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.