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The Driver’s Record

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Becoming a qualified driver really can change your life, a driver’s record will help you. Driving is not only convenient but it can save you money, present you with new employment opportunities, and can help to improve the quality of life your whole family enjoys. The road to becoming a licensed road user is a long one, not without its challenges, but with a skilled instructor and the use of a driver’s record, it is possible to negotiate this winding path and become a competent and safe road user that is legally entitled to drive on the roads.

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What Is A Driver’s Record

The driver’s record is a relatively new introduction and, working with both your professional instructor and anybody that will be helping you with your practise. The record enables you to mark down any skills you have started to develop and will provide you with a blueprint for improvement. It will enable you, your instructor, and the person helping you practise to pull in the same direction; towards your licence.

Professional Instruction

Having a professional instructor will help improve your driving skills and it will help to improve your chances of passing your test quickly and more efficiently. You may use a friend or family member to help you with your practise but this should be done in conjunction with formal instruction. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 people that pass their practical test first time, do so under the instruction of a professional.

Choosing An Driving Instructor

Choosing the right driving instructor is important. You will need to develop an understanding with them so that you can learn the skills necessary. Fortunately, there are thousands of qualified and competent instructors throughout the UK and you can use a local instructor to help with your tuition. Check that any instructor you intend to use is fully Driving Standards Authority certified. The DSA conducts regular checks on their network of instructors so you can be sure that your instructor has the skills necessary.

ADI Accreditation

An Approved Driving Instructor will help to improve your chances of success. They will teach you driving skills and the basic skills and knowledge required for your test. They will also determine when you are ready to take your test and will then work towards this date; they will even attend your test, if necessary and requested.

Private Practice

On average it takes 47 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of private practise to pass the driving test. A family member or friend may be able to help you towards your driving license by helping to teach you. With a driver’s record, you can be sure that you are practising the appropriate skills that your instructor believes you need to practise.

Five Skills Levels

There are, effectively, five different skills levels in the driver’s record. During level 1 the skill is introduced while level 2 means that the skill can be carried out under full instruction and level 3 means it can be completed correctly when prompted. Level 4 means that the skill rarely needs to be prompted while level 5 means that you can complete that particular skill without having to be prompted by your instructor or anybody else.

The Aim Of The Driver’s Record

The aim of the driver’s record is to help ensure that you practise the necessary elements. Your instructor will be in charge of your development but you may receive help from a friend or family member. It can also provide you with a timeframe of when it would be best to take your practical test. Essentially, as soon as you have signatures at level 5 in all skills you are ready to take your test.

Preparing For Your Practical Test

The driving test itself is a unique experience and while you will have learned the necessary skills this doesn’t mean that you are necessarily fully armed with the information and skills to pass your test. When you have a full sweep of level 5 signatures, your instructor can take you through the details of what will happen during your test and this means that you will know what to expect and what is expected of you on the big day.

Taking Your Instructor On Your Test

You are encouraged to take somebody on your test with you and, in the majority of cases, this will be your driving instructor. While they cannot get involved in your test in any way they can monitor your progress, explain the results to you, and determine what additional steps are required if you unfortunately happen to fail. You may take anybody over the age of 16 on your test but it is usual for this person to be the person that gave you driving tuition and instruction.

Your Test Results

Your instructor may accompany you during the test itself. They will not be able to get involved in the test in any way which means that they will not be able to help you during the test. However, they can explain your test results to you in greater detail. If you fail your test then they can use the information from your test results to help prepare you for your next attempt.

What Your Test Entails

The test will include a number of steps. The eyesight check ensures that you are able to safely drive on the roads while the vehicle safety check, which is also known as the “show me, tell me” test ensures that you can safely maintain your car so that it can be used on the road. You will be expected to drive for around 40 minutes during your test which will include a 10 minute independent driving section.

Your Driver’s Record

Your driver’s record is a tool that is meant to help develop the skills that are necessary for driving on UK roads. It will enable you to practise the skills you are developing even when you are not being instructed by a professional instructor. It can also act as a guide as to when you are ready to take your driving test.

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