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Are you prepared?

April 1, 20150 Comments

Video Transcription

Please see the bottom of this transcription for the links to the publications I have mentioned.

I am going to talk about being informed and keeping up to date whether you’ve got a Standards Check coming or not. If you have got a Standards Check coming up then you definitely need this information.

There are documents that you need to have a look at; you don’t need to read them cover to cover but you do need to be aware of what they are saying and what they are asking you to do.

The first one is the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training as this is what the Standards Check is based on and they are looking for you to cover the competencies that are within that. If you are not familiar with this document you need to have a look at it. There will be a link to follow.

The ADI 1 – particularly the bits that are relevant to what you are studying e.g Part 2, Part 3, Standards Check, Ordit. There are sections in here for each of these examples. You need to familiarise yourself with this document as it what Examiners to mark you against so this is a really important document to read.

DES –Driving, The Essential Skills is a book produced by the DVSA which outlines what learners and competent drivers should be doing and thinking. If you are taking a Standards Check and are going to teach a specific subject then you should be looking at those parts of DES to make sure you are teaching the right thing. So if it says “you must” or “you must not” that is a legal requirement. If it says “should” then this could be used against the driver in a court of law. You also shouldn’t be saying “you must” do something if you don’t have to.

For example, if you were to say “you must put the handbrake on during a turn in the road”, it would be wrong as it doesn’t say that. It says “put the handbrake on if necessary”. If you say “you mustn’t overtake on a solid white line is on your side in the centre of the road”, this is not correct as there are exceptions of when you could go past. I know it sounds petty but terminology is quite important because you can overtake on a solid white line as long as you don’t go over the solid white line. There are three occasions where you can do this. You would need know what these are be it crossroads, priorities, dual carriageways, what is a dual carriageway, what is the speed limit on a dual carriageway. Just keep up to date on these sorts of things.

You can get updates from the DVSA by going on to their website and registering for email updates which can be very useful. For example, yesterday I was notified that the DT1 has been updated which is the driving test documentation and it gives you the criteria of what the Examiners are marking against. Also the speed limit for lorries is changing over the next few days and you can receive notifications of these sorts of things to make sure you are giving the correct information to your pupils.

I hope that you have found this interesting and useful.

Useful links –

ADI1 –

DT1 –

National Standards for Driver and Rider Training –

The Essential Skills –

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Blaine Walsh is the owner of, has been a driving instructor trainer for 15 years and a driving instructor for over 20 years. When he first qualified Blaine admits his was not a very good instructor, became disillusioned, was not retaining pupils and not making any money, so he quit full time teaching. After spending time self-reflecting, he had a light bulb moment and realised that he needed to put more explanation, effort and enthusiasm into teaching learners. Since then he has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the top trainers in the country.

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