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Learning to Drive: A Guide to Driving Shoes

Choosing the right pair of shoes to drive in can make or break a lesson, test or driving experience. You need to be able to feel the pedals, apply pressure with comfort, not get your feet caught and most importantly have shoes that allow you be and feel in control. There is of course a lot of other things to consider when learning to drive, but this blog focuses on the importance of choosing the correct shoes before you get behind the wheel and in turn avoiding any stress or difficulty caused by having the wrong pair.  It may sound cringey but making the correct decision is important, there are indeed many does and don’ts, which is why we have put together this handy learners guide to driving shoes.  Check your soles The sole of the shoe in question is vitally important when selecting the right pair for driving. You will want to make sure that the shoes’ sole is neither too thick nor too thin. When driving you want the right balance of feel on the pedals and protection for your feet, s

Driving in the Rain

Driving In the Rain  Use Your Windscreen Wipers and know how to use them for maximum affect. While this may seem like common sense, some people forget to clear their windscreens enough this reduceing their visibility. Mske sure you turn on your windscreen wipers in light rain. Most cars’ windscreen wipers speed is adjustable to clear moisture from the glass in a light mist or in a heavy downpour. Most modern cars even have automatic wiper settings that can sense when it is raining, how heavy the rain is and how fast they need to operate. Turn On Your Headlights By turning on your vehicle’s headlights it will increase both your own visibility and other drivers’ ability to see your car on the road. When it rains it tends to be darker outside and visibility is then reduced.  Maintain a Safe Distance Between You and Other Vehicles Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Stopping your vehicle may require twice the stopping distance when it rains

Driving in the Dark

At 4front Driving School we believe that it is important to get experience in a range of different driving conditions when you are learning to drive. Night time driving (driving in the dark) is one of them and we encourage learners to gain experience in these dark conditions. To drive safely in the dark you need to consider some important steps to make the experience less daunting so that you not only feel safer but become a safe driver in the dark. Make sure you keep your windscreen clean, clear and streak free. Do the same for all your other windows and don't forget your mirrors. This will help to avoid any increased glare and condensation build up. To reduce condensation build up in damp conditions try using the air conditioning, it won't make the car cold if the heat setting is correct but instead will circulate dry air around the interior of the car. Don’t dazzle other drivers - dip your lights when faced with another road users. If you need to use your full be

Eco Driving Techniques

Eco Driving Techniques with 4front Driving School. We pride our techniques that we have learnt and want to share that will help you save fuel and reduce the impact that you and your vehicle are having on the environment. To Drive More Smoothly, To drive more smoothly you should firstly assess the road as far ahead of ahead as possible to avoid unnecessary late braking. Over acceleration is the other problem which increases the amount of fuel you use so a smooth and gentle acceleration uses less power and thus requires less fuel to be consumed. Increasing Greater Distance   Try to maintain a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front so that you can adapt your speed when necessary by coming off of the accelerator and letting the car slow down naturaly without using the brakes. Lowering Gears Down Hill Lowering the gears to help control the speed down a hill uses engine braking braking. Engine braking shuts off fuel consumption, as opposed to just braking or putting the car in

48 Hours Notice - Our Cancellation Policy

Like most reputable driving schools, we have a strict 48 hour cancellation policy that can be found via our website. Lessons cancelled at short notice or missed  for  what  ever reason  (48hrs before lesson start time)  will require payment  in full. It  is  your  responsibility  to  check  times  and  dates of  lessons.  You will find that the driving test centre follows the same rule. We can't afford to be messed about for whatever reason. At the end of the day if you cancel why should we loose out? We could fill that slot with a paying student if you give us enough warning. Unfortunately some circumstances are unpredictable, but we have to be firm and present our policy like any other business. Please read our terms and conditions and ask any questions you may have. Please note: If we were to cancel last minute, you won't of course be charged as it is our fault and we will accept the loss of earnings, so

How Many Hours Of Driving Tuition Will I Need?

