The practical drivers test is the last exam that you need to take to get your driver’s license. It does not matter if you passed the theory test with flying colours. If you fail this practical test, you will not be approved to get your license to drive.
About the practical drivers test
The first step to passing the test is to get to know what the exam is all about. The practical test is meant to check if everything that you learned about driving can be implemented and applied on the road. It is designed to test if you meet the driving standards of the UK.
Before you can take the test, you need to pass the theory test and you should have a provisional driving license. Without the two, you cannot take the practical drivers exam.
The test usually lasts for 40 to 45 minutes and will vary between one driver to another. Some will go through an emergency test while others will not. You need to be prepared for it regardless.
You need to go to the driving test centre to take the practical drivers test. You will be assigned an examiner who will take you through all the stages of the exam.
The first part will involve an eyesight check. You will be asked to read a car place number that is 20 meters away. Do not worry if you have a poor eyesight. As long as you have the appropriate glasses to help you see clearly, you can pass this test. If will wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during this test, you will be required to wear them for the remainder of the practical exam and of course, every time you drive.
You will also be asked questions that involve vehicle safety. In most cases, the examiner will show you an engine and will ask you questions about it. The goal is to make sure that you can identify if the car is safe to drive or not.
The eyesight check and vehicle safety questions will only take around 5 minutes. For the next 40 minutes, you will be taking the practical driving part of the exam. This is usually split into two parts. The first will require you to follow the directions given by the examiner. You will be asked to perform various manoeuvres. The second part will test your independent driving skills. You will be given a simple diagram and set of directions that you have to interpret and follow on your own. The test will check if you can drive safely or not.
To pass the test, you need to keep your driving faults at 15 or below. There are serious or dangerous faults that you can only commit once – the second would mean a failure. If the examiner feels like your