This learner driver syllabus (recommended by the DVSA) is only a guide to the types of subjects a learner driver should cover on the road to becoming a confident, competent and safe driver. There are no hard or fast rules to how many lessons a pupil may require as everyone learns at a different rate. This forms the basic structure to develop the core skills needed to reach the required level to attempt a driving test.
Throughout the training syllabus a pupil will receive as much help as necessary with the theory part of their training, which will include access to books, c/d’s and dvd’s. At Safe 4 Life we can also do classroom based training at our office to help with the theory test.
- Meet and greet, check licence details, eyesight check. Instructor’s demo drive to quieter location, cockpit drill/controls, steering, moving away and stopping. Issue pupil with progress and appointment card, terms of business etc.
- Short drive to quite location Continued: moving away/normal stops, introduce MSM routine, use of gears 1-2, 2-1. Instructor usually drives back.
- Short drive to location, moving away/normal stops, gears 1-2-3, 3-2-1 etc, Intro: Hill starts up/down, angle starts, clutch control (controlling the bite), MSM, general road position.
- Continue practice of previous, Intro: approaching to turn left/right from major to minor roads using MSPSL Routine.
- Continued practice of previous, Intro: Emerging, approaching to emerge from a minor road into a major road using the look, assess, decide, act routine. Pupil to drive back if ready.
- Pupil, if confident, to begin drive. Continual practice of all with coaching, help and guidance from the instructor, assessment to see if pupil is ready to move to next stage.
- Turn in the road exercise. Drive to suitable location, full explanation and, if necessary, demo, practice.
- Emergency stop, drive to suitable location, full explanation and practice.
- Start with practice of turn in the road, introduce reversing left into a side street, start with straight reversing on flat then proceed to uphill/downhill and busier locations.
- Introduce reversing to the right into a side street.
- Reverse parking on the road (parallel parking).
- Reverse parking in a car park (bay parking).
- Intense practice of all manoeuvres
- Assessment to see if pupil is ready to move to next stage.
- At this stage theory test should be taken if not already done so.
- Introduction to more open roads to develop awareness, anticipation skills and general planning.
- Roundabouts. Full explanation, practice first on smaller roundabouts and build up to larger ones.
- Crossroads. Full explanation, practice.
- Pedestrian Crossings/ use of all signals inc: Arm signals
- Progress. Speed for conditions on all roads Inc: all types of speed limits, In town built up areas and rural roads, country lanes etc.
- Dual Carriageways and Lane Discipline.
- Meeting Traffic, Clearance to stationary vehicles and awareness.
- Overtaking, awareness, planning and anticipation skills.
- Vehicle Checks. (Show me / tell me questions).
- Independent driving (New part of the test to be introduced in October 2010), pupil to follow road signs to a location, pupil to follow instructions shown on a diagram or to follow a small number of verbal instructions.
- Overall Assessment. If required standard is being consistently met the pupil will be advised to book their practical test.
This syllabus is only a guide and may be conducted by an instructor in a complete different order, usually to meet the needs of the pupil. Learning to drive is very individual and teaching skills need to be flexible.