Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 30, 2014
Changes In Driving Test Statistics

The DVSA has released statistics regarding the driving theory and practical tests for the January-March 2014 period. From the statistics, a number of trends can be deduced.

The total number of practical tests have been on a downward medium-trend from the period of 2007/08; an important factor that is potentially influencing this is the generally increasing practical test pass rates, hence fewer candidates taking retests. However, in this quarter the pass rate has decreased to 46.9% and the number of practical tests taken has increased which can be attributed to, as well as the lower pass rate, to the fact that there was an unusually low number of tests taken in the same period last year due to the severe weather.

In addition, the pass rate for the theory tests have decreased, standing at 50.5% which is 19% lower than last year’s pass rate in the same period. This may be affected by the withdrawal of voice-overs and translators for foreign language tests from April 2014 resulting in a surge of less well prepared candidates taking their test.

Previously, the economic recession from 2008 had discouraged some people from taking the theory and practical tests; however, the increase in test number suggests that the economic conditions are no longer a limiting factor.

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June 27, 2014
Lessons to Help with Driving Abroad

If you’re planning to start driving abroad this summer, and are feeling nervous about taking to the foreign roads, then fear not, as driving lessons are being planned to help motorists inexperienced with driving abroad grow accustomed to driving on the opposite sides of the roads.

After recent research revealed that over a quarter of motorists are uncomfortable with the idea of driving on the right-hand side of the road, travel search site Skyscanner teamed up with a group of professional driving instructors to offer the special courses to those wishing to hone their abilities driving on the opposite side of the road in advance.

The scheme – which is available free of charge – is aimed to encourage British drivers to venture further afield than our green isle, and to experience driving in abroad countries such as Europe or even to go as far as the USA, where driving is taught on the right-hand side of the road.

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June 26, 2014
Penalty Points Before Passing The Test

Almost 54,000 of learner drivers already have penalty points for speeding and going through red lights before they pass their test with the majority being for driving too fast. Other reasons include not having any insurance or driving carelessly.

A third of people believe driving instructors or the person accompanying learners should be responsible if learners are penalised, with more than one in ten believing that it is these individuals that should take the points – despite this practice being illegal.

It is understandable that learners should make mistakes along the way but picking up bad habits such as speeding or jumping lights before even passing a driving test is not a good way to start and these individuals should be made aware of the consequences of their actions.

One in three people do not realise that they can get points while learning to drive and 40% don’t know that if they accumulate six points in their first two years of driving they will lose their licence.

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June 25, 2014
Your Driving Test Result

You’ll pass your practical test if you make:

– 15 or fewer driving faults
– No serious or dangerous faults

Once the driving test has ended, the examiner will ask whether you want to call your instructor over. The examiner will then tell you whether you passed or fail your test and give you some feedback on how you did during the test.

There are 3 types of faults that could be marked during your test:

-A dangerous fault – this would involve actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
– A serious fault – this could potentially become dangerous
– A driving fault – this is not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault

If you pass your test, the examiner will give you a pass certificate and will immediately take your provisional licence to get your full licence sent out to you automatically. You do not need to wait for your full licence to arrive before driving; you can drive straight after passing your test.

If you don’t pass, you will have to wait another 10 working days before you can take another test.

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June 24, 2014
Driving Test Worries

Many learner drivers may be worrying about their driving test – indeed, many do say that the driving test is one of the most nerve-racking experiences of one’s life, and this additional pressure can significantly exacerbate the already stressful process of learning to drive.

Here are our top tips for handling Driving Test Worries:

– Take your test when your instructor says that you are ready. Your instructor is a professional, and will very likely be able to recognise the differences between a novice driver and someone who is ready to pass their test. Also, they have nothing to gain by you taking your test prematurely, so trust their judgement when they say you are ready, and take this as a boost of confidence.

– Take your Theory earlier rather than later. Learning the Theory is a vital part of learning to drive, and so by brushing up on your theory well in advance of your Practical test, you are giving yourself an additional advantage when it comes to applying this knowledge in the hands-on driving world. Also, your theory lasts for 2 years, so it is not likely to expire before you take your driving test for the first time.

– Tell your instructor what you want to do. Whilst it is good advice to trust an instructor’s judgement, you can by all means request different activities in your driving lesson (you are paying for them, after all!) If you feel like a certain manoeuvre needs more practice, rather than simply reiterating your general driving, let your instructor know that you want to practice this more.

