Our 20 Point Plan


The 20 Point Plan

Here’s a little taster of what’s to come when you start to learn to drive.  It’s our tried and tested 20 point plan that covers all the skills you need to learn in order to pass your driving test.

1. Cockpit Drill and Controls
2. Moving and Stopping
3. Left Turns (Major to Minor)
4. Right Turns (Major to Minor)
5. Left Turns T-Junction (Minor to Major)
6. Right Turns T-Junction (Minor to Major)
7. Crossroads
8. Use of Mirrors
9. Controlled Stop
10. Use of Signals
11. Pedestrian Crossings
12. Meeting Traffic
13. Adequate Clearance
14. Crossing the Path of Traffic
15. Overtaking
16. Turn in the Road
17. Left Corner Reverse
18. Right Corner Reverse
19. Reverse Park
20. Bay Parking

Welcome to Platinum Driving School


Welcome to the new website for Platinum Driving School.  Your favourite driving school.

We’ve had an 85% pass rate this year and are looking forward to helping you pass your test.

We can help with everything from preparing for your theory test, teaching you to drive to helping you gain experience of driving on a motorway.

Just give us a call to get started.

What is the theory test


The Theory Test
Before you can apply for the driving test, you will need to pass the theory test.

We recommend you apply and start preparing for your theory test as soon as you can, because this gives you the option of being able to apply for the driving test when ever you want. The waiting list for the theory test is about two weeks which is nothing compared to the driving test which is about 6 to 8 weeks.

The theory test consists of a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part.

The multiple choice part has 50 questions of which at least 43 must be answered correctly within 57 minutes. Then for the hazard perception part you will watch a series of 14 one minute clips showing real life road situations and you have to be able to identify the hazards in the clip. More information can be found on the DVSA website.

What happens in a driving test


Who will be with you in the car

The examiner will be with you at all times.  Sometimes the examiner’s supervisor may come along. It’s nothing to worry about if you they do come along, they will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you’re tested or in your result.

If you want to, you can ask to have your instructor or any other person to sit in the car as well.

Before the driving test starts 

Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions (these are also know as the ‘show me tell me’ questions).

Eyesight check
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
You can write down what you see if you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading.

Remember, new-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.

If you can’t pass the eyesight test, you will fail your driving test and the test won’t continue.

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These questions are chosen from 19 possible questions

The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.

You’ll then be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

Driving ability
The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. The examined will be checking the overall standard of your driving throughout your test.  If you’re taking an extended test pass because of a previous driving disqualification, the test will last 70 minutes.

During your test the examiner will give you directions that you have to follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. Remember your training and use what your instructor has taught you,

The driving test will include:

  • normal stops
  • an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
  • a hill start
  • You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
  • Reversing your vehicle safely -
  • One of the following: reversing around a corner, turning in the road or reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road

Independent driving section

Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.


Show Me Tell Me Questions


Show Me Tell Me

As part of your driving test you’l be asked to answer 2 vehicle safety questions.

One will be a ‘Show Me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check. The second will be a ‘Tell Me’ question, where you’ll have to explain how you’d carry out the check.

The two questions are selected from a possible 21 questions and here is a list of the questions and the answers.

Here are the list of potential questions from the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency

Show Me Questions

1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

Tell Me Questions

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

You need to open the bonnet and tell the examiner how you’d do the check if you’re asked question 12, 13 or 14.

85% pass rate


Our learner drivers have had a great 2014, thanks to Platinum Driving School. We have maintained our high pass rate at 85% and have seen 11 driving students pass their test in since the turn of the year. Make sure you give yourself the best chance to pass by using Platinum Driving School, we are driven by results.

Independent Driving Test


Independent driving is a part of the practical driving test. This section is normally lasts around 10 minutes.

The idea behind independent driving on the driving test is check how well your are able to navigate by using road signs and road markings, and not relying on the examiners directions.  It isn’t a test of your orientation and navigation skills.

How this section of the test works
During your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

To help you understand where you’re going when following verbal directions given to you by the examiner, they may show you a diagram.

Forgetting the directions
It doesn’t matter if you forget some of the directions that you are given, or even if you go the wrong way.

Driving independently means making your own decisions – this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.

The examiner will confirm the directions to you if you ask for a reminder.

Going off the independent driving route
Your test result won’t be affected if you go off the independent driving route, unless you make a driving fault.
The examiner will help you get back on the route if you go off it or take a wrong turning. You can then continue with the independent driving.

Poor or obscured traffic signs
The examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign if there are poor or obscured traffic signs. You won’t need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.

Remember this section is all about following the rules of the road and ensure you follow traffic signals correctly, for example making sure you give way when you see the relevant markings or stopping at Zebra crossing if someone is waiting to cross. Just relax and remember your training.

Benefits of learning to drive in an Automatic


Learn to drive in an automatic car / Automatic Driving Lessons
Advantages of learning with an automatic driving Lessons:
An automatic car has an automatic gearbox that changes the gears for you and there are only two foot pedals, the accelerator (gas) and footbrake, which are operated with the right foot.

  • No stalling the engine or rolling back on hills
  • Automatic Driving Lessons
  • Easier and simpler way of driving Automatic car
  • No gear worries
  • No clutch control required
  • An easy way to pass quickly with fewer lessons required
  • Concentrate on reading the road instead of thinking which gear you are in
  • Good for the stop/start of town and city driving – getting  less tiring
  • Pass your driving test in Automatic car with fewer Driving lessons

Why use Platinum Driving School


•98% of Platinum driving school pupils would recommend us to everyone
•Significant discounts when you take the platinum package
•Complete and honest one to one tuition with no pick up en route
•Learn to drive in a top of the range Seat Leon SPORT
•Fully qualified driving instructors with over 20 years of teaching experience
•Complete pass plus and eco driving support after you pass

Getting a provisional driving licence


Before your start…
Before you can start to drive you will need a valid provisional driving licence. You also have to be at least 17 years old. If you do not have provisional driving licence, you can either apply online by going to the DLVA website or fill in a D1 application form which can be found from your local post office.

We advise you to apply for your provisional licence about 4 months before your 17th birthday so you can start having lessons as soon as you turn 17.

Once you start having lessons your instructor will be able to advise you how long you should take to pass the driving test. The current national average is about 45 hours of tuition and 22 hours of private practice, but we can ensure you that if you try your best you will pass a lot quicker than the national average. Our average is about 25 hours of tuition.