USEFUL INFORMATION AND LINKS
This is where you will find lots of advice and links to various documents and sites to help with learning to drive.
THEORY TEST PRACTICE
I am able to offer all my customers free access to Driving Test Success which helps prepare you for both the multiple choice and hazard perception. I can also keep track of your progress and offer you tailored support. Please contact me if you would like to be signed up.
The gov.uk website also has some free of charge practice for both the questions and hazard perception.
If you would like further advice on training materials please ask.
DRIVING LICENCE CHECK
Before your first lesson I will need access to the information regarding your driving licence online to ensure details held by the DVLA are up to date and to prevent any issues when booking your tests. This is the information that was previously held on the paper counterpart. Follow this link and provide me with the one-time access code and the last 8 digits of your driving licence number (e.g. only the numbers in bold: ABCDE123456AB1AB). You will need your national insurance number, driving licence number and the postcode of the address where the licence is registered to access the service. Please note the access code is only valid for 21 days so please ensure you have notified me of this code within this timeframe. Alternatively, you can call 0300 083 0013 to obtain the code. Please ensure you have given the code and the last 8 digits of your licence number to me by email, text or call prior to your first lesson.
The DVSA publish a range of books and documents relevant to learning to drive and for experienced drivers too.
The Official Highway Code
The Official DVSA Guide to Driving - the Essential Skills
Know Your Traffic Signs
The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive
Please follow the link at the top of the page to watch some of my YouTube videos. If there are any videos that you would find useful but are not on my channel please contact me and I'll do my best to record them.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Your child growing up and learning to drive can be scary for you as well as them. It’s important that you remember driving is a life skill and investing now in something they will hopefully be doing for the next 50+ years is vital. Driving isn’t just about passing a test, that’s just the start, and driving can be key to the future of young people, especially in rural areas where public transport can be severely lacking. Choosing the right instructor is the key to life-long driving success. I use the National Standards for Driving Cars and Light Vans as the basis for all learner driver training. I continually update my skills by attending training courses and keeping up to date with industry developments as well as ensuring I follow the National Standards for Driver and Rider Trainers. I have my own code of conduct as well as abiding by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Driving Instructors Association’s codes.
I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss your requirements prior to lessons starting and I can give you regular telephone, electronic or face to face updates on your child’s progress – all free of charge. All of my customers have a record of their progress which you are free to look at with your child’s permission.
Have you ever considered your driving skills and how this may impact on your child’s ability to learn to drive safely? The National Standards were introduced in 2013 to bring driver training in line with other areas of education. Therefore, the vast majority of people on our roads have not been taught to drive following the Standards and are probably not aware of their existence. There is also a Car and light van driving syllabus to go alongside the Standards. These documents form the basis of my teaching, the syllabus gives you an idea of the amount that needs to be covered during lessons to ensure people are driving safely for life. If you would like to improve your skills reading these documents and the Highway Code is a good place to start – and making sure you are doing what you should be doing! Goodyear have also produced a parent pack and website for parents with lots of useful information. If you would like to undertake any refresher training to make sure your skills are up to date please contact me. Over time roads have got busier, there’s more traffic and regulation changes – as drivers, we adapt as required but is that really enough to drive safely?
Effective private practice can support your child whilst learning to drive and ensuring your own skills and knowledge is up to date is an important part of this. A recent Transport Research Laboratory project concluded that ideally learners will get 120 hours of practice pre-test to reduce their collision risk post test. This doesn't all need to be with an instructor, you can provide them with valuable extra training. With your child’s agreement I would be more than happy for you to sit in on any lessons – if you want to see how they are progressing or get an idea on what things you should be looking out for when supervising a learner this can be a great idea. I usually recommend that any new skills are practised during lessons with me first and then can be improved on with you or any other accompanying driver. It would be great if you could keep a record of private practice completed (journey time and length, miles driven, weather, what was practised etc.) so I can have a better understanding of your child’s progress. Anyone wishing to supervise a learner has to ensure they meet legal requirements. The supervisor needs to be aged 21+ and have held the same category licence (Category B – manual) for a minimum of 3 years. The car needs to be correctly insured, either by adding the learner driver to the policy or buying a separate learner driver policy. Learner driver policies do not affect the main policy in the event of an incident – this basically means you can keep your no claims bonus if they have an accident. Companies such as Collingwood Learners are able to offer this service, follow this link or click the banner above for an exclusive discount for my customers. Always check directly with your insurance company to ensure everything is covered for training, some insurance policies won't cover it or impose restrictions. It is also necessary to clearly display ‘L’ plates at the front and rear of the vehicle. You may want to consider the type of vehicle used for private practice, for example, nothing too powerful as don’t forget you won’t have the advantage of dual controls. I am always happy to discuss what/where to practice and also when would be the best time to start private practice to ensure minimal risk of incidents.
If you have any questions please contact me and I would be happy to answer them.