Once you have reached a good level in your practical lessons, it is time to look at booking your practical test.
The practical test makes sure you can drive confidently and safely in different road and traffic conditions, and that you know The Highway Code (and can show this by the way you drive). Your practical test will last about 90 minutes and include:
- vehicle safety questions
- practical road driving
- off-road exercises
If you fail your test?
After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.
If you fail, you’ll be given a driving test report showing the faults you made and your examiner will also explain to you why you haven’t passed. Although you’ll probably feel disappointed, listen carefully to the feedback because it will help you get things right next time.
Show the report to your instructor so you can practise the things you had a problem with before you retake your test. You’ll have to wait at least three working days before you can retake it so use this time to do as much practise as possible.
If you pass your test?
Well done! You can now get your provisional licence changed to a full licence. Your examiner will usually send your details to the DVLA so an upgraded licence can be sent to you by post. Your examiner will also give you feedback on your test.
Passing your practical test is just the first step to learning to drive. Ask us about our Pass Plus courses.
More information about your practical test is available on the DVSA website