Taking your test

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The Practical Test

The driving part will last about 40 minutes. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.  You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

All they want to see is that you can drive safely and you show an understand of the highway code, demonstrating this in your driving.

*If the weather conditions are dangerous or if light is poor,  then you need to ring to check your test will still go ahead.*


Things you will be tested on

  • Eyestight test
  • Asked two vehicle safety check questions.  Usually where fluid levels are to be checked.  If you get 1 or both of these questions wrong it will be counted as a minor
  • Assessed on General driving
  • Have to do 2 reversing maneuver. They will be chosen from, reversing round a corner, turning in the road or reverse parking
  • May be asked to undertake an emergency stop

During the Test

  • The examiner will give you directions on where to go.
  • Test routes are designed to include a range of typical road and traffic conditions
  • Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it could just be a minor driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving

Vehicle checks

  • You may be asked to show where you would check fluid levels in the engine bay.
  • You will never be asked to physically touch the engine and check these levels, you just need to show you know where they are!
  • If your lucky enough to have a car with electronic systems telling you fluid levels and tyre pressure it is acceptable to refer to this when checking the levels.

What if I want to do the test in my own car?

  • The car must not weigh more than 3500 KG
  • Be able to go at least 62.5 M.P.H and display both M.P.H and KM.P.H
  • Must have a seatbelt for you and the examiner
  • Non removable head restraints, must not be “slip on”
  • An interior mirror for the examiner
  • L plates on front and rear
  • The car must be fully roadworthy with no warming lights on dashboard, otherwise the test will be cancelled. 

What to bring to the test

  • Insured and licenced vehicle
  • Theory test certificate as proof you have done the test
  • Both parts to your photo card licence.  Failure to bring both parts your test will be cancelled.  If you have an old paper style one you must also bring along your passport.
  • Your appointment letter

Special Needs

If you have any special needs to such a hearing aid, movement problems or need a vehicle adapted then you must contact the Driving Standards Agency DSA.  The disabled driving test is exactly the same as a standard test, but you have more time so the instructor can explain what is happening and any difference to the car. 

If you need an interpreter they must be over 16 years old and must not be a driving instructor.