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Driving Lessons

Driving lessons are available in 60 minute or 90 minute slots. As the test centres are located in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, 90 minute slots will be of benefit to you to ensure that when you are approaching your test, we can cover test routes and manouvers in one session. New learners will start by learning how to handle the car, steer correctly and in general, just build on your confidence. As your confidence builds, we will start to cover the manouvers you will need to know in order to pass your test. I have a various amount of techniques available, so do not worry if you struggle, as there are a number of ways the manouver can be completed. 

Pass Plus

The pass plus course is an extensive driving course that people who have just passed their test can take to enable them to widen their driving experience. It is split into six modules, of which must be completed successfully to a required standard.

Driving Around Town 
The first module has two parts. It begins with an introduction to Pass Plus, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered. The second part is a practical session covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport. You'll focus on:

•observation, judgement and awareness 
•eye contact 
•consideration for vulnerable road users 
•showing caution 
•keeping space around your car

All Weather Driving 
This module will be covered as much as possible in a practical session. You’ll focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:

•rain 
•sleet, snow and ice 
•mist and fog 
•bright sunshine
 
You’ll also look at skidding, and: 

•what causes skids 
•how to prevent skids 
•correcting slow-speed skids 
•braking on poor surfaces 
•aquaplaning

Driving In The Countryside 
This module looks at the main differences between town and country driving: 
•observing the road ahead 
•making progress safely 
•bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground 
•keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead 
•safe overtaking

 It focuses especially on being aware and showing consideration for:

•pedestrians, horse riders and animals in the road 
•farm entrances 
•slow moving vehicles

It also covers the correct use of a horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places.

Driving At Night 
This covers the important parts of driving at night, dawn and dusk. You'll learn about:

•the importance of using headlights correctly 
•adjusting to the dark 
•judging speed and distance 
•the correct use of lights and keeping them clean 
•dealing with dazzle 
•hard-to-see road users 
•parking issues

Driving On Dual Carriageways 
Dual carriageways are high speed roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. You’ll need to have particular skills, including: 

•effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots 
•judgement and planning ahead 
•separation distances 
•joining and leaving a dual carriageway 
•overtaking and lane discipline 
•the correct use of speed

Driving On Motorways 
This should be a practical session if possible. If there is no motorway nearby, it will be covered in a theory session. You should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory into practice. The topics covered include:

•journey planning 
•joining and leaving a motorway, and using slip roads 
•safe speeds in different circumstances 
•effective observation 
•signs, signals and markings 
•overtaking and lane discipline 
•courtesy to other road users 
•motorway fatigue 
•breakdown procedures 
•use of lights, including hazard warning lights 
•debris on the carriageway 
•crosswinds

As well as all of this, most insurance companies will lower your insurance premiums if you have completed the Pass Plus course.

 

Motorway Lessons
FOR FULL LICENCE HOLDERS ONLY. Motorway driving consists of driving at high speeds on motorways in varying conditions, to enable you to experience the varying hazards, and motorway signs. As learners aren't allowed on motorways you don't get any experience for driving on motorways. This is why I strongly recommend this course to all of my pupils, because driving on the motorway for the first time without instruction can be tough.

 

Taxi Driver Test Training
All new Taxi Drivers are now required to pass a test, and the training to the test standard can be obtained from us. Contact us to find out more.

 

Refresher Lessons
Whether your learning to drive or can drive anyway, this course helps people who haven't drove for some time get back into it. It is not the same as a normal lesson and skips a lot of the basic stuff you already know. It is simply to let you get the feel for driving again. We will still make sure you know how the car works, and if you need, we can start from the beginning. People who have had a gap in their driver learning, we will stick to quiet roads for the first 20 minutes or so, just to see if you have remembered everything and pick up from their. You can book a refresher course online just by booking a normal lesson. Just let your driving instructor know that you have some experience of driving before the lesson begins.