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About the practical driving test.
The Driving Test is designed to check whether or not the learner driver has reached the minimum driving standard. The test includes a variety of types of roads and junctions, plus certain reversing exercises (manoeuvres). The aim of the driving test is to make sure that all newly qualified drivers are safe competent drivers. Capable of driving safely on their own.
The practical driving test will normally last between 40-45 minutes and will include one of the four set manoeuvres and you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop (approximately 1 in 3 tests conduct an emergency stop).
You should arrive at the test centre in good time, ideally 10 minutes before your test is due to start, with a suitable vehicle which is appropriately insured and licensed and displaying L-plates correctly. Don’t forget to check out our driving test centres page for more information on your local test centre.
Make sure that you have the correct documents with you, as without these you will not be able to take your test and will lose your test fee. The documents you must bring with you are:
Photo card driving licence. Your theory test pass certificate (unless you are exempt).
How To Pass Driving Test Tip:
It is always a good idea to double check your appointment details to make sure that you don’t arrive for your test at the wrong test centre, time or even day! It really does happen, so make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
After parking, you will need to wait in the test centre waiting room. The examiner will come out at the allotted time (as per your confirmation email) and will ask to see your documents and for you to sign the declaration confirming that the vehicle you will be using is insured for the purposes of the test and that you have been resident in the UK for at least 185 days in the last 12 months. Please note your signature must be the same as the one on your provisional licence.
To book your practical driving test, we would strongly suggest using the official (Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency) online service. Make sure you have your driving licence, theory test certificate and means of payment with you before starting the online booking. To book online click here to go to the DVSA online booking page.
The UK practical car driving test changed from Monday 4th December 2017.
The changes included following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres. Please note the driving test works differently in Northern Ireland.
The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
There are 4 main changes to the driving test.
1, The independent driving element of the test will increase from 10 to 20 minutes.
2, During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a Sat Nav (TomTom Start 52). The examiner provides the sat nav and sets it up with the route to be used. You will still be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of the directions if you’re not sure. As with the rest of the test, you will not be penalised if you go the wrong way unless you make a driving fault while doing it. One in 5 driving tests won’t use the sat nav. Instead, you will be asked to follow traffic signs.
3, The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, however, your instructor will still be asked to teach them to you.
You will be tested on one of the following manoeuvres:
Reverse Park (parallel park) at the side of the road.
Park in a bay – either 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 2 car lengths and then moving away safely to rejoin traffic.
4, The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test – these are known as the show me tell me questions or formally vehicle safety check questions.
You’ll be asked the:
‘Tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving.‘
Show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers
There has been no change to the pass mark of no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The overall time of the driving test remains the same at around 40-45 minutes.
The driving test cost has also stayed the same.
As you can see one of the major changes is the use of a sat nav for a large section of the driving test.
If you are intending to practise with family or friends prior to your test we would suggest using the same sat nav as the driving examiners will use.
Our personal, professional opinion is the above changes have not made the practical driving test anymore difficult to pass, if anything perhaps a bit easier!
Since the 4th June 2018 learner drivers are allowed to undertake driving lessons on motorways, as long as:
- The learner is accompanied by a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.
- The lesson is conducted in a car with dual controls.
Any driving on the motorway is voluntary and must only be done when an approved driving instructor believes the learner has enough experience.
Motorway driving is currently not part of the UK practical driving test.
Bad weather and practical driving test.
The DVSA have recently (December 2016) issued the following advice regarding practical driving tests when there is bad weather.
Bad weather and driving tests.
We only cancel driving tests because of bad weather when we absolutely have to.
Your safety is our main priority. We won’t carry out a driving test when adverse weather presents a safety risk to those involved. These conditions include:
- snow and ice
Staying in touch
If you think your test may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions you should phone the local practical driving test centre as soon as possible.
We have listed most of the driving test centre bad weather phone numbers on our driving test centre pages.
You can also get in touch by:
contacting @DVSAhelpme on Twitter
sending a private message to the DVSA customer support team on Facebook
Why are tests cancelled?
