The Practical Driving Test
So your big day has arrived and its time for you to meet an examiner and have your driving skills tested.
Don’t worry about anything, just think of it as a continuation of your normal lessons but with another person giving you the route directions.
Quite simply, the driving test is just a basic test to make sure that you are safe and competent to drive a car on your own. However that doesn’t mean that you’re a perfect driver. There are always new things to learn.
On test day the normal procedure is for you to have an hours training prior to the start of your test, this practice session will help you settle down and prepare you for the start of your test.
About five minutes before your test we’ll go into the waiting room, shortly afterwards an examiner will come in and ask for you by name, you just need to show him/her both parts of your provisional licence and sign the examiners sheet. You then walk outside and you’ll be asked to read a car number plate at only 20.5 metres away.
After the eyesight test your examiner will ask you a couple of questions about your car, these questions are known as ‘show-me tell-me questions‘.
Once the questions are out of the way your examiner will ask you to get yourself ready to drive, start the engine and drive off. You will need to drive as safely as possibly and don’t take any risks. Your examiner will give you clear instructions and route directions throughout your test. Don’t worry if you notice the examiner recording something on the marking sheet, just concentrate on what you’re doing and keep trying throughout the whole test. You will be required to do at least one manoeuvre from the following: Reverse to the left. The turn in the road. A parallel park or a reverse into a parking bay. You may also be required to do an emergency stop exercise.
Sometime during your test your examiner will ask you to pull up and he/she will explain that they want you to drive independently for a short time, you will be asked to follow a series of route directions, this can be by following traffic signs or directions or a mixture of both. Your examiner could show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going.
The purpose of this independent driving is for your examiner to assess how you would normally drive on your own and at the same time work out how you navigate a route. While following the route directions you still need to drive very safely.
Message from Chris:
I know all this can sound a bit daunting, but please don’t worry because during your training I will prepare you thoroughly for each part of your driving test.
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