 How many hours of driving  tuition will I need? It depends on a number of factors that only you can answer. ▪︎Have you ever driven before? ▪︎How good is your knowledge of the road? ▪︎Have you read up on the highway code, done your research and completed your theory and hazard perception test? ▪︎Do you have access to a car for extra practise? ▪︎How confident do you feel about learning to drive? ▪︎How committed are you in putting in the hours? ▪︎Have you read or made use of our blog to familiarize yourself and are willing to self reflect on your progress? According to the figgers from the DVSA, you’ll need around 44 hours of professional training to pass your driving test if you are learning from scratch. This is just an average figure – it’s important to remember that everyone’s different. Top tip: Take an Assessment Lesson with 4front Driving School and find out how many hours you might need to take, especially if you have had previous experience. This will give you a rough base line

Make Sure You Have A Valid Provisional Licence Before You Start Your First Driving Lesson.

Are you ready to start learning to drive with 4front Driving School? Do you have a valid provisional licence? Before you can start your driving lessons you must hold a valid provisional driving licence that is in date with an up to date address on it. If you don’t already have a provisional licence then you will need to apply for one through DVLA before you can go out for your first lesson. You can apply for your licence online at Or ask for an application  form from your local Post Office. You need to be 17 years of age or older to hold a valid provisional car driving licence, but you can apply for it up to three months before your 17th birthday. But it won't be valid for you to use the licence until the date of your 17th birthday. Please note that it is your responsibility as the licence holder or applicant to notify the DVLA of any medical condition that may affect safe driving.  # You will be ask produce your photocard licence for

Look Out For The Driver Pulling Out & Turning Right

Look out for the car pulling out and turning right. He can't see around the parked cars. How would you react? When did you see the situation develop? This was filmed on dash cam and is designed for students to realise that situations can change at any moment and therefore to be prepared to react and deal with situations effectively. Why not pause the video at the moment you see the situation and try and imagine how it may escalate. Some elements of the situation develop in a fraction of a second so it is important be aware and react if necessary. This will help you prepare for your lessons, hazard perception and test. There are many situations that can develop and we hope that this video helps you with your learning.

What might you find around the corner?

W hat might you find around the corner and how might you deal with the situation? This was filmed on dash cam and is designed for students to realise that situations can change at any moment and therefore to be prepared to react and deal with situations effectively. Why not pause the video at the moment you see the situation and try and imagine how it may escalate. Some elements of the situation develop in a fraction of a second so it is important be aware and react if necessary. This will help you prepare for your lessons, hazard perception and test. There are many situations that can develop and we hope that this video helps you with your learning.

Senario - Glare Of The Sun After Rain

Have you ever considered different senarios that you may face when you are out on the road. Here is a common one to consider. Senario - So we’ve just had a downpour of rain and the sun has started to come out which is rather low in the sky. What do you need to consider or be aware of? The glare off the sun on the road As the the sun reflects the water on the road it causes a glare that affects the drivers visibility and makes the road markings more difficult to see. How could you deal with this situation to make the driving condition easier to contend with? At 4front Driving School we encourage our students to, 1) Use your sunglasses, (and bring them with you to each lesson so that you are prepared) 2) Use the sun visor to reduce the glare, 3) Slow down if your visibility is reduced to give yourself more time to make decisions and direct the car more safely and efficiently. 4) Remember to still check your mirrors as you will still be able to see how accurately you are positioned

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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. 'Learn To Drive with Simon @4front Driving School' It will give you the freedom to travel wherever you want to and open the door to a world of opportunities including work and social benefits. It's never to late to learn. If you wish to book a driving lesson with 4front Driving School or just want to find out more, then please fill out our online enquiry form at Or call Simon on 07905657229 You can email We offer tailor made driving lessons in and around Loughborough. Check out our google reviews

Inspirational Quote Of The Day

'The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.' Stay focussed and think before you apply your actions. You will develop strategies to suit different senarios that you should try to remember, adapt and develop to suit the situation if you ever face them again. Learning to drive involves commitment, time and determination.  If you wish to book a driving lesson with 4front Driving School or just want to find out more, then please fill out our online enquiry form at Or call Simon on 07905657229 You can email We offer tailor made driving lessons in and around Loughborough. Check out our google reviews

