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SHARING DRIVING LICENCE INFORMATION
From 8 June 2015, the driving licence counterpart will no longer have any legal status. In order for driving instructors, hire car companies, employers, etc to check driving entitlements they will need to access the online "Share Driving Licence" service and to do this they require a "Check Code" from the licence holder, which can only be used once and is only valid for 21 days together with the last 8 digits of the driving licence number.
To generate the "Check Code" please click here and provide the code together with the last 8 digits of your driving licence number to your driving instructor immediately.
Watch official videos below about how the DVSA theory and practical driving tests work to help you prepare.
DRIVER AND VEHICLE STANDARDS AGENCY (DVSA)
The Government Agency that sets the Driving Theory and Practical Driving Tests www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest. Book or amend Driving Theory and Practical Driving Tests online (BE AWARE other non-official sites may charge a booking fee!) or you can phone the DVSA on 0300 2001122 (Monday to Friday - 8am to Midday).
When booking your practical driving test, the DVSA will send confirmation by e-mail to the e-mail address you supply them with. No conformation is sent to confirm a practical driving test so ensure you have received and printed off the confirmation e-mail.
You can find your theory test pass certificate number online if you have lost your original letter. You'll need this information when you book your practical driving test. A printout containing the relevant theory test pass information would be suitable proof when attending a practical driving test in the event you can't find the original theory pass letter.
THEORY TEST PRO
Shamrock Driving School give you FREE access to "Theory Test Pro" (RRP £9.99 for a 30 Day Pass) - Everything you need to Pass the DVSA Driving Theory Test at your convenience on your laptop or PC! Includes the entire official DVSA Driving Theory Revision Question Bank, Interactive Hazard Perception Videos and The Highway Code. Click on the Banner below to get started.
FREE THEORY TEST APP
Shamrock Driving School provides you with FREE access to the Smartdriving Theory Test App, a complete Theory and Hazard Perception resource including new computer generated HPT videos access to a complete Theory and Hazard Perception app!
Pass Plus website.
DRIVER & VEHICLE LICENCING AGENCY (DVLA)
The Government Agency responsible for issuing driving licences www.dvla.gov.uk.
If you're unsure whether you need to advise DVLA of a medical condition, check via DVLA Medical A-Z.
If you have a driving licence issued in another country you can check whether you can drive in the UK using this DVLA driving entitlement link.
Government website bringing together the bulk of Government motoring information including applying for a provisional driving licence, applying for Driving Theory & Practical Driving Tests and Pass Plus www.gov.uk/browse/driving.
"Know Your Traffic Signs" Booklet
Availalable free of charge online. You can go to an individual section for images and information on traffic signs, signals and road markings. Or, you can download the booklet in full. Know Your Traffic Signs.
DVSA Safe Driving for Life
Website providing useful information on learning to drive from the people who deliver the tests. DVSA Safe Driving for Life.
Driving Test Cancellations 4 All
Driving Test Cancellations 4 All is one of a number of services which search for and book earlier practical driving tests to what you have already booked.
Driving test cancellations and new DVSA driving test releases are normally only available for moments, owing to the number of people looking for earlier dates. Driving Test Cancellations 4 All practical test cancellation finder works by scanning the DVSA system regularly for any cancellations that become available that meet your test date, time and test centre criteria. Should a match be found Driving Test Cancellations 4 All would then text and email you to advise of the available test. If it is suitable, you just need to reply to let Driving Test Cancellations 4 All know and they will change your test over for you. You typically have 12 minutes to respond because Driving Test Cancellations 4 All reserve the test.
If the test is not suitable, just ignore the email / text message and wait for more test notifications. You can use each practical test cancellation finder account for unlimited test changes. This means you can use each account until the you pass the practical driving test.
Driving Test Cancellations 4 All provide a refund of your payment if they do not notify you of a test date and the test date is not changed outside of their service.
Shamrock Driving School are able to offer a discounted price of £11 (£18 on Driving Test Cancellations 4 All website) for the Driving Test Cancellations 4 All service to our pupils!
Shamrock Driving School accept no liability for the services provided by Driving Test Cancellations 4 All who are a third party supplier.
National Learner Driver Insurance
Shamrock Driving School Customers are able to take advantage of National Learner Driver Insurance which is only available through driving instructors and offers exclusive car insurance rates to learner drivers undertaking private practice where they are receiving professional driving tuition. Policies can be taken out from 2 weeks to 5 months, can be renewed as often as required and cost from only £1.85 per day! Click on the National Learner Driver Insurance banner at the top of this page to learn more!
iKube Young Driver Car Insurance
iKube car insurance for young drivers offers discounts for young drivers who don't drive between 11pm and 5am. iKube also give discounts for Pass Plus. A blackbox called an i-kube is fitted to your car and if you drive between 11pm and 5am ("red hours") you will still be fully insured but an additional insurance premium will be charged. In the second year data that the iKube box has recorded over the first year of your insurance is used to provide you with an individual renewal premium. Your renewal premium will be based on things such as average speeds on different types of road, types of roads travelled on, actual annual mileage and how often if at all you've driven during the iKube red hours. Phone iKube on 0844 3460259 to learn more and apply!
