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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

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Welcome to Platinum Driving Schoolhttp://platinumdrivingschool.net/hello/ http://platinumdrivingschool.net/hello/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:05:59 +0000 http://pds.khariinteractive.com/?p=1 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 […]

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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.

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What is the theory testhttp://platinumdrivingschool.net/what-is-the-theory-test/ http://platinumdrivingschool.net/what-is-the-theory-test/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:49:48 +0000 http://pds.khariinteractive.com/?p=761 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 […]

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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.

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What happens in a driving testhttp://platinumdrivingschool.net/what-happens-in-a-driving-test/ http://platinumdrivingschool.net/what-happens-in-a-driving-test/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 11:21:07 +0000 http://pds.khariinteractive.com/?p=1027 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 […]

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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.

 

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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 19 questions and here is a list of the questions and the answers.

Show Me Questions

1: Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.
Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.

2. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.

1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.

2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will immediately show if that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.

3. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.
Identify the engine coolant tank, it’ll have min/max markings on it. Check the coolant level against the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.

4. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
Apply the parking brake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel length.

5. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Press the horn and listen (you may need to turn on ignition if necessary).

6. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels. If it is below the min level, then more brake fluid needs to added

7. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.
Activate the indicator as if your turning left and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly at the front and teh rear of the car. Then activate the indicator as if your turning right and repeat the check.

8. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).
Press down the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, to spot if the red brake lights are working or ask someone to help to assist (you may need to switch ignition on, but do not start engine)

9. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

10. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Set the fan control to on, set to a warm setting, make sure that the air direction is set up to point to the windscreen (or up). Turn on the heated screen button (most cars have one for the rear screen). (The engine doesn’t have to be started for this demonstration).

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

12. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light

When to use fog lights. Turn on fog lights when visibility is reduced to around 100 metres and less. It can be a little difficult to judge 100 metres (about the length of a football pitch).

Tell Me Questions

1. Open the bonnet, identify where the Windscreen Washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?
Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir.

2. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.

3. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.

4. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Information will be found using the car manufacturer’s manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

5.Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

6. 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

7. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate on the dashboard if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

And if you get them wrong…

Don’t worry, you can’t fail your driving test for getting the ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions wrong.  If you do you’ll recieved one minor. You can have up to 15 minors in a driving test and still pass, most failures are due to serious or dangerous faults, so don’t worry just focus on the driving ability part of the test.

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85% pass ratehttp://platinumdrivingschool.net/85-pass-rate/ http://platinumdrivingschool.net/85-pass-rate/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:03:58 +0000 http://pds.khariinteractive.com/?p=770 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 […]

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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.

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Independent Driving Testhttp://platinumdrivingschool.net/independent-driving-test/ http://platinumdrivingschool.net/independent-driving-test/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:12:10 +0000 http://pds.khariinteractive.com/?p=1031 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 […]

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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.

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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

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•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

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Getting a provisional driving licencehttp://platinumdrivingschool.net/provisional-driving-licence/ http://platinumdrivingschool.net/provisional-driving-licence/#comments Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:44:29 +0000 http://pds.khariinteractive.com/?p=758 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 […]

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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.

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