The practical driving test

Once you have completed your theory test you can apply for a practical driving test as soon as your driving instructor says that you are ready – remember there is no point in taking the test if you are not quite up to the right standard – your driving instructor will be able to advise you.

The driving test lasts for about 38-40 minutes. Half of that time will involve the driving test examiner giving you instructions on a turn by turn basis. The other half is called independent driving. On most test this will involve following instructions from a satnav. However for one test out of every five the independent drivingĀ  involves following road signs towards a particular destination.

During the test you will normally also be asked to pull up several times at the side of the road on the left. One of these will usually be on a hill (hill start) and one time close to another car (angled start). You may also be asked to do a controlled stop (commonly called the emergency stop). One test out of every three involves an emergency stop so you may find that you don’t need to do one on your test.

In addition you will normally be asked to do one manoeuvre involving reversing – either

  • pull up on the right, reverse for two car lengths, pull away again
  • drive forward into a parking bay and reverse out
  • reverse park (either into a car parking bay at the test centre or by pulling up alongside another car in the road and reversing into a space)

At the end of the test you will be toild whether you have passed. If you have the examiner will give you a certificate a