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Driving In Snow

Before you set out

  • Check tyres for adequate tread. Poor tyres will not grip when driving on snow and ice. If you live in an area where snow is common it might be worth changing to winter tyres with deeper tread
  • Use a good quality screenwash that protects down to at least -35 to prevent the water from freezing. If you don’t, your windscreen wipers could be rendered useless in extreme conditions
  • Allow more time in the morning to clear car windows and mirrors of snow before setting off
  • Use lukewarm water or de-icer to defrost the outside of your vehicle. You should never use hot or boiling water
  • Make sure any auto wiper control is switched off before turning the ignition on as this could blow the wiper control fuse if they are frozen to the screen
  • Be prepared for every eventuality by ensuring that your car is equipped with the following: demisting pad, torch (wind-up so you don’t run out of battery), spare screenwash, de-icer, ice scraper, blanket, shovel, phone charger, map and a square of carpet that you can use to put under your drive wheels should you get stuck in the snow.
  • Remove snow from the top of your car. Otherwise breaking sharply could cause snow to fall onto the windscreen and hamper your vision or another driver’s
  • Do you need to use snow socks?

The following tips should always be followed when driving in the snow

  • When driving in snow its important to accelerate gently, use low revs and change up to a higher gear as quickly as possible. You may need to move off in second gear as this will help reduce wheel slip
  • You may need to leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front
  • If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it – for example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right. Do not take your hands off the steering wheel or stamp your foot on the brakes
  • If the road has not been gritted, be wary of driving in the wheeltracks or other vehicles as compressed snow is likely to be more icy than fresh snow
  • Controls such as the brakes, as well as the steering, accelerator and even gear changing should be operated smoothly and slowly
  • Sunglasses can help to reduce the glare of low winter sun on the snow
  • Keep your speed down and allow more time to stop and steer

De-icing your vehicle

We recommend allowing about 10 minutes to clear your windscreen thoroughly using a scraper and de-icer if necessary. Don’t forget about the other windows and your mirrors as well … they’re just as vital for safe visibility and are often ignored, limiting your vision, especially at junctions.

Don’t be tempted to pull away until the windscreen is fully clear – it can be dangerous and the Highway Code states it is illegal to drive with poor visibility.

Plan ahead to save time in the mornings, either by putting an windsreen cover on the night before or getting up a little earlier so you have plenty of time to de-ice your vehicle.

Never pour hot or boiling water on your windscreen, otherwise you run the risk of cracking the glass and an expensive repair bill. If you don’t have any de-icer, you could use lukewarm water.

It’s also a good idea to carry a lock de-icer with you to clear your lock. If your locks do get frozen, try warming the key or spraying de-icer or an oil-based lubricant into the lock.

Finally, ensure all your vehicle lights, front and rear, are free from frost and/or snow – a thick film of frost on the lens can affect the intensity of the lights, making it difficult for other road users to see you or your signals.

If you use the vehicle’s heater /screen demister, don’t leave your car unattended while you wait for it to defrost as you run the risk of having your vehicle stolen.

RAC Driving in the snow.

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Plans for instructors to take ‘competent’ trainees on UK’s fastest roads in dual-controlled cars backed by road safety groups

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Learner drivers will be allowed to practise on motorways for the first time under government plans to improve road safety.

Under current rules, drivers are permitted on motorways only after they have passed their test, though there is no mandatory training for the 70mph roads.

The transport minister, Andrew Jones, announced the plans on Friday, which would allow approved instructors to take “competent” trainees on motorways in dual-controlled cars.

The RAC director, Steve Gooding, and Neil Greig, policy director at the IAM RoadSmart charity, backed the proposal.

Gooding said: “The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast-moving, often heavy, flow of traffic.

“Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move, which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.”

Greig said it was a “sensible and measured solution”, adding: “It makes no sense that new drivers learn by trial and, often fatal, error how to use our fastest and most important roads.”

Under the proposals, motorcyclists would take a theory test as part of the compulsory basic training (CBT) course, which allows bikes and mopeds to be ridden unaccompanied. CBT certificates would be revoked if the motorist gets six penalty points.

Jones said: “These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skillset which will improve safety levels on our roads.”

Reports had said the government was considering making learner drivers complete 120 hours of training before taking their tests, but the Department for Transport said there were no current plans for such a measure.

A spokeswoman said: “We have commissioned a £2m research programme that will look at ways we can reduce the number of accidents involving new and inexperienced drivers, and this will look at a range of measures.”

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Our tips for tackling driving test nerves will make sure you keep your cool on the day.

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Your instructor will often recommend a mock test before the real thing. Make sure you’ve attempted at least one of these – preferably several – and that you can pass them before you even apply for the real thing.The night before your test, make sure you have all the documents you need for your test ready. These include your driving licence, theory test certificate and confirmation email/letter of the appointment.

Familiarise yourself with the test centre

It’s a good idea to visit the driving test centre before the test itself, especially if you haven’t already been there during your lessons. This will help you get used to the location and understand what goes on inside the centre. It’s best to get there early on the day, as rushing will just add to your nerves.

