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Disability Driving Lessons Blackpool

Mark Easter of SLK Driving School Blackpool is certified by the Queen Elizabeth Foundation (QEF) Mobility Services for teaching people with disabilities and the elderly to drive. Mark is also a member of the QEF Approved Driving Instructor Register and is registered with the Wigan branch of the Forum of Mobility Centres.

SLK Driving School Blackpool offers a specially adapted automatic car with controls that can give people with various upper and lower body restrictions the freedom to drive. We offer the following:-

Hand Control

A single lever push/pull hand control to enable someone to operate the brake and accelerator without having to use the foot pedals, suitable for people with limited lower body use. An integral indicator switch is also fitted.

Left-Foot Accelerator

Developed for automatic cars to enable the driver to brake and accelerate with the left foot, ideal for people with limited use of the right leg. The pedal is floor mounted and has a right footed accelerator pedal guard for safety.

Steering Spinner

The steering spinner means you can safely control the car with just one hand. The remote controlled keypad means you can operate all the main auxiliary controls and steer the car with one hand.This control is waiting to be fitted in the near future.




Easy Release Handbrake

The easy release handbrake has easy to grip handles which eliminates the use of any stiff buttons. This makes it ideal for people with conditions such as arthritis.




Mark will be able to give advice and guidance on equipment and adaptations and training for people with specific needs.

Please call Mark on 01253 398 658 to discuss in more detail or send an email via the Contacts page

( QEF Mobility Services is endorsed by the Department for Transport, DVLA, accredited by Forum and recognised by the DSA as well as working in partnership with Motability, visit www.qef.org.uk )

Pass Plus Automatic Blackpool

SLK Driving School Blackpool can offer Pass Plus in an automatic. Pass Plus is a course designed by the DVSA aimed at all new drivers. Once you have passed your practical driving test, it will help you build on your existing driving skills and help you build your confidence. You can also save money on your insurance premiums.

Pass Plus is made up of 6 modules:

  • Driving in town
  • Driving in all weathers
  • Driving on rural roads
  • Driving at night
  • Driving on dual carriageways
  • Driving on motorways

The course lasts a minimum of 6 hours and can be completed all in one driving lesson or broken down into 2 or 3 hour driving sessions.
 
By the end of the course, you will be able to plan ahead & anticipate and then in turn deal with all sorts of hazards making you a safer driver.

Once you have completed the Pass Plus, there is no driving test to take. We will complete the relevant forms and send them off to the DVSA who in turn, will send you your Pass Plus Certificate.

Once you have your certificate, you can benefit from a reduction in your insurance costs from certain insurers who support the scheme.

 

The 'show me tell me' questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn. You will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question.

Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.


Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe how you would check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

Identify high / low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and check level.

Q4. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high / low markings.

Q5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

Operate brake pedal, make use of any reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

Q6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes shoud not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Tyre pressures are in manufacturers manual, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when cold,(Once a week) don't forget spare and remember to refit dust caps.

Q8. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.

Q9. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two checks can be made. With the wheel turned slightly, maintained while the engine is started, you notice a slight movement in the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an instant indication the power steering is functioning ok.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Turn on ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle.

Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators.

Q12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.

Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying the handbrake and when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Q14. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer & wipers.

Operate control to wash & wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front & rear screens.

Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen & windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Q17. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when would you use it/them (no need to exist vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary) Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Q18. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock breaking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock breaking system

Q19. Show me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate switch (with the ignition or engine on if necessary) Check with your main beam warning light.

 

On the day of your test you must have with you

your photo card licence.

If you have an old style licence then you must bring a valid passport. No other form of photo ID will be accepted.

Your driving test will last approximately 40 minutes. Once you have met your examiner your test will start with an eyesight check and 1 vehicle safety questions, also known as Show Me Tell Me. A second show me question will be asked whilst your out on test. You will then start your practical driving test which will include 1 manoeuvre and possibly an emergency stop.

During your test you can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, 16 or more minors or 1 or more serious or dangerous fault and you will fail.

The examiner is looking to see if you can drive safely and that you can demonstrate a good understanding of the Highway Code through your driving. You will be given verbal directions to follow. There is also an independent part of the test where you will be asked to follow a satellite navigation system (tomtom) or, to follow road signs. You will also be asked to carry out any 1 of the following

 Pull up on the right and reverse back 2 car lengths
 Drive forward into a bay and reverse out
 Reverse parking in the Test Centre car park
 Reverse parking on the road (parallel parking)

It is important to try and stay calm during your test & drive in the manor your instructor has taught you. You are allowed to have someone sit in the back of your car during the test. They must be over 16 years of age and must not take any part in the test.
At the end of the test, the examiner will tell you if you have passed or failed.
If you pass, the examiner will normally take your photo licence off you, issue you with a pass certificate & your new licence will be sent to you, via the post from the DVLA in about 3 to 4 weeks.
If you fail, the examiner will ask if you want a debrief as to why you have failed. Always say yes & take as much advice as you can from the examiner.
In both scenarios you will be issued with a driving report form, which has all your faults marked on it.
You can retake a test 10 working days after failing, subject to availability.

 If on the day of your test there are adverse weather conditions then the DVSA will rearrange your test at no extra cost. There is a contact number to ring on your appointment letter if you are unsure on the day.

If you pass, then the DVSA recommend you take the PASS PLUS course which the SLK Driving School is registered to do. click here

For a list of recommended material to help you prepare for your practical driving test please Click Here.

 

Before you can apply for your Practical Driving Test, you must first pass both parts of the theory test.

To take the test you must take with you your photo licence. If you have an old style licence with no photo ID, you must bring a valid passport with you. This is the only other form of photo ID that will be accepted. If you fail to do so you will not be allowed to take the test.

Once you have been registered at reception you will enter the examination room, where there is strictly no talking. If you have a problem during the test then raise your hand and wait for assistance.

The first part of the theory test is multiple choice. You use a touch screen computer and you have to answer 50 questions. Before you start you’ll be given instructions on how the test works and given the option of a practice run. Once you have finished the practice then the timer starts for the actual test. Some questions have more than one answer so be sure to read the questions carefully. To pass this section you must answer 43 or more of the questions correctly. You are allowed 57 minutes to complete part 1.

The second part of the test is hazard perception. On the same computer you will be shown 14 video clips. Before you start you will be shown a short video clip explaining how the hazard perception works. Each clip will include at least one developing hazard and one of the clips will have two. When you spot the developing hazards you click on the computer’s mouse. The sooner you respond to the hazard the higher you will score. The maximum score is 5 per hazard. To pass this section you must score 44 out of 75.

At the end of the test you can answer some customer survey questions, but these are optional. These questions do not affect your test result. When you have finished you should leave the examination room quietly as there may still be others taking a test. You will then be given your result by a member of staff.

For a list of recommended material to help you prepare for your driving theory test please Click Here.

 

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