Driving lessons in Horncastle, Tattershall, Coningsby, 

Woodhall Spa and surrounding areas

                                                                                              with 

                                                          ​Porter School of Motoring

Learning to drive from Start to Finish

Applying for a Provisional Driving Licence

To start driving on the road you must have a signed valid provisional driving licence and be at least 17 years old except if you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate when you can start at 16. Form D1 is available from most post offices or can be downloaded online from

Theory Test

The theory test is a screen based test of two parts.The first part consists of 50 multiple choice questions in which you must get at least 43 correct. Don't worry as you will have 57 minutes to finish this part of the test -plenty of time. If you prepare well you will pass comfortably. You are allowed a three minute break without leaving your seat before starting the second part which is the hazard perception test. On the screen you will see computer generated images of everyday traffic situations that you will encounter in real life driving. There will be 14 separate clips with 15 scorable hazards in total. To score you must click on the computer mouse as soon as a hazard starts to develop which you may have to change speed or direction for .The sooner you click, the more points you will score up to a maximum of 5 for each hazard and you must achieve a total of at least 44 out of 75 to pass this part. This part lasts about 20 mins. 

Both parts must be passed in one sitting.

Theory Test Study Material

Since 23rd January 2012 the exact questions are not published .This is to ensure candidates have a deeper understanding of the rules of the road and to help them to apply the rules in practice. The following are recommended reading: The Highway Code; Know Your Traffic Signs; Driving-The Essential Skills; Theory Test Questions and Answers for Car Drivers.

Private Practice

If the methods which are used on lessons are used privately, this can consolidate/accelerate learning and lead to a better prepared candidate on test and a safer driver after test. Therefore I would recommend as much private practice as possible. However, keep the practice relevant-if your weakness is town driving then centre your practice in town.

Practical Test

The examiner will need to see your documents before starting, so remember your driving licence your theory test pass certificate and appointment letter/booking reference number/confirmation e-mail. You will then be asked if you want anyone to accompany you on the test - this is usually your instructor and if you would like them to attend the debrief at the end of the test .

Next is the eyesight test where you will be asked to read a registration plate from a set distance away -20 metres or 20.5 metres depending on the size of lettering. If you need spectacles or contact lenses to do this you must also wear these when driving. Then you will be asked one vehicle safety check question before starting to drive.

The drive will take you on various types of roads with varying speed limits covering different types of junctions, hazards and traffic situations and will take approximately 38-40 minutes . Also you will be asked to park and move away safely a number of times, once from behind an obstruction, usually a parked car. 

Also included will be a manoeuvre which will be either a forward turn into then a reverse back out of a parking bay in a public car park, a reverse into a parking bay at the test centre, a parallel park or a pull over onto the right hand side of the road reverse straight for 2 car lengths then move away and return back to the left side of the road. 

There is a section of independent driving where for approximately 20 minutes four out of five candidates will follow instructions on a satellite navigation system such as a TomTom or one out of five will follow the direction signs for various destinations. 

One out of three candidates will be asked to do an emergency stop as well as parking and moving away. Also you will be asked show the examiner how to use one of the minor controls while driving such as washing the windscreen.

When you have got back to the test centre you will be told the result and given a debrief where you will be told of any weaknesses in your driving which need to be worked on.

The full list of vehicle safety check questions ( also known as show me/ tell me) can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/motoring which includes useful videos about the test.

Cancelling a Test

At least three clear working days notice must be given to cancel a test without losing your booking fee.

Life after you have passed your Driving Test

Well done, you have passed your test! But remember however few driving faults you got on test, you are still very vulnerable.The statistics don't lie -there are a disproportionate number of novice drivers(mainly 17-25 year olds) involved in road traffic accidents, so keep using the safe driving techniques you have learnt. They aren't just for the test, use them for life. View the test as a starting point and why not take some training after your test to broaden your experience -maybe Pass Plus or motorway tuition perhaps.

It could lead to an insurance discount!

Useful websites

www.iam.org.uk/ for advanced driving courses

www.driving.org/ the driving instructors

association

www.twells.co.uk/ new and used Vauxhall dealer in Lincolnshire