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The Driving Test Report

  • Eyesight:
    You must be able to read a number plate from the prescribed distance
  • Precautions before starting the engine:
    You should adjust your seat, mirrors and seat belt so you can reach the pedals and use the other controls easily. You should have checked that all doors are closed properly. If you stall the engine then you must be sure that when you restart the engine you do it safely
  • Car Control:
    You will need to show smooth control of the accelerator, clutch, brake and steering. You shouldn't need to look at the controls when using them. You should avoid coasting and be able to select the correct gear for the speed. Braking should be progressive and avoid harsh stops. You will need to know when to use the handbrake. You must be able to steer accurately
  • Moving Away:
    You must be able to demonstrate moving off smoothly on any gradient and be able to move off from behind a parked vehicle. You need to demonstrate the use of your mirrors and signals and your awareness of blind spots
  • Emergency Stop:
    You might be asked demonstrate stopping promptly in an emergency but remaining full control of your car
  • Reverse to the left:
    You must be able to steer a reasonably accurate course whilst making sure that you are not a danger to other road users. Try to keep reasonably close to the kerb
  • Turn in the road:
    You must be able to turn the car round using forward and reverse gears without being a danger or nuisance to other road users
  • Reverse Park:
    You must be able to park reasonably close to the kerb and within two car lengths of the other vehicle. Again, you must not be a danger or nuisance to other road users
  • Bay Parking:
    You must be able to reverse reasonably accurately in to a parking bay. Again you must not be a danger or nuisance to other road users. (This manoeuvre is included in your test if your centre has parking facilities). It will replace one of the previous manoeuvres

  • Use of mirrors:
    You must demonstrate your use of mirrors. You should be aware of blind spots
  • Signals:
    Signals should be appropriate and in good time. Your signal must be clearly understood by all other road users. Only use signals found in the Highway Code
  • Ancillary Controls:
    Wipers, windscreen washers and heater controls fall in this group. You need to know where they are and how and when to use them. You should be able to use them without looking at them
  • Signs and Signals:
    You must be able to respond to all signs and signals that you see. You must understand and obey the signs given by Police Officers and others who have authority to give them
  • Use of Speed:
    You must be able to drive at a speed suitable to traffic, road and weather conditions. You must always be able to stop in the distance you can see to be clear
  • Following Distance:
    You must keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. You should consider the extra distance required in wet weather. Leave a safe distance when you stop behind another vehicle in case you are hit from behind or if the vehicle ahead rolls back, breaks down or does not move off

  • Maintain Progress:
    You should drive in a business like manner. Avoiding undue hesitancy or keeping to speeds that are unsuitable for the conditions
  • Junctions:
    You must be able to judge the speed on the approach to any junction so that you can either stop safely or proceed without stopping if safe to do so. You must use the correct lane for the junction and avoid cutting corners. You must be aware of pedestrians and make careful observations before entering or leaving a junction. Watch carefully for cyclists and bikers at junctions; they are vulnerable and not always easy to see
  • Overtaking, Crossing and Meeting Traffic:
    You must not cause another road user to take sudden action. You must leave adequate clearance when overtaking and not cut back in too soon. You must not cause another road user to brake or swerve when crossing their path. You must be ready to give way to oncoming traffic when an obstruction is on your side of the road
  • Positioning:
    You must position your vehicle correctly during normal driving. When moving in lanes keep in your lane and do not straddle or wander across lanes. Avoid changing lanes without a reason. You must choose the correct lane or position in good time for your chosen route
  • Clearance:
    You must leave adequate clearance with parked or moving vehicles. You must be aware of pedestrians walking out between parked vehicles, doors opening, drivers moving off or road users emerging from hidden junctions
  • Pedestrian Crossings:
    You should be aware of crossings and be prepared to stop if needed. You should know the rules for each type of crossing
  • Position for Normal Stops:
    You must show that you can park without causing a danger or inconvenience to other road users. You must be able to park reasonably close to the kerb
  • Awareness and Planning:
    You must be aware of the actions or potential actions of all other road users. You must show that you can reasonably anticipate the actions of others and react calmly and in good time. You must plan ahead and be aware of more vulnerable road users

  • This page explores what you should be able to do when you take your test
  • This is not a definitive list and you should not rely upon it. You must seek help and advice from your Instructor at all times
  • Every item listed is a potential failure
  • Look at the wealth of failures available to an examiner

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