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Many myths and rumors have built up around the practical driving test which simply aren’t true. It’s easy to believe them and this can affect your confidence when it comes to taking your test.

So here, we dispel the myths and puts the facts right about what REALLY happens when you come to take your test.

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“If you stall during your test, you will fail.”

Not entirely true! By the time you’re ready to take the practical driving test, shaky clutch control should be a distant memory but the test seems to do funny things to candidates! Stalling repeatedly in traffic or stalling when entering major junction, affecting other road users, will fail the test. If you stall, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and start over again. Some candidates have even passed tests after stalling twice! Nerves can ruin a test for even the best of drivers so it’s important to not dwell on mistakes as some aren’t as bad as you may think!

“If you get take a wrong turn, the examiner will fail you.”

The driving test is designed to allow the Examiner to assess your driving ability during the course of a 30-35 minute route, taking in various road and traffic conditions. If you are asked to turn right at a junction but turn left in error, you will not incur a driving fault as long as you correctly turn left.  Even on the recently added ‘independent driving’ element of the test, you are not penalised for getting lost during the drive, so If you are not sure where you should be going, ask for help and you will get it! What the Examiner doesn’t want you to do is drive erratically or dangerously because of poor planning and anticipation e.g. not seeing your intended junction until too late, turning across traffic when not safe to do so and causing the flow of traffic to slow unnecessarily. Whatever you do on the test, do it safely and you’ll have a good chance of being successful.

“Driving Examiners are trying to fail candidates.”

The Examiner has less to do if you pass!  When you pass your test, the Examiner issues your test certificate and heads back to his office for quick cuppa before the next test. However, if you have failed your test they return to their office to write a report, detailing the reasons for the fail. Another urban legend I sometimes hear from students is that Examiners have to fail a certain amount of tests each month. While it is true that Examiners are expected to have pass rates that fall within 10% of the local average, there is nothing to suggest that the test results are compromised because of this; in fact in my experience the only person who really affects final decision is the candidate taking the test!

“My mum/dad say they only took a few lessons and passed a few weeks after turning 17.”

This statement may be true, but at a rough estimate most candidate’s parents will have taken their test 20 to 30 years ago in very different times. The volume of traffic on the roads has greatly increased since then, as have the number of complex junctions and road systems in busy urban areas. The DVSA have changed the test on a regular basis over past 30 years to reflect the more challenging situations that drivers face on modern roads, including the recently introduced independent driving element of the test and a greater skill level in hazard awareness and anticipation, needed to deal with today’s busy roads. The DVSA suggest that an average of 45 hours of tuition along with around 20 hours of private practice is required in order to reach the test standard.

“You should check your mirrors every 7 seconds.”

While checking your mirrors every 7 seconds may suit some traffic conditions, it is more important to check your mirrors when appropriate.  If you’re worrying about checking every 7 seconds, you won’t be focused on what’s happening on the road. The test assesses the candidate’s use of mirrors when signalling, before changing speed and before changing direction, all of which demonstrate good awareness and planning. The examiners can easily see when you are looking in your mirrors so you don’t have to make it too obvious. It only needs to be a glance and should not distract you from the road ahead!

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Learning to drive can be a very exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s not something you want to last forever.

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Are you ready to take your first driving lesson in Beckenham? Maybe you’ve already got your driving licence but want to top up on your driving skills and confidence?

Whatever your driving skills, you want a driving instructor in Chelmsford who will provide quality driving lessons you need to reach your goal. Our driving lessons are  tailored to suit the individual learner driver so you will be taught at the very best pace to suit you.

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Young Drivers are more likely to use their mobile phones while driving than older motorists, a survey suggests.

The poll for driving safety charity Brake found 49% of 17-24 year olds had been in work calls while on the road, compared with 17% for all age groups.

About 35% of young people said they had spoken to family, and 21% with friends – compared with 23% and 15% overall.

Brake asked about hand-held and hands-free calls. They are both a distraction “risking devastating crashes”, it said.

“It is a sobering thought that a significant number of these life-threatening distractions come from drivers’ own friends and family,” said Julie Townsend from the charity.

