Passing Your Driving Test Is Difficult

Passing your driving test is difficult only if you think it is. Become smarter and you can pass your driving test with ease providing you have had enough of the right kind of practice. Why do many people think that it is difficult to pass a driving test? A lack of understanding of the basics is one reason  and urban myths another. Lets take  look at a basic skill set that needs to be mastered before anything else.

Passing Your Driving Test-Car Control

Starting with basic car control is a fundamental. Never mind traffic lights, roundabouts, lane positions, other drivers. These are important, but not at the early learning stage. You must be confident with your car control, before you can master anything else.

Lets look at clutch control:

The clutch pedal is always operated by your left foot.

Manual Car Foot Pedals
Manual Car Foot Pedals
passing a driving test is difficult
Clutch Operation Manual car

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressing the clutch pedal to the floor will disengage the clutch – this means with the engine switched on the car will no longer drive. Your task to make the car move is to engage the engine onto the wheels so that the car will move. The engine side of the clutch plate (flywheel in the diagram) is moving. Because the car is stationary the other half of the clutch plates are stationary also. If you raise your left foot too quick the two clutch plates will bang together causing the car to stall.

The car stalls because you are placing a moving object (engine side of clutch) onto a stationary clutch plate. The skill you need to master is to find where the two clutch plates just touch. Once found, keep your left foot still until the car moves slowly forward. Once you feel the car moving, you may gently raise your let foot off the pedal. That is you now driving the car. The point at which the clutch plates touch is called ‘the biting point’. Mastering this is essential to become a safe and confident driver. More information can be found here
Passing your driving test does not need to be difficult. It must be the only test in the UK that you know the answers before you start.

Car control – stalling an engine

There are two main reasons that you stall a car engine. The first one is when you are moving off from a stationary position. The text above informs you on how to drive away smoothly without a stall. The second reason a car stalls is when stopping. When stopping you press the middle pedal (B) the brake with your right foot, this is also a slowing down pedal. In normal driving you operate the brake pedal to slow down before eventually stopping by pressing it as much or as little as you need to get the result you are after. Within reason, the earlier you press the brake pedal the better, it warns other drivers following you that you might be stopping. It does this by automatically turning the red stop lights on, which are at the rear of the car.

Once the car has stopped it will stall unless you press the clutch pedal down to the floor. The reason for the stall is that the two clutch plates are still operating together and are making the car drive forward. The correct process for stopping would be to slow down using the foot brake and keeping the clutch up. When the car is about a car length or so from the point at which you intend to stop, press the clutch fully to the floor.

To pass your driving test it is essential you master the clutch. It will build your confidence enormously. Be a smarter safer driver for life.

Learner drivers, new drivers, using phones to lose licence

New drivers with less than 2 years experience will now lose their driving licence if they are caught using a phone. The change in the law in the use of using a mobile phone whilst driving was changed on March 1st 2017. Penalties for using a phone doubled to six points on a licence.  Which means new drivers have to revert back to learner driver status. Taking their Theory and driving test again.using mobile phone new regulations

Police forces have started a seven day crackdown on drivers using their phones whilst driving. A hand held phone cannot be used even if stopped at traffic lights.

You can use your phone to listen to music if connected to a hands-free holder or via Bluetooth. A phone can be checked provided you pull over to a safe parking place and the engine is turned off.

Driving instructors and anyone supervising a learner driver cannot use their phone whilst the teaching vehicle is being driven by a learner driver.

Driving Tests Ban Vauxhall Corsa

Any Vauxhall Corsa registered from May 2014 will be banned from use on driving tests unless a certificate is produced from a reputable garage. A major steering problem exists with this model and all owners have been asked by Vauxhall to return their cars for inspection and/or rectification where necessary.

Driving examiners have been instructed not to carry out driving tests in the Corsa unless a safety certificate is presented at the time of the test.

Vauxhall Corsa 2014
Vauxhall Corsa 2014

Other vehicles banned from being used on a driving test are listed below:

Proof

You can’t use any of the cars listed below unless you bring proof that states:

  • the car was recalled and the recall work has been done
  • the car was recalled but didn’t need any work to be done
  • the car wasn’t part of the recall

The proof must be in 1 of the following forms:

  • the actual recall letter or safety notice that has been stamped by the manufacturer or dealer
  • written proof from the manufacturer or a dealer (on official or headed notepaper)

Your test will be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t bring the right proof.

