Practical Driving Test Procedure
On the day of your practical driving test, you will be taken to a DSA test centre and assessed by an examiner. Before commencing your practical driving test, you will be asked to read a number plate at a specified distance. You will also be asked two questions about maintenance and controls of your vehicle. These questions can be found on www.dsa.gov.uk.
The practical driving test will take approximately 35 - 40 minutes and you will be asked to perform one of the following manouvres which could include:
- reverse in a bay
- pull over on the right,reverse 2 car lengths and rejoin main road
- parallel parking
- drive into a bay and reverse back out
- you may also have to undertake an emergency stop
- You will also be assessed on your driving ability which could include:
- traffic lights
- hill starts
Courtesy to other road users is also taken into account and your practical driving test will cover an average of 10 miles.
At the end of your practical driving test, you will notified by your examiner if you have passed or failed and given a debrief. In order to pass, you must not make any serious or dangerous faults and no more than 15 minor faults. Your examiner will give you a check list which will identify any minor or serious faults incurred during your practical driving test. In the event of a failure, this will help to assist your instructor identify the areas which require further intuition.
If you are unfortunate to fail your practical driving test, you will be required to wait a further 10 working days before taking a retest.