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Tips for passing driving theory test 1004 656 Paul Davies

Tips for passing driving theory test

Tips for passing driving theory test
You’re about to embark on a journey of learning to drive and it is time to consider preparing for your theory test. Although arguably less stressful than the practical test, the pressure of needing to pass the theory test beforehand can be worrying.

Here at Arrow Driving Academy, we believe that we have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the highest standard of support. Therefore, we have compiled a blog post full of top tips to help you achieve success when taking your theory test.

The first step is booking your test;

When taking this step you need to consider what date is convenient for you. We recommend that you should give yourself at least a few weeks in order to give yourself time to prepare for it. Theory tests can be booked online at www.dsa.gov.uk or alternatively you can call the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) on 0300 200 1122. Your theory test will take place at one of the various test centres in your area. The theory test centre in Hull is located in the city centre, on Bond Street. However, for more details or to find your local theory test centre, please visit https://www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test-centre.
Next, you need to revise;

Once your theory test is booked, it is important that you begin revising the appropriate information to ensure success. The theory test includes 50 multiple questions out of thousands of possible questions. You will need to achieve 90% correct answers in order to pass. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have created a Theory Test Handbook, to guide you through this process and provide you with the essential information.

Practising Hazard Perception;

During the theory test, you will have to complete both the multiple choice question test AND the hazard perception test. The hazard perception test includes a variety of short video clips. These videos will include a selection of driving hazards that you will need to spot quickly and efficiently. Here at Arrow, we provide support and resources necessary for passing this part of the theory test. You simply need to familiarise yourself with the programme involved. This will include practising scanning the road for danger and identifying any distractions.

Taking a Mock Test;

When you believe that you are ready to take your theory test, it can be extremely useful to take a Mock Test. Here at Arrow Driving Academy, we will do anything to help you pass first time. Which is why we offer FREE access to all of our students to a fantastic online resource Theory Test Pro. This is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has everything you will need to prepare you for the test. To acquire your log in details, please visit http://www.arrowdrivingacademy.co.uk/driving-lessons-hull-east-yorkshire/driving-theory-test and follow the link provided.

It’s always a great idea to practice with your friends and family who have already completed the test. They will be able to quiz you on your existing driving knowledge and extend your understanding in any areas you are struggling with.

What you need on the day;

Once you feel you are truly ready for the theory test, it is important that you are aware of the things you will need on the day of your test.

– We recommend that you plan to arrive at the theory test centre 30 minutes prior to your test. Not only will this give you time to fill in any necessary documents before your test, but it will also reduce stress when finding the location and arriving on time.

– Ensure that you take your provisional driving license. Your license photo card will be needed on the day. If you haven’t paid the fee already, you will also need your credit/debit card.

– Use your time effectively when you arrive! You are given 15 minutes of practice time prior to your test. We recommend that you use this as it will allow you to familiarise yourself with the programme and the layout of the test. This will prepare you to the highest extent and enable you to achieve your full potential.

– There is also a 3 minute break between the first part of the test and the second part of the test. This means that when you have completed the multiple choice questions, you will be given a breather. Although you will be eager to finish the test, we recommend using these 3 minutes to recollect your thoughts and prepare yourself for the hazard perception test that will follow.

 

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Training; 1140 750 Paul Davies

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Training;

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Training;

Are you looking for a change in career? Do you want to be your own boss? Perhaps you wish to embark on a more rewarding, challenging and ambitious journey? Then you could be a suitable candidate to become a UK driving instructor.

Learning to be a driving instructor may take more time and effort than preparing for a different kind of job, but the long-term results are undeniably fantastic. Once qualified as an ADI, you can enjoy the freedom of being your own boss, with high earnings each week.

Do you have what it takes?

Training to become an approved driving instructor isn’t easy. It means that you have to be dedicated, focused and always on the ball. Nevertheless, if you believe that you have a passion to teach and enjoy watching people develop important life skills, then training as a driving instructor could be the change that you need. If you can answer yes to one or all of these questions, then we believe that you should seriously consider this exciting new opportunity;

  • Are you willing to train for a number of months to start the career you love?
  • Are you dedicated to working hard and developing your own business?
  • Would you consider yourself a professional, determined and organised individual?
  • Would you enjoy being your own boss and having more control over your work schedule?
  • Are you a patient, calm and sensitive person?
  • Do you believe you can build other people’s confidence by teaching them an important life skill?

