First Steps – Things to Do After You Passed Your Driving Test

Well, you’ve done it – you passed your driving test! Congratulations! The question is, what happens now? Here are a few things you must do before heading out on your first ‘solo driving adventure’.

Things to Do After You Passed Your Driving Test – Your Pass Certificate and Licence

Practical Driving Test Pass Certificate
When You Passed Your Driving Test, your examiner will hand you your Practical Driving Test Pass Certificate

As soon as your driving test is over, your examiner will hand you your driving test pass certificate. Make sure to keep this safe in case you need it to provide evidence that you passed your driving test. You do not, however have to carry it around with you every time you go for a drive.

Your examiner will also ask you for your provisional licence photo card to send off to the DVLA (so it can be updated to a full driving licence). It will take approximately 3 weeks for your new, updated full driving licence photo card to arrive. There is, nonetheless, no need to wait for its arrival before you start driving.

Please note that licence paper counterparts are no longer in use (as from the 8th of June 2015), so if you still have one, there is no need to give it to your examiner.

Should you need to make changes (your photo or address, for instance) to your licence before having it updated, you must keep it and apply for your full licence yourself. Make sure to do this within 2 years of passing your test, as you will otherwise have to take your test again – perish the thought!

Things to Do After You Passed Your Driving Test – Insurance & Tax

While you do not have to wait for the arrival of your full licence to start driving, you MUST be insured properly from the word go. Your learner driver insurance will no longer cover you, so you must either:

Call your insurance company (if you intend to stay with them) and ask them to change your cover from ‘learner’ to ‘qualified driver’, or

Arrange for new car insurance with another company

Many people take their driving test in their own car. If you did this, make sure to check with your insurance provider whether your learner insurance covers your accompanying driver (a parent or your instructor) for the drive home after you passed your driving test.

Vehicle tax is, like car insurance, also a legal requirement. If you’re celebrating passing your driving test with a nice new car of your own, you MUST make sure it is taxed! You can now tax your vehicle online at GOV.UK. As tax discs no longer exist, you will not have to wait for one to arrive before you can set off in your car.

If you are having problems to find car insurance for new drivers or perhaps the insurance is likely to make a dent in your finances, going without just isn’t an option. Try to search for comparison websites such as Money Supermarket or Money Saving Experts. Sometimes you can also find exclusive deals for new drivers if you call them directly, eg: Aviva Car Insurance has ‘special deals’ for new drivers if you call them directly.

Things to Do After You Passed Your Driving Test – Your First Solo Drive

Having sorted out your insurance and taxed your car, you’re ready for your first solo drive. There are, however, a few more things you should consider before getting behind the wheel:

Your first solo ride is not a good time to head for a motorway. We do, in fact, recommend asking your driving instructor for a few post-test motorway driving lessons before you attempt motorway journeys.

You can display green ‘probationary’ P plates to show that you’ve just passed your driving test.

Consider getting some ‘P’ plates! Yes, you may believe ‘P’ plates are lame at best, but they will warn other drivers that you have only just passed your driving test. This should make them give you a little extra ‘room’ and think twice, for example, about pulling up too close behind you on hills!

Driving alone for the first time requires you to be super-alert, so resist the temptation to invite your friends to come along on your first ride (well, who doesn’t like to show off a little?!) – the last thing you need on your first drive is distractions!

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, remember that having passed your driving test has not turned you instantly into Lewis Hamilton. Go careful, take your time and don’t take any unnecessary risks – it simply isn’t worth it! That’s it – you’re ready now to go out and enjoy the freedom of having a full driver’s licence!

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Bearing driving test centre waiting times in mind, we will book your driving test for you at a test centre of your choice for the last day of your course or as soon thereafter as possible. You can book your driving lessons here – we look forward to getting you on the road!


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Summer Time Driving Test Secrets

We are often asked when is the best time for taking a driving test. Experience has taught us that summer is typically the best time – here is why.

Why Summer is the Best Time for Taking a Driving Test

One of the main reasons summer is the best time for taking a driving test is there are more daylight hours for a learner driver to be able to learn in the correct manner. As the days are somewhat ‘longer’ in summer, more tests are carried out on any given day.  The downside is that the waiting times for test centres becomes significantly longer because more people are doing their driving lessons in the summer.

In addition, poor weather conditions (ice, snow, fog, etc.) during the winter months not only make driving and subsequently taking a driving test much harder, they also frequently result in tests being cancelled. This, of course, means if your test is cancelled, you will again have to wait for another free date to become available. If you need to get your driving licence fast, this can be a real problem.

