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Learner drivers may be asked to use satnav and three-point turn could be scrapped in favour of more common manoeuvres

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The three-point turn could be dropped from driving tests after the government signalled the biggest shakeup in 20 years.

Learners may be asked to use a satellite navigation system as part of a revised practical exam and the three-point-turn – more recently known as the “turn in the road” – could be scrapped altogether.

About 1,000 learner drivers across the UK will be invited to a trial of new practical exam measures designed to “better reflect real-life driving”.

The test has existed in its current form for about two decades, although “independent driving” – where motorists are asked to find their way to a destination – has formed part of the practical exam in recent years.

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) spokesman said: “We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving. Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation.”

The trial will consider extending the independent driving section from 10 to 20 minutes of the total 40-minute length, and asking candidates to follow directions on a satnav, as an alternative to using road signs.

It will also consider replacing the “reverse around a corner” and “turn in the road” manoeuvres with more realistic everyday moves, such as reversing out of a parking bay, or pulling up on the left or right before rejoining the flow of traffic, the DVSA said.

Learners may also be asked one of the two safety questions while on the move rather than at the start of the test. This could involve operating the rear windscreen heater while driving.

The Driving Instructors Association (DIA), the largest industry body for driver and rider trainers, has welcomed plans to review the driving test.

Carly Brookfield, DIA chief executive, said: “DIA has been heavily involved in the scoping of this project and is enthusiastic about the opportunity it presents to evolve the L-test to a level where it more realistically assesses a candidate’s ability to competently and safely manage road based risk and driving in real life, on real roads.

“The DIA and its members will play a key role in the project as it is critical customers of the test, such as driving instructors and candidates, have their input in making the test more fit for purpose and more reflective of modern driving.”

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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.

 

  • Always carry a survival pack in the car, including food, water and a blanket. This should include extra warm clothes.
  • Ensure your phone battery is fully charged and you have an in-car charger.
  • Put a shovel in your boot – in case you need to dig yourself out of trouble.
  • Consider fitting winter tyres, but even if you don’t, have your summer tyres checked. Winter driving means that tyres should have no less than 3mm remaining tread.
  • Have your battery checked. Batteries have to work extra hard in the cold and are more likely to fail.
  • Make sure your windscreen washer fluid is topped up with the correct concentration of screen wash. Windscreens get particularly dirty in the winter months and screen wash will help prevent the liquid from freezing.
  • Have your coolant checked – the antifreeze needs to protect your engine against the lowest of temperatures.
  • Have your air-con system serviced. It’s not just for summer – an effective air-con system will demist windscreens much more quickly, helping visibility.
  • Adjust your driving style to the conditions – be sensible in the rain, snow and ice.
  • Above all, in bad conditions consider whether your journey is really necessary.

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Some of the driving skool.com team meeting the Bromley Mayor. From left to right we have, David kenna, Mike Jack, The Lady Mayoress, The Lord Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Julian Benington, Julie and Keith White. For driving lessons Bromley contact

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Looking for driving lessons in Petts Wood or maybe thinking about doing an intensive driving course in Petts Wood?

At the driving skool.com we pride ourselves in the ability to deliver quality driving lessons in Petts Wood at affordable prices. Our DVSA approved Driving Instructors are extremely passionate about making your driving lessons fun and exciting, as well as giving you the skills and confidence you need for the road and to pass your driving test.

We can pick you up or drop you off at college, work, or anywhere local. Your driving lessons in Petts Wood can be for an hour or two hours, evening or weekends, seven days a week! We work around you!

We focus on providing a highly personalised service and will build a learning to drive programme around you, the customer! Our competitive rates and block booking discounts will ensure that you get excellent value for money throughout your course of driving lessons in Petts Wodd.

Whatever your driving skills, you want a driving instructor in Petts Wood who will provide the quality driving tuition you need to reach your goal.

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Hither Green Test Centre

42-44 Ennersdale Road
Hither Green
London
SE13 6JD

Contact: 0300 200 1122

Hither Green Driving Test Centre information

Hither Green Driving Test Centre is situated around very busy urban roads where the test examiner will require a high degree of knowledge of various road systems.

Excellent ability and safety of roundabouts, junctions and crossroads is essential. Quiet residential roads are often incorporated into the driving test. These roads present hazardous conditions due to being narrow with speed restrictions (Usually 20mph)

Ability to manoeuvre the car for oncoming traffic is important. Faster paced roads such as the A20 and A205 being likely.

1 of the 4 test manoeuvres will be requested and the emergency stop procedure has a 1 in 3 possibility. The independent part of the test reserves 10 minutes of test time.

Book a driving test at Hither Green driving test centre

Driving tests cannot be booked through the test centres directly. To book a driving test, there are 2 options; by phone or online.

Book a driving test by phone

To book a practical driving test at the Hither Green driving test centre by telephone, call the DSA on 0300 200 1122.

Book your driving test online

To book your driving test online for Hither Green Driving Test Centre, click here.

Test cancellations and rescheduling

Rescheduling or cancelling the test from Hither Green can be done via the above contact methods. If by telephone, talk to a DSA assistant regarding this matter. A minimum of 3 working days notice is necessary if you with to reschedule to a later date or to receive a full refund if cancelling.

For more local knowledge, with local female & male Driving Instructors contact:

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This is the top 10 easiest mistakes to make in your test and how to avoid them.

Make sure you give yourself the best chance of passing your test, read this list and then learn from other peoples mistakes. When your instructor and you agree you are ready to sit the test, don’t let nerves get the better of you and remember not to make any of these mistakes

1.Observation at junctions – not remembering all your mirror checks and blind spots, or making the wrong decision based on what you see. Plan ahead, as you approach the end of the road check if it is an open or closed junction (look for walls, fences and hedges). Check right, check left then check right again making sure you look out for any hazards

2. Reverse Parking – ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy. Always check your blind spots looking out for approaching traffic. While reverse parking ask yourself, “Am I fully aware of everything that is going on around me?” At each stage of the manoeuvre ask yourself this again and check your mirrors/blind spots. Cyclists and pedestrians can’t be expected to hear or see you while you park.

3. Use of mirrors – not checking or not acting on the information. Have you checked your mirrors in the last 7 seconds? What did you see? Plan ahead but always remember to check your mirrors even if you think you know there is nothing there. If as a result of your driving you cause others to swerve, slow or stop its a serious fault.

4 Reversing Round a Corner – candidates often swing the vehicle out at the front, fail to spot approaching traffic in the road they are reversing into or hit the kerb. Do this manoeuvre slowly.

5. Incorrect use of Signals – giving the wrong signal or forgetting to cancel a signal. Remember to stop signalling once you have pulled over!

6. Driving away Safely – inadequate observation. ALWAYS check your road side blind spot when you drive away safely.

7. Incorrect Positioning on the Road – lane positioning at roundabouts, switching through lanes on the roundabout – steer the car with the curve, stay within the white lines.

8. Lack of Steering Control – Always maintain control of the speed and steering and never underestimate the sharpness of a corner. Follow best practice with hand position to reduce the chance of this fault.

9. Incorrect Position for turning right – at junctions or one-way streets. One one way streets ask yourself ‘which lane do I want to be in?’

10. Inappropriate Speed – NEVER break the speed limit. Don’t hesitate. Try to maintain speed with the traffic on the road at all times. Don’t think if you drive slowly you will pass. Its dangerous and you will fail.

These tips will help you avoid the common mistakes most people make when they fail. Make sure you maintain concentration at all times and remember to stay calm.

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Julie White Driving Instructor

Covering: Abbeywood, Blackheath, Charlton, Eltham, Greenwich, Woolwich, Thamesmead, Sidcup, Welling, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Belvedere, Dartford and Plumstead.

Julie has a huge amount of passion for what she does. Over the years 100′s of our customers have benefited from her knowledge, expertise and friendship in teaching them how to drive.

Julies teaches manual driving lessons and specialises in teaching:

Nervous/anxious customers

Customers with learning difficulties

Customers with ADHD or Autism

Intensive/crash courses

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07952 248830

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Lee Moughton our happy ADI :)

Lee Moughton our happy ADI :)

Lee does driving lessons in the following postcodes: RM1, RM2, RM3, RM4, RM5, RM6, RM7, RM8, RM10, RM11, RM12, RM13 and RM14  

Lee is a part-time Driving Instructor and works as a Fireman full time. So when it comes to teaching people to drive Lee has a huge amount of expertise and knowledge!

He also has a fantastic sense of humour (Don’t tell him that!) and lots of stories to tell! Make sure you have plenty of time!

To contact Lee to book your driving lessons call the Office on 0333 123 0245 or Lees Mobile 07599 408188

Lee Moughton Driving Instructor & Fireman

Lee Moughton Driving Instructor & Fireman

Why are your pass rates so high compared to other driving schools?

We won’t let you take a driving test unless you are capable of driving in today’s demanding environments and therefore capable of passing a test. You’ll have to prove your ready by passing one of our mock tests. Being fully prepared for your test will give you that added confidence, meaning you’ll feel less nervous and far more likely to succeed first time. Your test is just as important to us and we want you to pass!

Are your instructors any good?

Very simply! Yes! All our Driving Instructors live and work in their communities, are CRB checked and fully qualified DSA (Driving Standards Agency) Driving Instructors. Our team of  Instructors strive to deliver the very highest standard of customer service and driving tuition to all of our customers

How much is it to hire a car for the practical driving test?

The actual practical driving test is the cost of your normal three hour booking rate. (Please do check with your Instructor) We’ll pick you up one hour before the test and help you to “warm up” and get rid of any last minute nerves. The driving test will last approximately 35-40 minutes and the final 20 minutes will be completing the paper work for your full drivers licence and driving you home!

Can I book one of your cars at short notice for a driving test?

We don’t lend our cars to anyone we haven’t seen drive before so if you have not learnt with us, you would need to book in for a lesson before your test so we can assess your driving. Booking this assessment drive does not guarantee one of our cars for the test, please contact us for more details.

I’m really nervous about learning to drive, what if I crash?

We know how you feel! Everyone is nervous the first time they get into the driving seat of a car so we will try and help you relax as much as possible.

A lot of time and effort goes into planning each lesson and the routes we use to make sure you are never in a situation which you cannot deal with. We will never shout at you and we are prepared to go over things as many times as needed in order to help you become a safe and confident driver.

All our cars are fully comprehensively insured and fitted with dual controls.

How many lessons will I need to pass my test?

The million pound question! We get asked this question a lot and without seeing you drive it is impossible to tell. Everyone learns at different speeds.. We encourage private practice and can set you tasks to practice in your own car. We would never make you pay for any lessons which where not necessary to your learning experience.

Do you give lessons in the evenings and weekends?

Yes, we’ll always try to schedule lessons around you and your availability! You are the customer!

Will I be charged if I cancel a lesson?

We appreciate that from time you time you may not be able to fulfill a lesson you have arranged with us. That’s why if you give us less than 48 hours notice, then yes you will be charged. Your Instructor does have a degree of flexibility but please let us know as soon as possible.