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Driving Lesson in Stoke on Trent – What to expect on your first driving lesson?

When you start learning to drive it’s hard to know what to expect.  This blog post will tell you everything that will happen during your first driving lesson in Stoke with Drive Ahead School of Motoring so you know what to expect and there’ll be no surprises.

Your driving instructor will pick you up from a prearranged location (usually work, home or college).  You’ll need to make sure you bring your driving license along with you, you should bring both parts, the plastic photo card and paper counterpart.  Your driving instructor will then ask you to read a number plate (currently this is from 20 metres, but is shortly to changed to 17.5 metres) in good daylight.  If you normally wear glassed or contacts then you should wear them for your driving lessons, as failure to read the number plate would be mean the lesson cannot go ahead.

Your driving instructor will then normally drive you to a quite location where there are few distractions and not too much traffic, making the learning process easier.  You will then swap round to the drivers seat, but don’t worry, you won’t be expected to start driving immediately.

The first thing to learn on your driving lessons is the cockpit drill.  This is a process of 5 checks that ensure that the car is secure, you are sitting in the right position and can reach all of the controls properly, and see everything you need to see.  Its not the catchiest thing to remember, but the acronym we use DSSSM:

D – Doors

S – Seat

S – Steering

S – Seatbelt

M – Mirrors

I’ll go into the details of each of these checks in a later blog.

Following this your driving instructor will talk you through each of the controls of the car, how to operate them, and what they all do.  These will include feet controls, handbrake, gears, handbrake, steering and indicators.

Once you’ve done this, it’s nearly time to drive!

You will learn all about Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre (MSM) which is the building blocks for everything we do.  Your driving instructor will talk you through preparing the car to move, performing the relevant safety checks, before getting the car moving along the road then coming to stop a short time later.  The first few times you try this, your driving instructor will talk you through absolutely everything to help you get going.  As he feels you gaining in confidence, he will start to ask you questions to check you understand what you have learnt throughout your driving lesson, and will then gradually reduce the amount of instruction he gives depending on your ability.

You may do slightly more or less than this, depending on the length of your driving lessons, or your own ability.  At the end of your first driving lesson your driving instructor will recap everything you’ve done and will then book your next driving lesson with you.

Good luck with you learning, and have fun – from all at Drive Ahead School of Motoring

Q. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers

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Answer

Firstly, you will need to turn on the ignition so the washers/wipers have power. The controls will vary from car to car, but the car I give driving lessons in, which is the one in the video above, is a Ford Fiesta. To wash the front windscreen, push the end of the right control stalk in for a few seconds until there’s enough water on the window. The wipers will continue to wipe several times before stopping on their own. The rear window can be washed by pulling the stalk and holding it towards you for a few seconds. Once you’ve applied enough water, you will need to push the stalk away from you to turn the wipers off, otherwise they will continue to wipe intermittently.

Why is it important to know how to do this?

The windows may need be cleaned at any time throughout the year, not just during the winter, therefore it is important to know how to use all of your ancillary controls. Imagine driving down a fast moving road, your window gets dirty from the spray of another vehicle and you don’t know how to wash your windows. In just a few seconds the effects of not seeing clearly could be fatal.

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When you are taking your driving lessons in Stoke on Trent, your driving instructor will show you how to complete the show me tell me questions. Drive Ahead School of Motoring can provide you with excellent driving lessons, tailored to your driving needs. To book a driving lesson, call us today on 01782 906010 or visit our homepage www.driveahead.co.uk

Q. Show Me how you would check the horn is working (off road only)

Answer: how to check the horn is working

To check the horn, all you need to do is press it and listen to make sure it works. With certain makes of cars, you may need to turn the ignition on first. If you are taking your driving test at a test centre without a car park, and are parked on the road, you may be asked to just point to where you would press to make the horn work. The reason for this is that the horn should only be used as a warning, and if you were to use it on the road, you may confuse other road users.

Why should this check be done?

The horn is a safety feature of the car, and needs to be checked periodically to ensure it is working. Imagine you arrive at a situation where the horn may be needed and it doesn’t function. The result may be that you weren’t able to warn other road users of the potential danger.

How often should I check my horn?

As I guide, I would recommend to check your handbrake at least monthly, but really you could be checking it on a weekly basis, as you never know when the need to use your horn may arise.

