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The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with.

The 4 driving test changes

1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes – roughly half of the test.

2. Following directions from a sat nav

During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.

The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route – the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.

You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

Parallel park at the side of the road

Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)

Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test – these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

Tell me question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving

Show m’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

Pass mark, length of test and cost not changing

The pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.

The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.

The overall time of the driving test won’t change. It will still take around 40 minutes. The driving test cost will also stay the same.

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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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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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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Learners in the capital face toughest challenge

THOSE brave enough to learn to drive in London take longer to pass their tests. (Jay like many of our customers rose to the challenge!)

A new study by Privilege Car Insurance shows that learners in Belvedere, South London have a pass-rate of just 31%. Shedding L-plates isn’t much easier north of the Thames either, with just 32% passing in Wanstead, North East London.

That’s compared to the 70% of new drivers who pass learning on the roads in Kelso, Scotland and 69% in Lochgilphead, Scotland.

Charlotte Fielding from the car insurance firm said: “The general rule is that if you are driving on busier roads and complex road systems, your driving test is likely to be tougher.”

HIGHEST PASS RATES

70% – Kelso, Scotland
69% – Lochgilphead, Scotland
67% – Stranraer, Scotland
67% – Kendal, Cumbria
66% – Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

LOWEST PASS RATES

31% – Belvedere, SE London
32% – Wanstead, NE London
32% – Barking, E London
33% – Wood Green, N London
35% – Stevenage, Hertfordshire

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It’s often imagined that young drivers have too much confidence and rush to complete their driver training in their eagerness to get on the roads.

However, a recent survey, taken from a sample of 2,000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 30, paints a different picture, with 62% of young drivers in favour of a minimum learning period.

Statistics show that many young drivers feel unequipped to drive safely and competently after passing their test, and many will go out of their way to avoid driving situations where they lack confidence.

Young Driver Survey Data

The report gives a unique insight into the opinions of Britain’s young drivers and shows that many of them feel totally unprepared for driving after passing their test. Yet young drivers themselves are rarely consulted about their driving experiences.

Although the driving test has been improved to better reflect real-life conditions on the roads, almost half of newly qualified drivers (48%) felt unprepared for motorway driving and around one in three (29%) were nervous about night-time driving and driving alone after passing their test.

Situations that young drivers admitting avoiding included motorway driving, driving in city centres and turning right at busy junctions.

In the survey, published in August 2013, one in four drivers who had had an accident believed that it might have been avoided if they had spent longer learning to drive. Despite this, amongst the young people consulted in the survey, one in five took less than three months to pass their driving test and 50% took less than six months to pass.

Written by: Janet Fisher

Dagenham

 

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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!

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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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