The practical driving test has been designed to ensure that the candidate is able to drive in a variety of road and traffic conditions to a safe and competent standard.

Steps for the Practical Test:

  1. The test begins with an eye-sight test. The candidate will be asked to read a registration plate from 20.5 metres.

  2. After the eyesight test you will be asked two vehicle safety check questions. You will then be examined on your general driving and on one reversing exercise.

  3. The reversing exercises will be chosen from:
    a. reversing round a corner
    b. turning in the road
    c. reverse parking

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

  5. The test will last about 40 minutes, of which about 10 minutes will be independent driving. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.

  6. At the end of the driving test the candidate will be informed of the result.

  7. A pass result will allow the candidate to drive:
    a. on the motorway
    b. without 'L' plates
    c. unsupervised

  8. Once the candidate has passed the practical driving test, it is possible to take the pass plus course.