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Driving Schools Ballymena
The Left Reverse
Reversing around a corner is one manoeuvre you will learn during your driving lessons in Ballymena.
You should always reverse from a major road into a minor road and never the other way round as it would be too dangerous to attempt.
The aim is to reverse safely around the corner keeping reasonably close to the kerb. To perform this manoeuvre successfully you will need to have good control skills and be able to take effective observations from start to finish.
It's important to remember that when you are reversing you could present a danger to other road users and pedestrians, when you start to turn the front of the car will swing out, you should be prepared to stop for anyone you may be a danger to.
During your driving lessons you will be given plenty of time to perfect your reversing skills, your driving instructor will teach you how to keep the car under full control on different surface levels, you will be taught where and when to look and how you should respond to other road users.
If you get the left reverse on test day, your examiner will be very interested in your control and observation skills, it is not a test of how quickly you can perform the exercise, so it's okay to take your time, try not to rush and remember, keep calm! keep control! keep looking!
Putting the drivers window down slightly will help you to hear vehicles coming before you can see them!
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Driving lessons Ballymena - Turn in the road
The turn in the road is one manoeuvre you will learn during your driving lessons in Ballymena.The aim is to turn the car around to face the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears,(without touching the kerbs)
This manoeuvre is sometimes referred to as the 3 point turn. Turn in the road is a better term as it's not always possible or necessary to complete the exercise in 3 moves, it could take more depending on the width of the road.
Good control skills and effective observations are necessary to complete this manoeuvre successfully.You should remain in full control of the car at all times. As with all manoeuvres you should carry out effective observations prior to and throughout the entire manoeuvre. You should respond safely to any other road user or pedestrian who may be effected or at risk by your actions.
During your driving lessons, your driving instructor will not just teach you the skills required to perform a successful turn in the road, you will also learn about legal issues and real life scenarios. You will be given practise at a variety of different locations to help develop your new skills.
On test day your examiner may choose a location and ask you to perform a turn in the road. You may even be familiar with the location from your driving lessons. The examiner will tell you clearly what they want you to do but will not instruct you or tell you how to do it.
To be successful you will have to remain as calm as possible whilst putting into practise all the skills you have acquired during your driving lessons.
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Your 1st Driving Lesson!
If you are new to driving lessons you may not know what to expect, or how to prepare yourself for your 1st session behind the wheel of a car. Reading through the following questions and answers could help you to avoid some of the pitfalls and make your 1st driving lesson run a little more smoothly.
Do I need to pass the theory test before I can take driving lessons?
No, if you are 17 or older and hold a valid provisional driving licence entitling you to drive a car (category B) you have all you need to begin driving lessons on the road. Your driving instructor will advise you about ways to prepare for your theory test. Joe's Driver Training offers free theory support including free theory test pro ...free to anyone who wants to study for the theory! Please feel free to use this service!
What should I bring with me?
You should bring both parts of your provisional driving licence! You should also check beforehand that you have signed your licence and that all details are correct.Your driving instructor will want to check these details!
If you need to wear glasses or contacts, make sure you do! Your driving instructor will want to check your eyesight by asking you to read a standard vehicle number plate at a distance of 20 meters!
To save embarrassment you should also make sure you bring payment for your driving lesson.
What footwear should I wear?
Sensible footwear! You will want to be able to operate the foot controls with ease! Heavy work boots, crocks, ugg boots, flip flops and the likes, can all cause problems during early driving lessons. Once you get familiar with the foot controls you can be less selective about what you wear!
What clothing should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that won't restrict your ability to operate the cars controls! A driving instructors car is their office! If you have just finished work somewhere like a farm, garage or paintshop, you should make sure you remove your overalls and that both you, and your footwear is clean before you enter the car!
Will I be expected to know anything about driving?
No, not at all! If it's your 1st driving lesson your instructor will not expect you to know anything about driving. You could prepare yourself by asking a friend or family member to tell you about the pedals, gears, steering etc. You may also find these youtube videos informative, as well as reading through the official highway code .
Will I be expected to drive straight away?
No, not if you have never driven a car before! When learning a new skill like driving, it's important that you learn at a pace that's right for you. Learning to drive should be an enjoyable experience! If your pickup location isn't suitable your driving instructor will find a place nearby. Everything will be explained to you in detail! You will be allowed to learn at your own pace!
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When you're ready to begin taking driving lessons in Ballymena, you will notice there are a lot of Driving Instructors operating in the area.
