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The Practical Driving Test

The driving test lasts about 40 minutes. During this time you must demonstrate that you can drive safely and competently in a variety of road traffic situations.

I will pick you up an hour before your test to have a warm up drive and we will go together to the test centre about 10 minutes before your test.

At the beginning of the test the examiner will check your eyesight (reading a number plate from 20 meters) and then ask two 'show me tell me' questions about basic car maintenance.

During the test you will be asked to complete 1 out of 4 possible manoeuvres - turn in the road, reversing around a corner, reverse park and bay park (in Livingston). You may also be asked to do an emergency stop.

You will also be tested on independent driving as part of the practical driving test. This section will last for about 10 minutes, either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both. To help you understand where you're going, the examiner may show you a diagram. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.

You must be well prepared for your driving test so that you can cope with any situation that occurs. The examiner is not looking for a 'perfect' drive but one which clearly shows you are a good safe driver. It is therefore important that we decide together when is the best time to take your test so that you do not attempt it before you are ready. Mock tests are always advised leading up to the date of your test. These are with your instructor and will prepare you for driving under test conditions.

You can book a Driving Test by phoning the DVSA on 0300 200 1122 or by booking online at www.gov.uk
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