Driving Tips

GT Driving School Driving Test Prompt Sheets

We publish a set of ‘How To…’ Prompt Sheets and send them to every pupil that signs up with us.

Theory Test Tips

There are no two ways about it, you will have to read and digest the NEW HIGHWAY CODE.

The Code has just been updated and can be found as a book or CD or DVD. The discs and books have hundreds of test questions. Take as many mock tests as you can before taking the Teory Test.

Hazard Perception

The Hazard Perception test is taken at the same time as your Theory Test. It is well worth practising as many examples as possible to fully understand what is required. Use CDs or DVDs available for this section or go online.

You are looking for DEVELOPING HAZARDS. These are hazards that escalate in to potential problems. When you see a hazard, you should CLICK your mouse. If the hazard DEVELOPS (gets more serious), CLICK IT AGAIN.


Advanced Driving

Taking an Advanced Driving Test is more than just a nice thing to do. There are some distinct safety and economic advantages in taking an Advanced Driving Test. Statistics show that drivers taking an Advanced Driving Test are 66% less likely to have an accident than the average driver.

This is often recognised by the insurance industry, who reward those drivers who have taken an Advanced Driving Test with substantial car insurance discounts.

Becoming an advanced driver means more than just savings on car insurance or being less likely to have an accident – although these are significant benefits on their own. It can also mean that taking an Advanced Driving course will make the driver drive more sympathetically and therefore look after their vehicle through reduced wear and tear.

Understanding the principles of Advanced Driving will allow the driver to be more in tune with their car, how it performs and how to get the best performance out of it. This would result in less wear and tear on brakes, the clutch and tyres, to name just three areas that an Advanced Driving course can help with.

An Advanced Driving course would also help with fuel efficiency through teaching the benefits of eco-driving. Some simple adaptations to the driver’s driving style will enable them to save around 10% on fuel costs and perhaps as much as 40% after taking an Advanced Driving course.

The cost savings over a year can be quite significant and over a lifetime, substantial. The fuel usage reduction will also mean there is less CO2 emmitted into the environment, meaning taking an advanced Driving course can help save the environment.

An Advanced Driving course can incorporate not only driving on motorways, town and country roads in all types of weather conditions, but off-road as well. There are some Advanced driving courses that will introduce the driver to driving 4x4 and other off road vehicles in the terrain they were intended to be driven in.

There are other Advanced Driving courses that will teach the driver how to drive vehicles, such as performance cars and LGV vehicles for sporting or vocational purposes. All these different types of Advanced Driving courses will make the driver a more proficient and safer driver.

Call GT Driving School on 07906 302910 or email gt_drivingschool@yahoo.co.uk for more details

Five Basic Rules of SAFE DRIVING

  1. Look Well Ahead - Look out for anything that may cause a change of SPEED or DIRECTION.
  2. Move Your Eyes - Look out for the CHANGING PICTURE. Regularly LOOK BEHIND in your MAIN and SIDE MIRRORS
  3. Spot Problems - Look out for anything that will effect your SPACE or VISABILITY on the road
  4. Keep Space - Keeping away from the car in front gives you TIME to REACT. KEEP UP with traffic but leave a 2 SECOND SPACE. Also be aware of the ROAD CONDITIONS.
  5. Be Seen - Make sure other road users can see you by using your LIGTS and INDICATORS properly, Your ROAD POSITION, HORN (only when necessary). KEEP TO THE SPEED LIMIT.


Motorway Driving

Motorway driving is not taught as part of the curriculum for the Practical Test. You will find out how to safely drive on Motorways if you take the PASS PLUS course.

  • You should be indicating right to merge onto the Motorway by the time the white chevrons (white stripy lines) appear on your right-hand side. Get up to the speed of the cars on the motorway. DO NOT BARGE IN, look for a gap before you move on to the Motorway. KEEP TO YOUR LEFT, do not move straight over to the next lane on your right. Check your mirrors before moving to another lane.

  • Be aware of any slip road merging from your left. LOOK OUT FOR TRAFFIC. If there is a large stream of cars coming from the slip road, check to see if it is possible to move to your right, if it is not possible, slow down gradually and early, DO NOT BRAKE SUDDENLY. Allow the cars to merge in to your lane and KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.

  • The LEFT LANE should be your normal driving lane. The other lanes are for OVERTAKING ONLY. Don't move lanes unless you have to. Keep steady in the middle of your lane, don't drive near or on the white lines. DO NOT WANDER over to other lanes. Do not use the HARD SHOULDER unless you have an emergency.

  • Keep your distance. Use the TWO SECOND RULE. Keep looking in front and behind you. Look as far as you can down the road. React to brake lights and Motorway signs sooner, rather than later.

  • Look out for signs for the junction you want. Be aware of which junction you need. Indicate when you see the first countdown marker (THREE STRIPES). Do not slow down until you are on the slip road. Get in lane for the junction at the end of the slip road.

Bad Weather

  • Listen to/read weather forecasts if you are going on a long trip. gather information that will allow you to take items that may be useful, such as blankets, food or a shovel.

  • Make sure you have windscreen cleaner in your reservoir. This helps to clean the windscreen but also to prevent it from freezing up.

  • If the conditions become dull or there is water spray from the road surface, it is advisable to put on first your side lights, then headlights. If the weather conditions persist, put on your fog lights.

    REMEMBER to turn off your fog lights when the weather conditions improve, otherwise you may dazzle drivers approaching or following you. Do not put FULL BEAM on if you are travelling in Fog as they can reflect the fog and actually make it more difficult to see where you are going.

  • If you have ABS fitted to your car, this WILL NOT prevent you from skidding. ABS only improves your chances of steering whilst in a skid. If you should find yourself in a skid - lift off the breaks and re-apply them steadily. Do not steer away from the skid - steer into the skid.

Driving at Night

  • Headlights - make sure they are clean and working. Do not use your FULL BEAM in lit-up areas.

  • Speed - KEEP TO THE SPEED LIMIT. If you are out at 3am, there is a good chance that someone else is as well. Their reactions will not be as good as yours, due to tiredness and/or alcohol. Keep safe and keep clear.