How do I know when I’m ready to take a driving test?
To pass the driving test, the average learner requires 45 hours of driving lessons and 22 hours of practice. However, because everyone is different, the best method to know when you’re ready is to ask your driving instructor; they’ll be able to tell you when you’re ready.
How long do you have to wait to retake your test if you fail?
You can book another driving test straight away, but you will need to choose a date at least 10 working days after you fail. Use this time for extra lessons and to go over any test feedback with your instructor. If you need an earlier driving test, you can also get help with that here.
What should I bring to a driving test?
When preparing for your test, make sure you have your UK driving licence, theory test pass certificate and a car. Most people use their driving instructor’s car, or their own if it fits certain requirements.
What happens if I make a mistake during the driving test?
Don’t be scared. Minor errors are recorded as driving faults, and even if you make 15 of them, you can still pass your driving test. If you make a major or dangerous mistake throughout the test, though, you may be disqualified.
What are the reversing exercises?
During the test, the examiner will typically ask you to do one of the following three exercises:
Parallel park at the side of the road
Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out or reversing and driving out (your examiner will tell you which to do)
Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and re-join the traffic
What will I be asked to do during my driving test?
On your driving test, you’ll have:
An eyesight check
‘Show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
General driving ability
Reversing your vehicle
Roughly twenty minutes of independent driving
A fifth of drivers taking their test will be chosen at random and will have to rely on road signs to get to their destination
The majority of learner drivers, however, will be asked to follow directions using a sat nav
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