|THEORY & HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST|
This part of the test lasts 57 minutes and is made up of 50 multiple choice questions, covering different aspects of driving and other related matters, the pass mark is 43.
|Most of the required
information can be found in the Highway Code and the book Essential Driving
Skills, published by the Driving Standards Agency.
|Hazard Perception Test|
|The second section of the test, comprising 14 cgi video clips, measures ability to detect hazards. Thirteen of the clips contain a single hazard and one contains two.|
|Both parts of the theory test must be passed on the same day and you must pass them before applying for the practical driving test.|
|PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST|
The practical driving test is designed to see if you:
What happens during the test
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.
How long the test lasts
You’ll drive for around 40 minutes.
You’ll drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving testbecause you’ve been banned from driving.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
Your general driving ability
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes aren’t published, so you can’t check them before your test.
Pulling over at the side of the road
You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
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.
If you can’t see traffic signs
If you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
Going off the route
The examiner won’t give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.
They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.
If you make mistakes during your test
You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.
The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.
The examiner’s supervisor
The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. They will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you’re tested or in your result.
|The documents you will require are:|
Details of current test fees and other useful information can be found on the DSA website.