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These tips should help make passing your driving test easier.

1. Practice. A lot

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency suggests that learners, on average, need about 45 hours of professional training plus 22 hours of private practice. Make sure you learn with an instructor you feel comfortable with, from a reputable driving school – and practise with an experienced friend or relative to hone your skills.

2. Warm up

Book a lesson near the test centre just before your test appointment time, so you don’t drive ‘cold’ when you have to get into the car with the examiner. It can also helps to scope out any obstructions such as potholes, local congestion or new roadworks, so you’re prepared if you encounter them during the test.

3. Relax

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about taking your driving test, so take the pressure off yourself by not telling many people beforehand.

On the day, take deep breaths, count to 10 and exhale just before entering the test centre. Do this a few times and you should find yourself calming down and ready to drive.

4. Think positively

Before you enter the test centre, believe that you’re going to pass. Try some creative visualisation, which involves closing your eyes and imagining yourself driving well over the route, making flawless manoeuvres and seeing all the potential hazards.

5. Be comfortable in your car

Make sure you sit your test in a car you’ve driven regularly – either your instructor’s or the car you use for practising.

You need to feel completely comfortable with controls and, even more importantly, the biting point of the clutch, which will allow you to move off and change gears smoothly.

6. Know the route

Do your homework and make sure you know the area around the test centre and all the possible routes you’ll be driving. Drive them as often as possible with your instructor and, if possible, when practising privately.

It’s also important to be comfortable driving different on as many different types of road as possible, so you’re ready for the independent driving section of the test and, more importantly, life after passing your test.

7. Avoid the usual mistakes

Common driving test pitfalls include not checking mirrors sufficiently, inadequate observation when reverse parking or moving away, poor positioning at junctions and roundabouts, and inappropriate speed.

Discover these bad habits when you learn to drive to help you avoid them.

8. Be ready for anything

When learning, try to drive at different times of day, in sunny weather and the wet – and, if possible, in slippery or icy conditions so you’re prepared for any eventuality during your test.

9. Don’t be afraid to ask

If, at any time during the test, you don’t understand what the examiner has asked you to do, don’t be afraid to ask him or her to repeat the instruction.

10. Keep your eyes on the road

Whatever you do, don’t look at the examiner during the test or try to look at their notes and work out how well you’re doing.

Keep your eyes on the road, making full use of your mirrors and concentrate on what’s going on around you.

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The West Wickham Driving Test Centre has reasonably good test centre pass rates compared to some other test centres located in or near London

The driving test routes are still challenging and will feature fast paced traffic with difficult road systems.

The Examiner will ask you two of the show me, tell me Questions

You will be asked to do either, the turn in the road, Parallel park or the Left reverse. They will not test for the bay park as they do not have the facilities to complete this exercise.  There is approx a 1 in 3 chance you may also be asked to do the Emergency stop

These areas can often be narrow roads with parked cars so are used to assess passing distances and meeting oncoming vehicles.

The duration of the driving test from West Wickham Driving Test Centre is to take around 30 – 40 minutes. Approximately 10 minutes of this time is reserved for independent driving. Expect many challenging roundabouts from multi lane to mini. Challenging junctions often being closed or busy and crossroads.

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Grant Ferguson has become one of the first people to pass a new-style UK driving test, that includes following directions on a sat-nav.

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The revised test has been on trial in 20 locations across the UK since April.

Mr Ferguson, who’s 17, took his test at the Bishopbriggs driving centre in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Among other more standard manoeuvres, he had to follow a route on a sat-nav for 20 minutes.

The changes are designed to “better reflect real driving”, explained a spokesman for the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).

“Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation,” he added.

Other changes being tested include:

  • replacing reversing round a corner with reversing out of a parking space
  • pulling up on the right before rejoining the flow of traffic
  • requiring candidates to show how they would operate the rear-heated screen or other vehicle safety features while driving

The DVSA hopes to complete 1,000 of the new tests, which will continue until early 2016.