Ford

Fiesta

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty seat belt mechanismSome models built between 1989 and 1990 (‘F’ to ‘H’ registration plates)18 Mar 1996
Faulty brake hosesSome models built between Jul 1995 and Jun 1996 (‘M’ to ‘P’ registration plates)12 Feb 2008COB 8/98, 10/98, 11/98, 14/98

Honda

Jazz, CR-V, Stream, Civic Coupe

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 11 Jul 2000 and 13 Aug 2003 (‘W’ to ‘53’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Mazda

6

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 14 Feb 2002 and 20 Apr 2003 (‘51’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

121

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty brake hosesSome models built in 1998 (‘R’ to ‘S’ registration plates)13 Feb 1998COB 9/98, 14/98

Nissan

Nissan Almera, Almera Tino, Terrano, Navara, Patrol and X-Trail

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 22 May 2001 and 6 Jun 2003 (‘Y’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Pathfinder (imported vehicles only)

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 22 May 2001 and 6 Jun 2003 (‘Y’ to ‘03’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Peugeot

107

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Accelerator pedal may fail to return to idleSome models registered from Feb 2008 to Aug 2009 (‘08’ to ‘09’ registration plates)3 Feb 2010COB 04/2010

206

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty brake linkageSome models (excluding Station Wagon (SW)) built between Sept 1998 and Feb 2002 (‘S’ to ‘51’ registration plates)11 Dec 2003COB 30/03

Renault

Clio ll (mark two) and Campus

A current MOT certificate is acceptable evidence for the Renault Clio ll (mark 2) and Campus only.

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty bonnet catchAll models3 May 2007COB 46/07

Toyota

Yaris

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty headrests and or side airbag deploymentSome models built between 4 Nov 2005 and 31 Jul 2006 (‘55’ to ‘56’ registration plates)2 Feb 2007COB 47/2007
Potentially defective seat rail track and/or steering column mountingSome models built between June 2005 and May 2010 (‘05’ to ‘10’ registration plates)9 April 2014COB 02/2014

Auris, Avensis, Aygo (MMT or VSC), Verso and Yaris

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Accelerator pedal may fail to return to idleSome models built between 2 Jan 2009 and 1 May 2010 (‘58’ to ‘60’ registration plates)3 Feb 2010COB 04/2010

Corolla, Picnic, Yaris, Camry, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC4300

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potentially defective passenger airbagSome models built between 6 Jan 2001 and 15 Nov 2003 (‘X’ to ‘53’ registration plates)11 Apr 2013COB 02/2013

Vauxhall

Corsa, Combo and Tigra

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Faulty driver and front passenger seat belt locking mechanismSome models built in 1999 and 2000 (‘S’ to ‘X’ registration plates)10 Jan 2005COB 11/01, 15/01, 03/05

Corsa D

Reason for recallVehicles affectedRecall issue dateDVSA reference number
Potential steering problemSome models registered from Sept 2006 to Feb 2007 (‘56’ registration plates)03 Jan 2008COB 02/2008
Possible faulty handbrake cable and fittingSome models built between Aug 2009 and 23 Aug 2010 (‘59’ to ‘10’ registration plates)27 Jul 2010COB 20/2010
Possible fault causing driving instabilitySome models registered from Sept 2006 to Feb 2007 (‘56’ registration plates)27 Jun 2007COB 32/2007

Ref: Table produced courtesy DVSA

Learner Driver Fined

A learner driver whilst on her driving lesson was caught driving at 36 mph in a 30 mph speed limit zone. She had only taken 12 previous lessons and pleaded that she had not noticed her speed increase.

She was given the option to either have 3 penalty points added to her licence, or take a one day driver education course. The course would cost £110.

Her driving instructor had no part to play in the ‘eyes of the law’.

Advice to all learner drivers 

According to the law; from the very first lesson, all drivers are responsible for the safety of themselves and other road users. How many new drivers are aware of that law!

All driving instructors should mention it on the first lesson.