Taking Your Driving Test

On your driving test an examiner will be assessing how well you drive. They will be looking to see how you apply the rules of the road and if you have the abilities to drive safely on the road. A normal practical test lasts for about 40 minutes.

Before you can apply to take a practical test, you must pass a driving theory test and have a valid certificate for this. Find your nearest driving test centre and  book the driving test here online on the DVSA website.

Getting driving test ready

During lessons,  good driving instructors prepare learners for taking the driving test. They can teaching you the safe routines and terminology used by the examiner on test. It is likely that you will also get to practice around some of the driving test routes as well as taking one, or more mock tests.

Get plenty of practice and be guided by a professional instructor on when to take a test. On average it takes someone around 40 hours of lessons alongside 20 hours of private practice to pass this test.

This car test will contain and eyesight check, show me tell me, independent driving and one manoeuvre which involves reversing the car.

On test day

Arrive at the driving test centre in good time before your appointment time.

You will need to bring your driving licence and valid theory test pass certification. It is important that you bring these. If not, your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee.

If you documents are in order, the examiner with guide you outside the centre to take a check of your eyesight. For this, you will need to read a number plate from a least 20 metres in good daylight conditions. If you are unable to do so, the test will be cancelled and fee lost. So, for safety reasons, it is very important to make sure eyesight is right.

Next comes the vehicle safety show me tell me questions. These are a set of questions which outlines basic safety checks that a driver should make on a regular basis.

After the vehicle safety questions is main driving part. The examiner will give you direction on where to go. At some point, during this part you will need to demonstrate independent driving by following a SAT-NAV system for about 20 minutes as well as showing your reversing abilities.

What you need to do to pass the driving test

Any faults which happen during the test is marked on a DL25 sheet. Faults are categorised as either minor, serious or dangerous. To pass, drivers should avoid making over 15 minor driving faults without making any serious or dangerous ones.