How To Pass Your Practical Test

22nd April 2021

Practical Test

So you’ve passed your theory test and flown through all your driving lessons to get to this point. Your driving instructor thinks you’ve got what it takes and it’s now time to prepare for your upcoming practical test.

In this blog we’ll go through everything you need to know to make sure you pass first time!

Practice makes perfect


The week leading up to your driving test can be a nervous time so we have listed a few things to help calm them nerves.

1 – A positive attitude

Be. Positive. Your driving instructor wouldn’t have encouraged you to take your test if they thought you weren’t ready, right? So go in there with your head held high and give it your all!

2 – Try and fit a few extra lessons in before your test date

As mentioned before, practice makes perfect. So have a discussion with your instructor and ask if you can fit a few extra lessons in the week before your test and they’ll more than likely be willing to. Talking to your instructor during the week of your test can likely reassure you and boost your confidence too.

3 – Get a good night’s sleep

The last thing you want is to be feeling drained and tired when taking your test. So with that in mind, make sure you get at least 8 hours sleep as you’ll want to be as fresh and alert as possible when you take the test.

Ready to go

Make sure you REMEMBER your provisional licence and your theory test certificate or else you will be unable to take your test!

Allow plenty of time for yourself to travel to the test centre as the last thing you want is to be late to your test.

Wear sensible clothes and footwear. We’d recommend wearing clothes that you feel comfortable to reduce stress and suitable shoes which will make it easy for you to operate the pedals in a safe manner.

On the test


So how long is the test?

The driving test will be around 40 minutes.

What happens before I start driving?

The first step is the eyesight check which will be you showing that you can see well enough to drive. This means that you’ll have to read a number plate from 20 metres away. If you are unable to read the number plate, then your test will end.

You will most likely pass this and then you will then move on to a ‘show me’ or ‘tell me’ question but don’t worry if you get this wrong as it will just go down as a fault and you haven’t automatically failed your test. But it is always best to get this right to get yourself off to the best start possible.

What can I expect when I start driving?

Once you have got into the car and started driving, the examiner will firstly test you on your general driving ability. This will include driving in various road and traffic conditions but not on motorways. You will also be asked to pull over and pull away during your driving test. This will include: Hill starts, normal stops at the side of the road, pulling out from behind a parked vehicle.

You will then have to do one of 3 manoeuvres:

  • Parallel park at the side of the road
  • Park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic

The last 20 minutes of your driving test will be independent driving.

What this means is you will either be following traffic signs or a sat-nav for 20 minutes. Again, the examiner will tell you which one you will be doing. Don’t worry if you are unable to see a traffic sign or take a wrong turn as┬áthe examiner will not give you a fault for this but will guide you back on to the route

What if I make a mistake?

You can carry on if you make a mistake. Depending on what the mistake is, it may not affect your end result.

The examiner will guide you back to the test centre if the mistake means you have failed.

What happens after the test?

Whether you have passed or failed, the examiner will go through any faults that you made during the test. If you pass, you will be given a pass certificate. If you fail the test, don’t worry as there is always a next time and you’ll feel more confident knowing what the test will be like!

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