Don't Be Nervous its Test day


Driving Instructor Wakefield

Choosing a driving instructor.


If you are paying someone to teach you to drive, they must be approved and registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Only a registered approved driving instructor (ADI) can charge money for teaching you to drive.

Recent surveys indicate that nine in ten learners who passed both theory and practical tests first time were taught by an instructor. A fully qualified approved driving instructor (ADI) must display a green certificate on the windscreen of the car while teaching you. Some trainee driving instructors are granted a licence so they can gain experience before their qualifying examination. In this case, the trainee driving instructor must display a pink certificate on the windscreen.

DSA is responsible for maintaining and checking the standards of all approved driving instructors (ADI), who to qualify must:

  • have held a full driving licence for at least four years
  • pass a much tougher theory test than the one learner drivers take
  • pass a strict driving test
  • reach and keep up a high standard of instruction. The standard of tuition given by the ADI is regularly checked by a supervising examiner from DSA
  • be registered with DSA
  • display an ADI identification certificate on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle

You should take advice from your ADI on:

  • all aspects of driving
  • what books to read
  • when to take your test
  • how to practice

DSA, as a government agency, is not allowed to recommend an instructor. We suggest that you ask friends and relatives to recommend someone they know. You could also look in a local business directory for ADIs in your area. Try and choose an instructor who:

  • has a good reputation
  • is reliable and punctual
  • has a car that suits you





Test Day




Test Day

Learning to drive
The day of the Practical Test

When the time to take your practical test comes round we recommend that you get a good nightís sleep and have a good breakfast.

You should ensure that you have the following documentation with you:

Both parts of your driving licence.. THATS ALL YOU WILL NEED.

If you intend to take the test in your own car it is essential that the test vehicle meets the requirements.

You must make sure that the car you intend to drive is
legally roadworthy and has a current MOT certificate, if it's over 3 years old
fully covered by insurance for its present use and for you to drive.

The examiner will ask you to sign a declaration that your insurance is in order. The test will not be conducted if you are unable/unwilling to do so.

Please Note:
If you have hired a car it is unlikely to be insured for the driving test. You should check with the hire company before you sign the declaration at the test centre.

The DSA has pointed out that a significant number of both cars and motorcycles are being imported from outside the EEC with speedos that show only kilometers per hour (kph).

Under the Construction and Use regulations, section 35 speedometres in the UK MUST show both kph and mph.

Vehicles not complying with these regulations are unsuitable for a driving test.

Your vehicle should also display
a valid tax disc (unless exempt)
L plates (or D plates, if in Wales) displayed to the front and rear.

Your car must also have
a fully functional seat belt fitted to the front passenger seat
a head restraint fitted to the front passenger seat
an additional interior rear-view mirror suitable for use by the examiner

Specially adapted vehicles may be exempt from these requirements.

If your car does not comply with these regulations
your test will be cancelled
you may lose your fee.

In my car all this is taken care of and, of course, your instructor will attend the Test Centre with you.

Most Learners have at least an hourís lesson with their Instructor immediately prior to the time of the test.

This allows the instructor to help calm the learnerís nerves, boost their confidence and allows them time to warm up and feel comfortable in the car.

The instructor will ensure that you arrive in good time, and will know if your Test Centre has a toilet ( allowing you to make a stop beforehand if necessary ).






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