At Shires Driving School we cover the syllabus set out by the DSA, we adapt it around the individual learner’s progress, knowledge, and previous experience.
The following is just to give you an idea of what is covered in the lessons, and what you are aiming to achieve before you’re ready to take the test. You won’t necessarily do each section as a full lesson, or in the order below. If necessary you may do some sections more than once. You set the pace and we’ll create a course that suits you.
Controls lesson – Get good knowledge of the controls of the car including the foot and hand controls. Learn how to perform a cockpit drill as requested by the D.S.A.
Understand: WHERE it is, WHAT it does, WHY and HOW to use it
Introduction to theory part 1- Questions and answers to help you swot up for your Theory Test, and an introduction to the hazard perception test.
Moving off and stopping – You will be able to move away from the kerb, drive a short distance and pull back over to the left. You will be able to do this safely and under control. You will be able to recognise a safe and legal place to stop whilst starting to apply the Mirror - Signal - Manoeuvre routine.
Emerging at T – Junctions – You will be able to apply the Mirror-Signal-Position-Speed-Look routine when emerging from a minor road onto a major road, both safely and under control.
Controlled stop and the use of mirrors – You will be able to make effective use of the mirrors and be able to bring the car to a controlled and prompt stop as if in an emergency.
Theory part 2 - More questions and answers on the theory side of things.
Approaching junctions to turn either left or right – You will be able to apply the Mirror - Signal – Position – Speed – Look – routine when making turns to turn from a major road to a minor road. This will be done safely and under control.
Theory part 3 and booking of the Theory Test - Even more practise on theory questions. If your instructor agrees you can book your theory test.
Show me, tell me – You will be able to identify and answer questions about the mechanical parts of the car and their legal requirements.
Pedestrian crossings and the use of signals – You will be able to give proper signals by use of indicator and arm. You will also be able to recognise and apply correct rules to the different types of crossings.
Turn in the road – You will be able to turn the car to face the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears. You will be ale to do this under great control and with regard for other road uses.
Meeting on coming traffic – You will be able to apply the Mirror-Signal-Position-Speed-Look routine when there may be conflict with other road users. You will be able to recognise meeting situations and decide who has priority. This will help you to judge when it is safe to cross oncoming traffic and improve your skills of allowing adequate clearance when passing cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
Crossroads – You will be able to deal with cross roads effectively and safely using the skills and routines learnt from junctions.
Left reverse/ Right reverse – You will be able to reverse the car into a limited opening on the left and on the right. This will be done safely and under control with great observations throughout.
Bay parking – You will be able to reverse the car into a parking bay, from both the left and the right. This will be done using your newly acquired skills to enable you to park safely and under control with great observations throughout.
Booking of practical test - If it is agreed between you and your instructor then you can book the Practical Test.
Reverse parking – You will be able to reverse the car under full control, parking it safely close to the kerb, behind another car and within two car lengths.
Overtaking - You will be able to recognise opportunities to safely overtake. You will overtake whilst using the slightly different routine of: Mirror – Position - Speed - Look – Mirror- Signal- Manoeuvre.
Mock practical test
Cover areas that need more practise
Mock practical test
If ready – go for practical test and PASS!!!
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