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The car practical driving test

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:
* can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
* know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving

After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:

* an eyesight check Ė if you fail this, your test will not continue
* your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks You can find source material in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) publication 'The official guide to Driving - the essential skills' and 'The official DSA guide to learning to drive'. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook. Candidates will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.



Independent driving explained

Watch a video about independent driving

Opens new window Your practical driving test will include approximately 10 minutes of independent driving. During your test youíll have to drive independently by either following:

* traffic signs
* a series of directions
* a combination of both

To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram. 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 itís safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where youíre going.



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