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Passed 1st August: Antonia Robertson

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Passed 29th June: Alice Robinson

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Passed 23rd June: Vicky McDowell

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Passed 17th June: Lisa Marie Flannery

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Passed 4th April: Jack Ashgar of Bearsden

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Passed 1st April: Gavin De Marco of Anniesland

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Passed 31st March: James Doherty of Dumbarton

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Passed 5th January: Lorraine McCullough of Alexandria

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Passed 22nd November: Jude Wilson of West End

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Passed 1st November: Donald Campbell of Dumbarton

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Passed 28th September: Megan McDonald of Duntocher

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Passed 19th September: Olivia McNulty of Milngavie

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Passed 5th August: Megan Smith of Dumbarton

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Passed 22 July: Emily Hendry of Bearsden

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Passed 24th June: Gill McIlvaney of Milngavie

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Passed 21st June: Gabrielle Pickett of Clydebank

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Passed 8th June: Joe Elliott of Dalmuir

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Passed 8th June: Kathryn McElroy of Dumbarton

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Passed 29th April: Jelena Sutherland of Dumbarton

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Passed 19th April: Kirsty McGarrigle of West End

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Passed 14th April: Steven Langmuir of Bearsden

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Passed 8th April: Lorna Cullen McKenna

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Passed 7th April: Nicole Kelly of Clydebank

Passed 7th April: Nicole Kelly of Clydebank

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Passed 5th April: Nicola Brown of Dumbarton

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Passed 29th February: Neera Amer of Drumchapel

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Passed 26th February: Emma Hope of Dalmuir

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Passed 16th February: Kavita Survana of Glasgow City Centre

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Passed 10th February: Amy Harkins of Bearsden

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Passed 21st January: Fiona McAllister of Milngavie

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Passed 20th January: Catriona Nicholson of Jordanhill

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Passed 13th January: Jennifer Finn of Bearsden

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Passed 23rd December: Charlene Pollock of Whiteinch

Passed 23rd December: Charlene Pollock of Whiteinch

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Passed 2nd December: Chloe Noble of Bearsden

Passed 2nd December: Chloe Noble of Bearsden

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Passed 16th November: Ross McGhee of Dumbarton

Passed 16th November: Ross McGhee of Dumbarton

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Passed 20th October: Lisa Montgomery of Glasgow City Centre

Passed 20th October: Lisa Montgomery of Glasgow City Centre

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Passed 14th October: Jennifer Boyle from Coatbridge

Passed 14th October: Jennifer Boyle from Coatbridge

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Passed 29th September: Kimberly Ritchie of Milngavie

Passed 29th September: Kimberly Ritchie of Milngavie

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Passed 5th September: Donna Mcclafferty of Dumbarton

Passed 5th September: Donna Mcclafferty of Dumbarton

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Passed 2nd September: Erin Mooney of Bearsden, Glasgow

Passed 2nd September: Erin Mooney of Bearsden, Glasgow

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Passed 17th August: Ashley Ryan of Dumbarton

Passed 17th August: Ashley Ryan of Dumbarton

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Passed 12th August: Stewart Linstead of Knightswood, Glasgow

Passed 12th August: Stewart Linstead of Knightswood, Glasgow

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Passed 11th August: Rachael Fulton of West End

Passed 11th August: Rachael Fulton of West End

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Passed 2nd July: Caitlin Foote of Bearsden

Passed 2nd July: Caitlin Foote of Bearsden

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Passed 23rd June: Yasmin Hussain of West End of Glasgow

Passed 23rd June: Yasmin Hussain of West End of Glasgow

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Passed 18th June: Laura Barnes of Dumbarton

Passed 18th June: Laura Barnes of Dumbarton

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Passed 3rd June: Caitriona Campbell of West End Glasgow

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Passed 21st May: Olga Zavatskaya of Glasgow

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Passed 19th May: Emma Lowe of Cumbernauld

Passed 19th May: Emma Lowe of Cumbernauld

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Passed 14th May: Alexander Watt of Yoker

Passed 14th May: Alexander Watt of Yoker

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Passed 27th April: Margaret Boyle of Lenzie

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Passed 25th April: Sarah Real of Glasgow City Centre

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Passed 22nd April: James Fagan of Glasgow West End

