Click Driving School

Click Driving School Automatic transmission driving lessons I started training as a driving instructor in 2020 having been a primary school teacher for over 20yrs.
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I worked for Lendrums Driving School for 2yrs before opening “Click Driving School” in January 2024. I gained my DVSA approved instructor licence in October 2022. During my time as an instructor I have attended a number of professional training courses and am a Certified and Accredited “Driving Nerves Specialist”

10/05/2024

Did you know....

* no speed limit signs DOES NOT mean no speed limit
* the given speed limit is not what MUST be driven at, its what mustn't be driven over
* if you see the speed limit is about to INCREASE, you must wait until you have past through the SL gateway to increase your speed, checking your mirrors before you do so
* if you see the speed limit with DECREASE you must be at the lower speed before you go through the SL gateway, again checking your mirrors before you do so
* The speed you drive must be appropriate to the road and conditions - noone behind you can see what you can, so it isn't down to them/their impatience whether you drive faster - if you can't see don't accelerate!

Check out my 5* reviews on Google Maps (was previously an instructor with Lendrums Driving School)
09/05/2024

Check out my 5* reviews on Google Maps (was previously an instructor with Lendrums Driving School)

07/05/2024

Limited slots becoming available soon! Please share / complete the enquiry form pinned at the top of this FB page - weekday lessons between 9am and 4pm.

Alternatively, if you are planning to learn but aren't ready to start yet, get in touch and we can discuss your plans.

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03/05/2024

Dear anxious learner struggling to pass your driving test.

Here’s a few things you should know …

🚗 Sometimes, the friends and contacts who say they passed their test the first time, didn’t. Sometimes it’s a lie.

🚗Sometimes it takes more lessons than you want to have, more tests than you want to take, and more money than you want to spend to get to where you want to be and yes, it feels rubbish.

🚗Sometimes you may have to try different instructors, different types of car, different test centres and after all that, you might find that the thing that helps the most is the medication that stops the swishing in your ears and out of body experiences during your tests. If your anxiety is affecting you in that way, speak to a medical professional.

🌟Always, the people who have believed in you will be thrilled and so proud on the day you pass. Not just because you passed, not even because you never gave up but because you finally see what they’ve known all along - that you’re brilliant.

You might have anxiety. But anxiety doesn’t have you.

🏆You’ll get there. Just keep going! 🏆

👨‍💼WE ASKED THE EXAMINERS…🧑‍💼⏰ HOW LONG IS THE DRIVING TEST? ⏰ “You’ll spend around 40 minutes behind the wheel driving ...
02/05/2024

👨‍💼WE ASKED THE EXAMINERS…🧑‍💼

⏰ HOW LONG IS THE DRIVING TEST? ⏰
“You’ll spend around 40 minutes behind the wheel driving on a variety of roads and traffic conditions .”

🤷 WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE I DRIVE? 🤷
“You will sign a declaration to say the car is insured for you and I’ll ask you to read a number plate from 20 metres away, so don’t forget your glasses or contacts if you need them to see clearly”

➡️ THEN WHAT? ➡️
“Next comes the ‘tell me’ questions, something like ‘Tell me, how you’d check your direction indicators are working?’”

🚗WHAT HAPPENS ONCE WE START DRIVING?🚗
“For approximately 20 minutes out of the 40 minutes, you’ll be driving independently.
This means you will either be following my satnav or the road signs to a destination. Taking a wrong turn is no big deal, as long as you do it safely, you are not being tested on your navigation , I just want to ensure you can drive safely.”

✋ WILL I BE ASKED A ‘SHOW ME’ QUESTION? ✋
“Yes, here I want to ensure you can use buttons and settings in the car while keeping the car safe. Here I’d like to ensure you can maintain the speed of the car, keep the steering under control and glance at the control panel if necessary.”

🚘 WHAT MANOEUVRES WILL BE PART OF THE TEST? 🚘
“As well as performing a hill start, pulling out from behind a parked car and making a normal stop at the side of the road, you may need to carry out an emergency stop.
You’ll also need to carry out one of the reversing manoeuvres.”

