Minors on a test, why are they so bad?

minor faults on driving test

I hear and see an awful lot about minor driving faults on a driving test. Since 1997 the Driving vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) then the DSA, removed the use of ‘minor’ in a complete revamp of the driving test process. Let us look back at the old system. In the old system it was very possible for a pupil with 6 minor faults to pass and a pupil with 5 minor points to fail. Why? Because in the opinion of the examiner their driving was good enough. It was very subjective. As you can imagine, many driving instructors would argue Read More …

Interactive map: UK’s deadliest rural roads revealed

71% of fatal accidents involving 17-24 year olds happen on rural roads New interactive map from the AA Charitable Trust reveals deadliest rural roads Poor road surface and blind spots have been given as possible reasons The AA Charitable Trust have put together a new map to help raise awareness of the problem of young people being involved in fatal crashes on rural roads. The map, below, shows the worst roads in the country for collision density, the worst of which being the A229 in Kent. While rural driving is included in the DVSA’s ‘learning to drive’ syllabus, many inner-city Read More …

This will help you breeze through your part 3/standards test 💨

driving lesson planner on car seat

It must be 14 years ago now when, as a full time driving instructor trainer, I began to realise how people were struggling with their driving instructor training. Back then I worked for The Instructor College full-time and saw between 4 and 8 trainees every single day. So many were struggling with the part three test yet to me, it seemed very easy. The teaching materials provided by the College were vague to say the least – a series of drawings put together in a book for each of the pre-set-tests (PSTs). Many of you will remember that back then, Read More …

Passing part 3 (or standards test) is EASY!

driving instructor standards check

It must be over ten years since I penned an article of almost the same title. This article is the updated version of that one. When I say updated, most of it is still true today and the mysteries of passing these tests are nothing more than following the simple rules. The rules are laid out by the DVSA in their Standards for driving instructors, but this can all look very daunting to the new instructor. Let me begin. Part 3, and when I say part 3, take it to mean the standard test too, is NOT about impressing the Read More …

In 2021, We Make Our Own Luck…

goodbye 2020

Well, 2020 is almost over and what a year it’s been. Who would have thought this time last year that in order to go into a bank, you’d have to wear a mask, that our hands will have seen more alcohol than we drink in pubs or that when we used to tell the kids “you’ll never accomplish anything” how wrong could we have been? But all jokes aside, it’s been a difficult year for most. Some of you have had a real struggle I know and it’s wrong that some people have benefited from this lockdown situation and done Read More …

🎬 Video – How the examiner marks, and the standards test.

how the driving examiner marks

⏮️ Previous video Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel Dave FosterDave Foster MA, Dip.DI (or Driving School Dave) is the most qualified driving school owner in the country, after completing his Master’s Degree in Driver Training Education in 2011 at Middlesex University. He also holds a diploma in Driving Instruction and is a Cert Ed. qualified teacher. Dave is the founder and Managing Director of 1st 4 Driving Ltd, and also looks after over 15 driving schools across the country on a consultancy basis. 1st4driving.co.uk

The one simple question you can ask pupils that will transform your teaching

Where do you go to when you want advice? Facebook, reference books or rely on knowledge? I ask because I am absolutely amazed at the number of wrong, mis-advised and some downright dangerous comments and advice I often see. OMG, I can almost see the hairs going up on peoples necks and the shackles coming out!! Let me state my defence your honour. As driver trainers, we teach driving and as such we teach not only the practical elements but should teach the theoretical elements as well. Even if we don’t actually teach the theory, we should be at least Read More …

Report: Nearly a fifth of UK drivers admit to driving over 100mph

speeding car

According to a new survey, some 18% of UK drivers have admitted to exceeding 100mph. The road safety charity Brake polled 2,000 UK drivers on breaking the speed limit and found some alarming results. This figure rises to 33% for 25-34 year olds. Men are much more likely to break the 100mph barrier with 28% admitting to driving as fast. By contrast, only 9% of women were reported to hit 100mph. The highest speed recorded in the survey was 180mph on a motorway in Nottinghamshire The highest speed driven over the speed limit was 152mph in a 30mph zone in Read More …

Am I still technically allowed to work during lockdown 2?

lockdown driving instructor

Today I received yet another message: “can we work?” I have to pause to remind myself as an educator, why people ask questions. It’s because they don’t know the answers. To many, it appears to be very clear – but equally to many it’s not clear. I try to put my research hat on and look at the facts and I must say it all seems odd. I can certainly see why driving instructors could be confused by this whole situation. The Government announced a national lock down from 5th of November to 2nd of December. This caused nationwide confusion Read More …

Extraordinary Times…

driving face mask

We sit here, day 2 into ‘Lockdown 2’ and many like me start to ponder “what is going on with the world?” I don’t mean the pandemic or the “what on earth are we going to do with the time over the next 4/5 weeks” – but the social media talk. Instructors attacking other instructors, people attacking the government and goodness knows who or what else. Why? Well people won’t admit it, but we are all a little bit scared. These times do not meet our ‘status quo’. We like our routines, we like our comfort zones and we like Read More …