June 11, 2017

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency Driving Test Syllabus

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency Driving Test SyllabusThe 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.
Vehicle Controls
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 Gear
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.

Cross Roads
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.

Meeting Traffic
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.

Hill Starts
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.

Pedestrian Crossings
Zebra, pelican, toucan, puffin and Pegasus crossings, the rules, regulations, safe havens, yellow/red tactile surfaces, school crossings.

Traffic Lights
Controlled cross roads, T Junctions, 2, 3 and 4 phase traffic lights. Filter lights and filter lanes. box junctions, temporary traffic lights.

Roundabout
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.
Traffic calming
Chicanes, road humps, speed cushions, rumble strips, build-outs and width restrictions.
One Ways
One Way Streets, One Way Systems, Positioning, single and multi lane, changing lanes safely, road markings.
Dual Carriageways
MSM, slip roads – entering and exiting, use of speed, anticipation, lane discipline and lane changing, clearance to traffic and stopping distances.

Overtaking
Overtaking slower motor vehicles, cycles, on fast/slow single and dual carriageways. Use of gears. Undertaking!

Country Driving
Wide and narrow country roads, passing places, speed limits, cattle grids, bends, dead ground, hedgerows, soft verges.

Eco Safe Driving
Advanced use of gears, braking and acceleration. Matching engine speed to road speed. Reduced fuel emissions and fuel consumption.

Car Ancillary Controls
Windscreen wipers, washers, windscreen demisting, side / brake / dipped / main-beam / fog lights, etc. Basic car maintenance checks and safety procedures.

Move Off at an Angle
Control, observation and accuracy driving off from behind a parked vehicle on the left.

Turn in the Road.
Control, observation and accuracy to turn the vehicle around using forward and reverse gears without touching the kerb.

Reverse Into a Side Road
Control, observation and accuracy to reverse the vehicle around a corner into a limited opening on the left.

Parallel Park
Control, observation and accuracy driving up along side and reversing (parking) behind a parked vehicle on the left (As if reversing into a space between two cars)
Bay Park
Control, observation and accuracy reversing parking into a parking bay either on the left or right.

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