Passed 22nd April: James Fagan of Glasgow West End

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Passed 9th April: Sejel Modha of Anniesland Glasgow

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Passed 30th March: Jade Deegan of Knightswood Glasgow

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Passed 6th March: Syeda Haque of The West End Glasgow

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Passed 18th February: Kirstie Gray of Dumbarton

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Passed 11th February: Declan Coleman of Bearsden

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Passed 6th February: Ikenna Oguguo of Kirkintilloch

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Passed 3rd February: Jennifer McAdam of Dumbarton

Passed 3rd February: Jennifer McAdam of Dumbarton

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Passed 27 January: Harry Hume of Milton of Campsie

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Passed 27 January: Ally Zein of Cumbernauld

Passed 27 January: Ally Zein of Cumbernauld

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Passed 9th January: Jay Taylor of City Centre, Glasgow

Passed 9th January: Jay Taylor of City Centre, Glasgow

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Passed 19th December: Neil Mcclafferty of Dumbarton

Passed 19th December: Neil Mcclafferty of Dumbarton

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Passed 16th December: Fraser Glencross of Milngavie, Glasgow

Passed 16th December: Fraser Glencross of Milngavie, Glasgow

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Passed 15th December: Richard Oldham of Milngavie, Glasgow

Passed 15th December: Richard Oldham of Milngavie, Glasgow

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Passed 1st December: Ryan Paterson of Kirkintilloch, Glasgow

Passed 1st December: Ryan Paterson of Kirkintilloch, Glasgow

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Passed 28th November: Elaine Melville of Maryhill, Glasgow

Passed 28th November: Elaine Melville of Maryhill, Glasgow

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Passed 24th November: Craig Wilson of Maryhill, Glasgow

Passed 24th November: Craig Wilson of Maryhill, Glasgow

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Passed 12th November: Kiran Bhatia of Bearsden, Glasgow

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Passed 7th November: Morgan Maguire of Kelvindale, Glasgow

Passed 7th November: Morgan Maguire of Kelvindale, Glasgow

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Passed 4th November: Peter Hughes of Drumchapel, Glasgow

Passed 4th November: Peter Hughes of Drumchapel, Glasgow

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Passed 30 October: Grant Bradford of City Centre, Glasgow

Passed 30 October: Grant Bradford of City Centre, Glasgow

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Passed 27th October: Laxma Kasarla of Glasgow

Passed 27th October: Laxma Kasarla of Glasgow

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Passed 24th October: Ashleigh Murphy of The Village, Cumbernauld

Passed 24th October: Ashleigh Murphy of The Village, Cumbernauld

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Passed 16th October: Steven Goodwin of Glasgow

Passed 16th October: Steven Goodwin of Glasgow

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Passed 8th October: Nadia Benchiheub of Glasgow

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Passed 3rd October: Bryony Ayre of Glasgow

Passed 3rd October: Bryony Ayre of Glasgow

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Passed 1st October: Katie Marshall of Glasgow

Passed 1st October: Katie Marshall of Glasgow

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Passed 29 September: Rory McIntyre of Glasgow

Passed 29 September: Rory McIntyre of Glasgow

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Passed 23 September: George Rankin of Alexandria

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Passed: Lucy Paterson of Helensburgh

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Passed: Iona Young of Milngavie

Passed: Iona Young of Milngavie

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Passed: David Aire of Glasgow

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Passed: Sean Mooney of Bearsden

Passed: Sean Mooney of Bearsden

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Passed: Meshell Mulqueen of Glasgow

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Passed: Fraser Patrick of Glasgow

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Passed: Yusuf Masood of Glasgow

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Private Practice

Practising Driving with Friends and Family


If you get the opportunity to practise driving with friends and family in between lessons you should take it.


The more driving practice you can get, the quicker you will learn and pass your driving test.


Before going out for private practice, the supervising driver must make sure that he/she meets the minimum licence requirements. They have to be over the age of 21 and have held a full driving licence (for the type of vehicle that you are using) for a minimum of three years.


Your accompanying/supervising driver cannot ask you for payment for lessons.


The Vehicle


The vehicle in which you practise must be roadworthy and insured for you to drive. If you drive while uninsured you will be committing a serious offence. The vehicle must also display L Plates to the front and the rear of the car. Avoid placing L Plates in the front and rear windows as this will restrict your view.