So... how can you choose a driving instructor and what should you look for?
You could ask your friends who they learned with and if they would recommend them. You should also ask if they enjoyed their driving lessons and if they were well prepared for the driving test. You could compare driving instructors online by viewing their websites and checking out customer reviews.
It is against the law for an unqualified person to charge you for driving lessons. Be sure that the driving instructor you choose is DOE approved. DOE approved driving instructors are required to display their instructor licence on their person or in their car. If you haven't seen their licence don't be afraid to ask! A list of approved driving instructors can be found on the Driver Vehicle Agency website.
Be wary of driving instructors who offer cheap, multi lesson deals at knock down prices. Unfortunately some (not all) will make up the cost by limiting the amount of driving you do. You might find you are parked at the road side for much of each driving lesson. This in turn will lead to poor value and even more driving lessons in the end.
It is very important that you feel at ease with your driving instructor. It is equally important that you feel at ease with the car being used for your driving lessons. The driving school car should be clean and fresh, safe, comfortable and easy to drive.
It is never acceptable for your driving instructor to shout, swear or be angry with you! At times, they may need to be firm and authoritative but only in the interest of safety. You are a paying customer! You are entitled to a professional service! DO NOT settle for anything less! If you are not happy with your driving instructor you should leave them.
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Joe's Driver Training is a Ballymena based driving school that offers driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in Ballymena and surrounding areas.
Your driving instructor (Joe Herbison) is a fully qualified DOE Approved Driving Instructor who believes that learning to drive should be taken seriously yet still be enjoyable.
All driving lessons are built around the needs of each individual and are conducted in a patient, friendly atmosphere in a dual controlled Toyota Yaris diesel.
Student, block booking, and longer lesson discounts are available with free theory test pro and a free local pick up service.
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Joe's Driver Training is pleased to congratulate Moira McNeill on passing her driving test in Ballymena.
Well done Moira!
Wishing you many years of Safe and Happy Motoring!
Joe's Driver Training provides affordable driving lessons and courses with a reliable driving instructor in Ballymena.
For more information about driving lessons in Ballymena, please call Joe on 07799 497 471
Affordable Driving Lessons in Ballymena
Joe's Driver Training is an independent, Ballymena based driving school,offering affordable driving lessons in Ballymena and surrounding areas.
Quality driving lessons with a fully qualified, Approved Driving Instructor who covers the Ballymena area.
Begin driving lessons in Ballymena 2012 and benefit from the following:
Unlimited Block booking discounts
Free local pick up service
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Free theory support
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Thinking about driving lessons in Ballymena?
Do you know what to expect?
When it comes to driving lessons many people don't know what to expect with some confused about the learning to drive process.
It would be beneficial if you could meet with a Driving Instructor in person before you begin driving lessons.
It would also be good to know exactly what to expect and get an idea of the costs and commitment before you begin the learning to drive process.
Why not take advantage of this totally free offer where you can:
>> Meet an Approved Driving Instructor in person and check out the driving school car.
>> Get a full explanation of the learning to drive process.
>> Advice on how to best prepare for your theory test.
>> Ask as many questions as you like before taking driving lessons.
>> Know exactly what to expect from your driving lessons.
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Parents welcome! you can bring a family member or friend, includes free local pick up and return to home, school or work!
Please note - no purchase necessary - this offer is free and open to individuals or two persons at one time.
Joe's Driver Training is an independent driving school in Ballymena that offers driving lessons and intensive driving courses with an approved driving instructor.
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Driving Lessons in Ballymena
Joe's Driver Training is an Independent Driving School offering driving lessons in Ballymena with an Approved Driving Instructor.
Driving lessons are available in Ballymena at all levels of ability, Joe's Driver Training caters for complete beginners until driving test success and beyond.
From the very first driving lesson until the day you take your driving test, Joe's Driver Training will teach you all the skills required to pass your driving test and become a safe driver for life!
Quality driving lessons are an important part of the learning to drive process, driving lessons with Joe's Driver Training are always with an Approved Driving Instructor and are built around the needs of each individual.
Your Driving lessons will take place in a patient friendly atmosphere, the driving school car is the modern Toyota Yaris D4D diesel, which is dual controlled and air conditioned for your comfort and safety.
During your driving lessons in Ballymena, your Driving Instructor will teach you how to be a safe, economic and independent driver, you will also be taught how to reverse with confidence and know exactly what to expect on the day of your driving test.
