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You will need to be able to demonstrate a safe and competant level of driving at all times. When you can confidently and consistently deal with all road and traffic conditions and complete each of the set piece manoeuvres first time, you are ready to take the driving test. Most importantly, you should be aware that you may pass the driving test! This means that you will be on your own from then on, no help or guidance from your driving instructor. When you feel confident to be able to do this – have a go.
What can you expect on the day?
Whether you go for the driving test in your driving instructor’s car or your own car, the driving test will be conducted in the same way.
First you will be asked for your documents by the driving test examiner – you will need your driving licence (with photo ID if you have an older driving licence) and you will need to present your theory test pass certificate.
Then you will be asked to sign a declaration form stating that the vehicle is insured for your use on the driving test. This should not be a problem if using a driving school car.
You will be asked to lead the way out to your car. You may ask for your driving instructor to accompany you if you wish.
Before you get into the car, you will be shown a registration number plate to read at about 20.5m (67ft). If you cannot read the number, the correct distance will be measured and you will be asked again. If you still cannot read the number, the test will have failed the driving test and you will need your eyesight tested.
You will then be asked two “Show me – Tell me” questions.
On successful completion of the show me tell me questions, the driving test examiner will invite you to make yourself comfortable in the car while he notes down the car’s registration number and checks the car’s roadworthiness.
Once the driving test examiner gets in the car, he/she will explain the rules of the driving test to you.
Basically, follow the road ahead unless road marking or signs direct your otherwise. If he/she wants you to turn off to the left or right, he/she will give you the direction in plenty of time. If you do not hear or do not understand the direction given, simply ask them to repeat it.
The driving test will last for approximately forty (40) minutes and will include the following conditions
Urban roads and back roads
Main roads possibly of a higher speed limit
Dual-carriageways up to national speed limit (70mph)
Country roads up to national speed limit (60mph)
You will only be expected to perform one (1) of the set piece manoeuvres on the test
Turn in the road (Three Point Turn)
Reverse into a limited opening on the left/right (Reverse around a corner)
Reverse Park – either in a car park into a parking bay or on the road behind a parked vehicle.
There is approximately a one in three chance of having to perform an emergency stop. This is NOT conducted on every driving test.
At several points during the driving test, you will be asked to park in a safe place and then simply pull away again. Possibly on a hill or from behind a stationary obstruction.
At some stage during the test the examiner will conduct a 10 minute session of Independent driving.They will ask you to either follow a series of directions or follow some road signs or a combination of both.
At the end of the driving test, the driving test examiner will ask you to switch off the engine and will then inform you as to your success or failure.
Regardless of pass or fail, the driving test examiner will ask you if you wish the driving faults to be explained. This is always a good idea, especially if you have not passed, but even if you pass this may still be some useful advice.