Inspirational Quote Of The Day

Inspirint Quote Of The Day: Students who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed in their learning and development, the more they want to succeed and develop, and the more they find their own path to succeed further and achieve their goals. Adapted from a quote by 'Tony Robbins' #4frontdrivingschool #drivinglessons #drivinginstructor #loughborough #simon #4frontdrivingschool  If you wish to book a driving lesson with 4front Driving School then please fill out our online enquiry form at Or call Simon on 07905657229 You can email We offer tailor made driving lessons in and around Loughborough. Check out our google reviews


4front Driving School Driving Lessons in & around Loughborough Roundabouts A  roundabout  (also known as a traffic island) is a road circle joining three or more roads. Drivers follow a simple rule to avoid accidents. In the UK where we drive on the left: At the island you must give way to traffic coming from your right as they have priority. The driver goes round the island in a clockwise direction. Roundabouts aren’t just tricky for learner drivers, many experienced drivers with years of driving under their belt can find these sections of road the hardest to manage. Thankfully, there are a number of rules to keep you and other drivers alike safe. The aim of the roundabout is to keep the traffic flowing, but this can only be achieved if everyone on the roundabout keeps to these rules. Among these are rules on how to signal on approach to and when coming off of a roundabout. You can read up more on roundabouts in the highway code. Priority You should give way to traffic from the ri

Inspirational Quote Of The Day - To Make A Success Of Your Driving

Inspirational Quote Of The Day - To make a success of your driving, you have to use each lesson as an opportunity to improve, to become better, to get a little bit closer to your goal(s). It is not always instant and usually takes time and effort from you that you should schedule for and commit to. Then the more that you accomplish, the more you will be able to grow and develop as a safe and confident driver. Then your end goal is more likely to be achieved with success. So as long as you have the hunger for success, you will always have the energy inside you to achieve it. #4frontdrivingschool #drivinglessons #drivinginstructor #loughborough

The Cockpit Drill

The cockpit drill  is a sequence of checks which you should carry out whenever you get into your vehicle, especially if someone else has previously driven the vehicle as you need to set it up for your own comfort, vision and safety.  There are a number of tasks to perform to achieve the cockpit drill. Check Your Doors Are All Closed Check that all the doors of the car are closed by: Checking both your wing mirrors to see if the doors are flush with the frame of the car. Pull your door handle to see that it is firm and does not rattle. Listen for the sound of air getting into the car, noises from outside the car would appear louder. Look at the relevent dashboard symbols in case a 'door open' warning light is illuminated lit up.    Check the handbrake Check that the handbrake is tight or parking brake is on. Check that the gears in neutral position. These are the first safety checks that you should perform. The Drivers Seat Move the drivers seat - your seat forward o

Driving Tips for Success

Driving Tips For Success 1. Doing a bit of homework for yourself can really help. Your instructor may set you some tasks to do, things to reflect on or read up on. Try searching YouTube to get some information about the driving syllabus and what to expect on the day of the test. Many people have made blogs on their own experiences that may come in handy. Also the DVSA have published their own set of videos to support you.  Some of the videos may relate to the lesson you have just had or the lesson planned for next week that you will be doing, i.e. roundabouts and dual carriageways are a really good place to start.  2. Get involved, at the end of each of your lessons, it is advisable to have a look back on the lesson and have a chat with your instructor on what you need to work on to improve and better your progress. You could compile a summary of the lesson to self reflect. What went well? What Didn't go so well? And what do I want to improve on as a personal target for next lesson

I want to book a Driving Lesson

I want to book a Driving Lesson If you want to book a driving lesson with 4front Driving School then fill out our online enquiry form at Or call Simon on 07905657229 You can email We offer tailor made driving lessons in and around Loughborough. Check out our google reviews

The Best Theory Test Revision App

The Best Theory Test Revision App 9  out of 10 learners pass their Theory Test using nothing but this app. **ONLY £4.99** If you would like to learn to drive or just find out more the please contact Simon at 4front Driving School Call 07905657229 Email: Vist out website: Like us on Facebook Driving lessons in and around Loughborough

What will happen on the day of my driving test?

