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Dealing With Emergency Vehicles Safely

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Whether you’re a learner driver or a veteran of many years, you’ll undoubtedly have encountered emergency vehicles on the road. In these moments, you may be faced with a level of panic when you attempt to figure out what you should do. With the sirens and lights going, it can be difficult to keep a level head. So, are you supposed to brake, swerve or continue on your way? To help you make the best decision, we’ve compiled a guide...

Driving Test Cancellations—Everything You Need To Know

So, you’re taking that final step towards getting on the road and getting that brand new licence. Congratulations! The only thing in your way now is finishing your driving course and nabbing that perfect practical test date. Unfortunately, most learner drivers are unaware of the long driving test waiting times they can be subjected to. If you’re looking to get your licence fast, these waiting times can be problematic. So, how exactly do you speed up the process? The answer, quite...

Driving Examiner Strike Starts Today

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Today is finally the day—the driving test has officially changed and learner drivers will now have to contend with sat navs, pulling up on the right and much more. Of course, that’s not all that learner drivers should take note of. Today also marks the beginning of the 48-hour driving examiner strike. Driving examiners across England are starting their 48-hour strike in dispute against long working hours, pay and the new driving test changes. With the new test changes, the...

How To Appeal A Driving Test

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Taking your driving test—whether it’s your first or fifth attempt—can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience. As you’d imagine, these feelings are intensified if you’re unfortunate enough to have failed. In most cases, learners know they’re at fault the moment they make a mistake in their practical. In other cases however, learners feel like the examiner is treating them unfairly or misjudging their ability in a discriminatory fashion. This kind of scenario often leads to questions as to whether it’s...

Should I Take My Driving Instructor On My Test?

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If you’re getting ready for your practical test, you’ve probably done a bit of research—looking at what happens on the day of your test and anything else you might need to know. If that’s the case, you might have found out that your driving instructor can accompany you on your driving test. This then begs the question as to whether it’s worth taking your instructor on your test or not. Ultimately, it’s all down to your own personal preferences. To help...

Salford Fire Station Test Centre Temporary Closure

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For those of you living in the Salford area, you might be surprised to hear that Salford Fire Station test centre is temporarily closing on December 19th, 2017. Practical tests near and around this time period will be absorbed by Cheetham Hill test centre, until otherwise stated by the DVSA. Fortunately, the Salford test centre closure won’t be much of an issue for most learner drivers because there are many other test centres that you can take your practical at,...

December Driving Examiner Strike

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Driving examiners in the UK are planning a 48-hour strike on December 4th and 5th. This strike action could see up to 2,000 examiners walk out in protest. With a large 84% of examiners in the Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union voting in favour of the strike, there’s the possibility of thousands of practical tests being cancelled as a result. If you’ve been keeping track of our blog, you’ll notice that the strike coincides with the December test changes—something...

Quiz: Could You Pass Your Theory Test Today?

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Whether you’ve been driving for decades or you’re a current learner driver, you’ll have undoubtedly come across the theory test. A requirement for anyone looking to get their driving licence, the theory test contains questions covering topics ranging from the rules of the road to hazard awareness and vehicle safety. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to pass your theory test or if you’ve done so many years ago—you need to ensure you’ve still got a good working knowledge of...

Top 5 Reasons Driving Test Waiting Times Are So Long

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If you’re currently in the middle of your driving course—or perhaps you’re just curious—you might have looked into booking your own driving test. If that’s the case, you’ve probably encountered one of the main problems for learner drivers: driving test waiting times. Unfortunately, you’re currently looking at waiting times that range from weeks to over 3 months! What’s the reason for these long driving test waiting times? There are many contributing factors which we will discuss below. We’ll also touch...

Prepare For Success: How To Pass Your Theory Test

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Before you even take your practical driving test, you first have to pass your theory test. For some, it can be an easy enough step—it’s just like sitting any other exam. For others, however, it can be a daunting experience that only lengthens your journey towards getting on the road. So, how exactly can you pass? It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time taking your theory test or your fourth, there are plenty of steps to take to ensure...