During the summer holidays, traffic also tends to be much calmer, especially during the morning hours and the afternoon, when people would normally be rushing to get their children to and from school.

There are, however, some drawbacks to taking a driving test in summer.

The Cons of Taking a Driving Test in Summer

Why Summer is the Best Time to do your Practical Driving Test
Taking a driving test? Pros and Cons of taking your Driving Test in Summer

While summer weather is generally better, occasional thunderstorms and accompanying torrential rain can cause driving conditions to deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly. In early summer, falling blossom can also become a real problem when wet due to early morning dew or rain, as it can make a road extremely slippery.

As a rule, rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon means the best time to take a test is between 10 AM and 1 PM. Unfortunately, this tends to be the hottest time of the day in summer. This can make driving extremely uncomfortable, especially if humidity is high as well. While using the in-car air-conditioning system or opening the window may help with this, both options can be problematic.

Air-conditioning could, for instance, become an issue if you are wearing contact lenses. Opening the windows, on the other hand, increases the risk of insects getting into the car and distracting you.

How to Book your Driving Test this Summer

You can book your Driving Test directly with the GOV.UK website. Or we can book it for you if you choose to go with one of our driving courses.


While there are some drawbacks to summer driving tests, summer is the best time to take a driving test because:

  • Weather and subsequently road conditions are generally better (and safer)
  • Traffic is much calmer. especially during the school holidays

If you want to get your driving licence fast, now is the time to do it – book your Intensive Driving Course now and we will book your test for you as soon as possible.

I Need a Driving Licence. Where Do I Start?

You have decided now is the best time for you to get your full driving licence but your not sure where to start the process. I will give you a step by step guide from how to apply for your provisional driving licence up to the all important passing your driving test. I will keep this guide simple and as easy as possible to follow. But if their is anything you don’t quite understand just remember I am only a freephone call away. It’s all free advice which will help your pocket as well.

Provisional Driving Licence

First things first. The first important step is to apply for your provisional driving licence – click here. This part is quite simple. You just need to click on this link to the DVLA ( Its the government website ). Once you have applied for your provisional driving licence it normally takes 2 weeks to arraive at your home address. At the time of writing the cost for this is if you apply online is £34 or if you apply by post £43. If doing it by post the form you will need to fill in at the post office is the D1 application form. ( if doing it by post it may take longer before it is posted to you.

The Theory Test

Only wants you have received your provisional licence can you apply for your theory test booking, there is around a 3 week waiting list at most theory test centres. ( all theory test centres are run by the DVSA ) The DVSA is a government organisation that conducts both the theory and practical driving tests and there other roles includes promoting safe driving on our roads. The theory test fee at the time of writing this is £23 which is made payable at the time of booking your theory test. Here is the link to booking your theory test.
You can only apply for a practical driving test once the theory test is passed.

Studying For your Theory Test

The theory test is broken into two parts. You must pass both parts in order to pass the theory test.
The first part is the theory test questions. You will be asked 50 questions and the pass mark is 86% which translates that you must get 43 out of 50 correct. The second part is the hazard perception part. The pass mark is 44 out of 75, which translates to a 58% pass mark. It normally takes around 15 hours of studying to get good at both parts. We have lots of the latest study material on our website. Here is a link to all the latest study material.

Driving Lessons

Now you have passed your theory test you have a full 2 years to pass your driving test, if you do not pass your theory test in the 2 year period you will have to resit it again. You should book your driving lessons in at a time that best suits you, Try and vary the lessons times as much as possible as this will give you a better chance to experience lots of different road conditions and traffic flow. Get yourself a good driving instructor who will understand your needs. Because of the waiting time of the practical driving tests at most test centres it very important to time your lessons leading up to your driving test date. ( Most UK test centres have at least a two month wait for driving test )

Driving Tests In The UK

Because of the long wait for the practical driving test in the UK it would be wise to get your driving test booked up for the end of your lessons. Try and book your driving test at one of your local driving test centres. Here is a link to the DVSA site where you can find your local driving test centres – Find a driving Test Centre
The driving test last for around 50 minutes, this is dependent on the test route you are given by your driving test examiner. Your driving instructor will take you through all you need to know for your practical driving test. If you do not commit any Major or serious mistakes and get NO more than 15 minor mistakes you should pass. Please remember that if you commit the same minor mistakes over and over again then this can then become a major mistake. At the end of your driving test if you pass your driving test examiner will give you a pass certificate which entitles you to drive straight away on your own with out supervision . Your full licence will be posted to you, it normally takes around 2 weeks to arrive.

