Dave’s Rants

Dissecting an ADI’s driving test data report

Analysing a driving test data report

It has been a little while now since the DVSA gave new guidelines on how driving instructors will be called for a standards check. The dust is beginning to settle and hopefully driving instructors can see how this can really help them. I wrote in a previous article about how I used to keep all my test statistics and faults almost 20 years ago to see where I had weaknesses in my own tuition. That spreadsheet is now available free of charge to help any driving instructor who wants to look at their own figures. A driving instructor came to Read More …

The standards check announcement should be nothing to worry about

So, as you’ll know by now, the DVSA have given more information on how the standards check will be changing. For the full communication from the DVSA, you can click here. I wrote an article detailing my reaction in a blog post in the immediate aftermath of the initial announcement earlier in the week, which you can read here. There seems to be a lot of concern within the driver training community around the recent news from the DVSA, particularly over the way driving instructors will be called for the standards check. In fact, it’s sent people into a bit Read More …

Response to the standards check announcement

Wow what a stir! The DVSA have certainly got everyone’s attention with their latest email. If your pass rate is low, expect a standard check sooner. But let’s look into this and why this is happening. For those who missed it, DVSA sent out a communication yesterday indicating that instructors who have had a ‘substandard test’ or ‘failed to attend a check’ will be prioritised for future standards checks. They have confirmed that they will also be using information in your driving test analysis report (including your pupils’ serious and driving faults) when deciding who to prioritise. This means that Read More …

📹 Video: Dave Foster on ITV News

dave foster 1st 4 driving

Viewers in the South West may have noticed Dave making an appearance on ITV News this week, with the TV crew visiting 1st 4 Driving HQ in Callington on Monday. Dave was asked about new statistics that state a third of people are nervous about getting back behind the wheel having not driven in some time. With the UK starting to get back to normal after almost 18 months of disruption, what do we need to be thinking about when it comes to road safety? And what can nervous drivers do to feel more at ease behind the wheel? “[a] Read More …

DVSA update on masks after 19th of July

wearing a face covering during driving tests

The DVSA have given a highly anticipated update on wearing masks during driving lessons and tests as the UK starts to emerge from lockdown on the 19th of July. Since the Prime Minister announced that mandatory face coverings indoors will come to an end, there has been much debate as to whether they should remain for people coming into close contact situations such as driving lessons. This has left many driving instructors and pupils asking “do I still have to wear a mask during my driving lessons?” Please note: the below guidance only applies to England. Current measures will remain Read More …

The biggest secret to improving your teaching

how to be a better driving instructor

While this big secret is going to help you massively with teaching your pupils, I’m not going to be specifically telling you it. You’re going to find out the secret for yourself. It’s something that will help your training massively and you will suddenly understand how to teach so many things you did not know possible. Let me explain 👇 A little background first Let me give you of some context as to where this secret comes from. Before founding my own school, I was a full-time employed instructor trainer for many years. Before that, I was an instructor trainer Read More …

Minors on a test, why are they so bad?

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 …