I’ve helped hundreds of people pass their Driving Test – so I know a thing or two about what you need to do!
To take the Practical Driving Test, you must hold a provisional licence and have passed your Driving Theory Test.
The cost of the Practical Driving Test
The cost of the test is £62 if you wish to take your test between Monday and Friday during the day, for evening and weekends, the cost is £75. (Please note:when you book your Practical Test online there are some unofficial websites that will charge considerably more). This is the link you need https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test
How to Pass The Practical Driving Test
Driving tests have been taking place since 1935 and probably the most common reason for failure is lack of preparation to be honest. If you and I work together and believe you are ready for the test, you will find it a breeze.
Before you start
At the start of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions, which I can give you a list of and we can practice in lessons if required.
- For the eyesight check:
You’ll be asked to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres (for vehicles with a new-style number plate – which start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC), or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate. Take your glasses if you need them!
- For the vehicle safety questions:
The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check, and you’ll be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.
During the Practical Driving Test
Often, driving examiners sit quietly during your test so that they do not distract you. It is their job to watch and assess your driving. Sometimes their supervisor will sit in the back of the car too (in which case they will be watching how the examiner performs – not you – and they will have no influence over the examiners decision about whether you pass or not).
Your test will last about 40 minutes and include different types of roads and a reversing manoeuvre.
One in three Practical Driving Tests will also include the emergency stop exercise. The independent driving element will last for around 10 minutes and I will be able to give you details about this when we are training.
At the end
At the end of the test, your examiner will tell you the result and briefly discuss their thoughts.