examiners have a quota of passes?
don't. The results are monitored though as a tell tale guide
if the examiner is doing his own thing instead of keeping
within the DSA's marking criteria.
you change down the gears whilst slowing down in traffic
or to stop at the side of the road?
you don't have to. The simple rule is the gears are for
going and the brakes are for slowing. Brake down to the
speed you require, then go into a gear suitable for that
speed. If you have stopped at the side of the road, the
gear will be neutral, if in traffic with the prospect of
moving almost immediately, it will be 1st gear.
I always signal when moving off from the side of the road?
is not the slightest chance of any-one being affected by
you moving off, including oncoming traffic and pedestrians,
there is no point in signalling.
you keep out of the centre painted area of road, called
chevrons, if bordered by a broken line, when turning right
into a side road?
as it is safe to drive over them you can drive into the
area. That is what they are there for, to protect a vehicle
turning right, from other traffic. Also, often it is almost
impossible to get positioned properly in the centre, if
you do keep out of them.
I be asked to do an emergency stop on my test ?
have a one in three chance of being asked to do an emergency
stop. This is to give the examiner more time for you to
do more road tests.
is the age you can actually learn to drive at. Can you start
at 16 with a provisional licence? and then start driving
general, the minimum ages for driving on British roads are
16 years for invalid carriages and mopeds, 17 years for
agricultural or forestry tractors, small vehicles ( that's
cars) and motorcycles, 21 years for medium/large sized vehicles,
minibuses and buses.
had two examiners in the car with me on my test. Is this
fair to me?
ensure that everyone gets a fair test, the examiners are
regularly assessed themselves! You might have a senior DSA
officer in the back of the car during your test; he/she
will be there to make sure that your examiner conducts the
test in a fair and appropriate manner. Try not to worry
about the 'extra' examiner in the back. They are there to
make sure you have a 'fair' test.
anyone accompany me on the test?
can request that a friend or your instructor be present,
but they must not interfere in any way. You should bring
an interpreter with you if you need one, but you must not
use an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for that purpose.
Your interpreter must be 16 years or over and wear suitable
seat restraints where they are available.
I use a car which is ‘automatic’ for the test?
However, when you pass your practical test your full driving
licence will only entitle you to drive an ‘automatic’
car. It will also act as a provisional licence for a car
with a manual gearbox.
should I drive during the test?
in the way that your instructor has taught you. If you make
a mistake, don’t worry. It might be a minor mistake
and may not affect your result. Your examiner will be looking
for an overall safe standard. You won’t fail for one
long will the practical test take?
40 minutes. If you are taking the extended test for persons
convicted of serious driving offences this will last approximately
70 minutes. Some test centres are open on a Saturday
many Driving Lessons will I need?
depends on how many lessons you take in a week. For example
you will need fewer lessons overall if you take two or three
a week. According to the DSA, it takes an average person
approximately 1.5hours, for each year of their life. So
if you're 17 years old, it could take 25/30 hours.
anyone guarantee that I will pass?
may have heard of the guaranteed pass course that some driving
schools offer. It sounds to good to be true doesn't it?
Well you're right. No one can guarantee that when you take
the driving test that you will automatically pass. If you
are good enough you will pass. Take the driving test when
you and your instructor both agree that you are ready, and
then there should be no reasons for you not to pass.
hold an American State licence. Can I exchange it for a
you hold a full driving licence issued outside the European
Economic Area it may be possible to exchange it for an equivalent
GB licence. There is a booklet (the D100) which you can
get from most post offices, this booklet explains the exchange
licence regulations. You can also contact the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency (Tel: 0870 240 0009) who will tell
you if you can or cannot exchange your driving licence.
If you cannot exchange your licence you will need to take
and pass a theory test before you can book a practical driving
wish to learn to drive but I am very nervous about traffic
worry, instructors are highly trained and will help put
you at your ease. Your first lessons will be conducted on
very quiet roads learning the basics of car control before
you are gently introduced to busier road conditions.
can accompany me whilst driving as a learner driver ?
who holds a current full licence and has held that licence
for at least 3 years and is over the age of 21.
I drive on A roads with L plates?
however you are not allowed to drive on a motorway unless
you have passed your practical test.
you are waiting at the front of a queue at traffic lights
do you have to wait in first gear or wait in neutral?
can wait in first gear if you think the lights are about
to change. Sometimes you can 'read' the lights by watching
the changes from the other traffic lights. If you can see
them about to change you can get yourself ready by selecting
find it hard to go into second gear around roudabouts,is
it okay to go around in first?
all depends on your speed. It is no good going around the
roundabout in first gear at 20 mph, the vehicle is not designed
for that. If it is only a small roundabout and you have
to drive around it very slow then first gear would be OK.
