What to expect on the Practical Driving Test
On the day of your Practical Driving Test you must make sure you bring with you:
- Your theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you are not exempt
- Your photocard provisional licence. If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and you must also bring a valid passport.
Please note that no other form of photographic identification will be accepted.
You must also bring an appropriately insured and licensed vehicle suitable for the test. Find out what you need to bring with you on the day.
What will I be expected to do on my driving test?
On your driving test you need to be able to drive safely and skilfully in various road and traffic conditions. You will be given directions clearly and in good time, and asked to carry out set exercises.
Before you can start the driving part of your test you must complete an eyesight check to ensure that you can read a number plate on a parked vehicle. You will also be asked vehicle safety check questions known as “Show Me, Tell Me”.
Once you begin driving, there should be no surprises, as your instructor will have thoroughly prepared you for everything you’ll need to do. Simply keep calm and concentrate on your driving. If you make a mistake, don’t panic, it will make things worse! It’s more than likely a minor mistake and doesn’t necessarily mean you have failed your test.
What manoeuvres could I be asked to complete on the Driving Test?
As from October 2010 you will now only be required to complete one manoeuvre from the following:
- reverse around a corner
- turn in the road
- reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road
Your driving test will also include the new Independent Driving which will last for approximately 10 minutes. You will receive step by step instructions from the examiner which you must follow, whilst proving that you can drive safely and make decisions independently.
What is the examiner looking for on the Driving Test?
As you perform your test your examiner will be assessing your driving, and he or she will often be marking something down on a piece of paper. Again, this is nothing to worry about. They are simply making a record of your test and are required to mark down any driving faults you make. Find out how the driving test is marked. There are three different types of fault:
- Minor fault
- Serious fault
- Dangerous fault
Back at the test centre after your Driving Test
Providing you have not accrued 16 or more minor faults, or a single serious or dangerous fault, you will pass your test.
On arrival back at the test centre your examiner will go through your driving test report. You may want to ask your instructor to come and listen to the explanation.
Even if you’ve passed, it’s still worth listening to what the examiner has to say because they’ll be pointing out your minor faults. This way you’ll become aware of the small mistakes you make whilst driving, enabling you to do your best to eliminate them and become a better driver.