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Test Day Explained

Don’t forget your documents

First things first, do not forget to bring along your documents which the examiner needs to see before stating the practical driving test. It never ceases to amaze us at just how many pupils forget the documentation and only realise when they arrive at the test centre. We advise the night before your test to have you provisional licence and your theory test pass paperwork ready. Secondly you’ll be asked to read aloud a number plate so if you wear glasses you MUST bring them with you also.

Preparing for your driving test

Immediately before your test you should have a 1.5 hour lesson with your driving instructor in Reigate to warm up and feel comfortable in the car. It also gives us the opportunity to go over those show me, tell me questions again, and if an issue are discovered (e.g. – a faulty bulb ) it gives us the time to put this right before your test. It’ll also helps to calm any last minute nerves you may have, and to go over any concerns that you may have (e.g. – to cover any of the manoeuvres or the emergency stop ).

Before you get in the car

Remember to bring along your test appointment letter, and some other form of photographic ID. This will be checked by us before we leave. First off, the examiner will ask you to sign a form and show your ID. Then they’ll ask you to point out the car you’ll be driving and read another car’s number plate from the required minimum distance. Then you will answer one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ vehicle safety question. Both answers need to be correct, or one driving fault will be recorded.

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What happens next?

First off, the examiner will ask you to sign a form and show your ID. Then they’ll ask you to point out the car you’ll be driving and read another car’s number plate from the required minimum distance. Then you will answer one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ vehicle safety question. Both answers need to be correct, or one driving fault will be recorded.

The examiner will be looking to see that you’re a competent and safe driver – responding to situations sensibly and making sound judgments. Apart from general driving, such as which direction to go, where and when to turn and stop, your examiner will ask you to carry out one manoeuvre :

  1. Reverse around a corner.
  2. Turn in the road using forward and reverse gears.
  3. Parallel park.
  4. Or a bay park at the test centre.

Currently 1 in 3 candidates will be required to perform an emergency stop. If this is the case, your examiner will ask you to park in a convenient place and will explain what you need to do.

You will also have to drive around on your Practical Test Day for 10 minutes, as part of the independent driving section of your Driving Test. Please see our Independent Driving Test page for more information.

Your examiner wants you to do well

The examiner won’t say much in case it puts you off. Put any mistakes behind you and just concentrate on what’s happening. One minor error doesn’t mean a fail. Despite what you might have heard – there’s no quota for test passes or fails. If you’ve reached the required standard, you’ll pass your test. It actually takes 16 driving faults or one serious or dangerous fault to fail your driving test.

You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 15 or fewer driving faults
  • no serious or dangerous faults

When the driving test has ended, you can call your instructor over if they didn’t go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and help you with any feedback afterwards.

The examiner will:

  • tell you if you passed or not
  • explain how you did during the test

For more information and free no obligation chat with a driving instructor, please contact us here.

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