✅ HOW GOOD DO I NEED TO BE TO PASS ✅
“You need to prove that you are safe and competent. I’m not expecting perfection! As long as you don’t make anymore than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults you’ll be okay!”

😭 WHAT HAPPENS IF THE EXAMINER DOESN’T LIKE ME? 😭
“We are all trained professionals, we are here to judge your ability to drive safely, that’s all.”

🤞 AFTER THE TEST?🤞
“Whether you pass or fail, we will talk you through any faults you have made. If you’re unsuccessful, work on your faults and come back stronger. If you’ve been successful, you can get straight on the road as soon as your insurance has been sorted!”

30/04/2024
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21/04/2024

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Mind blowing
18/04/2024

Mind blowing

Breaking news and court stories from Wiltshire 999s

04/04/2024

When you pass your driving test, often times nowadays, one of the first questions you will be asked is "How many faults did you get?"

What message are we giving out here? What is more important, the pass, or the Faults?

Driving instructors will often post celebrating the success, followed swiftly with "...with only N driver faults..."

STOP! THINK!

What is the purpose of sharing this information? Who needs to know this?

The "driver fault" to me, is akin to an advisory on an MOT, "Passed, but keep an eye on...." imagine slapping a big sign on your car saying "My car passed its MOT but there are 2 tyres that will need replacing soon"....are you happy to share it with the world??? The only person that needs that information is you!

So when you are asked "How many faults did you get?" I would encourage the response..."I got the outcome I worked hard for, I passed. And that is all I care about today"

*pass it on - let's create a culture of positivity and support rather than criticism/competition*

09/03/2024

"Anyone can be a driving instructor. All you do is sit on your arse all day telling people where to go"...

Think it's easy being a driving instructor?

Ok let me enlighten you a little.

I had to take 3 tests before I was recognised as a driving instructor. A theory test (mine had 100 questions, not 50, and I had to get 80% right in each category - if I got 82% right in one category and 79% in another, I failed); a driving test where if I got 6 driving faults I was out (not 15); and a teaching test....mmmm teaching pupils that must be easy coz they come to us wanting to learn right?

Well....

I have to deal with pupils who….
Cry, laugh when they’ve nearly killed us, don’t bother coming our for their lesson, cancel as I’m pulling up outside their house or go AWOL for weeks then expect their space to still be there when THEY'RE ready to start back up !

But still I smile and carry on.

I have to deal with parents asking why it’s taking so long, booking tests without asking if their child is anywhere near ready and then expecting me to just let them “have a go”

But still I smile and carry on.

I have to deal with other drivers putting my pupils under pressure, doing dangerous manoeuvres around my pupils, while I’ve got to keep the pupil calm and the car safe.

But still I smile and carry on.

I have to adapt each lesson to suit each pupil.
Some get stressed when they can’t grasp something, others just give up, some just don’t understand…. I have to think and find another way to get it across so they understand.

But still I smile and carry on.

I have pupils with anxiety, ADHD, physical disabilities, mental disability’s and a whole other range of conditions…. But I do everything I can to help them and adapt.

But still I smile and carry on.

I work weekends and evenings to cram before a test because even though my pupil is perfectly capable of reversing the car, now D Day is looming they are panicking, so i neglect my plans to help them. I use spare time to keep up to date with everything I need to know, spending my hard earned money on training courses so I can be the best I can be, only for some to get impatient with the time it takes in a lesson to plan, unpick and educate.

And still I smile and carry on.

That is just a snippet of what a driving instructor has to do to do their job!

Could you explain how and why you do EVERYTHING you do when you’re driving? Right down to the smallest detail? Miss that tiny little thing out that’s the difference between them understanding and not!