I hope this guide helps you pass your driving test. Intensive Courses

How to become a Great Driver and pass your Driving Test first time?

Most people learning to drive think way to much about passing the driving test first time without thinking of the all more important thing which is How To Become A Great Driver. If you work hard on becoming a great driver then the driving test becomes easy. In most peoples minds when learning to drive the test becomes all consuming. (it’s like a baby worrying about running before they can walk)


So How Do I become A Great Driver?

To become a great driver the first thing you need to do is get a great driving instructor. By using a great driving instructor it will speed up the learning to drive process. Great driving instructors are hard to come by, but they are out there. One of the best ways to find a great driving instructor is to ask family and friends for their experiences with their instructor. If that doesn’t work then reviews on driving schools websites, On the reviews make sure you can see pictures of people not just their names and postcodes. A picture is as they say wort a thousand words.


Now You Have A Great Driving Instructor, What’s Next?

Now you have a great driving instructor, it’s important to use them in the most efficient way. By this I mean you should get a plan in place for ALL your driving lessons. Structured lessons help the learning to drive process. I would suggest doing at least 4 hours a week minimum or more if you have the time. Lessons should be at least 2 hours long, this gives you time to take in all the information and gives you time to practice practice practice. Always ask questions of your driving instructor about what you are been taught. The more questions you ask the quicker you will learn. So don’t be a passive learner and NEVER EVER be afraid to ask. There is no such thing is a stupid question only stupid answers.


Not Passed The Theory Test?

If you have not yet passed your theory test then this is the most important thing to get passed as soon as possible.
As you will be able to see on our website, we have all the latest DVSA questions and hazard perception clips and much much more. Here is a link to all our latest resources.
It takes around 15 hours of studying of our resources to get up to theory test standard. There is a lot to learn, the more you learn for our resources the less driving lessons you will need. So what are you waiting for. Get studying.
Only when the theory test is passed can you book a practical driving test. The theory test once passed is valid for 2 years.


Driving Lessons.

As I mentioned above it’s important to have structure. All lessons must be planned out. Your driving instructor should let you know what you will be doing on your next lesson. This will give you a chance to do a bit of homework. No I don’t mean you should get in a car on your own. I mean you should get on google and or YOUTUBE and do a bit of research on your up coming driving lesson. Also ask your instructor to give you feed back on your driving lesson at the end of your lesson. Good feedback as well as bad feedback. You need to hear both. Trust your driving instructor. She or He is their to help you. Good feed back from your driving lessons will help confidence and feed back on the stuff you are not good at will help you improve. Always put a lot of time into the things you are not that confident at. It’s a bit of a waste of time practicing the things you are great at.


Driving Test Day..

Now your driving test date has come around you will be feeling nervous ( you are human after all ). The first thing to check is that you have your provisional driving licence with you on the day of your driving test ( No provisional licence with you on the day of your driving test means NO driving test ).
Stay focused on what you have learnt on your driving lessons, Don’t worry to much about your driving examiner. They are not there to fail you. The only person who can fail you is YOU.

After doing all the hard work on your driving lessons I think you will be pleasantly surprised how east the actual driving test is. Just stay focused through out your driving test. If you are unsure of what the driving examiner is asking you just ask them to repeat the directions. The driving test is not a route finding exercise. All the driving examiners are looking for is a safe driver.


Great Driver PrizeDriving test passed.

Now you have passed your driving test that is not the end of the learning process, in fact its the beginning of it.
If you have not already thought about it I would strongly suggest doing the pass plus course. ( Its a minimum of 6 hours of driver training ) The pass plus course will help with your confidence and help you drive for the first time on you own. Becoming a great driver should be a life long goal. You can never be too good a driver. Make it your goal to get better each and every time you drive. I know I do. I have been teaching people to drive for over 25 years and I still try and improve each and every time I drive. We all make driving mistakes, it’s very important to learn from them. If in a few years time you feel you have become a good driver may I suggest doing the advanced driving test. It will help you become a great driver. PS don’t forget to enjoy driving, I know I do. May I wish you many happy years being a great driver.

Driving Test Fail? :( What Should I do next?

Driving Test Fail?  Have you failed your driving test again?  A lot of people come to us because they failed their driving test and not quite sure what to do next. This is what you need to know what to do next.

