Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the average pass-rate?

According to the DVSA, the current National pass rate is only 46.6% across the country.  For first time candidates, it’s even lower 21%. This is mainly due to the candidate taking the test before they are ready. I ensure my pupils are fully prepared for their test and my first time pass rate for 2016 was 81%.  

2. What are the most common reasons for failing a Driving Test?

To help you avoid the most common pitfalls here is a list of the top ten reasons why people fail...

  1. Observation at junctions - Ineffective observation and judgement 
  2. Reverse parking - Ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy 
  3. Use of mirrors - Not checking or not acting on the information 
  4. Reversing around a corner - Ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy 
  5. Incorrect use of signals - Not cancelling or giving misleading signals 
  6. Moving away safely - Ineffective observation 
  7. Incorrect positioning on the road - At roundabouts or on bends 
  8. Lack of steering control - Steering too early or leaving it too late 
  9. Incorrect positioning to turn right - At junctions and in one way streets 
  10. Inappropriate speed - Travelling too slowly or being hesitant 

3. How many hours do I need?

The following is from the official Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency website www.dvsa.gov.uk
“Those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 22 hours of private practice. Candidates who combine professional instruction with private practice are also more successful on the test."

So, to recap, the DVSA have published stats to show that the average pass-rate is only 47%, and the first-time pass rate is even lower!  Nationally, the average number of tuition hours is 45, assuming you’ve practiced for an additional 22 hours in your own car! The implication is that it’s more like 67 hours if you don’t have a car available to practice in.

At GO driving, my average is 40 hours, assuming NO PRACTICE in your own car. You can expect to need less than 40 hours with GO driving if you ARE able to practice in your own car.

4. Can I get picked-up at one location (maybe home) and dropped-off somewhere else (maybe school/college/work etc.)?

Absolutely, please discuss your requirements with me.

5. Do you offer “intensive” courses”?

Yes I do, although not the format of starting to learn on a Monday and taking your test on the Friday. However, I would certainly be happy to discuss an intensive lesson programme with you to conclude with taking your test at the end of an agreed set period. To begin with, I strongly advise that you have at least one or two lessons to cover the basics. I will then be in a position to tailor an intensive programme to suit you and you will understand more about your own capabilities. Although an intensive programme may be appropriate, in my experience most pupils prefer to avoid a pressured approach to passing the test.Remember that you MUST have passed the Theory Test BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN APPLY for a Practical Driving Test. If you want an intensive course call or email me and we can discuss the best way forward for you. 

6. This all sounds great; how do I book a lesson?

Simply call me on 07434 195 928, email me or go to my facebook page. 

Graham Oliver is the premier driving instructor for Seaford.