Driving School Lessons has launched a new training programme that features a first lesson free incentive for learner drivers looking to start their driving lessons in Poole.

Lasting for about an hour, the free lesson is used by the driving instructor to assess the learner driver’s current driving skills which in turn helps the instructor develop clear targets for the pupil’s next set of lessons.

Commenting on the first lesson free initiative in Poole, Steve Tattersall of Driving School Lessons said: “The first lesson free incentive not only enables the driving instructor to assess the learner driver’s current ability, but importantly, gives the learner driver an opportunity to get to know the instructor”.

Tattersall continued: “Upon completion of their first lesson, learner drivers are given a useful Progress Record Card which sets out their proposed training programme with clear targets on what’s to be achieved and when”.

Those who have already taken a driving test and failed with a different driving school can also take advantage of the free assessment lesson worth £20.

Learner drivers in the Poole area can phone Driving School Lessons on 0800 612 8983 to book up their free lesson. Lines are open from 9.15am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

The much talked about new driving test (practical test) has been introduced into the UK this week, with the main change being the inclusion of an independent driving assessment for learner drivers.

The new ‘independent driving’ assessment requires pupils to spend 10 minutes or so demonstrating their ability to drive safely without step-by-step directions from their examiner.

Rather than the examiner giving specific directions during the practical test, the independent driving assessment section requires the pupil to follow traffic signs or a short series of verbal directions, or a combination of the two.

When following verbal directions, the pupil will be shown a diagram from the examiner, while they can also ask the examiner for reminders as they drive.

Commenting on the new driving test, the DSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, Trevor Wedge, said: “The aim of independent driving is to assess the candidate’s ability to drive safely whilst making decisions independently. It’s not a test of navigation and candidates won’t be failed for going off route”.
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Wedge continued: “The test is being improved to help produce safer drivers, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting any harder. We know many instructors are already teaching independent driving”.

The other change to the British car driving test sees pupils only having to complete one of the three reversing manoeuvres, instead of the current two.

Despite the changes, the good news is that the price of the UK driving test remains the same at £62, while its duration also stays the same at circa 35-40 minutes.

Have you completed your driving lessons and taken the new driving test yet? If so, please share your experience and views on it here and let us know how you got on. Thank you.