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The car practical driving test - what's involved?

The practical driving test seems to some people to be very daunting and nerve racking, but it does not need to be.

Provided that you are fully prepared for it, the more confident you will feel and you can take your driving instructor with you.

What's involved?

The test consists of a drive of approximately 40 – 45 minutes depending on road, traffic and weather conditions.  You will be asked 2 simple questions on the “Show me tell me” part of the exam. You will be given a copy of all the DSA questions /answers by Alfie.

The examiner will explain about the test and ask if you have any questions. Feel free to ask the examiner anything that you are not sure of.

You will be asked to perform 1 manoeuvre, an independent drive, and possibly anemergency stop.

Practical driving test routes

Routes will involve driving in town, rural and possibly dual carriageways so it important that you are ready for the test. BDC driving school can give their pupils a mock test as aprt of the preparation for the test.

On the day of your practical driving test you  will check the necessary documents with Alfie before setting off for the test centre. You will arrive at the test centre in ample time to relax. At the designated time the examiner will come from the office and introduce himself/herself. You will be asked to confirm your present address, to read and sign the insurance declaration.

You will also be asked if you would like your instructor to accompany you on the driving test, or would you like the instructor to listen into the debriefing after the conclusion of the test.  The choice is completely yours.

Outside the test centre (find your nearest) you will be asked to read a vehicle number plate (20.5metres away) and proceed to your car.

Upon leaving the test centre you will be given directional instructions, and to follow the road straight ahead, unless you are instructed otherwise. Again if you are unsure feel free to ask the examiner. (They are not there to fail you)! At some point you will be asked to pull up and stop on the left and move off safely. This may happen a couple of times so do not worry about it.

Show me tell me questions

Find out about the vehicle safety (or 'show me, tell me') questions that you might be asked at your driving test. And more importantly, learn why you need to know about carrying out these checks.

Please watch the videos provided by the Driving Standards Agency.

Practical driving test manoeuvres

Again you will be asked to pull up and stop on the left and the examiner will explain what is required. (Accuracy & Control):-

  • The Turn in the road
  • Reverse to the left
  • Parallel Park
  • Bay Park - the Bay Park exercise will be conducted at the start or the finish of the test.
  • The Emergency Stop exercise is only conducted in 1 of 3 driving tests.

At the return to the Test Centre you will be told of the result. 16 minor driving faults, a serious or a dangerous fault will fail the driving test. The Instructor can listen to the debriefing which will help the pupil for the future lessons and the next test.

However with our professional tuition, guidance and help you should pass your driving test on the first time!

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Best of luck on your lessons and your driving test.

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Thanks Alfie for helping me pass my driving test first time! Your advice during my lessons was excellent and I felt comfortable after doing off road lessons with you at Barleylands as well. I can't wait to get insured and get on the road in my own car!

Bill from Wickford

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