The Practical Driving Test

Before you do any driving you’ll be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked some vehicle safety questions. You’ll then be tested on your general driving ability, including one reversing exercise.

The ‘Driving’ part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you’ve reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you’ll fail the test automatically.

You must bring the following items with you to the test. If you don’t, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee

  • The appropriate theory test pass certificate.
  • Your appointment letter confirming your test time and date
  • Both parts of your photo card licence. If you don’t take both parts of your licence, your test will not take place and you’ll lose your fee