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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Theory And Hazard Perception Tests

How The Theory Test Works
The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.

If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.

The questions in the multiple-choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that don’t appear in any other test.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, but the pass mark is different for them.

At The Theory Test Centre

You aren’t allowed to take any personal items into the test room with you. All your personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.

If you’re found with any prohibited items in the testing room your test will be stopped, you’ll be asked to leave and you’ll lose your test fee.
Once you’re in the test room you aren’t allowed to talk to or distract other candidates.

The Multiple-Choice Part

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works.

You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.

You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:

  • show a short story that 5 questions will be based on

  • focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving
The car and motorcycle multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

The Hazard Perception Part

Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.

You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes

  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’
A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.



Here is an example of the latest version of the Hazard Perception test, which now used computerised graphics.
Hazard perception test scoring

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.

To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.

You won’t be able to review your answers.

The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.
Your Test Result

You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it.

If you pass your theory test, you’ll get a pass certificate. You’ll need this when you book and take your practical test.
Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. If you haven’t passed your practical test by then, you’ll need to take and pass the theory test again.

Preparing for the theory test
Tools and information are available to help you practice and prepare for both parts of the theory test.

Practice Your Driving Theory Test

You can have a go at a practice Driving Theory Test by clicking on this link https://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test 

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Don't Be A Twit On The Road


Social networking sites. Love them or hate them, one thing's for sure: they've certainly become a part of our day-to-day lives. Quite often it is tempting to log in and catch up with the latest gossip on your news feed, and thanks to the ready-availability of smart phones, this is becoming even easier to do.

However, a large number of motorists are succumbing to the temptation to use their mobile phone to access social media sites whilst driving.

A recent study by the Transport Research Laboratory and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that when accessing social networking sites via mobile phones, drivers’ reaction times slowed by 38 percent. To put that in perspective, reactions from drivers at the alcohol limit average around 12 percent.
















45% of Facebook and Twitter users access the sites via a mobile phone, this could equate to as many as 8 million people in the UK alone who log in to Facebook or Twitter via mobiles on a regular basis. That's almost the entire population of London. And while there is no harm in accessing the sites themselves, doing so whilst driving is a completely different matter.

Official government statistics attribute 110 fatal road accidents to mobile phone use while driving between 2006 and 2010, and over ten times that amount including non-fatal accidents. The statistics don't lie. Using a mobile phone whilst driving is dangerous, and can cost lives.

So if you're a driver who is addicted to Facebook or Twitter, you may want to stop and think. Pull over safely before using your phone to tweet or update your status, or simply switch your phone off or leave it at home to avoid the temptation of using social media whilst driving. Don't put the lives of yourself and others at risk. Don't be a twit on twitter when you're driving.
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Friday, 25 January 2013

Pass Plus Can Save You Money

If you've ever watched daytime TV, I'm sure that by know you are sick and tired of those adverts promising you a discount on your car insurance.

Don't worry, this is not one of those. You won't find meerkats or annoying opera singers on this website. But if you have recently passed your test but still feel nervous, or feel like there are areas of driving you have not yet covered, the Pass Plus scheme could be for you. And as an added bonus, it WILL gain you a discount on your car insurance.

The Pass Plus scheme was devised by the Driving Standards Agency for candidates who have successfully passed their driving practical test. It consists of a specific syllabus whereby you would need to take a minimum of six lessons, each dealing with a different aspect of driving. The areas covered are Night Driving, Motorways, Dual Carriageways, All-Weather Driving, Town Driving and Driving Out Of Town.





The Pass Plus scheme can be well worth taking part in. As well as learning a lot about different aspects of driving you may not have covered during your regular lessons, by completing the course you can also earn a discount on your car insurance. There are lots of insurance companies who take part in the scheme, and the saving you make can be a lot more than the cost of taking six additional lessons. For example, one of our recent candidates made a saving of over £500.00. Although it is different for everyone, generally the saving is

Best of all, all you need to do to qualify for the Pass Plus scheme is a certificate. There is no exam or test at the end of the course, you simply need to take all six lessons in order to qualify. Once you have your Pass Plus certificate, you can approach insurance companies for a significantly lower quote.

You can learn more about the Pass Plus scheme and sign up if you're interested by visiting our website www.mutualdrivingschool.co.uk



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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Looking To Pass Your Test??


