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WHAT DOES THE PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST REQUIRE?
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Practical Driving Test is more demanding than it used to be and a high standard of driving is required. The best way to learn to drive is to take regular driving lessons tailored to your individual needs and covering the DVSA syllabus with a professional DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), such as Shamrock Driving School, together with as much private practice as possible once it's safe for you to do so. Everyone's different, so it 's impossible to say how many driving lessons you will need but it would not be unreasonable to expect to take between 40 and 45 hours of professional driving lessons.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE "BIG DAY"?
Shamrock Driving School use Chippenham, Trowbridge and Westbury DVSA Driving Test Centres. On the "big day" pupils need to take their Plastic Photocard Provisional Driving Licence (if you don't have a photo card licence you need to take your paper licence and a valid passport), DVSA Theory Test Pass Certificate / Letter and it's adviseable to also take the DVSA Practical Test appointment confirmation e-mail. On arrival at the Driving Test Centre, after reversing the driving school car into a parking bay in the car park, the pupil and their instructor sit in the Driving Test Centre waiting room.
The DVSA Driving Examiner will introduce themself and ask the pupil to sign a residency and insurance declaration before asking them to take an eyesight test by reading a car numberplate in the car park outside the test centre. The Examiner will then ask the pupil one "tell me" question regarding basic car maintenance and the use of controls (e.g. how check the oil, how check the brakes are working, etc). See the You Tube video below for the "tell me" questions and answers.
The practical driving part of the test lasts between 35-40 minutes using a variety of roads, including national speed limit roads. The pupil will be required to undertake one reversing manoeuvre chosen from pulling in on the right hand side of the road and reversing back two car lengths before moving off, reverse park behind a parked car, pulling front first into a parking bay in a public car park and then reversing out and reverse park into a parking bay in the test centre car park. The pupil may additionally be asked to undertake an emergency stop (included in a third of driving tests). The Examiner will ask the pupil one "show me" question regarding the use of controls (e.g. operate windscreen washers and wipers, sound the horn, etc). See the You Tube video below for the "show me" questions and answers. The test will include an "independent driving" element where the pupil will be asked to drive for about 20 minutes, 4 out of 5 tests will require following directions from a sat nav and 1 out of 5 tests will require following traffic signs. See "Independent Driving - What's it all about?" page on this website. Other activities, including the reversing manoeuvre and undertaking the "show me" question may be underrtaken during the independent drive.
To pass the practical driving test the pupil must make no more than 15 Driving Faults (e.g. less than adequate observation during manoeuvres, briefly exceeding the speed limit, not undertaking a mirror check before reducing speed on approach to a bend, etc.). One or more Serious Fault (e.g. cutting a corner causing a car to slow down, excessive speeding, loss of control during manoeuvres, signalling to move off with a car approaching close behind, etc.) or Dangerous Fault (e.g. pulling out in front of a car at a junction causing them to stop) will result in a fail.
At the end of the test the DVSA Driving Examiner will give the pupil their result and, in the unfortunate event that they have not been successful, the DVSA Driving Examiner will give a debrief as to why and the pupil will have to wait 10 working days before they can take another practical driving test. When you pass the DVSA Driving Examiner will normally give you a pass certificate enabling you to drive unaccompanied while they send your licence to DVLA who will send you a full licence within about 3 weeks!
Watch the You Tube video to learn about the "tell me" and "show me" questions - APPLIES FROM 04/12/2017. For information on how to book or amend your practical driving test go to the DVSA section of our Links page!
Watch an official DVSA video about what happens during the practical driving test below - APPLIES FROM 04/12/2017. For information on how to book or amend your practical driving test go to the DVSA section of our Links page!
The national average practical driving test pass rate is about 49%, so make sure that you take regular driving lessons tailored to your individual needs and covering the DVSA driving lesson syllabus with a professional DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) such as Shamrock Driving School so you maximise your chances of passing first time! Using realistic Mock Driving Tests Shamrock Driving School will ensure you are ready and prepared for your DVSA Practical Driving Test!
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