5 steps to pass your driving test quicker

Learning to drive is a part of growing up: giving you freedom and the means to go anywhere you please. However, learning to drive can also be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do, from panicking because you have stalled at a junction, the cost of driving lessons  the time it takes and then the final, nerve-wrecking test at the end, where one wrong move can fail you.

Some people are naturals from the moment they do up the seat belt and put their hands on the wheel for the first time, learning to drive in a matter of weeks, where other can struggle with the finer points of clutch control and take what seems like forever to learn.

To take away some of the pressure of learning to drive, here are some top tips to help you get into the driving seat.

1.    Apply for your provisional as soon as possible

You don’t have to wait until you turn 17 to apply for your provisional driving licence, in fact, you can apply three months before your 17th birthday (16 if you have a disability or want to drive a moped). Once you have your provisional, you can start your driving lessons on the day of your birthday instead of waiting around for the DVLA to sort out your paperwork, which can take a number of weeks. You can pick up forms to apply for your provisional driving licence from large post offices, or through the DVLA website.

Visit our useful links page to learn how to apply for your provisional licence, as well as links to book your and practice your theory test online.

2.    Choose a good driving instructor or driving school

Choosing the right driving school and instructor can mean the difference of a number of weeks or even months when it comes to passing your driving test.

It is essential that the school uses fully qualified, highly experienced driving instructors. This is an area where Quails excel, as they have their own driving instructor training college, ensuring that they employ only the best instructors.

Quails are also more than happy for you to meet up with your instructor before you commence your lessons to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease from word go.

3.   Get your theory test out of the way

As soon as you get your provisional licence, you can take your theory test. Put your name down on the waiting list as it can take weeks in some areas to get a test date. You should start studying for the theory test as soon as you can.

4.   Take more driving lessons

You can speak to your driving school about having more lessons or longer lessons in a week. This more intense way of studying will help you to pass your test faster.

5.   Practise, practise, practise

Try and get out in a car as often as possible. The more practise you have, the faster you will learn. Try to practise things that you struggle with in your professional lessons with your parents, such as three-point-turns or clutch control.

Following these simple tips will help you to ditch the L plates and set off on your own road adventure! Contact Quails School of Motoring today to start the wheels in motion.

Driving Lessons – Top 10 tips

Are you looking to learn to drive quickly and easily? Well we have compiled the following ‘Top 10 tips’ to help you get the most from your driving lessons.

1. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail

Before you have your first driving lesson, download a copy of the highway code. Make yourself as familiar as possible with it and formulate a good understanding of its rules before you get on the road.

You can view a copy here

2. Automatic or manual?

This is an important decision as it will impact on your driving future. If you learn to drive using an automatic gearbox, which is considered to make learning to drive easier, you won’t be able to drive a manual gearbox car once you have passed. On the other hand, learning to drive and passing your test in a manual gearbox car entitles you to drive an automatic in the future. Quails School of motoring provide both automatic and manual driving lessons.

3. Choosing the right instructor

This may depend on your location, how quickly you would like to pass your test and also whether you would like lessons using an automatic or a manual gearbox.

Although anybody over the age of 21, who has had a full driving licence for three years can provide you with lessons, you should always learn with a fully qualified driving instructor to maximise your chances of passing your test first time.

If you are looking for driving schools in Wirral, you can do no better than Quails School of Motoring. We also cover the Liverpool, Chester, North Wales and Ellesmere Port area. We have an exceptionally high 1st time pass rate, provide driving instructor training (so can be trusted) and also provide both automatic and manual driving lessons.

4. Learn at your own pace

When you first start the process of learning to drive, try to book regular lessons to maximise your development. The regularity of your driving lessons may depend on your availability, life-style and finances. Some driving students may wish to book single lessons as and when they know they will be available, some may wish to block book a course of 10 lessons over a set period, whereas some book ‘crash courses’ (intensive courses) with the aim of passing as quickly as possible.

Just remember there are plenty of choices to suit you. The key is to relax and enjoy learning to drive, so learn at your pace!

5. Wear the right footwear

Comfortable footwear is essential to controlling the pedals. Developing the perfect driving technique isn’t easy and it certainly wont be made any easier by wearing high heels or heavy boots. Control of the pedals is key, so wear a comfy pair of trainers or pumps with a flat sole.

6. Additional practice between your driving lessons

Our driving instructors will be able to advise you when you are ready to start practicing in between your lessons. This can be invaluable in putting all that you’ve learnt on your lessons into practice. It also gives you more time on the road, more time to practice those vital maneuvers and can help build your confidence behind the wheel.

7. Consider a ‘crash course’ of intensive driving lessons.

If you are looking to pass your test in a hurry, you can book a crash course of driving lessons. In some cases you can learn to drive in under a week using crash courses. They require time, hard work and dedication but can have you on the road in no time!

Sometimes crash courses can be ideal to top up on previous driving lesson experience and can add the finishing touches to your driving skills just before your test.

8. Develop good road skills

The more driving experience you get the better. Learning to drive with an experienced fully qualified instructor will not only save you time and money, but will also quickly develop your confidence and give you the practical driving skills you need to pass your test and stay safe on todays busy roads.

9. Study for your theory test

While learning to drive, be proactive about studying for your theory test. You will need to pass your theory test prior to taking your driving test, so invest time in revising for the theory well in advance of your instructor booking it. This will also help you on the road as it provides lots of tips about the highway code and the best practice of driving.

10. Manoeuvres – Practice, practice, practice!

Manoeuvres can make or break your driving test. You can be the competent driver on the road, but make a major mistake on a manoeuvre and it can cause you to fail your test. The manoeuvres you may be tested on are as follows:

  • Turn in the road (3 point turn)
  • Reverse around a corner
  • Reverse park
  • Parallel park

Follow these tips and you may well find yourself on the road before you know it!

If you would like to put the wheels in motion, contact us here…