Did you know?

You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday so you are ready to start driving on your birthday.

Before you start you will need to be able to read a new style number plate from 20 metres or an old style number plate from 20.5 metres.

Research done on behalf of the DSA shows that learners who have a combination of professional instruction and private practice do better at driving tests. On average those who pass have had 47 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of private practice.

 

What happens on a driving test

Before you start you will be asked to read the number plate as described above, then you will be given two questions on vehicle safety (show me tell me).

The driving part of the test lasts approximately 40 minutes. Throughout, your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving (including one reverse manoeuvre). You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving to assess your ability to drive safely whilst making decisions independently.

When the test ends you can call your instructor over if he didn't go on the test with you, so he can listen to the result and feedback with you. The examiner will then tell you if you passed or not and explain how you did during the test.

You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test. If you make 16 or more driving faults, or make one serious or dangerous fault, you will not pass your test.

If you pass your test the examiner will give you a pass certificate and ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically. Once you have passed your test you can drive straight away; you don't need to wait for your full licence to arrive.

If you don't pass your test, you can take another after ten working days.


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