What You Need To Know To Pass Your Driving Test

Firstly, we would say make sure you are taking your lessons with Mutual Driving School.

Yes, I know this might sound like a shameless plug. But hear us out. The best driving schools  are ALWAYS the ones with the most experience in whatever part of the UK you are in. If you happen to be in East London, we have over 37 years’ experience. So if you happen to be looking for Driving Lessons in East London, visit www.mutualdrivingschool.co.uk.

Otherwise, I would recommend when looking for a driving school in your area, go for the longest established driving school rather than the cheapest. More often than not they will be the ones most likely to get you through your test. Remember, experience tells us that the cheaper the lesson, the worse the driving school.

For more information regarding your practical test and what to expect, check out this video below courtesy of the DSA:



Please be guided by your instructor on the amount of lessons that you need before you take your driving test. You can never have too many lessons, but you can have too few. A test taken too soon will only result in failure.

A confident driver is likely to be less nervous on the day of their test. Confidence will only come from experience.


Remember that learning to drive is not about learning to pass your test, it is about learning the ways of the road so that you can become a safe driver for life.



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Monday, 21 January 2013

Snow Business

Don't Let The Recent Bad Weather Put Your Driving On Ice!!

Read up on our tips for driving in winter conditions!!Driving in snow can be a new experience for many drivers, and a daunting one at that. But by following these few simple tips, you can make the whole experience a much less stressful one.If you are planning a long journey, check the weather in advance along your intended route. It may not be snowing where you are, but if you are driving far north, snow may be forecasted and you may find that you are unprepared.

If it has snowed, be sure to thoroughly clear snow from your vehicle before setting off. Be sure to clear snow from the roof of your car as well. You could be guilty of an act of dangerous driving should a large amount of snow come off of your roof and onto the windscreen of the car behind. It could also fall onto your own windscreen if you brake sharply, causing a hazard.

Also make sure that your mirrors are free from snow. As with many things, prevention is often the best method for dealing with a problem. So if you know there is a good chance of snow overnight, you might want to cover your car in advance.

Use a de-icer to remove ice from your windscreen. If you do not have one, you can use lukewarm water, but do not use boiling water as this can damage the windscreen.

Check tyres for adequate tread before setting off, as inadequate tread on your tires means inadequate grip on the road. It may be worth investing in winter tyres if you drive in snow often.

When driving, keep your speed to a minimum, allowing you more time to slow down and stop.

Avoid heavy braking, as it can cause you to skid.

And remember - stopping in heavy rain, snow and icy conditions can be 10 times the normal stopping period. For example, your overall stopping distance for 30mph is 75 feet. This could increase 10 times in the above weather conditions.
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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Driving Tests - All You Need To Know

For pupils looking to book your driving test.

You can book your driving test online at https://www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test. The site is also available in Welsh.

The process of booking your driving test takes around 15 minutes. You will need your credit or debit card, your Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving license number (This is the long number on your provisional license which usually begins with the first five letters of your surname), and your theory test pass certificate number as well as the date that you passed your theory test.

You will be asked whether you have any special needs or requirements, for example you can use this section to let the DSA know of any disabilities or conditions you may have, and if you will be bringing an interpreter with you on the day of your test you can also tell them in this section.

You will also be asked if you require a test for a car with an automatic or a manual gearbox.

Once you have given this information, click on "Next" and it will take you to the next page, where you will need to enter all of your information. Remember to take care when entering your driving license number as the number is long so it can be easy to make mistakes. After entering all of the necessary information, you can then look for a test centre near you to search for available test dates.


When choosing a test centre, pay no attention to people who try to convince you that a particular centre is better than another. While it is certainly true that the pass rate can be slightly different from centre to centre, a good driver will be able to take and pass a driving test at any centre. As long as you are focused on the day of your test and remember everything you have learned, you should have no problems whatsoever.

It is a good idea to speak to your instructor prior to booking your test to find out if he is available.

The cost of your driving test is £62.00 for weekday tests and £75.00 for weekends and bank holidays. This is a set fee charged by the DSA. Obviously this amount is subject to change, so please check on the DSA's website. Most schools will charge a fee on top of this for the hire of their car / instructor on the day of the test. Be advised that some schools do not conduct tests on weekends or on bank holidays so it is advisable to check with your driving school beforehand.

