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UK Practical Driving Test (Cars)

Updated on January 17, 2017
Practical Driving Test Complete (PC)
Practical Driving Test Complete (PC) | Source

UK Driving Test - Category B (Cars)

The practical driving test is a test of the ability to drive a car without assistance from an instructor or accompanying driver.

Driving tests last for around 40 minutes and candidates are tested by driving examiners employed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), part of the Department for Transport.

Driving tests are conducted on public roads, with the driving examiner directing the candidate around one of several test routes selected for that particular test centre. The UK driving test covers a range of different types of road and driving conditions and test candidates will be required to pass an eyesight check, answer vehicle safety questions and demonstrate a range of driving skills including independent driving and a reversing manoeuvre.

On passing the Category B practical driving test, candidates are granted a full UK driving licence. If the driving test is passed in an automatic car, the full driving licence will be restricted to allow the licence holder to drive automatic cars only, whereas driving tests passed in manual cars give entitlement to drive cars with both manual and automatic transmission.

Read on for more detailed information about the UK driving test

All photographs used on this page are copyright of the author. Approved Driving Instructor and Pass Plus logos have been used with permission of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

The UK practical driving test is conducted by driving examiners from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). There are over 370 driving test centres in the UK and the test can be taken at a centre of your choice
The UK practical driving test is conducted by driving examiners from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). There are over 370 driving test centres in the UK and the test can be taken at a centre of your choice | Source

The advice given on this page is intended only for UK drivers and those taking the UK Practical Driving Test.

Please be aware that road traffic legislation and what is considered good driving practice varies throughout the world!

Did You Know?

Compulsory driving tests were introduced in 1935

Before You Take Your Driving Test

Things you must do before you start planning your driving test

Before you can take a Practical Driving Test, you MUST pass the Theory Test and thoroughly prepare for what you will be required to demonstrate on the driving test.

The following links offer advice and more information (right click links to open in a new tab or window):


What Happens During The Driving Test?

What do you have to do in the UK driving test?

The practical driving test lasts for around 40 minutes in total and consists of 3 parts with each part following consecutively.

1) Eyesight Test

2) Vehicle Safety Questions (Show Me-Tell Me)

3) The Drive

Throughout the test, the examiner will also be assessing your Eco-Safe Driving techniques (NB: failing to demonstrate eco-safe driving will NOT cause you to fail your driving test - but you may get some advice or a leaflet about eco-safe driving from the examiner at the end of the test!)

You are allowed to commit up to 15 driving (minor) faults during the test, but no serious or dangerous faults. Repeated instances of the same driving fault would be classed as an habitual problem and be declared a serious fault.

If you commit even ONE serious or dangerous fault you will fail the driving test.

Did You Know?

In 2012/13, the DVSA conducted 1,436,481 car tests

(source: Department for Transport)

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) set the standards required for the UK driving test
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) set the standards required for the UK driving test | Source

How To Prepare For Your Practical Driving Test

Get ready to take your driving test

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have stated:

"On average, people who pass their driving test have had 47 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor and 20 hours of private practice."

Professional driving tuition is the most effective way to make sure that you are fully prepared to take your Practical Driving Test.

If you are having private practice with a friend or family member, get together with your instructor and the person who will be helping you to practice in order to discuss the best ways of helping you to learn to drive and avoid the passing on of bad habits or conflicting ideas.

In addition there are a wide selection of driving test books, software and DVDs which can help reinforce the skills you learn during your driving lessons.

How Much Does It Cost To Take A Driving Test?

Practical driving test fees 2017

Practical tests:

£62.00 (daytime Monday to Friday)

£75.00 (weekday evenings and weekends)


Extended driving tests (following disqualification):

£124.00 (daytime Monday to Friday)

£150.00 (weekday evenings and weekends)

Where Can I Take My Practical Driving Test?

Driving test centre locations

Driving tests are conducted by the DVSA at over 370 test centres throughout the country.

