Learn to Drive

  1. Comments Off on Structured driving lessons

    Joe W passedThroughout a course of structured driving lessons, training is structured to meet the needs of individual learners, everyone is different and learns at their own pace.  Extra driving time with family or friends can speed up this learning by gaining confidence and knowledge of the road. Where one pupil may excel at certain driving tasks and perhaps struggle with others, other learners will struggle in completely different areas, and excel at different things.

    As lessons continue and move forward, the structure of each one will be tailored around each learner’s changing level of ability, knowledge and skill.

    What to expect at your driving lesson

    • Recap of previous driving lesson
    • Brief plan of action for forthcoming driving lesson
    • Driving to a relevant location for lesson, if required
    • Discussion of aims and objectives for the lesson
    • Driving practice on current skill, e.g. roundabouts, parking or pedestrian crossings etc
    • Drive home incorporating a route that allows extra practice of skill
    • Lesson recap & planning and scheduling next lesson

    Remember that learning and improvement involves effort from both the instructor and from yourself!

    What will be included in my structured driving lessons?

    • Controls
    • Moving off and stopping
    • Mirror use
    • Use of signals
    • Turning left
    • Turning right
    • Emerging at T- Junctions
    • Crossroads
    • Roundabouts
    • Traffic lights and pedestrian crossings
    • Judgement – meet/cross/overtake other traffic
    • Progress/hesitancy/adequate clearance
    • Driving at higher speeds
    • Awareness/planning/anticipation
    • Driving manoeuvres
    • Emergency stop
    • Show Me/Tell Me
    • Mock driving tests
    • Driving test preparation

    Make an enquiry with Road Masters for your driving lessons >

  2. Comments Off on Crash course to passing your driving test

    FacebookOur crash course to passing your driving test:

    1. Find a driving school near you. Those of you that live in Exeter or Exmouth can book your driving lessons with Road Masters. You can book an intensive course or a block of 10, 20 or 30 hours.
    2. Start reading the Highway Code available from bookshops or click here.
    3. Pass your theory exam. Try your hand at some sample exams here. Book your theory exam here.
    4. Book your driving test. We will advise you when to do this based on your progress. Click here to book your driving test.
    5. Pass Plus logoPass your driving test!
    6. You can also take the Pass Plus test with Road Masters.
    7. Enjoy years of driving freedom
  3. Comments Off on Will Driverless Cars Catch On?

    driverless-carThere have been a number of media reports about the development of driverless cars in recent years. The technological experts at Google have been busy honing a fleet of driverless vehicles and carrying out tests on the roads of America. It has been predicted that the UK’s driverless car industry will be worth £900bn by 2025. However, there is still some considerable scepticism and fear over the safety of these autonomous vehicles.

    Reasons For Concern

    It is questionable whether people will ever have complete faith in completely autonomous technology. Recent road tests have involved the use of slow moving vehicles. People have been happy to hitch rides aboard the self-driving Meridian shuttle at London’s North Greenwich Plaza. However, it is doubtful whether they would be prepared to ride at speeds of up to 70mph along the A-roads and motorways.

    The vehicle manufacturers have given a number of reassurances regarding the safety of their driverless models. They have integrated advanced laser sensors to minimise the risk of accidents. Computer vision and GPS tracking technologies have been included to ensure that the autonomous cars stick to established road safety rules and maintain appropriate speeds. However, it’s likely to be some time before drivers are prepared to relinquish total control.

    Potential Benefits

    There would be some notable benefits if the general public were to adopt driverless technology. It would be possible to complete urgent work and use mobile phones during the daily commute. There would be no need to spend vast sums on driving lessons. Some of the leading insurance companies have even claimed that they’d reduce premium prices given the relative safety of autonomous cars. However, motoring expert Greame Trudgill said, “It’s possible that premiums for these cars will be even higher, especially if drivers of the future – used to driving semi-controlled cars – lose the skills we have today”

    A Matter Of Debate

    Of course we are some way from the widespread adoption of driverless vehicles. It is still worth taking Road Masters driving lessons in Exeter for the assurance of enhanced safety behind the wheel. Driverless cars may even be consigned to the same dustbin of history as the ill fated segway and monowheel. If you have any other opinions about this hot topic then please get in touch with Road Masters.