It is frustrating if your practical driving test is cancelled because of bad weather, however, the test will only be cancelled if it’s absolutely essential.
The DVSA has a duty of care when conducting practical driving tests. When deciding whether a test can go ahead the main priority is to make sure that it’s safe to do so both for the candidate and other road users.
Also, the DVSA must make sure all candidates have an equal chance to be assessed fairly. Taking a driving test in adverse weather conditions may be a disadvantage to the candidate.
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It’s a “Secret” or is it?
Throughout our site, you will see us mention The Driving Test “Secret”. Well, maybe not a particularly well-kept secret, due to the large numbers of learners who have already used the “Secret” with great success, helping them to pass their driving test. So what is the Secret and why do we keep promoting it?
When learning a new skill, like learning to drive we need to learn and understand the theory behind it and practice the skills needed until we have reached the required standard. So it is very tempting to believe that you study for your theory test and take driving lessons to learn to drive and then practice for your practical test, with nothing else being done. However, there is one more thing you could and should do and that is to think about your driving.
We often refer to the driving test as the practical driving test, as driving is often considered to be a practical skill. However, we as drivers or learner drivers should never put a car in gear before we have first put our brain in gear. Driving without thinking about our actions is incredibly dangerous. It also leads to failing the practical driving test!
The Driving Test “Secret” is designed to bridge the gaps between learning to drive, practising and taking your driving test. It is there to help you think about your drive between lessons, helping you to become more confident in what you have learnt and help to build the right mind frame of always thinking when driving. Resulting in you passing your driving test.
As a DVSA ADI with well over 20 years experience, I have seen the difference between learner drivers who think through their drive between lessons and those that just turn up for their lessons without thinking through their driving first. Learners who use the Secret can end up taking less driving lessons and are much more likely to pass their driving test first time. That’s not just my opinion, but the result of tests done on driving test pass rates of pupils who used the “Secret” compared to those who didn’t.
So why if The “Secret” is so good do you have to buy it and not just get it for free when you start learning to drive? As a driving instructor, I want all my learners to become safe, competent drivers who pass their driving test the first time. The Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) want the same, but you still have to pay for your provisional licence and both the theory, practical driving test and of course driving lessons. Unfortunately very little in life is free, but this is really worth the very small cost if it helps you pass your driving test the first time.
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Clearly, your aim must be to pass your UK practical driving test the first time!
So why do you need to do anything more than just take driving lessons and when your instructor says you are ready you simply turn up at the test centre, take and pass your driving test 1st time!
Well, you could try this (please don’t!) but first, consider the following:
The current national pass rate (2014-2015) is approximately 50% which means that only half the people taking the UK practical driving test pass! This is an incredibly low figure when you consider that a DVSA approved driving instructor (ADI) will only let a pupil take the practical driving test if they believe the learner can drive to the test standard. So why are half the learners failing the driving test and what can you do to make sure you are not in the 50% that fail their driving test? Check out your local pass rates on our test centre pages.
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Driving test nerves, lack of planning and not being able to drive to your normal driving standard on the driving test are the main reasons for failing the practical test. These problems can manifest themselves in a variety of ways and situations such as Poor clutch control (stalling). Leaving things too late, such as not planning that traffic lights may change or braking late for a junction. Struggling to make decisions as you would normally do possibly when dealing with parked vehicles and oncoming traffic or emerging onto a roundabout.
So what can you do to help yourself?
How can you deal with the above problems so that you can drive to your best and pass your driving test? The good news is if you really want to pass there are ways you can improve your driving and pass 1st time.
First, you will need to be prepared to put in a little bit of preparation time and effort before your test, as without good preparation for your test your chances of passing the first time are not great. Don’t just take our word for it take a look at the DVSA’s own driving test centre statistic’s (see our test centres page). However, with just a very small amount of extra preparation before the test, the difference in the numbers of pupils passing is huge!
So what extra preparation will help me pass my driving test?
There are a number of excellent proven methods that really work such as visualisation, quick recall and talking through your worries (to help with nerves). These are the 3 main ones we have found that make the biggest difference to learners passing their test.
