Learning to Drive with Kingfisher

Making the right choice: Do not fall short because of your instructor. So many people learning to drive today are being ripped off and they don't know. Here are a few things to look out for:

1. When do you start driving to and from home

2. Do you spend enough time behind the wheel.

3. Are you given an opportunity to correct errors during the lesson.

4. Do you get a full hours tuition.

5. Are topics explained fully so you understand them.

6. Are you on your own in the car or is there someone in the back, remember it's your hour you have paid for.

Don't allow this to happen be you.

At Kingfisher this will never be the case. Our training programs and materials are constantly updated to meet the needs of an ever changing and even more demanding driving test.

The driving test is not meant to be easy, after all can you really expect someone to grant you a licence for the next 50 to 60 years based on a 40 minute drive if you don't demonstrate that you know and can apply the Highway Code to every situation.

We will ensure that you not only know the Highway Code but you can clearly demonstrate this through your driving, even when things don't go to plan you will be well equipped to get back on track.

How to Obtain Your Provisional License

Before you are allowed to drive on a public road whether it be privately or with an instructor you must obtain a provisional license. To apply for your license you will need to fill out a D1 Form which can be picked up in any post office, or if you prefer just give us a call and we will send you one in the post.

For further information on how to obtain a provisional license go to Licences

Private Practice

At Kingfisher we encourage our students to take additional private practice. Any person who wishes to sit alongside a learner driver must be 21 years old or over and must have held a full UK license for at least 3 years. You must ensure that you car is road-worthy and appropriately insured for the persons wishing to drive it.

When the car is under the control of a learner driver red 'L' Plates must be displayed at the front and rear of the vehicle, preferably on the driver's side.

Taking your theory test

Theory Training

The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.

Part one - multiple choice

Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin. A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You will be asked 35 questions in 40 minutes. The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 30 out of 35.

Part two - hazard perception

After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works. The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

At the end of the test

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff. DSA Theory Test - 04/2006

For more information go to: Theory test info

Practical Test

Eyesight requirements for the practical driving test

Before the practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a stationary vehicle.

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

You can write down what you see if you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading.

If you fail this part of the test your test will not contiue, if you wear glasses please wear them.

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.

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

The practical driving test

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

Your general driving ability

During your test the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.

It should include:

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle safely

You’ll have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:

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.

If you make mistakes

Carry on if you make a mistake, because if it’s not a serious mistake it might not affect your result.

Taking someone with you

Your examiner will ask if you want your instructor, or another person, to:

This person will usually be your driving instructor, but it could also be a relative or friend. They must be over 16 and can’t take any part in the test.

The examiner’s supervisor

The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. 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.

Your test might be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t let the examiner’s supervisor go with you


 DSA Practical Test - 04/2006

Show me tell me questions

At the beginning of your practical test you will be asked some very basic questions on how to check or maintain some of the cars fundamentals such as Lights, Fluids, Brakes, Tyres, Steering and a few other things. Your instructor will teach these to you during or normal lessons. 

If you have any questions regarding any part of learning to drive please contact us, we are very happy to help. Call us on 02476 387136

Driving test standards

All examiners are trained to carry out the test to the same standard, they do not have pass or fail quotas. So as long as you demonstrate the standard required you will pass your driving test.

Weather conditions/ mechanical problems etc

DSA do not conduct tests in bad light or in adverse weather conditions for the safety of the candidate and the examiner. We will arrange another appointment at no further cost, but compensation is not payable. Candidates should call the telephone number quoted on the appointment letter to check whether their test will go ahead.

If the driving test is not completed for reasons attributable to you or your vehicle, you will have to take another test at your own cost. DSA Test Standards - 04/2006

If you have any questions regarding any part of learning to drive please contact us we are very happy to help:

02476 387136  or           07834 908433

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