Introduction Driving Lessons

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who will carry out your driving test, has recommended a comprehensive syllabus that new drivers should be taught in order to bring them up to the required standard.

I will teach this syllabus in a way that will suit each student's ability. I will not teach shortcuts or tricks just to enable a quick test pass. It is my professional responsibility to produce safe, competent drivers.

The main topics I shall teach are listed below. It should be noted that these are just a list of the areas that are to be covered and do not suggest a set list of lessons. As stated, lessons will be tailored to suit each pupil's individual needs. Further information is provided on the corresponding pages and these can be used as lesson notes during your training.

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Preparation: Before You Start

  • Complete A Licence Check
  • Read my Terms & Conditions
  • Download the Total Drive App
  • Pass Minimum Eyesight Check

Beginner Basic Controls

  • Controls & Cockpit Checks
  • Moving Off & Stopping
  • Changing Gears
  • Steering

On The Road The Hazard Drill

  • Hazards & Hazard Drill (M-S-P-S-G-L)
  • Approaching Junctions To Turn
  • Approaching Junctions To Emerge
  • Overtaking Slow & Stationary Vehicles
Hazard Drill

The Next Step Advanced Hazards

  • Defensive Driving
  • Traffic Signs & Markings
  • Crossroads
  • Roundabouts
  • Traffic Lights
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Level Crossings
  • Stopping & Separation Distances
  • Different Weather Conditions
  • Driving At Night
  • Motorway Driving
Advanced Hazards

Advanced Skills Manoeuvres

  • Turn In The Road
  • Reverse Bay Parking
  • Forward Bay Parking
  • Reverse Parallel Parking
  • Pull Up On The Right
  • Controlled Emergency Stop
  • Reverse Around A Corner

Miscellaneous Other Areas

  • Show Me, Tell Me
  • Basic Maintenance
  • Driving On Country Roads
  • Using SatNav & DashCams
  • Technology & Safety
  • Breakdowns & Punctures
  • Fuelling Up
  • Dealing With Emergency Vehicles
  • City Centre Driving