Driving Test Explained


Your driving test will start with the driving test examiner checking your documentation,

getting you to sign the driving assessment form.

Then the eye sight test. after this  you will be asked to walk  to the car where you will be asked the show me tell me questions

you will then start the practical  driving part of the test which will include manoeuvres.

The driving test will last about 35 – 40 minutes.

Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.



The driving standards agency [dsa] encourages you to take someone with you on you driving test.

This will usually be the person who taught you to drive, but it could be a relative or a friend,

they most be over 16 years old and can not take part in the test.

The person who goes with you will be able to see how you perform during the test.

to get the most benefit from this, it would be sensible to ask your driving instructor to go with you.

They can give you advice on how to improve your driving whether you pass or fail.



The eyesight test requires you to read a number plate from 20 meters for vehicles displaying the new style number plate, and 20.5 mtrs if it the old style number plate.

If you fail to read the number plate correctly, you will be asked to read a second number plate, if you can’t read this you will get a third number plate to read at the correct measured distance.

If you fail to read this correctly, then your test will not continue.

VEHICLE SAFETY QUESTIONS show me tell me questions.

You will be asked two questions, one “show me” and “one tell me”.

One or both of these questions answered incorrectly will result in one minor fault being recorded.

These questions are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe to use.

although some safety checks may involve opening the bonnet of the car, to identify where fluids levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.

As vehicles technology advances, more and more vehicles are equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, which informs the driver of the state of the engines fluid levels and tyre pressures.it is acceptable to refer to the vehicles information system if fitted when answering.


You will then be examined on your general driving, including independent driving, one manoeuvre and a possible emergency stop.

Your required manoeuvres are

  • reversing round a corner
  • Turn in the road
  • Bay park
  • parallel park


During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow, the examiner will instruct you on when to start the independent driving test.

Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.

Throughout your test you should drive in the way your driving instructor has taught you.

If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it, just put it to the back of your mind.

The examiner will be looing for an overall safe standard od driving.

You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass your test.

!6 or more minor faults results in failure.

If you commit a serious or dangerous fault you will fail your test.


when the driving test is ended you may call over your driving instructor so they can listen to the result and feedback with you.

The examiner will tell you if you have passed or failed your test.


The examiner won’t say much in case it puts you off. Put any mistakes behind you and just concentrate on what’s happening.

One minor error doesn’t mean a fail.

Despite what you may of heard – there’s no quotas for test passes. If you’ve reached the required standard you’ll pass your test.