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THE PRACTICAL TEST CHANGES 4th December 2017

 

The test will last about 38 to 40 minutes and will include about 20 minutes of independent driving and various roads and traffic conditions. I will ask you to complete one manoeuvre and we may carry out an emergency stop. The sort of things you’ve been practising with your instructor or accompanying driver.

 

The ‘tell me’ safety question

This question will still be asked at the test centre, before your pupil starts driving.

 

The ‘show me’ safety question

This question will be asked while your pupil is driving.

It can be asked at any time during the test, including during the independent driving part.

 

Independent driving

The examiner will ask your pupil to pull over before starting the independent driving part of the test. At this point, the examiner will select and start the route, if it's using a sat nav.

 

Here’s the instruction that examiners will give when using a sat nav -

Shortly I’d like you to drive for some distance independently. I’d like you to follow a series of directions from the sat nav please. Continue to follow the sat nav until I tell you otherwise. Drive on when you’re ready.

 

Remember, 1 in 5 tests will be following traffic signs, and not directions from a sat nav. The instruction given for these will be as follows -

Shortly, I’d like you to drive for some distance independently. I’d like you to follow the traffic signs for [location] please. Continue to follow the signs until I tell you otherwise. Drive on when you're ready.

 

Pull up on the right and reverse:

Pull up on the right when it is safe to do so, please.  I’d now like you to reverse back for about 2 car lengths, keeping reasonably close to the kerb.

 

If another vehicle pulls up behind the car and stops your pupil from reversing back, the manoeuvre won’t be completed.  If a vehicle pulls up in front, the exercise will continue.

 

Parking in a bay

The examiner will ask your pupil to park in a bay. They'll ask them to either:

• 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)

 

Your pupil can’t drive through a first parking bay, and then park in a bay directly in front of that. When they reverse out, they can’t go into any bays behind them.