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Why is it important to mock test?

Why is it important to mock test?

Realistic mock testing is an important part of your preparation as a learner in order to pass the driving test. As an experienced ADI and a Diamond Advanced Driving test examiner, I can put you through a mock test that will feel real. It will last forty minutes, cover an actual driving test route and cover one manoeuvre and possibly an emergency stop.

Why is it important to mock test? Many pupils take their test too early and are not ready. For one thing it can save you allot of money – your test will cost £62 + cost of 2 hr slot! So rather than take a real test its much better to take some mock tests first! I guarantee that: if you can’t pass my mock test – then you won’t pass the real test!

Learning to drive in my 50’s

I only started to learn to drive in my 50’s and it didn’t come naturally to me. I had two instructors at first who were ok and took me to a certain level but it was when I started with Paul that I really began to make progress and reach test standard.

Rob 7 minors 05/08/17

Paul’s methods work

Paul’s methods work and he will get you through your test. I would highly recommend him if you are looking to pass your test, young or old.

A more confident driver

Become a safe confident driver

2017 results

Prices £££

My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£51 for 2 hr lesson.
£150 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£245 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

How to stop stalling!

Great results!

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

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Jack’s FIRST time pass!

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I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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Last test of 2016!

My last test of 2016!

It’s been a great year for First Class Driver Training in 2016,  with 28 passes in total –  Lewis finishing off with another great FIRST time pass and only 7 minors!

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Lewis FIRST time 7 minors 21/12/16

Lewis says:

“I found Paul to be very professional and flexible especially fitting in lessons around me being in the Navy. I felt very comfortable and confident under his instruction. He also made the switch from my previous instructor smooth and was easily able to gauge my capability. I’m grateful for his patience and guidance and would recommend him to anyone.”

2016 results

Prices £££

My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£50 for 2 hr lesson.
£147 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£240 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

How to stop stalling!

Great results!

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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Learning to drive?

Learning to drive – how long does it take?

The first question most people ask when thinking of learning to drive is: how long does it take? This of course largely governs how much its going to cost!

40 hours of tuition

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Dean Hooper 5 minors 3/06/2016

The short answer is: learning to drive is a life-time learning process. However, in terms of reaching a sufficient standard to pass a driving test, it’s around 40 hours of lessons with a professional instructor.

Indeed, I find that the breakthrough point is usually around thirty hours. Any less than this, and a pupil, no matter how talented, will lack the experience necessary to handle the pressure of the driving test and additionally, not have the experience necessary to drive safely on Britain’s roads.

My parents passed in 10 hrs!

Of course, this figure is often challenged by the pupil’s parents, as they remember (creatively perhaps) that a few decades ago it only took them 10 hrs  of tuition to pass a driving test. So why can’t my Johnny do the same! In fact, as far as I remember – it was a long time ago – I think I only had seven driving lessons before passing first time! The major difference though, was, that  even though cars were allot harder to drive – without mod-cons such as power steering and such like  – the driving test was far easier to pass because roads were simpler and there was far less traffic on the roads. The majority of drivers on the roads today probably wouldn’t pass a driving test!

Theory test

Now pupils have to pass a comprehensive multi-choice theory test with a syllabus of 1600 questions. In addition, they have to successfully complete a hazard perception test which involves watching short clips of video and clicking a computer mouse in response to viewed hazards. Those who don’t revise for this exam normally fail. Both parts of the exam have to be successfully  passed before a practical driving test can be booked.

Going back to the question!

Going back to the question though, it’s best to plan for forty hours of tuition: which is a time-scale of about 5 months – if you have a 2 hr lesson every week. Of course, if you can afford it, you can speed up the process by doing an intensive course 

Testimonial

Trudy started with me after having lessons for a while in a different area of the country. Unfortunately, she failed her driving test and stopped for a while. As she moved into my area, her friend at work – one of my pupils – recommended me and after completing 12 hours of lessons to prepare for test – passed with only 5 minors!

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Trudie 5 minors 8/6/16

“I would like to say a huge than you to my driving instructor Paul all his help and guidance made me feel more confident on the road and he was great in helping me ease my test day nerves, allowing me to pass. than you Paul would highly recommend to go with him.”

Trudie

CALL or text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

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Jack’s FIRST time pass!

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I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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First pass of 2016!

Danielle did the honour of being the first pass of 2016 –  with only 5 minors!

Danielle says:

“When I started my driving lessons I was with a different company who are well known with their amazing deals. However, I soon found out that by going for a cheaper company wasn’t the best idea because the instructor was very unreliable by cancelling lessons and was so horrible he reduced me to tears. It had got to the point I was considering giving up driving.”

You pay for the quality of the instructor!

“You pay for the quality of the instructor. Moving to Paul was the best move I could have made! He was supportive and soon built up the confidence that the old instructor had destroyed. Paul breaks things down and explains everything fully so that driving is less daunting.

He came on the driving test!

He came on the driving test with me and it was such a relaxed experience that it boosted my confidence! Where he has been on the tests with his students he knows the examiners  and makes the whole situation more friendly. ” 

“Paul was very reliable and never once cancelled a driving lesson, unlike my old instructor. He really is an amazing instructor and I cannot wait to complete my pass plus with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone!”

