What skills should I practise for my UK practical driving test?
You should practise all of the skills required to handle a vehicle safely and follow road signs. You should know how to:
- Make a stop
- Make an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
- Perform a hill start
- Make an emergency stop
- Reverse around a corner
- Turn in the road/ Make a three-point turn
- Park in reverse
- Drive safely on your own for 10 minutes
Where can I practise driving in the UK?
You may practise driving anywhere. Ideally, you'll want to drive in streets with which you're familiar.
Why is it important to spend time practising before taking the practical driving test?
As with any skill, lack of practice means you can't be sure you're prepared for the pressures of the road. Practice not only prepares you for your test; it also keeps you and others safe and most importantly ALIVE!
Where can I learn driving in the UK?
It is best to learn how to drive on streets that you are familiar with before branching off to other places. If you're looking for a driving school, you can find dozens of those online. Make sure the school you choose has behind-the-wheel training and not just virtually simulated training.
What should I expect on my UK practical driving test?
You should expect this exam to test your ability to drive safely and accurately. The test will consist of several sections:
- Your DVSA examiner will give you an eyesight test, in which you'll have 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.
- You'll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions -- also known as '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.
- 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.
- For the independent driving section, your examiner will watch as you drive for about 10 minutes, and note any major mistakes you might make.
Is the UK practical driving test hard?
Only if you're NOT well-prepared. It may also be difficult for those who are extremely nervous because they aren't sure of what to expect. The test only lasts about an hour. Your DVSA examiner will not try to trick you (the last thing he or she wants to do is trick you and cause an accident). He or she will be testing your ability to obey traffic laws and drive safely.
What should I do the night before my practical driving test?
The best thing to do at this point is RELAX and look forward to the following night as a licenced driver.
How do I schedule a practical driving test in the UK?
Where do I go to take my UK practical driving test?
Where do I get a car for my UK practical driving test?
You are required to bring your own car to the driving test. The vehicle must be safe to drive. The examiner will check the following items:
- Front and rear licence plates
- Front signal and back signal lights
- Working brake lights
- Good tires
- Emergency parking brake
- Two rear view mirrors
- A windshield without cracks in the field of vision