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Firstly you will need to pass a two part theory test. This must be passed before taking the practical test, but you do NOT need to pass this before starting lessons
The theory test.
It is recommended that you apply for your theory test at the same time you start your practical lessons, waiting times may vary so it is best to start preparing as soon as possible, To prepare for your theory test you should study various materials, when you start to learn to drive with Diamond Driving School I will register you on the Theory Test Pro web site, from here you will be able to study an electronic version of the highway code and take both multiple choice exams and take hazard perception tests, all the questions come from the official DVSA question bank, so will be invaluable training for you. With Diamond driving school this service is provided free, I will be able to monitor your progress and offer help and advice on any weak areas.
I recommend you use "the essential guide to driving" books to help you learn as these are written by the DVSA who run the test, these are also available as apps for smartphones, your instructor can send you a link for these if required.
The multiple choice’
To prepare for the multiple-choice part of the theory test you should use three books known as the ‘source material.
The Highway Code·
Know your traffic signs·
The relevant book from the ‘essential skills’ range
The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone.Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your license or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.Knowing and applying the rules contained in The Highway Code could significantly reduce road casualties.
Know your traffic signs, Traffic signs play a vital role in directing, informing and controlling road users’ behavior. This is to make the roads as safe as possible for everyone. There are three basic types of traffic sign - signs that give orders, signs that warn and signs that give information. Each type has a different shape. A further guide to the function of a sign is its colour.
Driving the essential skills The Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) produces books in the essential skills range. The books give you everything you need to learn about and maintain safe driving or riding skills for life.
The hazard perception test.
In this section you will watch video clips and identify hazards as they happen by clicking the mouse, examples of this are available on the theory test pro website. Once again free to all my pupils, I will also be able to give advice on this part of the test.
Both parts of the theory test must be passed before you can take the practical test. More information can be found on the Directgov website. You can also book the test online.
The practical driving test.
(There are some slight changes to the test due to Covid 19, )
The driving test is designed for you to show you know and understand the Highway Code and the theory of driving safely. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:·
Can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions·
Know The Highway Code and can show this through your driving
After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:·
An eyesight check – if you fail this, your test will not continue·
Your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks you'll be asked one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded. I will supply you with a copy of all the questions and answers to make sure you do not receive a fault for this section of the exam. I will also make sure these are looked at during one of your lessons. The tell me question will be asked before the test, the show me question will be asked whilst you are driving.
The driving part of your test will last approximately 40 minutes. You'll be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safely. One exercise will be chosen from:·
Parking forward into a car park bay and reversing out
Reversing into a car park bay and driving out safely.
Reverse parking between two cars. Parallel parking.
Parking on the right hand side of the road, reversing 2car lengths before moving off.
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.
Throughout the test you should drive in the way you have been taught. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.
Your practical driving test will include approximately twenty minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently. This is something we will be looking at during your lessons. This could be either following the sign posts or following a sat nav.
Before booking your test you will need to make sure we both agree you are ready and that the car is available, it is highly recomended that you book the car for 2 hours on test day. we can then have an hour driving lesson before your test.