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As a trusted driving school we get lots of questions asked about learning to drive etc. So we have decided to create blogs for all the FAQ’s about learning to drive. This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Questions on learning to drive.
On your UK Driving Test, you will be asked two Questions (safety questions). One will be at the beginning of your test (‘Tell ME’) and one when you are driving on your test (‘Show Me”).
It’s advisable to make sure you fully understand the answers and questions as these are not only necessary for your driving test, but they are often needed to ensure your car is safe before you drive it!!
When are you Asked the safety questions on your test?
You will be asked to answer one ‘Tell Me” question on your car driving test at the beginning of your test.
You will be asked to answer one ‘Show Me” question on your car driving test while you are driving on the test route.
When you start your test, the examiner greets you and you sign the declaration form. You will then walk outside, read a number plate and then usually on the way to the car you will be asked the “tell me” question (sometimes you are asked this question once you are both in the car).
The “Show Me” question will be asked by the driving examiner at some point during your test. Dont worry they won’t try to trick you. They will ask you by stating “When its safe please show me how you…”. So dont worry if you are about to go around a corner or you suddenly can’t remember how to do it. Just wait till you are on a quite straight road and then operate the control you need to. If you struggle then glance at it and then do it.
Do I fail if I get a question wrong?
NO, As long as the show me questions was done safely even if it was answered wrongly!
BUT! You can fail if you commit a Serious or Dangerous fault while demonstrating the controls.
If you answer One or both questions incorrectly, it will be recorded as a driving fault (use to be called a minor fault). You are not required to have an in-depth knowledge of the questions / answered. You just need to know how to check and/or operate the controls safely.
A serious or dangerous fault Could be one of the following:
Whilst demonstrating the ‘show me’ question on the move, you look down at the controls and the car drifts towards the other lane – You have committed a Major fault, which would be a fail on the test.
If during the ‘tell me’ question, you start the car to demonstrate (You dont have to start the car for any ‘tell me’ questions – just explain) the answer and inadvertently starts the car up in gear, the Examiner may have to take action to stop the car hitting another car, then you would have committed a serious/dangerous fault.
Discover great places to eat so you can make the most of your trip to Blackpool.
Boonnak Thai Restaurant
A fabulous, charming little find, a real hidden gem. Friendly traditional welcome from the staff and great service. Pleasant atmosphere and spotlessly clean, bright and spacious. Even the cleanliness of restrooms deserves a mention. The truly authentic food is delicious, fresh, beautifully presented and very good value.The early bird menu is particularly good value. There is a wide range of fish and seafood dishes for those that don’t eat meat and a good choice of tasty, vegetarian and vegan dishes.
West Coast Rock Cafe
Amazing atmosphere, amazing music, amazing food, amazing drinks. Superb food, right on time, hot and at a great price. Great with kids, well looked after with a play area for them. Attentive, friendly, helpful and polite staff. A lovely cafe that is clean and tidy. Although very heavily meat orientated there is a choice of vegetarian options.McHalls Bistro
Friendly, down to earth, service and atmosphere, and high-quality cuisine worthy of a fine dining restaurant. The food is beautifully and expertly prepared, cooked and presented and is extremely tasty. The menu choices are plentiful and inviting, a perfect selection in all three courses. There is also a good selection of beers, wines and spirits all reasonably priced. The Bistro itself has a lovely ambience, cosy with a lovely, personal, homely feel. It is an amazing place, spotlessly clean and tidy. Highly recommended.
Amazing, incredible food, so fresh and delicious, proper Italian food. The front of house staff are delightful, warm and friendly yet professional and courteous, they really look after you. A great place, a real diamond find, it is only small, seating 15-20 people, but the staff are really accommodating and flexible when fitting in party bookings.
A great little find. Lovely, fantastic customer service, friendly and attentive making you feel really welcome. If you’re looking for something different this Latvian Russian fusion menu will not disappoint, vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options are also available. The food is delicious, consistently high standard and all reasonably priced. The restaurant is nicely laid out and caters for couples or large groups with a great atmosphere, soft lighting and lovely background music, really inviting.
