Driving School Newbury- The Driving Test

When learning to drive, most people’s main aim is to pass the driving test. Although this is of course the only way you can get out and drive on your own, it is important to remember that driving is a very important life skill and will always require care and attention even after the test is passed. Simply passing the test doesn’t mean you are free to drive how you want, break speed limits and other small road rules. We feel it is important to teach our pupils not only to pass the test, but to become safe, responsible drivers.

We want our pupils to pass just as much as they do but we will not let a pupil go to test if they are not ready and will also not string out their lessons unnecessarily. We find it is a great incentive to have the theory test passed so that a practical test can be booked as soon as the pupil is test ready and can have something to aim for, rather than just learning and being held back by not having the theory passed or having no real aim. Having a test booked is a real goal the pupil can aim to achieve, making them more focused on their lessons.

The driving test can be quite daunting for some pupils and can create nerves that affect their driving. Having someone else in the car next to them can be quite strange as it’s not what they are used to. Even the thought of not having their instructor there to tell them what to do can cause worry in the pupil. A lot of things can cause nerves but there are ways to overcome them. If a pupil is nervous It is best to look at why they feel nervous. If they are nervous about safety, they can remember they are in a dual controlled car with an experienced driver. They should also think about the fact that their instructor has bought them to test because they believe they are ready. They believe the pupil is a safe enough driver and this should help instil some confidence in them. If a pupil is adamant they are going to fail, they could be setting themselves up for failure. If they believe they will not pass anyway, they may not worry about doing what they need to as they don’t think it will be enough. Being positive and focused can push the pupil to try their hardest and succeed in passing the driving test.

Driving instructors have an important role to play in helping the pupil to believe in themselves. Sometimes a pupil can make mistakes but it is important to not dwell on them or make them feel bad about them. Simply correct the error and try to improve whatever it is. If the instructor constantly openly shares their worries of the pupil failing with the pupil or even tells the pupil they are going to fail, this will rub off on the pupil and knock their confidence. The instructor must work with the pupil to get them ready for the test and help them to become a confident driver afterwards.

Comments

  1. Hi Peter

    Just thought I’d drop you an email about my Part 3 exam last week. As you know I was successful at my second attempt and I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the ranks of ADI. I found out that the current success rate of Part 3 is only 12.5%!!

    I had PST 5, which was the combined Phase 1 subject of mirrors and emergency stop, followed by the Phase 2 of progress, hesitancy and road position.

    Phase 1 went pretty well. The emergency stop exercise was flawless, but the examiner wanted me to be more proactive with the use of mirrors rather than being reactive and correcting his faults. I got the examiner to complete 5 emergency stops because I wasn’t prepared to move on until he got it right, which he liked. He also liked that I covered cadence braking and got him to practice a dry-run of that as well.

    Phase 2 went even better. I scored a grade 5 but was a shave off a grade 6. I was able to correct the examiners slow progress along the road and his hesitancy at junctions, which included a very large busy roundabout near the motorway. He tried to trick me by putting the gear selector into neutral whilst we were at the front of the queue at the roundabout, thinking I wasn’t looking or wouldn’t notice. I picked it up immediately (because I watched him do it) and scored 6 for fault recognition.

    Overall the examiner was very complimentary and for some reason was surprised that I hadn’t been working as a PDI on a training licence. I put that down to your training, it clearly stuck .

    All I can say is a huge thank you for all your help and support over the last few months and getting me through the Part 2 and Part 3 exams. I’ve worked really because I was determined not to fail on my second attempt. In hindsight I probably went for the test too soon after our training in September. I should have spent more time practicing what you had taught me. But, I’m qualified now and that’s all that matters.

    Mike

    • Hi Mike.
      Thank you so much for your comprehensive feedback. Best of luck as a driving instructor. I’m certain that you will do very well and be a great ADI.
      Speak soon
      Peter

  2. I just want to say a massive thank you to Peter for seeing me through all of my lessons and a massive thank you for helping me pass my test, would never of done it without you!