So far, around 20 people have taken the new test.

Driving instructor Drew Nicol, who taught Mr Ferguson, thinks the update is a good idea.

“Lots of people have criticised the idea of using sat-navs but people are going to use them when they drive so it makes sense that we teach them to use them properly,” he told the BBC.

“I teach learners to listen to it rather than look at it or glance at it only when it is safe to do so.”

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Apple has patented a system that would lock drivers out of their smartphones while on the move, in a bid to cut down on accidents caused by texting and other distracting features

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Apple has patented a system that would provide a “lock-out mechanism” to stop drivers texting or using other distracting functions of their smartphones while on the move.

The patent describes how a device could determine if it was moving by looking at data from GPS, phone towers or even images from the camera. Visual clues would enable the device to calculate if its owner was driving the car or merely a passenger, imposing limits in the former case but not the latter.

Algorithms would look for a steering wheel in close proximity to the camera, or search for the number of faces – only one visible person would indicate that the user must be the one driving. It could also differentiate between the interior of a car and a train carriage or seat on a bus, where safety features would be unnecessary.

The application even suggests that the accelorometer could be used to detect when an unscrupulous driver was tilting the phone so as to not reveal the steering wheel and evade the safety feature. Sensing the speed of travel would also prevent the limits from kicking-in if the user was just walking.

Apple says in the patent application, filed in 2008 but only published and granted this week, that texting while driving has become a “major concern” of the police, and cites a 2006 study which found that 80pc of crashes were caused by distractions such as applying makeup, eating and text messaging.

The patent also claims that it is “doubtful” that police can stop people texting while driving because it can be done on the lap and is harder to spot.

Other studies have shown that sending text messages while driving was as dangerous as being a quarter over the legal drink-drive limit. The road safety charity Brake says that texting increases the chance of a commercial driver crashing by 23 times, and slows reaction times by 35 per cent.

The first part of Apple’s suggestion would use the phone’s own hardware to determine if it was travelling above a certain speed, and then lock the owner out of certain functions such as text messaging. It further develops the idea by suggesting that the car itself, or perhaps just the key, could be modified to send a signal to the phone to shut down certain features.

The application says that such a feature could be “a significant selling point in the eyes of concerned parents, and it could lead to legislation that would require all handheld computing devices to disable texting while driving.”

There are several Android apps which aim to perform a similar function, but Apple’s tight controls on what apps can and cannot access on the iPhone’s hardware have largely prevented similar software from launching on the iOS platform.

Driving and Drugs

THOUSANDS of drivers who take prescription medication to control pain and seizures or to manage anxiety could fall foul of the new drug-driving law, legal experts have warned.

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It may come as no surprise that under new regulations which came into force last month drivers face prosecution if they have taken illegal drugs such as cannabis and cocaine.

But the new rules also include eight common legally prescribed drugs such as oxazepam and diazepam which are used to relieve anxiety and temazepam which is prescribed for insomnia.

To defend themselves against possible prosecution drivers need to ensure that they have evidence that they are taking prescription drugs legally, advises Just Motor Law specialist Matt Reynolds.

“This law potentially poses a huge issue to those driving while taking properly prescribed medication,” he warns.

“Everybody metabolises and excretes drugs at a different rate, meaning some people may be more likely to have residual levels of drugs in their system than others, despite taking the same dose.

“However the good news is that those who face prosecution because of the levels of prescription drugs in their system may be able to raise a medical defence if they are taking the medicine in accordance with the advice of their doctor and the patient information leaflets provided by the manufacturer.

“I recommend patients visit their doctor in order to obtain a letter confirming their legitimate use of the drug they have been prescribed and to carefully read the advice leaflets that accompany their medication.

“It is in no way a guarantee that they will avoid prosecution but it’s a practical and beneficial first step to a medical defence.”

Although only recently introduced, the new law is already stirring up controversy.

Greater Manchester Police announced it would delay implementing the new rules until it had examined the legal implications of the changes.