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Danielle 5 minors 08/01/2016

Are you having lessons but not learning anything?

Maybe your wasting your money? Contact me and find out how you have enjoyable and productive lessons.

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Driving test tips

Tips to passing your driving test

Before the test

structured and focusedBe well prepared: Most people need at least 40 hrs of experience. The more hours you put in – the more likely you are to pass your driving test.

Have professional lessons with a good instructor. This increases the chances of you passing first time as your instructor should be familiar with modern driving test standards. Note: if you have completed 60 + hrs with the same instructor and have failed at least 3 times – maybe it’s time to change instructor!

hare and tortoiseBe persistent! Remember the parable of the race between the hare and the tortoise. The tortoise won because he just kept going. With determination even the least gifted drivers can pass first time!

 

The Beginning of the test

portsmouth tcThe test lasts about 40 minutes.

Arrive about ten minutes before your test appointment time. Make sure you have a valid driving license – plastic part only.

Make sure you bring glasses, if needed. Make sure you meet the eye site requirement, as if you fail this at the beginning of the test you will not be allowed to take the test.

Make sure you concentrate  at all times especially just after you have completed the manoeuvre.

Treat the examiners with respect and dress suitably. Be friendly, they do a difficult job.

Ask your instructor to come with you. Normally they will sit behind you but not take any part in the test.  The advantage of this, is if for any reason you don’t pass, then the instructor will know exactly where you need to improve. Of course if you pass they will also see your success in action!

Know your show me tell me questions’ thoroughly! These questions are going to be the first impression the examiner has of you, so make it a positive one!

During the test

During the test the examiner may make notes. Don’t  let this distract you. Remember, they write up a report about the test and so it could be good things they are writing!

Any serious or dangerous fault means you will fail.  A good pass is one without any serious or dangerous faults and six minors or less. If you repeat a minor fault three times or more then it could become a serious fault.

Concentrate!

stay focusedMost people seem to fail within 5 minutes of leaving the test centre or 10 minutes or so from the end!The period after completing the manoeuvre is often critical. Roundabouts and junctions are where most people fail.

If you feel really nervous talk to yourself under your breath. Concentrate on what you can see and are doing rather than how you feel!

 

Anticipate and plan.
Be aware and focused

Independent driving

thinkAs part of the test you will asked to perform 10 minutes of independent driving:  You will either follow a set of instructions, a map, or road signs.

If you are unsure of where to go, ask the examiner. If you do go the wrong way – say at a roundabout – in general it’s better to do that, than in haste change lanes, forget to looking properly and end with a serious fault!

Some pupils find it easier to repeat the examiners instruction: “at the end of the road turn right”. It helps them concentrate.

If the examiner doesn’t give you an instruction then assume its straight ahead.

Speed

speedometerKeep to the speed limits and don’t dawdle. If you go everywhere at 20mph in a 30mph limit without reason you will fail if you keep doing it!

Don’t break the speed limits – you will fail!

If you are not sure of the speed limit assume its 30mph.

If you stall remember that is NOT an automatic failure. It’s how you handle it. If you handle it safely then you will be fine. If your keep stalling however then this may be marked as a serious fault.

Town driving

side mirrorAt some point of your test you will probably do some busy town driving. Don’t take risks, go for the low risk solution when meeting other vehicles.

Watch indicators clicking off especially when turning right at a roundabout. 

Use plenty of mirrors – rear mirror when slowing and right mirror when moving past parked cars. Check your mirrors every 10 seconds (helps you concentrate and stay aware)

Moving off and stopping

stop-2Moving off and stopping safely is an important part of the test which will be tested three or four times. Make sure that when the examiner asks you to find a safe place to stop, that your first action is to mirror and signal and THEN start looking! (If you start looking and then mirror and signal then the danger is that you may slow down without being aware of following vehicles.

Avoid stopping opposite junctions, on corners or in front of someones driveway.

After stopping in a safe place the examiner will say something like : “in your own time move off”. Use this as an opportunity to have a micro-break.

When moving off make sure that you check thoroughly (especially the blind-spot). Signal if necessary. Moving off must be prompt and safe.

If your car has ‘start stop technology‘ – use it! It gives you chance to rest your feet and gives you a mini-break.

Don’t be afraid of using the handbrake when stopped. It tends to be safer and less prone to error or stalling.

Manoeuvres

EL3On the driving test you will be asked to perform one manoeuvre. Don’t stress about them, they only take a couple of minutes and as long as you perform them safely (even if not very elegantly)  you will not fail. They normally take place about half way through the test.

The examiner will choose one of four possible manoeuvres:

  1. Bay Park (either at the beginning or the end of the test in the test centre car park)
  2. The Left Reverse
  3. The Turn in the Road
  4. The Parallel Park

In addition to these, you may be asked to do the emergency stop.

IMG_0773Learn to park forwards into a bay – even though this isn’t part of the test.  This is possibly the last thing you are going to do before switching off and getting your results  – so do it well even though its not accessed!

Lastly good luck and hopefully you’ll get one of these!

© 13/10/2015 Paul Noble

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