Do you really need someone to tell you when you are ready for your Driving Test?
The Top Tip is ASK your Driving instructor for advice – but if you need to ask – are you really ready to take control and to drive without their assistance?
Consider the Driving Standards Agency recommendations and ask if this fits with your own expectations.
How you are going to manage your own expectations?
Visit THINK – click here – For the Governments Road safety Awareness program
The new driving test is more than a drive round familiar routes – its about the candidates ability to
- Display the ability to control the vehicle and manoeuvre safely. (Did you Know- there is now greater focus on turning right)
- Comply with legalities and display an understanding for the rules of the road. (Have you seen your parents/other drivers run an amber light? Does everyone always stop at a stop sign? If not why not?)
- Share the road safely and co-operate with other road users. (Consider lane discipline at a roundabout – how many types of roundabouts do we have? Why do you think it is important to stay in your lane?)
- Ultimately drive independently. (Making your own decisions in a timely manner always seeking to choose the safest and best option)
top tips include
- Ensure you have had plenty of practice
- Try avoiding stressful times in you life – exams, time pressures,
- Consider passenger comfort – harsh braking isn’t the best way to impress – ever
Advanced Driving Definition
‘ADVANCED DRIVING/RIDING is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility.
This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills.
The vehicle should be at the right place on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.’
(DSA, RoADAR, IAM 1997)