The final part of the UK driving test, and the road to gaining a full UK driving license is the practical test. The practical test is to make sure those who pass are competent and safe in the basic skills of driving in the UK.
At the test centre, the examiner will need to see your provisional licence and may ask to see your theory test pass certificate. When the examiner has examined your documents, they will ask you to take them to the car.
The practical test is your chance to prove to an examiner that you are competent and safe behind the wheel of a car.
Practical Test Day. Before you get to your car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate, should you be unable to read the plate correctly, the test will be terminated.
At the car the examiner will ask you a "tell me question".
The "show me, tell me" questions consist of vehicle safety questions such as where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators or power steering.
You will be asked two questions, one 'tell me' question at the beginning of the test and one 'show me' during the test.
Normally before your test you will have at least a one hour driving lesson with Godbolt's to get ready for your final test, relax, feel comfortable and calm and get rid of any last-minute nerves.
Remember to bring your theory test pass certificate, provisional driving licence and some other form of proof of identification if you have the old style of licence.
Next the driving test examiner will ask you to get in the car and will join you in the passenger seat for you to take the practical test. The examiner will use the same terminology as your Godbolt's driving instructor during the practical test.
During the practical test you will be expected to drive for about 35-40 minutes in various road situations, some of them will be at higher speeds possibly up to the national speed limit. You will also be required to:
This will include pulling out from behind a parked vehicle and performing a hill start. You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop exercise.
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following:
-parallel park at the side of the road
-park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out
-pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and then rejoin the traffic.
You will be required to drive independently for around 20 minutes using either the examiners sat nav or the traffic signs.
If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give the candidate directions until they can see the next traffic sign.
If the candidate has special needs, the examiner will be able to make reasonable adjustments but may be required to take a longer test. Please discuss this with your instructor.
To pass your driving test and gain a full UK driving license you must drive without getting any serious or dangerous faults and or no more than 15 minor driving faults.
On the day of your test, you will be required to answer two “show me, tell me” questions.
The “tell me” question will be asked at the beginning of the test, before you start driving.
The “show me” question will be asked during your test, whilst you are driving.
These are vehicle safety questions where you will be required to either tell or show the driving test examiner how to perform certain tasks on your vehicle. These can be tasks such as using your lights or checking your oil level.
If you fail to answer these questions correctly, you will get a minor faulty.
For more information on these questions please click here.