Practical Test

How long does it last?

The Practical Test routes are designed to take between 40 to 45 minutes when driven properly. The exact amount of time you take can depend on traffic.

What do I need to bring to my practical driving test?

You need to bring your provisional, photo card driving licence, your letter proving that you have passed the theory test, and a car. If you have been doing lessons with a driving instructor, you can book the instructor for the test, and use their car.
It is also advisable to dress appropriately. The examiners want to pass students who are safe, responsible and in control If you drive safely you will pass whatever you wear, but appropriate clothes help to create the right impression and atmosphere for both the student and the examiner.

What happens in the driving practical test?

The Driving Test will be changing on 10th December 2017.

Currently: –

  • Your documents will be checked.
  • Your eye sight will be checked by asking you to read a car registration plate 20 metres away.
  • You will be asked two ‘show me tell me’ questions before setting out in the car.
  • You will be asked to do one of the four manoeuvres: –

‘Turn in the road’ (previously called the ‘Three Point Turn’),

‘Reverse Park’ (otherwise known as a ‘Parallel Park’),

‘Reversing Around a Corner’, from a busy road onto a quiet road

or ‘Reversing into a Car Parking Space’ (otherwise known as a ‘Bay Park’)

  • You also have a one in three chance of being asked to do the ‘Emergency Stop’ as well.
  • You will have an independent driving section for 10 minutes you will be asked to follow maps (they are not full maps) or sign posts (e.g. the examiner will state ‘follow the signs to Basingstoke’)  , or, a mixture of both.

After 10th December 2017: –

  • Your documents will be checked.
  • Your eye sight will be checked by asking you to read a car registration plate 20 metres away.
  • You will be asked two ‘show me tell me’ questions whilst driving the car.
  • You will be asked to do one of the four manoeuvres: –

‘Driving Forward into a space and Reversing back out’ taking place in a Bay.

‘Reverse Park’ (otherwise known as a ‘Parallel Park’),

‘Pulling up on the Right side of the road, and reversing in a straight line.

Or, ‘Reversing into a Car Parking Space’ (otherwise known as a ‘Bay Park’)

  • You also have a one in three chance of being asked to do the ‘Emergency Stop’ as well.
  • You will have an independent driving section (typo of were) where for 20 minutes you will be asked to follow a Sat Nav (provided by your examiner) or sign posts (e.g. the examiner will state ‘follow the signs to Basingstoke’).
Where do I book my driving test?

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07983 506 996

Driving School

Reading, Berkshire

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