What do I need to qualify to train?

Dedicating yourself to a career as a driving instructor is extremely rewarding. Alongside high quality job satisfaction also comes a whole range of other benefits including the ability to have an extremely social job based on your schedule. It also includes putting your efforts into a career that not only improves your quality of lives but others too, through the teaching and development of important life skills.

In order to train as a driving instructor, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have had a full UK license for at least 3 years
  • Have no more than 5 points on your license
  • Have not been banned from driving within the last 4 years
  • Be a fit person for the job in the eyes of the DVSA
  • Pass a DBS check (Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service)

Training to be a driving instructor with Arrow Driving Academy is simple. All you have to do is contact us and we will immediately start the process. We will discuss an initial meet up to discuss your ambitions and answer any queries you have about the career itself.

If you can answer yes to all of the requirements above then that is fantastic, you could be well on your way to becoming an approved driving instructor teaching people to drive across Hull and East Yorkshire.

Train to be an instructor with Arrow Driving Academy;

With Arrow Driving Academy, you can quickly and effectively train to be an ADI within weeks. You will have full individual support from a highly skilled and qualified trainer who is dedicated to leading you onto the path of success.

If you are looking for a career change or wish to be your own boss, we can help you meet these goals and support you on your way to becoming a fully trained driving instructor. Our training includes;

  • Training with a fully qualified, professional instructor
  • Flexible training hours and payment options to suit you
  • Over 40 hours of tuition with your own personal advisor
  • All of the resources necessary to assist your training and pass the tests

How is the training course structured?

Training to be a driving instructor comprises 3 core elements;

  1. ADI Theory Test

The ADI theory test is made up of 2 separate sections, much like the regular car theory test, this is a multiple choice set of questions and hazard perception test. Arrow Driving Academy will support you with all of the necessary resources and advice you will need to pass this. Once passed, you can move onto the next stage.

  1. ADI Driving Test

The ADI driving test is also very similar to the regular driving practical test. You can expect your personal trainer to let you know when you are ready to take this test, as it is slightly tougher than the original test. You must pass this test in order to move onto stage 3.

  1. ADI Instructional Ability Test

This test is much different to anything you will have previously experienced as it is not involved in the original driving tests. This test is comprised of two half-hour driving lessons on subjects chosen by the examiner. The examiner’s role in this test is to act as a learner driver, making mistakes and asking questions in order to test your instructor abilities. Your trainer at Arrow Driving Academy will fully prepare you for this test by teaching you a variety of different subjects and carrying out a range of mock-tests. You will receive one of three grades at the end of this test – 4 (adequate), 5 (good) or 6 (excellent). This will be the result in official recognition of ADI.

 Interested? Contact us today;

If you believe that you have what it takes to become a qualified ADI, call us today on 0800 0119695 or alternatively, visit our website for more information at www.arrowdrivingacademy.co.uk.

Happy 20th Birthday UK Theory Test! 1004 656 Paul Davies

Happy 20th Birthday UK Theory Test!