On the day of your driving test you will be picked up roughly an hour before your test. Treat it like a warm up where you have the opportunity to get rid your nerves and ask any questions that might be bothering you. You will drive to the test centre 10 minuted before the test and reverse bay park your vehicle into an designated parking bay. Make sure that the vehicle is set up exactly to your requirements - seat position, steering wheel, mirrors etc. When you enter the building its advised to use the toilet so that you feel comfortable during your test. You will wait in the waiting area with your instructor until the examiner calls your name. Have your driving license ready and the key for the car. When you are called out you will be required to present your license and confirm your address. Then you will be asked to sign the declaration on the test paper. Your examiner will ask if you wish to have your instructor to sit in the back with you during the test, sometimes this helps calm

How can I overcome nerves when it comes to my driving test?

Unfortunately nerves play a big part in how people feel when they take their test and can impact on a persons performance - it is important to feel confident in your ability and not to take your test until you are ready. When your instructor says that they feel you are ready, believe in their opinion and believe in yourself. They would not let you take your test if they did not believe that you were ready. Its important to go out near the test and calm your nerves. Try techniques to calm your nerves around the days before the test. Have a good meal, make sure you are hydrated, had a good night sleep, feel alert and focused. If the examiner is not very chatty - talk to yourself to avoid your mind wondering off in a pattern of worry. You could become an instructor inside your head - look back to your first lesson - think of the amount of information you were given to perform tasks - use this information to guide you so that you cover all the areas required to pass your test. To summarise

Music in your Driving Test

Music can help calm nerves, create moods, reduce anxiety and fill the gaps of empty silence. Having music on in the background, quietly, non offensive, can be requested in your test. Why not see if it works for you.

Preparing yourself the night before your driving test.

Prepare yourself the night before, find a way to switch off, Calm the nerves and get a good night sleep. On the day of the test be energised, alert and focussed, certain foods, drinks and vitamins can help with alertness and nerves - do your research and it could help you on the day. Avoid wondering off in a day dream where your mind takes over, focus, stay positive and most important of all - don't give up. You need to wait to the end of the test for the result, be patient.

Awareness and planning

Awareness and planning The behaviour of other drivers could jeopardise your test. You need to be aware of what everybody around you is doing. Your rear view mirror will help determin if a driver is coming up fast from behind, driving to close or atempting to overtake. Avoid getting caught out with drivers undertaking you, keep to the left if the road is clear on the dual carriageway. Look ahead and into roundabouts, what are the cars doing and how are they driving? Is there lack of indication, are they driving fast, where are the positioned, how will they affect you? At the end of the day you want a pass - awareness and planning is a key part in driving success. Be the driver you want to be.

Not signaling

There are too many people who don't signal, pull out without warning, don't signal off of roundabouts or tell you what direction you are heading. It causes confusion and delay and in some cases can jeopardise a learners test. To overcome this hurdal you need to observe other drivers behaviour and avoid risk and confrontation. How are the other cars positioned, what speed are they traveling, what is the likelyhood of them carying on or turning. Judgement is important and how you anticipate can determin the balance between hesitation and risk.

First Impressions

First Impressions. “When you arrive at the test centre for your Driving Test, first impressions are so important, it's almost like going for an interview. Think about what you want the examiner to make of you when they call you over. They should not judge you in anyway really, but how would you feel if someone approached you who you didn't know anything about? Avoid having your hoodie up, avoid confrontation, you are not expected to shake hands, be your self, be polite, be honest. You are not there to be their friend, you will only be with them for 40 minutes. You are there to prove that you have learnt to be a safe driver and that you are competent enough to carry this out without their help. Think about how you should turn up to the test. ' At the end of the day - You want to pass!' So first impressions on the day of your driving test really do count – how you present yourself in front of the examiner is important, be professional, courteous, polite and most of all be

How Many Hours Of Driving Tuition Will I Need?

How Many Hours Of Driving Tuition Will I Need? This is always a hard question as it depends on how quickly you progress. On average you will need between 30-45 hours of tuition before you are test standard. Some people need longer and have to accept it will take them longer to get to where they need to be. Others may find it easier and may need less hours. Sometimes they progress quicker because of other similar experiences such as riding a moped. The key is commitment, effort, focus and becoming independent, taking a responsibility for decisions made and actions taken. If you wish to book a driving lesson with 4front Driving School or just want to find out more, then please fill out our online enquiry form at Or call Simon on 07905657229 You can email We offer tailor made driving lessons in and around Loughborough. Check out our google reviews

How to prepare for your first driving lesson.

