Practical Driving Test

The Day Arrives of Your Practical Driving Test

The day arrives when you are taking your practical driving test and naturally you are nervous!

Amidst that nervousness you may find that you forget to bring the relevant documents to test and this means that you automatically lose your practical test fee!  Therefore, please ensure that you bring the following documents to test:

Photo card

Appointment email stored on your mobile telephone as confirmation letters are no longer sent out.

Your Theory Test Pass Certificate

DL25 – Driving Test Report

The DL25 Driving Test Report is completed by DVLA Examiners whilst you are taking your Practical Driving Test.  If you click on the link above in the heading, you will be able to open the report and see that there are  ‘S’ and ‘D’ columns.  These are ‘Serious’ faults and ‘Dangerous’ faults with a ‘total faults’ at the end of the form.  You will also notice that there are ‘control’ and ‘observation’ boxes.  Observation checks have to be carried out at certain points throughout manoeuvres as well as whilst during general driving and if  ‘observation checks’ are not carried out at the correct times then it may be that you fail your driving test! Read article on Blog dated 20-01-15 click here

You can have a maximum of 15 driving faults before you fail your Practical Driving Test, unless you score a ‘serious’ or ‘dangerous’ fault then you immediately fail your driving test.

Show and Tell Questions and Answers

At the beginning of your practical driving test you will be required to read a number plate.  You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.   If you are unable to read the number plate at the start of the test after several attempts then the test is automatically terminated.

DVSA videos of the Show and Tell questions (from December 2017) can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8slnP76-w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=damj01nXcZU

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions-from-4-december-2017

Can I take my Driving Instructor with me on my practical driving test?

It’s a good idea for your Driving Instructor to sit behind you in the vehicle when you take your practical driving test.  The Driving Instructor can gain alot of information by sitting in the back of the vehicle.  He has to sit quietly in the back and not to make any conversation with either yourself or the examiner as it is your test.

What manoeuvres are carried out on the practical test?

By clicking on the link you can watch the relevant manoeuvres.  The only manoeuvre that you may find different from the way your parents actually carry it out is the ‘bay park’.  Some Driving Instructors will carry out what we call the ‘L-shape’ bay park manoeuvre but unfortunately if you were trying to park in a busy car park then the ‘L-shape’ will get you through your driving test but not necessarily help you after you pass your test!  Ask your parents how they bay park to get some feedback from them too.  Some parents may not carry out a parallel park manoeuvre especially if this was not needed to be learnt when they took their driving test, so again ask them to find out.

From December 2017 – Reversing manoeuvres will be changed to:

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You will be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

Parallel park at the side of the road

Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)

Pull up on the right hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

What is the independent driving section?

Watch the video which explains what would be expected of you during the test for the 10 minute independent driving section.  You will learn how to do this on your driving lessons and practice following signs and instructions from your Driving Instructor.

From December 2017 – Most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a Sat Nav. (One is 5 driving tests won’t use a Sat Nav).  You will need to follow traffic signs instead.