The survey questioned 1,000 drivers from across the UK on whether they had spoken on the phone while driving, hand-held or hands-free, in the last 12 months. If so, they were asked who they were talking to.

Using a hand-held phone while driving was made illegal in 2003. Using a hands-free kit is allowed but a driver can still be stopped if police believe they are being distracted.

Brake says that making calls hands-free is still a cause of distraction and are campaigning for it be banned.

The charity is advising drivers to put their phones on silent while driving, with their phone away from them. The safest way to make a call is to stop, they say.

According to an observational study by the Department for Transport last October, motorists who use phones are more likely to be texting or using social media than making calls.

Brake has also warned about the dangers of being tired while driving, saying that it is wise to break for at least 15 minutes every two hours.

When asked how often they driven for more than two hours without a break in the last 12 months, 8% said weekly or more, 16% once a month and 29% once a year.

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1: Take your time
So you’ve received your provisional licence and you’re eager to get started ASAP. Be prepared to take your time and try not to put too much pressure on yourself, there is a lot to learn. It’s quite common for people to tell you how few lessons they took, what they don’t tell you is that they had lots of private practice as well. Also remember that the driving test has got progressively harder over the years, lots of experienced drivers would most likely fail a driving test today. Remember what works for one person may not work for another. Take your time and become a good safe driver, taking your test then will just be a formality and you should pass first time very easily.

2: Learn the controls properly
Make sure you understand the basic controls and how to control the car properly. If you can’t control the car in all situations it will make you feel nervous and affect how you do on your lessons. If you intend to get some private practice with friends or relatives then tell them what you find difficult. You might just be far better going onto a car park to practice things that you need, such as, clutch control, steering between obstacles, braking evenly to a controlled stop or at a given mark, also reversing around corners and into parking bays. Remember that driving very slowly and accurately around tight areas requires much more skill than just driving along a road in a straight line. Constructive practice will benefit you greatly and you won’t be wasting valuable lessons learning the basics.

3: Buy some books
You will need to learn the Highway Code, not just because you have to pass a theory test, but because you need to know all the rules of the road. Driving can be very dangerous when you don’t know what to do because you haven’t read or understood the rules. Don’t just learn the theory questions off by heart, there are hundreds of things that aren’t covered in the theory test. Another good book worth reading is ‘Driving The Essential Skills’ this is a DSA publication. You might also call it the examiners bible. And remember it won’t cost you anything on loan from a library.

4: Ask you instructor
Don’t keep things to yourself, all of our instructors are friendly easy going people who are there to help you and teach you to drive safely, but they are not mind readers. If you don’t know a particular routine or manoeuvre please ask them again, they wont mind going over things as many times as necessary. Most instructors will have a few different techniques for teaching a certain skill and if one way is not working for you then they will have another method that might work for you better.

5: Practice on all types of roads
When learning to drive you should practice on every type of road (apart from motorways) You should not just drive around test routes, and then think you can drive. A good driving instructor will take you to areas that are unfamiliar to you with lots of variety of road and traffic conditions. This will definitely make you into a much better all round driver and when you do pass your driving test and buy a car you will feel a lot more confident about going anywhere in it.

6: Driving test myths
Some people who fail a driving test will often blame anybody and everybody before themselves. When you first meet an examiner they will have your marking sheet without any faults on it, your responsibility is to keep it that way. Driving examiners are very fair people who I’m sure would much rather pass you than fail you. All the stories about people failing because the examiner didn’t like them or they had to fail so many that week are total rubbish. Don’t listen to people who say these things, they are just making excuses about why they failed.

7: Take a mock driving test
At an appropriate time in your training your instructor should carry out a mock driving test. This mock driving test should be very realistic and include all things associated with an actual driving test. It is designed to see how you perform under test conditions including, how you drive independently on your own without any help from your instructor. Your instructor will only give you route directions and instructions.

8: Don’t tell too many people
When learning to drive you will often find that people are always asking you, when are you going in for your test. Our advice is to keep it to yourself because telling people creates pressure and pressure can make you worry, worrying too much about what you’re going to tell them can make you take your mind off your driving, which could then lead to a fail. Sometimes in life its far better to keep quiet and this is one of those times.

