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Whether you’re 17 or 37, taking your driving test is a stressful experience and less than half of us will pass our driving test the first time round. Quite often this is due to the same few mistakes that people make under stress, but here at Weekly Crash Courses, we’ll make you aware of these common faults to help you achieve your goal of passing your test quickly. The common faults usually fall under the categories of lack of accuracy, ineffective observation or general forgetfulness.

It can be intimidating having a driving examiner in the car with you, but by remembering these common mistakes, you’ll also make sure you don’t make them yourself.

Poor observation, especially at junctions

It’s all too easy to panic when you get to a junction and get out before you can make a mistake, but you need to make sure you take the time to check both directions and that the examiner knows you’ve taken the time to consider what you’re about to do.

You forgot to check your blind spots when reverse parking

Your examiner wants to see that you’re fully aware of your surroundings, not that you’ve moved your head around in an attempt to make it look as if you’ve checked your blind spots. By using your mirrors and keeping a careful eye on the areas you can’t see, as well as keeping an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, you shouldn’t fall foul of this fault.

Using signals incorrectly

You’ll most likely fail your driving test if you give misleading signals, forget to give them or you don’t cancel them. Not only are signals extremely important, they’re an incredibly basic part of driving so you need to make using them and cancelling them an automatic habit.

Poor or incorrect positioning on the road

Whilst you don’t need to think too much about your position on the road, you still need to take note of it. If you’re displaying poor discipline at junctions and roundabouts, or you’re too far into the road, your examiner can mark it as a serious fault.

You drive at an inappropriate speed

Many people taking their driving test are so worried about going too fast and end up driving too slowly instead. Speed, and maintaining the correct speed, is essential for driving – no matter how nervous you are. Simply glance at your dashboard every so often and make sure your speed matches up with the speed limit of the area you’re driving through.

 

Here at Weekly Crash Courses, we’re specialists in helping you to get test-ready in just a week. For more information, simply give us a call on 07788 973 538 or get in touch online.

 

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Even if you’ve just passed your driving test with flying colour, statistics show that one in five new drivers will be involved in a crash in their first year of driving, and one in three drivers killed in accidents are under the age of 25. Here at Weekly Crash Courses, we’ve put together 5 essential tips that will help you as a new driver stay safe on the road.

 

Book yourself some Pass Plus lessons

Depending on where you decided to get your driving lessons, the chances are you’ll have limited experience in driving at night, in bad weather and definitely on the motorway. Taking Pass Plus lessons will help you to drive safely in a number of different situations most new drives find extremely stressful. Not only will this help you to become a safer and more confident driver, you may even get cheaper car insurance!

 

Take time to get to know your car

If you’ve just got yourself a new car to drive it, take the time to get to know it before you start driving it. Find the switches for your fog lights, locate your hazard light button and learn how to control your radio. These all sound like little, inconsequential things, but if you can’t activate or deactivate any of these things quickly, it’s all too easy to become distracted and have an accident.

 

Always check your blind spot

Whilst your mirrors are great for letting you know what’s behind you, you’ll need to check the blind spot just outside of your peripheral vision. The area is big enough to hide cyclists, bikers and even cars until you inadvertently crash into them. By checking your blind spot whenever you change lane or turn right, you help the road to remain as safe as possible.

 

Put your phone on silent and forget about it

Using a handheld phone in the car is illegal, including putting your phone on speaker and holding it in front of your mouth. Even handsfree sets aren’t that safe, and the mental workload required to have a conversation means it’s all too easy to lose concentration and react significantly slower to the road, causing you to miss things like pedestrians crossing.

 

Drive solo

You’ll become far more confident as a driver as you get more experience driving on your own, and if you have mates who pressure you into driving recklessly or dangerously, it’s essential that you take the time to drive on your own without anyone else there. If your friends are trying to influence the way you drive, don’t hesitate to tell them to get out or simply stop giving them lifts until they just sit in your car calmly, and maybe pay you for petrol money.

 

For more information about what we offer at Weekly Crash Courses and to book your intensive driving course, call us now on 07788 973 538 or get in touch online today.

 

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Before you’re allowed to drive on the roads, you will need to get a provisional licence so you can get driving lessons from a professional driving instructor or your slightly terrified parent. You’ll also need one before you can take your driving theory test. Once you have your provisional licence, you need to make sure you know all the restrictions and rules that come with it to ensure you successfully pass your tests and can get your full licence.

