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Practical Driving Test

Practical Driving Test

The practical driving test will last for approximately 40 minutes, Steve generally takes his clients to test centres at Portsmouth, Chichester or Winchester.

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There are 5 parts to the practical driving test:

an eyesight check

‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions

general driving ability

reversing your vehicle

independent driving

The eyesight test

Read a number plate from a distance of:

20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate

20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

Show me, tell me questions

Two vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You’ll be asked the:

‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving

‘show me’ question while you’re driving

Your general driving ability

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.

The examiner will give you directions that you should follow.

Pulling over at the side of the road

You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:

normal stops at the side of the road

pulling out from behind a parked vehicle

a hill start

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

directions from a sat nav

traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.

They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You cannot use your own sat nav.

If you cannot see traffic signs

If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

Going off the route

The examiner will not give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.

They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.

Other people at your test

Your driving examiner’s supervisor might sit in on your test to watch your examiner’s performance. If you refuse, your test can be cancelled and you’ll have to book another test and pay again.


The ‘Ready to Pass?’ campaign launched on 18 July 2022.

ready to pass

This government campaign’s aim is to improve  pupil’s understanding of what it means to be test ready and how they can assess their readiness. If they are not ready, pupils will be encouraged to delay their test. It also aims to help reduce the number of tests that are wasted.

89% of learners and 70% of parents say that driving instructors are the biggest influence over pupils when it comes to them assessing their test readiness.

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