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Practical Driving Test

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You must provide an appropriately insured and licensed car that is suitable for the purpose of the test, displaying L- Plates on the front and rear that don't interfere with the driver's or examiner's view , an interior mirror for the examiner to use, front passenger seat with head restraints and a seatbelt for the examiner. The vehicle must be legal and roadworthy and have no warning lights showing (i.e. the airbag warning light.)

In the test centre
When you're in the test centre waiting room your examiner will come out to meet you at the time of your test, he/she will ask to see your theory certificate and both parts of your photo card licence (if you have the old style licence see below) and they will ask you to sign a declaration to say that the car is insured for test use and a residence declaration to say you live at that address (this must be signed or your test will be terminated). When the examiner has checked your documents they will ask you to take them to your car (take your documents with you). Before you get to your car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from a randomly chosen vehicle at a distance of 20.5 metres (if you fail this, your test will not continue). When you get to your car the examiner will ask you 2 of the show me tell me questions. If you incorrectly answer 1 or both of the questions you will get 1 driver error (this will not result in failure). Next your examiner will ask you to get in the car and make yourself comfortable; they will join you in the passenger seat shortly after you get in the car. The examiner will then tell you "Throughout the test I'd like you to follow the road ahead at all times, unless road markings or road signs tell you otherwise. If I do want you turn, I will tell you in good time". The examiner will use the same terminology as your instructor, giving you plenty of notice. If at any time you forget or don't understand any of the directions given by the examiner ask him to repeat it.

If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driver licence and a valid passport - from 1 November 2005 no other form of photographic identification will be accepted.

If you lose your licence, you must apply for a replacement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which could take up to 21 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

During your test
During your test you will be expected to drive for about 40 minutes in various road situations, some of them will be at higher speeds possibly up to 70 Mph if you are taken on a dual carriageway. You will also be asked to perform 1 manoeuvre (turn in the road, reverse left, reverse park and bay parking) and you may also be asked to perform the Emergency Stop exercise.

Independent Drive
From 4 October 2010, learner drivers will be tested on independent driving as part of the practical driving test.
During their test, candidates will have to drive for about 10 minutes, either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both. To help candidates understand where they’re going, the examiner may show them a diagram.
If you ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you.
If you go off the independent driving route it won’t affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault.
If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving.
If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign - you won’t need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.
You can’t use a sat nav for independent driving as it gives you turn-by-turn prompts. Independent driving tests how you make your own decisions.



To pass the U.K. Driving Test you must drive without:
Getting one serious or dangerous fault (Major).
Getting no more than 15 driving faults (Minor).

At the end of the test
At the end of the test the examiner will ask you to switch off the car engine. The examiner will then say that they will finish filling in the test report form, once they have done that they will tell you your result pass or fail. If you fail they will ask if you want your instructor to listen to the debrief (it is a good idea to let your instructor listen to the debrief)

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