I am quite happy to meet with you and your supervising driver  so we can discuss what you need to do.


How to Practise


You should vary what you do. Try to practise;


On as many types of road as you can


In all sorts of traffic and weather conditions, even in the dark


On dual carriageways where the national speed limit applies. You may be asked to drive on this type of road during your driving test


As you practise on these different  conditions and different types of road, log your hours and miles. This will help you to remember and quantify the amount of practise you have had in different conditions. 


When you practise, try to;


Avoid obstructing other traffic. Most drivers are tolerant of learners, but don't try their patience too much


Consider the local residents. For example, don't repeatedly practise emergency stops in the same quiet residential streets or practise on test routes


Get lots of general driving. Don't just concentrate on the exercises included in the practical test


Notes for the accompanying driver


 Agreeing to accompany a learner is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. You will be the person helping your learner get that important extra practice. 


You must make sure that you have the right licence and that your car is insured for them to drive. You will also need L Plates and an additional interior mirror so that you can check what's happening behind. 


When you accompany a learner you're responsible for their actions. You'll need to stay calm and offer advice when needed. We can all have a chat together to decide what needs to be practised. 


Everyone learns at a different pace and finds different things difficult. Something that you find easy may be difficult for a learner. Be patient and constructive. Make sure you're aware of the standard that is expected of a learner driver and the style of driving they are being taught. Some things may have changed since you learnt to drive and it can be confusing for the learner to receive different messages. 


Remember you cannot accept payment for the time you spend help the learner to drive. Record your time spent in different situations. This gives a permanent record of time spent and miles travelled and will help all of us work out where extra practise would be useful.


Some books that are available to help you with private practice:


Driving: The Essential Skills


The Highway Code


Know Your Traffic Signs 









How to fail the driving test


Driving tests are often failed due to the learner having a lack of experience. A learner may be able to control a car well for example, but forgetting a mirror or observation at a crucial time can easily result in failing the driving test.


This section explains the top most common and frequent mistakes for failing the driving test so to allow you to practice and avoid them. Nerves also often play a big part in failing a practical test, so it's a good idea to get as many hours as possible learning to drive so as you feel confident in your ability to pass.


If you don't feel totally confident in your ability to pass, the chances are you wont.



Fail the driving test - Inappropriate actions at junctions and crossroads


Much of this number 1 driving test fail evolves from not looking ahead and not thinking in advance. By not looking ahead, many leaners realise the junction is upon them too late. Test fails in this situation arise from inappropriate use of mirrors, signalling speed and position.


When on your driving test, look out for any types of indication of what may be ahead. Give way signs, roundabout signs for example. You may also see cars crossing in front of you up ahead which may signify a junction or a set of traffic lights. When you have spotted that there is a traffic system up ahead, talk yourself through the approaching procedure well before you get there. Mirrors, signal, position, speed and look (MSPSL). Slow down in plenty of time. By approaching a junction or roundabout too fast, you simply have no time to see what is going on and often have to stop regardless of whether it is clear or not. By approaching slowly will enable you to go through the MSPSL procedure and give you plenty of time to see if the junction or roundabout is open or closed (open - can easily see that it is safe to proceed without the need to stop, closed - will need to slow down or stop the car due to lack of clear sight). Approaching slowly will also enable you to stop just before the junction line if necessary as stopping over the line is often a common driving test fail.


Fail the driving test - Manoeuvres


The number 2 position goes to failing the driving test due to mounting the pavement, hitting the curb abruptly or lack of all-round observation. The driving test will involve one manoeuvre which can be:











  • Turn in the road

  • Reverse around a corner

  • Parallel parking

  • Bay parking


 Turn in the road tutorial
 Reverse round a corner tutorial
 Reverse parallel parking tutorial
 Bay parking tutorial 

It is likely that you will only be asked to perform a bay park if your chosen test centre has suitable parking bays or another test centre within driving distance in test the test time available has parking bays. Manoeuvres are part of the driving test where you are the one that has complete control. It is important that the car is kept as slow as possible so as to keep complete control. All round constant observation is essential incase you need to stop for oncoming traffic or pedestrians. Manoeuvres need to be practiced so as you are completely confident with them. Complete and in-depth tutorials for all manoeuvres can be found in the Driving test tutorials section.