An independent neighbourhood restaurant & bar, offering a small, considered menu that is cooked from scratch using well-sourced, local ingredients. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, open evenings Thursdays to Sundays. A lovely, friendly little Bistro, warm and welcoming, staff very friendly and attentive. Gorgeous food.
If you love Greek food you must visit this restaurant. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the service is very efficient. All food is authentic Greek, excellent, delicious and of the highest standard and very reasonably priced. The restaurant is exceptionally clean and there is a lovely atmosphere. Certainly worth a visit.
Ziggy’s Cafe Bar
This is a lovely little David Bowie-themed cafe just at the back of the town centre which serves really good quality and innovative food at reasonable prices. A friendly welcome, quality drinks including alcohol, good food, sensible prices. Great for delicious homemade cakes, afternoon tea or just a drink and a light snack. There are lots of choices and the servings are large, freshly cooked and great value for money. Nice clean cafe with a great atmosphere.
These are just a few of the numerous and varied places to eat in Blackpool. From fast food outlets and teashops to fine dining, there’s something to suit all tastes, budgets and requirements.
Finding out the nice places to eat will help ensure you have a good trip to Rochdale.
If you are visiting Rochdale, then why not stop for something to eat! There is a wide variety of cuisine available, British, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Thai.
The Green Door, Littleborough, Rochdale
This great, child-friendly restaurant serves brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and After-hours. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. You will receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff. the atmosphere is relaxed with impeccable service and fabulous food.
Nutters Restaurant, Rochdale
An excellent example of an English restaurant, comfortable and with a relaxed atmosphere. Luxurious, gourmet food, fine dining at it’s best at a reasonable price. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.
The Pavilion 2 Bangladeshi Restaurant, Rochdale
Simply amazing food with friendly, attentive, welcoming staff. Authentic dishes, menu descriptions are spot on so mild means mild and hot means hot. Very good value, generous portions.
Springhill Tearoom and Gift Shop
Raising money for the Springhill Hospice this tea shop is run by friendly local volunteers. The food is excellent, they serve breakfast, light lunches, snacks and afternoon tea. There is a well-stocked gift shop, which sells a range of gifts, cards and Hospice merchandise.
The Waterside Restaurant and Winebar, Littleborough, Rochdale
A great venue with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, situated by the Rochdale canal and nearby Hollingworth Lake. The atmosphere is cosy, homely and welcoming and the staff are friendly and engaging providing excellent service. The food is fantastic, well cooked, tasty and excellent quality.
This is a wonderful restaurant in central Rochdale. Both the food and service are excellent. The perfect venue for a party they will even provide a cake if you’re celebrating a birthday. The staff are kind, understanding and flexible when catering for special dietary needs.
Very pleasant, welcoming staff who are friendly and helpful. Genuine American style slow-cooked smokehouse food served in generous portions. Very reasonable prices and the place is spotlessly clean.
This is just a few of the many amazing places to eat in Rochdale. There are restaurants, cafes and takeaways to suit all tastes and budgets.
Finding out the nice places to eat in Wirral will help ensure you have a good trip to Wirral.
If you are having a trip over to Wirral, then why not have a bite to eat! Wirral plays host to lots of great restaurants, local cuisines, Fine dining restaurants and you have a great choice from Local to Chinese to Indian to Italian food (one of my favs!).
The TeeRoom, West Kirby, Wirral
This is a little gem and well worth the visit. It’s in excellent condition, has great service and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. You can get Breakfast all the way to supper. But you probably want to book a table as it does get very busy – the word is already out about this great local small place!
This is a place that you want to visit over and over again! It plays host to beautiful food and clever selections of wines. Great ambience and a must.
Driftwood Cafe, New Brighton, Wirral
If you are after a spot of lunch in a nice setting just off the prom then look no more. You will love the sandwiches made here and try not to resist the lovely cakes!
Isabelle’s Tea Rooms, Heswall, Wirral
If you are doing a spot of shopping in Heswall and want to take the weight off your legs, then having a nice cuppa and a cake at Isabelle’s will be just what the doctor ordered. Sit back, relax and think about your next shopping purchase while finishing your cuppa.
Grove House Hotel Restaurant, Wallasey, Wirral
Not only a great restaurant to eat at. You could also have a bottle of wine or 2 and stay the night! They also have gluten-free and vegan choices!
