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ON THE DAY OF DRIVING TEST

On The Day of Driving Test What should you expect during the practical driving exam?

There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practice driving before you take your test. There are no pass or fail quotas. You need to present your theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you’re not exempt from taking the theory test, and both parts of your driving license – the photo card and the paper counterpart. You will have an eyesight check in which you will be asked to read a number plate from a distance of 20 meters (new style number plate) or 20.5 meters (old style number plate). The examiner will ask you some “show me and tell me” questions and we advise you learn these Q/A. The examiner will require that you show a great knowledge of other road users’ safety. The driving test will last for approximately 35 to 40 minutes in normal conditions.

At the end of your test you will get the result, a pass is 15 or less minor faults and no major faults. There is a possibility that the examiner will ask you to demonstrate an emergency stop during the exam. There will be an independent driving section which will be approximately 10 minutes and you will be following traffic signs; a series of directions; or a combination of both.

Some Tips For Passing The Practical Driving Test.
  • Before you book your practical driving test, it will be a good idea to arrange a mock test with your driving instructor.
  • On the day of your exam dress comfortably and make sure that you arrive at the test centre 15 minutes early. Do not be late, otherwise you will be not able to take your test.
  • It is good idea to learn and understand the “Show me Tell me” questions. If you are uncertain or in doubt ask your instructor to clarify things.
Always Use Mirror Signal Manoeuvre (MSM) or MSPSL at:
  • Roundabouts including multiple lane and mini roundabouts
  • Junctions from minor to major or major to minor and those leading onto high speed roads
  • Crossroads and possible one way systems
Perfect your Reverse Manoeuvre
  • Turn in the road
  • Reverse around a corner
  • SCALP SAFE CONVENIENT AND LEGAL PLACE.
  • Parallel Parking
  • Bay Parking
Keep Calm

Make sure that you have a clear mind during the exam. If you feel like you are about to panic focus on your breathing and take three slow deep breaths. This could help you to calm your body and tell yourself you can do it. Focus on what the examiner says and don't be afraid to ask them to repeat an instruction if you're unsure or not clear.

Stay Positive

Stay positive and do not put yourself under pressure and keep the test in perspective. It is not the end of the world if you do something wrong, you are a learner driver. Think positively all the time and remember that every day thousands of people pass their test so you can too. Get a good night’s sleep, otherwise the tiredness will affect your memory and driving.

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