Earley School of Motoring

Tel: (07703) 282625    or    (0118) 926 5369



Where are we?

What do we offer?

Bookings & cost

Contact Information

Who are we?

Current Vehicles

Highway Code Info

Theory Test Info

1. Where are we?

Earley School of Motoring is based from our residential home in Earley and mainly covers East Reading which includes, but is not limited to; Earley, Lower Earley, Woodley, Winnersh and Wokingham.
I have students in many other areas, particularly if their lessons are 1½ or 2 hours in duration.



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2. What do we offer?

An introduction to my Courses and Services
• Car tuition from raw beginner to presentation at DSA Driving test
• Theory training/advice to prepare students for the Driving Theory Test
• Car tuition for drivers of intermediate standard to presentation at DSA Driving test
• Defensive driving
• Refresher courses
• Motorway driving and advanced driving skills
• Driving for economy
• Pass Plus courses
        DSA = Driving Standards Agency
        DoT,ADI = Dept. of Transport Approved Driving Instructor

        Link for test and driving related issues http://www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest



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3. Bookings & Cost

Courses or individual lessons may be booked by telephoning: (0118) 926 5369 or m: 07703 282625.  They can also be arranged during any lesson or meeting.  The lessons may be for 1, 1½ or 2 hour sessions and can be arranged to start on any ¼ hour as suitable.
Monday to Friday lessons are normally arranged between 7.30am and 8.30pm.
Weekend lessons are arranged by special arrangement
How long is a course likely to take?
The length of the course depends entirely upon your own driving skills, experience and capabilities. Each course is tailored to your individual needs. I would be delighted if you passed easily with very few lessons but will be patient if you are a slow learner and need extra help. As a guide, a quick learner would perhaps need 15 hours to pass the test.

Pricing Information
Prices, current as of the 3rd November 2010, are as follows:

Hourly lesson rate:     £25.00
Hour and a ½ rate:     £37.00
Two hour lesson:        £48.00
Motorway lesson:       £27.00 per hour
Pass Plus:                    £160.00

Discounts are available for prepaid block bookings - prices on request

Payment may be cash or cheque (payable to "Dave Stent") at time of lesson.  Many students find it easier to pay for lessons in advance.  Advance payment is also popular when lessons are a gift for someone. 
Gift vouchers are available by arrangement.
Prices are subject to change.



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4. Contact Information


(07703) 282625     ...or...      (0118) 926 5369

Postal address

52 Meadow Road, Earley

Electronic mail

General Information: grade6@dsl.pipex.com



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5. Who are We?

My name is Dave Stent and I own the Earley School of Motoring, which has now been operating for over 20 years.

I am a sole trader, but at one time employed a retired Police Inspector as an Instructor
I served originally in the Fire Service, both as a professional fireman and as a junior officer. For the large part of this service I drove fire appliances operationally to all emergencies. I have operated many types of vehicle including pumping appliances, aerial appliances (turntable ladders and hydraulic platforms) and also heavy lifting cranes ("Holmes 600" - max. pull of 72 tonnes).
I hold a full licence to drive the following 14 groups: A,B,BE,B1,C,C1E,D1D1E,f,k,l,n,p. That is generally motorcycles, cars, lorries and articulated lorries (LGV class 1) plus I have a provisional coach licence.

I have been registered as a fully qualified Department of Transport Approved Driving Instructor since 1984,  with an Instructor Grading and established pass rate above that of the national average. I am in the R.A.C register of Approved Driving Instructors and appear in "The Directory of Excellence" for the Reading area plus other publications. I am a trainer on Police remedial courses operated by AA DriveTech.
EARLEY School of Motoring. Tel: 0118 926 5369 or m: 07703 282625



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6. Current School Vehicles

My current vehicle in 2010 is a 5 door Ford Fiesta 1.4 Zetec Climate.  This offers a high degree of comfort whilst learning to drive and is fully dual controlled.  Examiners do not provide vehicles, therefore it is usual to use ours for your driving test.

There is usually another vehicle available when the need arises (for example, when the Fiesta is being serviced). The present backup vehicle is also a Ford Fiesta, and is fully dual controlled.
Any vehicle that is used on test must be completely roadworthy to MoT standard and fitted with an extra internal mirror on the passenger side.  If the vehicle has been the subject of a recall by the manufacturer then you must be able to produce the certificate of correction issued by the garage. It must have a seatbelt and headrest for the examiner. There are also other regulations in force as to the type of vehicles that are acceptable, which are often updated by the DSA.