Nova, Heswall, Wirral
Locally sourced food served by the staff that are fantastic all day long. The menu changes regularly so you must visit more often to enjoy the full flavours and taste that this places offers.
The Mediterranean Kitchen, Bebington, Wirral
As the name suggests, it’s a Mediterranean food place. The food is beautifully cooked, presented well and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. It even has a top floor if you have an occasion to celebrate.
These are just a few places to eat. In Wirral, they have over 600! So you can be sure to find a restaurant or eating place that caters to your tastes, budget and needs.
With winter finally upon us and shop windows everywhere filled with stick-on snowflakes and winter-themed drinks, are we ready for the real winter outside? According to the weather forecasters, we are set for a particularly cold one! This I find means different things to different people, my 5-year-old sits in the window watching for the first snowflake, my Nan buys in supplies and hibernates and driving instructors … well, try to survive the cancelled tests and lessons.
10x Normal Stopping Distances in Icy conditions
So are we.. the royal we.. prepared for icy roads, snow blizzards and the general chaos of winter traffic? The forecast for this winter is for the exact opposite of last winter, colder, less rainfall and less storms. It is predicted that there will be a higher incidence of wintry weather including snow, frost and low temperatures. I have already had to defrost my car once.. which would have been a lot easier if i’d prepared by buying some de-icer! So on the news of further bad weather to come our way and my lack of preparation I thought.. How many of us do actually make any preparations for winter driving? Our driving instructors are out in all weather and to them filling the boot with emergency essentials is common place, I’ve seen shovels, blankets, cereal bars and hot flasks. Also many new drivers passing their tests in the summer may never have encountered icy roads before and does everyone remember the theory of driving in wintry conditions? And thats different wintry conditions as one journey in this country could entail rain one minute and hail the next, so we need to know how to adjust to all extremes.
This blog was actually good for me to research too, not being an instructor like my fellow colleagues it was great to test myself on how much I remembered from taking my theory test. I found that not only did I not remember some of the theory a lot of it was new advice, practical tips that I feel make all the difference to being a more confident winter driver. It maybe that the process of revising for our theory tests focused our minds only on the questions and answers rather than all round safe driving knowledge. So even if you feel that you know all your winter driving theory and are a seasoned pro, its worth a read!!
So here is our 123-drive guide to winter driving to keep you and your car safe over the winter period!
1) take the bus
…. only joking !!
2) Don’t eat yellow snow!!…… only joking, but seriously don’t!
The best way to be prepared is to first ensure your car is fully checked and it a good idea to have your car fully serviced before the winter period. The RAC gets more call outs for battery related breakdowns down any other and at this time of year thats one thing we could do without. so try to have your battery checked and avoid being stranded. below are a list of checks that you should be able to do your self ( for me with the help of a handbook!!)
1) Check that all lights are clean and working properly
2) Windowscreen, wiper blades and all other windows are clean and that the washer bottle is filled with screen wash.
3) Check the condition of all tyres, tread depth and pressure.
4) Brakes are all working properly.
5) check anti freeze levels ( needs to be accurate concentration ) and also oil.
Rospa the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also recommends that you have an emergency kit containing the following; tow rope, shovel, wellington boots, a hazard warning triangle, first aid kit, working torch, car blanket, warm clothes, emergency rations, de-icing kit and ensure that your phone is fully charged. Now all this may seem a bit extreme if all you do is go to the local shop once week. However if considering a long journey or a journey on remote rural roads and being mindful of the latest weather report if you think theres a slightest chance its better to be safe than sorry.
Rospa also suggests that you prepare yourself for the journey ensuring that if you are travelling to meet someone that they are aware of your Expected Time of Arrival therefore will be alert if you do not arrive. Have an alternative route just in case your previous route is no longer preferred. Ensure that your fuel tank is full and if you do become stranded be careful not to waste all your fuel on keeping the engine running to keep warm. And although tempting to leave as soon as possible, try to wait until your heater is blowing warm air first to avoid window screens misting up.
At this time of year many of us will be suffering from colds etc, consider if you are fit to drive and check any medication to ensure it will not cause you drowsiness. But importantly prepare yourself knowledge wise consider how you will have to adjust to each different type of weather.
Snow/ Ice and hail driving
As with most hazardous conditions adjust to a suitable speed always baring in mind stopping distances, and as the chances of skidding in ice and snow are far greater your stopping distance will be increased massively. Only travel at the speed at which you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear.
1) Avoid harsh braking and accelerate gently, also avoid sharp steering. If you see a sharp bend ahead reduce speed as soon as you can and try to keep steering and actions smooth.
2) Always reduce speed gently and in plenty of time on slippery surfaces. ( bear in mind that some ice may not be visible).
3) Don’t brake on corners and bends as the centrifugal force will continue to pull the car outwards and the wheels on icy surfaces will not be able to grip the road having dangerous consequences such as spinning the car.
4) when braking drop into a lower gear and earlier than normal to allow the car to lower its speed and you may need up to 10 times the normal stopping distance.
5) Ensure your vehicle remains well ventilated, car heaters turned up will cause drowsiness. Be aware of how you feel and if your concentration is reduced.
6) If visibility is reduced used dipped headlights.
7) Remember that just because you cannot see the ice it does not mean it is not there. As roads defrost it can lead to patches of ice and these may be hard to see.
If you do get stuck in snow don’t panic, revving your engine to try and power out of the rut will cause you to make the rut worse. Instead use a higher gear to try and edge forward and backwards out of the rut…. if you are firmly stuck a kind passerby may be needed to give you a push!!
Hail unlike snow however can be dangerous to drive in and cause damage to your car and you. In a severe hail storm do not leave your vehicle, hail can fall at speed and cause you bodily harm. In severe hail try to pull over to avoid damage to your window screen, if you can try to stop under an overpass. If the hail is particularly bad park your car at an angle directed into the hail as the window screen is reinforced whereas the side windows and rear window are not.
Heavy rain and floods
Rain although common all year round ( as we all know) hits us even harder over the winter period and when combined with cold weather and steamed up windows becomes harder to contend with. With recent years seeing record levels of rainfall and flooding becoming more common, knowing how to drive safely in these conditions is becoming more and more important. But rain also poses greater risks to the our cars, with engines these days having more electrics damp weather can cause a great deal of problems. The RAC says that during the winter months and periods of heavy rain there is always a huge increase in engine and electrical based breakdowns mostly due to people driving through standing water, which will cause catastrophic engine failure. Whereby water can be sucked into the engine and cause it to ‘lock up’. If you are unsure of the depth of the water don’t attempt to drive through it and bear in mind that the deepest part of the eater will be near the curb.
Other advice that the RAC suggest is that if you are unfortunate enough to breakdown do not leave the bonnet open whilst awaiting help as the engine will get wet and cause electrical damage.
Another problem with wet weather is the chance of Aquaplaning. This is when water on the road comes between the road and the tyres causing a lack of contact so that the car is technically floating on the water giving no grip. Its usually caused by driving too fast through standing water. Similar to driving on ice and losing grip, do not break sharply as this will cause the car to skid, instead ease off gently until you can feel the car grip again and always re test your brakes to ensure they are effective again.
Fog and poor visibility
I am someone who knows how thick fog can get and how terrible visibility can become, living down a rural lane with ditches either side travelling along that road in impenetrable fog was a common scary jaunt. The highway code states that headlights must be used when visibility is less then 100m ( roughly the length of a football pitch) so make a point of learning how to put your fog lights on, it may sound obvious, but many of us don’t ever have to use them and may not remember how to operate them. Ensure that your headlights are dipped all the time and try not to tail gate the lights of the car in front as you may without realising it lose your stopping distance and not pay due attention. It may help when at junctions to wind your window down if visibility is so bad, you may be able to then hear approaching traffic. But most importantly if you cant see DONT drive! its simply not worth it, take a break and wait.
If visibility improves again don’t forget to turn the fog lights off!
Driving in high winds
After last years gales and storm damage we all know how dangerous wind can be, high winds can get under a car quickly and effect your steering. Also be aware that exposed areas may be prone to strong side winds, keep your speed reduced and both hands on the wheel and keep an eye out for these exposed areas. Be careful of exposed high bridges and debris on or at the side of the road.