You can choose to take your test at whichever test centre you like!

Waiting Times For Driving Test Appointments

How long will it take to get a driving test appointment?

Waiting times for driving test appointments vary throughout the country.

You can see locations of all the test centres in the UK and the estimated waiting list for each test centre at the following link:

Practical driving test centres

WARNING - Booking Your Driving Test Online!

If you book your driving test online, this can be done easily via the GOV.UK website - you pay ONLY for the test & there's no extra booking fee

There are some "test booking services" on the internet who will book a test for you BUT they charge you a hefty booking fee on top of the test fee

THERE'S NO NEED TO PAY ANY EXTRA FEES

Click the link below to book your driving test via the GOV.UK website

How To Book A Practical Driving Test

Book your practical test online direct with the DVSA booking service

You can book your driving test online.

You will need:

  1. A valid UK driving licence
  2. Your Theory Test pass number (from the test result print out you were given when you passed your Theory Test)
  3. A debit or credit card for payment

Book your practical driving test online at the official GOV.UK website

Did You Know?

In 2012/2013 the national average pass rate for the Practical Test was 47.1%

(source: Department for Transport)

Driving Test Proceedure - What happens on the day of your driving test at the test centre and during the actual driving test itself?

What happens at the driving test centre on the day of your driving test
What happens at the driving test centre on the day of your driving test | Source

Make sure you are at the test centre in good time for your test - however, as most test centres are very busy and parking is extremely limited and reserved for test candidates only, do not park in the test centre car park until 5 minutes before the scheduled time of your test so as not to disrupt other test candidates.

Before you go to the test centre, you need to make sure that you have the following;

  • 1) A suitable vehicle in which to take the test. It is the responsibility of the test candidate to provide a suitable vehicle. The driving examiner will NOT provide a vehicle for you to take the test in. The vehicle used must be appropriately insured and licensed and must be displaying L- Plates. If you have been having driving lessons with a professional driving instructor, then you will almost certainly be taking the test in the car in which you have learnt to drive. If you have not had professional driving lessons, then you must make sure that the vehicle you intend to use for your test complies with the requirements set out by the DVSA - Minimum Test Vehicle Requirements. If you don't provide a vehicle or if the vehicle you provide does not meet the minimum requirements, your test will be cancelled and you will lose the test fee
  • 2) Your Theory Test pass certificate (if you have one), or the Theory Test pass confirmation print out you were given at the Theory Test centre when you passed
  • 3) Your provisional photocard driving licence. This is very important as if you don't show the examiner your driving licence, your test will not take place and you will lose your fee

If you have mislaid your Theory Test pass certificate this should not by itself stop the test going ahead, but if you do not take your photocard driving licence or if you fail to supply a suitable vehicle, your test will not take place and you will lose your fee.

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You are allowed to take your driving instructor with you on the test if you wish BUT they cannot take any part in the test - they are not allowed to speak or distract either you or the examiner in any way. They must sit silently and still in the back of the car. You must tell the examiner that you would like your instructor to accompany you before the test commences.

Most people are understandably nervous before their driving test, but trying to keep as calm as possible and retaining a sense of perspective will help with the "ordeal". Driving examiners understand that test candidates are often very nervous and will do their best to put you at your ease. If pre-test nerves are concerning you, it might help to read my page about Driving Test Nerves.

When it is nearly time for your test, go into the test centre waiting room and wait for the driving examiner who will be conducting your test to call your name. The examiner will then ask to see your driving licence and Theory Test certificate and ask you to read and sign a declaration.

The examiner will then ask you to lead the way to your vehicle and the test will begin.

Part 1 - Eyesight Test

The first part of the driving test is a test of your eyesight to make sure that it meets the minimum requirements for driving

At the start of your driving test, you will be asked to read the number plate of a stationary vehicle from 66 feet (20 metres).

Wearing glasses or contact lenses to pass the eyesight test

If you were only able to read a number plate using glasses or contact lenses, the law requires that you wear them throughout your driving test and whenever you are driving.