So before you tell me job is easy ask yourself could you do it? Could you stay calm when an over bearing parent is giving it you large?
Could you stay calm when the pupil doesn’t stop the car and you have to have the reactions of Jackie Chan to keep you and everyone else around you safe ?

When you've pulled up to pick a pupil up after getting up extra early to accommodate them for that lesson then they cancel last minute and you could’ve stayed in bed an extra hour.

All these things are a thing in our world and plenty of other things too.

But still I smile and carry on because when that 1 pupil passes and you see that smile, tears of joy, you get that text saying they got a new job because they needed to drive to be able to take that job…. I know I make a difference to ppls lives…. So I smile and carry on….

But….

My job is no where near easy.

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08/03/2024

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North Yorkshire Police say they have arrested an 11-year-old boy after they stopped him driving a stolen caravan down the M1. | ITV News Calendar

In case you don't know, I am an accredited Driving Nerves Specialist.  So if you have a tendency to experience nerves, a...
07/03/2024

In case you don't know, I am an accredited Driving Nerves Specialist. So if you have a tendency to experience nerves, anxiety, overthinking or lack confidence behind the wheel, please make contact. 🙏

I may not be able to make you the most confident driver in the world, but I will be able to help you learn strategies to "manage" your emotions on the road.

03/03/2024

Often parents find the amount of hours recommended by the DVSA incredulous, so let's compare learning to drive in the 80's against the present day:

✅On average in the 80s, most of us learned with parents regularly, then took 10 - 15 hours professional tuition before passing the test.
✔Present day DVSA recommendations state 45-50 hrs + at least 25 hrs private practice, on average, are taken by those who pass first time.

UK Government statistics show the volume of cars since the 80s has more than doubled:
✅1980: 20 million; as a result parked cars were sparse, so meeting situations were rare and junctions were quieter.
✔ 2023: 43 million; parked cars fill every road near a town centre which displays no parking restrictions, and most other areas too.

✅No theory or hazard perception tests in the 80s; just revising signs and rules from the Highway Code.
✔Constantly updated question bank of nearly 1,000 and a minimum score of 86%.
✔Hazard perception clips with a short scoring opportunity and one random clip with two developing hazards, and a minimum score of 59%.
Both these tests must be passed in the same sitting.
The currently active questions are not published.

✅80s: test duration 20 minutes, but often back within 15 minutes.
✔present day: test duration 35 - 40 minutes, but often longer due to heavy traffic and road diversions.

✅No parking manoeuvres in the 80s; the test comprised turn in the road (3 point turn) and the left reverse around a corner.
✔Present day manoeuvres are:
Reverse parallel park, finishing within the space of 2 car lengths of the lead vehicle..
Reverse bay park, left or right.
Drive forward into a bay, either left or right, then reverse safely out.
Pull up on the right (facing traffic) reverse 2 car lengths, then rejoin your stream of traffic safely.

✅No independent driving section in the 80s.
✔Present day requirement is 20 minutes of following signs or Sat nav. In the 80s Sat nav didn't exist, only paper road atlases and A-Zs.

✅No show me/tell me questions in the 80s, only a few questions randomly from a flip chart of signs and some questions on rules at the end. It wasn't possible to fail on this unless you got a motorway question radically wrong.
✔Present day test has one question asked before driving, then one action to be performed on the move, i.e. "In your own time, please wash your rear screen as we continue to drive."

✅Infrastructure of the 80s:
Very few bus lanes, even in London, and certainly no red routes.
Less parking restrictions.
Less roundabouts.
Traffic lights lacked advance stop lines and cycle boxes.
20 zones and traffic calming measures had yet to be introduced.
'Bobbies on the beat', 'panda cars', and traffic patrols were a common sight and this reinforced the standards on the road. This meant drivers tended to be courteous and give space to learner drivers.
Darth Vader was teaching us the Green X Code - Yes really!
Cycling Proficiency was taught within and outside schools; I still have my enamel pin badge.
Roads were maintained to a higher standard; a standard where you didn't have to weave through potholes on almost every street to avoid damage to your vehicle. Where white lines and road markings could seemingly survive a nuclear blast rather than disappearing inside 6 months.
Concurrent or 'satellite' roundabouts, like the infamous 'Magic Roundabout' in Swindon weren't yet a gleam in the road planner's eye, and neither were spiral roundabouts.
Cars were significantly smaller, with driver aids amounting only to auto wash/wipe and brake servo assistance.
For comparison:
1980 VW Polo: 3600mm long, 1560mm wide, 1340mm tall, 685kg.
2023 VW Polo: 4074mm long, 1751mm wide (exc mirrors), 1451mm tall, 1173kg.

