Check you’re ready to take the test


You’ll usually be ready to take your driving test when:

1. You do not need prompts from your driving instructor.

You need to be dealing with every part of driving consistently, confidently and independently – without any prompting from your driving instructor. You’ll be getting ready for your test when you’re able to adapt to situations and see why perfecting your skills makes you safer and more fuel-efficient.

2. You do not make serious or dangerous mistakes when you’re driving.

You need to be a good and safe driver to pass the driving test. If you’re making serious or dangerous mistakes during your driving lessons and brushing them off as ‘silly mistakes’, you’re not ready to pass your driving test and drive on your own.

3. You can pass mock driving tests.

Taking and passing mock driving tests with your driving instructor will help you understand if you’ve reached the standard that’s needed to pass.

4. You have practised ways of managing your nerves.

It’s really important to be able to manage your nerves to be a safe driver. Practise ways of managing your nerves to help you stay calm and focused when you take your test. This will help you in the vital months after you’ve passed your test, too.

5. Your driving instructor agrees you’re ready.

If your driving instructor says you’re not ready to take your driving test, listen to them. Driving instructors are specially trained road safety experts. They’ve got lots of driving experience – and they know what it takes to pass the driving test. Remember, they want you to be a safe driver, keep your insurance costs low, and enjoy driving for years to come.

Move your driving test if you’re not ready.

By moving your test, you’ll free up an appointment for someone who is ready to take their test. This could help them get their dream job, or help with caring for their family.

Moving your driving test back if you’re not ready can give you vital time to:

brush up on your skills
take a few more mock tests
practise managing your nerves
make sure you’re ready to pass
It’s free to change your appointment time, as long as you do it at least 3 full working days (Mondays to Saturdays) before your test,

Change your test here,

The car practical driving test driving lessons

The driving test is straight forward and has been designed to see if you:

can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions.
know The Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability
So long as you show the standard required, you'll pass your driving test. There are no pass or fail quotas.

Before you start the driving ability part of your test

Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you'll have an eyesight check and be asked one vehicle safety questions.

The eyesight check

The examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle to test your eyesight. If you fail the check, your driving test won't continue.

Vehicle safety questions: `show me' tell me'

You'll be asked the tell me safety questions before you start the car.

Click Here For the Show me Tell me questions

The driving ability part of your driving test

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
Your general driving ability During your test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. You'll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Your ability to reverse your vehicle safely

You'll be asked to complete an exercise to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will choose one exercise from:

pull up on the right hand side of the road
parallel park
parking bay, reversing or driving forward.

Independent driving section of the driving test

our driving test will include around 20 minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.
During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following:

traffic signs
a series of directions
sat nav

What happens if you forget the directions

It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you're going.

If you make a mistake during your test

If you make a mistake, don't worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and might not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users they will stop your test.

The pass mark for the driving test

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

Practical driving test fees £62.00 (correct as from 01/03/24)

Dont forget you will need to book the car for 2 hours, 1 hour lesson before the test and the hour for the test.

Book you driving test here