Collingwood Insurance Services Ltd (CISL), Provisional Marmalade & Dayinsure Learner Driver Insurance
Collingwood Insurance Services Ltd (quote referral code 306373 to automatically receive discounted renewal rates), Marmalade, Endsleigh and Dayinsure offer short term learner driver car insurance policies, which provide comprehensive insurance covering the learner driver whilst undertaking practice accompanied by a relative or friend and driving their car without risk to the car owner's insurance. Dayinsure provide cover from 1 day to 3 months but you cannot undertake practice between 10pm and 6am, which isn't unreasonable. With Collingwood Insurance Services Ltd you can use the policy to insure and tax a vehicle which belongs to the learner driver (i.e. where they are the registered keeper on the V5 document). Click on the Collingwood Insurance Services banner at the top of this page to learn more!
Anytime by miDrive
Anytime by miDrive allows you to not only get extra time behind the wheel with a parent, relative or friend without risking their no claims bonus but also buy insurance for 1hr, 2hrs, 3hrs, 1 day, 1 week or 1 month on a pay as you go basis (quote £10 off promotion code GF7557 on your first order).
Co-operative Young Driver, AA Drivesafe & Coverbox Car Insurance
Co-operative Young Driver Insurance offer a pay how you drive policy where they fit a 'smartbox' into 17-25-year-olds' cars to monitor acceleration, braking, cornering and time of driving and charge you for insurance every 90 days. The price of the insurance will then go down by around 10% or up by around 15% depending on how well the car's been driven. "Severe" driving could see your insurance cancelled. There is an online dashboard where you can track your driving style daily and discover useful tips to help you improve your driving to reduce the cost of your car insurance.
Marmalade, Insure the Box, Ingenie, Carrot, Autosaint, Hastings Smartmiles, Bell from Admiral, Direct Line and Tesco Bank Car Insurance offer similar policies and AA Drivesafe have reported premium savings of up to £850 compared with standard inexperienced driver policies. Specific young driver brokers such as Only Young Drivers, Adrian Flux, Endsleigh and Swinton's Young Driver Insurance are worth checking out.
Other options include taking out a limited mileage policy if you're only going to be driving a few thousand miles a year or only add under 25s to insurance policies on a temporary basis, from one day to a few months (e.g. if only visiting or at home from university, etc.) Short Term Car Insurance Under 25 offer tailored policies for young drivers plus the AA and eCar Insurance also offer good short-term options.
Road Safety Observatory
The Road Safety Observatory website, managed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), provides easy access to independent road safety information on a wide range of topics including fitness to drive, drink driving, seatbelts, driver telematics and child restraints.
Created by the Government Think! Education is a government programme to raise awareness of road safety for young people. The Incident Scene exercise "Ryan, Chloe, Dom and Tia" is particularly relevant.
Pass Plus Cymru website containing advice on dealing with friends who drive too fast and love the thrill of speeding in order to keep you, them, your friends and other road users safe www.deadlymates.com.
RoSPA ADVANCED DRIVERS AND RIDERS (RoADAR)
RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders aim is to reduce road accidents by encouraging an interest in road safety, by improving driving standards, knowledge and skill. In order to do this RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders have over 50 local groups that will provide free training to help you improve your driving skills and prepare you to take the ultimate Advanced Driving or Riding Test. A pass at Gold grade is recognised as the highest driving award available to the public.
INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS (IAM)
Leading UK road safety organisation dedicated to raising driving standards through their Advanced Driving Test www.iam.org.uk.
Useful website giving information and guidance for learner drivers www.2pass.co.uk.
Shamrock Driving School give their pupils FREE access to the Smartdriving DriverActive Learn-Online course (normally £2.99 for 3 months) which provides online lesson videos and guidance to supplement your driving lessons and help you learn and pass your practical driving test 1st time! www.driveractive.com.
DRIVING TEST SUCCESS
Useful website giving information and guidance for learner drivers www.driving-test-success.com.
CAR & TRAILER (Category B+E) LICENCE
If you passed your car (Category B) driving test on or after 1st January 1997, you will have more limited entitlements to tow a trailer than if you passed your driving test before this date. The regulations are slightly complex and can be found at Requirements for Towing Trailers in GB (MAM = permissible maximum weight also known as Gross Vehicle Weight. Unladen Mass = vehicles own weight when not carrying any goods or burden inclusive of the body and all parts which are necessary to or ordinarily used with the vehicle when working on a road, exclusive of fuel. Kerb Weight is the nearest readily available figure but will often include the weight of fuel, driver and possibly a luggage element).
As an example, a Kia Sorento 4x4 has a Kerb Weight of 2065kg but, if you passed your car drivng test on or after 1st January 1997, you can't tow a trailer with a MAM of 1435kg because the MAM of the Kia Sorento is 2640kg. You can only tow a trailer with a MAM of 860kg.
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL MOT TEST STATION
Concerned your car may fail it's MOT due to a garage wanting to generate business? If so, take your car to Wiltshire Council's MOT Station who will undertake MOT tests on cars owned by members of the Public. The benefit is they do not undertake repairs (you have 10 working days to undertake any repairs and there is no retest fee during this period)! Bookings by appointment (minimum one to two weeks notice but we recommend 29 days before your MOT expires so you have time to undertake repairs and the new MOT period will commmence on the date your current MOT expires provided you take the current MOT Certificate). They charge the standard MOT test fee.
Wiltshire Council Works Depot, Horton Road, Devizes, SN10 2JJ. Tel. 01380 725854.
SUPERCAR DRIVING EXPERIENCES
There is a time and a place to experience driving thrills and this is one of the best of the supercar driving experiences held at specially arranged venues around the UK; they also offer supercar driving experiences for youngsters! Prices from around £100. http://www.6thgearexperience.com/home.
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