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NORTHAMPTON TEST CENTRE PASS RATES:

During the period of April 1st 2009 to March 31st 2010

7849 pupils took their practical driving test

3752 passed their test

47.8% was the overall pass rate

 

 

 

 

ALAN MARLOW DRIVING SCHOOL SHOW ME - TELL ME 

At the start of your Practical Driving Test you will need to answer one show me and one tell me question. Here is a list of all the possible show me- tell me questions and answers.

THIS VERSION OF SHOW ME - TELL ME IS FOR MARLOWS DRIVING SCHOOL CUSTOMERS ONLY AS IT HAS BEEN ADAPTED TO SUIT THE ACTUAL DRIVING SCHOOL CAR. THE RED BOXES INDICATE THE COLOUR OF THE FILLER CAPS ETC AND IF IGNITION IS REQUIRED ETC TO OPERATE THE CONTROLS

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. A: Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers  ORANGE  DIP STICK

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers. A: Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen. You may need to turn on the ignition.
Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively – this should include both front and rear screens A: Set the relevant controls including fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. NOTE: For this demonstration you are not required to start the engine
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 A: Operate switch, turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary. Check warning light is on. Explain use regarding poor visibility and when NOT to use! IGNITION ON
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 A: Operate switch, may need to turn ignition on. Check with the main beam warning light

Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. A: Operate switch, turn on ignition if necessary, walk round vehicle.

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. A: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side. 

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

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

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash A: 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. NOTE: Some restraints might not be adjustable

Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system A: Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system
  

Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear. A: Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.  

Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only). A: Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).  

 Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working. A: Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch and walk around the vehicle to check functioning of all indicators. Some vehicles may need ignition on, do not start engine! 

Show me/explain how you would check that the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey. A: 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. A: Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help. You may need to switch on the ignition, do not start vehicle! NOTE: The examiner can assist you if required – ask! IGNITION ON

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.  A: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings. YELLOW CAP  

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level. A: Identify reservoir and explain how to check level. Check your car's manual to see how to do this BLUE CAP

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

 RED INSTRUCTIONS REFER TO PEUGEOT 208 *THESE INSTRUCTIONS OFFER A GENERAL GUIDE-YOU MUST LISTEN TO THE EXAMINERS QUESTIONS REGARDING A SHOW OR TELL ANSWER REQUIRED!

 

 

 

EARN CASH BY RECOMMENDING MARLOWS!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE ABOUT TO TAKE DRIVING LESSONS? YOU CAN EARN YOURSELF TEN POUNDS IF YOU REFER A FRIEND TO MARLOWS DRIVING SCHOOL

YOUR FRIEND WILL NEED TO MAKE IT CLEAR YOU HAVE RECOMMENDED MARLOWS AND UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR 5TH LESSON I WILL SEND YOU TEN POUNDS – IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT!

WITH AVERAGE INDUSTRY PASS RATES BELOW 42% AND MARLOWS AVERAGING 75+% (AND ONCE PEAKED AT 92% YOU KNOW YOUR FRIEND WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS!

THANK YOU

 

 

ALAN MARLOW

FULLY APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTOR

07968 326751

INFO@ALAN-MARLOW.CO.UK

 

 

 

WHEN YOU TURN UP FOR YOUR DRIVING TEST:

YOU WILL NEED...

The driving test appointment letter (optional)

Photocard driving licence

Turning up looking clean and tidy

Get a good nights sleep - (no night clubbing until 3am!)

Your eyesight must be up to test standard

Full details on DVSA website

 

 

DVSA CODE OF PACTICE

Alan Marlow Driving Tuition are proud to comply with the following terms and conditions:

 

About the code

This is the latest code of practise issued by the DVSA on 7.2.17....

 

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the driver training industry place great emphasis on professional standards and business ethics.

This industry code of practice has been agreed between the National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) and DVSA.

It is a framework within which all instructors should operate. These professional bodies expect their members to adhere to this code of practice. The current NASP member groups are:

  • Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council (ADI NJC)
  • Driving Instructors Association (DIA)
  • The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain (MSA GB)

If you’re an approved driving instructor (ADI) who agrees to follow the code, you can:

1. Personal conduct

Driver trainers will be professional, comply with the law, keep clients safe and treat them with respect.

The instructor agrees to:

  • at all times behave in a professional manner towards clients in line with the standards in the ‘National standard for driver and rider training
  • at all times comply with legislative requirements including:
    • the protection of personal freedoms, the prevention of discrimination based on age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
    • not using mobile devices like phones when driving or supervising client’s driving and only when parked in a safe and legal place
    • demonstrating a high standard of driving and instructional ability upholding safety standards including showing consideration for all other road users particularly pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders
    • consumer, workplace and data protection regulations, the handling, storing, use and dissemination of video or audio recordings made in or around their tuition vehicle
  • avoid inappropriate physical contact with clients
  • avoid the use of inappropriate language to clients
  • not initiate inappropriate discussions about their own personal relationships and take care to avoid becoming involved in a client’s personal affairs or discussions about a client’s personal relationships, unless safeguarding concerns are raised
  • avoid circumstances and situations which are or could be perceived to be of an inappropriate nature
  • respect client confidentiality whilst understanding the actions to take if a client reveals concerns about their private lives
  • treat clients with respect and consideration and support them to achieve the learning outcomes in the ‘National standard for driving cars and light vans (category B)’ as efficiently and effectively as possible
  • ensure that their knowledge and skills on all matters relating to the provision of driver training comply with current practice and legislative requirements
  • use social network sites responsibly and professionally:
    • ensuring that clients personal information is not compromised
    • ensuring when using social media for marketing purposes that what is written is compliant with privacy and data protection legislation pertaining to digital communications, the laws regarding spam, copyright and other online issues
    • treating other users of social media including clients, colleagues and their views with respect
    • be careful not to defame the reputation of colleagues, DVSA, driving examiners or the ADI register
    • not distribute, circulate or publish footage taken of driving tests from in-car cameras, without permission from DVSA and the client

2. Business dealings

Driver trainers will account for monies paid to them, record client’s progress, advise clients when to apply for their driving tests and guide them fairly through the learning process.

The instructor agrees to:

  • safeguard and account for any monies paid in advance by the client in respect of driving lessons, test fees or for any other purpose and make the details available to the client on request
  • on or before the first lesson make clients aware of both this code of practice and their terms of business which should include:
    • legal identity of the school/instructor with full postal address and telephone number at which the instructor or their representative can be contacted
    • the current price and duration of lessons
    • the current price and conditions for use of a driving school car for the practical driving test
    • the terms which apply to cancellation of lessons by either party
    • the terms under which a refund of lesson fees may be made
    • the procedure for making a complaint
  • check a client’s entitlement to drive the vehicle and their ability to read a number plate at the statutory distance on the first lesson and regularly during their training
  • make a record of a client’s progress, which will include the number of lessons provided, and ensure that the client is aware of their progress and future training requirement to achieve their driving goals
  • discuss with and advise a client when to apply for their driving tests, taking account of DVSA’s cancellation rules, local waiting times and the instructor’s forecast of a client’s potential for achieving the driving test pass standard
  • not cancel or rearrange a driving test without the client’s knowledge and agreement, in the event of the instructor deciding to withhold the use of the school car for the driving test, sufficient notice should be given to the client to avoid loss of the DVSA test fee
  • ensure that when presenting a client for the practical driving test:
    • the client has all the necessary documentation to enable the client to take the test
    • the vehicle complies with all aspects of motoring law, displays the instructor’s certificate or licence correctly and is fitted with an extra interior rear-view mirror and correctly positioned L or optionally D plates in Wales
    • accompany the client on their practical driving test and listen to the debrief, when requested to do so by the client

3. Advertising

Driver trainers will take care to advertise and promote their businesses in a clear and fair manner.

The instructor agrees that:

  • the advertising of driving tuition shall be clear, fair and not misleading
  • any claims made in advertising shall be capable of verification and comply with current CAP Advertising Codes
  • advertising that refers to pass rates should not be open to misinterpretation and the basis on which the calculation is prepared should be made clear

4. Conciliation

Driver trainers will deal promptly with any complaints received and aim for speedy resolution of any grievances.

The instructor agrees that:

  • complaints by clients should be made in the first instance to the driving instructor, driving school or contractor following the training provider’s complaints procedure
  • if, having completed the procedure, the client has been unable to reach an agreement or settle a dispute further guidance may be sought:
    • if a client believes that their instructor is not providing a satisfactory business service they can contact their local Citizens Advice Bureau for guidance
    • if clients are unhappy with their instructor’s professional service, the client can contact the ADI Registrar by emailing adireg@dvsa.gov.uk

 

 

 

PRICE LIST

ONE HOUR TUITION PAY AS YOU GO: £28 hour

TEN HOUR TUITION PRE-PAID: £27 hour 

TWENTY HOURS TUITION  PRE-PAID: £26 hour

THIRTY FIVE HOURS TUITION  PRE-PAID: £800 = £22.86p HOUR - BEST PRICE!

As most young pupils take around 35 hours of tuition to achieve test standard you MAY find this package will cover all of your training.  If further lessons are required simply follow the standard price list-remember you still qualify for block booking discount!

MOTORWAY TUITION (2.5 HOURS) £85

PASS PLUS (6 HOUR COURSE) see left hand link: £185

 

ALSO NOTE:

FIRST TWO HOUR LESSON ONLY £28 (no previous experience)

FREE refresher lesson after passing your test with Marlows - see link "freerefresher"

ASK ABOUT DRIVING LESSON GIFT VOUCHERS

 

 

 

WARNING!!

CRASH FOR CASH!

Be warned there is a car crash scam taking place where another driver in front will deliberately slam on their brakes causing you to crash into the back of them

They then claim neck injuries against you to extract money from your insurance company

Sometimes it will be the car already in front of you, other times the car might overtake you, pull in front of you and then slam on the brakes. Beware of moving off on junctions and roundabouts because as you do your side observations, the car in front may slam on their brakes

Often the brake lights have been disabled so you have no warning the vehicle in front is actually braking

 

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU!

 

 

FLASH FOR CASH!

This scam is carried out when you are emerging from a side road - T junction or crossroads etc

The vehicle approaching on the major road flashes their headlights at you giving you the impression that they are slowing down to let you out of the junction

As you emerge the other vehicle hits their gas pedal and drives into the side of you

You are to blame as you pulled out in front of the vehicle on the major road

They then claim neck injuries against you to extract money from your insurance company

 

NEVER BE DICTACTATED TO BY ANOTHER MOTORIST!

 

 

EMERGENCY VEHICLES

Extracted from Metropolitan Police Web Site

The Highway Code advises as follows if you see an emergency vehicle

You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights, headlights or sirens. When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of the emergency vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but do not endanger other road users

We would further add

We do NOT expect you to risk damage to your tyres, wheels or steering by bumping up kerbs to make way for us.

We do NOT expect you to put yourself in danger by crossing red traffic lights to make way for us (*see footnote)

We do NOT expect you to risk road camera fines by, for example, moving in to bus lanes during hours of operation to make way for us

We would however, appreciate your co-operation by looking well ahead and choosing sensible places to pull over. If possible avoid stopping before bends, brows of hills or narrow sections of roads where we may have difficulty passing

*Marlows footnote: Only cross a red light or junction or into bus lane etc if directed to do so by a Police Officer*

 

CONTROLLED STOP

Brief summary:

When instructed to STOP...

Fast reaction

Firm grip on steering wheel

Brake pedal progressively moves down firmly

Keep pushing brake pedal    ONE second

                                                TWO seconds

                                                THREE seconds  -  CLUTCH down

                                                STOP!

Parking brake ON

POM (Preparation-Observation-Move Off)

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

Here is a selection of testimonials received from my pupils or their parents. Original copies are available to view upon request:

 

I would just like to thank Alan for his patience he kept with me and continuing to help me improve my driving. He is an excellent instructor who always had faith in me passing my test. I will certainly miss our lessons and our little chats whilst driving. I'm sure I'll see you around on the roads at some point. All the best, Kaysha (via text)

 

I cannot praise Alan Marlow highly enough. He is an excellent driving instructor. he is patient kind and supportive, especially to nervous pupils (like me) but knows how to achieve the right balance and get the job done. 12 months ago I would not have believed I could pass my driving test but I chose him because he was a level 6 instructor and I had read the reviews on his website. I'm so glad I did because with Alan's help I PASSED 1st time.  As a mature pupil (54 years old) I thought it was too late to learn to drive, but now I can it has given me freedom. He is a true gent and there are not many of them around. So if you are reading this and thinking about learning to drive I would definately 100% recommend Alan Marlow Driving. Joanna:  (via text &'yel.com' review)

 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU... (written 50 times!) - Now you know how thankful I am, Chloe "P"

 

Just wanted to say a big thank you for teaching me to drive so well. You have been brilliant! Chloe

 

Thank you for all your help and support, now I have passed I have freedom. You are a really good Driving Instructor, will miss my lessons, thats for sure. Laura (& Matt and your fans Erin, Olivia & Imogen)

 

Dear Alan, I'm sorry for my late response to Steve passing his test. I would just like to thank you SO much for your hard work, effort and patience to work with him, I always recommend you to people, you changed my life by teaching me to drive and I still appreciate your hard work to this day when I'm out driving on the roads and I remember all your advice too. Rachael xxx (via text)

 

 

Thank you for all your help, couldn't have done it without you. Charlotte

 

Hi Alan, thanks once again through your hard work and support, we have a very happy young person in our household. She's delighted and can't wait to get on the road in her car. Anyway, thanks again. Sue, Brian & of course Laura

 

Hi Alan, thanks for all your help. This is probably the best day of my life! - Carl(via text)

 
Thank you very much for being a great instructor! Had a brilliant time and couldn't have learnt with a better guy. Many thanks. Chad
 

Thanks for all your help. Can't believe I passed first time. I appreciate your patience with my left reverse, my peep and creep and my observations. Thanks again - Morgan (Krissy and Bailey)

 

Thank you for everything! You are an amazing teacher! - Rochelle

 

Thanks for everything. Couldn't have done it without you - Amy

 

Alan, Thank you so much for being such an awesome driving instructor that I managed to pass first time! I wish you all the best for you and yours and will definitely recommend you to all I know - Rach

 

Thank you very much for all of your help and giving me a great life skill - Emma

 

Thank you so very much in all your help to enable Jack to pass his driving test. We are thrilled and of course he is. Well that's all our brood up and running and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you on the highest level - Jo and Bernard

 

Thank you so much for everything, you have helped me so much! - Jess

 

Thanks a million, you really are a star - Mia

 

Thank you so much for all your help (I'm still in shock) - Hannah

 

Just wanted to say thank you for all your help in helping me pass me test. I'm really enjoying driving. I will be sure to pass on your details to a friend when they want to learn - Katie

 

Thank you for all the help with my driving! It has allowed me to do the job I have always wanted to do! I couldn't have done it without your help and encouragement! I still miss my weekly Wednesday lesson with you! Especially hearing about your little kitten, my lessons were really fun! You are a really good driving instructor and I will miss you lots - Alicia

 

 

Thank you for everything - Nadine

 

Just a line to say thanks for all your expert tuition with Jake. Its great that he can now ferry me about!! - Sarah (Jakes Mum)

 

I can never thank you enough for what you've done for me. You have given me the gift of transportational freedom. Your more than a driving instructor, your a good man and a gentleman. Thankyou for everything! Pass first time!! - Christine

 

Thank you so much for helping me get through my driving test efficiently whilst maintaining your composure to allow us to get along so well, regards - Jim

 

 

 

 

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