Practical Driving Test Tips for Learners

Learner drivers in UK must face the practical driving test before the can pass and acquire a drivers license. As a pre-requisite, you need to first pass the Theory test and the hazard perception exam to be able to take the practical exam.

Study done by DVSA shows that at an average, a learner driver requires at least 47 hours of driving lessons in addition to 20 hours of practice driving to pass the practical driving test and be able to drive legally in UK.

Learning to drive a car safely and efficiently takes more than training, passing a government road test and getting a license. But to learn we have to take baby steps to achieve our goals. Government driver examiners wants to ensure that the learner driver are competent enough to take control over the vehicle, knows the rules of the road, the proper procedures for handling a vehicle in traffic, and can make decisions specially when encountering hazards on the road..

 Practical Driving Test Guide

The practical driving test part of the exam starts with an eyesight check, followed by a brief safety questions section and ends with about 40 minutes of driving on your own in the presence of the examiner.

Eyesight Requirements for Driving

  1. Before learners begin the practical driving test, they must:

    - Let the examiner know any conditions that affects both their eyes (i.e. needing to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, etc)

    - Conditions that may hamper the learner drivers sight (i.e. blindness in one eye, or medical condition in the eyes)

  2. Before beginning the test the examiner will ask the learner to read a plate number on a stationary vehicle at a distance of 20.5 meters.

  3. If you fail on the first set distance the examiner will again ask you to read a second set of plate number at a shorter distance.

  4. If you fail to read the plate number on the third try the examiner will then measure the precise distance of the plate to yourself and pass or fail you depending on the outcome.

  5. If the examiner finds you don’t meet the necessary requirement which resulted in your failure on the practical test, you will be asked to sign a form to agree that you didn’t fulfill the needed eyesight requirement to pass the practical test.

Vehicle Safety Questions (Show Me Tell Me Section)

  1. The examiner will ask you to show and identify various key engine parts at a random and state their current statuses ( Fluid levels tyre pressure and engine status)

  2. The examiner will also ask you to tell him various vehicle safety checks you need to do before starting off and driving.

Practical Driving Section

  1. During this section the examiner will give you directions on where to go or which route to follow

  2. You will also be asked to carry out different maneuvers and a reversing exercise.

  3. During the test learners must drive independently and follow:

    • The Satnav

    • And a Series of directions

After the Practical Driving Exam -You have the option to call your instructor over to hear the result along with the feedback. This can be beneficial to you in the event of failing as you will have an idea of where and why you failed or pass the exam.