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Preparing For Your Intensive Driving Lessons

Preparing For Your Intensive Driving Lessons

Intensive Driving Lessons in Glasgow with TX Driver Training

Before your course:

It is best spending some time preparing for when you begin your intensive driving lessons. You will be learning to drive in just a week or two (depending on the length of your course). You will get a lot more out of the course and will find things easier if you do some preparation before you start.

Firstly, you will need to make sure you have no other commitments during the length of your course. You will be driving for many hours every day that you are on the course, and you will probably find that very tiring. Do not try and do other things in the evening as you will need to use this time to relax after your intensive driving lesson.

Secondly, use as much time as you can before your crash course starts just being a passenger. Observe as much as you can during this time. It doesn’t matter if you are seated near the front of a bus or are a passenger in a car. Keep an eye on the road ahead and see what is happening. Check out how far ahead of a junction or a roundabout does the driver start to slow down. Observe what they are doing when they move away from a junction. If you can, look at the drivers face as they are about to overtake someone – do they look in the mirrors and which ones are they looking at? This might make the driver a little nervous, but you will notice that you can start to observe behaviour patterns and road-craft that will assist you when you are in the driving seat.

Thirdly, know the highway code. This book offers guidance on all aspects of road use, whether you are a car driver, cyclist or even a pedestrian. It contains the rules of the road. You can ask friends and family members to quiz you on the contents, and keep revising so that you retain the knowledge. Whilst the highway code will help you with your theory test, that is not its only purpose. It contains information that will help you in nearly everything that you will encounter in your day to day driving. Knowing the highway code will never be a waste of time.

During your course:

Make sure that you are ready on time. You don’t want to waste any time on such a short course by being late. Make sure that you pay attention to your instructor. Their job is to assist you in learning to drive as safely as you can, and also to enable you to pass your driving test. There is a purpose to everything that they are telling you.

You must also ensure that if you don’t understand something that you make sure to let your instructor know. This also goes for something that you feel you need to practice more or are just a bit nervous about. This will help your driving instructor to tailor your intensive driving course to your individual needs, making sure that you get everything you need out of your course.

Make sure that you are getting lots of rest and are drinking enough water to enable you to maintain your concentration and getting the maximum benefit from your course.

Try and enjoy your intensive driving lessons! Hopefully this will be the only time that you will need to take an intensive driving course, so savour the experience. It shouldn’t be long before you pass your driving test and have your full driving licence, enabling you to drive on the road on your own. That is definitely something to look forward to!

Book a course

If you would like to book intensive driving lessons in Glasgow then phone 0141 764 1213 now.

Who passed their driving test in Glasgow in August and September?

Congratulations to all who passed their driving test in the Glasgow area in August and September.

Well done to everyone who passed their driving test.

Here are some of the people that passed their driving test in Glasgow in August and September:-

Adam Begley passed his driving test First Time at Baillieston test centre.

Kenneth Jordan Barrett passed his driving test first time at Baillieston test centre.

Lucy Harrison passed her driving test first time on her Intensive Driving Course.

Mary McInnes passed her driving test in September.

Charlene Cartwright also passed her driving test in September.

Congratulations to all who passed their driving test in Glasgow in August and September.

If you would like to find out how you can pass your driving test with TX Driver Training, then phone us now on 0141 764 1213 or fill in the contact form.

How Many Driving Lessons Do I Need?

How Many Driving Lessons Do I Need?

That depends. There isn’t an easy answer to this and no two people are the same. If you have had some previous driving experience, then you will probably need fewer lessons than someone who has never been behind the wheel of a car.

There are some who have only needed as little as ten lessons with their driving instructor, because they have already started learning with family or friends. There are others who through nerves or other reasons take years to learn to drive. The average is reckoned to be about forty hours of lessons with a qualified driving instructor and around twenty hours additional practising with friends and family. You might need more, or you might need less.

It is worth bearing in mind that when you pass your test you are allowed to drive on your own in a car that weighs at least a tonne and that can travel at speeds in excess of seventy miles an hour! When you learn to drive it is not just about passing your driving test as quickly as possible. Your driving instructor is also responsible for teaching you to drive safely and confidently. It makes sense to possibly have a few more lessons and pass your driving test, knowing that you are a safe and confident driver. The alternative could be failing your test or even not being a safe driver and having a higher likelihood of causing an accident.

