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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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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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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!

Thank you for choosing us and be safe!

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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