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How to check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear

Driving Lesson Questions

  1. Q. Show Me how to check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Answer

To check the handbrake, you should firstly press firmly on the footbrake.  This will ensure that the car doesn’t move whilst you’re performing the check.  Then all you need to do is release the handbrake, then reapply it, ensuring that it is secure and does not come to the end of the working travel.  All I mean by ‘not coming to the end of the working travel’ is that the handbrake does not come too far up. You can then release the footbrake.

Why Do I need to check the Hand Brake for Wear?

Regular checks to the handbrake are important to ensure the car remains secure when you intend it to be.  Failure to check the handbrake may mean that one day, you park on a hill, then return to find your car not where you expect it, possibly having rolled back into a nice, expensive car behind!

How often should I check my handbrake?

As I guide, I would recommend to check your handbrake at least weekly, but really you could be checking it on a daily basis, as every time you drive you will need to use your handbrake, so you might as well check it regularly.

Your driving instructor will help you to learn the “show me, tell me” questions in preparation for your driving test around Stoke or Newcastle click the button below.

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How to check your indicators are working

Answer: How to check your indicators are working

There are 2 ways you can check that the direction indicator lights are working.  The easiest way is to press the hazard warning light switch, and walk around the car to check the individual lights are working.  There are 2 lights at the front of the car, 2 at the rear, and 1 on each side (either on the door mirrors or the front wing).  The second way is to apply the indicators individually, so apply the left indicator and check the left side of the car, then apply the right indicator and check the right side of the car.

Why do you need to check your indicators are working?

It is really important to check your indicators are working.  Imagine you wanted to pull over to the side of the road, and there’s a car following you quite closely. You indicate to tell the driver behind that you intend to stop, but without knowing it, your indicator light at the rear isn’t working.  How might this affect the car behind?  How Will the driver behind know you’re going stop?  Will the driver be able to slow enough to avoid having an accident with you?

This is just one of many, many possible scenarios that could happen if you’re indicator lights are not working.

How often should I check my indicator lights?

As I guide, I would recommend to check your indicator lights at least weekly, but take any opportunity you can to check them.  For example, when you get in your car, if you have a remote central locking key, when you press it, the indicator lights normally come on so you could check then.  You may see a reflection of your car somewhere, possibly in a shop window, you could use this to check your lights.

When you are taking your driving lessons in Stoke on Trent, your driving instructor will show you how to complete the show me tell me questions. Drive Ahead School of Motoring can provide you with excellent driving lessons, tailored to your driving needs.

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To book a driving lesson, please call today on 01782 906010 or visit our website www.driveahead.co.uk

Learn to Drive in Stoke on Trent – Show Me Tell Me Questions

If you want to learn to drive in Stoke on Trent you will need to learn what are know as ‘show me tell me’ questions.  When you are learning to drive, your driving instructor, at some point, will talk to you about these Show Me Tell Me questions. They will normally incorporate them into your driving lessons, but you will need to do a little bit of studying yourself to learn all of the questions.

What are Show Me Tell Me questions, and when will they be asked?

Show Me Tell Me questions were introduced into the UK driving test to help learners understand the use of the cars ancillary controls, and to help them make basic maintenance checks related to the car. The subjects covered by these questions are things that you really need to know if you want to be driving, and will help you to perform basic maintenance checks to keep you and you car safely on the road. At the start of your driving test you will be asked 2 of these show me tell me questions.

What if I don’t know the answer, or get the question wrong?

The answers don’t need to be word perfect, or textbook answers. All the examiner is looking for, is that you have a general knowledge, and have a reasonable idea about what has been asked. However, if you do answer the question entirely wrong, or can’t give an answer, 1 driving (minor) fault will be recorded on your driving test report for each question answered incorrectly. So you could end up with 2 driving faults before you’ve even started to drive!

So, what questions could I be asked?

There are 19 questions that the driving test examiner may ask you. It’s important to listen to what they ask of you, and whether they want you to physically do something or whether they just want you to explain something to them. Below is a list of all the questions you may be asked. Click on the question to view our post with an instructional video, full guidance with the answers and reasons you would need to do the checks:

– Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

– 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).

– Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

– Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

– (Show me) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

– (Show me) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

– (Show me) 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.

– Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)

– Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

– Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

– Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle)

– 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.

– Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

– Tell Me where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

– Tell Me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

– Tell Me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

– Tell Me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

– Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)

– Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

For a copy of all the questions and answers visit our learner resources page or visit our YouTube channel

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