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The practical driving test
The driving test has changed and has been implemented. The previous driving test had largely remained unchanged for the last fifty years. The new changes will came into effect on 4th December 2017.
The driving test is split into two parts, the driving theory including the hazard perception test and then the practical test. The practical test is an assessment of your ability to drive safely and also a test of your knowledge of the Highway Code and your ability to apply this knowledge to your driving. The practical test lasts for approximately 40 minutes.
On arrival at the test centre you will be asked for your signed provisional driving license, also have your driving test appointment reference available. Your test will then start with a eyesight test where you will be asked to read a vehicle number plate at 20 metres, if you wear eye glasses or contact lenses make sure that you are wearing them for this test, you will have to continue wearing your glasses for the rest of your test.
You will then be asked one question on vehicle safety, this will asked before you start to drive this question is known as a 'tell me' question, an example of this may be 'show me how to adjust your head restraint'. During your drive you will be asked a 'show me' question, an example of this is 'show me how you would switch on the heated rear window' (see 'Show me tell me button by the video for a list of the questions you may be asked).
You may want me to sit in with you on your test to observe, I will be more than happy to do this. You may instead ask along a friend or relative to be there with you, this is also okay as long as they are 16 years or over and of course you can just go on you test just with the examiner present.
At the start of the test the examiner will explain to you that you should 'follow the road ahead unless directed otherwise and follow road signs and road markings', any instructions to turn left or turn right will be given to you in good time.
Stopping the car
You may be asked to do a controlled stop, this is not an emergency stop, a controlled stop is where you brake harder than normal to stop, once stopped you need to safely move off. You may be asked to perform a emergency stop, this is where you are stopping immediately as if someone stepped off the pavement in front of you.
The independent driving part of the test is for you to show your ability to drive independently without the examiner giving you turn by turn instructions. This part of the test will last for 20 minutes.
The independent driving part of the test will be conducted with the aid of a satellite navigation unit (sat nav), or by asking you to follow direction signs. The sat nav unit will be programmed with a set route which you are expected to follow, the instruction will be voice driven from the unit. One in five students will be asked to follow traffic signs to a destination instead of from the sat nav. Do not worry if you take the wrong direction, if no fault is made then it will not be a test fail if in doubt as to the direction you should take then it is okay to confirm the direction with the examiner.
You will be asked to carry out one reversing manoeuvre, this could be parallel parking at the side of the road, reversing into a parking bay in a public car park or driving forward into a parking bay and reversing out (the examiner will let you know which one to perform) or pull up on the right hand side of the road, reverse two car lengths back and rejoin the traffic.
During the test the examiner assesses you on your ability to drive in a way that shows eco-safe driving techniques. In particular, the examiner assesses control and planning and will give you some feedback on the efficiency of the driving at the end of the test. The sort of areas the examiner will note is your use of engine braking, smooth gear changes and smooth acceleration, also, your planning so as to avoid excessive breaking. This part of the test process is purely for guidance only and does not form part of the criteria for a test pass or fail.
Your test results
During the test your examiner will use a form to record any driver errors or other notes. At the end of the test you will be informed of the result, either a pass or a fail, a copy of the marking sheet will be given to you. If the instructor did not go on the test with you then you may want to include them in any feedback that the examiner may want to give to you. The marking is divided into groups, minor driving faults, serious faults or dangerous faults. You are allowed up to 15 minor faults and still pass, one serious or dangerous fault will result in a fail. If the test did not go your way you will be able to apply for a new test.