9. Keep your driving licence safe
When you go for both your theory test and driving test you will need to take both parts of your driving licence. Most instructors will tell you how they have had pupils who cant find their paper part of the licence, often leading to a frantic search of the whole house, followed by a mad dash to the test centre. Not a good way to start a test.

10. Get plenty of practice
If you were to ask most driving examiners why people fail their driving tests they would probably say that the person needed a lot more practice before coming for a test. Work it out financially, a person going in for a test too soon will most likely fail, they then have to have more lessons and pay another test fee, this can add up to a lot of money. It is far better and more economical to use this money and have more practice before your first test rather than fail and have to do it all again.

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A HUGE well done and congratulations to the following guys and girls who worked really hard and have successfully passed their driving test and now have FULL licences! :) Thank you for choosing us and be safe!

Mike, Julie, David, Lee, Pete, Scott, Sham and Paula

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1. 6/1/2014. 1st of year! Well done Marcia Wiggins who passed her driving test this afternoon with only 2 minors at the practical driving test centre in West Wickham! Fantastic result! Mike :)
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2. 7/1/2014. Well done Shane who passed his practical driving test at the West Wickham test centre this afternoon. Mike.

3. 9/1/2014. Yet another one! Congratulations to Stephen who passed his driving test at West Wickham DSA test centre with only 2 minors! Great job! Mike
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Stephen Clilverd: Thanks again for teaching me Mike your a great teacher to have If anyone needs lessons you will get my recommendation with out hesitation

4. 21/1/2014. A huge well done Ann – Marie who passed her practical driving test this morning @ Sidcup. What a fantastic journey we had! Now for your new Mini on Monday See you for Pass Plus. Be safe! Mike

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5. 22/1/2014. Congratulations to Jack Sheppard who passed his practical driving test today at the Sidcup test centre and with 2 examiners in the car! Well done Julie White ADI

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6. 24/1/2014. Congratulations to Chloe who passed her driving test at West Wickham this morning! Well done & be safe! Mike

 7. 24/1/2014. Well done Holly Hill who passed her driving test today @ Erith with only 3 minors! Julie White ADI

1620601_10151948138028262_977211770_nHolly Hill: Thank you Julie for being such a good and lovely driving teacher I really enjoyed my driving lessons! Thank you for helping me pass x

8. 28/2/2014. Well done Joe Burge who passed his driving test 1st time today @ the Sidcup driving test centre. Congratulations! Dave

9.  28/2/2014.  Congratulations Harry who passed 1st time today at West Wickham driving test centre! Should have been NO minors! What a great result :) Be safe Mike

10.  5/3/2014. And another 1st time driving test pass for Vicky Taylor today at the Erith Test centre. Well done and we will see you for pass plus!  Julie

11.  10/3/2014. Well done Lance Chamberlain who passed his driving test st Sidcup today! be safe. David

12.  12/3/2014. Lots of congratulations to Whitney who passed her driving test @ West Wickham today! Great result Whitney! David :)

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13. 22/3/2014. Well done Dana who passed her driving test with only 2 minors @ Hornchurch test centre. Be safe :) Scott

14. 02/04/2014. Congratulations Ellia who passed his driving test 1st time today @ the Erith test centre! Well done! Julie :)

15, 16.17,18 & 19. 7/04/2014. A huge well done to the following, James Bull, Conner Norris, Britany Vant, Emily Clark and Teri Murphy. All passed their practical driving test @ Hornchurch test centre! Congratulations! Lee :)

 20. 9/4/2014. Well done Liam who passed his driving test today @ the Horchurch test centre with only 4 minors! :) Scott

21. 25/4/2014. Congratulations Connor Butler who passed today at the Hornchurch test centre with only 3 minors! lee

22. 25/04/2014. And another one for Lee. Well done Deana Gammans who passed at Hornchurch test centre with only 2 minors :)

23. 26/04/2014. They keep coming! Congratulations Amelia Rodriquez who passed her practical driving test @ Goodmayes test centre. Lee

24. 1/5/2014. Congratulations to Rachael Humphreys who passed her test today at Erith I told you that you were ready for test. A well deserved pass, keep safe and see you for pass plus x – Julie

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 25. 8/5/2014. Well done Lewis who passed his practical driving test at Basildon today! Sham :)

26. 9/5/2014. Many congrats to Jack Lewis who passed at Sidcup driving test centre with only 2 minors!! You nailed it Jack! And remember – this is just the beginning of the learning curve – take it easy and be safe… Cheers, David

27. 15/5/2014. Well done Amy who passed her driving test 1st time this afternoon in sunny West Wickham! Fantastic! Mike

28. 15/5/2014. Congratulations to Niomi Nembhard – a terrific pass with only 3 minors @ Erith today. Glad the Intensive Course paid off Niomi, enjoy driving that Mini!! Take care, David

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29. 16/5/2014. What a great way to start the weekend! Well done izzy who passed her driving practical test early this morning @ west wickham only 2 minors Be safe. Mike

30. 20/5/2014. Congratulations to Danny Osman who passed his practical test today at the Erith DSA test centre :)  Julie

 

31. 23/5/2014. The best kept secret in town! Well done Ryan Spicer who passed his driving test 1st time this afternoon @ West Wickham! Mike :)

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32. 29/5/2014. Congratulations to Josh Ives who passed his driving test, today at the Erith test centre – happy driving – keep safe Julie

33. 23/6/2014. A great big congratulations to Shannon Eaglestone who passed his test today at Erith. I look forward to seeing you for your pass plus Julie

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34. 24/6/2014. Well done Sergei Ribkin who passed his practical test @ Hornchurch test centre with only 4 minors Scott :)

35. 4/7/2014. Well done Charlie Leaver who passed his practical test 1st time this morning at the Sidcup test centre! – Mike #learntodrivesidcup #drivingschoolssidcup #drivinglessonssidcup #sidcupdrivinglessons

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36.  7/07/2014. Congratulations to Ross Crilly who passed his test today a well deserved pass keep safe! :) Julie #sidcupdrivinglessons #femaleinstructorsidcup

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37. 7/7/2014. and another one! Well done Charlie Mills who passed 1st time this afternoon @ West Wickham test centre! A job well done Charlie! See you friday! Mike #drivinglessonswestwickham #learntodrivewestwickham #learntodrivebeckenham

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38. 16/7/2014. What a fantastic result! Well done Libbie who passed her practical driving test 1st time this afternoon! Enjoy your holidays! Mike #learntodrivewestwickham #bromleydrivinglessons #drivinglessonsbeckenham #westwickhamdrivingschools

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39. 18/7/2014. Many congratulations to Jack Evans who passed his first test today @ Hither Green with only three minors. All the hard work payed off Jack. It’s been a real pleasure!! Good luck to you and Mrs. Evans for the new baby!
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40. 21/07/2014. Well done Conner who passed his practical driving test @ West Wickham today 1st time! – Sham #tilburydrivinglessons #learntodrivetilbury
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41. 30/7/2014.  Congratulations Georgia who passed her driving test with only 2 minors! Lee :) #learntodrivedagenham #dagenhamdrivinglessons
42.  5/8/2014. Great result Albert who passed his practical driving test @ the driving test centre in Sidcup today! Drive safe! :) David :) #drivinglessonssidcup
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43. 12/8/2014. Congraulations to Didem who passed her driving test @ Sidcup today! David #learntodriviesidcup

 

 

44. 19/8/2014. Wow another great result! Well done Ellie who passed her driving test at west wickham DSA test centre this morning. Mike :) #drivinglessonswestwickham

 

 45. 19/8/2014. An another one! Congratulations Daniel who passed today at Belvedere today! Great result! Julie :) #femaledrivinglessons #belvederedrivingschools

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46. 19/8/2014. and another pass. Well done Jack who did an intensive driving course with Sham and passed his driving test @ West Wickham test centre

 

 

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47.  27/8/2014. Well done to Elise Bryan who passed today at the Sidcup driving test centre with only 3 minors. Lovely driving E!! See, I said you were good enough to pass despite your negativity !! See you for the PassPlus!! take care, David

 

 

