CAL - Driving School

CAL - Driving School

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📚 Glossary 📚


'Dry steering is when you turn the steering wheel while the vehicle isn't moving. It can cause unnecessary wear to the tyres and steering mechanism'

📝From driving terms to tricky words - we've got you covered.

🎓 Ace your theory test, improve your driving skills, and drive with confidence.

Struggling with a definition? Let us know below, and we'll do our best to assist.

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Rule 200 of The Highway Code states:

🚘 Choose an appropriate place to manoeuvre
🚘 If you need to turn your vehicle around, wait until you find a safe place
🚘 Try not to reverse or turn round in a busy road; find a quiet side road or drive round a block of side streets

All road users should follow The Highway Code rules to ensure you're helping to keep Britain's roads safe.

They are available to read for free, on GOV UK 👇


You asked, we listened.

Emma Moore, as requested.

When you are passing a horse in a vehicle you need to allow 2 metres clearance. This means that if the horse turns to face towards the car or kicks out it will not hit your vehicle keeping the horse, rider and driver safe.

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We’ve updated the Official DVSA Theory Test Kit app! 🚗

The app includes a new measure of test readiness gauge - so you know when you're ready to take your test.

Have a look at the must-have app here:

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Get ready for your driving test!

Passing your driving test gives you independence and freedom. But taking your test too early could lead to a failed test, disappointment, and potentially delays to you getting on the road.

Ready to pass?

Here are 5 ways to understand if you are:

🟡 You do not need help or prompts from your instructor

🟡 You can control your nerves

🟡 You pass your mock driving test

🟡 You do not make silly mistakes when driving

🟡 Your instructor says you’re ready

For tips and great advice, visit

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Get ready for your driving test!

Passing your driving test gives you independence and freedom. But taking your test too early could lead to a failed test, disappointment, and potentially delays to you getting on the road.

For tips and great advice, visit


🔥It's going to be a hot one today🔥

Useful tip from Sandhaven Car Sales, Most vehicles have a recirculation button with the AC controls in their cars. But many of us are unsure when to use it.

Well, the easy answer is to use it in the summer and turn it off in the winter.

The recirculation button simply takes the air from inside the car and recirculates it in the cabin instead of pulling fresh air from outside. On days like today when it is miserably hot outside, if you do not recirculate the cooler air in the cabin, than your AC system is pulling hot air from outside and trying to cool it. Using the recirculation feature will get your car cooler and will decrease the wear and tear on your AC system.
- Side note, if your car has been baking in the sun, its better to roll the windows down and turn recirculate off for the first minute or so to get rid of the super hot air inside the car before turning the recirculate on.

Also, any time you are stuck in traffic ( summer or winter) be sure to use the recirculate. If you are pulling air from outside, then you are pulling in all the pollutants and carbon monoxide from all the traffic. Studies show that recirculating your AC can cut down on the pollutants entering your vehicle by 20% when stuck in traffic!

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Highway Code - Rule 201

Pick up a copy of the Highway Code from the Safe Driving for Life shop - for life, not just for learners.

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Highway Code - Rule 200

Pick up a copy of the Highway Code from the Safe Driving for Life shop - for life, not just for learners.

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Highway Code - Rule 109

Pick up a copy of the Highway Code from the Safe Driving for Life shop - for life, not just for learners.

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Using the road general advice, from Rule 159

Before moving off you should:

👀 use all mirrors to check the road is clear

👁️ look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors)

💡 signal if necessary before moving out

👀 look round for a final check.

Move off only when it is safe to do so 🚗

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Know your traffic light signals! 🚦

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Do you want to pass your 2021 car theory test? 🚗

Download the only Official DVSA Theory Test Kit for Car Drivers app, from the people who set the tests. 📱

It contains everything you need to pass your 2021 car theory test first time! ✔️

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Rule 273 ✔️

Pick up a copy of the Highway Code from the Safe Driving for Life shop - for life, not just for learners.

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Rule 166 🚗

Pick up a copy of the Highway Code from the Safe Driving for Life shop - for life, not just for learners.

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The second most common reason learners fail their test is for not using their mirrors when changing direction.

When does this happen?👇

Normally it’s when the learner hasn’t checked their mirrors properly when exiting or changing lanes on a roundabout🔄.

The best thing to remember is ✨ mirror, signal, manoeuvre ✨

Always check your mirrors before changing speed, direction or signalling.


Lessons still not able to start


This just in from dvsa. Might be a way off before normal driving lessons can start

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Tip 5

Use this post for revision! 🚗


Book an emergency test if you’re a critical worker

You can still get an emergency test during the suspension period if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in a critical sector. These include:

health and social care
education and childcare
key public services
local and national government
food and other necessary goods
public safety and national security
utilities, communication and financial services

Book an emergency driving test

Email DVSA to ask for an emergency driving test. DVSA will then tell you what you need to send to prove that it’s essential your driving test goes ahead.

Emergency driving tests
[email protected]


Virus seems to be able to be spread quickly via petrol pumps, so they advise to wear gloves when filling up or use paper towel and bin straight away. Can you please pass this around anyone you know.

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Highways England's advice and guidance on the red X:

A red X means the lane ahead is closed to traffic. There may be an incident or people working ahead, and the lane needs to be kept clear for maintenance or emergency services.

Whenever you see a red X on a gantry sign above your lane, or on a large sign above the nearside (left hand) of the carriageway, you must move safely out of that lane. Arrows prior to the red x sign will indicate the next available lane for you to continue your journey.

Remember, it’s illegal to drive in a lane closed by a red X sign. If you’re caught, you could receive a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three points, and in some cases more severe penalties or a court appearance


To help make the theory test more accessible we're replacing the written case study in the multiple choice part of the test, with a video clip 👍

The clip will show a situation, such as driving through a town centre or driving on a country road. 🚗

Candidates will then answer 3 questions about the clip.

⚠ The clip won't replace the hazard perception part of the theory test ⚠

Find out more about the change 👇

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Hazard Perception:

You’ll need to click the mouse when you see a developing hazard. The sooner you spot the hazard, the more points you’ll score.
You’ll need to score at least 44 out of 75 points. You can score up to five points for each hazard.

If you click the mouse too much or if you click in a pattern, you’ll be given a warning message and you’ll score no points for that film. It's vital to prepare for your theory test: there’s a lot to learn about the rules of the road.

The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to pass first time, which will save you the time and money that retaking the test will cost.

Good Luck!

Tell us about your theory test experience in the comments.


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Well done Michael Brown on your test today.

1st test, good amount of lessons and hard work put in.

Zero faults

Safe driving

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The driver MUST ensure that all children under 14 years of age in cars, vans and other goods vehicles wear seat belts or sit in an approved child restraint where required. If a child is under 1.35 metres tall, a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion MUST be used.


You should only overtake when it is safe and legal to do so. You should:

• not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake

• use your mirrors, signal when it is safe to do so, take a quick sideways glance if necessary into the blind spot area and then start to move out

• not assume that you can simply follow a vehicle ahead which is overtaking; there may only be enough room for one vehicle

• move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake. Allow plenty of room. Move back to the left as soon as you can but do not cut in

• give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car

Theory test 2018: official DVSA guide 17/05/2018

Theory test 2018: official DVSA guide Official DVSA guide to what happens during the theory test and what it takes to pass it - including the multiple-choice question and hazard perception parts....

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Heading away for the bank holiday weekend? Don't forget the road trip rules! 🚗

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