If you are new to driving, part-trained or even had a test cancelled there are some things you can do to keep learning during lockdown.

1. Study for / refresh your Theory Test knowledge

Now is the perfect time to start learning or keep revising your theory.  Even if you have passed, there’s always something to brush up on. If you haven’t passed, theory test centres look likely to reopen before practical test centres post-lockdown – potentially in May. It is a great way of getting ahead so you have a good understanding of road rules, layouts and signs that you will encounter on your driving lessons. Without it you are not allowed to book a practical test.

So how should you study? If you have a smartphone or tablet, download the Official DVSA Theory Test Kit. This includes everything you need to pass your test including all the multiple choice questions and hazard perception clips. Make sure you work you through all the questions. Look on your bookshelves at home for the highway code (if not, you can order it online). There are a number of websites available too for practice including the DVSA website where you can take a practice test.  How about testing other members of your family too to see how much they know or remember.

2. Stay off the roads (for now)

It’s tempting to get out on the roads for some practice especially as it is so quiet, but don’t do it - at least not yet.  Government guidelines have instructed that you should only leave the house for necessary journeys during the coronavirus pandemic. This means driving lessons and practice should not be conducted. There have been cases of the police pulling learner drivers over during the lockdown so sit tight for now until the guidance is relaxed.

3. 'Show me, Tell me' questions

It doesn’t matter whether or not your instructor has introduced these yet, get ahead for your practical and start revising the answers for the 'show me, tell me' questions. On the day of your practical test you will be asked one ‘tell me’ question before you start driving and one ‘show me’ question whilst driving.
The DVSA has a list of all the vehicle safety questions and answers here. Bennetts also have a list of questions and simple answers we can send if you need for your tuition vehicle. Try sitting in a car if there is one available and familiarise yourself with the controls relevant to the questions. Remember to look under the bonnet and identify the oil, coolant and brake fluid.

4. Learn more about Car Maintenance

Does a parent or housemate know a lot about cars? Do you know how to change a tyre or replace a brake light? Why not make the most of your free time by learning more about looking after your car and ensuring it is roadworthy.  Have a look at these tips from the RAC for a good starting point. This is above and beyond what is required for the driving test but will provide confidence in tackling and preventing problems that could arise when you are behind the wheel.

5. YouTube is your Friend

Whether you have done any driving or not, you can find many videos on YouTube of driving lessons and tips. If you are a novice look for a controls lesson or moving away and stopping to get an idea of how to move the car and what to expect. If you struggle with a particular area search for videos on this. Or if you are nearly test ready, observe some mock tests to see how a test is taken and what faults you could pick up. Just watching the videos can keep you thinking about driving and your existing skills. You could also look up car maintenance and show me tell me questions here as well.

6. Think about your Manoeuvres

During your driving test you will be asked to complete one of four manoeuvres:

If you have received instruction in any of these, try and think of the procedure and techniques you were taught by your instructor. How many times do you need to turn the wheel? What observation checks do you need to make? Email the office if you have any questions.

7.  Keep Positive : )

If your driving test has been postponed, stay positive and don’t give up. Although this obviously is an anxious time, keep thinking about your driving and prepare as much as you can at home. Rest assured the office is still open for any questions you may have and making arrangements for your lessons and test.