The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency Driving Test Syllabus
The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency is responsible for administering, conducting and setting the standards required for candidates to pass the British Driving Test. The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency Driving Test Syllabus is a structured approach to acquiring the practical driving skills and appropriate knowledge to be a safe and responsible driver in a category B vehicle.
The DVSA has developing the ‘National standard for driving cars and light vans (category B)’, and believes that road-safety increases when new drivers show a greater awareness of dangers associated with driving and develop their ability to assess reflect and analyse their driving and recognise areas of improvement. To this aim learning-to-drive should be ‘client-centred’ and not ‘instructor lead’. The responsibility of learning to drive should sit with the client as early in the learning process as possible. To this end, instructors at Kinghams Driving School in Bournemouth have the latest client centred driver training qualifications enabling them to teach in a manner that suits differing learning styles.
Whichever way people learn, the DVSA say that the successful driving test candidate will have 46 hours of professional tuition from a qualified local driving instructor and 22 hours of private practice to cover the driving lessons syllabus. Seems a lot? Well! The DVSA driving lessons syllabus is very extensive and each point detailed below needs to be explained so the student fully understands the task. The student will be repeatedly talked, assisted and coached through each task until independence is achieved through the entire driving lessons syllabus.
The DVSA Driving Lessons Syllabus
Driver Cockpit Drill
Doors, seat, steering wheel, seat belts, mirrors.
Hand controls, foot controls, ancillary controls and switches.
Correct Use of Mirrors
Driving mirrors, when to use, anti dazzle setting, blind spot areas, mirrors before hazards, mirrors-signal-manoeuvre routine.
Moving Away Safely
Coordination / use of driver controls, observation (MSM). Anticipation of other road users.
Stopping and Road Position
Stop the car safely. Driving and parking positioning.
Changing up and down the gears, through 1st to 2nd gears, then 2nd to 3rd. 4th comes a bit later!
Controling the clutch
Driving the car at very slow speeds by gentle use of the clutch biting point.
Turning into and out of Junctions
Mirrors, Signals, Position, Speed, Gears, Look, Assess, Decide and Act. Priorities. Zones of vision. Pedestrians and cyclists.
Mirrors, Signals, Position, Speed, Gears,Look, Assess, Decide and Act. Priorities. Zones of vision. Peeping and creeping.
Correct Use of Signals
Use of arm and mechanical signals. Signal or No Signal? Misleading signals.
Identify obstructions ahead in good time, judgement of available space, can you pass? Anticipating and holding back for oncoming vehicles.
Clearance to Traffic and Obstructions
Driving past parked cars, maintaining a safe distances from moving and stationary vehicles, clearance to bus and cycle lanes etc.
Move off up hill: Use of accelerator, clutch and handbrake. Move off down hill: Use of brake pedal, clutch and handbrake.
Main Road Driving
Driving on main roads, dealing with emerging traffic, buses, bus stops, bus lanes, pedestrians, cyclists, cycle lanes and traffic queues.
Zebra, pelican, toucan, puffin and Pegasus crossings, the rules, regulations, safe havens, yellow/red tactile surfaces, school crossings.
Controlled cross roads, T Junctions, 2, 3 and 4 phase traffic lights. Filter lights and filter lanes. box junctions, temporary traffic lights.
Junctions Single and double roundabouts, Observations, approaching speed and use of gears, correct judgement of gaps in the traffic, road positioning, signalling, lane markings, following traffic signs.