Driving Test

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The driving test is straight forward and has been designed to see if you:
can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
know The Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability
So long as you show the standard required, you'll pass your driving test. There are no pass or fail quotas.

Before you start the driving ability part of your test

Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you'll have an eyesight check and be asked two vehicle safety questions.

The eyesight check

The examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle to test your eyesight. If you fail the check, your driving test won't continue

Vehicle safety questions: `show me' tell me'

You'll be asked the tell me safety questions before you start the car.

The examiner will ask you one 'show me' question on the move where you'll have to show them how you'd carry out that safety task.

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The driving ability part of your driving test

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
Your general driving ability During your test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. You'll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Your ability to reverse your vehicle safely

You'll be asked to complete an exercise to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will choose one exercise from:
pull up on the right hand side of the road
parallel park
parking bay, reversing or driving forward.


Independent driving section of the driving test

Your driving test will include around 20 minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.
During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following:
traffic signs
a series of directions
sat nav
To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.

What happens if you forget the directions

It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you're going.

If you make a mistake during your test

If you make a mistake, don't worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and might not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users they will stop your test.

The pass mark for the driving test

You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test. If you make 16 or more driving faults, you won't pass your test. If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won't pass your test.

Practical driving test fees £62.00 (correct as from 14/07/11)

* Dont forget you will need to book the car for 2 hours, 1 hour lesson before the test and the hour for the test.

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