Who can I take with me for my UK practical driving test?
You aren’t required to bring anyone along with you, but you’re allowed to invite your driving instructor, a friend or relative, or any other person over 16 to ride along in the back seat during your test.
How do I pass my UK practical driving test the first time?
The only way you will pass this test is by showing the examiner that you can drive safely and effectively. The examiner will observe you to see if you watched for pedestrians, judged the traffic and used your mirrors. Be sure to also:
- Signal when merging into traffic
- Do not drive too fast or too slow
- Stay in control of the vehicle
What things should I remember when taking a practical driving test in the UK?
You have to show the examiner that you are a good enough driver to drive alone. So, when taking the test, remember what you’ve learned during your road practice. Additional things to remember include:
- Adjusting your mirrors when getting in the car
- Fastening your safety belt
- Looking in the mirror and over your shoulder before merging into traffic
- Keeping both hands on the steering wheel
- Stopping behind crosswalks and limit lines
What are the most common mistakes people make on the UK practical driving test?
Believe it or not, people sometimes make critical driving errors that result in automatic failure. Some of the errors you should avoid include:
- Driving 10 km over or under the speed limit
- Not looking over your shoulder when merging into traffic or changing lanes
- Running a red light
- Lingering beside a lorry while passing
- Hitting the brakes too aggressively
- Not driving defensively
When taking the practical driving test in the UK, what does the examiner ask?
- The first thing the examiner will do is ask to see your provisional licence, proof that you’ve passed your driving theory test, and proof of third-party insurance.
- Afterwards, the examiner will check for front and rear licence plates, front signal and back signal lights, and other important safety features on the vehicle you’ve brought with you.
- The next step is eyesight check. The examiner will ask you to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate, or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate.
- Next you’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions, also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.The ‘show me’ question will require you to demonstrate how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check, and the ‘tell me’ question will require you to explain how you’d perform that check.
- After that, you’ll be tested on your driving ability for about 40 minutes. This will include various kinds of stops and starts, reverses, turns, and similar maneuvers.
- And finally comes the independent driving section, where your examiner will watch as you drive for about 10 minutes, and note any major mistakes you might make.
What will I have to do on the UK practical driving test?
You’ll have to show the examiner that you know how to control your vehicle while:
- Making a stop
- Making an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
- Making a hill start
- Making an emergency stop
- Reversing around a corner
- Turning in the road
- Parking in reverse
- Driving independently for 10 minutes
Can I wear contact lenses when taking the UK practical driving test?
Yes, you may wear contacts or glasses if you need them in order to see properly.
Will I have to take the theory exam once again when taking my practical driving test?
No, there is no need to take the written exam again.
How many other people can I have in the car with me during my practical driving test?
Your driving instructor, a friend or relative, or any other person over 16 may ride along in the back seat during your test.
How many times can I fail my UK practical driving test?
The DVSA allows you to retake the practical driving test as many times as necessary within the 2 years until your theory test certificate expires. However, you must wait 10 business days before taking the test again.
Why do people fear driving? How do I get over the fear of driving?
Some people develop a fear for driving after they have had an accident. The human brain has realized there is a danger involved and as a result your subconscious blows this phobia out of proportion.