Eat and drink well

Have a banana for breakfast. Bananas are well known among instructors as the driving test superfood, as they’re full of B vitamins and contain tryptophan – a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ – which will help calm your nerves keep your mood upbeat.Nerves can reduce your appetite but it’s important to at least eat something so you have enough energy for the day and can concentrate. Don’t drink energy drinks or too much coffee before a test, as caffeine can heighten your nerves.

The waiting game

Sitting in the waiting room before your test is often the time when people feel the most anxious so it’s a good idea to bring a distraction such as a book or a game on your phone.Breathing exercises are an effective calming technique so focus as you inhale and exhale – this will have a soothing effect and stop your heart from racing. Laughing is also a great remedy for nerves and helps to boost your mood, so why not watch or read something that really makes you giggle? Remember that this is the worst bit – most people find their nerves ease once they’re on the road.

In the car

The examiner is human and they’re not there to fail you – they want you to pass – so don’t be afraid to talk to them as it may put you at ease. There’s nothing wrong with asking the examiner a question or to repeat an instruction if you didn’t hear it, either.Open the window to let in some fresh air if you’re feeling hot and flustered – this can also help to keep you alert. Watch your speed too – when people sometimes speed up when they’re nervous, so just imagine you’re on a normal lesson, breathe and focus.

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Drivers are risking fines, disqualification or jail because they do not know the rules on supervising learners

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 The motoring group’s survey of 19,000 members suggested nearly a quarter did not know it was illegal to use a mobile phone while out with a learner driver.

Nearly one in 10 respondents was unaware falling asleep was not allowed.

The law states that somebody supervising a learner driver is effectively in control of the car.

In one case a supervisor was jailed after the learner was involved in a crash that killed two people.

It said many learners benefited from time spent with more experienced drivers, but suggested short driving courses for supervisors might be needed.

The AA/Populus survey suggested drivers were also breaking the law by drinking, sending text messages, or failing to wear their glasses while on practice runs with learners.

Some 23% of respondents did not know they would be breaking the law by using a mobile phone while supervising a learner.

And 13% were unaware of the need to wear glasses if they used them when driving themselves, while 9% did not realise that falling asleep in the passenger seat was illegal.

A total of 4% of respondents who had supervised learners admitted breaking at least one of these laws. The figure rose to 22% among supervisors aged 21 to 24.

The president of the AA, Edmund King, said the issue was highlighted by a case in which a person who was supposed to be supervising was over the drink-drive limit.

“This is where the legal point is quite serious because you are actually deemed to be in control of the car, even when you’re supervising. And in fact there has been a case where tragically the learner driver actually had a crash, two people died and the supervisor was actually deemed responsible and actually went to jail.”

Reducing risk

Learners who build on skills they gain in formal lessons by practising with family or friends have a better chance of passing their test and are likely to be safer behind the wheel.

“Yet drivers often lack confidence or don’t know their responsibilities when supervising learners.

“Many are passing on bad driving habits or even risking a run-in with the law.”

Road safety charity Brake said it wanted to see the minimum age for accompanying drivers raised to at least 25.

Katie Shephard from the charity said: “It is vital that learner drivers gain suitable supervised experience behind the wheel, to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users. Accompanying drivers should also be registered as ‘approved accompanying drivers’ by completing a questionnaire to prove their suitability, which could be checked by their insurer.”

Duncan Vernon, road safety manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said there was “no doubt” those who supervised learner drivers would benefit from being given more information about how best to teach.

“All-round good practice should involve better co-ordination with approved driving instructors, as well-planned private practice can be invaluable,” he said.

“It gives the novice more experience in all kinds of conditions, thereby reducing the risk of them being involved in a crash once they have passed their test.”

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A selection of some of our reviews where we celebrate the success of our customers who have achieved their goal of obtaining a full driving licence with the driving skool.com

We say a huge thank you and be safe!

Lee is a phenomenal driving instructor. Not only does he spend time teaching you how to drive but the lessons are enjoyable and a good laugh. Bubbly, chirpy top bloke who not only taught me how to drive, but helped me grow in self confidence in general as a person. I will miss our lessons but will never forget. Thank you for getting me to where I needed to be to get my licence.

 Michelle 6th March 2019

Passed with Lee in Essex – Couldn’t recommend a better instructor; always on time, knew his stuff and made me feel very comfortable. Would absolutely go with Lee from the Driving Skool if you can, Thank you Lee.

Ant Wood 25th Feb 2019

My instructor Lee was brilliant and very accommodating to any last minute changes I had to make. The team @ the driving skool were also very helpful when it came to negotiating how many more hours I’d need after failing my first test. With some help from Lee I passed on my second attempt with just 4 minors!

Kate 15th Jan 2019

I was lucky enough to discover Mike and the Driving Skool when my wife and I moved to Chislehurst. Mike was incredibly welcoming, personal and honest, helping me to set out a realistic schedule to match my work commitments and upcoming family arrival.

He was upfront about his (very reasonable) costs and the requirements for booking both my theory and practical test, recommending West Wickham as the test centre. I’d planned to take an intensive course but, at Mike’s suggestion, ended up with a combination of weekly lessons followed by a semi-intensive week just before my test. This worked out perfectly and I was happy to pass my test on the first attempt.

