Gerry Brennan School of Motoring
The UK car practical driving test
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
Emergency stop known as controlled stop (1 in 4 tests)
You will be asked to complete one reverse exercise
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….