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Offline KFdancer

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2017, 03:53:51 PM »
I'm pretty sure I haven't put my parking brake up at a red light since I took the test.

Those kinds of things you have to do on the test but no one does in real life.  I would if I was on a hill in a manual.  But it's incredibly flat where I live.

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2017, 09:56:11 PM »
Lessons are very important. They teach you how to pass the test, not how to drive, as you already know that. One thing I found VERY helpful was looking up your test center on You Tube and reviewing the test videos. There are loads for London test centers, there may not be many for the small test centers not in London, but it's worth a try.

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2017, 10:06:02 PM »
When you decide to sit your test - this might be helpful

http://www.driving-test-success.com/dsa_driving_test_centre_pass_rates.htm

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2017, 12:38:40 PM »
However, it looks like this is usually only required if it has expired due to age (you're over 70) or for medical reasons.

There is a very long list of medical problems might have be reported to DVLA, even for the under 70 year olds, with this warning

"You need to tell DVLA about some medical conditions as they can affect your driving.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

You must give up your licence if either:

    your doctor tells you to stop driving for 3 months or more
    you don’t meet the required standards for driving because of your medical condition"



Then a very long list of those medical conditions, including conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Aspergers.

Have a read.
https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving
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Re: Driving test
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2017, 12:49:56 PM »
Ksand24--Thanks for all that info. Neither the husband or I have photo card driver's licenses. We still only have the paper ones. The photo card licenses came into effect in 98 or 99 but it wasn't "enforced" until 2003 and by that time, we didn't have a car anymore so we didn't get one. I wonder if we can just turn them in to DVLA when we get back and get a new photo card.


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Re: Driving test
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2017, 12:24:51 PM »
When you decide to sit your test - this might be helpful

http://www.driving-test-success.com/dsa_driving_test_centre_pass_rates.htm

I'd actually recommend not looking at the pass rates for your test centre at all. You'll practice the routes with your driving instructor, so you'll get familiar with it. It really doesn't matter how other people did on the test at that centre, just worry about yourself.

I think I would have been a lot more nervous about my test had I known that female pass rate at my centre was only 33%. Just worry about yourself.

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2017, 11:45:02 AM »
I just passed my test today. I passed theory first time around (I read one of the books but I also found a very reliable website that had accurate quizzes straight from the books). If I can find the link I'll post it, it really helped me.

I failed my first exam due to nerves. No result on my second exam due to a mechanical error in my instructors car (I had one mark on my paper too, was so upset)! Third time was today its high winds and rainy and I still passed with five minors

I had a new examiner so her boss sat in the car too, that was a bit nerve wracking.

I would def say lessons. I drove about the same length as you in the states as I'm 28, but cars and roads are so different here. My instructor told me to constantly mirror check as they look at you for that. If you get a good instructor they will teach you their car, then jump you right into the road. After my second test I just practiced in my husbands car (learners insurance is cheaper then lessons) so getting used to the instructors car was a bit difficult this morning. I think the biggest thing is overcoming nerves. The examiners are actually really nice, you just have to be confident.

Test is 38 -4O mins, I can give you a pic of the exam and what they test you on if you like. I was a bag of nerves this morning and I somehow pulled it off. I agree with the others to learn your area. Even when I wasn't driving I was constantly asking my husband which lane I would need to be I etc and I practiced manoeuvres  in my head or around the living room (I know I'm crazy but the visualisation helped me). Also If you have tricky roundabouts in your town ( we have one) my instructor said YouTube it and there will be explanations of how to go about it.

I started lessons in Octoberish and just passed, so it wasn't easy. Doesn't help my test centre gets booked up a month out. 

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2017, 11:51:49 AM »
I just passed my test today.

That's awesome! Congratulations!  ;D   [smiley=balloon.gif] [smiley=balloon.gif] [smiley=balloon.gif]
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Re: Driving test
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2017, 11:57:20 AM »
Here's the theory test  link that has mock tests.  http://m.toptests.co.uk


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Re: Driving test
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2017, 11:58:16 AM »
That's awesome! Congratulations!  ;D   [smiley=balloon.gif] [smiley=balloon.gif] [smiley=balloon.gif]

Thank you! I got a bit obsessed With passing as our bus systems not the best and poor hubby has put up with being my taxi so long lol


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Re: Driving test
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2017, 12:01:22 PM »
Fantastic news!  Congratulations!

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2017, 12:48:22 PM »
Excellent!  Now you can start driving like everybody else , really fast all the time. 

Did you notice people being really rude and inconsiderate to you when driving with L plates?  I couldn't believe the crazy things people were doing just to pass me or give me a hard time for following the speed limit. 

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Re: Driving test
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2017, 03:18:46 PM »
Excellent!  Now you can start driving like everybody else , really fast all the time. 

Did you notice people being really rude and inconsiderate to you when driving with L plates?  I couldn't believe the crazy things people were doing just to pass me or give me a hard time for following the speed limit.

I had to get L plates for my test, as I tested in my car, and people were passing me DURING the test! I was so annoyed, but I kept my cool!
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Re: Driving test
« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2017, 06:49:01 PM »
Excellent!  Now you can start driving like everybody else , really fast all the time. 

Did you notice people being really rude and inconsiderate to you when driving with L plates?  I couldn't believe the crazy things people were doing just to pass me or give me a hard time for following the speed limit.

Yes I had some rude guy behind me honking on my test because I was going thirty, the speed limit.  People are so impatient. Oh well glad it's over


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Re: Driving test
« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2017, 08:37:59 PM »
Geez, sorry that happened to you but glad you passed. In driving, it's my biggest pet peeve when others are erratic with their speeds/aren't paying attention to the speed limit. Like going too slow in higher speed limit areas, then suddenly wanting to speed up and tailgate me in lower speed limit areas. I'm always mindful of speed limits and stick to them.
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