Do you want to learn to drive?
The UK Driving test was first introduced in 1935 after Parliament passed the Road Traffic Act 1934.
Much has changed. Driving tests have become stricter and more challenging. For most of us now we feel we must learn to drive. Driving is an essential skill, not a hobby.
How do I learn to drive?
‘ I need a licence!’ Is what many non-drivers will state as their motive for wanting to learn to drive. Is there a difference between wanting a licence and actually wanting to learn to drive?
Essentially, wanting a licence suggests that the licence itself is the goal, as opposed to safe driving skills. This leads to poential learners expecting to be taught how to past the test and focus less on road safety. Here we will discover some truths about the driving test itself and the process of learning to drive.
- The average 17 year old learner driver will need around 45 hours of driving tuition in order to drive at a suitable standard and increase their chance of passing their driving test. This number increases with age, with over 40’s often needing over 65 hours of tuition.
- 806,630 tests were carried out in 2016/17 of which only 47.4% resulted in a pass.
- Pass rates within all London test centres range from 25% to 47%
The driving test consists of several sections:
- Directed driving: For most of the test, the examinor will give directions in a timely manner so the learner knows where to drive.
- Independent driving: For 10 minutes the learner will drive on a route they have already been made aware of, or will be required to follow signs.
- Manoeuvres: The learner will perform either the ‘Turn in the Road’, ‘Parallel Parking’, ‘Bay parking’ or ‘Reverse around a corner’ manoeuvre
- Emergency stop: There is a possibility of having to stop in a simulated emergency scenario.
How do I know if I am ready to do my driving test?
There are several common reasons people give for wanting to do their test. Listed below are a selection of the worst reasons, most likely to result in a fail:
- My theory certificate will expire soon, if I don’t do it, I will have to do my theory test again.
- Someone else (parents, family, friends etc) said I should have done it by now.
- Someone else (parents, friends, family etc) passed after x number of hours of lessons.
- A specific event is approaching and I need to have it by then. (For example: Starting a new job, baby being born, getting married, going to University
If you were to attempt a test for the reasons above, you may get ‘lucky’ and achieve a pass, but you are more likely to be involved in a collision due to a lack of preparation.
So, in short, you should attempt a driving test when both you and your instructor feel that you are driving without fault and without assistance.