  4. Comments Off on Is It Time To Overhaul The Driving Test?
    Mr Beere 1935

    16th, March, 1935, Mr, R,E,L,Beere of Kensington, London, proudly shows his wife, certificate number, 0001, the first ever driving certificate after he passed his driving test

    A lot has changed since the driving test was introduced in 1935. The car has become the primary method of transport and the completion of the driving test has been widely acknowledged as a right of passage. Road safety has become a major issue and the DVLA have incorporated elements of theory and hazard perception into the driving test. However, the Institute of Advanced Motorists are keen to overhaul the current system and introduce a variety of brand new training methods for learner drivers.

    Recommended Changes

    The IAM are eager to prepare new drivers for the variety of hazards which may be encountered after the completion of the driving test. They have said that driving instructors should provide night-time and wet weather training. Young drivers could also receive lessons on the safe navigation of poorly maintained roads.

    Road safety would be included as part of the national curriculum if the IAM proposals are given the green light. There would also be a restriction on the number of passengers that young drivers are allowed to travel with after passing the test. These positive steps would undoubtedly be welcomed by concerned parents and emergency service workers across the UK.

    Expert Opinion

    Newly qualified drivers already have the option of taking the Pass Plus course. However, the IAM have said that follow up-training should be mandatory. Motoring charity representative Neil Grieg said ‘The driving test needs to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world.’

    Government spokesperson Jake Berry followed up by saying ‘I think many of our local responsible driving instructors will already be doing a lot of what the IAM is recommending and I would urge people to find a good local driving instructor who will give them the breadth of experience they need to be a good driver.’

    Road Masters Driving Lessons

    Road Masters driving lessons are the ideal choice for people living in Exeter and East Devon. Our instructors provide essential training and adapt effective training methods in accordance with driving test changes. We’ll equip you with the necessary skills for safe and enjoyable driving.

  5. Comments Off on Maneuvering Your Way To Driving Test Success

    passedIt is quite usual for learner drivers to worry about the challenge of performing manoeuvres during the driving test. This is quite understandable, given that the confident completion of an emergency stop or turn in the road may make the difference between success and failure. However, those of you who enjoy the benefit of Road Masters driving lessons will develop essential skills for the execution of such tricky maneuvers. We’ve even produced this handy guide to calm your nerves before the big day.

    Choice Of Maneuvers

    It’s worth remembering that the driving examiner will ask you to complete one out of a possible four maneuvers. You may be required to perform a turn in the road, reverse to the left, reverse into a parking space or safely position the vehicle in a bay. You should also be alert to the possibility of having to make an emergency stop. It is essential to remain calm and listen carefully to any instructions given during the test.

    Safe Parking

    You will be expected to make appropriate use of the interior and side mirrors while carrying out parking maneuvers. A sensible speed should be maintained and you should consider the potentially erratic behaviour of other motorists and pedestrians. It is quite possible that you will be asked to park in a relatively quiet urban area. However, you should position the car safely, away from any junctions and bends.

    Round The Bend

    Caution should be exercised if you are asked to perform a reverse to the left. You should keep an appropriate distance from the kerb and pay due regard to all other road users. The examiner will expect you to maintain controlled use of the clutch and reverse slowly. You should park a good distance from the kerb and wait for examiner to give you the all clear for resumption of the driving test.

    Three Point Turn

    You’ll probably be hoping to avoid the dreaded three point turn during the driving test. However, there will be no reason for concern if you heed the advice given during driving lessons in Exeter. You should check that the road is clear and maintain a low speed. Focal points should be used to ensure that you adopt an appropriate position in the road. The examiner will also expect you to perform a check for fellow road users before making the final turn.

    Expert Advice

    You can expect comprehensive training in each of the driving maneuvers during driving lessons with Road Masters. We’ll take the time to address your concerns and deal with any problems which may arise during the driving test. You’ll develop the confidence to deal with various scenarios which may be encountered when you’re a fully fledged driver.

  6. Comments Off on Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions For Young Drivers

    New-Years-2015Hip, hip, hooray, it’s 2015! A time for optimism, excitement and the all important New Year’s resolutions. Now you may have the resolve to keep a brand new exercise regime or diet that you’ve been conscientiously avoiding for the past few months. Alternatively you could adopt the driving-related promises highlighted in this encouraging New Year’s blog.

    1. Pass Your Driving Test

      If you’re really keen to gain a greater sense of independence in 2015 then you should learn how to drive. You can make the learning process as smooth and enjoyable as possible by signing up for driving lessons with Road Masters. Master the motoring manoeuvres, learn the theory and look forward to ditching the L plates.

    2. Buy A Car

      There’s a fair chance that you’ll be feeling the financial pinch after taking driving lessons and finally sending off for your full driving license. However, you may be surprised at the availability of cheap and reliable motors advertised via the specialist websites and newspaper classifieds.

    3. Learn About Vehicle Maintenance

      Do you know how to check the tyre pressure or check the engine fluids of your vehicle? If the answer is no then you would be well advised to sign up for a local car maintenance course. The experts will be able to show you the best means of preventing vehicle breakdowns.

    4. Correct Your Bad Habits

      There is very little chance of developing bad habits while under the guidance of the professional Road Masters instructors. However, it’s very easy to slip into bad ways after passing your driving test. You should take a little time to reflect upon the safety of your driving. If there’s cause for concern then you may sign up for a refresher lesson or take your skills to the next level with Pass Plus.

    5. Stay Safe

      Those of you who make the smart option of taking Exeter driving lessons with Road Masters will gain a comprehensive knowledge of road safety. You’ll learn the importance of driving according to the road conditions and respecting fellow road users. These tactics will be essential for your safety in 2015 and beyond!

  7. Comments Off on The Costs Of Learning To Drive

    learning to driveYoung people have traditionally been enthusiastic about the prospect of learning to drive. The successful completion of the driving test has been seen as a way of gaining increased freedom and independence. However, recent media reports have revealed that young people are perturbed by the costs of driving lessons and vehicle ownership. Thankfully the Road Masters team have come up with the following budget friendly tips.

    Register For Discounted Lessons

    Young drivers are typically expected to require 47 hours of professional tuition before they are ready to sign up for the practical test. At a cost of £25 per lesson they can anticipate a combined cost of £1,081. It’s also worth accounting for the cost of private lessons with friends and family members. However, budget conscious youngsters can keep the expense to a minimum by booking lessons in blocks. Road Masters are offering blocks of 20 hours for the special price of £460 at present. There’s also the option of signing up for intensive lessons.

    Prepare For The Driving Tests

    Those young drivers who are nearing the end of the learning process may be interested to hear that the driving theory test currently costs £25. However, it is possible to minimise the expense by choosing a test centre close to home. The chances of passing first time will be greater if time is spent reading the highway code and practising the different types of test questions. Drivers can expect to pay upwards of £60 for the practical test. However, the cheapest test slots are available during the working week.

    Make Sensible Buying Decisions

    Some novice drivers will dream of cruising the open roads in souped-up sports cars. However, it is financially prudent to select small vehicles in the lowest insurance bands. Drivers who are particularly perturbed by the extreme costs may consider the option of telematics insurance. It is also sensible to take account of the reliability and fuel economy of different models. The pass plus course is a great option for drivers who are keen to avoid potentially serious crashes and car insurance claims.

    Ask The Experts

    Drivers who adopt the different financial tips outlined in this informative blog will undoubtedly save significant amounts of money. However, it would be worth asking the Road Masters instructors for additional advice during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth.

  8. Comments Off on Overcoming The Fear Of Driving

    fear of drivingThe experienced Road Masters instructors are quite used to encountering people with a fear of driving. We instruct people who are fearful of exceeding certain speeds, navigating roundabouts and driving along the motorways. It is usually only a matter of time before the drivers start gaining confidence and forgetting the feelings of anxiety. However, some people have immense difficulty overcoming their worries while behind the wheel.