✔Roads are now far busier, junctions and road infrastructure is more complex. There are vastly more signs, markings, vehicles and rules.

✔A candidate passing their test in the UK today is subject to The New Drivers Act for a period of 2 years: During this time accruing 6 or more points will mean your licence will be revoked. You will have have to reapply for a fresh provisional licence, pass the theory test and driving tests again, with all the expense that entails.

There must be some negatives for those of us learning in the 80s, surely?
Ok:
🤓 Cars tended to have only 4 gears, unless they were either luxury cars or sports cars; simpler, but also more imperative to match the gears precisely to the road speed.
🤓 Brakes tended to be drums rather than discs and the ability to stop was dire.
🤓Power steering was a luxury afforded only to luxury cars; the rest of us didn't need the gym for the upper body due to this omission.
🤓Mirrors were interior and driver side only.
🤓 We weren't taught any form of parking because it wasn't tested, and that shows in many drivers; some would still rather return home than reverse parallel park, even to this day.
🤓 Most ADIs taught us only enough to get us through the test rather than enough to be SAFE.

If you know someone who'd benefit from this information, please react and share.
It's about time we started getting the word around that, learning to drive is not something people should be aiming to do "quickly", it should be something they aim to do "thoroughly".

29/02/2024

Cost of driving lessons and paying up front

Learning to drive is so expensive, can’t we speed it up so it costs me less?

Well, that all depends….how safe do you want to be? How many accidents do you want to have? How many points on your licence are you prepared to accrue? How confident on the road do you want to feel?

Is your life worth the investment?

DVSA recommends around 45hrs professional tuition for people aged 17-19yrs ( this excludes any private practice, and also please note: NOWHERE do the DVSA state that there is a difference between manual and automatic - the only thing that will make the difference is a learner’s aptitude to learning, and how much time they are going to put into studying)

So, if we round the numbers:

45hrs = 30 lessons @ 1.5hrs. Average price per lesson = £60 per 1.5hrs

Total = £1800…..ooooosh a LOT of money when your parents lessons cost probably around £110 in total in the 80s!

Now factor in, how challenging the roads are, how many accidents there are, how dangerously other people are driving….so, how much more you are going to need to learn about…

If you live until you are at least 80yrs old = £1800 over 60 yrs (remember I said I was rounding) = £30pa = £2.50 per month…..

£2.50 PER MONTH, to learn properly how to drive safely and interact with the other people you are sharing the road with….are you seriously telling me your life isn’t worth that??????

If you are struggling to pay for lessons: your car is going to require tax, insurance, fuel…. Insurance is likely to cost well over £2000pa as a new learner, tax you could be looking at £200pa, and your weekly fuel is likely to be in excess of £50 (so weekly average you’re looking at over £90…..are your lessons sounding expensive now?)

And, why do instructors expect you to pay for their service “up front”?

Firstly like most things, concerts, day experiences, cinema trips, holidays….you have to pay before you go, and if you are a “no-show” you will lose the money.

Learning to drive is a “training course” - if I want to do a training course at a college or university, I need to pay for it first. Then cut my losses if I am ill or life throws up a curveball.

Unfortunately, many people who book lessons, or even tests for that matter, think that not showing up isn’t a big deal….sorry most of us in the industry would disagree…

I have 20 pupils on my active list at any one time and at least 10 or more on my waiting list….so every “no show” for whatever reason, is an opportunity that has been denied to another learner. Another learner who really wants to learn, just like you.