When can I apply for a provisional driving licence?

If you want a provisional to learn how to drive a car, you can apply for it up to three months before your 17th birthday – perfect if you want to start driving as soon as possible. However, if you receive the Personal Independence Payment’s enhanced mobility component, you can learn how to drive at 16.

How do I apply for a provisional driving licence?

You can apply for your provisional driving licence either online or by post by filling in a D1 application form. You will find D1 forms at the Post Office or on the government website. As well as making sure you meet the minimum age restriction, you will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Proof of identification (e.g. Passport)
  • All the addresses you’ve lived at for the past three years
  • Your National Insurance number
  • A colour, passport-style photograph

The cost of your provisional driving licence is £34 if you apply online, which can be paid by debit or credit card. Your provisional licence will cost you £43 if you’re applying by post, and you’ll need to send a cheque or postal order; not cash.

You will also need to be able to read the number plate of a car made after September 2001 from 20 metres, which you can do with the assistance of glasses or contact lenses.

Restrictions on your provisional licence

There are a number of restrictions on your provisional licence to drive a car that you need to be aware of:

  • When you’re driving, you will need to be accompanied in the front passenger seat by an adult over 21 years old, who has held a full licence for three years or more.
  • This person needs to be fit to drive when accompanying you, which doesn’t include giving your older friend or sibling a lift home from the pub at the end of the night.
  • They need to hold a full licence to drive the type of vehicle you’re learning to drive, so if you want to learn to drive a manual car, they need to have held a full licence for manual vehicles for at least three years.
  • You can’t drive on the motorway with a provisional licence.
  • Both the front and back of your vehicle must display L plates when you’re driving.

The good news is that these restrictions are lifted as soon as you pass your practical driving test, even if you haven’t received your full licence in the post yet.

For more information on our driving crash courses to get your full driving licences as soon as possible, call us on 07788 973 538 or send us a message online.

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Before you can attempt your practical driving test, you will need to take and pass your theory test. Whilst it may at first glance, look like the easier test, it’s split into two parts – a multiple choice test of 50 questions, and a hazard perception test and costs £30 to take each time! You need to pass both parts in order to move onto taking your practical test and gaining your full licence. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of your theory test, simply take into account these tips and hints to help you calm down, focus on the important things and pass your all-important theory test.

 

Actually book your theory test

Unfortunately, you won’t pass your theory test until you stop procrastinating and simply book it online. The 160 test centres across the country often fill up fast for every test slot, so booking early will help you get a date you want. To find your nearest test centre and book your theory test, simply visit the official government website.

When you’re booking your theory test, you’ll need to have both your provisional licence and your credit or debit card to pay the £30 fee.

 

Start reading up

The first half of your theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions from a possibility of over 1000. In order to pass, you’ll need to get at least 43 correct answers. The DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency) sells a theory test handbook which includes everything you need to know, example questions and useful tips. Ensure you have plenty of time to revise with this book leading up to your theory test.

 

Start practicing your hazard spotting

The other part of your theory test, your hazard perception test, is just as important. It’s made up of a variety of video clips where you have to identify a number of driving hazards. There are a number of websites where you can practice your hazard perception, looking out for cyclists, effectively scanning the road and identifying distractions.

 

Put aside time to properly revise

At Weekly Crash Courses, we love nothing more than to get things accomplished in a short amount of time, but when it comes to your theory test, there are no substitutions for proper revision. You theory test will be made up of 50 questions from a possible 1000 or more. You need to be comfortable answering any question the test presents you with at random.

Try and get family and friends to quiz you, and remember when it comes to your theory test, you’ll have to answer your 50 questions in 57 minutes.

 

Try taking a mock test

If you think you’re ready for your theory test, try taking a mock test on the government-run Safe Driving for Life website, although it only has the multiple-choice part of the theory test. If you don’t do well in your mock theory test, you have up until three days before your theory test to reschedule. There’s nothing wrong with giving your test a rain check if you really don’t feel like you can pass it!

 

 

Once you’ve passed your theory test, you’ll be all set to start your intense practical driving course and test with Weekly Crash Courses. For more information, give us a call on 07788 973 538 or get in touch online today.

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Getting rid of your L plates will be one of the most monumental moments you experience in life. Of course, before you can do this you have to pass your driving test and you can make this easier by listening to sound expert advice from a DSA Approved Driving School. To help get you up to test standard as quickly as possible, we suggest you prepare for your driving lessons by doing the following.

