Passing a driving test is the hurdle we must all clear before we are allowed to hit the road freely. The shared challenge means we all have stories about how we passed or failed tests over the years. But the date when you took your test shaped what skills you needed to have. Your grandparents, parents and children may have actually completed a test that was completely different from yours. That's because tweaks are often made to the test to reflect the conditions and challenges on the road at the time, reports the Liverpool Echo. In December 2017, changes were brought in to car driving tests which, according to the Government, were "designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving." This included following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres. Recently, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) released new data revealing which testing centres in the Cambridgeshire area and beyond have the … [Read more...] about What you need to know if you want to pass your driving test
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It's fair to say lots of people have an interesting story to tell when they talk about passing or failing their driving tests over the years. The experience (or pain!) of having to take more than one test is shared by many, as is the joy when that particular hurdle in your life can finally be overcome. Of course, depending on your age and when you took your driving test, you may will have been asked to do different things during your test compared to your grandparents, parents and children. That's because tweaks are often made to the test to reflect the conditions and challenges on the road at the time. In December 2017, changes were brought in to car driving tests which, according to the Government, were "designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving." This included following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres. Here, we take a look at the four key changes which were brought in - including … [Read more...] about The manoeuvres you need to know if you want to pass your driving test these days
PUBLISHED: 17:06 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 19 July 2018 Ralph Blackburn Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 33per cent of all learners passed their practical test there between April 2017 and March 2018. Photo: Ken Mears Archant Wanstead test centre is one of the hardest places to pass your driving test in the country. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 33per cent of all learners passed their practical test there between April 2017 and March 2018.The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46pc, with the highest pass rate in Golspie, in the Scottish Highlands, where 77pc of new drivers received their licences.Overall built-up urban areas tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. The toughest place to pass was The Pavilion test centre, in Birmingham, where 30.2pc of learner drivers got their licence.Wanstead … [Read more...] about How hard is it to pass your driving test in Wanstead?
DRIVERS who passed their test after 1997 could face harsh fines this summer if they try to tow a caravan. Anyone with a regular car licence is restricted on what they can tow, but motorists might be unaware they need to pass an extra test before they get out on the road with a heavy trailer or caravan. According to the DVLA, anyone who was issued with a regular Category B (car) licence after January 1, 1997 can tow a trailer that weighs up to 750kg, as long as their car has a maximum authorised mass of no more than 3,500kg, or a trailer over 750kg, where the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg. Maximum authorised mass simply describes the total weight of a vehicle including its maximum load - this measurement is usually found in the owner's manual for your car. Anyone who breaks these conditions could face a £1,000 fine and be slapped with three penalty points. With the average weight of a mid-sized car sitting at around … [Read more...] about If you passed your driving test after 1997 you could be fined £1,000 for towing a caravan
PASSING your driving test isn't easy - around half of all learners fail the practical exam every year. But that certainly doesn't mean it is pot luck if you pass as there are plenty of ways to increase your chances. We reveal all... How do I pass my driving test? We teamed up with RED Driving School to provide you with some real world advice on how you can ditch the 'L' plates in record speed. Most people take around 40 hours of lessons although you can do an intensive course to get you ready in a matter of days or weeks. That's the premise behind E4's new TV show - All Star Driving School - that puts celebs like Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison and former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt through their paces. So what tips should you and the reality stars take - and what's best avoided? Location, location, location Where you're taking the test can have a big impact with pass rates differing hugely across the country. Test centres in the West Midlands are statistically hardest … [Read more...] about How to pass your driving test, when should I book my practical and theory and what are the weirdest reasons people have failed?