Use of this technique really helps to re-enforce known skills, rules and routines that are essential for safe driving. Usually using carefully selected keywords and phrases to help the user think through a skill or situation, such as approaching and dealing safely with a junction. By regularly using this technique either one to one with a professional or with professionally prepared learning materials such as the “Secret” the user can greatly improve their driving and in particular their ability to drive well under test conditions.
This is a really simple but very effective method normally using professionally prepared “Secret” revision cards to enable the user to quickly remember key pieces of information and routines. This may be a well-known method, but surprisingly little used for the driving test. This is a real mistake as it has been proven to work extremely well for the driving test.
Driving Test Tip:
Don’t just look in your mirrors, think why you are looking in the mirror and how what you see may affect your actions. For instance looking in your mirrors but still signalling too early or late and in doing so causing a problem to following drivers is almost as bad as not looking at all!
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One of the driving schools who now recommends the “Secret” to all their pupils have seen a 25% rise in their pupils passing their practical driving test first time since recommending the “Secret”. Not only has the number passing first time dramatically increased but their pupils are also needing fewer lessons!
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We all want to pass our driving test the first time, so do as Alice did and use a proven method so that you too can pass your practical driving test the first time.
How To Pass Driving Test Tip:
Think about what you eat and drink prior to your test. A sudden sugar rush may make you feel good at the time. However, this is normally followed by an equally sudden drop resulting in reduced energy levels and concentration. Not a good idea just before your driving test!
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Private driving practice.
This can be an extremely good way of helping you to prepare for and pass your UK practical driving test. That is as long as this practice is done correctly! If the driving practice is not well structured and planned it can easily have a negative effect. Reducing your chances of passing your driving test and potentially being very dangerous!
Driving instructors (DVSA ADI).
Driving instructors undergo a considerable amount of training and exams/tests before they are ready to instruct. With many instructors, including the author of this handbook continuing to improve their teaching techniques over many years of tuition. It is therefore highly unlikely that anyone, however, good a driver they are will have all the skills and experience needed to assist the learner. Especially in a series of well-structured lessons providing safe private driving practice.
Unfortunately, over the 21 years of being a DVSA ADI, I have heard some real horror stories. Where learners practising with family or friends when not properly prepared, having accidents (including cars written off) and injuries. However, by far the most common problem is that if the practice is not done correctly it seriously reduces the learner’s ability to be able to pass their driving test. Failing the test ends up costing you all the money and more than you were hoping to save! Not a good idea.
Improve your driving practice.
However, with the help and advice from this handbook, this private driving practice can be greatly improved. The result is really useful additional practice and the learner being better prepared to pass their driving test 1st time. Remember passing 1st time will save you a lot of money too!
Click Here to find out more about how The Private Driving Practice Handbook can help pass your driving test.
Talking through your worries.
A few weeks prior to the test
I always ask my pupils if there is anything about their drive they are worried about. Not only will this give us time to work on these worries, but also to try and dispel some of the areas the pupil doesn’t actually need to worry about. Let me give you an example:
When asked about any worries to do with their driving prior to the test one of my pupils said that they still couldn’t do their manoeuvres. Now knowing their driving I knew they could do each of the manoeuvres however I needed to convince the pupil of this.
So I asked the learner a series of questions.
First I asked them if they could do the parking and left reverse manoeuvres and they said yes, but they couldn’t do the turn in the road. So we had already reduced the areas of worry by 75%.
Next, I asked could they control the speed of the car and still do quick steering, plus carry out an effective observation. They answered yes.
Finally, I asked can you judge the distance to the kerbs. They answered no! So we had identified the actual worry. So we discussed this element of the manoeuvre and agreed that although they didn’t always get this spot on they normally stopped a bit far from the kerb resulting in them sometimes needing to take two extra turns to complete the manoeuvre. The good news is this was only likely to result in one driving fault.
Worried? Not anymore.
After discussing and talking through my pupil’s worries they were no longer anywhere near as worried about their test and the good news the pupil went on to pass their test first time.
So try it yourself analyse exactly what you are “really” worried about, it really does help.
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