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Offline mmitch

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Re: Driving Tests
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2021, 03:01:54 PM »
The mention of the A40 reminds me of the driving school in Gravesend that had two steering wheels in their A40s.....! Didn't last long but the dual foot pedals did. They were a comfort sometimes.......
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Offline Smiffy

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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2021, 01:41:26 PM »

Things were a bit more basic in 1935:



"Examiners don't like cars on pavements" ;D



Offline Lutonman

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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2021, 04:13:46 PM »
Found this on the government website, it gives the answer


History of road safety, The Highway Code and the driving test - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Offline MartinR

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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2021, 01:37:19 PM »
Well when a school friend of mine took his bike test in c.1973 hand signals were required.  When I took mine in 1975 indicators, if fitted, were sufficient.  I certainly didn't need hand signals on the car in 1979, but could be asked about them in what was called the theory questions then.

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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2021, 01:05:25 PM »
I’m not sure when it ceased to be necessary to give hand signals on a driving test.


A mate took one of his tests in Canterbury. Asked to turn right, he checked his mirror, stuck his arm out the window as well as flicking on the indicators, then changed down a gear. To his horror he realised that he had run out of hands and quickly put one back on the steering wheel, hoping the examiner hadn’t noticed.


Of course he had, another fail and a stiff talking to...

Offline Dave Smith

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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2021, 12:27:52 PM »
In 1958 I lived in Maidenhead & worked in Acton, London W2 &, after years on the train, my Dad lent me the money to buy a Lambretta L150. So I HAD to pass my bike test & did so first time. 2 years & 38,000 miles later- Lord knows how many de-cokes( what are they I hear the younger generation ask?) later- I bought a Standard 10. Don't old cars look TINY now! My next door neighbour kindly took me out most evenings in his brand new Vauxhall Victor, to get the miles in. I then went to the local driving school & using their Morris Minor( I liked their Austin A40, but couldn't get my legs under the steering wheel!), had some lessons. Off to the examiner & we "kangaroo'd" off up the road! It was a dual drive & he'd inadvertently put his foot on the instructors bar! Luckily, I kept control, he apologised, & I passed. My second car was a Standard Vanguard Mk.1- with the big circular tail lights- bench front seats & column change- & that was so easy to drive. SXO3 & cost £75 from a lad in the office, who needed money!

Offline AlanTH

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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2021, 11:26:47 AM »
I took my test in Chatham at their New Road office in around 1965 and failed. My Ford Consul was the car and I was so nervous for some reason my foot kept making the car surge. "You need more practice" the examiner said.
"Doesn't matter" I replied "I've been driving solo for nearly a year with my L Plates and not got stopped yet". He was indignant and said it was against the law but at that age I didn't give a stuff and nor would most others. 
I had driven many miles with those Ls stuck on front and back... up the M1 to Scarborough in Yorkshire, Shrewsbury, many places in the south, all for work, got followed plenty of times but never a stop so I must have done something right.
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Offline mmitch

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2021, 10:24:13 AM »
Passed my test at second attempt on May 13th 1967 in Dartford. Going back to work and showing my pink slip to my boss he gave me a job in London the next night!
 Driving home at 3am was stopped by the Police on Blackheath simply because I was the only one about! They smiled at my pink slip and let me go. I have managed to keep a clean licence (FX) so far while driving over 1.5 million miles...
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Offline OilyRag

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 09:48:10 AM »
My parents had a driving school, taxi and coach company, passing my test quickly and first time was expected, luckily I did so in my Hillman Imp, got back with my pass certificate in my hand to be told by mum "good, you can cover a job this afternoon".
First time I ever drove on a motorway was in her Hillman Hunter, ink still wet on pass cert and with fare paying passengers in the back.


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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021, 08:17:58 AM »
I took my test four times before I passed in 1963, mainly because I didn’t have proper lessons until after the third failure. I think that turning up in a driving school car always helps as well. The car was a new Ford Anglia, somewhat different to the 1937 Morris 8 tourer that my friend and I owned between us. I seem to remember that my instructor was the most expensive in Southampton but he had the best record of passes. I think he charged £1-5s-0d per hour but I may be wrong.

Offline MartinR

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2021, 10:21:20 PM »
I started riding my mother's moped at 16, got my first bike at 18.  Passed my bike test (first time) on 28/10/75, aged 19.  I booked 12 lessons with BSM, then added a further 6 because I didn't feel I was up to standard (no chance to practice) and passed first time on 12/5/77.  Not in Kent though, bike in Middlesbrough and car in Durham.

Offline johnfilmer

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2021, 10:08:15 PM »
I had my first lesson on my 17th birthday, 5th February 1968. Wright’s Of Sittingbourne gave me 12 lessons in their brand new Ford Escorts. Passed first time, six weeks later, in Gillingham.


I did have the benefit of having passed my motorbike test about a week before my birthday, and many months of riding on L plates beforehand. So hazard perception and general road awareness were already there, as well as basic clutch and gear operations.


The Austin 7 Special bought a week later was “interesting “ in comparison to the Escort.

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2021, 08:30:05 PM »
I passed my driving test on the 4th of July 1968 (second attempt). I remember the date easily as I think of it as my "Independence Day". I've therefore held a licence for coming up to 53 years this summer.


My lessons were given to me by the "Sevenoaks School of Motoring" and in that year the cars being used were Mark 1 Ford Cortinas.

What did you pass in?

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