During our drives, Mike was great, putting me at ease, offering support (and assertion) when needed, and all whilst being totally aware of our surroundings and in absolute control of the vehicle. He might appear laid back and relaxed but, from experience, he has outstanding reflexes!

Over the course Mike provided a number of training materials to help with the theory of driving, especially for some of the manoeuvres, and the Driving Skool have also put together a number of videos on Youtube.

About the car: I drove in Mike’s Mini diesel, it was very comfortable on the inside with leather seats and A/C for the warmer days. On the road it was smooth to drive and had enough driver assist features to help a new driver without relying on them, though it was still quite a shock taking our basic 0.8l petrol out afterwards.

At no point did I ever feel like a ‘job’, and as my confidence grew it was a pleasure talking to Mike about Chislehurst and the many community events and initiatives he gets involved with.

Overall I had a great learning experience and I’d highly recommend Mike and the Driving Skool.

Good luck and happy driving!

Ross Aubrey-Smith 3rd December 2018

It was important to me that my driving instructor was happy & relaxed. Learning to drive with Julie was fantastic and i will recommend her to others. Julies teaching methods were great. Everything was relaxed and explained well. I passed first time and I am very happy.

Jill 10th November 2018

Thank you Mike. I really enjoyed my driving lessons and passed 1st time at West Wickham

Jack 4th October 2018

I wanted a driving instructor who took the time to understand my personality and someone who didn’t rush me and put me under pressure when learning to drive. Mike was better than I expected. He was beyond patient and I never felt like I  was asking a silly question. His teaching methods were brilliant, easy to follow and understand. I would 100% recommend Mike & the driving skool.com

Tom 15th September 2018

Katie was always on time, very helpful and her teaching methods were easy to follow. Learning to drive was not as hard as i expected with Katie’s teaching style. I would highly recommend her.

Maire 19th August 2018

Availability, Patience and skill were the most important things i was looking for when choosing a driving instructor. Mike from the driving skool provided all these things. He explained everything in a simple way, clear and easy to understand. He was brilliant and a funny instructor. I wish I had found your sooner!

Ben 8th August 2018

Cannot thank Julie enough. Amazing instructor, patient and so friendly! Can’t believe I’ve passed!

Chloe Dunn 4th July 2018

Thank you very much for getting Katie through first time. Only one minor fault too, so she is really pleased. Mike is a GREAT teacher, easy going, always punctual with an added smile

Jacki Elliott 20th June 2018

Julie White you are amazing and very patient you’ve passed both my boys xxx

Dawn 25th May 2018

Thanks mike for getting my 3 sons on the road over the last 8 years and all passing 1st time at West Wickham. All the boys really enjoyed there lessons as you made them feel so comfortable and relaxed. Jamie is so happy, you are a fantastic driving instructor. Chloe’s turn next

Natalie 21st May 2018

Julie always fitted my lessons around my shifts and was also very being flexible. She has amazing patients and  put me at ease. Nothing was to much bother. She was also very friendly and easy to get along with.

Georgia 16th April 2018

Lee was amazing! He really built my confidence and was an incredible teacher and now a good friend, Thank you for helping me finally pass my test!

Sam 8th April 2018

So very happy! Highly recommend learning to drive with Katy. Best driving school ever

Jane 18th February 2018 

Lee was absolutely brilliant! He was just the instructor I needed. He was very calm, patient and understanding and extremely encouraging, as I was an extremely nervous & anxious driver. He was also very flexible when doing lessons. I thoroughly recommend!

Chloe 21st January 2018

Just passed my test at Sidcup test centre first time thanks to the help of Julie.I done a 2 week intensive course of around 4 hours a day with Julie. She is a fantastic instructor and has the patience of a saint. I had never driven before and she really explains everything in great detail to really get you understanding the car and the roads. Everyday I felt more and more confident in my abilities. She has some fantastic tips and tricks for all the maneuvers and made the whole experience and incredibly enjoyable one. I would recommend everyone to use The Driving Skool as they have been great from start to finish. Thanks again Julie for all your help.

James Paine 20th November 2017

I managed to pass my test at the first attempt in West Wickham today. Mike was a great instructor for me! Lessons were done at a pace suitable to my needs, whilst also being challenging and good fun. I couldn’t recommend Mike any more highly. Thanks for all of your help!

Tom Marle 13th November 2017

Thank you the driving skool and especially my Instructor Julie. She was extremely patient with me and made learning to drive a lot of fun. Thanks Julie for everything!

Sarah 3rd November 2017.

I cannot recommend the driving School enough. Mike was great and finding the perfect instructor for me. Julie was brilliant and teaching me in a way that I understood and I was able to pass today with only 3 minors! Any one looking for lessons should definitely use the driving school!

April Alabi 9th October 2017

Passed my driving test first time during university summer with only two minors all thanks to Mike at the Driving Skool!

