Practical Driving Test

There is an online booking system available for a practical driving test which you can access from the DirectGov website.

The web address to do this is: http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/documents/digitalasset/dg_186303.html

If you have already booked the practical driving test, you can change or cancel your test too, and also check details of an existing test you have booked.

A variety of different elements make up the practical driving test, and the purpose of it is to check that you can drive safely and also know the Highway Code.

If you wish, you can take someone with you on your driving test, which of course typically would be your driving instructor, so that they can see how you perform on the test. There is an eyesight test that occurs at the start of the practical test which of course you must pass for the test to continue.

There are also other questions such as around vehicle safety, this is the show me / tell me element that you will have discussed and gone through with your instructor in advance.

There are also various exercises that you might be asked to perform during the practical element of the driving test. The article in this section on driving test exercises outlines what these are in more detail; again your instructor will go through all of this in detail during your lessons that prepare you for the actual practical driving test.

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