Practical Driving Test

Ok, you have passed your theory test and you and your instructor feel that you’re driving has reached a suitable level, you can get on with booking your practical test.

How far in advance you’ll need to book varies depending on the number of other learners applying at the same time and to some degree which test centre you apply to. It’s sensible to go to test in an area you know and have perhaps been practicing in.

You should not just go ahead and book the test before checking that a car will be available first! If this conflicts with another booking your instructor has already agreed to you may have to cancel or change the date. Entering your instructors ADI number can help prevent double booking.

Book your practical test. Please note you should always check with your instructor before doing this yourself.

An ‘independent driving’ section is now included as part of the practical test during, usually lasting for about 10 minutes, where you will be required to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • be given two sets of verbal directions involving 2 to 3 turns or junctions
  • or a combination of both

This allows your examiner to see how well you deal with traffic situations without direction from your examiner. You can see the official DSA video on the ‘independent driving’ section of your driving test at the bottom of this page.

If you would like more information on the car practical driving test you can find this on the GOV.UK website. In particular, you can find information on the following:

  1. An overview of the practical driving test
  2. Documents to bring to your test
  3. What happens during the test
  4. Independent driving section of the test
  5. Your driving test result
  6. Practical driving test fees
  7. Rules for cars used for driving tests
  8. Known safety faults
  9. Special needs
  10. Cancelled or stopped tests and bad weather
  11. Candidate impersonation.