The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
Your general driving ability
During your test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Your ability to reverse your vehicle safely
You’ll be asked to complete an exercise to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will choose one exercise from:
- parking on the right and reversing two car lengths
- parking in a bay in a car park, either forwards or reversing
- parallel parking at the side of the road
Independent driving section of the driving test
Your driving test will include around twenty minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.
A show me and a tell me question.
What to do if you make a mistake during your test
If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and might not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users they will stop your test.
The pass mark for the driving test is 15 driving faults and still pass the test. If you make 16 or more driving faults, you won’t pass your test. If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass your test.