Driving lessons in Crowthorne , Bracknell and surrounding areas
Lessons with FDA
Here at Freemans Driving Academy we can tailor lessons to suit individual pupils. Whether you are looking for one or two hour lessons or an intensive course. All our vehicles are fitted with dual controls to give you complete confidence and assurance when learning with us. We also pick you up from your home or place of work and can often get you from A to B whilst learning to drive.
Before booking a lesson
Before you can learn to drive, there are a few prerequisites which must be fulfilled. First and foremost you must have a provisional driving licence. You may apply for your provisional driving licence 2 months before your 17th Birthday. You must not drive on the road until you have the licence in your possession and you must wait until your 17th birthday before hitting the road.
To apply for your licence you need to meet the following requirements:
To be 16 yrs and 10 months of age
To hold an acceptable form of identification
To hold a valid UK Passport or a passport sized photo countersigned by an approved person
To complete a D1 (formerly D750) application form
The required fee
Send your completed D1 application form, with the current fee and your passport or signed photograph to:
Your licence will usually take up to 15 working days to arrive, if it doesn't you can telephone the DVLA on 0870 240 0009
When you receive your licence make sure you check all your details to make sure they are correct. Your provisional licence entitles you to drive a car but you must have L plates clearly displayed, appropriate insurance cover and be supervised at all times by a full UK licence holder that has held a full UK licence for 3 years and is a minimum age of 21
In addition to a valid provisional driving licence, you must not have any any medical condition which may inhibit your ability to drive. This includes conditions such as epilepsy, strokes, other neurological and mental health conditions, or physical disabilities and visual impairments that could affect your ability to drive safely. Any 'notifiable' medical condition should be declared to the DVLA, even if the medical condition has developed since you applied for your liscence. For more information on being medically fit to drive. Please visit the DVLA website.
Lastly you must take lessons with an open mind and positive attitude, this is key to passing your test. Even if you already know how to drive, your instructor will be teaching you not only how to drive safely, but also how to pass your driving test.
Becoming familiar with the controls of the vehicle is the first thing you must learn when learning to drive. Typically, if you are a beginner learner, your instructor will drive you to a quiet location and demonstrate the controls that you will need to understand. However, if you already have some experience driving, your instructor may only need to run over the controls very quickly.
Moving off & Stopping
Moving off and stopping is usually the next thing you will learn with your instructor. Learning how to use the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals is key at this point, in addition to learning what the other controls of the vehicle feel like. It typically takes a little practice on a quiet road to get used to the pedals, even those who have driven a car before may take a little time to adjust, as most cars controls will feel different from one another. At this point you will also need to learn the theory of how the clutch and gas pedals work together, what the "biting" point is and the correct process for moving away and stopping safely.
Once you have mastered the controls of the vehicle and can safely move off and stop the vehicle without assistance, your instructor will likely take you on progressively more challenging roads which will include dealing with junctions. Usually you will start on small residential roads, allowing you to practice using the lower gears, steering and Indicators. As you gain confidence your instructor will direct you to more and more changing roads, including rural driving and city driving. This will naturally expose you to a large array of different junctions, road signs and driving conditions, which will assist you with learning the theory of driving.
Learning manoeuvers is an essential part of learning to drive. You will be tested on at least two of these in your practicaldriving test, and if you can not perform them correctly, you may not pass. Practicing manoeuvers is typically something you will learn as you gain confidence with general driving. It is usually a nice way to break up a driving lesson. The manoeuvers you will be required to learn include:
A Turn in the road
Reverse round a corner
At Freemans Driving Academy, your driving instructor will give you all of the help and support that you will need to enable you to pass your theory test. We are partners with 'Theory Test Pro' whose website will enable you to practice for your theory test online, free of charge! Try Theory Test Pro here
The Theory Test
The theory test now consists of two parts, the multiple choice questions and the hazard perception test. You must pass both parts to pass your theory test.
