In order to pass the Practical Driving Test you must
show your examiner that you can drive safely, complete the
nominated set exercises and show through your driving that you
have a thorough knowledge of the Highway Code.
Your test will last approximately 40 minutes over a route that
will include a range of typical road and traffic
conditions. This could include town centres, urban roads,
rural roads and dual carriageways.
At the start of your test, you will be asked to sign a
declaration that your test vehicle is covered by insurance (If
you take your test in a Peppers car this will not present a
problem). Your examiner will also conduct an eyesight test,
when you must be able to read a car number plate from a distance
of 20.5 metres on the old style number plates (eg A123 ABC) or 20
metres on the new style (eg AB55 ABC). If you need to wear
glasses or contact lenses to do this, you must wear them whilst
driving. If you fail the eyesight test your driving test
will not continue.
Once this is complete you will then be ask two `show me
- tell me` questions based on basic safety checks that a driver
should carry out to ensure that the vehicle is safe for
use. Our Instructors will help you learn these before your
test. One or both questions answered incorrectly will
result in one minor fault being recorded.
During your test you will be asked to carry out one of the
following set exercises: Reverse round a corner, Turn in the
road or a Reverse park (this could be a parallel park
or a bay park). You may also be asked to carry out an
emergency stop exercise.
Your practical driving test will include approximately 10 minutes
of independent driving.
During your test you’ll have to drive independently by
either following traffic signs,a series of directions or a
combination of both. To help you understand where you are going
when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a
It doesn`t matter if you don`t remember every direction, or if
you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced
drivers. Independent driving is not a test of your orientation
and navigation skills.
Driving independently means making your own decisions - this
includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for
confirmation about where you’re going.
Your examiner will assess and record your driving faults.
Committing one fault of a Serious or Dangerous nature will result
in you failing your test. Committing driving faults of a
less serious nature may not lead to failure, provided you do not
commit more than 15 faults. However if a particular
fault is habitual this would be considered to be a serious
weakness in your driving and would be marked as a serious fault
thus leading to failure.
At the end of your test your examiner will go through your
driving test report with you and offer some guidance and
explanation of your faults.