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Information - What Do I Need to Get A Licence?
Step 1: Requirements to Apply
Ensuring you meet the requirements is the first step towards obtaining your full driving licence. The application form (Form D1) can be obtained from the Post Office or you can apply online from the official 'Gov UK' site..and you can also find out what the costs for all licence types are via the Gov UK site. There are certain requirements you need to meet to enable you to successfully apply:
- You are a resident of Great Britain
- You meet the minimum age requirement
- Your eyesight is of the necessary standard
- There is no reason why you are being prevented from driving.
- You can pay by credit or debit card (for online application)
- You have a valid UK passport or another formal form of identity
- Provide addresses of where you have lived over last three years
Step 2: The Theory Test (see first 2 video clips)
Although you may already be taking lessons or even be ready to take your practical test, you can not apply for your practical test until you have passed the theory test. The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice questionnaire and a hazard perception video test. You will need to pass both parts to get your certificate. Only once you have passed this can you apply to take your practical driving test.
The Multiple Choice Element
The actual theory test questions are no longer published which means that those found in revision materials of any kind will give you an idea of the questions and answers to expect but will NOT be exactly the same as those you will face during the test itself. This change was introduced to ensure you gain a better understanding of driving theory rather than simply memorising questions and answers.
The Hazard Perception Element
Before you start the hazard perception part of the test, you'll be shown a short video clip about how it works before being shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips feature everyday road scenes and contain at least one developing hazard - but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.
A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction and what you need to do is identify these as early as possible to get as high a score as possible (max 5 per clip). The DSA web site can provide you with video information on the theory test.
Step 3: Your Practical Test
Once you've passed your theory test, the final step to obtaining your full driving licence is the practical test. Once your driving skills have reached a suitable level, and providing you have passed your theory test in the last 2 years, you can then look to get your practical test booked. How far in advance this needs to be done will vary depending on the number of others applying at the same time but this will be discussed with you when appropriate. 'Independent driving' is a section of the test where you will be asked to follow signs to a particular location to see how well you deal with driving without direction from the examiner.
Booking Your Practical Test
Please note you should always check with your instructor before doing this yourself. Go to the official Gov site for more information on the practical driving test and many other aspects involved in learning to drive.
Check out the You Tube link at the top of this page which takes you to the full series of Driving Standards Agency approved videos for learner drivers - a must for any revision. Also try to answer the questions below on show and tell, similar to those you will have on test.
Q1 : Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey
A1 : Brakes should be tested as you set off by applying gentle pressure at slow speed. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q2 : Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked
A2 : Recommended pressures can be found In the manufacturer's guide. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
Q3 : Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road
A3 : Tyres should be checked to ensure there are no cuts or bulges. There should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. This can be checked with a tyre depth guage or the depth markers in the tyres themselves.
Q4 : Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash
A4 : Adjust the rigid part of the restraint so that it is close to the back of your head and level with your eyes or top of your ears.
Q5 : Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working
A5 : Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.
Q6 : Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system
A6 : The ABS warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault.
Q7 : Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil
A7 : Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.
Q8 : Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid
A8 : Identify reservoir, check fluid level is between high/low markings.
Q9 : Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level
A9 : Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q10 : Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level
A10 : Identify reservoir and explain how the washer fluid should be filled to a level between the min and max markers on the side of the reservoir. They can be checked by simply operating them.
Q11 : Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey
A11 : If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
Q12 : Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep control of the vehicle
A12 : Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of the working travel.
Q13 : Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
A13 : Check is carried out by pressing gently on the control (turn on ignition if necessary).
Q14 : Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working
A14 : Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. You may need to switch the ignition on, however, you should not start the engine.
Q15 : Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine)
A15 : Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. As this is now a show me question the examiner may check the brake lights for you. You may need to switch the ignition on, however you should not start the engine.
Q16 : Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers
A16 : Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen. You may need to switch the ignition on, however, you should not start the engine.
Q17 : Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens
A17 : Set all relevant controls including: fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
Q18 : Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them (no need to exit the vehicle)
A18 : Operate the rear fog switch after switching on dipped headlights, check switch is illuminated and explain that they should only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less.
Q19 : Show me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
A19 : Move the stalk attached to the steering column forwards which will illuminate a blue warning light on the instrument panel.
POTENTIAL DRIVING INSTRUCTORS INFORMATION
The DVSA (on Gov.uk website) have published full guidance (known as ADI14) is shown on the Goverment web site, just follow the following link and all the details of how to apply, what is involved and the criteria for each of the tests involved is specified. Do not hesitate to contact Sarah to discuss any matters if you are interested in becoming a Driving instructor. This is the full link address:
Check out You Tube Link for further Videos
Test Your Knowledge Using Show / Tell below
or do a Mock Theory Test (Tests Page)
or to sit a mock theory test (Test Page)
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