If you have broken, forgotten or brought the wrong glasses with you to your driving test, you should tell your examiner at the start of the test.

For more details please see:

GOV.UK - Driving eyesight rules

Part 2 - Vehicle Safety Questions (Show-Me-Tell-Me)

The second part of the driving test comprises two vehicle safety check questions

After the eyesight check, and before the driving part of the test begins, test candidates are asked two vehicle safety questions, based on basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use.

Candidates will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. There are thirteen sets of questions in total and the questions are asked in set pairs.

One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault (minor fault).

The vehicle safety questions are sometimes referred to as "Show-Me-Tell-Me", as some of the questions require the candidate to actually demonstrate a procedure or indicate where a particular component is, while other questions simply require a verbal explanation. Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, candidates will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.

If you are taking your driving test in your instructor's car, then your instructor will go through all the questions with you and make sure you know where everything is both inside the car and under the bonnet.

If you are taking the practical test in your own car, you will need to familiarise yourself with the layout and operation of your vehicle with reference to the manufacturer's handbook if necessary.

Show-Me-Tell-Me Videos - Official DSA videos to help with the vehicle safety questions "show me, tell me" part of the practical driving test

Part 3 - The Drive

You will then be asked to get into your vehicle and the driving part of the test will commence.

This is the third and longest part of the driving test where you have to demonstrate your ability to control and drive the car safely and to perform a reversing manoeuvre. In addition, 1 in 3 test candidates will also be asked to do an emergency stop.

You will be driving the car for around 35-40 minutes. The routes used for driving tests are all designed to be as uniform as possible and all of them take in a range of typical road and traffic conditions.

The examiner will assess your driving and test you on most of the topics you will have covered with your instructor.

During the test, the examiner will tell you what they would like you to do and give you directions. If you feel that you may have made a mistake, please don't panic! It's not the end of the world and it doesn't mean you've failed. Keep calm and concentrate on driving correctly and don't dwell on what you've already done - concentrate on what you are doing.

If you are not sure what the examiner wants you to do, don't be afraid to say so. The examiner will understand that you are nervous and will be happy to repeat or clarify any instructions given.

You will be asked to stop on the left several times - don't worry, this doesn't mean you have done anything wrong - the examiner is just testing your ability to stop in a convenient place and move away again safely under a variety of conditions. They will also ask you to stop in a safe place, before asking you to perform a manoeuvre, an emergency stop or before the independent driving part.

The independent driving section of the driving test will test how you make your own decisions when driving. At some point during your test, the examiner will ask you to drive independently for around 10 minutes by either following traffic signs, a series of directions, or a combination of both. If you're asked to follow a series of verbal directions, you'll be shown a diagram to help you.

The driving examiner will ask you to carry out one of four possible reversing manoeuvres during your Practical driving test
The driving examiner will ask you to carry out one of four possible reversing manoeuvres during your Practical driving test | Source

You will also be asked to carry out one out of a possible four reversing manoeuvres

In addition, 1 in 3 test candidates will be asked to demonstrate an emergency stop.

As the test progresses, the examiner will fill in relevant details on a report sheet (DL25).

The drive will last for around 40 minutes and will end back at the test centre car park.

The examiner will then total up any faults recorded on the DL25 and inform you of the result of your test.

You are allowed to commit up to 15 driving (minor) faults but no serious or dangerous faults. Repeated instances of the same driving fault would be classed as an habitual problem and be declared a serious fault.

If you commit even one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

For more information about driving test faults, please see Driving Test Faults section of this page.

For more information about the Practical Driving Test please see - GOV.UK - The Car Practical Driving Test

Eco-Safe Driving

Eco-Safe Driving is now included in the UK driving test

From September 2008, driving examiners started giving feedback to driving test candidates on their eco-safe driving manner.

During your driving test you will be assessed on your ability to drive in a way that shows eco-safe (environmentally friendly) driving techniques.

