To become a professional driver you must have a thorough knowledge of the regulations that apply to your work. The questions in the theory test will test you on this knowledge. Combined with a high level of driving skill, this will ensure that you carry out your work safely.
The topics covered by the test are:
* Vehicle weights and dimensions
* Drivers’ hours and rest periods
* Braking systems and speed limiters
* Attitude and alertness
* Carrying passengers
* Safety and hazard awareness
* Accident handling
* Vehicle condition
* Leaving the vehicle
* Vehicle loading
* Restricted view
* Environmental issues
* Windy weather
* Heavy rain
* Traffic signs
From 1 April 2003, the topics will be expanded to include the following :
* Vehicle and transport documents required for the national and international carriage of goods and passengers
* The precautions to be taken during the removal and replacement of wheels
* Loading and unloading goods and the use of loading equipment (lorries only)
* The principles of the construction and functioning of internal combustion engines and fuel, electrical, ignition and transmission systems
* Lubrication and antifreeze protection
* The principles of the construction, fitting, and correct use and care of tyres
* The principles of the types, operation, main parts, connection, use and day to day maintenance of brake fittings, speed governers and coupling systems and the use of anti-lock brakes
* Methods of locating causes of breakdowns
* Preventative maintenance of vehicles and necessary running repairs
* The drivers responsibility in respect of receipt, carriage and delivery of goods in accordance with the agreed conditions (lorries only)
The second part is the hazard perception test consisting of 14 video clips. You press the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing. The pass mark for the hazard perception component of the category C and D theory test is 50 out of 75.
To help people prepare and study for the theory test we recommend the following publications:
The Highway code
Books from the Essential Skills series
Know Your Traffic Signs
The Goods Vehicle Driving Manual
The Bus and Coach Driving Manual
The Official Theory Test Books and CD - ROMS
The Official guide to hazard perception formerly roadsense CD-ROM
It is important that you study - not only to pass the test - but also to become a safe driver. More information on the study materials available can be found at www.dsa.gov.uk. These should be available locally at The Stationery Office, 16 Arthur Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 90 238451 or any good bookshop.
When you take the theory test, you’ll be asked some specific questions regarding the category of vehicle being tested, as well as questions that apply to all road users.
You do not have to pass your theory test to learn how to drive. The DVTA recommends that you have practical lessons before you take your theory test because you are likely to perform better if you have some driving experience. You can choose how to prepare yourself for your theory and practical driving tests. It is generally the case that learner drivers who have plenty of practice and who receive professional instruction perform well.
Theory Tests are available six days a week depending upon the demand. Weekday, evening and Saturday test sessions are available. Arrangements can be made for candidates with special needs. You must tell Booking Section Staff about your special needs when you book your test.
Take heed of this advice and your driver theory test should not cause a problem. There are links below for Theory Test Booking and for practice theory test.
Big On Driver Training
Expert Driver Training
Drive Me Bananas
city school of motoring
Hills Driver Training
HGV LGV PCV DRIVER TRAINING LONDON
Business Driver Training
Trailer Training uk Ltd
P and G Driver Training
Pro-Drivers (Midlands) Ltd
keep Calm and Drive On Ltd
Advanced Driver Training Techniques
Drivesafe School of Motoring