You must have passed your theory test before taking a practical driving test.
You will be required to drive for approximately 40 minutes or 70 minutes if you are taking an extended driving test.
Your practical driving test will start with an eyesight check which will require you to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate and 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate. If you fail the eyesight test then your driving test will not go ahead and you will instantly fail the test.
2 vehicle safety questions will then be asked before you start the driving part of the test these are known as “Show me, tell me” questions.
You’ll then drive on various roads and traffic conditions; you will not be asked to drive on a motorway. The examiner will be giving you clear directions.
You’ll be asked to pull over and move away during your test, normal stops at the side of the road, pulling out from behind a parked vehicle and a hill start. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You will be asked to carry out one of the following:
Parallel park at the side of the road
Park in a parking bay, by either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out – your examiner will inform you of which one to carry out.
Pull up on the right side of the road and reverse for around 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
The independent driving requires you to drive for around 20 minutes by following either a sat nav or traffic signs, the examiner will tell you which one to follow. The examiner will set the sat nav up for you, you cannot use your own.
If a traffic sign is covered and you cannot see it the examiner will give you the direction until you can see the next one.
If you take the wrong route don’t panic the examiner will not give you a fault for this, he’ll help you get back on route.
If you make a mistake during your test this may not result in a fail of a test so continue and give it your best.
The examiner will only stop the test if your driving is dangerous and he thinks you are a danger to other road users.