The Practical Driving Test will last between 38 and 40 minutes. It will include 10 minutes of independent driving, 1 reversing manoeuvre and possibly an emergency stop. Â Please note that plans are in place to revise the driving test to assess your ability to drive independently in modern conditions. Â These changes are listed below.
On your practical driving test you will need to drive safely and skillfully in various road and traffic conditions. The examiner will give you clear directions and in good time, and you will be asked to carry out set exercises.
Before you can start the driving part of your practical driving test you must complete an eyesight check to ensure that you can read a number plate on a parked vehicle. You will also be asked vehicle safety check questions known as Show Me, Tell Me.
Once you begin driving there should be no surprises as we will have thoroughly prepared you for everything you will need to do. Simply keep calm and concentrate on your driving. If you make a mistake, don’t panic! It is more than likely a minor mistake and does not necessarily mean you have failed your test.
You will only be required to complete one manoeuvre on your test from one of the following:
Your test will also include an independent driving section which will last for approximately 10 minutes. You will receive step by step instructions from the examiner which you must follow whilst proving that you can drive safely and make decisions independently.
As you perform your practical driving test the examiner will assess your driving and he/she will often be marking something down on the marking sheet. Again, this is nothing to worry about. They are simply making a record of your test and are required to mark down any driving faults you make.
There are three different types of fault:
Leading up to your practical driving test we will carry out mock tests. These will include getting familiar with the test routes and independent sections. We will also focus on getting your manoeuvres to test standard. On your last few lessons we will introduce you to the DL25 or the official Driving Test Report. We will look at it so you are familiar with what the examiner is looking for and the common errors that can occur on test.
The government is committed to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. Â Changing the driving test will help to do this by making it a better assessment of your ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions. Â The changes are to:-
There is no definitive date when the revised test will be rolled out.