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Passing your practical driving test

Ok, your practical driving test. This is what you've been planning for, and training towards for some time. We know your going to be nervous about taking your practical driving test, and we know what it means to you. We know it's not just about being able to drive a car. It's about independence, not having to keep having to ask for lifts, relying on other people to take you places, and no more catching that bus. It's about freedom, being able to go where you want, when you want. It's about you having control over your life.

At Access Driving Tuition our driving instructors appreciate this. That's why over the period of time you have been taking driving lessons our aim will have been working towards this point of getting you through your driving test.

What do you need to do, to pass your test

At the beginning of your driving test the examiner will check your eyesight. Ask the vehicle safety check questions, also known as show me, tell me, will be asked at the beginning of your practical test and 1 during.Theses are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve the candidate opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine, or physically check fluid levels. Your driving instructor will have compressively covered this subject with you before the practical.

Please see Show me tell me


You must drive in a confident manner. To pass your driving test you need to drive without making any serious, or dangerous faults, and no more than 15 minor faults during a drive of about 40 minutes. The examiner will require you to undertake one of the following manoeuvres, and optionally the emergency stop:

During the test the examiner will tell you in good time which way to go. If you go the wrong way do not panic, the examiner is testing your ability to drive, not your ability to follow directions. It is better to go the wrong way correctly than to go the right way incorrectly.

If at any time you are unsure what the examiner requires, do not hesitate to check what he, or she wants; the examiner appreciates that you may be nervous, and will be happy to repeat, or clarify any instructions given. Try not to turn the examiner in to a mystical monster (not a bad one anyway) he is not there to fail you, but to assess if you can drive competently.


In your practical driving test there is an independent driving stage. Which is when you will be asked to drive independently for approximately 20 minutes. This will demonstrate to the examiner that you are able to follow verbal route directions or route direction signs, whilst still driving safely. The examiner will ask you to follow a sat nav or road signs.


Some tips to passing your driving test

If you have any queries about your driving test please Contact us, we always have a fully qualified driving instructor to hand.

To book your driving practical test, or for more information please click on the link below.

Driving Standards Agency


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