Learning to Drive in Cardiff with PSLdrive School of Motoring
PSLdrive School of Motoring was set up in 2001 and has since developed an enviable reputation in the industry for providing exceptional quality driving instruction using a blend of well-planned and structured driving lessons supported by highly informative, colour-illustrated course material, a patience and understanding approach, combined with a terrific sense of humour and light-heartedness which make the whole learning experience not something you dread, but something you look foward to each week. Check out our customer testimonials here.
We offer a comprehensive range of driving lessons in Cardiff to suit the needs of the complete beginner, the lapsed learner and the already qualified driver who is just looking for some refresher lessons. Whatever your particular circumstance or driving ability, your driving lessons will be tailored to your specific needs; you will be steered through each key topic in a thorough and positive way - at your own pace - ensuring that each lesson builds on the skills and knowledge you've learned in previous lessons.
Our philosophy is to take you beyond being able to pass your driving test so that you develop into a safe and responsible driver for many years to come, possessing the skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to deal with any situation that presents itself to you whilst driving.
Our Driving Instructor is professionally qualified to teach members of the public, is independently evaluated by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and has been awarded the hightest possible grade for his driving instruction - Grade 'A'.
The car used for your driving lessons has manual transmission, a petrol engine and dual controlls to give you the best learning-to-drive experience.
Fully Compliant with the New DVSA Driving Test Changes
As of 4 December 2017 a new Driving Test is in force which is designed to ensure new drivers have all the skills they need to drive under today’s road conditions, using modern technology, to help your through a lifetime of safe driving.
PSLdrive School of Motoring was actually one of the lucky driving schools which was invited to participate in the National Trials of the new Driving Test in 2015, helping the government assess whether the new format was an improvement on the exisitng driving test. Naturally we jumped at the chance to be included in such an important national change to the driving test; taking part also provided us with a thorough understanding of the new test requirements first hand.
As you would expect from a driving school with PSLdrive's reputation, we incorporated these changes into our driving lessons at the middle of last year to ensure any of our pupils who might take their test, after the new driving test changeover date, were fully prepared and capable of passing the new driving test.
The 4 New Changes to the Driving Test are:
1. The Duration of Independent Driving has Increased
The independent driving part of the test will now take up roughly half the test duration by increasing to 20 minutes. During this part of the test you will need to make safe driving decisions without being prompted or directed by the driving examiner.
2. Following Directions Using a SAT NAV
During the independent driving part of the test, most pupils will be asked to follow the directions given by a sat nav which will be provided by the examiner and pre-programmed with the test route.
3. Reversing Manoeuvre Changes
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres are no longer part of the driving test, however, we will continue to teach these manoeuvres as they are still handy skills which you may need one day. In the new test you will be asked to carry out 1 of 4 reversing manoeuvres instead:
- Parallel parking at the side of the road
- Forward Parking in a bay (and reversing out)
- Reverse Parking in a bay (and driving out)
- Pull up on the right hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and then re-join the traffic
4. Answering a Vehicle Safety Question Whilst Driving
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test, known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. The ‘tell me’ question will be asked at the start of the test before you start driving, while the ‘show me’ question will be asked while you’re driving e.g show me how to wash the windscreen using the car controls.
(The duration of the driving test will still be around 40 minutes and the pass mark for passing your driving test will remain the same; you can pass your test with up to 15 minor driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.)