Learn to drive in Glasgow


Gerry Brennan School of Motoring

The UK car practical driving test

The UK practical driving test is designed to see if you can drive safely in changeable road and traffic conditions. You should be able to adapt to changing weather conditions and demonstrate your knowledge of the Highway Code by reading road signs and markings correctly and navigating for yourself unaided on the independent part of the test.
You’ll need to have passed your driving theory test before taking your practical test.
On the test day you must produce your provisional driving licence, sign your name on the examiners marking sheet, and show you can read a car number plate at a distance of 20 metres (for vehicles with new style plates). You will be asked before you go to your car “if you would like your instructor to accompany you on the test or have him there on the debrief”

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions  These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me questions. The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check. You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

Your driving ability

On your driving test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving from you for about 40 to 45 minutes.

Drive the way you were taught by your instructor on test and the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. It is important to deal with every situation at the time, once you have completed it, the examiner will deal with the assessment. Once a hazard has been dealt with you cannot change things, so concentrate on what happens immediately after that. Worrying about what you have previously done could affect your ability to cope with the next circumstance effectively.  ie stalling the engine, retrieving it, but forgetting to recheck the movement of other drivers around you. The test includes :

Angled start (pulling out at an angle behind a parked car)

Pulling in for a normal stop

Hill start

Emergency stop known as controlled stop (1 in 4 tests)

You will be asked to complete one reverse exercise

corner reverse,

turn in the road,

reverse park (into a bay or parking space)

Independent driving section

Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own. You can ask the examiner to repeat the directions again and don’t worry too much about taking a wrong turn – the examiner will inform you of this and re-route. In some driving test centres the independent part of the drive could be a 20 minute period where you will follow directions from Sat Nav.

Once you have passed your theory test and your instructor feels you are ready, the next step is to check the test fee and book a practical test. There are three methods of doing this :

1. DSA Online booking service.

2. By telephone : 0300 200 1122


The UK Driving Test format will change in December 2017.

The driving examiner will have his own pre charged sat nav which will sit on a bean bag at the most convenient position on the dash board for the candidate. (Instructors will not be required to provide anything). Read  more….

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