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DVSA Learning to Drive Syllabus
This is essential reading for everyone learning to drive. The DVSA have published national standards for driving (and riding) together with a syllabus for people learning to drive. While it is not a 'tick list' of skills to master, it outlines the skills, knowledge and understanding required to become a safe and responsible driver. Different people will take different routes through the syllabus and it is important that learning to drive is approached in a 'joined-up' way. Download the Learning to Drive Syllabus here.
Do I need to learn all that?
If you've had a look at the above mentioned syllabus, you might well ask that question! It might look a bit overwhelming. The good news is that once you've mastered the basic car control skills (which soon become automatic actions) there are only really three things left to master:
- Driving forwards and dealing with hazards safely
- Driving really slowly (occasionally backwards)
- Stopping really quickly without panicking
By treating the various subjects in this joined-up way people realise there's actually not that much to remember. I'll help you to understand the risks of driving and how to apply a safe, systematic routine to hazards which will prepare you to deal with whatever comes up on your lessons, during your test and most importantly after you've passed.