Driving Test Info

The driving test is designed to see if you can drive safely, know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving. It will start with an eyesight check. You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres. If you can't, you will fail the test.

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the "Show Me Tell Me" questions.

You"ll be ask the following:

Tell Me Question (where you explain how you'd carry out safety task) at the start of the test, before you start driving.

Show Me Question (where you show how you'd carry out a safety task) while you're driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using car controls and wipers.

From the Show Me Tell Me question Fail to answer either question correctly and you will score one minor fault.

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.

You will have to successfully perform one of the following reversing exercises:


  • Pull up on the right hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car length and rejoin the traffic.


  • parallel parking at the side of the road


  • Park in a bay parking - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (examiner will tell which you have to do)

  • reverse in and drive out (only in a driving test centre car park)
  • drive in and reverse out (in any car park - including a driving test centre car park


  • You may also have to do an emergency stop.


Independent Driving For 20 Minutes

During the independent part of the test, most candidate will be asked to follow directions from Sat nav for 20 Minutes.

Your examiner will provide the sat nav (Tom Tom start 52) and set it up for you. so it dosen't matter what make and model of sat nav you practice with.

You can't follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by your examiner.

You will be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you're going if you're not sure. it won't matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

one in 5 driving test won't use sat nav. You'll need to follow traffic sign instead. 

The purpose is rather to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. This includes for example deciding when it's safe to pull over and ask for directions.

Your result will not be affected unless you commit a driving fault, even if you go off the independent driving route.

The cost of taking the practical test is £62 if taken on a week day and £75 if taken over the weekend.