Great news for Sean from Arundel today. After getting up early he took his 1st Driving Test and passed with just 3 driving (minor) faults! Sean drove excellently throughout his entire driving test. This is great for Sean and myself, a driving instructor from Littlehampton. Sean took learning to drive very seriously and has been an excellent student driver. I congratulate him all the way especially as only a week ago he lost a very close friend in a driving accident. Sean has been a very attentive driver since his very first driving lesson and was keen to drive in the snow. Many congratulations to Sean.
Great news for Laura today when she passed her driving test at Worthing driving test centre today. Laura, from Littlehampton, took very few driving lessons but learnt to drive in a very short time. She listened and practiced everything as I taught her with much encouragement from my side of the car. Very well done Laura, that’s fantastic for you and me.
Great news for Megan passing her 1st driving test today with very few faults. Despite the added pressure of a second examiner (see Driving Test Standards blog here) Megan drove extremely well and fully deserved such a great result. Many congratulations, Megan.
Occasionally a driving test has 2 examiners present. Why?
Well, the 2nd examiner is actually testing the 1st examiner with an aim to maintain standards throughout all tests. So there are examiners that sit in on tests at a number of Driving Test Centres to make sure each examiner conducts tests fairly and comply with uniform standards around the test centre, between test centre areas and regions and in fact, around the whole country.
It is possible that 5 people can sit in on a driving test! The candidate (1) and examiner (2). The driving instructor (3) can sit in plus a examining examiner (4). The 5th person can be a translator though now driving instructors can translate if required and able.
As a Driving Instructor working mainly around Worthing and Chichester, I do sit in on a number of driving tests. This has a number of advantages but I do not insist. Only if a candidate is sure they want me present will I sit in. If they are not sure I will not go along and of course if they want to go alone I will never try to persuade them otherwise. The Driving Test is the candidates appointment, paid for by themselves; an instructor is only accompanying.
By sitting in on a test I offer a familiar face in the car but cannot enter into any conversation. What I can offer after the test is the reason why the test has the result it does and how to improve. This can be relevant if the test is passed but very important if failed and to plan lessons to pass next time.
I try my utmost to ensure candidates feel no pressure to perform well in their test just for me. Their job is to concentrate on the driving, never give up and just do their best. As long as they are properly prepared with plenty of good driving experience they should be able to cope with all situations for a positive outcome.
Great news for Dan from Arundel passing his driving test today with just 2 driving (minor) faults. With a very good drive at Worthing driving test centre Dan made it look quite an easy task!
However, the driving test is not easy and driving lessons should be taken very seriously to drive with such a good result. Very well done Dan.
Dan is now considering the Pass Plus course to expand his driving experience, including motorway driving, and reduce car insurance premiums.
AA driving school is about to purchase BSM driving school as soon as BSM goes into administration. Since 2005 BSM has a troubled history having changed ownership a number of times and incurring mounting debts and falling business.
AA says it will run BSM alongside AA but there are dramatic differences in the company business models.
Red driving school also have a turbulent recent history and did go into receivership quite recently. Red were recenty also involved in discussions with BSM.
As an driving instructor myself I am glad to be with a smaller franchise running my own business and incurring lesser costs than with any national driving school.
Congratulations to Jason from Bognor Regis for first time success with his driving test at Chichester Driving Test Centre. Taking driving lessons in Bognor Regis and Chichester with David Lancaster, driving instructor from Littlehampton, Jason succeeded with his first attempt at the driving test.