Barney Edmond’s 15th Sept 2017

After 4 months of lessons, I passed my driving test first time. Sukh was my driving instructor, and he was nice, professional and very helpful right from the start. Would highly recommend the driving skool.

Roy Long 11 September 2017

I passed my driving test first time last week with only 3 minors which I couldn’t have done without Mike. He always made time for me over the weekends and would make sure I was getting the most from my lessons. He’s really enthusiastic and loves his job and especially the end result of someone getting over the line. I couldn’t recommend the Driving Skool enough

David Davies 17th July 2017

Passed my driving test today! Sukh is very good

Daniel Wilkinson 8th September 2017

I passed my test today. I done my lessons with Mike he is such good driving instructor he is friendly and very patient! Would definitely recommend thanks Mike!

Jasmine 6th June 2017

I have passed the test this week. Mike is really a good indicator who gave me many valuable suggestions about driving and living in London. He is very friendly and patient. Many thanks for his help.

Xuhui 21st  May 2017

My Son was finding it very difficult to pass his driving test we had tried 2 other driving schools before we came across the Mike and his team at the driving skool so we bought a block of driving lessons and he passed first time with 6 lessons to spare I would recommend Mike and his team to all my friend and family.

Michael Robinson 18th March 2017

Thanks Julie, I never thought I would pass 1st time! Thanks again for all your help.”

Michelle 15th March 2017

I have just passed my driving test with the driving skool and I am very happy. When I 1st started to drive I was very anxious and nervous. My  instructor helped me to relax and with every lessons my confidence increased. Lee was very patient and friendly and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to start driving

Pete 5th March 2017

Just passed my test and couldn’t have done it without Mike from the driving skool, very friendly and supportive instructor would definitely recommend for other people

James Crawley 8th February 2017

The instructor I had was Lee. He was really friendly, helpful and also very honest with me. He made me feel at ease and was flexible with lessons which was great as I work shifts in London. I passed 1st time in Hornchurch and want to recommend Lee and the driving skool to everyone! Thanks

John 20th January 2017

Thanks to Mike at thedrivingskool for being a great instructor and helping me pass first time. I would highly recommend Mike and his driving skool for professionalism, punctuality and making every lesson enjoyable. Thank you and I will be sending my brother to you in two years and sister in 3!!!!

Henry Maxwell 17th January 2017

My experience of learning to drive has been amazing and this is due to having such a supportive and wonderful driving instructor. Julie has been great and has always helped to work around my shifts and University timetable. I would definitely recommend the Driving Skool to others

Georgia Carty 17th January 2017

A big thank you to mike for helping me pass my driving test first time, couldn’t have done it without him! Would highly recommend him to anyone as he is very patient and is an outgoing driving teacher. Thank you so much mike !!

Katie Mullan 9th December 2016

Ive just passed my test today & there’s no way i could have done it without my instructor Julie White! Ive been doing my lessons with her since march & from my first lesson she put me at ease, shes amazing with anyone with anxiety as she is so calming & doesnt make you feel stupid if you’re nervous or do anything wrong (as she always said to me you cant do anything wrong, you’re learning, its everyone else being stupid! I would highly recommend the driving skool especially if all their instructors are as lovely as Julie! Thank you so much Julie you’re an absolute star!

Jodie Lou Denny 8th December 2016

This service was excellent, Michelle was a good instructor, really insightful. Glad to have selected them

Elliot Dennis 30th November 2016

I would give Michelle a start rating of 10/10 Michelle was very friendly and punctual. She really does want you to pass and has a lot of patience. From day one I really did have a fantastic experience with the driving skool and ended up passing 1st time at Sidcup. Thank you Michelle x

Ali 28th November 2016

Exactly 1 year ago on this day I passed my driving test at first attempt thanks to Mike. He was very professional and always on time. Very precise with his teaching and 2 of my friends also passed first time with him. Strongly recommend Mike and the driving skool. (Sorry Mike, took me a year to write the review but I finally did it xx)

Angie Hansford 27th November 2016

I had an amazing instructor from Chislehurst. Mike taught my sister a few years ago and now just taught me. I passed 1st time today at West Wickham with no driving faults. Mike has to be the best instructor ever and anyone who has him would be very lucky! The service from the driving skool was very good, simple and quick. I would definitely recommend them to anyone learning to drive!!! They were worth the money and time! Am so happy I went with the driving skool! Thank you

Josie 31st October 2016

I have had refresher driving lessons with Michelle and I am pleased to say what a great teacher. She immediately puts you at ease which is what you want when nervous. She has the right approach to driving. I would definitely recommend this driving school, they truly are outstanding.

Julie 30th October 2016

I had a fantastic experience with the driving skool! Michelle was very friendly and supportive, she was always flexible with lessons. She had a great way of putting me at ease and did wonders for my confidence!! Thank you!!

Caroline Delaney 24th October 2016

Just To Say a Massive Thank You For All Your Help Michelle. I Couldn’t Of Done It Without Thanks To You. I don’t think either of us can believe it once again thank you x

Louie McCartney 24th October 2016

Thank you Julie so much for all your help! You constant encouragement and support is what kept me going and persevering with all. I can’t believe I actually did it! Thank you so much Julie with all your understanding with my anxiety too. I couldn’t have gone to a better instructor. I will be recommending you to everyone.

