STAGE 4: PRACTICAL TEST
We will discuss and mutually agree when to book your test online, which will be when your overall driving skills are above the standard needed to pass.
This will help to enhance your chance of success, but more importantly, to support the concept of “safe driving for life”. During the latter part of your training, I will begin conducting realistic ‘Mock Tests’ including one with a colleague, to provide a true sense of what to expect on the day.
It is usual to have an hour’s ‘warm-up’ drive immediately before the test, to rehearse the manoeuvres, Emergency Stop, Show/Tell questions and any last driving issues requiring that final polish.
It is essential that I have written confirmation of your Driving Test appointment as soon as the booking is completed. This is to ensure that both myself and your training vehicle will be available when it matters most.
The Practical Driving Test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you can drive safely in different road conditions and that you have learned your highway code.
You will meet your examiner and he/she will then inform you of what he/she will expect from you. Firstly you will have an eyesight check and then your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks. These will be taken from the Show Me, Tell Me questions and we will have practiced these during your tuition.
The Practical Driving Test will last for 40 minutes and you will have to demonstrate everything you have learned in your driving lessons. You will be asked if you wish to have your instructor with you in the car. I encourage this, as I will be able to see first hand any issues that arise. You need to show you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations. You'll be asked to do one reversing manoeuvre which we will have practised and possibly make a controlled stop. To pass, you will need to complete the test without any serious faults and with 15 or fewer minor errors.
Be prepared! The current national average practical pass rate is around 43%, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible.
In this section of your test, you'll be asked to drive for about 10 minutes without step by step route directions from your examiner, by either following: traffic signs, a series of directions or a combination of both.
To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going. Again we will work with this style of driving during your lessons, to help you prepare. On returning to the test centre car park, your examiner will tell you your result. Hopefully we will be celebrating your PASS, if not we can go through where you went wrong and re-book.