Practice makes perfect. Ask your driving instructor for
is the current waiting time for practical driving test appointments?
depends where you live. Some areas it's only a few days
and in others it can be up to 12 weeks.
you have already taken a test, Is there a chance you will
get the same examiner?
could get the same examiner again. If you go to a large
test centre with lots of examiners your chances become less.
Examiners do not choose who they take on the test. This
is already done for them by computer from the main booking
I take a wrong direction given to me by the tester would
this be a fail?
would depend on the circumstances. If you got into the wrong
lane and had to make a turn without the examiner say so,
this would be a fail. However if the examiner asks to turn
right and you do all the correct procedures (including a
left signal) and turned left you would not fail. Concentrate
on the essentials. If you make a mistake, keep calm and
concentrate on your driving. The mistake may not result
you need to pay any additional cost on the day of the test
after your initial booking fee ie insurance?
fee on initial booking pays for the Examiner to take you
on the test. If you are going to the test with your driving
instructor you will have to pay for the lesson before the
test and for the hire of the car for the actual test ( This
is usually the cost of another lesson). If you are taking
the test in your own car, you have to make sure the car
is insured for you to do this. You have to sign to say the
car is insured. You do not have to pay the DSA any more
can't find my Theory Test pass certificate. Can I book a
practical test without it?
will need to contact the customer service team at the DSA
responsible for the theory test on 0161-868-3990 and they
will be able to help you further. You will need to prove
to the examiner that you have passed your theory test so
you will either be issued with a letter to say that you
have passed or you will be told what your certificate number
I need to equip my own car with an extra rear view mirror
before the test ?
Cars / vans presented for test must be a four wheeled vehicle
capable of a speed of at least 100 kph and be fitted with;
interior mirror for the examiner's use
it legal to place L plates on front and rear windscreens
vehicle driven by a learner must display red L plates( or
D plates in Wales). Plates must conform to legal specifications
and must be visible to others from the front of the vehicle
and from behind. Plates have to be removed or covered when
not being driven by a learner ( except driving schools).
It is illegal to place anything on the windscreen which
may obstruct your view. ie. a L plate in the centre of the
windscreen. If you can, always place the L plate on the
body of the vehicle.
is the chance that I will have to do a reverse parking during
the driving test?
everyone will need to do all the manoeuvres on the driving
test. You have a one in three chance of doing the reverse
signals (if any) should I make when carrying out the reversing
/ parking manoeuvres ?
do not need to make any signal when carrying out the reverse/parking
manoeuvre. You will be stopped before carrying out these
manoeuvres and you should only prepare your positioning
if it is safe to do so. If someone approaches you while
going the parking manoeuvre and you are causing an abstraction
you will need to move away and find another place. This
situation could require a right signal to show you are moving
off. After completing the parking manoeuvre you may need
a signal to show you are moving off.
there is a bus lane is it acceptable to use the bus lane
when the time permits?
must use the bus lane when time permits. Hundreds of candidates
fail the test for not using the bus lanes at the permitted
times. Read the plates on the approach to the lanes and
act on the time. If you do not use the bus lane in the permitted
time you will fail.
do you use the handbrake apart from when parked the car.
Do you always have to apply the handbrake when stopped on
handbrake is used to secure the car when you park it or
are stationary for more than a few moments. It is also used
to help you time moving off into gaps in the traffic. You
must make sure the car has stopped before applying the handbrake.
I would say you should apply the handbrake if you are stopped
on a hill. This will help you to then set your feet to get
ready to move off again. If you park on a hill, remember
to leave the car in gear and turn your wheels into the kerb.
This will stop the car rolling away if the handbrake fails.
is the practical test changing to include maintenance questions?
Tell Me/Show Me part of the Practical test was introduced
on the 1st September 2003.
do I book a practical test?
best not to apply for your practical test until your Instructor
tells you you are ready. There is usually a waiting time
for tests. The waiting times varies from place to place
but can range from a few weeks to 12 weeks.
passed my practical test but after a recent house move I
can't find my test pass certificate. There is nothing on
the DVLA website. Who do I contact to get a new one?
out a D1 form in the normal way, to apply for the full licence.
You have to have passed your test within the last 2 years
otherwise you will have to take all the tests again.
Send a covering letter with as many details as possible
about time, date, location of test etc so that they can
check their records. A full licence will be sent to you
if all your details check-out.
about the questions I will be asked before the practical
From 1st September 2003, at the start of the practical test,
the Examiner will ask the pupil a 'Tell Me' question, for
example "Tell me how you would change a tyre".
This would be followed by a 'Show Me' question, for example
"Show me where to check the oil level". A candidate
will not FAIL a Driving Test for a wrong answer however
they will get ONE Driving Fault if they are wrong. This
test will be included inside the existing time limit for
the practical test which means less time spend out on the