                                                                                                      Happy 20th Birthday UK Theory Test!
Yes, July 2016 marks the month of the UK theory test’s creation. So today’s blog post will be about how the theory test works and how it has changed over the years. We hope you enjoy reading this blog and have a great day.
Started off easy…
Learners in the early stages of the UK theory test arguably ‘had it easy’, as the test was fairly simple to pass. There was no hazard perception, no computer-based testing or any of the tasks that you will have to face if you take the test today. Learners, back then, simply had to answer a set of questions that were theory-related and chosen by the examiner. Yes, that was it. This was all set to change two decades ago, as in July 1996, the new theory test was introduced.
Safety improvements;
Although you might look back and wonder why the test has been changed so dramatically, to the point where it is much harder to pass, we also must acknowledge that this is a good thing for driving safety. The new and improved driving theory test has meant that the number of accidents on the road today have been reduced. Experts say that this is largely with thanks to the hazard perception test, which teaches learners important skills in reliability, concentration and effective driving.
So, how has the test changed over time?
Here’s a brief timeline to show you the biggest changes to the theory test over the last 20 years.
– Pre-1996
Examiner asked theory-based questions moments before the practical test
– 1996
Early stage of theory test as we know it today was introduced, with 35 theory-based questions. The pass mark was a mere 26 out of 35.
– 2000
Computer-based testing introduced
– 2001
Learners were able to book the UK theory test online
– 2002
Hazard perception introduced as part of the test
– 2007
Number of theory test questions rose to 50 and the pass mark increased to 43 out of 50
– 2015
Hazard perception part of the test is enhanced, with new computer-generated clips for a more modern touch.
– 2016
We expect that the theory test will continue to change and encourage more efficient driving behaviour in the future.
As you can see, the driving theory test has evolved dramatically over time. If you have any questions about the current UK theory test or would like to know more about the support Arrow Driving Academy offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our Contact Page at http://www.arrowdrivingacademy.co.uk/contact-us.

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Reasons why you may fail your MOT;

Reasons why you may fail your MOT;
Here at Arrow we understand the frustration you may feel when you fail your MOT. This is why we decided that it could be a great idea to outline common reasons for failing, and ways to help you avoid failing the MOT test. This not only helps to keep your car in check, but it also saves you a ton of money.
According to the DVSA, around 40% of cars fail their first MOT test. Some of the most common reasons for this is simply due to the owner not keeping check of how their car is working, and what needs to be improved. In order to avoid failing the MOT, simply start by checking the following;
– Tyres – it is important to check your tyre pressure and the overall condition on a regular basis. Approximately 10% of faults found during an MOT are related to tyre problems.
– Lights – always check your lightbulbs are functioning correctly, this is perhaps the most common fault found during MOT.
– Brakes – always check that your brakes are fully functioning before setting off.
– Mirrors – always ensure that your road view is as it should be.
How do I check these properly?
Checking your tyres, lights and mirrors is not a difficult task. In fact, anyone is able to carry out these effective checks quickly and without fuss. Here is some simple advice on how to do this correctly in order to minimise your chances of failing an MOT;
– Checking your tyres
o Use a tread depth gauge to check your tyre tread
o The minimum tread for a car should be 1.6mm
o It is also useful to check the tyre pressure
o Ensure that all tyres are the same size
o Check that tyres are not damaged – no cuts or bumps

– Checking your lights
o Check that your lightbulbs are fully functioning
o You can do this by simply tapping them lightly
o This will show whether they are loose or broken
o Always ensure the colour of your bulbs are correct
o Your car handbook will tell you which bulbs you need
o If you are unsure, garages will often change them for a low cost or even for free

– Check your brakes
o Checking your brakes is simple, and can be carried out daily when you get in your car
o Strange noises when braking are a clear indicator of a problem
o If this occurs, or you feel the car pulling to one side, you should contact a garage as soon as possible
o Also ensure that you regularly check brake fluid levels, keep it topped up to the line

– Check drivers view
o Ensure windscreen wipers and washers work properly and the fluid is topped up
o Do not use any stickers or air fresheners in your car that can impair your view of the road
o Windscreen wipers should be replaced annually
o Any chips in the windscreen itself must be fixed immediately
o Ensure that all mirrors are in good condition and adjustable to your requirements
Staying safe on the roads;
MOT tests are extremely important, and sometimes paying for repairs is just a part of life. Checking your car regularly is a great way to avoid any unnecessary costs and keep your car in great condition, however, some problems need to be fixed by a professional. If you ever feel that something isn’t working properly, or that your car needs maintenance, do not hesitate to seek professional help rather than waiting for your MOT check.
The MOT check itself may be a legal requirement, but it is not the same as having your car fully serviced. This is because MOT checks simply go over everything that needs to be safe in order to meet legal requirements, it does not check the mechanical condition overall. This is because the MOT test does not include checking of the engine, clutch or gearbox. If you suspect you are having problems with any such elements of your vehicle, we recommend that you contact your local garage as soon as possible, in order to ensure your car is fully functioning and minimise the change of an accident.
Always remember that it is your responsibility as a driver to ensure that your vehicle remains safe and works to the highest standard. If you require any advice or information, we would be happy to help. Give us a call on 0800 011 9695. We hope you enjoy your driving freedom and ultimately, stay safe on the roads!