But Daily Express GP Dr Rosemary Leonard says: “If you are taking your medication according to your doctor’s advice you are unlikely to run into any trouble.

“However if you are stopped because your driving is giving cause for concern and you are found to have prescription drugs affecting your driving, then you could be prosecuted.”

The penalties for drug-driving are on a par with those for drink-driving.

Those who are found guilty will face a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record and a fine of up to £5,000 or up to six months in prison.

A HUGE well done and congratulations to the following guys and girls who worked really hard with their driving lessons and have successfully passed their driving test and now have FULL licences!

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1. 6/1/2015. 1st pass of 2015. Well done Molly Webb who passed her driving test first time today @ the test centre in Brentwood. Lee :)

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 2. 19/1/2015.  Well done Conner who passed his driving test @ Hornchurch Driving Test Centre. Lee

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 3. 19/1/2015.  Well done Nina Collins who passed her driving test at the driving test centre in Horchurch. Great result! Lee

 

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4. 20/1/2015. Congratulations Harry Moughton who passed his practical driving test at the driving test centre in Hornchurc. Lee

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5. 20/1/2015. A very happy smile! Well done Hanrietta Woodward who passed her driving test at Hornchurch driving test centre with only 2 minors! Lee :)

6. 28/1/2015. Congratulations to Louis Virk who passed today at Erith, a well deserved pass, you worked so hard for it. Julie

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7. 29/1/2015.  Congratulations to Gary Selby who passed his driving test at the driving test centre in Sidcup! Have your jaws stopped aching yet? Julie :)

8. 6/2/2015.  A massive congratulations to Robert Moore who passed 1st time today at Hither Green. Keep safe and I hope I haven’t passed my germs on to you. See you in 3 years for your instructor training. Julie

9.  7/2/2015. well done Giedre Gurske who passed her driving test at Hornchurch test centre with the one and only Lee. Congratulations!

10.  23/2/2015. well done Oliver Iazarevic who passed his practical driving test 1st time today at Hornchurch. Lee

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11. 23/2/2015. Many congratulations to Sam Hicks who passed in Sidcup today. Glad all the hard work paid off for you Sam, be safe out there. David

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12. 5/3/2015.  Well done to Claire Copper who passed her practical driving test today! Be safe! Julie

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13. 9/3/2015. Great result Eiric who passed his driving test today at the driving test centre in West Wickham! Mike

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14. 18/3/2015. Well done Rebecca who passed her driving test today @ Hornchurch! Lee

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15. 18/3/2015.  And another one! Great result Charlotte who passed her driving test at Hornchurch driving test centre. Lee

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16. 20/3/2015. Congratulations Cloe who passed her driving test at West Wickham this afternoon! Mike

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17. 20/3/2015. Excellent result Jessie who passed 1st time her driving test 1st time today! Julie

18. 23/3/2015. Another one for Lee! Well done Jake who passed his driving test today!

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19. 28/3/2015! Congratulations Jessica for passing your test today at West Wickham! Be safe Mike

20. 10/4/2015. Good work Shane on passing your driving test today! Julie

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21. 17/4/2015. Well done Niamh for passing your practical driving test today! Julie

22. 23/4/2015. Keep them coming Julie! Well done Abbey who passed her driving test today!

23. 25/4/2015. Well done Brad who passed today at the Hornchurch test centre. Lee

24. 25/4/2015. And they keep on comming! Great result Grace who passed today @ the Hornchurch test centre! Lee

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25.  28/4/2015. Congratulations Heidi who passed her driving test today! Julie

26. 6/5/2015. Great stuff Luke who passed her driving test today at Hornchurch! Lee

27.  8/5/2015. Congraulations Simon who passed his driving test today!  Julie

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28. 11/5/2015. Go Julie! Congratulations Charlie who passed today!

29. 12/5/2015. Well done Ryan for passing your driving test today! Lee

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30.  12/5/2015. Keep them rolling in Julie! Well done Harj who passed his practical driving test this morning!

