: the essential skills Theory Test ProTop tipsRead the question….twice! Carefully read each Theory Test question and answer choices, and then read the question again to ensure you answer correctly! You get 57 minutes to complete …

Which way is left?

Which way is left?

Do you always go the right way when your instructor says ‘take the next road on the left please? Or do you sometimes go the wrong way? It’s odd, isn’t it, how someone who usually knows their left from their right gets really confused when they’re  having a driving lesson! When you take your driving …

Short notice driving tests

There is always a waiting list for driving tests – six or eight weeks used to be typical. At the moment you might have to wait for a lot longer – maybe several months! But there are ways that you can get a test sooner. Reminder: always book your test in the usual way via …

Drink driving – the consequences

  In the last 30 years road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically, but Provisional estimates for 2019 show that between 240 and 320 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, with a central estimate of 280 deaths. The provisional estimate of …

Look left

Observations at junctions

The most common reason for failing a driving testFor many years, the number one reason for failing a driving test has been poor or inadequate obervations at junctions.1 All the most common reasons for failing a driving test – and how to avoid them! A junction is defined as any place where one road joins …