You will NOT fail your driving test, if you do not demonstrate eco-safe driving techniques, but at the end of the test, the examiner may give you guidance on how efficiently you're driving.

Tips For Eco-Safe Driving

Anticipate road conditions well ahead and avoid excessive acceleration and heavy braking. This will reduce harmful emissions and significantly decrease your fuel consumption.

Drive at an appropriate speed, don't exceed speed limits, accelerate gently and use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible. Consider using cruise control where it would be appropriate. Don't leave the engine idling - turn off your engine if you're likely to have a prolonged wait. Plan your route to avoid known congestion points. Keep your tyres correctly inflated and check them regularly. Only use air conditioning when you have to as it significantly increases fuel consumption. Don't carry unnecessary weight in the vehicle, or leave roof racks, luggage boxes, bike carriers etc on the vehicle when not being used.

Driving test explained: official DVSA guide

Official DVSA to guide to what happens during the driving test and what it takes to pass it - including the eyesight test, 'show me, tell me' questions, reversing exercises, and independent driving parts of the test.

Did You Know?

"On average, those who pass have had 47 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of private practice"

source: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

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How Many Faults Are You Allowed On Your Driving Test?

If you commit 15 or fewer driving faults (minor faults) without incurring any serious or dangerous faults you will PASS your test.

If you commit 16 or more driving faults (minor faults) you will FAIL the test.

If you commit one or more serious or dangerous driving faults you will FAIL the test

Driving Test Faults Explained

Driving test faults - driving faults, minor faults, serious faults and dangerous faults explained in more detail

While you are driving, the examiner will note any driving faults on the driving test report form (DL25). Faults are categorised into "driving faults", "serious faults " and "dangerous faults".

Definition of driving test faults

Dangerous Faults are errors in driving technique which result in actual danger to the driver, passengers, other road users or nearby property. A dangerous fault means that the test is automatically failed and the examiner has the option to immediately terminate the test.

Serious Faults are errors in driving technique which result in potential danger to the driver, passengers, other road users or nearby property including instances where the candidate repeatedly makes the same driving error or is unable to perform one of the set manoeuvres correctly. One serious fault will lead to automatic failure, although the candidate will be permitted to complete the test.

Driving Faults (often referred to as "minor" faults) are errors in driving technique or inappropriate reactions to a hazard or developing situation on the road - in other words less serious errors that do not cause any actual or potential danger to other road users. Typical examples include harsh use of the brakes, crossing of hands on the steering wheel and excessive hesitation at a junction. Don't forget that you can pick up a driver fault before you even start the engine, through an incorrect answer in the "Show Me/ Tell Me" section.

The examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed at the end of your driving test
The examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed at the end of your driving test | Source

Your Driving Test Result

Pass or fail? The moment of truth...

At the end of the test, the examiner will inform you of the result before he or she gets out of the vehicle.

If you would like your driving instructor to be present to hear what the examiner has to say, you must let the examiner know.

If you have passed, you will be given a test pass certificate and a copy of the DL25 (the driving test report form which the examiner has been filling in during the test). The examiner will take your provisional driving licence and a full driving licence will be sent to you by post. You will be entitled to drive quite legally in the meantime while you wait for your full driving licence to arrive (but keep the pass certificate VERY safe in case you are required to prove your entitlement to drive while you wait for your updated licence!)

Less than half of the people who take driving tests pass and, should you be unsuccessful, you will be given a verbal explanation of where you went wrong and a copy of the DL25. This will help you, in conjunction with your instructor, to work on the aspects of your driving that let you down to give you a greater chance of passing the next time.

