The Driving Test lasts about 35 to 40 minutes and includes driving out of town on fast roads, such as dual carriageways, up to 70 mph (Legal limit). You will be asked to do 1 out of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres chosen from the Turn in the road, Reverse around the corner and Reverse Park (either into a Bay or around a car on the road). One in three tests will also include a Controlled stop also known as an emergency stop.
The examiner will ask you to drive independently for about 10 minutes, following a simple map and/or road signs, for example. follow the signs for Felixstowe. There will also be two questions about the routine safety checks you should do on your car, to ensure it is safe to drive, one show me and one tell me which are listed in the BTI Driving Work Book.
In order to pass, you must not make any serious or dangerous faults, although you are allowed to have up to 15 minor errors. Don’t worry! It is not that difficult, and examiners are very friendly. They know what it is like having to drive under pressure, a lot of them used to be instructors.
Booking your Driving Test
Telephone bookings can be made directly to the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency on 0300 200 1122 or you can book online here. You should quote your instructors ADI number when making a booking if you’re not sure what it is contract them. The current fee is £62.00 for a weekday test, but may be changed from time to time by the DVSA. Our local Test Centre is Ipswich.
What do I need to take?
- Your provisional Driving Licence.
- Photo ID (e.g. your passport) if you have the older type of paper licence.
- Your theory certificate.
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