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Britain’s most dangerous roads;

       Britain’s most dangerous roads;
According to a Road Safety Foundation report, Britain’s most dangerous road is the A18 between Laceby and Ludborough. The ten-mile stretch through Lincolnshire has been named one of the riskiest routes.
It is located in a rural area, lined by trees and is substantially narrow. It is also a somewhat winding road, the report states. Between 2008-10, the road accidents stood at 10 on the A18. This figure increased to 17 between 2011-13, as fatal and serious crashes became more likely.
                              The top ten;
The report found that Britain’s riskiest routes are as follows;
1. A18: From Laceby to Ludborough, Lincolnshire
2. A36: From A3090 to Totton, Hampshire
3. A588: From A585 Blackpool to Lancaster
4. A44: From Llangurig to Aberystwyth
5. A532: From A530 to A534 Crewe, Cheshire
6. A291: From Canterbury to Herne Bay, Kent
7. A6: From M6 junction 33 to Lancaster
8. A361: From Chipping Norton to Banbury, Oxfordshire
9. A40: From M40 junction 5 to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
10. A643: From Brighouse to Morley, West Yorkshire
                               Riskiest routes;
The second most dangerous route, according to the Road Safety Foundation report, is the 4-mile stretch of the A36 North of Totton in Hampshire. Fatal and serious accidents increased from 12 in 2008-10 to 16 in 2011-13.
In third place, is the A588 from Blackpool to Lancaster. A 17-mile stretch where serious and fatal accidents have increased from 22 to 26 between the two periods.
The Road Safety Foundation report also found that crashes on the UK’s major road networks cost a huge £2.1 billion in the two years period between 2011 and 2013.
It is argued that this calls for a higher degree of road maintenance and more effective road safety in all areas of the UK road network, particularly in these dangerous areas.

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New booster seats ban;

New booster seats ban;
The government have recently released plans to be set with more changes to child car seats law on the way. This will include stricter rules regarding the use of booster seats in a vehicle. It also means that there will be a limit on the use of backless booster seats, especially for older children.
The current UK law states that all children travelling in a vehicle must use the correct and specified car seat until the age of 12, or 135cm tall. Across Europe, it is often found that the height is increased to 150cm.
Backless booster seats;
In regards to backless booster seats, current law states that children weighing as little as 15kg are able to travel in a backless booster seats, that is children as young as three years old. It is argued that this kind of booster seat is unsuitable, especially for the safety of young children.
Therefore, under the new rules, the booster seat law states that backless booster seats will only be approved for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. This means that small children will be held more securely in a full seat. And also, the adult seat belt will be guided across their bodies in a much more efficient manner. However, the most important improvement for this change is that your child will be protected much more effectively if involved in a crash.
Why high-back booster seats get the thumbs up from us;
Backless booster seats, otherwise known as a booster cushion, are tempting for many parents as they are extremely cheap to buy and they seem to do the job as it is currently legal for children up to 135cm tall to use. However, we do not recommend the use of these booster seats, particularly for the use with young children. This is because they cannot provide a suitable level of safety for your child, especially in the event of a car accident.
High-backed booster seats may be a more expensive option, but they are much more effective as they provide full support for your child. The adult seat belt is able to be secured around your child and provide the upmost support in your vehicle. This therefore increases their safety in the event of an accident.
Do I need to buy a new seat?
The new UK regulations for child car seats are set to be introduced at the end of 2016. The law will be set to apply to any new products appearing on the market, meaning that parents looking to buy a booster seat in the next year will need to check that they are approved for the use with children under 125cm in height and 22kg in weight.
Parents who currently own a booster seat will be able to continue using it without breaking any rules. This means that essentially, you do not need to purchase a new booster seat for your child. However, we do recommend that you follow the new rules to keep your child as safe as possible on UK roads.

