There is no minimum number of lessons that you must have taken before you can take your practical driving test. We will tell you when we think you are ready – by which time we would be confident that you can complete everything required by the national standard for driving cars without instruction.
If you take the practical driving test after 4th December 2017, there will be some changes that you need to know about. The changes have been introduced to take into account new skills that are needed to drive safely today. Get in touch for more information.
The four changes will be:
The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes – roughly half of the test.
During the independent driving part of the test, 4 out of 5 candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav which will be provided by the examiner (you can’t use your own).
You won’t need to set the route – the examiner will do this for you. You’ll 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, as long as you don’t make a fault while doing it.
You’ll be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres:
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them.
The ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) will now be carried out while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.
The ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) will still be asked at the start of your test, before you start driving.
“I love being a driving instructor; and I love driving. In fact, my whole working life has involved driving, whether a car, a van, or an articulated lorry. But teaching people to drive is the best job I’ve had. You just can’t beat the feeling of seeing someone that you’ve come to know over weeks of driving lessons, finally holding their pass certificate. It fills me with pride every single time!”
Steve Eckersley, ADI for Buckle Up Bolton