Freeway Driving School

Professional Driving Lessons Around Oxford Contact

Freeway Driving School is based in Oxford offering driving lessons in Oxford, Abingdon, and the surrounding areas. We have highly graded male and female driving instructors who have been teaching successfully in and around Oxford since July 1991.

Freeway Driving School offer a full range of driving lessons to bring your driving up from a complete novice to a standard where you can reasonably expect to pass the driving test 1st time!

We will teach you to drive safely and not just to a standard where you will ‘pass’ the driving test. You will be taught in a Dual Control car with either a male or female driving instructor.

We only teach on a ‘one to one’ basis so you will not have to waste part of your lesson taking another person home. We appreciate that learning to drive is a commitment from a time and financial point of view, so we always do our utmost to get each pupil to a safe standard as quickly as is possible for their learning abilities.

Our Services
  • Driving lessons from novice up to advanced
  • Pass Plus driving lessons
  • Refresher driving lessons
  • Discounts for block bookings
  • First one hour lesson just £15
  • Gift vouchers available
  • Specialise in teaching nervous pupils
  • Patient, friendly and pupil focused driving instructors
  • We only employ fully qualified driving instructors
  • All our vehicles are fitted with He-Man dual controls
  • Instructor franchises available
Why Us?
  • Qualified, dedicated instructors
  • Manual driving lessons
  • Pass plus courses
  • Refresher Lessons
  • Block booking discounts
  • Special offers
  • One to one tuition
  • Door to door service
Areas Covered

Driving lessons in…

  • Oxford
  • Botley
  • Cumnor
  • Wootton
  • Abingdon
  • Littlemore

Driving Lessons in Oxford

Flexible Tuition!

We understand that everybody is different so our driving lessons are tailored to match the unique abilities of each of our pupils.

We can supply all study material for the theory and practical driving tests at a reduced rate. This service is available to anyone, you do not need to be learning with us!

Kevin Platt – DSA ADI (car)

 


Testimonials

 

Freeway Driving School Testimonials

“Kevin is an amazing instructor. He had me driving the whole time from my 4th lesson. He offers a very personable service and is a pleasure to have as a teacher. He is very calm and patient and very through, making sure every subject is covered and understood. I passed first time with only three minors (all three were due to nerves on test) Overall, I would recommend Kevin to anybody and everybody.”
Leanne Thomson – Abingdon

“Kevin was a very patient and calm instructor which I felt was essential for me being so nervous on my first few lessons I had. I have had one lesson every week over the past 5 months and passed my driving test first time with only 2 minors. Kevin ensures you thoroughly understand everything and is never hesitant to re cover any areas you feel weaker on. Defiantly would recommend to anybody as he is such a patient instructor and I feel the lessons were great value for money.
Katie – Abingdon

“After I failed my driving test with some other instructor, I found and took lessons from Kevin. Kevin was well organised and meticulous on covering all aspects required to be covered to make me ready for the test. He was very professional and more importantly patient which helped me getting passed.”
S Chimad – Abingdon

“Kevin is a very good instructor for each topic you need to learn to be a good driver. He got me driving for the whole lesson time as soon as was possible which was very useful, to practice general driving as much as possible; and he is a patient teacher. He also has an excellent knowledge of what you need to know for the driving test and thus I managed to pass on the first attempt.”
Richard Matousek – Oxford

“After having a really bad time driving (with a previous instructor) I found Kevin from freeway driving and he had been great! Thought me so much and got me through my test yesterday! Always reliable and a very friendly instructor. Have already recommended to family and friends and will continue recommending.”
Alex Peck – Abingdon


Your Test

Theory

The Theory Test was introduced in 1996, and has seen many changes since then. From 2002 The Hazard Perception Test was added as a separate test, but taken in the same test session as the Theory Test.

If you are taking a course of driving lessons your instructor should introduce some of the elements of driving theory during your lessons. Other books and DVDs are also readily available to help you prepare for the test. You can also download the official DVSA app for your device from the appropriate store.

The Theory Test involves answering 50 multiple choice questions via a touch screen computer. Five of these questions will be based on a case study (see below). The pass mark is 43. Some questions may have more than one correct answer. You are given an opportunity at the end of your test to go back and review your answers.

The Theory Test will also involve a case study. During the test you will be shown a scenario on the screen and then you have to answer 5 multiple choice questions based on it. From January 1st, 2012 the case studies will be made more challenging.

Following the Theory Test you sit the Hazard Perception Test. You watch 14 video clips and have to click the mouse when you see a developing hazard. Each clip has one hazard, and one of the clips has two hazards.

A developing hazard is a hazard which will cause you to change speed or direction. Each hazard has a scoring window from 5 to zero marks. The pass mark is 44 marks out of 75 for learner car drivers. A candidate cannot cheat the test by repetitive clicking as the test will detect this and award zero points for that clip.

After the successful completion of the test a certificate will be issued. You will need the certificate and certificate number to book a Practical Driving Test.

Practical

To book a practical driving test you should previously have taken and passed The Theory Test. You can book your Practical Driving Test by clicking here at the official government website.

The Practical Test is based at one of the many UK Driving Test Centres in the UK or one of the new Multi Purpose Test Centres. You will be driving on roads on a predetermined route, accompanied by an examiner from the Driving Standards Agency. To pass the test you have to give a safe drive in a variety of different road and traffic conditions, commit less than 15 driving faults, and not commit any serious or dangerous faults.

If you wish your driving instructor can accompany you on the test, but he or she must sit in the back directly behind you, and not interfere with the test at all.

It is best to arrive at the test centre 5-10 minutes before your test. At the allotted time an examiner will call your name. They will then check you licence details and ask you to sign a residency and insurance declaration. They will then ask you to lead the way to your car.

On the way to the car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate on a vehicle at a distance of approximately 20 metres away to check your eyesite. If you can not read the number plate successfully the test will terminate there and then.

Before you start to drive the examiner will ask you two car maintenance related questions in the form of a show me, tell me question. If you fail to answer these questions correctly you will be marked with 1 driving fault.

During the drive the candidate must drive within the law and within the conditions set by the environmental conditions. You will drive on a range of roads with different layouts and speed limits and you should be able to negotiate any major junction. You will not be asked to use motorways.

The examiner will ask you to pull over to the side of the road and move away again several times, some of which may be on an uphill incline.

One in every three or four tests will include a controlled stop, also known as an Emergency Stop.

You will also have to perform one out of the following list of manoeuvres.

  • Turn in the road.
  • Reverse around a corner. This is usually a reverse to the left, but you could be asked to reverse to the right when driving vehicle which offers limited visibility.
  • Parallel Park or Bay Park.

The Practical Driving Test will also includes a period of Independent Driving. The examiner will give you a series of directions to follow, sometimes demonstrated with the aid of a diagram. The directions could include following road signs i.e. “please follow the signs for the train station”. To make time for the independent driving section only one manouvre will be performed.

The whole test is usually completed within 35-40 minutes.

At the end of the test the examiner will inform you whether you have been successful or not, and then will offer you a debrief on your drive. It is useful if you allow your driving instructor to listen into the debrief.

If successful the examiner will give you a pass certificate and will then take your licence from you so it can be exchanged for a Full Driving Licence.


Show Me Tell Me

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions at the start of your car driving test. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. The examiner will ask you…

one ‘show me’ question, where you have to show them how you’d carry out a check
one ‘tell me’ question, where you have to explain how you’d carry out the check

 

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.

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.

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 check of oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

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.

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

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

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

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

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

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

Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary) then walk round vehicle. (As this is a "Tell Me" question, there is no need to physically check the lights).

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

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

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

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

Show me how you 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 ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

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

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

Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

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

Manufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

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 simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

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

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

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

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

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

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

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