It’s quite daunting thinking about what to expect on your first driving lesson. But it should also be an exciting moment where you will be doing something new. A new challenge, a new goal and chapter in your book. There’s simply nothing to worry about, go to your lesson open minded, be enriched by this new opportunity. Here are some pointers for being prepared and what to expect. Read up on the Highway Code, Try to find some time, before your first lesson to have a good skim read of The Highway Code so that you start to gain some understanding of the rules of the road. You’ll also then have a head start and be able to impress your instructor along with your knowledge and understanding of what is expected of you as a driver. Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your first lesson, so that you awake the next morning feeling refreshed and alert. And make certain you haven’t had any alcohol in your system. Make sure that you bing your provisional driving license with you when y

When Should I Start Learning To Drive?

When should you start learning to drive? You can start learning to drive when you reach 17 years of age in the UK. However there are a large number of people who are opting to put that off until they are older for a number of different reasons. We would always recommend learning to drive as early as you can as it opens the door to a wide world of opportunities and potential freedom.  At 4front driving school we understand that it does become harder to learn to drive the older you get because you have a lot less fear when you’re younger, which makes picking things up and learning from mistakes much easier when learning to drive. You are also more open to criticism at a younger age and will be more accepting to learn from mistakes. However you are never to old to start. Be open minded, accept criticism, see it as constructive and develop a new skill that can be very rewarding. We are here to help you every step of the way whatever age you may be. Do you want to learn to drive? What benef

The structure of a Driving Lesson

What is the structure of a Driving Lesson with 4front Driving School? When you take a course of driving lessons, your training is individually structured to meet your own personal needs and requirements. Here at 4front  Driving School   this means that the lessons are structured differently for each individual student as everyone is different and will work at their own pace. We strive to succeed our approach to fulfill our Aims and Objectives  As lessons progress and you move forward to the next level, the structure of each lesson is tailored around you - 'T he Learner' . We never use a one lesson fits all approach. We  change the pace and teaching technique to suite the level of ability, knowledge and skill . As a general guide, the usual lesson format for an average lesson would look something like this: Recap on the previous lesson, The learning objectives / targets for the lesson ahead. Driving to a relevant location for lesson, if required, at early stages thi

Why choose 4front Driving School

A good instructor will give you time and space to grow and develop with the skills you need to succeed. To achieve independence and work at your own pace. Who stands by you as a friend and mentor, who will support you and guide you to the point in which you are ready to take your test.  The next bit is your first step to prove you can do it without the need for any guidance. Take control, responsibility and achieve your own goal. Freedom and opportunity is now at your fingertips.  Take the next step and learn to drive with Simon and 4front Driving School.

What makes a good instructor?

Everyone remembers a Good Driving Instructor. A good Driving Instructor can makr or break your chances of success. It can be the difference between a horrible experience and progressing with ease and succeeding your goals. When you are learning to drive you're unlikely to get everything right first time. It's really important for your personal development to learn from mistakes. Therefore it is important that you have an instructor who is  understanding and patient, who stands buy you as a mentor and friend.  You want to look elsewhere if they are someone who gets frustrated or annoyed when you don't master skills straight away, it is only going to knock your confidence and make things worse. Ask yourself the question - are they right for you? Is their style or character right for you. Is the car right for you? Did you choose the right path manual over automatic? At the end of the day you are in control of your destiny. Practice makes perfect, and a good instructor will giv

Benefits of Learning to Drive

Learning To Drive can open the door to new opportunities, a world of freedom and prospects. Learn to Drive with Simon @4front Driving School  Call 07905657229 

Tips To Pass Your Driving Test

Tips to pass your driving test. You are the one taking the test so take control, say that you are going to correct your manoeuvre don't ask. If music helps calm your nerves request to have the radio on or have your iPod connected ready to play quietly in the background. Be an instructor in your head, reflect back on everything you have learnt and tell yourself what you need to do when faced with directions or obstacles. Stay calm, focus and believe in yourself. Don't let anyone around you jeopardise your test. You can do it. 4front Driving School 

New Years resolution

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to learn how to drive, then we are here to help you achieve that goal.  Think of all the advantages being able to drive could achieve and how many doors and pathways it could open. Call 4front Driving School today to find out more and get driving. Call 07905657229 Email Visit us at