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7. Highway Code Information
The Highway Code as revised in September 2007 can be viewed in its original subsets at www.direct.gov.uk/highwaycode



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8. Theory Test Information
The address of the theory test centre for the Reading area will be advised when a booking is made, but at present it is Hanover House, Eldon Road, Reading.
The DSA's national number to book theory and practical is 0300 200 1122.
If you wish to book online (best method) visit www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest

Your Theory Test will consist of a Multiple Choice element and a Hazard Perception element.
You must pass both parts together, or you will have to take them both again another day.
First you will be shown a Confirmation Screen which confirms your name and the category of the test you are taking. You have the choice to Start or Exit the test.
The Multiple Choice Element
***Multiple Choice Practice Session – The practice session on the computer will explain to you how to work through the multiple choice element of the test and how to choose and check your answers. The practice questions should allow you to become comfortable with how the test will work. These questions do not carry a mark towards your test result.
***Multiple Choice Element – This part of the exam will consist of 50 multiple choice questions. You must answer each question, but you will be able to check questions and change answers throughout the test by using the flag and review button. The maximum time allowed to complete the multiple choice questions part of the test will be 57 minutes and candidates will need to achieve a pass mark of at least 43 correct responses out of 50 (as of 3rd September 2007).
***Optional Trial Questions – They sometimes try out new multiple choice questions to see if they will use them in future theory tests. After you have finished the multiple choice element of your test you may be offered trial questions to complete. You do not have to complete these, and they do not count towards your overall score.
Short Break – You can take up to 3 minutes break before starting the second part of your Theory Test, which will test your hazard perception skills. You cannot leave your desk during this break.
The Hazard Perception Element
***Hazard Perception Tutorial Video – At the start of the hazard perception part of the test you will be shown a short instruction video. This video will tell you how the hazard perception part of the theory test works. You can watch the instruction video twice if you need to. You will need to wear headphones to listen to the instruction video. You can take them off at the end of the video, unless you prefer to keep them on. There is no sound on the test clips.
***Hazard Perception Element – The hazard perception element tests your ability to look at and understand the whole road scene and to recognise possible traffic hazards at an early stage, as they develop. Your results tell us whether you have learned the hazard perception skills you will need to avoid hazards, or to deal with them safely.
***During the test you will see film clips of traffic scenes from a drivers point of view. The film clip in the instruction video is just like the ones used in the test. This clip and the ones used in the test, contain one or more hazards that show a situation developing that involves other road users.
***As the clips in this test are filmed on real roads they contain all types of hazards. The only hazards you will be scored on are the developing ones. Don’t worry, you won’t lose points for responding to other hazards.
***The hazard perception part of the test will contain 14 video clips and 15 scoreable hazards. In one of the clips there will be two scoreable hazards that you need to respond to.
***Each developing hazard may require the driver to take some form of action such as changing speed or direction. You should respond by pressing either the left or right mouse button, whichever you prefer, as soon as you think, from the clues in the clip that this might happen.
***You will only see the test clips once, so you will need to concentrate. You cannot go back and you cannot change your response.
***When you press one of the mouse buttons the video will not stop or slow down, but you will see a red flag appear at the bottom of the screen each time you press. This red flag shows that your response has been recorded.
***Your responses to the clips will be automatically recorded by the computer. They will be compared to marks set by DSA driving experts. The marking for each scoreable hazard is split into 5 parts. If you respond in the first part you will get 5 points, in the second part 4 points, and so on down to 1 point. If you fail to respond within the marked area of the clip, or are responding in an unacceptable manner, 0 points will be given for that clip.
***The earlier you pick up on the clues and press the mouse button to record that you have seen a hazard the higher your score. But, if you have pressed the button to show you have noticed a hazard and the situation changes, for example because another vehicle comes into view, you may need to press the button again.
***You do need to be careful though. Because if you make lots of unnecessary responses in a very short space of time, or throughout the clip, you will score 0 for that clip. If this happens you will see a warning message on screen at the end of the clip.
Optional trial clip – After the hazard perception element, you may be shown a video clip that is being researched for future tests. This does not count as part of your test. They would like you to respond to this clip as it helps them in developing the test.
Test Result – At the end of your test you will leave your desk and make your way to the Administrator’s desk to sign the signature log. You will then be given your result letter. The letter will contain your score on both elements and the test result. If you have been successful, you will be given an Official Driving Theory Test Certificate in addition to the result letter.



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