If you have just failed your DVSA practical driving test you will have to wait 10 working days before you are allowed to book and re-take your practical test, these are the DSA (driving standards agency) rules.

As most driving test centres in the UK have a much longer waiting time than this, some test centres have waiting times up to 14 weeks,  but at most test centres it is 6 weeks.  Its best to start looking for your next driving test straight away.  NEED AN EARLIER DRIVING TEST DATE,  contact Intensive Courses.

Driving Test Fail
Driving Test Exam

THE PLACE TO FIND EARLIER TEST DATES, or call our office on 0207 205 2251 for cancellation driving test dates at any driving test centre in the UK.

Check with your driving instructor or driving school that they can take you on the date you have chosen for your next driving test, but before you rush in to taking another driving test figure out why you failed your test this time and make sure you have booked in enough driving lessons to get you to driving test standard and passing your driving test next time or you will find yourself in exactly the same position as you are now.

Why are you failing your driving test

This is the most important question you need to ask yourself. You are not failing because the driving examiner doesn’t like you nor are you failing your driving test because you keep been very unlucky on the day of your driving test. The reason you are failing is either you are not driving test standard or you are trying to hard on the driving test itself.

Stop Driving Test Fail – Driving Test Tips

The first thing to remember is that you are not going anywhere on your driving test, you are only going around in a big circle. The Driving test examiner is not looking for the best driver in the world. They are only looking for a SAFE driver. Keep calm and remember to breath. If you thinking at any point that you can just about make it when coming out of a junction then don’t chance it. Remember that your examiner is not on danger money. They want you to feel safe when they are with you in the car.

On the day of your driving test remember to take an hour to an hour and a half warm up lesson to get you in the zone. o not be tempted to do any more than this as you will get over tired before the driving test itself. Stop driving about 15 minutes before your driving test, maybe have something light to eat and also something to drink. Don’t go into the waiting room of the driving test centre until about 5 minutes before your test time. Driving test waiting rooms can be daunting places at the best of time. In the nicest possible way do not worry if your driving examiner looks serious or in a bad mood. Most driving examiners look like that at the best of times. Its just their normal look.

Try Our Short Intensive Driving Course.

Why not try one of our short intensive driving courses and we will get a driving test in place for you for the last day of your driving course.  You really can’t get any quicker or better way to get you on the road to a full UK driving licence. We have many fantastic driving instructors waiting to help you pass your driving test.



Do Intensive Driving Courses really work?


Do Intensive Driving Courses work? The short answer is YES, but this depends on you and getting the right driving instructor who is an expert in doing them.

When planning on doing your intensive driving course the first thing you need to do is make the time available for your course.

Plan the date you want to start and finish your driving course and clear your diary from work and all other commitments for the days/weeks you intend to do your driving lessons.  Make sure your only focus is your course and nothing else.  By doing a crash driving course you will be learning to drive in a shorter space of time compared to people doing normal driving lessons, which can take from 6 months to a year. It will be tough but remember that its only for a short period.  As I always tell my pupils you should treat it like work, you’re paying so you want to get the most out of it and get as much done as is humanly possible in the shortest period possibly.

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Top 10 Tips to Pass Your Driving Test 1st Time

[su_spacer]10 tips for passing your Driving Test at the First Attempt:


[su_dropcap]1 [/su_dropcap]Use only a fully qualified driving instructor.  Lots of the bigger and smaller driving schools use trainee driving instructors (PDI’s), Intensive Courses only use fully qualified instructors (ADI’s).

[su_dropcap]2 [/su_dropcap] All driving instructors in the UK are graded by the DVSA from Grade A and B. Try and get the highest possible grade of instructor you can, it will give you a much better chance of passing your driving test first time.

[su_dropcap]3 [/su_dropcap] Check you have photocard part of your provisional driving licence with you, photocard and your theory test pass letter from the DVSA.

[su_dropcap]4 [/su_dropcap] Once you have seen your driving instructor for the first time, get a plan in place for how many lessons you might need and over what length of time and check when you might be ready to pass your driving test.  Get a regular update on your progress at the end of each lesson to see if you are on course to pass at your agreed date, if not book in the extra lessons needed to get you there.

[su_dropcap]5 [/su_dropcap] Get to know the area in which your driving test is being taken, as this will help with your confidence.


[su_dropcap]6 [/su_dropcap] Get as much practice on small and large roundabouts as possible. Dual and single carriageways and small side roads.


