What happens on your driving test?

What happens on your driving test?

We get asked this question a lot, so we’ve decided to note down the main points of what happens on your driving test. Bare in mind, most driving tests differ slightly from one another, as there are variables like traffic, which differ for each test.

Initially, you will have some time before your driving test with your instructor. Depending on what your instructor thinks best, you might practice a couple manoeuvres or go over a test route. You’ll drive to the test centre at your allotted time, where you will wait to be called over by an examiner.

You’ll go to the car with the examiner, where you will be asked to do an eyesight check (so remember your glasses or contact lenses). You’ll need to read a car registration plate which is approximately 20 meters away.

You’ll then be asked 2 vehicle safety questions – known as the ‘show me tell me’ questions.
These are some basic safety questions which drivers should know in order to ensure that the vehicle is safe. The examiner will ask you to show them how to carry out one vehicle safety check and then they will ask you to tell them how to do another safety check. You will get one minor fault if you answer a question incorrectly.

Once completed, you’ll get into the car to proceed with your driving test. The examiner will give you step by step directions, just like your instructor does in normal lessons. You won’t know which test route you’ll be taking until you’re driving on it during your test! You will be examined on your general driving ability and on one manoeuvre. The manoeuvre is chosen from reversing around a corner, turn in the road, bay parking or parallel park. You won’t know the manoeuvre you’ll get until you’re asked to do it on the test.

You also may be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

You will also complete a section of your test called the independent drive. The examiner will ask you to drive independently for a short period of time, following traffic signs, verbal directions or a combination of both.

The whole test takes around 40 minutes, including 10 minutes for the independent drive. Should you take a wrong turn during your test, do not panic. Carry on as normal, the examiner will help you get back on to the route and it may not affect your result. If you feel that you have made a mistake during your test, carry on also – if it’s not a serious fault it might not affect your result.

You can make up to 15 driving faults during your test and still pass. However if you get one serious or dangerous fault, you will fail the test. At the end of your driving test the examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed and they will also explain how you drove throughout your test, which is beneficial for your development, even if you have passed.

Jenny took driving lessons in Luton and took her driving test at the Luton test centre. During her driving test she was asked to do an emergency stop and her manoeuvre was the turn in the road. She passed first time and got 2 minors – her minors were for: one instance of ‘jerky control’ using the clutch and crossing her hands while steering. She was really pleased with the result!

Hopefully now, you have a better understanding of what happens on your driving test. However if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 458 1226 or contact us via email.