Reasons why you might fail your driving test
Reasons why you might fail your driving test

Top 10 Reasons For Driving Test Failure

Top 10 reasons why people fail the practical driving test

  • Observation at junctions - ineffective observation and judgement
  • Reverse parking - ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy
  • Use of mirrors - not checking or not acting on the information
  • Reversing around a corner - ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy
  • Incorrect use of signals - not cancelling or giving misleading signals
  • Moving away safely - ineffective observation
  • Incorrect positioning on the road - at roundabouts or on bends
  • Lack of steering control - steering too early or leaving it too late
  • Incorrect positioning to turn right - at junctions and in one way streets
  • Inappropriate speed - travelling too slowly or being hesitant

Source: Top ten reasons for driving test failure based on twelve months to January 2004. Figures produced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Driving Test Books, Software & DVDs

The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills

The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills (paperback book)
The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills (paperback book) | Source

There is a wide range of driving test software, books and DVDs available from Amazon.co.uk

The book shown on the right is "Driving, The Essential Skills". It is the official guide to driving, published by the DVSA - the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (formerly known as the DSA until 2014). The DVSA is the government department responsible for the Practical driving test, and put simply, if you drive in the way they set out in "Driving, The Essential Skills", you are likely to stand a very good chance of passing your driving test!

This is the book that driving instructors use on a daily basis and recommend to learner drivers - it really is that good! Available from Amazon.co.uk for a very reasonable price (usually cheaper than you can get it from a shop), it's a wise investment for anyone who wants not only to pass their driving test, but to be a good, safe and considerate driver!

Did You Know?

Mr J Beene was the first person to pass the UK driving test, at a cost of 7/6d ( - that's the equivalent of 37p in today's money!)

If you pass your driving test but get disqualified from driving you may have to take an extended driving test if you want to get your driving licence back
If you pass your driving test but get disqualified from driving you may have to take an extended driving test if you want to get your driving licence back

Extended Driving Test

What is an extended driving test?

If you have been disqualified from driving, the court can order that you take an extended driving test.

The purpose of retesting disqualified drivers is not meant as punishment, but is a road safety measure aimed at checking the driver's competence.

Courts can impose an extended driving test on anyone who is:

  • Convicted of dangerous driving offences
  • Convicted of other offences involving obligatory disqualification

At the end of the period of disqualification imposed by the court you revert to learner driver status. This means that the normal rules for learner drivers are applicable - i.e:

  • you have to reapply for a provisional driving licence
  • drive only when supervised by someone who is over 21 and who has (and has had for a minimum of 3 years) a full licence for the category of vehicle you wish to drive
  • ensure that the vehicle you drive is properly insured for use by a learner driver and is displaying L-plates on the front and rear
  • take the Theory and Practical tests again

If you have been ordered to take an extended driving test, this means that instead of being approx 40 minutes in length, the driving test that you take will last for around 70 minutes, and will cover your ability to drive in much more depth taking in a wider variety of road and traffic conditions including dual carriageways.

Due to the fact that an extended driving test takes longer than a "normal" driving test, you have to pay a higher fee to take one.

The fee for an extended test is:

£124.00 (Weekday price)

£150.00 (Saturday price)

You can find out more information about extended driving tests at:

GOV.UK- Driving disqualifications

After You Pass Your Driving Test - Further Skills Training

After you pass your driving test, further training is available to help you stay a safe and considerate driver

  • Around 3,000 young drivers are killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads each year.
  • It is estimated that as many as one in five of all serious road accidents involve drivers under the age of 21.
  • Every day in the UK, 23 young people, under the age of 25, are killed or seriously injured in vehicles. Most of these collisions are caused by bad driving. Not the vehicle, the road, or the conditions.
  • 1 in 5 drivers crash within their first year of driving.
  • Young drivers are more likely to be involved in high speed crashes, single vehicle crashes involving losing control, crashes in the dark and crashes when overtaking and negotiating bends.