Bottom line : learning to drive is a commitment and an investment. If money / time is tight, now is not the right time to learn to drive!

Having a big clear out and found this...
27/02/2024

Having a big clear out and found this...

23/02/2024

Update from police on M27…We are continuing to appeal for information following a fatal collision on the M27.

We were called shortly after 12.30pm on Wednesday 21 February to reports of a serious multi-vehicle collision at junction five.

The collision involved a Mercedes lorry, Nissan Juke and Volkswagen Polo.

Sadly, the driver of the lorry, a 36-year-old man from Salisbury, Wiltshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family are being supported by specially trained officers.

As a result of the collision, the westbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 5 was closed for a considerable amount of time while National Highways assessed the damage to infrastructure.

A 32-year-old man from Yapton, Arundel, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and of drink driving.

A 40-year-old woman from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, of drink driving, and of drug driving.

A 37-year-old man from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

All three have since been released on bail until 21 May while enquiries continue to establish the circumstances that led to this collision.

We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision. Anyone with information or relevant dash cam footage should call 101 quoting reference 44240076451

22/02/2024

Copied from a local page, referring to the current carnage around Fareham and Hedge End et Al...

Just a note for those who don't know but given the current traffic situation I thought I'd share. When an ambulance appears behind you at a red light they will turn their sirens off but leave lights on. This is because sirens are deemed to "push" people to run red lights etc.

When an ambulance, or other blue light vehicle appears behind you, remember: take a breath, don't panic, indicate so they know what you are going to do. Edge over, even if its just an inch or so it'll make a difference. Once you are out the way stay still leave your indicator on. The people driving are highly skilled and have undergone a lot of training to be behind that wheel. They will find a way round but they need you to help. They will go up or across verges, they are trained to drive on the wrong side of the road when necessary (and safe). They will sacrifice a wing mirror if they need to (they'll get a telling off at station but hey how if they save a life what's a "don't lose your mirror again").

I know this cause I have driven those blue lights, I've driven across a verge, the wrong way up a road, I've taken that telling off. I've given lorry drivers thumbs up when they've used their rig to block roads so I can get out, I've hung on to my wheel so tight my knuckles went white whilst my crew mate patted the dash to persuade the engine to give us just another little bit of power. I've waved thanks to workmen as they frantically move cones out the way. I have saved lives. But I couldn't save those lives alone. Seconds really do make a difference and people like you have given me those seconds.

INDICATE AND EDGE. INDICATE AND EDGE.

News report cites : "Dangerous driving is a scourge on our society" ...not wrong.It is not only "new drivers" who benefi...
19/02/2024

News report cites : "Dangerous driving is a scourge on our society" ...not wrong.

It is not only "new drivers" who benefit from driver education. If you or anyone you know would benefit from a "top up" or refresh on your driving skills, get in touch!

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken to hospital for treatment after the multi-vehicle crash. | ITV News Central

18/02/2024

Found this post that someone else wrote. I think it is brilliant and really does highlight the importance of choosing the right time to learn, budgeting, and having realistic expectations of how long it takes to learn to drive - it isn't a quick job. Yes in the past people learnt to drive in 10 lessons - this was when the roads were safer, instruction meant telling you precisely what to do and when to do it, and there was no such thing as a multilane roundabout!

"Before you make the decision to learn to drive, please consider the following points that I’m about to make.

1; You are learning to operate a machine that if used or operated incorrectly, or irresponsibly, can result in serious injury or, even worse, death.

2; Your learning process will not be simple, quick or cheap. The co-ordination and spatial awareness takes time to develop - particularly to a point where it becomes second nature (even if you are learning auto!)

3; As the driver you are legally responsible for the vehicle, yourself and equally responsible for the safety of others. Being a learner driver doesn’t excuse you of these responsibilities - nor does it make you immune from prosecution if laws are broken.

