Be Prepared for the New Driving Test
Have you passed your driving test? , or you might even be preparing for the new driving test in December 2017 or even a driving test in the coming months or weeks – either way, we advise that you spend some time reading our latest blog post about preparing for your driving test.
Over the years, we have provided Driving Lessons in Blackpool and the surrounding areas, only to find out that a pupil has had their test aborted for one of the following reasons.
Make sure you have everything you need. If your driving test does happen to get aborted, you will not be refunded the money you paid for the driving tes!
Here's a few things to check to Help Prepare for Your Driving Test:
As a driving instructor in Blackpool that supports the surrounding towns and cities nearby, there is nothing more disappointing to see when the examiner has to cancel the driving test early.
Make sure that you think of all of the following when you’re preparing for the test:
- Your driving licence
- Make sure your car is safe and tidy
- Get the right insurance - our driving school is covered for driving test exams
- Get a recent eye test from a qualified optician
- Avoid changing the vehicles before your test.
- Try to drive in various weather conditions. rain, sun, dark etc
Bring your driving licence!
You’ll be shocked at how many pupils try to take their driving test without their provisional driving licence. Place it in a safe pace so you don't loose it and your test won't go ahead without it.
At the start of the driving test the examiner will ask for your photo card licence so he can note down details such as your name, address, driving licence number and anything else needed to transfer to your full licence should you pass.
A lot of pupils that take driving lessons in Blackpool prefer to use their own vehicles for the latter stages of learning to drive and their driving test.
This isn’t a problem and happens in a load of different locations as well as this one. However, tests can be stopped and aborted if the examiner feels that the car is not in safe, working condition.
If you wish to use your own vehicle, the test examiner will ask you to complete a small form that declares that the vehicle is insured and road worthy for the duration of the test.
You will then be asked to a few “show me, tell me” questions as well as checking certain aspects of the vehicle. These usually include:
- Checking and test the signals
- Checking the horn
- Checking the fluid levels of the car
- Working condition of windshield washers and blades
Insure the car!
If you’re planning on driving to your local test centre yourself then there are a few rules that you need to abide by. These tend to be:
- Making sure that the car is insured correctly
- You’re accompanied by a driver with at least 3 years experience
- The accompanying driver is at least 21 years old
As part of a successful driving school franchise I have been providing lessons in Blackpool and the surrounding areas for a very long time. You’ll be surprised at what happens at the local driving test centres
I personally have never seen it, but I have heard stories of examiners calling the police because they suspect that a vehicle is being used without the correct insurance or that the accompanying driver is not of the minimum age.
Book an eye test so your vision is good to drive
Having good eyesight is paramount when it comes to driving, no matter what your profession but even more so if you have a driving test coming up soon.
You may or may not know that your vision will be checked before you complete the practical test itself. During your driving lessons, your instructor will complete an eye test on your first lesson. Its easy for your eyesight to diminish over time so if you feel your eyesight isnt what it used to be then it's well worth a trip to the optician.
The idea is to prepare you for exactly what will happen on your test day. You will be asked to read a vehicle registration plate from 20.5 metres. If you’re unable to do this successfully, then your test will be marked as a fail.
Avoid Swaping Cars:
As a driving school in the Blackpool area that really takes pride in the number of pupils that we’re able to pass first time, we ensure that our pupils remain in the same for the duration of their lessons leading up to their driving test day.
Some driving schools will constantly give you lessons and then a week before the test is due, will drop you and say they have no availability, leaving you in bad position looking for a new instructor at short notice .
We appreciate that this cannot be helped sometimes. However, the dangers of changing vehicles are:
- The new vehicle will have a different biting point
- The brakes could be a lot more sensitive.
- reference points for manoeuvres may differ
Get Out In All Weather:
Some driving instructors may tell you to avoid driving in different weather conditions; however, we strongly believe that this can only help you improve your driving skills
If you’re driving test is coming up you should be prepared for anything that comes with it. Just because you’re taking your test, it doesn’t mean that the weather gods are going to take it easy.
If you have a driving test coming up and you don’t feel prepared then feel free to call our Blackpool Driving School and we will be happy to have a chat and discuss your concerns. We are Blackpool's most rated and reviewed driving school with 1000's of driving test passes under our belt we are confident your driving skills will excel and you'll pass your driving test fast.
Show me tell me questions 2017
1. About the questions
The driving test is changing on 4 December 2017. The questions you can be asked, and how you’ll be asked them will change. We are inofrming all our learner drivers about the new questions and starting to incorparate them on their driving lessons.
The driving examiner will ask you one:
- ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
- ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving
2. ‘Show me’ questions
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
3. ‘Tell me’ questions
1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.
Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
For more information visit - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions-from-4-december-2017