31. 13/5/2015. A huge well done Alisha who has passed her driving test! Lee

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32.  21/5/2015. Congratulations Kerrie for passing your driving test!  Julie

33.  21/5/2015. Well done Lisa, another one of Lees driving test passes this month & year!!

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34. 27/5/2015. Well done Jade! Another 1st time pass at West Wickham driving test centre :) Mike

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35. 4/6/2015. Congratulations to Carley Godfrey who passed her driving test today at the Erith driving test centre. Keep safe! Julie

36. 27/6/2015. Congratulations Claudia Meister who passed her practical driving test with the one and only Lee @ the driving test centre in Hornchurch

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37. 7/7/2015. Well done Neringa Orhlin passed today at Hornchurch 1st attempt with 6 minors! Boom! Lee

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38. 21/7/2015. A great big congratulations to Hannah Foley who passed today. Great result! Julie

 

39. 30/7/2015. Congratulations to Lee Porter who passed @ the Hornchurch Test Centre with only 3 minors. Lee

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40. 30/7/2015 Well done to Lydia Woolward who passed her driving test @ Hornchurch driving test centre with the one and only Lee

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41. 31/7/2015.  Congratulations Nelia Smagina who passed her driving test @ Chingford driving test centre. Lee :)

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42. 10/8/2015. Congratulations to Sharondeep Malhi who passed today, keep safe and look forward to seeing you on the road :) Julie

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43. 13/8/2015. Congratulations Conner Butler who passed his driving test today @ the Hornchurch driving test centre with only 3 minors. Lee

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44. 24/8/2015.  Well done Rose who passed her driving test on a very wet Monday morning @ the West Wickham Driving Test centre. Mike

45. 25/8/2015. Congratulations to Ching who passed her driving test today! A fantastic result with only 1 minor! It was a pleasure teaching you! Be safe! Mike

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46. 26/8/2015. Congratulations to Sam Kang who passed today, you worked so hard to get there and I’m so glad you chose me to be your instructor. See you for your Pass Plus, don’t forget your cushion :)  Julie

47. 28/8/2015. A great big congratulations to Matthew Clough after completing one of our intensive courses passed first time today and with only 2 driving faults. Now you can drive Lauren to give birth in October. See you for that Pass Plus soon. I’m going to miss our lunchtimes together Julie

48. 8/9/2015. Congratulations Rob who passed his practical Driving Test @ West Wickham driving test centre today. Michelle

49. 10/9/2015. One happy customer! Well done Chelsea Harrison who passed her driving test 1st time the driving test centre in Hornchurch. Lee

50. 17/9/2015. Congratulations Reann who passed her driving test FIRST! Yes, 1st time today in Hornchurch. Be safe Lee

51. 21/9/2015. Congratulations to Joe Watkins who passed today. A really well deserved pass you worked hard for your licence. Julie.

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52. 22/9/2015. congratulations to Jack Booth who passed his driving test with only 3 minors @ the driving test centre in Hornchurch

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53. 2/10/2015. An another one for Lee! Well done Kieran Fortt who passed his driving test with only 3 minors at the Hornchurch driving test centre

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54. 2/10/2015. They keep on coming! 28 passes for Lee YTD! Congratulations Andrew Parsons who passed his driving test 1st time, again at the driving tets centre in Hornchurch,

55. 5/10/2015.  No 29 for Lee :) Well done George Delaney who passed his driving test 1st time with only 4 minors at the driving test centre in Hornchurch :)

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56. 8/10/2015 Shall we count this one? New Zealands, Christchurch’s, NO1 driving skool, 1st pass! Congratulations Erica from Burwood who passed her driving test today!

