The practical driving test is an essential component for anybody wishing to take to the roads behind the wheel of their own car. Even before you can consider taking practical driving lessons you must have passed your theory test and having done so you have two years to then complete your practical test. The practical test is designed to test your practical ability to be able to safely and competently drive a car on the road in a number of different road and traffic conditions.
A Straightforward Test Of Driving Abilities
The practical driving test is not designed as a means of tripping you up and it is meant to be a straightforward test of your abilities. There are no tricks or attempts to make you fail but there are numerous elements that are meant to test your knowledge of the Highway Code and whether you can put it into practice. It is also designed to ensure that you will be safe to drive on the road on your own.
What To Bring To Your Test
The day of your test is likely to mean a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to apprehension but you should ensure that you are fully prepared. This includes bringing the right documents and other items with you. You should bring your theory test certificate with you as well as your driving licence. You may also bring an adult aged 16 or over with you, typically your driving instructor.
Eyesight And Vehicle Safety Questions
The very first element of your test will be to check that your eyesight is considered good enough to drive safely. You will be asked to read the number plate of a parked car. If you fail the eyesight test then the rest of the practical test will not be allowed to continue so ensure that you wear your glasses of contacts if necessary. You will also be asked a number of basic questions on vehicle safety which may include questions about oil levels and how to check your windscreen washer levels.
The main body of the test will be the driving ability test. You will be asked to perform a number of tasks and a series of manoeuvres that are designed to examine your ability to drive. This will include one element where you will be asked to display ability when reversing your car. Drive exactly how your instructor has trained you to and remember that small mistakes will not necessarily lead to a fail so don’t panic.
Faults And Failure
You are allowed some basic errors, or faults, during your test. However, if you commit what is considered a serious or dangerous fault then this will lead to you failing your test and you will need to try again at a later date. You are permitted up to 15 driving faults, or minor faults.
Passing Your Test
If you pass your test then you will be informed at the end of your test. You can ask that your instructor be present when you are given your results so that they can talk them through with you. If you do pass then you will be asked if you would like your full licence to be sent to you automatically – you do not need to wait for this to arrive before you start driving in earnest.
The Practical Driving Test
The practical driving test is meant as a means of judging the quality of your driving and whether you are safe and competent to be driving on the roads. Passing means that you will be able to get your own car and drive it on the highways but, if you fail, it isn’t the end of the world and you will be able to book another test following ten working days of the date of your original test.