Useful stuff

Drive53 has gathered together some useful information below for you.

  • If you are booking your Theory Test or just want to practice it see the links below.
  • If you want to book your Driving Test at Avonmouth or Kingswood in Bristol, see the links below.

The Highway Code

Essential for all new drivers!
It comes in book form and as a PC CD. The book can be bought from most leading bookshops or online. You can purchase the cd from WH Smith or online.

The Highway Code book
The Highway Code CD
Here is some of the content:
Disclaimer: Whilst we have listed some of the content here which you can download (in pdf format) and print off, see links at the bottom of this page. Please note that these are constantly changing and we highly recommend using an up to date copy of the Highway Code.
See these pdf link at the bottom of the page:
Directional Signs
Information & Road Work Signs
Order Giving Signs
Road and Lane Markings
Road signs giving warnings

Links to Driving Theory practice and tests

Practise the official driving theory test from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).  Practice tests are free.

Book your official driving theory test for cars, motorcycles, buses, coaches and lorries

Book you driving test at Avonmouth

Book your driving test at Kingswood

Are you Test ready?

See the top ten reasons why people fail below:
....and make sure you download the 'Show me, tell me questions' !  
See link to pdf at bottom of page

Top 10 Reasons People Fail The Driving Test

As the driving test turns 80 years old, we look at the top 10 reasons that people fail their driving test. If you’ve passed your test, have you fallen into any of these bad habits? Here they are… in no particular order…

1. Observations at junctions
Poor observations at junctions is one of the top 10 reasons that people fail. You’ll be marked with this fault for not taking effective observation before emerging at junctions, and emerging into the path of other vehicles. Always make sure it’s safe before proceeding. (Oh, and don’t wolf-whistle - it’s really not cool).

2. Moving off safely
Moving off safely makes it into our top 10. When you’re moving off from the side of the road, you need to make sure you look around, check your blind spots - and that you’re indicating the right way!

3. Use of mirrors
Well OK, people don’t sit combing their hair on their driving test, but not using mirrors properly is one of the top 10 reasons people fail. Remember that you need to use your rear view mirror and wing mirrors - and react to the information! People get caught out for pulling up with no mirror checks, increasing their speed with no mirror checks, or using their mirrors too late.

4. Reverse parking
The next reason is reverse parking. In the driving test you’ll either do a parallel park on the road, or reverse into a parking bay at the test centre. You’ll notch up a fault in this area if you need to reposition to correct a loss of control or accuracy. A complete misjudgement or significant loss of control will count as a serious fault.

5. Response to traffic lights
Giving the right response to traffic lights is something that catches people out. Some of the mistakes that people make include waiting at a green filter light when it’s safe to proceed and staying at the stop line when it’s safe to move. Other faults that count include not conforming to a red light, and stopping beyond an advanced stop line in the area designated for cyclists.

6. Steering
Believe it or not, steering makes it into our top 10. You need to be able to maintain a steady course in normal driving. Things like mounting and dismounting the kerb, and not following the contour of the kerb results in faults in this area.

7. Positioning
Positioning is really important. Your vehicle should be positioned correctly for the route you’re taking. If lanes are marked, make sure you’re in the middle of the lane. Avoid straddling lanes.

8. Turning right at junctions
Turning right at junctions makes it onto our list. When you’re turning right, position your vehicle correctly - it shouldn’t cut the corner when turning right. Also, watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists, and any pedestrians crossing the road.

9. Control when moving off
Is this the one everyone dreads doing? Repeated stalling is one of the things that counts as control when moving off. Other things that are included in this reason are moving off (or trying to!) with the handbrake on, rolling backwards when trying to move off - and not putting the car in gear and attempting to move off.

10. Response to road markings
And finally… look out for road markings. You’ll be marked with faults in this area for doing things like unnecessarily crossing the solid white centre lines on the road, and not following directional arrows. Stopping in a yellow box junction when the exit is not clear also counts for this reason. So make sure you know the rules about using them.

Prepare to pass

It’s normal to be nervous before your test, but if you’re properly prepared and your instructor thinks you’re ready, then there’s really no reason to worry.On average, people who pass the test have had 45 hours of driving lessons and 22 hours of private practice. Your examiner’s not trying to catch you out; they just want to make sure that you can drive safely.

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Show me, tell me questions.pdf
Road & Lane markings.pdf
Direction Signs.pdf
Information & Road Works Signs.pdf
Order Giving Signs.pdf
Road signs giving warnings.pdf