Feel confident with your driving instructor

You need to have total confidence in the driving instructor you choose to teach you how to drive. If you can establish a strong bond with your instructor and feel at ease when they teach you during driving lessons, this is going to make things so much easier for you.  You’ll know if you like your instructor or not, and will also know if they are the ideal person to teach you how to drive. If you’re not feeling the chemistry for whatever reason, it might be a good idea to make a switch and this way, everything should click into place.

Listen and don’t take things personally

When you learn how to drive you are going to make mistakes, it’s how you respond to these errors that make you a better driver. There’s no point in dwelling on individual errors, just learn from them, and aim to improve so you don’t make the same mistakes twice. Your driving instructor is there to guide you and correct any slip-ups you might have behind the wheel, listen to them and be open to constructive advice.

Dress appropriately

Whilst you might think you look amazing as you learn to drive in seven-inch stilettos, are they really that comfortable? More importantly, are they safe to learn to drive in or could they be hazardous as you operate the individual foot pedals? Dress comfortably as a learner driver and wear appropriate footwear with a nice flat sole so you can feel what’s happening through your feet.

Be patient

Learning to drive is a gradual process, so don’t try to rush through your driving lessons. Sure, you’ll pass your test quicker if you take weekly crash courses, but take each day as it comes and gradually pick up the skills you need to become a competent driver. By adding to your skills and breaking the learning down into manageable chunks, you will soon reach test standards.  Your instructor will know when you are ready to take your test so listen to what they have to say and be guided by their advice.

Take a Pass Plus Course

Passing your driving test is a massive accomplishment but this is only the beginning of your journey. Once you acquire a full driving licence you gradually improve on the skills, experience and knowledge you need to become a confident driver. As a new driver, a Pass Plus Course will be useful as it helps to hone your driving skills in key areas such as motorway, city and rural driving. Pass Plus courses help to boost your confidence as a new driver and they’re just one of the options we provide for you here at Weekly Crash Courses Manchester.

For details of our weekly crash courses, or if you want more details about our Pass Plus Driving Courses in Manchester, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 07788973538 or email us at weeklycrashcourses@gmail.com.

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Looking for a driving instructor is both exciting and daunting, you’ll be spending good money on driving lessons so you’ll want to the find the perfect school of motoring you feel comfortable with.

With so many driving instructors in Manchester vying for your business, it makes sense to take your time as you plan to book driving lessons. By following this advice, you should have greater confidence when you take to the road for the first time.

Look for a DSA Approved Instructor

One of the first things to establish is whether a driving instructor is DSA approved or not. The Driving Standards Agency issues approved driving instructors with green octagonal badges which verify they are fully qualified as an advanced instructor. The green badge is usually displayed on the windscreen of the training vehicle. Look at the top right-hand corner for clarification and you should see it there, you’ll find one on all of our vehicles here at Weekly Crash Courses.

Choose Between a Large School or Independent Driving Instructor

When you search for driving schools you will notice there are large agencies and smaller, independent businesses that offer one-to-one driver tuition. Whichever option you choose, make sure you speak to your instructor in person before you book lessons so you can get a feel of how you might get along.  It’s important you feel totally comfortable with your driving instructor as you will be spending a great deal of time together in the car, so it’s imperative you both feel at ease with each other.

Listen to Recommendations

It’s always useful if you know somebody that has received driver training from an ADI instructor and sings their praises afterwards. Driving instructors rely on word of mouth recommendations from past pupils. The best ones have no shortage of testimonials. Listen to feedback from friends and family members and look for testimonials from satisfied customers that tell you this is a first-class driving school.

Establish What to Expect From Your Driving Instructor

There are certain qualities you should expect as standard from your driving instructor. Politeness, punctuality and having clear lesson plans are just some of the criteria you would expect them to meet. A clean, well-presented car would also help, maintained to the best possible standards. And a cheery disposition wouldn’t be unwelcome either. It’d be nice if they made you feel relaxed. Flexibility with regards to lesson times can also be a crucial part of choosing a driving instructor. Ask if they can provide you with lessons early morning, in the evening, or at the weekend if this is the only time you have free.

Above everything else, it’s important you both have realistic expectations when you are choosing an ADI approved instructor.

At Weekly Crash Courses Manchester we have the skills and the knowledge to provide you with structured driver training so you can be above test standard in the shortest possible time.

Give us a call to find out more and to book driving lessons in Manchester on 07788 973538. 

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