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Things to remember on your road test day

  • Posted: 25-03-2017  In: Driving Tips General Driving Practical Test

    Driving Practical Test

    To be entitled for UK driving license it is necessary to pass both components of theory test. Once you have passed theory test you will be sent to the next level i.e. practical test. You are given a provisional license for a specific period after which you can take a full driving license test. That provisional license must be produced at the time of practical test. There are some limitations of license. If your test is taken in an automatic car the full license granted will be limited to automatic cars.

    It depends whether your test is taken in an automatic car or manual car. Motorcycle practical test is split into off road and on-road module. A candidate needs to pass both test in order acquire full license. If you are a foreigner and applied for license conversion you are not needed to take theory test.


    Test Format

    After having passed theory test a candidate takes the practical car test with a professionally skilled DVSA examiner. The candidate is directed to run the car on a pre-determined route. The candidates are marked for driving faults, serious faults and critical faults. Therefore care must be taken while driving the car. You are not allowed to make more than 15 driving faults. In case if you make a serious fault or dangerous/critical fault you may not be able to secure passing marks.

    In case of repetitive faults you will be marked under serious fault category. Usual standard test time is approximately 40 minutes but if you have revoked your license you may be tested under extended test category for 70 minutes.


    Vision Test

    Vision test is the mandatory part of driving test, failure of which will discontinue the test instantly. Eyesight is tested in two ways. The examiner asks the candidate to read the number plate from a distance. The distance at which the number plate is to be read is 20.5 meter for an old-style plate i.e. A987 JKL, and; 20 meters for a new style plate i.e. PQ12 LMN. If your eyesight is weak you will be allowed to wear glasses during the test. In case if you failed to read the plate in first attempt the examiner will ask you to read a second plate. If you failed to read a second plate even after wearing glasses.

    You will be given a third plate to read and this time the examiner will use measuring tape to examine the correct distance between you and the plate and if you failed to read the plate for the third time you will be disqualified.


    Vehicle Maintenance and Safety

    Before starting the practical test, the examiner asks some general questions related to car maintenance and safety. The examiner may ask, “Where would you check car’s engine oil level”, “how would you check that the power steering is working properly”, “how you would check the engine has sufficient oil level”.

    From the year 2008 the nature of questions has changed. The candidate may be asked questions related to working mechanism of components. Usually two questions are asked, if you failed to answer one or both you will be marked under the category of driving fault and hence your score will decrease.


    Car Movements Control

    Depending on the route chosen, the examiner may ask you to maneuver the car in the direction instructed by the examiner. For example;

     You are asked to reverse the car around the corners.

     You may be asked to take a 3 point turn.

     Reverse the car into the parking space, the space may be parallel to the road or right-angle or oblique.

    Although it may take more maneuvers to park the car but you are to park the car in fewer moves. If you maneuver the car in a parking area precisely, this will give the examiner an impression of professional driving.


    Practical driving

    This exam tests driver’s ability and behavior under actual risk conditions. You must demonstrate an ability to drive in urban areas and high speed limit roads. You will not be tested on motorways because of some limitations.

    The test is to examine driver’s ability to drive safely and ensures safety for the driver himself, pedestrians and other drivers. During driving if the examiner intercedes at any stage with car control usually results in failure and could be marked as a dangerous/critical fault. The candidate is also subjected for a 10- minutes independent driving. During the 10 minutes of independent driving the candidate has to drive as per verbal instructions or by following traffic sign to a destination or can be both. The candidate will be shown a diagram of where to go before the driving.