driving test has been designed to assess whether you
can drive a road vehicle safely, through a variety of road and traffic
conditions. You will also need to demonstrate
that you have sufficient knowledge of the Highway Code and that you are
applying this in your driving.
What will happen on the
Firstly, you will be asked to read
a number plate from approximately 20 metres. Failing the
eyesight test would mean that your test can not
On passing the eyesight test you will be asked a couple of questions about the car. These are
known as the 'Show me / tell me' questions. You will be asked one ‘show me' question and one ‘tell me' question.
The questions relate to basic safety checks on the car. The following link will take you to the DVSA YouTube video clips:
Following the 'Show me /
tell me' questions, the practical driving part of your test will begin.
Throughout the drive, the examiner will give you directions to follow and
you will be asked to complete several manoeuvres during the driving test. These will consist of the following:
The reversing exercise will be chosen by the examiner
from one of the
- Normal stops at the side of the road
- Pulling out / moving away around a parked car
- A hill-start
- Reverse around a
- Turn the car around in the road
- Reverse park into
a parking bay
- Parallel park at
the side of the road
You may also be asked
to carry out an emergency stop exercise. The examiner will give you
plenty of notice if they are about to ask you to do this.
For part of your driving test, you will
be asked to drive independently for 10 minutes. This will involve following
either road signs to a destination (e.g City Centre), or a series of verbal
directions, or it could be a combination of both.
at the end of the driving test?
At the end of your driving test the examiner will ask you to secure the car and turn off the engine and they will give you the result there and then.
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. If at any
time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other
road users your test will be stopped.
You are allowed to take
someone with you on the test, this person must be over
16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.
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