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The car practical driving test

Watch a video about the practical driving test

So long as you show the standard required, you’ll pass your driving test.

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:
  • can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
  • know The Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.

You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

If you give the wrong answer for one or both questions, you’ll be marked with one driving fault. You will be able to go through and practice these question. Please click on the link below to review the questions.


Independent driving explained

Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. During your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.

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