Driving Theory Test

When booking your Driving Theory Test, please be sure to book directly via the internet using www.direct.gov.co.uk/booktheorytest.  You could also book by telephone on 0300 2001122.

Currently the actual cost is £31 and by using the above site there is no booking fee. There are sites that will book the test for you but charge a hefty fee of up to £23 which could be the cost of one hour’s tuition.

All you need to book the test is your driving licence number and a credit or debit card with which to pay.

Practical Driving Test Pass

Elena Ceausescu passed practical driving test in Sevenoaks

On August 29th 2012, Elena Ceausescu passed her practical driving test at Sevenoaks Driving Test Centre. Elena, from Dunton Green, had failed the test 4 times before deciding to find a lady driving instructor. After only 5 weeks, she found her courage and self-belief and is now the proud owner of a full driving licence. Huge congratulations to Elena.

Since the beginning of July 2012, 7 people have passed their driving test in Sevenoaks with Teresa Allen School of Motoring. All of them had been taught well at other schools but had problems controlling their nerves when they were put under the spotlight on test day. Teresa has a special way of helping with nerves.

If you want a little of this magic, please call us on 07727 600994
 

Would you pass your driving test?

A survey by road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist reveals that 76% of UK motorists are confident that they would pass their driving test first time if they had to take it again now with 67% being positive they would pass it if the test was taken today.

When looking at the theory test it is a different story with fewer than 50% believing they would pass and 41% unsure of what their result would be. Only 35% believe they are as familiar with the Highway Code now as when they took the test originally. David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said “it’s great to see that, as a nation, we are very confident in our driving ability. It would certainly be a worry to have motorists on our roads who believe their driving has got worse. However, it is less pleasing that drivers seem to have forgotten everything about the theory test since they passed it however many years ago. A lack of knowledge of the Highway Code could lead to a serious accident so we do urge drivers to keep as up to date as possible.”

The survey also revealed that reversing would be the second most likely cause for failure, closely followed by city driving and 26% admitted that parking would be the biggest challenge in the practical test.
By Geraldine Ashton Green, motoring.co.uk

 

Lost Theory Certificate Number?

As you may know, you cannot book your practical driving test in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells or anywhere else for that matter without your theory certificate number. It used to be quite difficult to find this number if the certificate got lost, but I have a link which will help you do this in just 2 minutes.

     http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/UKDSA-500875

 

Aircon or windows

British weather is so variable; we never know from one day to the next what the day will be like. Being hot and uncomfortable whilst driving can easily affect concentration. So, shall we open the windows or put the air conditioning on was a question I put to a pupil having a driving lesson in Sevenoaks yesterday. This led to an interesting discussion on which was the most economical. Having the windows open causes ‘drag’ on the car using 10%  more fuel at 45mph and this increases to 20% at cruising speeds of 55mph. Using the air conditioning works the engine harder and uses 10% more fuel. So, in general, the answer is to use the aircon if you are driving at speeds of above 40 mph for some distance and have the windows open for local runs where your top speed is probably going to be about 30 mph. This is a useful money saving tip.

Communication

Whilst on driving lessons in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and round and about, my pupils and I do see some confusing situations .Today, we were on a narrow road with vehicles parked on the left. An oncoming vehicle waited  to kindly give us priority but he then got overtaken quite quickly by a big 4×4 just as we were about to move forward. So, who was to blame? Was it the one who was waiting and had given us priority or the one who overtook while the first one was waiting or us for beginning to move forward? The other piece of information is that no-one was using any indicators.

I would say that if the one who was waiting had indicated with a right signal, the 4×4 would have realised what was going on and he would most likely have waited behind. Good, clear communication is vital between road-users as otherwise confusion reigns. In the case above, the road was narrow so the driver of the 4×4 may have thought the waiting car was parked up as his position would have had to have been close and parallel to the kerb but if he had seen a signal then the whole situation would have looked very different and we all would have felt much safer.

Compliments from an Examiner

Hi there everyone. This is my first of many posts on my new Blog. Hopefully, I shall get to grips with it very quickly and be able to pass on bits of news and hints and tips for that all important goal of gaining your driving licence. So, here is the latest news; Dan Carter learnt with me after trying two other instructors. He passed with a totally clean sheet at his first attempt on August 14th. The Examiner complimented him hugely on his very high standard of driving. To use the examiner’s words, a clean sheet is like gold dust. Dan is the 3rd person to train with me and gain a clean sheet at the first attempt in the past year making me feel very proud indeed. But, all of these 3 people should remember that they were the ones in the hot seat and that their achievement was immense. Dan now has his own Nissan Micra and is relishing the freedom and independence it has given him. If you want to find the secret to keeping your nerves at bay and getting your driving test passed with compliments from an examiner, then contact me while I still have space to take you to success.

How to Apply for your 1st Provisional Driving Licence

Welcome to the brand new Learning Blog of teresa-allen.co.uk! We thought we’d take our first steps here in the blogosphere helping you as you take your first steps closer to the freedom of the open road.

You’ll have to get yourself a provisional driving licence if you are going to learn to drive a car or motorcycle and there’s no reason not to do that right now! There are countless miles of road out there to be explored, in this country as well as across the continents of the world. Sure, it’ll take up to three weeks before you hold your provisional licence in your hands but you have everything you need to get started right now! Let’s get you on the road!

I’m serious now; You cannot take driving lessons until you have received your first provisional licence … If you put this off until next week, it’ll be up to four weeks before you can start driving- 5 weeks if you wait until the week after and so on! … Don’t put it off. Check out the video below and get started now!

Apply online

You can apply for your provisional licence online, from the comfort of your home and within a reassuring distance of the plentiful bounty of the refrigerator right now using the secure and fairly straightforward service offered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Watch the video, then click the link below to get started now: There is plenty of information on the pages that follow…

Get your first provisional driving licence online NOW!

Psst … if you’ve had a provisional licence before you can’t use this online service!

Applying by Post

Another way to apply for your first provisional licence is to fill out the famous D1 form; you can get this from your local branch of the Post Office®. Filling out a D1 form will cost you £50.00, a bic pen and you will need to enclose identity documents. Also, you may have to wait in line at the wholly unimpressive speed of 0mph for a while but trust me … it’s worth it!

Your Post Office® may offer a premium checking service (that is, they will check your original identity documentation for you), otherwise, fill out the D1, get your self a colour passport-style photograph then bung it, some cash and the required identity docs in the envelope and send it back to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD (yes, that is the whole address)…

Aaarrggghhh… I’ve Been Waiting HOURS For My Licence!

The DVLA aims to get your driving licence out to you within’ three weeks. Don’t bother contacting them to ask where it is after 2 days (although I do admire your tenacity)…

Proud Owner of your 1st Provisional Licence?

It’s time to hit the road, practice and hone your skills start learning driving theory. If you are in Kent, call 07727 600994 or email teresaallen57@gmail.com to arrange your driver training! Good Luck!