Practical Test

The Driving Test: For Changes to the driving test from December 4th 2017 click here

New: We can book your practical test for you free of charge if you are learning to drive with us, or for a small administration fee if not. You can book your practical driving test here. Watch a video on how to book your driving test. Also manage your test booking online

You have to obtain a pass in the theory & hazard perception test before you can apply for the practical driving test however you may be exempt from this to find out visit the DSA web site

Please ensure that you have the correct documents prior going to the test centre for further information ask you driving instructor or click here.

The Practical driving test is a test on your ability to drive safely, complete the set exercises and demonstrate to the examiner through your driving that you have a thorough knowledge of the Highway Code.

You will be ready for the test when you have reached the standard set out in “The official Driving Test” book. Your instructor will inform you when you are ready for this. At this point you will be able to drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance from your driving instructor. Waiting until you are ready will in the end save you money. Our instructors carry out a mock tests to provide you with a true reflection of your driving in readiness for the test; your instructor can arrange for another instructor to carryout this mock test giving an even greater true life experience of the test.

Your test will last around 40 minutes

At the start of your test you will be asked if you would like your instructor or the person that accompanied  you to the test to sit in the back of the car during the test, or and be present at the end of the test for a debrief.

You will need to read in good daylight (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn) a registration mark fixed to a motor vehicle with letters and figures 79.4 millimetres high at a distance of 20.5 meters (20 meters for a new style number plate). If you fail the eyesight test, you will be unable to take the driving test.

You will also be required to carry out safety checks on your vehicle. This will be carried out with the examiner asking you two questions “show me” and “tell me for further information on the show me, tell me questions click here

As of 4th October 2010 you will be asked to carry out one of three set exercises:

A turn in the road, a reverse around a corner (left/right) a reverse park (either into a bay parking space or behind a car on road)

You may be asked to carry out an emergency stop (controlled stop). Due to the nature of this exercise only one in three candidates are asked to carry out the emergency stop, as we should never have to use this in our general driving.

During the test you will be asked to drive independently for about 10 minutes, this will be in a form of following road signs, or a serious of directions (which would contain 3 directions) or combined road signs and directions, to see more view this video.

To pass this test you must not obtain more than 15 minor faults or any serious or dangerous faults. You will need to drive just as you have been taught, changing the way you drive could lead to faults being made.

At the end of the test the examiner will inform you of a pass or fail result. If you have passed you can ask for a debrief of your faults so that you can work on them so that they do not happen again. He will then complete the paper work needed.

If you fail the test the examiner will offer you a debrief of the faults. You can refuse however it would be good to know what had happened even if you think you know. Our instructors can "sit in" on the debrief at your request as the information is your data and therefore becomes protected under the data protection act, we cannot listen to this debrief without your consent.

To see the DSA’s top ten reasons for failing the practical driving test click here

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