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Welcome to Monarch Driving School Warrington, your local driving school that is here to offer you the opportunity to learn to drive in a safe, comfortable and relaxed environment.

Applying for a provisional driving licence

Your first step to learning to drive is to apply for a provisional driving licence. The cost is £34 and you will find all relevant information and application services at www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Finding a driving instructor

Once you have received your provisional driving licence the next step is to find yourself a trusted and reliable driving instructor. Perhaps somebody has recommended Monarch Driving School to you or perhaps you have started researching driving school’s in Warringtonl and have stumbled across our website. Either way, it may be helpful for you to read the reviews about our driving school at www.monarchdrivingschool.freeindex.co.uk

Take a driving lesson

At Monarch Driving School we believe that you that you must happy with your choice of driving instructor and tuition vehicle. We are certain that you will enjoy your driving lesson, but if for any reason you aren’t satisfied then we will offer you a free lesson with an alternative member of the team. 

What is covered on practical driving lessons?

Throughout the course of your driving lessons your driving instructor will cover all of the competencies as set out by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).

The information below, provided by the DVSA, is the training syllabus that Monarch Driving School driving instructors are trained to teach in accordance with. Certain aspects of driver training are not included in the driving test but are still essential aspects of learning to drive.

All the competencies or topics broken down on these pages may require knowledge of particular legal responsibilities which need to be covered. For detailed information about this or any other area please refer to the source material listed below:

  • Driving - the essential skills
  • The Highway Code
  • Know Your Traffic Signs
  • Vehicle handbook

COCKPIT CHECKS

  • DSSSM
  • driving position
  • head restraints
  • seat belts
  • doors
  • gears and handbrake safety check
  • mirrors

Underpinning knowledge

  • order of adjustment
  • best driving position
  • mirror adjustment, including anti-dazzle
  • variety of seat adjustments

SAFETY CHECKS

  • POWER (petrol - oil - water - electrics - rubber)

Underpinning knowledge

  • daily and weekly vehicle checks
  • service intervals
  • planning for journeys
  • clear windscreens

CONTROLS & INSTRUMENTS

  • accelerator, clutch and footbrake
  • handbrake, steering, speedometer, horn, indicators and gears
  • instrument panel warning lights
  • wipers
  • hazard, reversing, side, fog and headlights
  • demister and heated windows
  • manufacturer’s options

Underpinning knowledge

  • the function of each
  • the effects of incorrect use
  • how to read and understand them

MOVING AWAY & STOPPING

  • MSM and PSL
  • observation and blind spots
  • control and co-ordination
  • on level and on gradient
  • at angle and straight ahead

Underpinning knowledge

  • co-ordination of accelerator, clutch and footbrake
  • handbrake and steering
  • where and when to look and what to look for
  • suitable stopping places
  • signals when necessary

SAFE POSITIONING

  • normal driving
  • lane discipline
  • passing stationary vehicles and obstructions
  • bends

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • other vehicle’s positioning (LGV, cyclists etc)
  • wide and narrow roads
  • one-way streets

MIRRORS - VISION & USE

  • interior and exterior
  • flat, concave and convex

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • when to use them
  • why they should be used
  • how to act on what is seen
  • blind spots
  • frequency of checks and why

SIGNALS

  • by arm and by indicators
  • brake, reversing and hazard lights
  • by other road users and traffic controllers

Underpinning knowledge

  • why signals are necessary
  • when and how to signal
  • unnecessary signals

ANTICIPATION & PLANNING

  • risk awareness in connection with: drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, animals, road works, emergency vehicles and any other road users

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • hazard perception
  • visual warnings
  • times and places of high risk
  • weather conditions
  • scanning and priorities

USE OF SPEED

  • appropriate speed
  • making progress
  • hesitancy

Underpinning knowledge

  • national speed limits
  • restricted speed limits
  • road and weather conditions
  • traffic conditions
  • pedestrian activity
  • stopping distances

OTHER TRAFFIC

  • meeting, crossing and overtaking
  • one way and two way roads
  • three-lane two-way roads
  • major, minor and narrow roads
  • dual carriageways