    Reasons For Concern

    Joanne Mallon, author of How To Overcome A Fear of Driving, has claimed that the feeling of anxiety is more widespread than many people would imagine. Indeed, a recent survey revealed that one third of Spanish drivers feel worried about the prospect of having to deal with specific driving situations. A major motoring organisation has estimated that 600,000 British people will never regain their driving confidence. There are a number of explanations for this issue. Some people develop anxiety after being involved in accidents. Others are alarmed by the regularity of media reports regarding the variety of on-road risks.

    Worrying Symptoms

    The fear of driving manifests in different ways. Common symptoms include trembling, fear of losing control and altered perceptions of reality. It is little wonder that so many people opt to ditch their car keys after experiencing such horrible sensations. However, it’s important to remember that there are proven means of re-establishing the feelings of inner confidence and control.

    Positive Change

    It is really helpful for the driving anxieties to be identified at an early stage. Learners who experience particularly high levels of concern should not be afraid to speak with their instructors. It might be possible to address the issues by speaking calmly and increasing the amount of controlled exposure to certain types of situations.  If the sense of anxiety persists then it may be worth consulting a trained hypnotherapist and learning how to perform relaxation techniques. Drivers who’d like more stress busting information are encouraged to get in touch with the Road Masters Driving School in Exeter!

  9. Comments Off on Reasons For Learning How To Drive

    Learning to driveThere have been a number of media reports about young people who’ve opted against driving due to the combined costs of lessons and car insurance in recent years. However, the experts at the Road Masters driving school are absolutely convinced that the pros of learning how to drive far outweigh the cons. We’ve come up with this assortment of excellent reasons to arrange driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth.

    A License For Life

    The great majority of students feel anxious about the theoretical and practical driving tests. Many are required to make repeat attempts. However, there’s no beating the satisfaction of hearing the supervisor say you’ve passed. The title of full driving license holder will be maintained for life, as long as the motoring laws are respected.

    A Professional Necessity

    Youngsters who successfully complete their GCSE’s and A levels may be more excited about the prospect of university parties and dates than full time professional employment. However, modern day job applicants are generally expected to hold full driving licenses. Those who particularly enjoy the driving experience may even consider careers in the motoring industry.

    Freedom & Mobility

    Public transport may be a viable option for those people living in cities and towns. However, car ownership is absolutely essential for rural residents who are keen to enjoy freedom and independence. Some people rely entirely upon their cars as means of travelling to the shops and family homes.


    Parents usually accept the responsibility of ferrying their children to school and social venues. However, there comes a time in a young adult’s life when increased independence becomes absolutely essential. The acquirement of a driving license can open up a host of opportunities with regards to dating and activities.

    A Cost-Effective Option

    There are a variety of ways of reducing the cost of learning how to drive. It would be worth contacting the Road Masters driving school about reasonably priced motoring lessons. Budget conscious drivers may also consider taking the Pass Plus course as a means of improving safety and minimising the cost of insurance.

  10. Comments Off on Should You Take Intensive Driving Lessons?

    Intensive driving lessonsAs a young driver you are probably quite eager to gain your full license in as short a time as possible. You may be looking forward to the increased sense of freedom and independence which can be enjoyed upon successful completion of the DVLA test. It might even be tempting to register for an intensive week-long driving course. However, this decision should only be made upon consideration of the pros and cons outlined in this informative blog.


    Learner drivers who choose to take weekly lessons will take a considerable amount of time to develop the skills necessary for driving test success. The instructors may be required to dedicate some sessions to the reinforcement of specific practical skills. However, the essential details will remain fresh in the mind during intensive driving lessons. The full driving license may be acquired after a week or two of complete concentration.


    It’s worth pointing out that the average learner requires 47 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of practise before they are ready to take the practical driving test. The combined costs typically exceed £1,000. However, it may be possible to arrange an intensive driving course and test for the seemingly attractive price of £600. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of first time success.