The multiple choice section consists of 50 questions which you will be required to answer in 57 minutes. This part of the test requires you answer the questions by touching the correct box on the actual computer screen. The system is very easy to use and before you actually start the test you have the option of a 15 minute practice session before the real test begins.
Throughout the test you have the option to flag any questions that you would like to come back to a bit later. So when you've reached question 50 you can go back to any that you've flagged. Also make sure you use all the time available to go over the questions again, just in case you've made any obvious mistakes. The pass mark for this section is 44 out of 50.
When you have finished the multiple choice section you can have a 3 minute break before the Hazard Perception section starts. You must pass both the multiple choice and the hazard perception sections in order to pass your theory test.
To cancel your theory test, you must give three working days notice or you will lose your fee.
Hazard Perception Whilst Driving
Hazard perception is something you will naturally come across on the road. Your instructor will encourage identifyinghazards,s and it is probable that your instructor will have to intervene when there are hazards which you do not notice on your own. Hazard perception is something which requires both practical experience and theory to fully understand.
Practicing Hazard Perception
Practicing hazard perception can be difficult, because you never know when or how often you may come across a hazard whilst on a lesson. For this very reason FDA encourage the use of third party computer programs or services, specifically designed for practicing the skill of spotting a potential hazard. It is extremely important to use a reputable computer program or service, as only the best will closely match the real theory test. Here at FDA we have partnered up with Theory Test Pro, free theory and hazard perception practice. Sign Up for free here with Freeman's Driving academy.
The Hazard Perception Test
The hazard perception test will take place at your local testing center at the same time as your theory test.
Before the test begins you have a tutorial which shows what you need to do for the test, and afterwards, if required you can repeat this tutorial one more time only.
The Hazard perception test consists of 14 movie clips which are approximately 1 minute long. One of the clips has 2 hazards you are required to spot. So for this section you are required to spot 15 hazards in 14 movie clips. The test requires you to spot the hazards in the clips by clicking on the mouse button as soon as you see the hazard develop. The earlier you spot the hazard the higher your score will be. If you click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard developing you will get the maximum of 5 points for that hazard. A Hazard is anything that could cause you, thedriver,r to change speed or direction. The Pass Mark for this section is 44 out of 75.
You must pass both the theory and the hazard perception tests in order to pass your theory test.
To cancel your theory test, you must give three working days notice or you will lose your fee.
The Practical Test
The first thing that will be checked is your eyesight. You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet). You will then be asked a couple of questions on ‘show me tell me’. After this, the driving part of your test will commence.
You will be asked to drive as you have been taught, following the road ahead unless he/she directs you otherwise During the test you will be asked to perform a manoeuver and possibly a controlled stop. At some point during the test, the examiner will ask you to pull over and stop andbefore commencing withe the independent driving part of your test. He/she will either ask you to follow the signposts to a given destination or you will be shown a simple map to follow. You will then be expected to drive to this destination without the examiners assistance. Don’t worry if you forget the directions, the examiner will explain them again to you if necessary.
At the end of the test, the examiner will tell you whether or not you have been successful and offer you a de-brief. This will be a good point for your instructor to come and listen so that he can help you to understand any feedback given.
The driving examiner is not looking for perfection. He is there to assess your driving and would be expecting a smooth, safe competent drive.
Benefits of Pass Plus
Statistics prove that the risk of having an accident is highest during the first years of driving after passing the driving test. This is why the Government launched the Pass Plus programme. Backed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and major motor insurance companies, it is designed to help new drivers gain more experience and become better equipped for the demands of modern driving.
The course needs to be taken within twelve months of passing your driving test to qualify for the insurance benefits.
The PASS PLUS course is a six-hour module, which will include motorway, bad weather, city and rural driving. After completion you will be able to obtain a discount from many insurance companies, subject to your personal circumstances.
This course has proved popular because the saving on insurance is far greater than the cost of the course.