Some things that might affect the number of lessons you need:-

  • If you mainly have your driving lessons at rush hour in the city centre then you might need a few more lessons. At these times you might spend longer than average sitting in traffic rather than driving at normal speeds. You will have less time to practice your manoeuvres and learn to read the road.
  • The further you live from the test centre the less practice you might get on the test routes. You might need a few extra lessons as you will be spending a bit more of your lesson driving to and from the area covered by the test centre.
  • If you are a nervous driver then you will probably need more lessons. If you are not completely confident of each step then it will take longer before you move onto the next step. More of your lesson time will be spent going over material that has already been covered and your driving instructor will be spending more time reassuring you.
  • If you are a learner driver who doesn’t have the chance to practice between your lessons then you might need more lessons than those who can get this opportunity. If you don’t get the chance to drive between your driving lessons then you might need to spend a bit of time at the beginning of each lesson recapping the last lessons before you can move on to any new points.
  • For some people it may be possible that they pick up bad habits whilst driving under the supervision of family and friends. This could lead to more time being spent by your driving instructor undoing this damage. In cases like these it might mean that more lessons will be needed.
  • Learner drivers who often ride a bike on the road, or even are regularly spending time in the front passenger seat of a car might need fewer lessons. They should have a better understanding of the rules of the road and have more experience to read the road ahead.
  • If you can have more than one lesson each week this should help to reduce the number of driving lessons that you need. You should need less time to recap your previous lessons as there will be a reduced time to forget what you have previously learned.

There isn’t any easy way of knowing how many driving lessons you will need before you start to drive. A good way to help you prepare for your driving lessons is to pay attention to how other people drive when you are out and about. Also, learn the highway code as this will serve you in good stead in knowing the rules of the road, and it will also give you a head start in preparing for your theory test.

Who Passed Their Driving Test in Glasgow in July?

Well done to all who passed their driving test in the Glasgow area in July.

Congratulations to everyone who passed their driving test.

Here are a few of those that passed their driving test in Glasgow in July:-

Mhairi McConville passed her driving test at Baillieston test centre.

James Alexander passed his driving test first time at Bishopbriggs test centre.

Alistair McNally passed his driving test first time at Baillieston test centre.

Bryn Park passed his driving test at Bishopbriggs test centre.

Reece Brown passed his test first time on his intensive course at Bishopbriggs test centre.

Well done to everyone that passed their driving test in Glasgow in July.

If you want to find out how you can pass your driving test with TX Driver Training, then phone us now on 0141 764 1213 or fill in the contact form.

What is the Hazard Perception Test?

What Is The Hazard Perception Test?

The Hazard Perception Test is the second part of the car driving theory test. Everybody must pass both parts of the theory test in order to take the practical car driving test. When you attend the theory test, you will complete the multiple choice part first, and then the hazard perception part. It’s on the computer and consists of fourteen short video clips of a driving scenario from the driver’s point of view. You have to identify potential hazards developing on the road in front of you.

A hazard is something that will cause you, as the driver, to change speed, stop, change direction or change your position on the road. Examples might include a pedestrian or cyclist crossing the road or on the side of the road, vehicles pulling out from parking spaces or junctions, obstructions or slow vehicles on your side of the road, places where the road narrows and there’s the possibility of meeting traffic in the opposite direction, vehicles moving across the road in front, or animals on the road. If you do not recognise the developing hazard and take appropriate action, then you would need to brake suddenly, swerve or cause an accident. Being able to read the road ahead and prepare to take safe action in response to any potential hazard is a crucial part of driving.

How it works:

The test begins with a short tutorial on the computer screen, explaining how the test works and what you have to do. You can watch the tutorial as many times as you like.

When you are ready, you click for the test to start. Each clip starts with a freeze frame and a short countdown to make sure that you are ready. The clip lasts for about one minute, and is silent. At the bottom of the screen is a grey band. In each clip there will be at least one potential hazard which could develop. One of the clips will have two hazards. The sooner you recognise the hazard, the higher your score will be. As soon as you think that you have identified a potential hazard click with the mouse, a red flag will appear on the grey bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click too early, before the potential hazard begins to develop, you will be outside the scoring window and will not score, so click again if the hazard continues to materialise. The computer will recognise your earliest click in the scoring window. Do be careful not to click too many times though, as the computer will think that you are cheating by just regularly clicking, and will score you zero for that clip.

With fifteen potential hazards to recognise, and a maximum score of five points for each hazard, there is a maximum possible score of seventy-five points for this test. To pass you must score at least forty-four points.

At the end of your Hazard Perception Test you will be given the result of both parts of your theory test. If you pass you will get a pass certificate which you will need to book and take your practical test. The pass lasts for two years, if you haven’t passed your practical test by the end of the two years, then you will need to pass the Theory Test again.

Who Passed Their Driving Test in Glasgow in June?

Congratulations to everyone who passed their driving test in the Glasgow area in June.

We had nearly 80% 1st time passes of those that passed their driving test in June with us. Well done to everyone who passed.  Better luck next time if you didn’t pass this time around.

Some of those that passed their driving test in Glasgow in June include:-

Beth McIntyre who passed her driving test at Bishopbriggs Test Centre.

Raj passed his test at Baillieston Test Centre.

Kerryanne Auld.

Greg Gillfinnan who passed his driving test at Anniesland Test Centre. A 1st time pass after taking an Intensive Driving course.

Lisa Ballard who passed her test at Baillieston Test Centre.

Eddy who passed his test at Baillieston Test Centre.

Well done to all.

