Driving Tests - Practical Driving Test

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The Practical Driving Test will last for 45 minutes; during the test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

The test will start in the waiting room where you will have to produce both parts of your driving licence and sign an insurance declaration to say the car is insured for the Driving Test. You will then have your eyesight checked and will be asked two vehicle safety questions before you start driving. Click on the links below for further information on eyesight requirements and vehicle safety questions.

The driving examiner will allow you up to 15 minor faults before failing. 1 serious fault or 1 dangerous fault will result in a fail!

During the test you will be examined on your general driving and one reversing exercise. The exercise will be chosen from:

  • reversing around a corner
  • turning in the road
  • reverse parking

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.

From the 4th October 2011 the test will include 10 minutes of independent driving.

Your examiner will give you the following:

  • a series of directions to follow
  • instructions to follow traffic signs

For more information on Independent Driving please click here

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