Why does my car sound “clunky” when I change gears quickly?

Quite often a new pupil will try and change gears very quickly. This makes the gearbox clunky and it often feels difficult to get the car in gear. It’s quite difficult to explain to someone about synchromesh while they are learning to drive so I usually resort to just saying they need to change gear smoother and slower. Some of my pupils are more ‘geeky’ minded (like me) so here’s what I think is a good little video explaining what synchromesh is and how it works. It also shows how the movement of the gear lever translates into the different gears, and, why you need them.

 

Show Me / Tell Me for Kia Rio (new test from December 2017)

If you need the Show Me / Tell Me questions for the updated practical driving test then you’ll find them on the link below.

I’m happy for anyone learning to drive with any instructor to use these but note that these are copyright and not to be handed out by other instructors. Please make your own.

Show Me Tell Me Kia Rio (new test)

The following two videos were produced by the DVSA. They are certainly worth watching. Ensure you know the controls for the car you are taking the test in. They might be different. My Kia Rio has slightly different controls to the car in these videos.

 

Changes to the practical driving test

It has been announced that the format of the practical driving test will be changing from early December 2017.

For those likely to be affected by these changes, the following is the official release from the DVSA.

Changes to Driving Tests

Sat Navigation
The independent drive diagrams presently used by the examiners will no longer be used as part of the driving test.
The independent section of the test will increase to 20 minutes and the length of the test will remain the same at approximately 40 minutes. The examiner will have his own pre charged sat nav which will sit on a bean bag at the most convenient position on the dash board for the candidate. (Instructors will not be required to provide anything). This will most likely be in the middle under the rear view mirror. The sat nav screen will be on throughout the whole test. The voice will only be on for about 20 minutes during the independent drive section, so both screen and voice for 20 mins only, then back to instructions as per normal from the examiner. The choice of screen colour will be agreed between examiner and pupil at the beginning of the test. If the pupil goes in the wrong direction during the independent drive, whilst the sat nav re-routes itself, the examiner will step in with directions just as they do at present.
Every 5th test will have the screen on for the whole test but the route will be given by the instructor, as oppose to the voice of the sat nav. The screen will be on merely as a form of distraction to the pupil. The sat nav will not show mph and upcoming speed signs.
As currently happens the examiner will stop the pupil in a safe place and inform them that the independent section of the drive is about to start. The examiner will inform the pupil that the independent section has ended on the move as they do at the moment.

Manoeuvres
There will still be only 1 manoeuvre.
Pupils will NO longer be asked to perform either a turn in the road or left reverse.
Pupil will still be asked to parallel park and reverse back into a bay.

New Manoeuvres
1. Forward bay park
Pupils will be taken to a public car park. Once in the car park the examiner will stop the pupil and the ask them to drive forward into ANY bay of their choice. Once in the bay the examiner will ask them to reverse back out of the bay steering to either the left or the right. The examiner will then guide the pupil out of the car park if necessary. This will be performed in 1 in every 4 tests.
2. Parking on right hand side and reversing
The pupil will be asked to stop in a safe place on the left hand side of the road. The examiner will them ask them to drive on and park on the right hand side of the road. Once parked, the pupil will be asked to reverse back approximately 2 car lengths. They will then be asked to drive on again joining the normal flow of traffic. If for any reason their view becomes seriously impaired i.e. by a van, the examiner will assist. This will be performed in 1 in every 4 tests.
Show Me Tell Me Questions.
The range of questions is to be extended and asked at different points during the test.
Tell Me Questions will be asked at the test centre.
Show Me Questions will be asked on the move.
As at the moment a pupil will only receive a driving fault if they wrongly answer the questions

Norwich theory test centre: relocation

 

The Norwich theory test centre at Thorpe Road will be relocated to Prince of Wales Road on 20 May 2017

 

The last day of testing at Thorpe Road will be Saturday 13 May 2017.

Testing from the new site at Prince of Wales Road will start on Saturday 20 May 2017.

Candidates will be informed of the new address in the email confirmation of their test booking.

Tests are now available to book.

Venue details

DVSA Theory Test Centre
1st Floor
11, Prince of Wales Road
Norwich
NR1 1BD

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Booking or changing your Theory and Practical Tests – all the links you need

Follow the link here : Book your Theory Test

The DVSA have been updating their website to add more information and make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Here are some of the most popular links you may need:

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