Lessons and Courses
Lessons and Courses
- I provide everything you need to achieve your goals: from applying for your provisional licence, to preparing for your theory and practical driving test.
- Hand-outs for lessons will be supplied to cover all the main topics, which allow you to prepare for the lessons ahead, and double-up as a revision aid. They will help you understand the topics better, leaving you more time to concentrate on practical driving during your lesson (better value for money).
- Feedback will be given during and at the end of each lesson, and will be recorded on your progress record sheet, which will help you keep track of lessons as well as progression.
- At the end of each lesson, you and I will plan your next lesson together based on what you need and want.
- Feel free to ask any questions: your lessons, your goals!
Want to pass your practical driving test in short time? Tell me what your target is and we can structure a course that suits you best!
- Passed your test a while ago and haven’t driven much since?
- Have a full licence but lack of confidence to drive in modern traffic?
- Want to improve your manoeuvring skills? (Reverse parking, reversing round corners, turning in the road)
- Want to gain confidence night-time driving?
- Want to gain confidence motorway driving?
- Simply want to improve your driving in general?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then the refresher course is for you! The refresher course is based on what you want to achieve. I will guide you through everything, step-by-step, until you master the skills. You may practise in my tuition car, or in your own car (providing that your insurance covers me.)
This course will help you save fuel, help the environment, and most important of all, become a safer and better driver. It is for people who have been driving on the road for a while and want to improve their driving techniques for their own, and other road users’ safety. You will learn to:
- develop eco-driving techniques
- develop observation and anticipation skills
- increase your awareness of what’s around you
- improve your ability to plan ahead and deal safely with hazards.
Although you can’t control other road users, you can use your skills to deal with them effectively and safely.
The theory test has 2 parts: a written multiple-choice part and a computer hazard perception part. Both are taken on the same day and you need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.
The multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and there will be 50 questions overall: 45 multiple choice questions and 5 case study questions (which may be multiple choice or written). The pass mark is 43 out of 50.
The hazard perception part will show a series of 14 video clips, each lasting for a minute. You must identify a main developing hazard in each clip. The sooner you respond to the hazard, the higher your score. However, one video clip will have 2 developing hazards to identify. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
To prepare for your theory test, you can download and read The Highway Code and Know Your Traffic Signs. The OFFICIAL DVSA THEORY TEST book/DVD and Hazard perception interactive DVD are essential. You can buy them in big book shops, or order them online.
You can also take an online practice theory test.
You need to pass the theory driving test before booking the practical driving test. The theory test costs £25.00, £23.00 from 1 October 2015. Book it online. Alternatively, I can book it for you.
About the practical driving test:
Most of this information is from the Government’s website about the Practical Driving Test
You must pass your driving theory test before taking your practical driving test. You must bring your theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you’re not exempt from taking the theory test, and both parts of your driving licence – the photocard and the paper counterpart; or you must bring your signed driving licence and a valid passport if you have an old paper licence.
Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions.
Eyesight Check: You should be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres for vehicles with a new style number plate, or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old style number plate. New style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers. e.g. AD10 DER.You can write down what you see if you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading.If you don’t pass the eyesight test, the test won’t continue and you fail your test.
Vehicle Safety Questions: Show me, tell me.
Your examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to demonstrate to the examiner how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check. You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to tell the examiner how you’d carry out the check. “Show me and tell me” hand-outs will be provided by Hing’s Driving School.
The Driving Ability Part: Your practical driving test will last about 40 minutes. If you are taking an extended test pass, because of a driving disqualification, the test will last 70 minutes. Your examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You‘ll drive on a variety of roads and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
This part may include:
- normal stops
- an angled start (pulling out from behind a vehicle)
- a hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing Your Vehicle Safely: You’ll have to demonstrate how well you can reverse your vehicle. Your examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
- reversing around a corner
- turn in the road
- reverse parking – either into a parking bay or parallel park by the side of the road.
Independent Driving Section: Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of “Independent Driving.” Your examiner will let you know when you start this section. They will give you instructions e.g. They might ask you to drive towards Portobello, using traffic signs. Driving independently means making your own decisions. You can ask for confirmation about where you’re going.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every single direction, or if you go the wrong way. Your examiner will help you get back on route if you take a wrong turn, and your test result won’t be affected unless you make a driving fault. . You will be able to continue the independent driving section without failing.You have to drive independently by following one of these:
- traffic signs
- a series of directions
- a combination of both
Taking Someone with You: Your examiner will ask if you want your instructor or another person to sit in the back of your car during your driving test, or to be with you after the test for the result and feedback. They must be over 16 and won’t be able to participate in any part in the test.
Examiner’s Supervisor: An examiner’s supervisor may be present at your test. They will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you’re tested or in your result. Your test might be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t let the examiner’s supervisor go with you.
Your Driving Test Result: You’ll pass your test if you:
- have a total of 15 or fewer driving faults
- no serious or dangerous faults
A ‘driving fault’ is not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault(s) throughout your test it could become a ‘serious fault’, which will result in a fail. A ‘dangerous fault’ is one that involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property. When the driving test has ended, you can call for your instructor if they didn’t go with you in the back seat for your test, so they can listen to the result and help you with any feedback. The examiner will tell you if you passed or not, and explain how you did during the test.
If You Pass Your Test
The examiner will give you a pass certificate if you pass the test. They will also ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically. Once you have passed your test you can start driving straight away, you don’t need to wait for your full licence to arrive.
Practical Driving Test Fees
£62 for weekdays
£75 for weekday evenings (4.30pm onwards), weekends and bank holidays.