Safe driving!
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New measures to develop safety on British roads;

New measures to develop safety on British roads;

The UK Department for Transport have recently made plans to improve road safety. This involves helping learner drivers improve their skills and also punish those who drive dangerously. Extensive research has been developed in order to increase driver education levels and also measures have been taken against drink and drug driving.

At the end of 2015, the DfT unveiled a set of measures that are going to be implemented to improve road safety in Britain. These measures are developed in order to ensure that both learner and existing drivers have the capability to drive safely and comfortably. This means that there is also emphasis on improving learner drivers’ knowledge and skill before taking their test, this includes allowing them to drive on the motorway with an approved driving instructor.

All of the proposals involved are aimed to tackle dangerous driving of many kinds, and therefore reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on British roads.

What are the main proposals?

Within these new measures for the improvement of road safety, there are a number of main features that illustrate how the UK government aim to tackle various kinds of problematic driving behavior, this includes;

  • Motorway experience for learner drivers
  • Improved police enforcement on roads
  • Higher numbers of officers prepared with drug recognition and impairment testing skills and equipment
  • £50 million grant into Bike ability cycle training in schools across the UK
  • Improvement to cycle safety measures on the roads
  • For learner motorcyclists, the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) will be strengthened
  • Overall improvement in driver education, training and behavior interventions for existing drivers
  • Drivers caught using mobile phones will not face 4 penalty points and a £150 fixed penalty notice, rather than the original 3 points and £100 fine

Why is this important?

Driving safety and the overall improvement of safety for all British road users, is extremely important as it allows the UK government to aid the reduction of road accidents per year. Not only will the scheme develop the skills of learner drivers, but it will also improve driving knowledge for existing drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists. Making the roads safer for everybody is a positive move, and with harsher restrictions on dangerous driving behaviour such as drug driving and using a mobile phone, there are more and more incentives to follow the rules that are set.

If you do not feel confident when driving, or simply feel that you need a refresher course to build your skills, Arrow Driving Academy would be delighted to help you along the way. For more information, please do not hesitate to call us today on 0800 011 9695, a member of our team would be happy to help.

Safe driving!

The Arrow Team

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year from Arrow!

Happy New Year and all the best for 2016 from the Arrow Driving Academy team.

We would like to take this opportunity to post a huge thank you to all of the dedicated individuals who take part in our adventure as a new and ambitious driving academy in Hull. A massive thank you to our fantastic driving instructors who have joined us in recent years and aided us in becoming bigger and better than ever before. We would also like to extend our kindest thanks to our students, not only for choosing Arrow but also for believing in us and being a delight to teach.

We have a new website on the way…

Keep your eyes peeled for our brand new website launching the first week of January 2016! We are extremely excited to share our new look with you and provide prospective staff and students with effective, information packed online resources that are easy to navigate and appealing to the eye. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Our website will be fully loaded with all of the latest facts and information about Arrow and its expansion. We are extremely thrilled to announce that we will be expanding our horizons and introducing new ventures such as taxi training, ADI training, eco-driving courses and intensive driving sessions. We have also recently launched our fleet driving course website, www.arrowfleetdriving.co.uk.

Bigger and better than ever!

It is safe to say that 2016 will be a busy year for the Arrow Driving Academy team. We are truly dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who always seek to provide the highest standard of customer service and impact the lives of our staff and students in the best way possible.

As always, we are continually looking for new and aspirational individuals to join our team. Whether you are looking for high quality and cost-effective driving lessons, seek to change career path and train as an ADI or join us on any other one of our expansions, we would love to hear from you!

Last but not least, THANK YOU;

Once again, we would like to extend the warmest thank you to everyone who has supported Arrow Driving Academy over the past few years in one way or another. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to continue to grow and succeed in the ways we have in 2015. It is always a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones in the new year!

Finally, don’t forget to drive safely over the holiday period. It is as important as ever to remember to never risk driving under the influence – best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016.

 

Arrow Driving Academy

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