Learning to Drive? Help and Advice from Your Driving Test Expert
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Are you wanting to learn to drive but not sure what to do during the coronavirus outbreak? Then visit our Coronavirus learning to drive FAQs.
Proposed start back dates for driving tests and driving lessons.
Scotland. Restart dates if coronavirus restrictions are eased in Scotland as planned:
From 26 April, Driving lessons. Theory tests. From 6 May, Driving tests.
England and Wales. Confirmed restart dates for England and Wales. From 12 April 2021, you can take: Driving lessons with instructors. Theory tests will restart. From 22 April, Driving tests will restart.
Updated 17th April 2021
Should you still take driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor? Have you thought about learning to drive with a member of your family?
If you are currently off school, college or work and staying at home with your family then learning with them will not spread the virus as you are already in contact.
As a driving instructor with over 20 years of experience. I have compiled The Private Driving Practice Handbook containing the information you will need to undertake private driving practice with your family. The Private Driving Practice Handbook will guide you from a complete beginner all the way to passing your driving test.
With practical driving tests postponed currently (at the time of writing 16/3/2021), this is the ideal time to start learning so that you are ready to take your driving tests when the DVSA resume testing.
We realise money may be tight at the moment that is why we have reduced the cost of the DVSA ADI devised The Private Driving Practice Handbook by 50% while we are in the worst of the pandemic.
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The Private Driving Practice Handbook (Teach Yourself 2 Drive).
An extract from this excellent handbook.
Setting out plans for the drive. Before starting your drive it is important that you plan what you intend to cover, together with the route you wish to use. I have set out lesson plans covering the official learning to drive syllabus that you can use as a guide or you can concentrate on any areas a driving instructor has suggested during driving lessons.
It is important that you do not ask the learner to run before they can walk. The lesson should therefore either recap on areas already covered or be a natural progression from previous lessons or experience. The route you take must match the lesson planned. There is no point in taking the time to plan a lesson only to then take a route that does not allow the learner to practice the topic/skill being covered. There also needs to be sufficient time allowed to enable the learner to improve both their skills and their understanding of the topic. The time of day may also have an effect on the lesson. Is it going to take place in rush hour traffic or after school when there may be large numbers of children around? For some exercises a quiet time of day may be preferable others, for instance improving judgement of other traffic may require more traffic to really hone the learner’s skills (remember only when their skill level and understanding allows).
The more time and effort that is put into the planning of the lesson, the more benefit to the learner. Planning and giving instructions. When accompanying a learner driver for the first time many people find that the learner takes considerably longer to deal with instruction or hazard than they had expected or allowed time for. It is therefore essential that you plan a long way ahead. Let’s look at an example. The learner is driving along a straight section of road within a 30mph speed limit with various side roads, pedestrians, other road users etc. Suddenly a car pulls out of one of the side roads about 20 metres ahead and into the path of your vehicle. The learner driver has a number of questions to consider helping them to decide on the correct course of action. The distance between the two vehicles? What are the speeds of both vehicles? How close are any vehicles behind? Is the road wet and will this affect the stopping distance? All these questions can take quite some time for an inexperienced driver to consider and make a decision. Please bear in mind that many learners will simply brake hard in this situation regardless of whether or not it is the best course of action. The next step……….
Just a brief extract from The Private Driving Practice Handbook. If you intend to practice your driving with family and friends then download your copy today.
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