Welcome to the Learners Hub!

I have put this area together to help you on your exciting journey to independence and Passing your Test!

You will find lots of useful information, downloads and links to help you from getting your Provisional Driving Licence, passing your Theory Test, getting ready for your Driving Test and the ultimate goal getting that Driving Licence and being a ‘Safe Driver for Life’!

I really hope you enjoy using your Learners Hub and wish you every success in your journey.
 

       
 

The Theory Test - What's it all about?????

Everyone who wants to drive a car has to pass the Theory Test before they can apply to take the Practical Driving Test.

The Theory test is great, because it gives you a good knowledge of the rules of the road and what signs you could see when you are out on the road. The Hazard Perception part gets you thinking about what's going on around you and how it could affect you. These are all things that we will practice in your lessons so the practical skills you learn in the car will go hand in hand with your knowledge.

The Theory Test is made up of 2 parts. It is all computer based. First is a 50 question multiple-choice test which lasts for 57 minutes. You must score 43 out of 50 to pass. You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to go back to. Some questions will be given as a case study. With these, you will read a short story then answer questions. These will focus on real examples of situations you could come across when you’re driving.

Second is the Hazard Perception test. During this part you will be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips are designed to show everyday road situations and contain at least one ‘developing hazard’, however one clip will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’.

What is a hazard, I hear you say ……

“A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some form of action such as changing direction or speed”

The most you can score for each clip is 5 points or 10 on the clip that features 2 ‘developing hazards’.

You must score 44 out of 75 to pass.

REALLY IMPORTANT …… You must pass both the Multiple-Choice part and the Hazard Perception part to pass the Theory Test. If you fail one part then you fail the whole test and will have to resit the whole thing.

That's why Learn with Louise Driver Training has teamed up with Theory Test Pro so you can practise until you are perfect!!

All of my students have access to this great tool for FREE so you can practice loads of Multiple-Choice questions and Hazard Perception Clips, you can even take practice tests so that we know when you go to do the actual thing you are ready to Pass!

Theory Test Pro

Here is the key to success in your Theory Test!!

FREE to all Learn with Louise Driver Training students, Theory Test Pro allows you to practice Theory Test questions and even take Mock Tests.

You can also practice Hazard Perception clips so you know exactly what to expect on your test.

Of course we will back this up in the car too with lots of discussions around real life hazard situations so you are able to identify these and know when and how to react safely!

What's even better is you can practice on the move by downloading the mobile version.

Go on PRACTICE makes PERFECT!!!!!

Theory Test Pro in partnership with Learn with Louise Driver Training

Driving Test – What to expect on your Practical Test!


Once you have passed your Theory Test and we agree that you are able to drive confidently without instruction, making safe decisions whilst on the road it is time to BOOK YOUR TEST!

EXCITING isn't it? Here's a bit more information about what happens so you know what to expect.

The Driving Test is made up of 5 parts:

  • Eyesight Check
    You’ll have to be able to read a number plate from 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate, or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old style number plate.

  • ‘Show me, tell me’ questions
    You’ll be asked 2 questions relating to vehicle safety or using the ancillary controls such as washing the windscreen or switching on your headlights.  This is to make sure you understand how to carry out basic safety checks.  One ‘Tell Me’ question which will be asked at the start of your Driving Test and one ‘Show Me’ question which will be asked during the Drive.

  • General Driving Ability
    The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You will drive in a variety of road and traffic conditions. The examiner will also ask you to pull over at the side of the road and set off again, this may be normal stops, pulling out from behind a parked vehicle and on a hill. You might also be asked to carry out an Emergency Stop

  • Reversing Your Vehicle
    The examiner will ask you to complete one of the following to show your reversing skills:

    • Pulling up on the right hand side of the road and reversing back for approximately 2 car lengths
    • Pulling forwards into a parking bay then reversing out
    • Reverse park – either into a parking bay or parallel park at the side of a road

  • Independent Driving
    You'll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
    • A series of verbal directions or Trafic signs
    • Following directions via a SAT NAV 
And that's all there is to it!!!!!

But don't worry, at Learn with Louise Driver Training you will have the skills to deal safely with any situation that you will face on the road, during your test or after when you are out there enjoying your independence.

LETS GET LEARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Show Me, Tell Me Vehicle Safety Questions

The 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 and one ‘Show Me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) whilst you are driving.

Below is a list of the questions and what the Examiner will be looking for!

Tell Me Questions

Q. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack.  Brakes should be tested as you set off.  Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget the spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Q. Tell me how you’d make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A. 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.

Q. 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.

A. 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.

Q. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working.  You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

A. Explain you’d operate the switch (turn ignition on if necessary), then walk around the vehicle (as this is a ‘Tell me’ Question, you don’t need to physically check the lights)

Q. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Q. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working.  You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

A. Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk around the vehicle (as this is a ‘Tell me’ Question, you dont need to physically check the lights).

Q. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

A. Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

Q. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A. 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 will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Q. 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.

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

Q. Tell me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

A. Operate switch (with ignition on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

A. Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil against the minimum and maximum markers.

Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

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

Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

A. Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

Show Me Questions

1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

The Independent Driving stage of the test

At some point during the driving test you will be asked to drive independently for approximately 20 minutes.

This will demonstrate to the examiner that you are able to follow route direction signs or directions given by a SATNAV whilst still driving safely. The examiner will test you in one of two ways, these could include:


SAT NAV

The examiner will set the SATNAV to play a pre-recorded route which you will follow.  This may include a variety of roads including faster roads and rural roads and is designed to see how you will deal with the added distraction that the SATNAV may cause you.  Most people now use a SATNAV for route planning wether this be on a mobile phone or built into the vehicle so by including this when you are learning to drive we can ensure you know how to do this safely and legally.

If there are any issues with the SATNAV the examiner will step in and provide you with directions.  You will not be expected to touch the SATNAV yourself at any point.

If you go off the independent driving route while following the SATNAV it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault. If you go off the route or take a wrong turn, the SATNAV may try to re-Route or the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving.

Road Signs

The examiner will ask you to follow the direction signs to a specific destination until further notice e.g. 'I would like you to follow the signs towards Darlington (Centre) until further notice.'
 


Verbal directions and road signs

The examiner may give you a combination of both direction signs and verbal directions to follow eg 'I would like you take the first road on the left, take the second road on the right and then follow the signs towards Darlington.

If you ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you. Driving independently means making your own decisions and, just like when driving with friends, this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation on where you're going.

If you go off the independent driving route it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault. If you go off the route or take a wrong turn, the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving.

If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign - you won't need to have a detailed knowledge of the area. If this happens the examiner would say, 'There are no signs here. Just continue ahead please' and then, 'Now, carry on following the signs to ........'

We will practice lots of Independent Driving during your lessons so you will feel confident with this part of your test by the time it comes around. It might be helpful to think about where you plan to go once you have passed your test and we can look at these routes as part of your learning!

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Darlington and the surrounding villages

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Richmond

....and surrounding areas

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