Those statistics make frightening reading, but the following range of further training can help you to become a safer driver:

improve your driving and learn new skills after you pass your driving test by taking a Pass Plus course - you may qualify for cheaper car insurance too!
improve your driving and learn new skills after you pass your driving test by taking a Pass Plus course - you may qualify for cheaper car insurance too! | Source

Pass Plus

Become a safer driver and possibly reduce the cost of car insurance by taking the Pass Plus course

Pass Plus is a training scheme specifically aimed at new drivers. Designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry, Pass Plus will build upon your existing skills and knowledge and teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, which will help you to become more confident on the roads.

By gaining further driving experience in a variety of road conditions and situations, you can significantly improve your chances of avoiding involvement in a road accident and you may even reduce your insurance premiums.

You can take take Pass Plus within your first year of passing your practical driving test.

For more information please see:

GOV.UK - Pass Plus

Learn how to drive safely on motorways after passing your driving test
Learn how to drive safely on motorways after passing your driving test | Source

Motorway Training

Motorway Driving Lessons

You are not allowed to drive on motorways before you pass your Practical Test, so motorway driving cannot be covered by your driving instructor while you are a learner driver.

Driving on a motorway is very different to driving on other types of road. Motorways have totally different signs and signals, and specific rules and regulations - plus traffic travels at much greater speeds than you will be accustomed to.

It makes sense to ensure that you are prepared for a very different form of driving by taking some motorway lessons after you pass your test - contact a professional driving instructor.

Advanced driver training courses will improve your driving skills after you pass your practical driving test
Advanced driver training courses will improve your driving skills after you pass your practical driving test | Source

Advanced Driver Training

Advanced Driver Training Courses

Why not think about joining one of the many organisations that encourage improved standards of driving and road safety?

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) was formed in March 1956 with the primary objective of promoting road safety. It now has a total active membership of more than 100,000.

Since then other organisations have been setup such as RoADA - RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association and High Performance Club, all of which conduct a form of "Advanced Driving Test".

Through the Advanced Driving Test, these organisations aim to raise driving standards by increasing the competence of drivers. It was determined in a Transport and Road Safety Laboratory Report published in December 1972 that Advanced motorists have between 50% to 70% lower accident rate.

For detailed information about all of the organisations mentioned above and about advanced driving in general, please see the following very comprehensive and informative websites:

Advanced Driving UK

2Pass- Advanced Driving

Safer Motoring - Advanced Driving Skills And Courses

The New Drivers Act applies for 2 years after you pass your driving test - get 6 or more penalty points in those 2 years and you will lose your driving licence and have to take both the Theory and Practical driving tests again!
The New Drivers Act applies for 2 years after you pass your driving test - get 6 or more penalty points in those 2 years and you will lose your driving licence and have to take both the Theory and Practical driving tests again! | Source

New Drivers Act

Now you've got your licence - don't lose it! Make sure you know and understand the requirements of the New Drivers Act.

The New Drivers Act basically means that a 24 month probationary period is imposed on those who have just passed their driving test. If you get 6 or more penalty points on your licence within two years of passing your driving test the DVLA will revoke (take away) your driving licence.

Penalty points are valid for three years, so any points you already have on your licence before you pass the Practical Test count towards the total of 6.

Anyone with 6 or more valid penalty points on their provisional licence when they pass the test for the first time will be granted a full licence in the normal way, but any points earned after that will trigger automatic revocation. If this happens you will have to;

1) Apply for a provisional licence again,

2) Pass the theory test again,

3) Pass the practical test again

Passing the test again does not remove the penalty points which remain on the new licence until the three year period expires. If the total of valid points reaches twelve, the driver risks disqualification.

If all this seems unfair please consider the following;

Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career.

Age doesn't matter - it's basically down to a lack of driving experience.

