very true jennysmith,
I also think they should bring back hand signals as you never know when the indicators will pack up,
don't be in a hurry you have all the rest of your life in front of you and you NEVER stop learning, just because you pass a driving test does not mean you are an expert,
even when i was pulling 200 tonnes about i was always learning something new or a safer way to do things.
I see that Rick won the prize.
Yes i did and very nice too.
I am aware the prize has been claimed - I have been involved in the driving instructor trade in the past (which you will see by some of the posts I have set out advising about choosing a driving instructor and what to expect in a lesson), so I will add my advice as to how to pass a test.
I would first of all ensure you have been tutored corrected by a ADI/PDI then have some additional practice. There are far to many candidates who have lessons from a "friend", sit there test and result in 25 minor, 7 serious and 4 dangerous faults.
Make sure you are happy with the car. If you have learnt to drive in a Mondeo estate then sit the test in a Mini, you may find the difference offputting. This has happened in the past and consistency is key.
Break down the road course into logic and reason, and don't drive on your emotions.
If you don't like the look of the test centre/examiner, you can (at the time of writing) book where you want to take your test.
Go in with the view you are going to drive well and don't think "you can get away with so many minor faults", otherwise you may start making faults and one could then be serious.
So, if you are taking a test soon, consider these points and all the best of luck.
A lot of driving schools teach their students on how to pass the driving test these days, rather than, teaching them how to drive?
You can't choose an examiner though
Originally Posted by Moderno
Hand signals are still shown in the Highway Code. When I was taught to drive, it was normal for the driving door window to remain in the OPEN position for the duration of the lesson, as well as for the test itself, and for the pupil to use hand signals.
Originally Posted by rick45
After a lesson on a rainy day, it was common to finish the lesson with one's right sleeve and part of the jacket soaked with rain.
And I still could use them today if it were necessary. Question is, would many (if any) of today's young drivers know what the heck I was doing?
Signals 103 - 106
Rule 103 (see signals to other road users).
Quite right, Snowball. Learners have to know them for their theory test, and all good instructors will also cover the subject. Whether they'd remember them if needed is another question. Although you're not required to use them on test (unless you use a vehicle without indicators), you are expected to recognise them if another driver uses them. That does happen occasionally!
Originally Posted by Snowball
Anyway, it would be interesting to know how Rick 45 suggests "they" could "bring them back", short of making indicators illegal.
It would certainly disrupt the efficiency of air conditioning in the modern car, and specialist clothing manufacturers might see an increase in sales for weatherproof wear.
Originally Posted by Beelzebub
And if, in their wisdom, the EU Commissioners decided to regulate it EU wide, the front passenger riding in a UK car on the continent could find he/she had a little extra work to do. And vice versa, of course. Or would some entrepreneur come up with a false arm for the driver to wave out of the passenger-side window? EEK!