Lisa Youlton 24th October 2016

I just wanted to say as an older learner I couldn’t be happier with my instructor, Michelle! She is fantastic- patient, knowledgeable & funny! She gives me huge confidence & I can’t wait for each lesson. I’ve put it in this message as I can’t put it on social media as I don’t want anyone to know I’m driving till I pass!

Debs (Surname withheld until she passes!) 15th October 2016

Thank you so much Julie. You have been amazing throughout, with my changing of times due to work. Its been a pleasure learning to drive with you. I can’t thank you enough, I have transferred your money over and a little something for you and your family as a thank you (maybe a take away or something as I know you have been under a lot of stress lately) and you still managed to fit me in around all that!  All the best

John Taylor 28th September 2016

Haha! U had to put up with a lot- so thank u so much Mike! Genuinely couldn’t have asked for a better and more fun driving instructor! Thank u so so much! X x

Charlotte Johnson 28th September 2016

Huge thank you to Mike at thedrivingskool.com! A very supportive instructor, always punctual and happy to teach – after a long break from driving I was able to pass my test in no time at all under his tuition! Support a local business and learn with thedrivingskool.com – I would thoroughly recommend them!

Sam Small 7th August 2016

Great driving school, Julie was a brilliant teacher. Very patient, thoughtful teacher and accommodating to my schedule. Doing an intensive course you spend a lot of time in the car with a teacher and it was a pleasure driving with Julie. Many thanks.

Ollie 1st August 2016

I was so pleased with my entire experience with this driving school, my instructor Julie was amazing and always did everything she could to put me at ease and help me through my entire learning experience. This driving school was incredibly supportive and gave me a lot of resources and guidance. The instructors are also flexible and managed to always do their best to fit in my lessons at a time that suited me. Overall, this is such a friendly and amazing school that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you so much for everything Julie!

Sophie Peters 15th July 2016

the driving school is excellent! Really good instructors I was lucky enough to meet a few of them and they were all reassuring and really good instructors, couldn’t have imagined to go anywhere else other than here. I passed my driving test in 2 months due to a really good Instructor, Mike, he really helped me to be able to get my license and was always reliable and always putting me first.

Dylan Hancock 09th July 2016

I cannot thank Michelle enough! She was extremely reliable and had a great deal of patience. I also really enjoyed our lessons. Would highly recommend Michelle and the driving skool

Julie 4th Feb 2016

Thank you Lee who helped me pass my driving 1st time on Thursday. Lee is really good value and makes learning to drive fun He was always punctual and reliable. If  you want to learn to drive the driving skool and Lee Moughton is the place to go! Thank you!

Mark 12th Feb 2016

Mike’s a 5* guy alright – enthusiastic, professional and really helpful – he and his team of excellent instructors have helped loads of my pupils (intensive courses) and I can only say he runs a brilliant outfit there. This industry (regrettably) contains some disreputable schools, but anyone booking with Mike’s school is on to a winner. They know they will find professionalism, fair play, a great service and friendly instructors who don’t waste time in getting you ready and fully prepared for your driving test. It’s truly a pleasure to know Mike!

Kathleen Fletcher  19th June 2016

Well. It’s almost two years since Charlie passed his test first time with Mike Jack as his instructor. He enjoyed his lessons, Mike was always patient, amusing and obviously good at teaching! Mike accommodated us, starting and finishing lessons at home so Charlie could use his own car and Mike tailored the length of lesson accordingly. Brilliant service all round!

In December 2015 Tom passed his test with only one minor error, praise goes again to the driving skool and Julie his instructor. Tom got off to a bad start with another instructor from another company, who was pompous and undermined Tom’s confidence. Julie set him straight the lessons were fun and he hasn’t looked back since…..(well hopefully he has, the blind spot and mirrors of course). Two months on and an extra 4000 miles on the clock, with a 70 mile trip to Bognor the afternoon after of his test, I think that is confidence for you!

Don’t use anyone else!

Janet Leaver 8th Feb 2016

Michelle was patient, personable and a big confident booster. I passed with her after only a few weeks after a long break from lessons and I would highly recommend her to those in the same position as she is very encouraging and motivating!

Melanie Bevan 21st June 2016

After being desperate to drive since I was child, I started driving lessons with Mike as soon as I hit my 17th birthday, and didn’t look back! As a person who is always in a rush and is quite stubborn at times, it was important to have a calm instructor who explained things well. That’s the experience I had with the driving skool. For anyone who is looking for a reliable driving instructor (who can also make learning fun) I would highly recommend Mike and his team.

Sara Bodbin 17th April 2016

I was such a nervous wreck in the tests previously, but Michelle gave me confidence and I passed after a few lessons with her! I cannot recommend Michelle and the Driving Skool enough!

Jade Leech 27th Feb 2016

Want to learn to drive? Lee is the instructor for you! He really helped me all the way along from passing my theory, to passing my driving test 1st time! Hes a real diamond!

