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Well done to our trainees!

Emerging from the debris of the pandemic with a wealth of hope, prospect and ambition, our trainees have done us so proud over the last month.

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Above: Louise (left), Jo (right) and their trainer Natalie (centre)

As those looking for driving lessons will know, the backlog is unprecedented. More people than ever need driving lessons and finding an instructor with availability (let alone a test) has never been more difficult.

Big things are coming

But through all the doom and gloom, we’re working with an amazing bunch of trainees in some of our busiest areas.

Today saw Louise and Jo pass their ADI part 2 tests in Camborne, Cornwall, opening the door for them to start part 3 training and getting in to start teaching pupils.

But they’re not the only ones! This month we’re also celebrating:

  • Gavin from Plymouth, who passed his part 1 theory test
  • James from Plymouth, who passed his part 2 test with trainer Vito
  • Mark from Portsmouth, who passed his part 2 test. He’s being trained by Steve
  • Aleksandra from Plymouth, who passed her part 2 test last month, also with Vito!

All these people have either had tests postponed by the DVSA due to the pandemic, or have been held up by lockdowns in some way. Their patience, commitment and enthusiasm has shone through and they’re achieving their dreams through hard work and determination.

We also need to mention our amazing trainers; Natalie, Steve and Vito who have been working really hard to squeeze their time to deliver instructor training.

But it doesn’t end there – there are hard training hours ahead and lots to learn. There may be more bumps in the road yet but with more hard work and the most up-to-date instructor training, we’re making more lesson slots available in the areas that need it most.

Here at 1st 4 Driving, we’re building a family of driving instructors we’re so proud of and excited about.

The future is very bright.

Join our waiting list for driving lessons by filling in an online enquiry form. Click here.

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The 4-step guide to cutting post-lockdown nerves

In a recent report for ITV’s Westcountry News, figures released showed that more than 1 in 3 drivers (36%) were nervous about getting back behind the wheel after life in lockdown.

I was privileged to be asked to give my thoughts of was featured on their programme. As is the case with TV, my time was limited, so I’m going to to share my 4-step guide here.

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Above: We’re all adjusting to getting back out on the roads again after 18 months of uncertainty

Theory & practical test fees could be on the rise

The DVSA have announced they are launching a consultation today on raising the test fees for the theory and practical tests for learner drivers.

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The test fees could be set to increase

With millions of people struggling to book a practical test since lockdown lifted mid-April, waiting times for tests have racked up for months leaving learners looking for cancellations and using third-party apps.

And now the governing body are suggesting a 1.5% increase to the test fees that could come into effect as early as this year.

As running costs increase, the DVSA are looking to raise the price of a driving test for the first time in over 10 years.

The proposed new test fees

Type of test Current fee Proposed fee for 2021 to 2022
Theory test (car and motorcycle) £23 £23.40
Car driving test (normal hours) £62 £62.90

Source: DVSA.

Under the new plans, the theory test would increase by 40p from £23 to £23.40. The practical test would see the sharpest rise of the regular weekday slots of 90p, bringing it up to £62.90 from £62.

The weekend and evening tests would increase by £1.10 to £76.10 from £75.

The DVSA has said:

Over the last few years we’ve worked on several improvements to our services, to make sure they better meet the needs our customers… The small increase will allow us to continue to make essential improvements to our services.

In 2019, the last full year of ‘normality’, 1,599,566 practical driving tests were taken in the UK (though we will surely see a record bumper year for driving test statistics next year). At that rate, and with the new fees in place, the DVSA could expect to see an increase in revenue of around £1,439,609 from driving tests alone.

The proposals come as the body look to recruit more examiners to tackle the COVID backlog.

The first increase since 2010

The new proposals would mark the first increase to the driving test fee in over a decade. Had it kept up with inflation, the DVSA reports that the driving test would be £75 today, with a theory test setting you back £38.

But this will come as little consolation to learner drivers, who are already contending with massive backlogs for driving lessons, tests and battling expiring theory certificates.

You can read more about the consultation by clicking here. The consultation closes on the 2nd of September with no date given as yet for the proposed changes.

📹 1st 4 Driving on ITV News

Eagle-eyed viewers in the South West with their TV sets tuned in to ITV will have noticed our Managing Director Dave Foster on Tuesday evening’s news.driving school local news

Dave was invited onto ITV’s West Country News to discuss life on the roads since the national lockdowns, with many people observing declining standards and even reporting nervousness having not driven for a while.

Featured in a snippet of a report, Dave offered advice to those feeling nervous or anxious about getting back behind the wheel after 18 months at home.

“[a] very common thing is not planning, putting things off and particularly things like the time aspect.”

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Above: Dave was invited on to ITV news

“I would say to anybody make sure you allow extra time for journey[s] particularly if you’re feeling a bit worried and give yourself time to stop if you need to.”

“If you’re really looking for support, take a friend with you or take a member of your family.”

Later on in the report, the broadcaster quoted a survey that found:

  • 58% of motorists used their cars less than usual during the most recent lockdown
  • 36% of drivers are nervous about their own ability
  • 75% are worried about other road users who are out of practice
  • 16% of car owners didn’t check any aspect of their vehicle during the latest lockdown

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Behind the scenes: We were visited by ITV news last week

As we get society back to normal and the roads begin to fill up again with commuters and holiday-makers, driving standards have never been more important.

The 1st 4 Driving Opinion:

If you’re feeling nervous about getting back out on the road after a long time stuck indoors, give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Make sure your car is well-maintained and bring someone to accompany you on your journey if possible to reassure you.

Some driving schools offer refresher lessons and these can be a great way of getting your confidence back.

Refresher driving lessons

Anyone for a refresher?

For media enquiries, contact info@1st4driving.co.uk

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