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The Practical Driving Test

Below is some information that you might find useful when preparing your driving test, however your Ready2Pass driving instructor will also be able to tell you what you need to know.

Part of our service is that we offer to book the practical test on your behalf at a time that is suitable for you, for no extra charge.

 Practical driving test for cars explained

The driving test is designed for you to show you know and understand the Highway Code and the theory of driving safely. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.

 

The Practical Driving Test

 

The driving test is straightforward 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

After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:

  • an eyesight check – if you fail this, your test will not continue
  • your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks

You'll be asked one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question. You can find source material in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) publication 'The official guide to driving - the essential skills' and 'The official DSA guide to learning to drive'. A full list of these questions is available on request from your Ready2Pass driving instructor. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook.

 

Driving Ability

 

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. You'll be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safely. One 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. Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.

 

Taking Someone With You On Your Driving Test

 

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) encourages you to take someone with you on your driving test. They:

  • will usually be the person who has taught you to drive
  • could be a relative or friend
  • must be over 16 years old
  • cannot take any part in the test
  • will be able to see how you perform during the test

To get the most benefit, ask your Ready2Pass Driving Instructor to go with you. They can then give you advice on how to improve your driving, whether you pass or fail.

 

Your Driving Test Result

When the driving test has ended, you can call your Ready2Pass Driving Instructor over if they didn't go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and feedback with you. The examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed and will explain how you did during the test. They will also give you helpful feedback about how eco-efficient your driving is.

If you don't pass your test, you can take another after ten working days.

 

Driving Test Standards

 

All examiners are trained to carry out the test to the same standard, they do not have pass or fail quotas. So as long as you demonstrate the standard required you will pass your driving test. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.

 

Driving Tests In Bad Weather

 

DSA does not conduct tests in bad light or in adverse weather conditions for the safety of the candidate and the examiner. DSA will arrange another appointment at no further cost. However, DSA does not pay any other expenses. You should call the telephone number on your appointment email or letter to check whether your test will go ahead. If your test is early in the morning, call as soon as you can on the day. If you call the day before, the test centre won’t be able to tell you if your test will go ahead. If your test is in the afternoon, call the test centre later in the morning. The test centre is more likely to know if the roads will be suitable for your test.

 

Independent driving section of the practical test 

Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.

 

 The Independent Driving Route

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 ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you.

 

What happens if you go off the independent driving route?

If you go off the independent driving route it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault. If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route. You can then continue with the independent driving.

 

What happens if there are poor traffic signs?

If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign - you won't need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.

 

Why you can't use sat nav.

You can't use a sat nav for independent driving as it gives you turn-by-turn prompts. Independent driving tests how you make your own decisions.

 

How to book and manage your practical driving test appointment

How To Book Your Practical Test Online

 

To book a test online you will need a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • theory test certificate number
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta and Visa Electron cards are accepted)

When you book online you'll see all the available appointments.

 

How To Book Your Practical Test By Phone

 

To book a practical test over the phone you'll need a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • theory test certificate number
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta and Visa Electron cards are accepted)

The number to call is 0300 200 1122.

How To Book Your Practical Test By Post

To book your practical test by post you'll need an application form. You can ask for one from your Ready2Pass instructor or download one from the link at the bottom of this page. You can pay by cheque or postal order, but cash payments aren't accepted.

 

Check, Change Or Cancel Your Practical Test Appointment

 

Give enough notice

If you want to change or cancel your appointment, you need to give at least three working days' notice to avoid losing your fee. Saturdays count as working days.

 

Reporting for your practical driving test

Documents You Must Bring

For all types of tests

You must bring:

  • your theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you are not exempt
  • both parts of your photo card licence

If you have an old-style paper licence

You must take your signed driving licence and you must also bring a valid passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.

 

It is advisable to also bring your printed confirmation of the test booking.

 

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