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About the Practical Test

The aim of the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) is to produce a test format that can be applied consistently throughout the U.K.
However it can not be exactly the same everywhere.

London traffic conditions cannot be reproduced in the heart of Scotland, and while it's easy to be able to find a hill for hill starts in Wales, this cannot be done in the Fens.
So Examiners have to take the areas as they find it, but the same standards are applied nationally, with the content of the test varying from area to area.

In the UK Learners driving a car must hold a valid provisional licence.
They must be supervised by someone at least 21 years old who holds a full licence and has held one for at least three years.


What to expect on Test Day

The Practical Test is designed to allow you to show that you can drive safely unaccompanied.You should have had plenty of practice on all sorts of roads and in all conditions. Follow this link to find out about the procedures, practical hints and tips when taking your practical driving test.

The video below is the Official DVSA guide to what happens during the driving test and what it takes to pass it - including the eyesight test, 'show me, tell me' questions, reversing exercises, and independent driving parts of the test.


Driving Lessons Video Tutorials

Visit our Driving Lessons Video Tutorials page.
Lots of free Videos to help you to get a better idea of what you need to know when you're starting out on your practical driving.
These show you Basic Skills such as Gear changing, Steering, Moving off,Stopping, all the Manoeuvres, Emergency Stops etc


Structured learning

To help you learn in a structured way, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) has produced a Driver's Record. You could have received a Driver's Record with your provisional driving licence, if not you can get one from your instructor, your local test centre or download one from the links below:-
PDF file Download Driver's Record private practice sheet
PDF file Download Driver's Record for learner drivers

If you are having trouble driving a manual, Why not try an Automatic!


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Should you take your instructor on your driving test?

Driving examiners will ask you, at the time you take your test, if they would like your instructor (or another observer - preferably the person who has taught them to drive) to sit in on your test and listen to the feedback at the end.
It is purely your own choice.
Watch this video and to help you with the right choice.