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48. 5/9/2014. Congratulations Hannah who passed her driving test with our Instructor Julie @ the Erith Test centre! Well done! Julie :)

 

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49. 9/9/2014. Well done Jess who passed her driving test @ the DVSA test centre in Sidcup. David

 

 

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50. 11/9/2014. And they keep coming! Congratulations to Katie who passed today @ Hornchurch test centre. Lee

 

 

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51. 11/9/2014. Great result Scott who passed his driving test at Hornchurch test centre. Well done! :) Lee

 

 

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52. 11/9/2014. Congratulations to Samantha Ives who passed today at Erith Test centre. What a fab result!  Keep safe and see you on the road Julie

 

53. 15/9/2014.  Well done to Ijlal Iqbal who passed his driving test today @ Sidcup. Good luck and be safe out there Ijlal. Best wishes, David 

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54. 16/9/2014. Congratulations Lucy who passed her driving test 1st time this afternoon @ West Wickham. Thanks for all the laughs on the way, I had alot of fun! Be safe Mike

 

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55. 19/9/2014 Congratulations to Roisin Hoban who passed her practical driving test today at Erith just in time to return to Uni today as well. Keep safe Julie

 

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56. 23/9/2014. Fab result! Well done  Ainsley who passed his practical driving test today at West Wickham :) Sham

 

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57. 25/9/2014. Well done Natasha who passed her practical driving test to with the driving skool.com at West Wickham test centre. Mike

 

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58. 1/10/2014 Congratulations Sherry who passed her driving test today @ Sidcup! Well done! David

 

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59. 3/10/2014. Well done Harry who passed his driving test at the driving test centre in Erith today. Julie :)

 

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60. 13/10/2014. A huge well done to Jake who passed at hornchurch test centre today. Be safe! Lee :)

 

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61. 20/10/2014.  Fantastic result Ellyse who passed 1st time this afternoon at the driving test centre in West Wickham. Mike @ www.thedrivingskool.com

 

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62. 20/10/2014. Congratulations Elle who passed today at Sidcup.  Be safe! David

 

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63. 22/10/2014. Well done Charlotte who passed her driving test today at Erith. Congratulations. Julie

 

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64. 23/10/2014. The last driving test for the Mini! Well done Lucy who passed 1st time today @ Sidcup! Mike

 

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65. 24/10/2014. Well done Harry who passed 1st time today at the DVSA test centre in Sidcup! David :)

 

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66. 15/11/2014. Well done George who passed his driving test  today at the driving test centre in Sidcup. David :)

 

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67. 17/11/2014. Congratulations Nevin who passed his practical driving test at West Wickham today! Well done! David

 

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68. 17/11/2014. And another one on the same day! Congratulations Ollie who also passed his driving test at West Wickham today. David :)

 

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69. 24/11/2014. Well done Brian who passed his driving test @ the practical test centre in Erith. Julie 

 

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70. 3/12/2014. Congratulations Ollie who passed his driving test at Sidcup driving test centre. David

 

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71.  4/12/2014. A massive congratulations to Teresa Oakins who passed her driving test today at Erith I am very proud of you you worked so hard to get there and we had great laughs along the way. I will really miss our lessons. Julie

 

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72.  5/12/2014. Another big congratulations to Kelly Lopez who passed her driving test, 1st time at Erith today. I’m so going to miss driving with you and I’ll think of you every time I go to drive thru McDonald’s xx Julie

 

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73. 9/12/2014 Congratulations to Ross who passed his driving test @ the driving test centre in Horchurch. – Lee :)

 

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74. 10/12/2014 Well done James who passed his practical driving test @ Hornchurch. Lee Moughton ADI

 

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75. 11/12/2014. Well done Gemma Cannon who passed her driving test this morning @ the Hornchurch test centre with only 4 minors. Lee

 

 

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76. 16/12/2014. Congratulations Shay who passed his driving test 1st time today @ Sidcup! – David

 

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77. 18/12/2014 Well done Sofia who passed today at the Sidcup test centre! Be safe! David :)

 

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78. 22/12/2014. Great result, Nicole who passed her driving test today and passed first time at the driving test centre in West Wickham. David

 

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