New Driving Test Trials

I have been asked from students what the new driving test could be like and the differences there will be if its to be introduced after the trials. So here is an overview of the differences in the table below:

new driving test trialsAt the current moment there is no plans to trial the new driving test at either Irvine or Ayr test centres. The DVSA have been trialling the new test since Spring 2015 and are looking for 2-3,000 learner drivers to take part in the one-year trial. The DVSA will compare the results of learners taking the current test and trial test, taking into account the impact it has on the safe driving standards of learners who pass the new test compared to the old version.  No results have been made available for comparison yet.

In a government backed agreement the DVSA have stated that “The government wants new drivers to be prepared for driving on their own, and not just passing the driving test,” this is the motivation for the upgrading the existing driving test.

With the 20 minutes of independent driving the examiner will supply the sat nav and it will be fixed to the windscreen to a pre-programmed route.

Common Faults By Pupils On Test

Common faults by pupils

Something I get asked frequently is what are the list of common faults made on test, there is not real pattern which is probably a good thing. But below are a few faults for any other student who may be taking their practical driving tests soon to look out for.

Moving off – Safely
If you are asked by the examiner to pull over in a safe position then make sure after you have parked at the side of the road, that you cancel the indicator and make sure the left hand indicator is not still going when you pull away again. In the pressure of the test, it’s very easy not hear the indicator going or the flashing green arrow sign!

Progress – Appropriate speed
A fault that often creeps up with students on test is progress, appropriate speed. In other words not going fast enough for the speed limit / conditions. If you are on a National Speed Limit road with no crash barrier or grass between yourself and the oncoming traffic then the speed limit is 60mph. If the road is straight, perfect weather conditions and no reason to be going slower then you are expected by the examiner to “make progress” (In other words, be at or be close to the speed limit, so not to be holding up other vehicles). If the speed limit is 60mph don’t do 50mph and “play it safe”!

Use of speed

The opposite of “progress, appropriate speed” is “use of speed”, i.e speeding! Always make sure you keep looking out for change of speed signs and react accordingly. Keep a close eye on your speed and if it is a 30mph speed limit for example then be careful not be influenced by cars in front who are speeding and end up speeding yourself. If you are found to speed then you could get a serious fault.

Signals – Necessary and Timing
In the environment of your test, it is very easy to forget to do things and for some reason it’s often signals. I always try and keep students staying relaxed even on test day where the nerves kick in! so remember that you can make up to 15 driving faults, so don’t panic if you do make a mistake. Remember at roundabouts that if you are turning right i.e. an exit past 12 o’clock on a clock face then you need to indicate right. Stay calm when approaching roundabouts/junctions, think and go through your normal routine you’ve practised.

What is Pass Plus?

What is Pass Plus? 

Many students wonder what is Pass Plus? Pass Plus is a scheme linked to allow you to receive insurance discounts upon being a newly qualified driver, by:
•Saving you money on your car insurance premiums initially as a new driver.
•Showing you the techniques to be a positive driver which is both enjoyable and safe.
•Helping you gain quality driving experience upon passing your driving test that you can use for lifelong driving.

The pass plus course has been designed in six modules. Modules will not all take the same amount of time to cover, but each course must consist of a minimum of six hours tuition, five of which must be driving.
The Modules

Module 1:Introduction
Module 2: Town driving and all weather driving
Module 3:Out of town driving on rural roads
Module 4:Night driving
Module 5:Dual carriageway
Module 6:Motorway Driving

Feel free to contact us if you wish any further information on pass plus or start it after passing your driving test.

What are show me tell me questions?

What are show me tell me questions?

Below are the Show me Tell Me Questions you could be asked on your Driving Test:

Under the Bonnet

1) Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

2) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator describe the maximum and minimum level.

3) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

Identify the high/low level markings on the header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to the correct level.

4) Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low level.


Tell me questions

1) Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before you start 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 would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for the car and how tyre pressure 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 fit the valve caps.

3) Tell me how you would 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 the top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable N.B some restraints might not be adjustable.

4) Tell me how you would check the tyre to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe for use on the road?

No cuts or bulges 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and round the entire circumference.

5) Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working (need to exit car).

Operate switch (turn on the ignition if necessary) then walk round vehicle .If this is a tell me question you do not need to exit the car.

6) Tell me how you would 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


Show me questions

1) Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators

(May need to switch on ignition but not to start the engine).

2) Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on the car (I can assist you if you need to switch on the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal making use of the reflection in windows, garage doors, etc or ask someone to help, (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start the engine.

3) Show me or explain how you would check that 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 two 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 wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning

4) Show me how you clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers.

Operate the control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn on ignition if necessary)

5) Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively; this could include both front and rear screens.

Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows.Enginedoes not have to be started for the demonstration.

6) Show me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary) check the main beam warning light.

Operate the switch (turn on the dipped headlight and ignition if necessary) Check warning light is on Explain use.

7) Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you if you need to switch on the ignition please don’t start the engine).

Operate the brake pedal make use of reflection in windows, garage doors, etc or ask someone to help. (May need to switch on ignition on, prompt not to start engine.

8) Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them (no need to exit the car).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary) check the warning light is on.

9) Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Apply the footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of the working travel.