A recent survey found 88 per cent of new drivers feel it’s too expensive to learn how to drive. And that’s even before they’ve bought their new motor and insured it. The research was carried out by money-saving website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk as part of an ongoing study into the costs incurred learning to drive. Surprisingly, just two-fifths of Britons pass on their first attempt (42 per cent), with one third passing on their second attempt (31 per cent) and the remaining 27 per cent needing three or more attempts. The research found, on average, it takes 40 driving lessons for someone in the West Midlands region to pass their test. With the average cost for a one-hour lesson being £25 across the UK, that equates to a total spend of £1,000. That compares to the 42 lessons it takes on average in the East Midlands at a total cost of £1,050 and 34 lessons in the North-West at a total cost of £850. So is learning how to drive too expensive? Matty Roper, … [Read more...] about Is it too expensive for young people to learn how to drive?
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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?
THE driving test has undergone its biggest shake-up in more than 20 years - but what will it mean for new learners? The new laws came into force in December 2017 with new manoeuvres to make it more like real-world driving for learners. Here's the lowdown. What are the new driving test laws? The independent driving part of the test will increase from ten to 20 minutes. The ability to use a sat navs will be introduced into the test. The reverse around a corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. But you’ll still be tested on parallel parking, parking in a bay and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You’ll still be asked the "tell me" question at the start of the test but the "show me" question will be asked during the test - for example showing how to use windscreen wipers. The revised list of tasks in order to pass the new driving test also includes asking candidates to pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse two car … [Read more...] about What are the new driving test rules, will I have to use a sat nav and when will learners have lessons on motorways?
THE most common reasons for Brits to fail their driving test have been revealed - and they aren't as obvious as you might think. While Brits certainly aren't known for their incredible parking skills, tricky manoeuvres weren't the main reason drivers had to re-sit their test. A recent study, conducted by Warranty Direct, found that the most common reason new drivers would fail their practical test was because they did not properly observe the risks at a junction. Junctions posed a number of issues during driving tests, with many motorists failing when trying to turn right at a crossroads. Drivers were also highly likely to fail their test for not using their mirrors properly when making a turn. While parking manoeuvres weren't as common, reverse parking did come in third on the list, just above poor steering ability. Top 5 most common reasons for failing your driving test Observation at junctions Use of mirrors when changing direction Reverse park/left reverse Lack of control … [Read more...] about This is the top reason Brits fail their driving test – and it’s NOT parking errors
IT'S one of the most hotly contested questions in the battle of the sexes, so do men or women really make better drivers? According to two expert driving instructors, there's no contest - women are far better behind the wheel. Husband and wife duo Gaynor and Noel Gaughan have spent years teaching Britain's new drivers, and have even helped Adele, One Direction star Niall Horan and supermodel Lara Stone pass their tests. They claim that in their experience, female motorists are more skilled in the driver's seat - and it comes down to putting more effort in. According to data from Leasing Options, women have performed better in their theory test every year since 1996, while men have generally done better in their practical test. But while men are more confident on the road, they dominate statistics for traffic offences, accidents and deaths. Tips to help you pass your driving test the first time Focus on passing your theory test quickly, as it takes the pressure off the rest of your … [Read more...] about Driving instructors to Adele and Niall Horan reveal why women are better drivers than men – and how YOU can pass first time