Sunday, 30 September 2012

Driving Lessons Reading


Congratulations to Dhiraj Gehlot for passing his Practical Driving Test on the 25th September 2012 at Reading's Driving Test Centre on his 1st attempt. 

Dhiraj said "I would probably say one of the finest motoring school's around! I had Ray who was a superb instructor very patient and understanding and as a result I passed first time! If you are looking for a decent motoring school - Matthew's School of Motoring is the one for you!"

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to send us your kind words and positive comments. Congratulations again for passing your Driving Test. We wish you all the very best for the future, from your driving instructor Ray and all the team at MSM Driving School. 

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Driving Lessons Reading

Driving Eyesight Requirements.

Before you start to learn to drive, make sure you know the eyesight requirements. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to meet the requirements, you must wear them every time you drive.

If you have an eyesight condition.

When you apply for your driving licence, you must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have any visual condition which affects...

- Both eyes - not including short or long sight or colour blindness
- Your sight - not including short or long sight or colour blindness - for example, if you have sight in one eye only

If you have had sight correction surgery.

If you have had sight correction surgery you should declare this when you apply for your provisional licence.

The practical driving test eyesight test.
At the start of the practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle. You get up to three chances to get it right.

You'll have to read the number plate from a distance of...

- 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate (cars registered after September 2001).
- 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate (cars registered before September 2001).

If you can't read the first number plate correctly, you'll be asked to read a second number plate.

If you can't read the second number plate correctly, the examiner will measure the distance to a third number plate. This is your final chance to read a number plate correctly.

If you can't read the third number plate, the examiner will be satisfied that you don't meet the required eyesight standard. This will result in your driving test not continuing and you failing your driving test.
The examiner will then ask you to sign a form stating you were unable to comply with the eyesight requirements. The DVLA will be told that you did not meet the eyesight requirements and your licence will be revoked.

Wearing glasses or contact lenses while driving.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses for the eyesight test, the law requires that you wear them whenever you are driving. This includes during your driving test.

Wearing glasses or contact lenses during your test.

You are not allowed to remove your glasses or contact lenses when carrying out test manoeuvres (reversing and so on). If you wear glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate and remove them during the test, you'll be reminded you must wear them. If you refuse to wear them, the test will not continue.

If you don't bring your glasses to your test.

If you have broken, forgotten or brought the wrong glasses, tell your examiner at the start of the test. If you don't tell the examiner and you attempt and fail the eyesight test, your test will be recorded as a failure. The rest of the test will not go ahead.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Driving Lessons Reading

Who Needs To Wear A Seat Belt?

You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using. But you need to wear your seat belt correctly for it to work properly in a crash. Find out when you must wear a seat belt and how it should be worn.

You’re twice as likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt

You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in any seat in any vehicle. There are few exceptions.
When you’re driving, you must only carry one person in each seat fitted with a seat belt. Anyone travelling in the vehicle aged 14 years and above is responsible for wearing their seat belt.
Children must use the correct car seat for their weight until they reach 135 centimetres tall or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first.

When you don't need to wear a seat belt?

You don't need to wear a seat belt if you're...

- A driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
- In a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services
- A passenger in a trade vehicle and you're investigating a fault
- Driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 metres between stops
- A licensed taxi driver who is 'plying for hire' or carrying passengers
Medical exemptions from wearing a seat belt.

Your doctor may decide that you may be exempted from wearing a seat belt on medical grounds. If so, they will issue a 'Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing', which you must keep in your vehicle and it show to the police if you're stopped.You’ll also need to tell your car insurer that you're travelling without a seat belt.

For more information about medical exemptions, contact your doctor.

Wearing your seat belt correctly.

A seat belt won't work properly in a crash if it’s put around two people, as they would be crushed together, resulting in serious injuries
To protect you in a crash, your seat belt needs to be adjusted so that...

- It sits as close to your body as possible, without any slack or twisting in the straps
- The shoulder belt lies across your chest and over your shoulder, away from your neck
- The lap belt goes as low as possible from hip bone to hip bone - not across your stomach

If your seat belt is uncomfortable, check the vehicle manufacturer's advice about how to adjust it. Don't use padding, cushions or mats.

Using seat belts with frontal airbags

Airbags are designed to be used with seat belts, but in a crash they can cause an injury if you're sitting too close. You should...

- Allow at least a 25-centimetre gap between your breastbone and the dashboard or centre of the steering wheel

- Only use a rear-facing child car seat on a seat with a frontal airbag if the airbag has been deactivated

Dont forget to adjust your head rest when adjusting your seat belt.

Make sure you also adjust the head rests in the front and back seats to prevent a whiplash injury in a crash. The top of the head rest should be level with the top of your ears and as close as possible to your head.

Wearing a seat belt while pregnant.

In an accident, a seat belt reduces the risk of injury to your unborn child by up to 70 per cent
You must wear a seat belt if you're pregnant, unless your doctor certifies that you're exempt on medical grounds.

You’ll need to take extra care adjusting your seat belt. You'll be safer and more comfortable if you wear the...

- Diagonal strap between your breasts, moving it around the side of your bump
- Lap strap as low as possible across your hips and under your bump – if it goes over your belly button, it's too high.

If you’re driving and need to make room for your bump, don’t put your seat where you can’t reach the clutch, brake and accelerator. This could affect your reaction times when driving. Check your mirrors are still in the right place as you move the seat.

Wearing a seat belt if you're disabled.

You must wear a seat belt if you’re a disabled driver or passenger, unless you’re exempt on medical grounds. You may need a specially adapted belt.

If your vehicle has no seat belts.

You can't carry any children under three years old in vehicles without seatbelts, like classic cars. If you're travelling with children over three years old, they must only sit in the back seats.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Driving Lessons Reading

Driving Test Fees 

When booking a Driving Test, whether it’s your Theory Test or Practical Test. Make sure you use the correct website to avoid any unnecessary booking charges.

To view the current fees for the DSA's Theory and Practical Tests please click on the link… DSA Test Fees

To book your Theory Test click here… Book Theory Test

To book you Practical Test click here… Book Practical Test

For Driving Lessons in Reading contact MSM on 01189612055

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Infomation correct as of 27th September 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Driving Lessons Reading

New Hazard Perception Test In 2013

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has confirmed that they are in the process of updating the clips to in the Hazard Perception Test, with the aim of introducing them into the second part of the Theory Test by the end of 2013. They will be developing Computer Generated (CGI) clips, which means the DSA can introduce new hazards that would be difficult to film safely. Particularly, clips involving vulnerable road users.

The current hazard perception clips were introduced into the Theory Test in November 2002 and were created by filming developing hazards in a variety of road and traffic situations using a specially adapted car. Due to the advances in technology, although the hazards in each of the clips are still relevant, the image quality is not as clear or defined as is available today.

The DSA wants people to take a look at the samples they have created of the new computer generated hazard perception clips. These are only early tests so may change from the samples they have released.

Watch two of the Computer Generated Hazard Perception sample clips here… Hazard Perception Clips

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Driving Lessons Reading

Have You Lost Your Theory Test Pass Certificate? 

Are you about to book your Practical Driving Test but have misplaced your Theory Test Pass Certificate? Fear not! You can now find your Theory Test Pass Certificate number if you have lost the original. You will need this when you book your practical test, and might need it if you want to check, change or cancel your practical test.

To find out your lost Theory Test Pass Certificate number you will need the following information…

Valid UK Driving Licence number
Date of birth

To find out how to get your theory test pass certificate number here…

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