The Practical Driving Test
The practical driving test lasts approximately 40 minutes. Throughout your test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
First you eye sight will be checked. You need to be able to
read an old style number plate at 20.5 metres or
read a new style number plate at 20 metres
Next you will do the “Show Me, Tell Me” test. You will be asked two questions. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.
After that you will be given directions to be followed by the examiner as you head out onto the road. Your test will take in a variety of roads and different traffic conditions on which you will be examined. Approximately ten minutes of the driving test will consist of independent driving whereby you will be asked to follow road signs or a series of directions. You will also be asked to perform one reversing manoeuvre and possibly also an emergency stop.
You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass your test. However, you will fail if you comit 16 or more faults or incur one serious or dangerous fault. You will be informed of the result immediately at the end of the test.
There are various different routes over which the examiner could take you. If you ask to be reminded of the directions the examiner will confirm them to you. If you go off the independent driving route it will not affect the result of the test unless you commit a driving fault.
If you do go off the route or take a wrong turn the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving. If there are poor or obscured signs the examiner will give directions until the next traffic sign that can be seen.
Independent driving tests how you can make your own decisions and lasts for approximately ten minutes of the practical test time.
Sat Nav cannot be used on the driving test!
One reversing exercise will be chosen from:
turning in the road
reversing around a corner
reverse parking (either a parallel park or reversing into a parking bay)
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.
Don’t forget to check a weather forecast for the day of your test.
www.bbc.co.uk/weather – Newport, Isle of Wight
How much does the Practical Driving Test Cost?
The current price as at October 2014 is £62.
How do I book a Practical Driving Test?
To book by phone call the DSA on 0300 200 1122
You will need a valid UK driving license and a valid debit / credit card for payment.
Times of Driving Tests (Newport, Isle of Wight test centre)
Monday to Friday ONLY
What happens after the Practical Test?
The examiner will tell you if you have passed or failed. You can request feedback on your test from the examiner, who will then go through your performance during the test. If you pass you will be issued with a pass certificate by the examiner. If you wish your new license to be sent to you the examiner will take your provisional license and your new license should arrive in two to three weeks. If you fail the test you can re-apply to take a new test immediately, but cannot take another test for ten working days.