Kevin 20th Feb 2016

I am so happy as I passed my driving test 1st time this morning! Couldn’t have done it without Julie! She was absolutely brilliant and I loved all my driving lessons Thank you so Much! If you are looking for a patient and friendly instructor Julie is the one! xxx

Georgia 5th Jan 2016

I couldn’t have asked for more. I absolutely loved learning to drive with the driving skool. My driving instructor Mike couldn’t have made me feel any more comfortable and confident in my own abilities, ending in a first time pass with 2 minors I would highly recommend anyone and everyone to learn with this driving school Thank you!

Chris 3rd Jan 2016

Thank you so much to Mike who helped me pass my driving test 1st time at West Wickham this week. Mike has a huge amount of patience (which believe me, he needed!) I was VERY nervous in the beginning but Mike made learning to drive fun and exciting. I actually couldn’t wait for my next lesson! Looking forward to doing Pass Plus in the next few weeks. I would highly recommend Mike and the driving skool

Phil T 26th March 2016

I came to the driving skool to achieve my goal of gaining a manual driving licence within one month. I had a brilliant driving instructor called Michelle and from the start we hit the ground running. Within 2 weeks of starting and doing roughly 40 hours I passed 1st time! Thank you so much Michelle and the driving skool.com

Ashley 15th Feb 2016

Mike was brilliant! Friendly, fun, knowledgeable and very patient. I passed my driving test today first attempt and only had one minor fault, all thanks to the good teaching lessons and patience from Mike, whom I highly recommend. Few months ago I was looking for a good driving school to get some driving lessons. The great service started from the 1st phone call when I was enquiring about driving lessons from Alison and received a prompt phone text message on the same day from Mike about my enquiry. Mike helped me to pass my theory test and helped me progress so much faster than i thought i would, he really knew the ins and outs of the test route and i could not have been better prepared when the day came! I am glad I chose the Driving Skool to help me with my lessons. Thank you so much!

Thai Ching Chong 25th August 2015

Being Confident is key and that’s what Mike and the team make you feel. Passed my test first time and I never doubted I would. So comfortable thanks to the personal approach from the instructors. Wish I could learn all over again- I had a ball!!

Alex White 12th Jan 2015

So happy I passed, thank you Mike. Really recommend this driving school.

Jessica Roberts 28th March 2015

Passed first time after 15 or so hours! Great driving instructors! Would recommend to everyone!

Shane Dunphy 10th April 2015

“Thank you so much to Julie who helped get me ready to pass my test, which was no easy challenge! Julie, you are more than just a wonderful instructor but a great friend. You were always thinking of ways to help me learn and get past the things I had difficulty with, I never expected to pass first time but you kept me so calm! I will miss our laughs and silly way of understanding each other even when we’re talking gibberish! Thank goodness they sent me you x”

Sophie  13th August 2015

After being off the road for 6+ years I was extremely nervous – however after having a refresher lesson with Mike I feel completely ready to start driving again. Mike was really friendly and made me feel at ease the minute I got in the car, making sure I was completely comfortable before we set off and I felt relaxed the whole time we were in the car. I’d definitely recommend Mike and the driving skool!

Kat Wootten 15th July 2015

I passed in 2012 but it never occurred to me to write a review for the Driving Skool. I must say that Mike was a fantastic instructor! Always very calm and patient and thoroughly explained everything – whether that was to do with rules of the road, what to expect in the actual test etc. Can’t imagine another company I would have learnt with. Plus learning in a Mini is pretty cool if you get the option. When I get old I’ll be going back to them for refresher lessons! 100% recommend.

Sarah 3rd June 2015

I can’t rate the driving skool.com highly enough! The great service started from the 1st phone call when I was enquiring about driving lessons to when I passed my driving test 1st time. Mike even helped me with my theory which I also passed 1st time. Mike made my lessons fun and interesting and we always had a laugh!! Loved driving the Mini as well! Highly recommend these guys!!

Tommy 22nd May 2015

Mike taught our daughter, Sara to drive and within a very short period she was good enough to take and pass her test. We found Mike very engaging and his relaxed Kiwi manner helped in getting his points through to a typical teeanger who knows it all!! We recommended Mike to our friends and the same successful story was replicated. No qualms about recommending Mike and his team at the Driving Skool.

Sia 22nd May 2015

Mike has the ability to coach and develop his students in a fun learning environment. His relaxed nature instals an element of confidence which resulted in me passing my test first time with only two minors. I found his services cost effective against the market rate and extremely punctual. I would thoroughly recommend Mikes services to anyone who is looking to learn to drive.

Jack White 2nd January 2014

Great instructors and passed first time!

Ellyse Hancock 21st October 2014

Big thank you so much to Scott highly recommend him get instructor thanks again hun ur d best xx

Alice O’Toole 27th Feb 2014

Passed my driving test today at Sidcup on my first attempt. My instructor Julie and I had great fun over the last 3 months and I am now looking forward to doing my pass plus! Great company and highly recommend!

James Watson 13th March 2014

Excellent Driving Instructor . Extremely easy to get along with Naz was very patient, explained everything properly and I never had any problems at all. It was a busy week but worth it as I passed 1st time!