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • when and why to give way
  • passing places and warning signs
  • obstructions, parked vehicles...
  • planning and anticipation
  • how to act on what is seen
  • motorways

JUNCTIONS

  • T-junctions and Y-junctions
  • crossroads and slip roads
  • marked and unmarked junctions
  • one-way streets
  • urban, rural and dual carriageways

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • turning, entering and emerging
  • advance warning signs and road markings
  • zones of vision
  • priorities

ROUNDABOUTS

  • mini and major
  • multiple and satellite
  • traffic light controlled
  • approaching and entering
  • leaving and turning
  • straight ahead

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • lane discipline
  • correct position
  • zones of vision
  • observation
  • priorities

PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

  • controlled eg. pelican
  • uncontrolled eg. zebra
  • school crossing patrols

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • visual warnings
  • speed of approach and overtaking
  • times and places of high risk
  • waiting pedestrians
  • central refuges and split crossings
  • weather conditions
  • scanning

DUAL CARRIAGEWAYS

  • urban, rural and clearways

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSM and PSL
  • speed limits
  • lane discipline
  • advance warning and information signs
  • joining, leaving and turning
  • breakdowns, hazard lights and triangles
  • motorways
  • road and weather conditions

TURNING THE VEHICLE AROUND

  • flat and cambered roads
  • wide and narrow roads

Underpinning knowledge

  • safe, legal and convenient
  • co-ordination of foot and hand controls
  • steering (position and method)
  • judgement and accuracy
  • observation
  • signal options

REVERSING

  • left, right and straight
  • flat and cambered roads
  • square and radius corners
  • wide and narrow roads
  • on level and on gradient

Underpinning knowledge

  • safe, convenient and legal
  • co-ordination of foot and hand controls
  • steering (position and method)
  • judgement and accuracy
  • observation
  • signal options

PARKING

  • In a bay and parallel
  • on level and on gradient

Underpinning knowledge

  • safe, legal and convenient
  • co-ordination of foot and hand controls
  • steering - position and method
  • judgement and accuracy
  • observation
  • signal options

EMERGENCY STOP

  • quick reaction
  • control and skidding

Underpinning knowledge

  • hazard perception
  • clutch and brake co-ordination
  • ABS
  • front and rear wheel skid control
  • defensive driving
  • road and weather conditions
  • moving away safely

DARKNESS

  • fog, ice, snow, wind and rain
  • urban and rural areas
  • single and dual carriageways

Underpinning knowledge

  • speed and stopping distances
  • vehicle condition and characteristics
  • visibility
  • skidding and aquaplaning
  • warning signs and signals
  • use of lights, horn and hazard lights
  • parking

WEATHER CONDITIONS

  • fog, ice, snow, sun, wind and rain
  • urban and rural areas
  • single and dual carriageways

Underpinning knowledge

  • speed and stopping distances
  • vehicle condition and characteristics
  • visibility
  • skidding and aquaplaning
  • warning signs and signals
  • use of lights, horn and hazard lights
  • parking

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • driver and vehicle requirements

Underpinning knowledge

  • drink and drugs
  • mobile communications
  • tiredness and rest periods
  • dealing with accidents
  • licence requirements and accompanying drivers
  • health and eyesight
  • vehicle condition and registration
  • tax, MOT and insurance
  • traffic rules and regulations

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

  • noise and pollution

Underpinning knowledge

  • driving styles and impact on environment
  • green issues
  • vehicle maintenance
  • disposal of vehicle waste
  • health and safety of drivers and others

PASSENGERS & CARRYING LOADS

  • drivers' responsibilities regarding adults, children, babies and animals
  • carrying loads on and in the vehicle
  • loading trailers and cycle racks

Underpinning knowledge

  • use of seatbelts
  • doors, guards and restraints
  • airbags and seating
  • load and luggage stowage
  • weight distribution

SECURITY

  • vehicle, contents and personal security
  • when parking, driving at night and daytime
  • in event of breakdown and accident

Underpinning knowledge

  • personal and vehicle security systems
  • safe places for parking
  • minimising opportunities for theft of and from vehicle, and attack

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