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                           Practical driving Test for a Car

The practical driving test is 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 ability

As long as you show the standard required, you’ll pass your driving test.

There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practice driving before you take your test.

Document  to Take with you for Test: -  You must bring:

  • your theory test pass certificate.

  • both parts of your driving licence - the photocard and the paper counterpart

You must take your signed driving licence and a valid passport if you have an old-style paper licence.

What Happens  During the Test: - Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions.

Eyesight check : -  You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate

  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

These are approximate distances estimated by the examiner.

Indepeendent Drivng Section of the Test

Your practical driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s not a test of your orientation and navigation skills.

How the test works: -  During your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following:

To help you understand where you’re going when following verbal directions, the examiner can show you a diagram.

Your driving test result: - You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 15 or fewer driving faults and No serious or dangerous faults

When the driving test has ended, you can call your instructor over if they didn’t go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and help you with any feedback afterwards.

The examiner will:

  • tell you if you passed or not

  • explain how you did during the test

There are 3 types of faults that can be marked:

  • a dangerous fault - involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property

  • a serious fault - could potentially be dangerous

  • a driving fault - not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault

If you pass your test: -  The examiner will give you a pass certificate if you pass the test. They will also ask you if you want your full driving license to be sent to you automatically.

Once you have passed your test you can start driving straight away - you don’t need to wait for your full licence to arrive.

If you don’t pass: -  You have to wait another 10 working days before you can take another test if you don’t pass. Working days don’t include Sundays and public holidays.

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