Ahmed 20th Feb 2014

Amy & Lucy Arter passed first time. Top driving school would recommend. Top Bloke Mike !

Les Arter 1st November 2014

Excellent Driving Instructor! Very reliable and easy to get along with. If you are learning to drive and want some patient and understanding Lee is the Driving Instructor for you!

Edward Williams 28 November 2014

Thank you to Mike @ the driving skool who had a huge amount of patience and was very flexiable with when I could do lessons. Couldn’t have done it without you! Cheers.

George Wilson 4th April 2013

Mike initially taught my first daughter to drive. After her experience my second daughter was very keen to have Mike teach her as well. Both found their lessons to be fun and relaxed as well as teaching them what they needed to pass their tests at 17 years old. I have recommended Mike to others and will continue to do so.

Ken 23rd May 2013

I started learning to drive with Mike in August this year. Mike’s friendly and relaxed approach has helped me to gain more confidence in myself and in my driving ability. Mike’s attitude will, I’m sure, help me to pass my test first time. He makes a driving lesson much more enjoyable than those that I have had in the past, and that for me is the key to get me to my end goal.  As an instructor, Mike has the ability to create a relationship that is built on trust, and that will ultimately give you the skills/confidence you need to feel safe on the road. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mike’s services to friends/family

Ann-Marie 16th October 2013

I recently passed my driving test at the first attempt following lessons with Mike at the Driving Skool. I really enjoyed the lessons – Mike was a great teacher and really made the process fun. I would highly recommend the Driving Skool for anyone wanting to learn – in fact my girlfriend is just about to start lessons with them!

Paul Walter 22nd Sept 2012

Great Birthday present. I really learned a lot. Lee made it really relaxed and fun. Can’t wait to turn 17 and get on the road!”

Dan  18th October 2012

Julie has the patience of a saint! I really enjoyed learning with. She was very flexible with her lessons and I couldn’t have passed my driving test 1st time without her. Would highly recommend

Beth 20th May 2012

I recently passed my test after tuition from Mike at the driving skool. Mike was an excellent and accommodating teacher who managed to work around my family commitments. I enjoyed the lessons and would recommend Mike and the driving skool to any new learner. Also, driving the Mini was really fun!

Karolina Witek 14th November 2012

Mike was an excellent driving instructor – patient, thorough and enthusiastic. I looked forward to my lessons since Mike made them fun, and this meant I learned fast. I passed the test with ease, a testament to Mike’s great method.

Warwick Allchorn 6th October 2012

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One in two learner drivers (54%) have been out on the road with their parents despite many mums and dads showing a lack of knowledge of basic driving best practice, with one in five admitting that they are not sure whether they would pass a driving test if they had to take it again.

 The research, commissioned by Admiral-sponsored Young Driver campaign, followed driving instructors working for the scheme where they claimed that their most dreaded phrase from the young drivers was “but my dad says…”

When questioned, 76% of parents believed that they were up-to-date with the latest rules and could provide their children with adequate instruction. However, when quizzed on particular facts it showed that many were off target when shooting for the right answer.

Young Driver offers driving tuition to 10-17 year olds across Britain, and surveyed more than 1,000 people to get these results.

Here are a few of the ‘outdated advice’ as mentioned by Admiral:

Mirror, signal, manoeuvre – more than a third of parents have forgotten this basic rule, despite it being the cornerstone of good driving. While one in two forget to teach their children about the importance of checking dangerous blind spots.

Steering – Four out of five parents (82%) wouldn’t teach the push-pull technique favoured by instructors.

Gear changes – 38% would insist the learner moved up and down the gears sequentially (1-2-3-4-5-6). However, block gear changing is now considered acceptable in many situations.

Hand position – despite many of us being taught that hands should be kept on the steering wheel at the 10 to two position, that advice has been revised over recent years. It is now recommended that hands are in the quarter to three position, to maintain control and to prevent a serious injury should an airbag deploy. Some 46% of parents admitted to insisting their youngsters use the original ten and two placement they’d been taught in the pre-airbag era.

Manoeuvres – One in five would be adamant that a turn in the road was a fail unless it was completed in three manoeuvres. In fact, the modern test allows for up to five turns, hence, it no longer being called a ‘three point turn”.

Assisted technology – One in four would insist young drivers didn’t use parking sensors or cruise control to help with their driving, but these are perfectly acceptable in a test situation when used appropriately.

The research also discovered that dads are twice as likely as mums to take their child out for practice, with the majority offering additional experience lessons alongside ones with their driving instructor.

Kim Stanton, of Young Driver, said: “Our instructors have long despaired of the phrase ‘my dad says’ just because it normally means a parent is contradicting what the professionals are trying to teach the learner!

“Because we teach under 17′s, usually the youngsters haven’t yet had any experience of being taught by a parent, but children are like sponges – they constantly want to absorb information, and once they’ve had a lesson with Young Driver, they often question their parents on driving techniques.

“But of course, the instructors are the experts, and know what the current best practice is, so we’d hope parents would swot up a bit before giving any dud advice! It might actually help their own driving skills too.”