57. 31/10/2015. Congratulations to Gavin May who passed today at Erith see you for your pass plus. Julie

58. 21/11/2015. Congratulations to Gareth Berry for passing at Mitcham driving test centre on a cold and frosty morning. Michelle

 

59. 26/11/2015. Well done Angie who passed her driving test in West Wickham 1st time this afternoon! Be safe. Mike

 

 

60. 7/12/2015. Congratulations to Keith Nkiya who passed today, just in time for your wedding and trip to Zimbabwe, keep safe Julie

61. 13/12/2015. Congratulations to Liam George Norman who passed his driving test @the driving test centre in Hornchurch today. Lee

 

62.  14/12/2015. Christmas has come early for Chloe from Chislehurst this morning who passed her driving test 1st time today! Well done and Merry Christmas! Michelle

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63. 15/12/2015.  Another one for Michelle! Congratulations to Akman on passing his driving test first time at Hither Green test centre today.

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64. 18/12/2015. Congratulations to Liam Pearce who his driving test passed today @ the driving test centre in Erith. Keep safe and see you for your pass plus. Julie

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65.  21/12/2015. Happy Christmas to Jade who passed her driving test today at West Wickham. Be safe! Michelle

Putting a black box into your car could save you a substantial amount of money on your premiums. We describe the six types of drivers who would benefit from the device

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Black box insurance, where premiums are based on your driving behaviour, is popular among young drivers trying to reduce the cost of cover, but motorists of other ages can also benefit.

This type of insurance is otherwise known as “telematics” cover, and involves a black box being professionally installed in your car. The box monitors how and when you drive and relays this information back to the insurer, which then calculates your premiums based on the data it has received.

Here are six types of driver who could benefit from having black box cover:

Young drivers

Young drivers aged between the ages of 17-24 are statistically the most likely to be involved in a car accident, which means premiums can be sky-high. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) drivers in this age group are three times more likely than drivers of other ages to be responsible for “catastrophic claims”.

Back box insurance enables insurers to tailor premiums to suit each individual based on their driving habits, rather than relying on statistics alone to determine the cost of their cover. So provided young drivers can demonstrate they are responsible motorists, premiums will be lower than they would be if they opted for conventional cover.

New drivers

If you’ve only recently passed your driving test, and therefore have limited experience on the roads, you will also be considered high risk by insurers, regardless of your age. Telematics insurance could help you pay cheaper premiums as premiums will be based on how and when you drive, so the safer you are, the lower your premiums will be.

Low mileage drivers

If you only drive a few miles every so often, it doesn’t make sense to pay the same insurance premiums as someone who drives 10,000 miles or more every year. Many black box policies allow you to choose exactly how many miles you’ll drive, and use this information to help work out your premium. If you don’t exceed this number, then you won’t have to pay any extra.

A spokesman for black box insurer Insurethebox said: “For those drivers who need to travel further, top up miles are available in bundles of 250, 500, 1,000 or 2,000 miles.”

Similarly, Coverbox’s “pay as you drive” scheme, also allows you to buy more miles if you underestimate your annual mileage.

Careful drivers

If you pride yourself on being a particularly safe driver, black box insurance could potentially reward you with lower premiums. For example, with black box cover from Ingenie, every three months your policy is reviews and a discount is applied if you’re driving well. Ingenie claims that 70pc of its customers have received a good driving discount.

The AA’s Drivesafe policy assesses how you anticipate traffic and follow the landscape, so the better you drive, the lower your premiums will be.

Slow drivers

Black box insurance is not for boy racers. You don’t have to crawl along the roads, but you must always stick within speed limits. Remember that speed can be assessed in other ways too. For example, if you take corners too sharply and are braking while doing so, this could work against you if you have a black box installed. Similarly, you’ll need to take care not to accelerate too fast away from traffic lights or to brake hard when you see a traffic jam in front of you.

Daytime drivers

Driving late at night or in the small hours is considered much riskier than driving during the daytime. This means drivers with black box insurance are likely to see premiums rise if they regularly drive at night, while some such as iKube and Co-op, have curfews so that if you drive late at night you could be fined or see premiums rise. If you tend only to drive during the day, then black box cover could be for you as you will be rewarded for driving during “low risk” periods.