Further Information About The New Drivers Act:

The New Drivers Act

New Drivers Act Frequently Asked Questions

Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995

© 2008 LouiseKirkpatrick

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      Aaron Seitler 13 months ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      This is really useful! I've got my theory tomorrow and then hopefully hopefully on to the practical test....you've given me some food for thought :)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 3 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @Nickyleigh: Hi - this page is about UK driving tests, so I can't answer your question if you're taking your test anywhere else in the world, but assuming that you are a UK learner driver, you would have booked your Practical driving test with the Driving Standards Agency either online or by phone, so they would have sent you a booking confirmation email or letter respectively which tells you everything you need to bring with you on the day of the test. In short, yes you do have to supply a car (there are rules about what vehicles are acceptable for driving tests which are stated on your booking confirmation as above). In addition the car must be properly insured for use on a driving test. If you are "not sure how the test works" you REALLY need to find out before you waste your money taking it...the best advice I can give you is to book some driving lessons with a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor to prepare you for the requirements of the test and use your instructors car to take your test - as this will satisfy the DSA's conditions and be appropriately insured!

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      Nickyleigh 3 years ago

      Hi I have my test soon and not sure how it works do I need to show up with a car or do they supply one ?

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      Great site, especially for people who get nervous before taking any exam.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      I passed in the U.K. a few years ago (after having had a driver's license in the U.S. for decades) and I have to say I got the biggest kick out of reversing around a corner. It seemed so naughty because you can't do it in the U.S.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @melissiaoliver: How wonderful! Well done :D

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      melissiaoliver 4 years ago

      Just passed my driving test!

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      shaun1981 5 years ago

      Excellent information on this lens for any aspiring young driver

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      hgvtrainingpoint 5 years ago

      Hi, It's excellent that you are putting such detailed information out there. My view is that the more facts, hints and tips you have then the less nerves you have for your driving test. Keep up the good work!

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      Surreymagic 5 years ago

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      cdltraining lm 5 years ago

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      Taking up a driving lesson was a fun experience for me. Though I wasn't able to pass my first test because I was a bit nervous at that time. Just last month I took the test again and I passed! taking up driving lessons and test is really helpful for us to avoid accidents and be a good driver. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. I though the caveat about to avoid paying extra booking fees was very kind of you to include.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi .. i have this problem .. some roads with 60 on are dangerous and there is a coast road near where i live where a lot of people ahve died from dangerous driving .. and yet other roads are 40 and are wider and less bends .. it doesnt make any sense ... and the theory for driving does state drive at the speed unless the conditions of the road dont allow you to .. to me as an inexperienced driver you dont do 60 full pelt along acoutnry road which could endanger other drivers and yourself, my instructor took me along our caost road as i wanted to see if i drove it ok and she told me never be afraid to drive slower.. you shouldnt fail for that .. unless the road allows you to drive faster of course ... so maybe there was something else the issue there??. good luck for next time ... i have mine in a week .....eeekk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot appriciate the info.. Does anyone Know a car insurance company for first time drivers, I'm 29yrs old.. So not a young driver unfortunatley..lol Thanks..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi all I wish I found this sight after 2failed tests and 2 instructors (first was a scam artist lady), theory test I passed first timee with help from the britania websight and the Nintendo DS Lerarner driver therory test game... Just wanted to know do I have to use a Green "P" plait for the first year. I've just ordered a mini and I think if I use that plait, people will know I just passed, and take advantage of me on the rds.. Especially as the car is brand new.. Or will people steer clear of me.. Silly question maybe but the thought bothers me .. Thank you.. Good luck everyone.Xx

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi - no you don't have to use a green "P" plate! Unike having to display "L" plates before you pass your driving test, there is no legal requirement to display "P" plates after you pass and doing so is entirely a matter of personal choice. Some new drivers feel more confident with "P" plates on, others feel that drawing attention to the fact that you are an inexperienced driver can cause other road users to react in a negative way (I'm sure all learner drivers have witnessed the actions of impatient drivers for whom a red "L" plate seems like a red rag to a bull!). Enjoy driving your new car :)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: It's hard to comment without knowing the road in question, but within a national speed limit area it is possible that the speeds you mentioned could be inappropriately slow. Remember that if other road users are travelling at higher speeds they will find a slow moving vehicle frustrating and possibly even dangerous! The best way to judge the appropriate speed for any road is to think about all the factors that affect your driving i.e: visibility, road conditions, weather, traffic etc. As long as you can stop in the distance you can see to be clear and negotiate any corners that are coming up safely then you should be fine. As for why you were marked down on your driving test, you may have held up another vehicle or the examiner may have felt that you were not making sufficient progress. It may seem unfair, but the examiner is trying to assess your ability to continue learning independently without the need for a supervising driver and may have felt that your driving could put you or other road users at risk.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i failed my driving test todoy beacause i was driving 30-35mph in a national speed limit(60mph) it was a country road winding and with blind bends. is it just me or does anyone else think this is not fair?

