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How To Pass Your Theory Test

The key to passing your Theory Test is preparation.  Luckily we have this covered for you as each new pupil will be provided free access to our online Theory App which can be used on Desktop, Laptops, Tablets or mobile devices through the Play or App store.

We would also advise that you purchase a copy of the highway code for revision at home.

To stand the best chance of passing your Theory Test it is recomended that you take up a little and often approach to revision.  Each day read a few pages of the highway code and have a little practise on our theory app.  Eventually things will sink in and once your test is booked you will be able to step up your revision schedule.

Within our theory app you will be able to practise both short and full Theory Test questions.  Short tests consist of just 10 questions so they are an ideal option for the little and often approach.  Every few days though make sure you complete a full Theory Test as this will be very similar to your real Theory Test.

The Hazard perception element can also be practised on the app.  We have a series of clips similar to those that are used by the DVSA.  You will be required to click the screen or mouse anytime you see a hazard.  A hazard is anything that would potentially cause you to change speed or direction.

Your Driving Instructor is able to review your progress and will be on hand to help you should you have any questions.

Use Of P Plates

Once you have passed your Driving Test you will be keen to start driving on your own.  Please consider that you will still be very inexperienced and that you should continue to drive as your Driving Instructor trained you and as you drove on your driving test.

It was once said that a new driver starts with two buckets.  One is filled with luck and the other is empty of experience.  As a new driver you need to fill up the experience bucket before the luck bucket runs dry but the only problem is that we never now how much “luck” is in the first bucket.

Use P Plates.  These are very similar to L Plates but are Green in colour with a P instead of an L.  This will indicate to other road users that you are a new and inexperienced driver.  Hopefully most drivers will leave you more space and will expect the occasional mistake.  We would recommended keeping these on you car for a minimum of the first 3 months of your solo driving.  It will give you time and space to gain that vital driving experience.

DVSA – You can display green ‘probationary’ P plates to show that you’ve just passed your driving test. You don’t have to display them. You can leave them on your vehicle for as long as you like.

Buying Your First Car

Congratulations.. You have passed your Driving Test and now you are looking for your first car?  So what do you need to look for and what do you need to consider?

Do I buy new or used?

Most people will buy a used car for their first vehicle on a limited budget.  If you do decide to buy used then it is advisable to purchase your car from a reputable dealership or a trustworthy source.

If you are buying used the you will be looking for as low mileage as possible with a low number of previous keepers. It is worth taking someone with you that knows about cars who can check that you are buying something reliable which hasn’t previously been involved in any significant accidents.  We would also recommend downloading a car buyers checklist so you can check for any significant issues before you part with your hard earned cash.  With a dealer you will have more come back should a problem occur that you will in a private sale.  If a car looks to good to be true then it is often best to walk away.  You need to make sure that your seller is genuine.

Always make sure that you check the HPI history with a used car as there can be outstanding finance attached to the car or other problems.

If you decide you buy a new car then you will be buying a safe car which should be reliable with a manufactures warranty.  Always remember to get an insurance quote for your car before you purchase it.

Low power and small engine

Your first car will need to be very low power with a small engine.  You will simply find the insurance too expensive as a new driver if you go for anything too powerful.

Get A Safe Car

As a New Driver you will probably be on a fairly tight budget for your first car but it is worth saving for the newest and safest car you can afford.  Check the NCAP rating for the car you are looking to buy as this will be a good indicator on if you should purchase the desired car.

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