Practical Test Information
The driving test is all about making sure that people who pass are competent and basically safe to drive on the roads by themselves.
The test starts with an eyesight test. The examiner will ask you to read a number plate of a vehicle at a distance of about 20.5 metres (If you’re unable to read the plate you will fail the test).
The examiner will then ask you two of the ‘show-me tell-me questions‘. If you incorrectly answer one or both of the questions you will get one minor fault.
During the driving part of the test you will be expected to drive safely in various road situations, some of them will be at higher speed limits. You will also be asked to perform one of the reversing manoeuvres and you may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.
For about 10 minutes during your test you'll have to drive by either following a series of directions, traffic signs, or a combination of both. The examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going.
The purpose of this is to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. Whilst following these directions your driving will still be being monitored by your examiner.