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Your performance on each driving test is assessed on it's own merits. I don't know if driving examiners look at previous test reports but even if they do, it shouldn't influence the way they conduct the test. I suspect that it's simply coincidence. Best of luck for your next attempt!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: why have I been asked 5x continiously to reverse round the corner on my test eventough somehow I am unable to do it on my test. Is it because the examiners know I cannot do it?

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: On the DirectGov website, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) state:

      "On average, those who pass have had 47 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of private practice."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how many lessons on average to pass a driving test car.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Revoked under the New Drivers Act? No you don't need to worry - examiners are impartial and will not judge you on past mistakes, only on whether you meet the standards required for the Practical Test! Good luck :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is useful information, my license was revoked and i have to take another practical test, am afraid the examiner might be partial because of the revocation. Should I be worried??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lot easier in my day. Not sure I'd pass the current test.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: You haven't really given enough detail for an in depth answer but generally speaking, IF the road was wide enough for 2 cars and your road position prevented the other driver progressing, then yes, there're no question that the examiner's decision was reasonable...if the road was only wide enough for one car, then whoever got there first goes first!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is it reasonable to fail a driving test on one error of judgement when no danger was caused?Parked cars on both sides but told too near the middle and on coming car had to wait and driver looked angry.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      when I lived in London I passed with only three minor faults! Of course, I had been driving in the U.S. for about 25 years before I moved to England...The toughest part for me was learning to back up around corners, which I am sure is banned in just about every part of the United States!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi Amber. I have two suggestions! 1) Check for test cancellations at your preferred test centre/s. Unfortunately there is no "list" of cancellations - as soon as someone cancels a test booking, that test slot becomes available again on the test booking system and it's up for grabs to anyone who wants it on a first come first served basis. The only way of finding cancellations is to check the DSA's online test booking system several times a day (also VERY occasionally the DSA put additional test dates onto the system if there is a long waiting list at a particular centre, so it's worth checking regularly). 2) You can take your driving test at any test centre you like and while some areas have long waiting lists, others re much quieter, so perhaps consider going out of your local area! Good luck :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey my theory test which i passed is expiring really soon and i cant find any dates for a pratical test i dont know what to do. can you give me any suggestions please

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Some test centres sometimes offer weekend tests (usually to reduce waiting lists) but not all - check test appointment availability at the DirectGov at http://www.dft.gov.uk/dsa/AtoZservices_Bannered.as...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can I make my driving test earlier like on Saturday or Sunday?

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      [in reply to 2angel_laura] Laura - WOW, passing first time is a fabulous achievement!

      CONGRATULATIONS :D

      I'm really pleased for you and delighted that this page was of help!

      Enjoy your driving!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to CDT] Just to let you know I passed first time on Friday! With Thanks to your website!!!

      Thanks again, Laura

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Good luck when you take your test angel_laura - let me know how it goes!

      :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very resourceful site. I have my test in 3 weeks and regulary come on here to watch the manouver videos and read your content.

      Thank you

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @ david

      An L-plate falling off wouldn't be a reason for you to fail your test, but it's not going to impress a driving examiner and a learner driver driving without correctly displaying L-plates front and rear is an offence.

      Get some decent quality MAGNETIC L-plates and you won't have anything to worry about :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      can I fail driving test if L plate falls off during