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Independent Driving Test in Ballymena...Passed!
27 June 2011 saw the introduction of independent driving to the driving test in N.I.
Joe's Driver Training is pleased to congratulate the following people on passing the Independent Driving Test in Ballymena:
Mr C. Killough 14,July 2011
Miss N. Donaghy 14,July 2011
Miss N. Donnelly 19,July 2011
Mr C. Fulton 26,July 2011
Mr D. Chalkright 26,July 2011
Miss G. Harper 3rd,August 2011
Miss C. Percy 10th August 2011
Miss T. McCartney 15th August 2011
Miss S. McClure 17th August 2011
Well done folks!
On June 27th 2011 the DVA introduced independent driving as part of the practical driving test in all areas of Northern Ireland.
What is independent driving?
Independent driving is a new section of the driving test where candidates will be asked to follow a series of directions, road signs, or a combination of both. The examiners also use schematic drawings to backup the series of directions that have been given.
How long will the independent section last?
The Independent section of the driving test will last about 10 minutes.
What if I forget where to go?
If you forget the directions you have been given you are allowed to ask the examiner to repeat them. (It should be noted that you must ask at a safe and convenient time and not when a change of signal, position or direction could confuse other road users. An examiners job is to conduct the test, this includes giving directions and examining your driving skills, they are not there as instructors and only give driving instructions to prevent a dangerous situation developing...if a driving examiner is forced to give instruction on test it will be in the interest of safety, it could be recorded as: Examiner Took Action - Verbal, the result would be test failure.)
In short - Ask in good time!
What if I take a wrong turn?
If a wrong turn is taken it wont have any bearing on the result of the test as long as a driving fault has not been committed, the examiner will go back to giving step by step directions until you are back on course.
Are there any other changes to the test?
Yes, because the independent section lasts about 10 minutes candidates will now only be asked to perform 1 reversing manoeuvre instead of 2, the length of the test remains unchanged!
Should I be worried about independent driving?
No, not if you have been well prepared and had plenty of practise driving independently.
Independent driving is designed to monitor a test candidate making their own decisions, unaided and without prompts.
Below is an example of an Independent driving diagram that I have used during driving lessons and mock driving tests in Ballymena, this is my own production and has not been copied from an official driving test although it is very similar to the type the examiners use.
This diagram is shown to the pupil at the side of the road when the series of directions are given, the pupil is also given an opportunity to repeat the directions back to me before moving off.
Move off when ready and follow the road ahead until you reach the roundabout
At the roundabout follow the road ahead taking the 2nd exit sign-posted for...
At the crossroads turn left
At the next crossroads turn left
In the new road drive ahead until you pass 2 side roads on the left then pull up in a safe, convenient and legal place
After completing this series of directions another diagram would be shown, each beginning where the last ended, about 3 in total.
You can watch a video about independent driving on my videos page...here>>
Joe's Driver Training is a driving school in Ballymena operated by a DOE Approved Driving Instructor who teaches independent driving.
If you would like more information about the driving test, driving lessons or independent driving in Ballymena please feel free to contact Joe on 07799 497 471
Block Booking Discounts
Most Driving Schools in Ballymena offer Block Booking discounts limited to the 1st 5 or 10 Driving Lessons after which there is a price increase to the normal hourly rate.
Joe's Driver Training can offer Unlimited Block Booking Discounts on all driving lessons in Ballymena starting at just £100 for 5 hours of driving lessons.
This discount can be used an unlimited number of times so you know how much you will be paying from start to finish, there is no need to ever pay any more than £20 per driving lesson / hour when you block book 5 or more driving lessons at a time.
Longer Lesson Discount
Discounts are also available for those who would prefer a longer lesson than the standard one hour driving lessons, starting at just £30 for a 1 1/2 hour driving lesson, again this is an unlimited offer which can be used over and over again.
Driving Instructors Love Referrals!
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Joe's Driver Training appreciates that learning to drive can be expensive but after all, a well trained driver will not only be, a safe driver who will pass the driving test with ease but will also be trained how to use and apply the following...
*Defensive driving techniques*
*Eco friendly driving methods*
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Joe's Driver Training would like to congratulate Mrs Donna Lunnun on passing her driving test in Ballymena, 22nd April 2011
Well done Donna!
Joe's Driver Training is pleased to congratulate Miss Selina O'Loan on passing her driving test in Ballymena 1st time, 21st April 2011
Well done Selina!