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Think before you take the DSA Driving Test

The driving test is your opportunity to show that you can drive safely and confidently on a variety of different roads

  • There is no substitute for plenty of practice
  • If you prepare properly then the driving test is your final hurdle

You'll need to pass your Theory Test before you can book your Driving Test

  • Your Driving Test lasts for about 40 minutes
  • You'll be asked to carry out an eyesight test just like you did with your ADI on your first driving lesson
  • You'll be asked to follow the road ahead and obey all signs and signals that you see
  • The examiner will give you directions in plenty of time
  • You'll be asked to carry out two of the manoeuvres you've learnt and you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop
  • If your test centre has private parking facilities you may be asked to demonstrate reversing in to a parking bay
  • The bay parking manoeuvre might be at the beginning or at the end of the test
  • If you carry this out you'll only have one more manoeuvre to complete and perhaps the emergency stop

  • Anyone can accompany you on your test but they cannot advise or guide you. You can have your Instructor accompany you if you wish. Your passenger must wear a seat belt, if one is fitted, and must be at least 16
  • You can bring an interpreter with you but they must only interpret the directions or instructions given by the examiner. They cannot advise you on action you need to take
  • Examiners will abandon a test if they believe that the interpretation is more than just repeating the examiners request
  • Your examiner may be accompanied by a senior examiner, the senior examiner is not watching your driving but assessing the skills of your examiner. Much like the ADI's check test!
  • Whilst you're driving your examiner will record any mistakes that you may make. Some are classed as minor faults and these on their own do not necessarily result in failure
  • However, you're only allowed to make a number of minor faults (currently 15) if you exceed this number you will have failed, even though you may not have committed a serious or dangerous fault
  • One serious or dangerous fault will cause you to fail even if you have less than 15 minor faults

  • But stay calm (easily said) if you think you've made a mistake just carry on and concentrate on your driving
  • You haven't necessarily failed
  • Many drivers often fail simply because they've spent the whole drive trying to read the marking sheet, or have simply given up because the examiner has "just written something" on the marking sheet
  • So many customers end the test, having passed. Saying "I thought I'd failed"

  • The examiner will offer you a verbal explanation at the end of the test if you've failed
  • You may end the test yourself at any time. The examiner may also end the test at any time. In either situation you'll have failed your test

  • If you've passed you'll be told at the end of the test, the examiner may offer a few words of advice about your driving. You'll be given a pass certificate which is your passport to a full licence



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