Other vehicles to be cautious of are those towing caravans, motorcyclists who are greatly effected and do not be tempted to use a roof top box in high winds. Tall sided vehicles may get caught by the wind so beware when overtaking. They will also protect you from the wind as you overtake but then be aware that once you pass you will again be exposed to the high winds.
Lastly it may be prudent to park away from tall trees etc, there are often lots of reports on the media of cars crushed by falling trees!
Have you got all that??
It is all a lot to take in and for the most part common sense! But I did as i was writing learn a lot myself and with our weather hitting a particularly cold spike at the moment I have even put into practice my own advice. When in a crazy hail storm on Parbold hill at the weekend I felt re assured from the research into winter driving that if the storm became worse i would know how to deal with it and keep me and my car safe! Previously i have looked out of the window and felt a sense of trepidation about going out in the car. Although I have learnt previously for my test all those years ago the theory of driving in different weather conditions the re cap was much needed!
lastly enjoy the winter driving, if it wasn’t so cold its actually quite beautiful!!!
Please leave us a comment or your best winter advice below..
Post by Samantha Richards.
Chris RichardsWinter Driving tips help and advise this winter
Winter is definitely the season to be jolly, but it can also be stressful… and not just for us, but for our cars too!
This year has so far seen temps below average and I have heard quite a few foreboding sounds of car engines refusing to start!! Not what anyone needs when its cold and traffic will be building up the more you are delayed!!
So why does it choose the coldest most inconvenient time to run flat?
Unfortunately, car batteries contain chemicals ( not mice!! ) that require a certain temperature before they can work effectively, in the cold winter these chemical processes struggle to work. Added to this is an increased workload as engine oil thickens in the cold, making it even harder for the battery to crank the engine into life! It is more common the older your car battery, but it can also happen in some cars after just 3 years! it all depends on the Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) rating of your battery, the higher the score the greater amperage the battery can supply. The amperage is recorded by testing at -18℃ for 30 sec, a battery that gives out 500 Amps will have a CCA rating of 500, the range for all batteries is from 300-600, not much of an issue in young cars, but the older the battery and the more drain we exert on it, the more initial power it will need to start effectively.
Hints and tips to avoid the non-starter!!
It’s not all doom and gloom and there are things we can do to make for a better start in the morning, before considering investing in a new battery.
After your previous journey, try to make a habit of turning off as many functions as possible before turning off the ignition, such as Heating and AC, demisters, headlights, wiper blades and unplug any devices such as chargers. All these drain from the battery and increase the starting workload for your battery the next time you start it.
Try to keep the fuel tank topped up, in the winter fuel can condense and form ice in empty tanks and in the pipes, fuller tanks prevent this.
If your car is not kept in a garage, try to keep it warmer via other means, such as car covers or even purpose made battery blankets!
Always depress the clutch pedal! This reduces the load on the battery when starting.
Between attempts to start the engine, leave it for a few moments, allowing it to recover before hopefully being successful the next attempt.
Handy battery booster for those non-starters!
If you have regular problems starting your car or are at risk of being stranded when travelling, there are handy battery chargers that can be stored in the boot for emergencies and just clip onto your flat engine to give it the boost it needs to crank the engine. If all else fails, it may be worth investing in a battery with a good CCA score and remove the winter worry!!
Can I learn to drive before I pass my theory test?
As a trusted driving school we get lots of questions asked about learning to drive etc. So we have decided to create blogs for all the FAQ’s about learning to drive. This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Questions on learning to drive.
Yes is the short answer!
You can have driving lessons before you pass your theory test. We advise you to book your theory test and start revising for it as soon as possible.
Advantages of passing your theory test fast!
Even though you don’t need to pass your theory test before you start your driving lessons if you are looking to minimise the number of lessons you need and save money then booking and passing your theory test early on in your driving lessons will help you do this.
The main reasons for this are that you will have the knowledge of the rules, road markings and have a greater depth of understanding without the driving instructor having to go through everything and spend time explaining and giving you the knowledge. This will allow you to have more time practising instead of discussing the topics at the road-side.
Ways to practice your theory test.
We use Theory Test Pro and give our students access to it as part of our lessons. This allows the user to practice topic questions and decide what areas they need to practice and revise more. To have a quick test click on the banner below and sign up for a free quick test: