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Learner drivers urged to brush up on driving theory during lockdown

Learner drivers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to use lockdown time to brush up on their driving theory. The call, from the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, wants learners to put their time to good use and make sure they are on top of the theory and ready for their test when restrictions are lifted. Driving tests and professional lessons have remained temporarily suspended during this third national lockdown, however private driving practice is currently allowed as long as it is for an essential journey and with a member of the same household or support bubble. The theory test has become a key part of the driving test since it was introduced in 1996 and is taken before the practical test. Learners work through a series of questions, scenarios and hazard perception exercises, all helping them to better understand what’s involved in being a safe driver. A range of both free and paid for Apps and online tools are available to help people learn the theory and prepare for the test. A list of ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions are also available on the learner driver section on www.gov.uk. Speaking on behalf of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “Keeping our roads safe is a priority for the county council and the partnership and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country. Part of this work includes making sure that learner drivers and newly qualified drivers are well prepared for their driving journey. “For many people lockdown has presented challenges and limits on what can be done, but for learner drivers it’s the ideal opportunity to use the time to brush up on the theory test. And, in addition to studying at home, when on essential journeys as a passenger, learners should also practice spotting potential hazards and understanding road signs and road markings. Observing situations on the road is a good way of drawing upon the theory, and thinking about how they would put it into practice. “Using lockdown is also a good time for learners to get to know their car better. This means checking things like tyre pressures and treads, as well as checking lights and oil levels. All this preparation will give learners the best chance of passing their tests and going on to be better, safer drivers.”

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