Tips from Driving Examiners: It's About the Journey

It’s important to see driving as a skill, not just as a means of getting from A to B. When you’re driving safely, responsibly and with skill, then it’s an event in itself. To paraphrase the old saying: it’s about the journey, not just the destination.

Let’s say that you’re driving to the beach. It’s ten in the morning, the sun is shining, and the temperature is going to soar into the high twenties as the early afternoon approaches. As you’re driving along, what pictures do you have in your mind?

Tips from driving examiners: dress for comfort!

Mark Twain supposedly once said ‘clothes make the man’, meaning that people are judged by their appearance. Now, old Mark was a wise man, but he’s wrong when it comes to your driving test.Before I became a driving examiner with DVSA, I was a driving instructor and I remember one of my students who always wanted to drive dangerously fast. His idea of normal driving speeds was way in excess of what was safe or legal, and this was particularly scary given his limited driving experience.This young man – let’s call him Adam – also used to dress really scruffily.

New: Hazard Perception DVD-ROM

The Stationery Office (TSO) the official publisher of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is pleased to announce the release of the new Hazard Perception DVD-ROM.

Completely revised for 2014/15, The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception DVD-ROM is essential for all learner car drivers, motorcyclists, LGV drivers, PCV drivers, trainee and approved driving instructors, and registered LGV drivers.

An examiner's tale: time is (not) on our side!

If you were asked what the most challenging thing about being a driving examiner is, what would you say?

  • Nervous candidates?
  • Confrontational behaviour?
  • Or maybe dangerous driving?

Well, while it’s true that we occasionally face these issues, the one thing we are always up against is time.

Each test is only 57 minutes apart, so every minute counts.  During each test period we have to: