Learner Drivers

TRL Study Released

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The moment you've all been waiting for

The publication of the TRL study into the new driving test has been published.

How the new car driving test impacts learning to drive, test performance and post-test driving, based on trials held in 2015 and 2016.

The full study can be read here, but some key points are listed below

No difference in post test collision rate

“The two test groups did not differ in their post-test driving exposure, except that those in the revised test group were more likely than those in the existing test group to have used a satnav. In terms of attitudes to risk and confidence, the groups did not differ significantly at six months post-test.

There were no differences in collisions (number, or rate) between the revised and existing test groups. There were familiar patterns in the collision data, with younger age and greater exposure being linked to more collisions. Collision modelling, which held driving exposure and age constant and included the age-matched national comparison group participants directly, showed again that there was no effect of test type on collision risk post-test. A range of factors related to pre- and post-test experience were related to changes in collision risk, but these applied to all groups”

“The final analysis in the study modeled collisions using a base model which controlled both age and exposure and then added other variables to establish which, if any, increased or decreased collision risk. The analysis confirmed that that test type had no statistically significant impact on collision risk”

Slight change in style of training

“A comparison of both trial groups with an age-matched group of participants from non-trial test centers showed that the national comparison group undertook more training with their ADIs than trial participants, were more likely to spend time learning in quiet residential areas and following road signs, and were more likely to spend no time learning on country roads, fast dual carriageways, or when using a satnav. If these differences were due to training bias (and not simply the particular ADIs or test centers in the trial) then it is possible that the revised test has the potential to alter the learning to drive process to a greater extent than shown through the comparisons between the main trial groups”

No change in test difficulty

“The revised test had no noticeable impact on test difficulty, whether measured by self-reported number of attempts before passing or DL25 minor faults.”

Black box policies have increased accident rates!

“The findings that those drivers with a telematics-based insurance policy are reporting more accidents is certainly worthy of further investigation, especially given the claims for safety benefits often made by providers of these policies. While it is possible that collisions under such policies (and work-related collisions) are more likely to be recalled or reported by participants, the very large increase in risk (around 50% in both cases) seems larger than might be explained by memory effects alone in a six month period.”


Green light for driving lessons on motorways

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Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today.

The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.

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More details on the new test from the DVSA:

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As we gear up for the changes to the driving test on Monday 4 December 2017, we want to give you some more detailed information so you know what your pupils can expect.

We’re now starting to train our driving examiners on the changes to the test – including the new instructions they’ll give to your pupils.

I want to share these with you, along with some short videos showing some of the changes in action.

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The ‘pull up on the right’ and reverse back exercise.

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The ‘pull up on the right’ and reverse back exercise.

The original information in this article is maintained below, however, it also confirmed by the handbook that has now been sent out to ADI’s ahead of the test changes:

As of June 2017, I have had confirmation of the below direct from the DVSA:

The examiner will ask the candidate to pull up the right-hand side of the road. somewhere safe and convenient. This will be on a “busier” road, but one with plenty of room to stop on the right.

(The candidate won’t be asked to pull up on the left first an then move off and stop on the right as originally reported)

You will then be asked to  reverse two car lengths and rejoin the carriageway when safe.

The stop won’t be in front of a parked car.  (as in this is not a requirement of the exercise but circumstances may mean it is in front of one)

If another road user comes up and parks behind the candidate during the exercise then it will be aborted (and presumably retried). The examiner will provide assistance to allow the candidate to see past a parked car if this happens and there is one in front obstructing vision.


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Pass Plus – worth it? Learn to Drive in Evesham

By | ADI's, Advanced, Learner Drivers

Pass_Plus_LogoAnother question that often comes up – What is Pass Plus and / or is it worth it?

“Wait a minute, don’t you offer a Pass Plus course on this very site? surely it must be worth it then?”

Well like any other product  – it’s not suitable for everyone, it depends on what you need,  but first what is it?

The Pass Plus Scheme was introduced in 1995, as a fudge between compulsory training with a Driving Instructor, compulsory motorway training, and to answer the criticism  that young drivers were only being taught to pass a test, and weren’t learning key skills.

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