WHAT DOES A DRIVING TEST INVOLVE?
Essentially, the driving test is designed to test whether an individual can drive safely on different roads under different traffic conditions. As long as you can demonstrate competence and meet the standards required, you will have a good chance of passing your driving test. The following are major documents that you must carry to your test:
- The theory test pass certificate.
- Driving license – you must carry both the photo card and paper counterpart. I you have the old style licence you must bring a valid passport with you.
There are various things that happen during the driving test before you actually commence driving. This includes safety questions, you will also be asked to do an eyesight check. For the eyesight check, you will be required to read the number plate from a distance of 20.5 meters for a vehicle with an old-style number plate, and 20 meters for vehicles with new style number plate.
Vehicle safeties questions (Show me, Tell me) : there are two formats of safety vehicle questions that you can be asked; ‘show me’ and ‘tell me’ questions. They are also referred to as ‘show me, tell me’ questions. When the examiner asks a show me question, he expects you to show him how to carry out a vehicle safety check. Conversely, an individual should explain how to carry out a vehicle safety check if asked for a ‘tell me’ question.
Driving ability: the actual driving normally lasts around 40 minutes. At this stage, the examiner will be looking at the overall safety standards of your driving.
General driving ability: the candidate is given specific instructions to follow by the examiner. You will drive on different roads and in several different traffic conditions. You should drive in the exact manner the instructor has taught you. This includes normal stops, a hill start and an angle start and reversing exercise. Occasionally, the driving examiner will even ask you to perform a emergency stop.
Reversing of the vehicle: during this test, you are to show the driving examiner how safely you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner may ask you to do this around the corner, or to reverse into a parking bay or around a parked car (parallel park).
Independent driving section: this section takes approximately ten minutes. It is meant to assess your ability to drive safely while making major driving decisions on your own. If you make a minor mistake, simply carry on with your driving test because it is unlikely to affect your overall driving test result.
Driving results: the candidate will pass the test if he makes fifteen or fewer driving errors. At the end of the test, the driving examiner will tell you whether you have passed or not and explain to you how you performed during the driving test. It is sometimes a good idea to tell your driving instructor to sit in the back for the debrief . They can listen to the results and give instant feedback. There are three different types of faults that candidates can make, which include a dangerous fault, a serious fault, and driving faults. All of them affect the final results differently.
If you pass the test, you will be given a pass certificate and a your provisional license will be sent back to the DVSA and you will receive a full driving license by post usually within 4 weeks.