    Some people will be more suited to the rigours of intensive driving lessons than others. Thankfully it is possible to book an assessment lesson to ascertain whether this method of training is right for you. If you have the ability to rapidly process the instructor guidance and deal with a certain amount of pressure then intensive lessons may be deemed appropriate. However, those of you who can relate to Maureen Rees should seriously consider the benefits of weekly lessons!


    If you’re keen to arrange intensive driving lessons in Exeter or Exmouth then it would be worth getting in touch with the Road Masters Driving School. We’ll discuss your individual requirements and arrange the most appropriate intensive course.

  11. Comments Off on Preparing For Your First Driving Lesson

    It’s quite likely that you’ll feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety about the prospect of your first driving lesson. You may be eager to pass your driving test and gain an increased sense of independence. However, you’ll also appreciate importance of developing the broad range of motoring skills to ensure complete road safety. Thankfully, you can rely upon the professional guidance of the Road Masters Driving Instructors.

    Realistic Expectations For The First Session

    It is advisable to read the highway code and ask an experienced driver to teach you the cockpit drill in preparation for your first driving lesson. The driving instructor will also expect you to show them both parts of your provisional license and provide details of any visual limitations. You’ll be driven to a safe residential area upon completion of the initial checks. You will then have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the various functions of the driving instructor’s vehicle.

    The experienced Road Masters driving instructor’s appreciate that you will learn at your own pace. We do not expect you to soak up every last detail that is covered in the first lesson. We’ll take the time to address your concerns and explain the reasons for common motoring errors. Every effort will be made to ensure that you feel calm and confident behind the wheel.

    Setting Yourself Up For Success

    It’s worth bearing in mind that your motoring knowledge will increase incrementally over time. The D.S.A recommends at least 45 hours of professional motoring instruction. Of course you’ll learn some of the essentials during the first lesson. However, it will be some time before you develop the confidence and ability to practice hill starts and three point turns. The learning process will prove smooth, enjoyable and ultimately successful as long as you don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

  12. Comments Off on Summer Safety Tips For Learner Drivers

    So, we’re only a few weeks away from the official start of summer. You might be looking forward to daytime beach visits and barbecues under the summer sun. If you’re in the process of learning to drive then you might be excited about the prospect of ditching your L plates and heading out on summer road trips with your friends. However, it is absolutely essential that you follow the summer safety tips outlined in this helpful blog.

    Take Precautions In Case Of Hayfever

    You might not think that the symptoms of hayfever will impair your driving ability. However, a simple sneeze could cause you to lose concentration at an inopportune moment. Thankfully you have the option of taking hayfever medicine to minimise the negative effects. It may also be worth fitting pollen air filters and investing in protective sunglasses.

    Perform Essential Vehicle Maintenance

    The Road Masters driving instructors will highlight the importance of vehicle maintenance during driving lessons in Exeter and Exmouth. It would be sensible to heed the advice and schedule routine checks during the summer. You should pay particular attention to the tyre pressure and fluid levels of your vehicle.

    Consider The Road Hazards

    Loose chippings are sometimes applied in an attempt to maintain the condition of the road and minimise the risk of skidding. However, it is important that you keep to the recommended speed limits and drive a good distance from other motorists to limit the chance of damages. You should take particular care when driving in close proximity of farm vehicles.

    Prepare For Summer Breakdowns

    If you follow the tips outlined in this article then there’s every chance that you’ll enjoy a hassle-free motoring experience this summer. However, it is worth taking precautions in case of unexpected breakdowns. You should keep a first aid kit and supplies in your vehicle at all times. It would also be advisable to register with a roadside assistance company.

  13. Comments Off on Learning To Drive With Parents & Friends

    As a learner driver you might well be wondering about the sense of learning to drive under the supervision of friends and family members. You might even ask your parents in the hope of gaining increased confidence and minimising the amount of money spent on driving lessons. However, you should account for the emotional strain that may be experienced during these driving sessions. It is worth considering the following points before hopping in to the car with your nearest and dearest.

