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Practical driving test

Before you start the driving part of the practical test, the examiner will do an eyesight check and ask you two questions about safety checks on your car, but since 4th december 2017 only one safety question should be asked in England, Wales and scotland.

Independent driving

For the first 10 minutes of your practical driving test, your examiner will ask you to drive solo and while driving you have to follow all the signs, signals and directions. This will give your examiner an idea about your driving skills and confidence level.

Since 4 December 2017, the duration of this part of the practical test has changed to 20 minutes and most candidates are asked to follow directions from a sat-navigation provided by the examiner. One in five driving tests won't use a sat-navigation, you will be asked to follow traffic signs instead.

Instructor on your test

You are allowed to take your instructor along with you on your practical test, or anyone who is above 16 years old.

It is good to have your instructor or the person who trained you to drive with you, as they can help you in solving the problems which examiner notices, this can help you pass next time or if you want to keep learning after you pass your test. Having someone around you will also help you to stay calm during the test.

Are you nervous?

Anyone may get nervous about their practical driving test, you have done a lot of hard work for this test and certainly want to pass. The key to pass is to take practical test when you are completely prepared.

Lots of people fail the driving test, just because they didn’t take enough lessons to pass. On average it takes nearly 45 hours of driving lessons and 22 hours of practice with relatives or friends to learn driving.

Tips to stay calm

  • Don’t book your practical test when you know other stressful things are happening around you.

  • Make sure you get a few good nights’ sleep before your practical driving test – you will feel more stressed if you’re tired.

  • Avoid too much caffeine before your practical test, as you may end up feeling anxious if you do so.

  • Arrive at the test center nearly 15 minutes before your test.

  • Talk to the examiner during the test if you want to, but remember that they may not talk to you much, as they don’t want to distract you from driving.

  • Stay positive and focus on passing the practical test.

Things to carry for practical test

You have been preparing for months, for your driving test, but on your practical test day you reach the test center and realize that you didn’t get your driving license or the theory test certificate. That’s not something you want.

If we go by statistics, more than 4,500 driving tests doesn’t proceed, as people don’t take appropriate documents, or they take an unsuitable car. If this happens you won’t get your driving license any time soon, as you have to take the driving test again.

In order to avoid such situations, make a checklist and make sure you carry everything before you leave for the practical driving test.

When you fail

If your examiner points out more than 15 minor mistakes and one major mistake, then you will fail the driving test. If you fail your driving test, then you will be given a report that tells you about your mistakes and your examiner will also explain them to you. When he does so, you must listen carefully, as it will help you next time. You can take your practical driving test after 10 days, so use this time wisely and focus on passing the driving test.

When you pass

Congratulations! You can now replace your provisional driving license with full license. Your examiner will send you the exam details and for more details you can log on to, the official government website.

Your examiner will give you feedbacks, don’t forget to listen them carefully, as it will help you to become a better driver.

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