KGS Driving School - general nformation
Driving lesson and driving test general information
The UK driving test is a test which all drivers must pass to obtain a driving licence.
Different tests are available for users of different vehicles, from car drivers to motorcyclists.
The test is separated into three distinct parts: the theory test, hazard perception test and practical test.
It is necessary to pass all three parts, theory, hazard perception and practical, before a full driving licence is granted.
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What is the theory test?
The theory test consists of two parts:
1) 50 Multiple Choice Questions
2) Hazard Perception Test comprising of 14 video clips, each clip lasting around a minute. You will find a total of 15 hazards.
You have to pass both multiple choice and hazard perception parts at the same test appointment to attain an overall pass.
Should you pass one part, but fail the other, you will need to book another appointment to take both elements of the test again.
The test is completed under exam conditions in a dedicated Theory Test centre entirely on a touch screen computer. Headphones will have to be used throughout the entire test.
A voiceover may be requested where the questions and answers are automatically read out to help individuals with reading difficulties, or for whom English isn’t their first language.
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Driving licence applications
If you have not held a driving licence before you must complete a D1 Application for an ordinary driving licence.
Forms D1 along with an information leaflet INF1D can be ordered online from www.direct.gov.uk/motoring . Alternatively they are available from Post Office branches, Traffic Area Offices, DVLA or any of its local offices.
Use forms D1 to obtain:
Provisional Licence (Learner drivers)
New licence after losing it for health reasons
New Licence after being disqualified
Renew your Licence
Remove out of date endorsements or suspension details.
Exchange your Licence.
The current cost of a provisional licence is £50.00
To exchange your EEA/EC licence is also £50.00
You may apply online for a first British provisional driving licence if you:
Are a resident of Great Britain
Can meet the minimum age requirement
Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
Can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card.
Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years.
DVLA aim to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It might take longer if DVLA have to check on your health or personal details.
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Learning to drive with parents
| Parents or partners who are able to provide the opportunity for private practice are a massive help ,both to us as instructors and for those learning to drive.|
First things first:
Before going out with a learner driver, you must make sure that you meet the minimum licence requirements. You are over the age of 21 and have held a full driving licence (for the type of vehicle that you are using) for a minimum of three years.
You must also remember that you are not just a passenger, but a supervisor with a legal responsibility to your driver and other road users.
Route planning is VITAL in the early stages of learning and if these are poorly planned then it will lead to the learner making mistakes and becoming frustrated.
This often leads to arguments with the person you are teaching and possibly other drivers.
One step at a time:
If you find that your learner is stalling quite a lot when emerging from junctions or in traffic,the likely cause is insufficient practice in quieter areas with less pressure. Busy traffic is best avoided ,such as school times and rush hour until confidence is gained.
The choice of words will have a big impact on the way your learner responds. Try to be precise with your instructions ,such as slow down - tell them how much to slow down and what speed you are looking for 20mph for example. To close to the car in front - tell them to keep 3 car lenghts so they have something to measure.
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