Some pupils like to take a driving lesson directly before their test, so that their brain is in driving mode and also to go over any last minute preparations and to help ease your nerves on the day of the test. Having been in business for over 35 years, we at Mutual Driving School have found this to be beneficial for the majority of pupils.

For more information about driving tests, you can phone 0300 200 11 22, or if you are hard of hearing a Textphone service is available on 0300 200 11 44.

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How To Get An Earlier Test Date

DRIVING TEST FACT SHEET
OBTAINING AN EARLIER TEST DATE

The following information is for your reference and should be helpful to you in obtaining an earlier test date.


Please contact the following number
: 0300 200 1122 This can also be done via the website www.dsa.gov.uk. Select the option "Do It Online" and follow the link to "Check, Change or Cancel My Driving Test".

Please note this fact sheet has proved very successful in enabling pupils to move their test to an earlier date, However the following rules must apply:


Before any short notice driving test is taken, please see your instructor for an ideal date when they feel you will be ready. Driving tests taken without the approval of your instructor may need to be cancelled.
Do not accept a driving test less than five days before it is due to take place. If you do, Mutual Driving School may not be able to conduct your test with the same instructor/car. It would need to be re-arranged or taken with another instructor/car at the driving school. Once you have found a test date, you can put this test on hold for 15 minutes whilst checking with us that we have a car free.


Mutual Driving School will only accept tests at the following centres:
Barking, Goodmayes, Wanstead, Chingford, Loughton, Hornchurch, Belvedere, Tilbury, Mill Hill, Wood Green, Hither Green and Sidcup.
There are other test centres that we may cover, however this will needed to be checked with the driving school first.

We at Mutual Driving School would recommend Barking, Goodmayes and Wanstead test centres due to their close proximity.
Please note Mutual Driving School do not conduct driving tests on Weekends. Weekday driving tests are only conducted between 8.40am and 3.27pm including both these times.
Experience has shown that in order to go forward and successfully pass your test it is vital that you continue to take your lessons on a regular basis in order to maintain the standard you have reached. that this time window has the highest pass rate. Driving tests booked outside of these hours will need to be cancelled.

In order to be successful, you need to phone the DSA on 0300 200 1122 and on connection dial "25", or go online at least 6-7 times a day. You may be told that there are no short notice tests available, but be persistent. The situations change by the minute and therefore checking again a little while later may give a number of short notice tests available.




We at Mutual Driving School follow this system and have always been successful. However, with the number of students that we have, we are unable to contact the D.S.A on a continual basis to fulfil your requirements for a short notice test. Please follow the above instructions and you can be sure that you will get a test.


We wish you the very best of Luck.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Did You Know?



Driving Test

Did you know some of the driving tests centres are being moved to Halfords, the car accessory shop? Yes, this is a fact. So, hopefully there is one near you!!

Did you know Anticipation is the key to being a safe driver?

Safety Cameras
Did you know from next April all fixed safety cameras in the West Midlands area will be switched off because the council cannot afford to upgrade.

Older Drivers
Did you know that the age demographic of Britain’s drivers is rising drastically? More Older citizens are learning to drive

Practical Driving Test
Did you know that you can now change your practical test up to 6 times? This has been increased from 3. Previously, when you changed it the third time you could no longer move the date. If you were not ready you would have to cancel your test altogether.

Car Tax Disc
Did you know that the government is seriously considering abolishing the tax disc? Unfortunately, this does not mean that we won't be paying any more car tax. It's just that as it is all computerised, the DVLA will know whether the car is taxed or not, and prosecution could commence. 


Your Car
Did you know that motorists will soon be able to update their vehicle records online? From this summer, you will now be able to view and update your vehicle details over the internet, such as change of keeper and address details. Previously, it was necessary to write to the DVLA.

Hazard Perception test
Did you know that the DSA is developing a computer-generated Hazard Perception test? The new test will form part of the Driving Theory Test from this summer. A sample of the new hazard perception test can be seen on Youtube.

Booking Your Driving Test

www.gov.uk is now the only official website where you can book your driving test without facing extra charges. So remember, when booking a test, it should be done so at www.gov.uk. Any other sites and you will probably pay an extra fee and it is not an official site.
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