If you want to find out how to pass your driving test with TX Driver Training, then call us now on 0141 764 1213 or fill in the contact form.

How To Choose A Good Driving School

How To Choose A Good Driving School

Learning to drive can be tough and expensive, so it is important to find an instructor and driving school that can teach you well for a reasonable price. Each time you get behind the wheel of a car you have the lives of everybody around you as well as your own in your hands. This is not a skill you want to skimp on or not understand fully.

Most importantly, your driving instructor must be registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Only DSA Approved Driving Instructors should be chosen for your driving lessons.  An ADI instructor is not yet fully qualified but is permitted to work at a driving school and teach student drivers. If you choose an ADI as your instructor, you will likely get some level of discount on the hourly rate for lessons. The ADI will receive his full license after completing three qualifying exams, which will make him a DSA licensed instructor.

As with any other service, you should shop around when looking for a driving instructor or school. Ask for recommendations from friends and family, read reviews, and compare prices. You should not, however, base your decision on the price alone or the discounts you are offered  if an instructor’s hourly rate is much lower than the competition, you should be wary and do some research to find out why he is asking for so much less than his peers. If you are looking for a specialist  an instructor that specializes in exceptionally nervous drivers or older drivers, for instance  you may be able to narrow your driving school down with those specifications.

When meeting with an instructor, you should first ask his grade the standard of instruction is regularly checked by DSA by a DSA Supervising Examiner sitting in on a live lesson. The instructor is then graded with a 4 (competent), 5 (good), or 6 (very high standard). Other good questions to ask your instructor include if you will have the same car each lesson, how long lessons are, what the pass rate is, if the instructor smokes, which test center will be used, and how much lessons cost. There are plenty of other questions to ask your instructor or the school  all questions are good questions, and you will certainly have needs different from your peers you may prefer a male or female instructor or one that speaks a language other than English, for example. The more you know about your potential school and instructors, the more easily you will be able to make an informed decision.

After you choose your instructor, sit down with him and make a realistic plan for both of your expectations. Learning to drive is a serious endeavor and you must do everything in your power to learn how to do  safely. Try not to “block book,” even if you are offered a discount. Many schools and instructors offer discounts for booking several sessions at once and paying for them in advance. By paying for sessions individually at first, you can become more familiar with your instructor and learn if he or she really is the right person for you. This will ensure you have an instructor that shows up on time, is responsible, helps you feel like you are making progress, and builds a good relationship with you.

Driving For The first Time

Driving For The First Time

Starting the process to obtain your driver’s license can be very exciting, but getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time can also be very intimidating and put a damper on some of that excitement. While it is good to have some level of caution and nervousness,  you are in control of a motor vehicle, after all. The most important step in learning how to drive is practice, practice, and practice even more.

Before you begin driving, get comfortable with your vehicle whether this is a car you’ve never sat in before such as the one at your driving school or it’s the car your parents have been driving all your life, this is your first time in the driver’s seat. Learn all of the car’s functions  such as where the indicator  is, where you can find the windscreen wiper switch, how to turn the lights on and off. You also need to know about any unique features the car has. Be sure to read the owner’s manual until you are familiar with the dashboard lights and what to do in various “what if” scenarios. When you are comfortable with the car, adjust its settings until you, the driver, are comfortable. This means that you are able to reach all pedals and knobs, can see out all mirrors, and are comfortably seated. While you are sitting there, imagine yourself driving and what you would do in various scenarios. For example, review where the windscreen wipers and headlights are so you can react appropriately when it starts to rain.

When you are ready to begin driving, do not think about things too much. As a driver, you certainly have to multitask at all times so it is imperative that you calm your nerves and focus on the road in front of you. Avoid unnecessary distractions such as a rowdy passenger or the radio. It is always best to have a calm person that you can trust in the passenger seat when learning. The first time you put the car into gear, start small. Avoid  unfamiliar roads, and  perhaps you just want to drive through your neighbourhood, and that is okay. Baby steps are very appropriate. Other things you shouldn’t bother attempting when you are behind the wheel for the first time include parallel parking, reversing, or positioning your car at the petrol  station to fill up the tank.  Your first time should solely be spent on familiarizing yourself with the vehicle and with your new identity as a driver.

If you are with a driving instructor, he will likely be very familiar with nervous first time drivers. A good instructor will be patient and friendly and help you feel at ease in your car  if you feel pressured or intimidated by your instructor, it is a wise decision to find a new one. You will make mistakes regardless of how many videos you watch and manuals you read, you will be unprepared for something you come across in your driving lessons. Even seasoned drivers make mistakes. The best thing you can do is to remain alert at all times and try to remain as relaxed as possible.

Finally, be sure you practice often. Getting behind the wheel once a week for fifteen minutes will not turn you into a competent driver overnight you need to enlist the help of your instructor or a parent and go on multiple driving trips each week, varying your route and learning more about traffic, signs, lights, speeds, and other variables you face as a driver.

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Changes to your driving licence!

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.

Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only. For further information please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes