My Learner Driver made Good Progress On Lesson Today

My client learner driver that wanted to kill me the other day had another driving lesson yesterday, and as she walked up to the car, was proudly holding her copy of The Official DVSA Driving Manual, which I promptly checked she had read by asking a few questions about junctions and MSPSL.

After completing her cockpit drill, she asked me about approaching a T-junction on a hill, to which I gave her some advise and mentioned we would practise that during the driving lesson.

Right from the way she pulled off, through the way she approached the first junction, I could see that she had listened to the peep talk I had given her after her last lesson and indeed had been reading and thinking about the information contained in the Driving Manual.

The first exercise of the day was the 'parallel park', which though she did not nail on the first attempt, she showed good control of the car, so we then did the 'turn in the road' this was carried out to test standard, that I decided to introduce the 'reverse round the corner' while things were going well.

After the usual briefing, I talked her through the exercise without any problems, the second attempt wasn't as good in the accuracy department, but control was still kept. As time was running out, we made our way home, leaving her to deal with a mini roundabout on her own without any prompting from me, and she dealt with the situation very well approaching at a safe speed, taking effective observations and using the gap in the traffic to proceed safely.

At the end of the driving lesson, I was happy with what she had done, and so was she, I shall see how things go tomorrow, hoping to continue with the 'reverse round the corner'.

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Borehamwood Test Centre New Location

Following the recent closure of the old DVLA local office in Borehamwood that doubled as a driving test centre, the DVSA has a new temporary location from which a limited number of practical car assessments can be conducted for provisional licence holders.

The address is:

7th Borehamwood Scout Group
Denbigh Lodge
Berwick Road

Please note the following instructions.

1. The site has no toilets for learners or Instructors
2. There is no waiting room, so when you arrive park in the car park and wait in the vehicle for the examiner to come to you.
3. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment to keep the car par free for candidates finishing tests.
4. No practising is allowed in the car park at ANYTIME.
5. Your test confirmation letter/email will have a contact telephone in case of adverse weather.

My one advice for anyone taking the driving test in Borehamwood is make sure you practise and are confident with mini-roundabouts as there are lots of them in the area.

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Top 10 Faults That Fail Learners On Driving Test!

In this article, I will provide you with a list of the DVSA's top 10 reasons that examiners use for failing provisional licence holders on the UK driving test, so make sure you do yourself a favour and get confident with these car handling skills by practising or knowing the relevant rules.

According to released government statistics, the current average national pass rate in the UK on all driving tests (car, motocycle, HGV, PSV) is 43%.

So let us look at the ten most common reasons for not being successful and the driver faults that would need to be addressed to increase your chances of passing 1st time!
  1. Observation at junctions: Ineffective observation and judgement.
    Make sure it is safe before proceeding at a junction. Depending on the type of junction (open or closed) you need to adjust your speed on approach. If you can't see it is safe when approaching, then you need to STOP.
    Once you are at the junction, continue to look for gaps in the traffic with the car prepared and ready to make use of a SAFE oppourtunity!

  2. Reverse Parking Maneuver: Ineffective observation or lack of accuracy.
    When you are doing any of the reversing exercises, you need to remember the examiners want you to be safe, while still being able to complete the assigned task
    You need to keep the car slow and keep checking all around you, especially look out for pedestrians and cyclists.

  3. Use Of Mirrors: Not checking or Acting on information from mirrors.
    Make it a habit of using the MSM routine before changing your speed or direction, and most importantly if you do check the mirrors, act on what you see. For example if changing lanes on a dual carriageway and there is a car next to you, Signal immediately, but DO NOT start drifting into the next lane until it is safe to do so, the Signal is an indication of what you INTEND to do, not a licence to move!

  4. Reversing Around a Corner Maneuver: Ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy.
    The most thing that I have noticed with learners when doing this exercise is that they concentrate so hard on getting round (usually by staring in the left mirror) that they don't look around regularly and miss pedestrians or other vehicles passing by.

  5. Incorrect Use of Signals On Driving Test: Not cancelling the indicators after exiting a junction (happens a lot at roundabouts) or giving misleading signals (for example signalling left and following the road ahead).

  6. Moving away safely: In-effective observation before moving off. Make sure you check the blind spot and react if you think you see something. The other scenario is moving off too slowing and causing the car behind to have to slow down.

  7. Incorrect Positioning on the Road: At roundabouts or on bends. Make sure you use the correct lanes on roundabouts or if no lanes then position left for turning left/following road ahead, or position right when turning right
    Common mistakes are straight lining a mini-roundabout or drifting out of lane when on a multi-lane roundabout
  8. Lack of steering control: Steering too early or leaving it too late. At junctions don't mount kerbs turning left or cut the corner when turning right. This could also be a <a href="">Minor or Major Fault</a> during maneuvers.
  9. Incorrect positioning to turn right: At junctions and in one way streets. As mentioned in point 8 above, also pay attention when turning from a one way street as many learners get confused and end up on the wrong side of the road creating a hazard for other road users.

  10. Inappropriate speed during the test:  Speeding is the obvious driver error here, but others are travelling too slowly (many learners automatically think that you have to drive at 20mph if they see a school sign) or being hesitant due to lack of practise on high speed dual carriageways.
The Driving Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) also say that research has proved that on average, people who have had about 40 hours of professional tuition (backed up by additional private practise) stand the best chance of passing fist time.

One additional point, don't book your test at a centre not recommended by your instructor just to get an earlier test date, routes could be more complex, distance could be an issue (mental fatigue also plays a role in whether you pass as concentration levels will vary).

If you really want to pass the driving test, then you had better make sure you have fully dealt with the points listed above, otherwise you will not be among the 40% pass rate!

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