– Finally, relax! If you or your instructor think you are good enough to pass your test, there is probably a good reason for that. Stay calm, so that you are in the same state of mind as you would be on one of your lessons, and everything should go smoothly.

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June 23, 2014
Fall in Theory Test Prices

The cost of the Driving Theory Test is set to fall this October, with the price due to be slashed from the current cost of £32 to just £25 – with plans to reduce the price by a further £2 one year later.

After negotiations were held between the DVLA and the Theory Test providers, the agency was pleased to announce that learner drivers would be the ones to feel the benefits of the cut in the cost.

Theory tests for vehicles other than cars will also fall – with trainees for lorry’s, buses, and trainee Driving Instructors to reap the rewards of cheaper theory tests.

However the government has been keen to point out that the drop in price would not result in a compromise of the quality of the Theory test, reassuring learner drivers that the content of the test would not change.

They have also made a point to let all learner drivers know that the price of the Practical Driving Test is set to remain the same, until further notice.

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June 22, 2014
The Effects Of The Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception Test has won an award for Road Safety. Research has showed that the Hazard Perception Test is associated with a fall in novice driver collisions.

Since its introduction in 2002, it has been praised by many people for its effectiveness and focus on keeping Britain’s new drivers vigilant and safety aware.

The test forms the second part of the theory test and contains a series of one-minute video clips showing potential road hazards. The learner must identify the developing hazards and the faster they are identified, the higher the learner scores. The clips cannot be repeated. This closely mirrors scenarios on the road – requiring quick identification of developing hazards and that a motorist does not have a second chance with hazards on the road.

Research by the DVSA has shown that hazard perception training and testing could account for an 11% reduction in accidents, potentially saving hundreds of lives every year. The test is therefore effective at increasing the safety on Britain’s roads and must be praised.

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June 19, 2014
The Drink-Drive Limit

The UK drink drive limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath or 80mg in 100ml of blood. Sadly, many young drivers are still drink-driving despite the many drink-drive campaigns launched by the Department of Transport.

So why are people still risking their lives by drink-driving? Perhaps they don’t realise how badly their driving can be affected by being only a little over the legal alcohol limit.

Another problem could be the fact that having a drink drive limit is possibly not the answer to reducing the number of accidents caused by drink-driving. It is difficult to work out how many units are in a drink. Further, alcohol affects people in different ways depending on age, gender, tiredness and so someone may be under the legal limit but the alcohol may still significantly impair their ability to drive.

Further, to be safe, drivers should ensure they are completely sober before driving – including the following day. Most arrests for drink-driving are made the morning after driving and so the morning after is as serious as the day of drinking.

The solution to reducing the number of accidents is if drivers do not drink a single drop of alcohol, if you know you will be driving. Also, leave a significant length of time between drinking and driving – if you had alcohol the night before, do not even contemplate driving the morning after. Perhaps the law must be changed to enforce a complete ban on drinking alcohol before getting in the driver’s seat but for now motorists need to act responsibly.

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June 18, 2014
Arrested After Using Bluetooth During Theory

A man was arrested after he was caught ‘phoning a friend’ whilst sitting his driving theory test. Staff saw a Bluetooth earpiece fall to the floor; they immediately suspended the theory test and called 999.

When police arrived, they arrested the 39-year-old candidate on suspicion of carrying an article for the use of fraud. He was interviewed by officers and admitting to using the earpiece to contact a third party. He accepted a caution and was released.

Perhaps most amusingly, the candidate failed his theory test even though he used the earpiece to cheat.

The theory test must be passed before the practical driving test can be booked. The DVSA hold the exam and it consists of a multiple choice and hazard perception section.

There have been many cases of attempted fraud on the theory test but due to vigilant staff all offenders are caught.

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June 17, 2014
Driving Theory Test

Whilst most learner drivers are itching to get behind the wheel of their own car and take to the roads, many still seem to underestimate the importance of the Theory Test, with first time fail rates seemingly on the rise.

It is important to remember that to be a fully qualified driver on UK roads requires an extensive knowledge of theoretical driving just as much as being a capable operator of a motor vehicle.

Also, without passing the Theory Test, you would not be able to progress onto your Practical test at all, so it may be a good idea to start revising this in advance of beginning your lessons.

Luckily for you budding drivers out there, Britannia is on hand to help. With our Online Video Guide and Online Mock Test, you can be sure that you are fully equipped with all of the necessary tools to pass your Theory test and to get you that one step closer to being behind a wheel of your own car!

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