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The Practical Test - What to Expect

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 are 5 parts to the driving test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • reversing your vehicle
  • independent driving

You’ll drive for around 40 minutes

Your General Driving Ability

During your test you’ll be driving in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way you have learnt in your lessons

The test will include:

  • normal stops
  • an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
  • a hill start

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

You’ll pass your test if you make 15 or fewer driving faults or no serious or dangerous faults

Reversing Your Vehicle Safely

You’ll have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • park in a parking bay - either by 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 around two car lengths, and re-join the traffic

Independent Driving Section

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a Sat Nav
  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to follow. They’ll set the Sat Nav up for you. You can’t use your own Sat Nav

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