Changes to the Driving Test DVLA

Changes to the Driving Test DVLA 

Driving Test Sat Nav

You have probably seen or read the news stating that the DVLA will be changing the driving test. The aim is to make the driving test more realistic and to help improve the amount of road traffic accidents. One of the changes will be the cannidate following directions from a Sat Nav, more than half of car drivers are now using sat navs, and the government wants all new drivers to be trained to use these safely.

The changes are as follows:

* Increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes

* Ask candidates to follow directions on a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs

* Replace current manoeuvres such as ‘reverse around a corner’ with more real life scenarios for example, driving into and reversing out of a parking bay

* Ask one of the two vehicle safety questions while the candidate is driving, for example, asking candidates to use the rear heated screen

The changes, subject to the outcome of research and feedback, will be introduced in early 2017. The changes have been trialled with more than 4,000 learner drivers and 800 driving instructors in various locations across the UK.



The easiest driving test in the world

The Easiest Driving Test In The World 

Uk roads

According to Road Safety the UK has one of the best road safety records in the world. Our UK driving laws are there to ensure that drivers and vehicles are licensed and safe. UK Driving instructors that are approved by the DVSA are highly trained and have to sit 3 stringent exams in order to qualify to teach the public to drive and the UK driving test is structured in a way to test your ability to control the car safely and also demonstrate safe confident driving. So with all our laws, regulations and professionals this certainly contributes to our safe roads. However there are countries that aren't so strict when it comes to driving and therefore has many more fatalities on the road. 

India for example, has one of the highest number of road fatalities in the world. This might be related to how simple it is to pass the driving test. All you have to do is drive in a straight line, take a left turn and the stop after 50 yards! A bit too simple! 

Egypt is another country that offer a very simple driving test, just another 10 questions and show the examiner you can park. that's it! 

Passing the driving test in the UK

Although these countries offer a cheap and  easy way to pass your driving test unfortunately this comes at a prices with people being killed or injured. 

Great Britain now has one of the best road safety records in the world,  but with around five people still dying on Britain's roads every day there is much more to be done.

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Drug driving arrests almost 8,000 in the past year

Drug driving arrests hits almost 8,000 in the past year

Nearly 8,000 people were arrested for drug-driving in England and Wales last year, new data reveals. The figures come after regulations were introduced last year to crack down on motorists who drive under the influence of drugs. The capital's Metropolitan Police made the most arrests, 1,636, followed by Greater Manchester Police with 573 and Cheshire Police with 546.

Drug Driving

The new regulations that were introduced in March last year cover legal driving limits for 8 illegal drugs and 8 prescription drugs. Under the old laws, police had to prove driving was impaired by drugs in order to prosecute.

The illegal drugs include heroin, cocaine and cannabis and the levels that have been set mean that there is zero tolerance for drivers caught with these substances in their system.


The sentence for those caught is a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a criminal record.

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the roads policing lead for the National Police Chiefs' Council, told the BBC: "The drug testing kit and the legislation are immensely helpful and have provided the operational officer with the tools necessary to help catch those who take the risk of drug-driving." Read More

The 6 Most Dangerous Things That Drivers Do

The 6 Most Dangerous Things That Drivers Do

Don't do these things when you're behind the wheel.


Many people involved in traffic accidents often say, "It wasn't me, it was the other persons fault!" Okay. So what was the other person doing? Are you the other person?

Often, contol  error is a key factor in a wreck. Here are a few things not to do if you want to keep from becoming the cause of an accident. Most of these are no-brainers. Unfortunately, there's no shortage of seemingly brainless drivers on our roads. 


1. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

We all know someone who has been caught drink driving. Just dont do it! Plan ahead and avoid taking your car keys out with you if you plan on drinking alcohol. Taking a cab or using a designated driver if you're planning a booze-fueled night on the town. Doing so can avoid tragic consequences. As laws governing the use of marijuana become relaxed in some places, it too has the potential to become a bigger part of the traffic accident statistical mix. You may think you're good at driving high, but chances are that you aren't. Police officers trained to look for signs of impairment will explain this as they lead you to the back seat of the police car. Penalties for drink driving can be found here 

drink driving

2. Speeding

Speeding is the second leading cause of traffic fatalities after drunk driving. Did you know the faster you go, the more likely it is you'll be pulverized in a crash? An object in motion, and so forth. Even though they may sometimes feel arbitrary, posted speed limit signs are there for a reason. When everyone travels at the same general speed, things are more predictable, and the roads are a much safer place. Remeber speed limit signs are not targets! Also drive to the conditions of the road. Speeding penalties information can be found here 

speeding driving blackpool


3. Driving when you are tired

Driving when you are tired is just as dangerous as drunk driving. When your body needs sleep, it's going to get it, one way or another. People who insist on driving when they should stop for a rest will have slower reaction times and are likely to fall asleep at the wheel. The results usually aren't pretty. Drivers who are sleepy or asleep tend to crash on high-speed roads, and they usually don't do anything to avoid the crash in the moments before impact. Driving when tired or fatiged information can be found here 

tired driving

4. Careless driving

Careless or reckless driving, better known in many parts of the world as "driving like a dick," is a good way to cause a crash. This includes swerving, weaving in and out of traffic, accelerating and braking suddenly, among other things. The laws on careless driving can be found here 

Careless Driving

5. Not wearing a seatbelt

A seatbelt could save your life! Airbags certainly make cars safer, but they're designed to work in conjunction with seat belts, which help prevent passenger ejection during high speed crashes and rollovers. Really, putting on a seat belt is such an easy thing to do, it's almost incomprehensible that people don't wear them. Consider that many accidents occur at low speeds near home, so even if you're "just running down the street" on a quick errand, just buckle up! 

wear a seatbelt

6. Being Distracted 

You know the score, Shave/put your makeup on at home, and turn off your mobile phone while you're driving. Its agaisnt the law to be texting and driving, eating and driving, and all other activities that take motorists' eyes and minds away from the road. How many times in the past week have you looked into someone's car at a set of traffic lights only to see that they couldn't see you, because they were on the phone? There's plenty of things to be looking at on the roads so you should have your attention 100% on your driving and awareness.




Tips for the Driving Theory Test

Tips for the Driving Theory Test

How to prepare for your theory test is something that many people ask us and our driving instructors. The Theory test take a lot of revision and practice and if you wish to pass first time as the grade boundaries are so close to each other and every mark does count! Below are some quick tips on how to prepare for your Driving theory test.

Driving Theory test Blackpool

The Importance of Preparing for Your Theory Test

Although you can have as many attempts as you want at the theory test it does cost £23.00 each time to take the Theory test. Also the waiting times can be up to 3 weeks in Blackpool and other towns or cities. If you keep failing the theory test through poor preparation, this can also knock your confidence when it comes to doing your test again. If you’re learning to drive whilst failing the theory this may even affect your performance in your driving lessons.

Study The Highway Code

Read the Highway Code BEFORE you start practicing the Theory Test questions! Knowing the Highway Code is crucial if you want to pass your theory test as these are the rules set by the UK government to ensure that animals, pedestrians, other drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists are safe when you are driving on the road. Make sure you have memorised the Highway Code before you sit your theory test. 

Know Your Traffic Signs

A great way of practicing and learning your road signs is by using our free theory test training (exclusive to Golden Mile Driving School students). Also, asking family/friends to question on different road signs whilst you’re a passenger is another great way and also understand why they are there, and of course your driving insructor will also be happy to help you with any questions you may have. 

Online Mock test

We highly recommend that before you pay for your theory test and sit it, you take a couple of online mock theory tests so you can get used to what type of questions might come up when sitting the test. This should make you more confident when doing the test and boosting your confidence. 
Our students get full unlimited access to Theory test Pro - no need to buy books or DVD's! 


Take your ID

When going to sit your test, ensure you have your provisional licence with you. You no longer need the paper part. Unfortunately if you don’t have your provisional licence with you – you will not be able to sit the theory test.