The practical driving test is designed to see if you:
- can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
- know the Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability
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As long as you show the standard required, you’ll pass your driving test.
There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practice driving before you take your test. There are no pass or fail quotas.
The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
Your general driving ability
During your test the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
It should include:
- normal stops
- an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
- a hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle safely
You’ll have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
- reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road
- Pulling up on the right side of the road and reversing along close to the kerb
Independent driving section
Your driving test will include around 20 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own. You will probably follow instructions from a satnav, but may be asked to follow road signs instead.
If you make mistakes
Carry on if you make a mistake, because if it’s not a serious mistake it might not affect your result.
Your examiner will stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.
Taking someone with you
Your examiner will ask if you want your instructor, or another person, to:
- sit in the back of your car during your driving test
- be with you after the test for the result and feedback
This person will usually be your driving instructor, but it could also be a relative or friend.
They must be over 16 and can’t take any part in the test.