Fail the driving test - Allowing adequate clearance


Another common test fail is allowing adequate distance when passing parked cars or cyclists. If you are slightly too close to a cyclist or parked car, you will receive 1 minor. If the examiner deems you too close, then you will receive a serious or even a dangerous which results in a test fail. 3 or more of the same fault will also result in a test failure.


Fail the driving test - Moving off from a stationary position










This is a very common test failure as many learners seem to get confused as to what they should do. This often results in a test fail due to no indicating or inappropriate indicating or lack of appropriate observations (usually the blind spot).


The examiner will frequently ask you to park on the left. This is to ensure you do not mount the pavement, abruptly hit the curb and that you use correct observation and signalling if necessary. The examiner will then often simply ask you to move off again when you are ready.


The correct procedure for this is to get the car ready by selecting 1st gear and put your hand on the hand brake ready to release. Look for any approaching vehicles out your front windscreen, look for any approaching from the rear by looking into your rear view mirror, then check your right side mirror and finally check the right blind spot.


Car Blind Spot
Blind spot 
The blue car's driver can see the green car through his rear view mirror and left mirror but cannot see the red car without turning to check his right blind spot.

If there is a vehicle approaching from in front and it is safe to move off, signal to the right, then move away. If a vehicle is approaching from the rear but you still have time to move off safely, again indicate to the right before moving off. If a vehicle is approaching from the rear and you feel it is not safe to move off, do not indicate. Wait till the vehicle has passed and go through the whole procedure again. Indicating at this time may cause the vehicle to alter their speed or course due to your indicating and may result in a test fail.


Essentially, inappropriate of lack of signalling and not checking the blind spot is often the test fail in this case.









 

Fail the driving test - Use of speed



A significant disadvantage for most learners is lack of experience when it comes to speed. Typically during the driving test the examiner will take you around 30mph main city or town roads which in most cases are often wide and reasonably straight roads. The examiner will then take you on narrow residential areas that will have parked vehicles and other hazards.


A common test fail will be for a learner to not adjust the cars speed appropriately and drive slower. These areas although quieter are often more hazardous due to oncoming vehicles that may be difficult to pass due to parked vehicles. Or small and closed junctions that are difficult to see.



Another example is whilst on the test, driving on high speed A roads at 60 or 70mph and then driving back into an urban environment which can be abruptly down to 30mph again.


On the other hand, nervous learners who drive too slowly on the test can be dangerous for vehicles behind as people tend to get impatient and try to over-take. Either extreme can easily fail the driving test.


Fail the driving test - Inappropriate use of mirrors or observation


It's quite common to miss a mirror here and there during the driving test. Generally the odd mirror missed will just result in a minor or 2. It's when it is essential to check the mirrors is when it counts. An example can be for when moving off from a stationary position or making a left turn soon after you have just passed a cyclist. Not checking the left mirror just before turning is dangerous for the cyclist and may result in an instant test fail. Often another example of a test failure can be changing lanes. You may check your mirrors but failure to check the appropriate blind spot can also instantly fail you.


Fail the driving test - Incorrect use of gears, clutch and steering



Towards the end of the list see's the incorrect use of gears and steering. It is a bit of an old tale that you need to hold the steering wheel rigidly at the ten-to-two position of a clock. Generally, that is the best and most appropriate way but essentially, providing you have total control of the car and you keep your hands generally in that position, all should be good.


Problems arise for instance when you are turning sharply and let the wheel straighten up by letting it spin by itself. This can potentially lead to a loss of control so it is best to use the push and pull technique.


Incorrect use of gears can be for example to drive on a relatively straight road with few hazards in the incorrect gear. If it is a 30mph limit the gear should be the highest gear for that car that is most suitable for that speed. Often this is 4th or possibly 3rd gear.


Another typical incorrect use of gears when you stop at a junction for example and not selecting 1st gear when moving off and stall. This doesn't usually result in a test fail unless you stall in a particularly hazardous place or are stalling frequently throughout the test.


Depressing the clutch whilst making turns or depressing the clutch too early before stopping the car is called coasting and if done excessively can fail a driving test. For further information on coasting and how to prevent, see the article What is coasting.


 


 





Theory test explained: official DVSA guide


Driving test explained: official DVSA guide


 
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