4; The importance of knowing your subject matter should not be underestimated or taken lightly. The theory test isn’t just an obstacle on the way to your practical test - LEARN THE HIGHWAY CODE! Use revision apps to do exactly that - revise! You can't revise something you don't know yet. The more knowledge that you learn and retain can potentially make a massive difference to all round safety.

5: We are all individuals who learn at different rates. Friends or family may have reached the standard more quickly, but don’t treat the learning process as a competition. Equally, guard against becoming demoralised if you’re taking longer to learn than you thought. Don’t let pride get in the way of safety.

6; Always listen to your Instructor and take on board their advice. An Instructor’s advice is more likely to be correct and up to date than that of friends or family - no matter how well meaning. Your Instructor is also the best person to advise you when you’re ready to take a test.

7; When you have passed your test please remember that a test pass means that you’re safe enough to continue learning on your own. It takes years of experience to become a truly good driver, so never assume that you’re the finished article.

We never stop learning, nor should you.

17/02/2024

Pinched from another instructor

Fancy looking at a day in the life of a driving instructor?

Here goes......

We get abuse for being in the correct lanes.

We get abuse for sticking to the speed limits.

We get abuse for slowing down because it says so on the road.

We get abuse for pulling up outside your house.

We get abuse because the driver didn’t set off quick enough.

We get abuse for stalling.

We get abuse for not tailgating the car in front.

We even get abuse for not blocking junctions and not going into a box junction.

We get abuse when you kindly let a learner out but they don’t react as quick as you would like them too.

Please don't beep your horn, it really won't speed us up.

Tailgating us will only slow us down as we will need to increase the gap between us and the car in front (the Highway Code tells us to do that)

Until we teach one of your family to drive then for a short time the abuse stops, but only for a short time.

We're asked not to use a person's car to practice reverse park, but when we enquire where the person practiced their reverse park when learning they reply "a car at the side of the road" - but that doesn't mean you can use mine !!!!!

We have all had to learn to drive, it’s funny how quickly we forget what it’s like.

We forget what it’s like to approach your first roundabout, the first reverse park, the first crossroads.

Please have a thought for us and our Students, it could be your son, daughter, niece, nephew. We can’t use a class room, and using carparks is only good for manoeuvres and a bit of steering!

Trust me we don’t like holding you up anymore than you do!

Please be patient...

Thank you 🚗🏁

Another pass this morning. This time for Jade! Super proud of your achievement - will miss your super positivity and smi...
13/02/2024

Another pass this morning. This time for Jade! Super proud of your achievement - will miss your super positivity and smile!

23/01/2024

Shared from another instructor:

As driving instructors we can only advise people about their readiness to take a test!

You may think you are driving well when the instructor is:

Telling you when to change gear!
Asking you what the speed limit is!
Talking you through every manoeuvre!
Telling you which lane to be in!
Reminding you which exit to come off of on a roundabout because you forget!
Helping you when you can’t workout if there is enough space for you to get your car through!

If all or any of the above apply to you, then you are not test ready!

When the door shuts and it’s just you and the examiner, the car is the loneliest place to be, when you make a mistake and your brain goes to mush it’s the worst feeling ever!

Remember those family and friends who urge you to just have a go for the experience, aren’t the ones having to go through it, people have very selective memory’s when it comes to driving and tests!

Ask anyone who has failed a test if it was a nice experience!

Remember it’s YOU doing the test, no one else, no phone to google answers, no help from anyone else just YOU!

If you are up to standard, you will still be nervous, but you won’t be doubtful of your ability!

Go look in the mirror and have a straight talk with yourself!

This is a skill for life.
It saves YOUR life and other road users lives..

The big question is.......

Would you take an A level if you hadn’t studied enough and then expect to pass it?

Using media to spread awareness 🙌🏾

Thanks for reading. ❤️

PS. I would also add, if you don't yet understand the impact of your faults on others 🤷‍♀️

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