About your driving test

The driving test starts with an eyesight check which requires you to read a car number plate from a certain distance. If you fail this your test will not continue.

Next you will be asked two vehicle safety check questions, one “show me”, and one “tell me”. Any incorrect answers will be recorded as a driving fault.

The test will last about 40 minutes and in that time you will have to perform two reverse manoeuvres to the required standard, plus possibly the emergency stop procedure. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving and competency. You can make up to 15 minor faults and still pass, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

The reversing exercises will be chosen from: reversing around a corner; turn in the road; and reverse parking (either at the test centre into a parking bay or parallel parking behind another vehicle).

During the driving test, the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. Test routes include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it: it might be a minor fault and not affect your result.

If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test may be stopped.

You are allowed to take someone with you on the test; this person must be over 16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.

When the test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed and review your performance during the test.