[su_dropcap]7 [/su_dropcap] On your driving test you will most likely get one but sometimes two manoeuvres, these consists of turn in the road (sometimes known as 3 point turn), parallel park, reverse into a parking bay, and last but not least reverse around a corner to the left (always from a major road to a minor road).

[su_dropcap]8 [/su_dropcap] Turn up at the test area an hour or so before your driving test so you can get a chance to take a look around the test area, park in the test car park 10 minutes before the start of the test.

[su_dropcap]9 [/su_dropcap] Make sure your driving instructor’s teaching licence is clearly displayed in your car, it will show the examiner that your instructor is confident of your driving ability (the examiner will note your instructor’s licence number on your test sheet).

[su_pullquote align=”right”]Examiners are only looking for safe drivers, not Formula 1 drivers.[/su_pullquote] [su_dropcap]10 [/su_dropcap] Remember to drive as you were taught, don’t take any risks.  Most people make some mistakes, try not to panic and give yourself enough time to think and plan ahead.  Examiners are human just like you, don’t make the driving test into a bigger thing than it already is.

Distracted Driving


Are you distracted?

[su_heading size=”16″ align=”left”]This week I had the pleasure of doing a piece to camera for the ITV program Good Morning Britain on distracted driving, especially looking at people who use their mobile phones to text and tweet while driving.[/su_heading]

The presenter and cameraman turned up at 6am to shoot the piece, we decided to drive into town to get set up for it, we parked up beside some traffic lights which is also very close to a roundabout, the presenter was on the lookout for people driving past who were using their phones while driving.[su_spacer]

To be honest I was expecting that many people driving past to be using their phones at that time of the morning especially as it was so early and where I live it is mostly older people driving at that time. But within seconds the camera man spotted someone driving past at speed heading towards the roundabout while they were looking down at their phone.
We were parked there in total for about an hour and it seem that about 1 in 10 drivers were on their phones.This to be honest frightened me a bit, the thought that someone driving behind me could be texting and not looking at the road ahead, I myself have been hit from behind before many years ago by a lady who was texting and driving at speed while my pupil and myself were stopped at red traffic lights. I could see her in my rear view mirror but there was nothing I could do to stop the crash.[su_spacer]
At the ” accident ” the lady got out of the car and started screaming at me for stopping at a green traffic light, I explained to her that the lights were red she started crying and asked me not to call the police. She also promised she would never never use her phone again whilst driving. I somehow didn’t really believe her that she would keep her word and lucky for my pupil and myself that we were not hurt. We were the lucky ones you might say.[su_spacer]
distracted-driving-800How do we deal with people who use their phones whilst driving?
They already know it’s wrong and against the law but it still does not stop them.
What will stop them? Make them think twice about checking the texts or emails while driving. Education about the damage they could do to themselves and to others maybe one day they might end up killing someone. It is amazing how many people think they can win the lottery but when it comes to them texting while driving it’s not going to be them that’s going to hurt or kill someone, its the other person who is texting that will do that, definitely not them, NEVER they say. They are great drivers,well above average. It is always the other person.[su_spacer]
My solution or a part of it is to have a instance 3 month ban from driving if it’s their first offence, do it a second time and you get a full 1 year ban and if your stupid enough to do it a third time you will be banned for 10 years.
There’s never a good excuse to check you phone while driving. This will save lives and stop people getting badly hurt. Using the phone should be viewed the same way as drink driving, Make it socially unacceptable and maybe we will all be a little safer on the roads.

[su_pullquote align=”right”]As instructors we have a big role to play in educating the people about the dangers of using phones and anything else while driving. Noel Gaughan[/su_pullquote]At the start of my lessons I always explain the dangers of having the phone switched on as the pinging noise it makes when you get a message can be a distraction in itself. People are curious and always tend to think that that message could be really important and there is the temptation to have a sneaky look as they are driving along. I always explain to them that the phone is best switched off while driving and the phone should be out of sight, preferable it should be in the glove box or as I call it the phone box.[su_spacer]
Instructors please drive home that message that while driving the worst thing you could have is been distracted by a silly message on the old mobile phone. I hope you all have a fantastic and safe months on the roads, keep a check on the rear view mirror mind, you never know what’s coming up behind you.[su_spacer]
PS: At the time of writing this we are on target to hit the 3000 signatures for our campaign to bring down the waiting times for driving tests.[su_spacer]
Thank you.



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