    Stressful Situations

    You might be interested to hear that one of the leading insurance providers interviewed over a thousand parents and learner drivers about supervised driving sessions in 2013. Over half of the fully qualified adult drivers said that the experience had made them feel nervous. They worried about the prospect of passing on bad habits and having arguments. The young students also admitted to feeling anxious while under the guidance of their parents.

    Points of Concern

    It seems that the driving fears are primarily based on ‘what if’ scenarios. Parents and students worry that previously positive relationships might deteriorate as a result of motoring arguments. They also feel anxious about the potential impact of driving accidents. Of course there are some benefits to be taken into consideration. The novice students can save money and practice essential motoring manoeuvres while under the supervision of friends and family. However, there is no substitute for the guidance of a fully trained driving instructor.

    Professional Advice on Learning to Drive

    It is important for parents and students to discuss the pros and cons of supervised driving. However, any decision should account for the benefits of professional instruction. If you want to stand the best chance of driving test success then you should register for driving lessons in Exeter or Exmouth with the Road Masters driving school.

  14. Comments Off on Factors To Consider When Choosing A Driving Instructor

    So, you’ve decided that it’s time to learn how to drive. You’re excited about the prospect of increased freedom and independence. However, you realise that it’s necessary to gain driving experience under the guidance of a professional instructor. You may well experience difficulty when it comes to the selection of a suitable expert. However, the guidelines outlined in this article will definitely be of help.

    Driving Qualifications

    You may be aware that it is deemed legally acceptable for novice drivers to be instructed by driving license holders who are over the age of 21. This may mean that you are able to gain experience under the guidance of a friend or family member. However, it would be far more sensible to look for a driving instructor who has been given DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) approval. A fully qualified instructor will be able to show you the green badge which is granted after successful completion of the stringent DVSA tests. Ryan Masters, owner of the Road Masters Driving School, gained the necessary accreditation in the year 2000.

    Personal Qualities

    The best driving instructors have some key characteristics in common. They are able to exercise great levels of patience. They can also empathise and understand the specific requirements of learner drivers. Ryan Masters fits the bill absolutely perfectly. He considers it a duty to instill confidence and ensure that every student develops the skills necessary to pass and remain safe on the roads.

    The Vehicle

    Driving School Car

    You’ll probably realise that there is considerable variability in the performance of different vehicles. However, experienced driving instructors typically favour small cars with relatively high safety ratings. These vehicles offer smooth handling and responsiveness. It is also worth noting that the car insurance companies will only offer cover for vehicles with dual control. You can be assured that the vehicles used by the Road Masters Driving School meet the necessary standards.

    Lesson Prices

    Factors such as location and instructor experience may have some bearing upon the cost of driving lessons. However, learner drivers can generally expect to pay between £24 and £28 per hour for expert tuition. Those of you choose the Road Masters Driving School will be granted the first hour of tuition for free. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any matters of concern and learn about the programme of training. You may even be tempted to save some money by booking a block of 10 lessons for the very reasonable price of £240. See our driving lesson prices.

  15. Comments Off on Learning to drive a car

    Are you thinking of learning to drive?

    Before you can hop into your first car there are a few things you will need to do.  You will need to get your provisional licence, you can apply for this through the DVLA 3 months before your 17th birthday.

    Are you old enough to drive?

    The minimum ages for driving on British roads are:

    • 16 for mopeds
    • 17 for tractors, small vehicles (most cars) and motorbikes
    • 21 for medium/large sized vehicles, minibuses and buses
    Find a driving instructor

    Next, you will need to find a driving instructor. You can get anyone that is over 21 to teach you to drive, such as a parent or other family member, but the majority of the time they won’t have the confidence, experience or training to do it satisfactorily.

    Learning to drive a car - Learner platesLearner Plates

    You will also have to display L plates (L or D plates in Wales) on the front and back of the car you are learning to drive in.  It is illegal not to do this.

    Learn at 16

    You might be lucky enough to have the chance with your driving instructor to drive on an off-road mock road circuit is provided including all typical features of basic road formats, such as junctions, crossroads, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings on a variety of gradients. You could get to grips with basic car control without the worry of real traffic around before you turn 17.