Driving Test

At LP Driving Lessons we offer a network of fully qualified green badge driving instructors that will help you on the road to passing your manual or automatic Driving Test.

According to DSA statistics it takes on average around 47 hours of professional driving training to pass a Driving Test.

LP driving instructors will work at a pace comfortable to you ensuring you become a safe and confident driver that is ready for the road.

Driving test explained: official DVSA guide video:

What to expect on a Driving Test

At the start of your test you will be given an eyesight check and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions by the examiner.

Eyesight check – You will be asked to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old style number plate

You can write down what you see if you do not speak English or have difficulty reading.

You will fail your Driving Test and the test will not continue if you do not pass the eyesight test.

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

‘Show me, tell me’ driving test questions for cars official DVSA guide videos

Driving ability – The driving part of the test will last around 40 minutes and during this time the examiner will assess the overall safe standard of your driving. The examiner will give you directions that you should follow driving in various road and traffic conditions.

Typically a Driving Test will include:

  • Normal stops
  • Angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
  • Hill start

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Safely reversing your vehicle:

The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises to demonstrate how well you can reverse your vehicle.

  • Reversing around a corner
  • Turning in the road
  • Reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road

Independent driving:

The test will also include around 10 minutes of independent driving designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.

What if I make a mistake on my Driving Test

If you make a mistake carry on and remember that you are allowed up to 15 minor faults during the test. It is only a problem if you accumulate more than 15 minor faults or commit a serious driving fault that you will fail. The examiner will only stop the test if they think your driving is dangerous to other road users.

When taking your Driving Test just drive in the way your LP driving instructor has trained you and you will be fine.

The examiner will ask if you want your driving instructor, or another person, to –

  • Sit in the back of your car during your test
  • Be with you after the test for the result and feedback

This person will usually be your driving instructor, but it could also be a relative or friend. They must be over 16 and can’t take any part in the test. An examiner’s supervisor may also come along, they will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you are tested or in your result.

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