5 steps To Becoming A Safe Driver
Here are your 5 steps to becoming a safe driver. Follow this guide if you’re just starting out.
Step 1 – Getting Started
First step is to apply for your first provisional licence. The easiest way to do this is to do it online. You can apply for your licence from 15 years and 9 months but you can’t take a driving lesson until you are 17. Click here to apply
Step 2 – Book Your Driving Lessons
The DVSA recommends that you take around 46 hours of professional driving tuition along with 22 hours of private practise. That can end up being more or less depending on the ability and effort from the learner.
The most common question a driving instructor gets is “How long will it take to pass my test?” Not an easy question to answer.
Your driving lessons with me will be tailored to suit you and your learning style and will be mutually agreed.
There is no pressure to learn fast or slow, take it at your won pace. The biggest mistake that learner drivers make from the start is to ask a friend or family member to start teaching them. It sounds great because you have someone you know in the car and it’s not costing you much but, although experienced in driving, qualified drivers pick up bad habits and their own way of doing this. It can lead to heated confrontations in the car if you don’t do something the way your dad does it!
A qualified driving instructor has the most up to date knowledge of the law, rules of the road, teaching methods, etc. With that being said, it is a good idea to practise outside of your driving lessons. Rather than learn something new with a friend or family member, use it as practise time for what you have already learned with your instructor and build those skills.
Book your diving lessons with Les Hopkinson Driver Training here
Step 3 – Theory Test
The national first time pass rate for theory tests is below 50% because most people don’t prepare enough. Quite often people think they will sail through their theory test because the ride a bike or they’re a pedestrian and have been crossing roads for years, however there is much more to learn.
The best place to start is the Highway Code, then make use of a downloadable app such as Theory Test Pro or Driving Test Success.
The Theory Test consists of 50 multiple choice questions and 14 hazard perception clips. You MUST pass both parts at the same time to pass the test. If you fail one part, you will have to take both parts again.
Book your theory test online and give yourself around 4 weeks of preparation time. You can change the date of your test if you find you’re not ready to take it, but you must pass the theory test before you can take a driving test.
Step 4 – Driving Test
The driving test is a test of your ability to drive safe.
Once you have had sufficient driving lessons and practise, we will mutually agree a date when you can take your driving test.
The test is around 40 minutes long and you’ll have to drive in conditions just as you have done in your driving lessons.
-Carry Out one manoeuvre,
-Drive for 20 minutes independently with following a SAT NAV or Road Signs,
– You may do an emergency stop
-And you’ll have to answer some questions about the safety of your vehicle, know as the Show Me/Tell Me questions.
You will pass the driving test if you have driven safely and made less than 16 driving faults with no serious or dangerous faults.
Step 5 – Take It Further
Once you’ve passed your driving test, you’re on your own! That can be quite daunting and some people don’t drive again or afford to buy a car straight away.
I am still there at this point to take your skills and training further. Your training doesn’t have to stop just because you’ve passed the test.
Just think of your job. Once you started the job, you didn’t stop training. Every now and then, you’ll do refresher training or extra training to take your skills further. Well, this also applies to driving. If you take further training, your skills will develop making you a safer driver.
If you think you need refresher training, get in touch and we’ll put a plan together.