This is the first article in a short series designed to help learner drivers pass the driving test easier and remove some of the mysteries surrounding learning to drive.
As a trainer of driving instructors I have so often heard how complicated driving instructors can make things. Correct education of any subject needs to follow simple methods normally starting with an ‘empirical fact.’ This could be a proven fact from an official publication, such as ‘The Highway Code’ and ‘The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills’ to name just two. Using these alongside driving lessons can help learners pass the driving test easily.
But what else should you be doing to cut down on lessons?
Note: You should use the following advice in conjunction with your professional driving lessons and if your driving instructor tells you something different to what you have read in the Highway Code then think cautiously. You can contact us to ask advice or use any of the links that come from these articles.
What do I need to learn to pass the driving test easier?
So, is it easy to pass the driving test? Well, yes if you put the practice in. Bloom’s Taxonomy tells us there are three main things that we need to learn in order to achieve any subject. These are knowledge, skill and attitude. In any subject those are the essential things to learn. If you have been given confusing or incorrect knowledge, then the attitude might not be correct or confusing.
In my role delivering speed awareness courses I come across many people who carry so many wrong ideas like “You’re allowed to do 10mph over the speed limit” or “Cars stop quicker these days.” Much of this has come from their driving instructors. If you take incorrect knowledge into your own driving then you might fall foul of the law and you won’t understand why. Likewise, if your skill is not well practised or maybe you’re a little worried about a particular aspect of driving, then taking this to your driving test will mean you’ll be nervous. This will not help you pass your driving test. In short, correct knowledge and well-practised skill will help you pass the driving test easier.
How many lessons should it take to pass?
It’s always difficult to know how many lessons it will take, but I maintain many driving instructors end up giving too many driving lessons to learners. It is true that the more practice you have the better you will be. But that practice needs to be focused on YOUR needs and not those of the driving instructor. I often even find pupils who have recently passed who can’t tell me the correct distance to follow other vehicles, yet can tell me where their instructor goes on holiday or what football team they support. It’s important to state that there is nothing wrong with chat in the car, indeed it can even be a good thing to be able show you can have a conversation and concentrate on the road at the same time. This would be beneficial practice for the ‘independent drive’ section of your driving test.
For many years I have promoted 2hr driving lessons and often this can suit both the learner and the instructor. On occasion, it could benefit pupils to take hourly lessons, but deviating from the 2 hour lesson structure could increase the overall time it takes to learn. Normally 2 hour lessons will end up being the easiest and the cheapest though in the long run. Follow this link to read more about the benefit of 2 hour driving lessons.
Can Mum and Dad help me pass the test easier?
Sometimes, yes but please – only in conjunction with your driving instructor. I have heard many stories how Mum or Dad have cost someone a test because they have been told (with the best interest at heart) to do something wrong and the learner has failed.
I remember one case in particular where Dad (an ex-driving instructor), told their son to keep exactly 10mph under every speed limit so the examiner would be impressed with his safety. It ended badly in 2 ways. The learner failed the test with the examiner asking why he did it. The pupil, a very large rugby player ended up breaking his Dad’s nose…
The Driving Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA) say that the average learner takes 47 hours of driving lessons and an additional 22 hours of private practice to pass the driving test. At 1st 4 Driving, we find that this is far less on average, as we adopt the 2hr driving lesson practice.
So in conclusion, passing the driving test can be easier if you get the correct knowledge and practice. This starts with your driving instructor. Ask your friends if they can recommend their instructor. Do your research before choosing. Check out reviews and social media.
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Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI (or Driving School Dave) is the most qualified driving school owner in the country, after completing his Master’s Degree in Driver Training Education in 2011 at Middlesex University. He also holds a diploma in Driving Instruction and is a Cert Ed. qualified teacher. Dave is the founder and Managing Director of 1st 4 Driving Ltd, and also looks after over 15 driving schools across the country on a consultancy basis.