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In a recent survey it has been revealed that 52% of children prefer to be driven by Dad rather than Mum, despite Dad’s taking more risks.

The study by Ingenie, a young driver insurance brand, shows the incredible amount of parents’ driving behaviour that their kids are absorbing from a very young age. The kind of in-car bad habits that the study focused on revealed that a quarter of dads regularly portrayed unsafe driving.

26% of dads showed a habit of accelerating too quickly and 22% speeding when driving, compared with a considerably lower percentage of mums (11% and 22% respectively). Despite this over half (52%) of children preferred being driven by Dad than Mum (39%).

The research consisted of children aged between 10 and 16 years old, as they declared that they frequently witnessed their parents committing similar transgressions with dad proving to be the biggest culprit. Almost half (43%) of dads get angry behind the wheel, which proved to be a huge difference to a fifth (18%) of the mums that adopted the same trait.

Children also revealed that 57% of Dads shout at others whilst driving compared to 44% of Mums, and Dad is 13% more likely to swear in the car than Mum.

With this in mind, it’s surprising to see that over a third (34%) of children would rather have their dad teach them to drive than their mum (25%). These findings could reflect on the children not seeing these bad driving habits is a serious matter and misunderstand that they are actions that are not accepted.

Richard King, Ingenie CEO, said: “The results that we are teaching children bad driving habits long before they start lessons and subsequently pass their test. Parents need to understand the importance of setting a good example behind the wheel and be aware of the amount of information that children absorb. How we drive as parents ultimately influences how safely our children will drive in the future.”

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A mobile phone app could stop young drivers from checking their smartphones while at the wheel.

Romex has developed an app which uses the phone’s GPS system to determine whether a car is travelling at 4mph or more.

If it believes the car is in use, the device is locked – disabling calls, texts, emails and social media.

Romex already provides the service to companies that want to track their fleet, but is now eyeing the consumer market, according to Auto Express.

It will be specifically targeted at younger drivers and could launch later this month.

Sales director Steve Arscott told the website: “It’s called Distraction Prevention. We’re approaching younger drivers because they’re the ones most likely to be glued to their phones.”

The paid-for service will work in conjunction with an app called Guardian, which sends location information on young drivers to their parents.

Guardian also shows whether a driver has been speeding. Mr Arscott said: “We’re looking for insurance partners at the moment.

“One good incentive for a young driver to have it on their phone is they would get a rebate on their insurance policy.”

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Driving test pass rates continue to rise in the UK with 2013/14 recording the highest level of test passes for seven years, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures. In total, 47.1 per cent of learner drivers taking their driving test passed, although the total number of tests actually conducted is falling.

The drop off in driving tests taken might be because learning to drive is an expensive business. Those who are determined to learn to drive are under growing pressure to pass first time and as soon as possible to avoid the cost of extra lessons and another test.

So what are your chances of passing your driving test? We’ve analysed the data to find out who, where and when has the best driving test pass rates, plus how much you should expect to pay to get your full driving licence.

How much will learning to drive and passing the test cost?

Prospective motorists have to shell out £50 just to get their provisional licence these days, but that’s just the start.

Driving lessons cost on average £24 per hour and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reckons the average number of lessons you’ll need to pass is 47.

The theory test will set you back £23, while the practical car test costs £62 (£75 weekend & Bank holidays) 

Add all this together and drivers are forking out more than £1,250 for the privilege of getting behind the wheel.

Where is best to take my practical driving test?

It’s all about location and according to the figures the more rural the better for your chances in the practical driving test. Remote locations in Scotland are your best bet with Gairloch – a small village in the Scottish Highlands – returning a driving test pass rate of 93.8 per cent with just one of the 16 people taking a test last year failing.

Clearly, travelling to remote parts of Scotland isn’t practical so where else is best? Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria has the highest pass rate outside of Scotland – 65.5 percent – followed by Whitby, North Yorkshire – 65.4 per cent.

The test centre where you’re least likely to pass is Belvedere, London where almost 70 per cent go home empty handed. Last year that accounted for 1,131 drivers needing to resit the test.

Is the theory part easier than the practical?

The theory test pass rate has fallen dramatically over the past few years as the DVSA has tightened up on revision guides and questioning. Back in 2007, nearly two-thirds of drivers passed the theory test, but now that’s down to 51 per cent.

That’s better than the practical driving test pass rate, but not significantly. The theory test is certainly less unpredictable than the practical exam, but still requires a degree of practice, both in memorising the relevant signage and learning the Highway Code rules. Then there’s the challenge of applying your road safety knowledge in the recently revamped hazard perception test.

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Are men or women better at passing the driving test?

Women are better at passing the theory test while men are better at the practical according to DfT annual figures. For the past six years there’s been a six percentage point difference between men and women passing the theory test, although numbers for both genders are falling. Last year, 54 per cent of women passed while only 48 per cent of men did so.

This is flipped for the practical exam with the gap, surprisingly, the same. 50 per cent of men passed their test in 2013/14 while just 44 per cent of women did. The split of men and women taking the test was around 50-50 for both the practical and theory tests.

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