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DVSA driving test video

The video states the your instructor can sit in the car during the test.  During Covid instructors aren't allowed to restrict too much contact.  If you do a serious fault you will be directed back to the test centre again to reduce unnecessary contact. 

Practical test

The Practical test costs £62.00 week days and £75 bank holidays and weekends through direct gov website. On the day of the test I recommend you have a lesson before hand to warm yourself up for the test itself.

The test will last for 40 minutes which includes a eye test, answering 1 of the show me questions and on of the tell me questions.  Perform 1 out of the 4 manoeuvre. 20 Minute of your test will include and independent drive or following a sat nav. You may also have to perform an emergency stop. At the end of the test your examiner will tell you if you have met the required standards set by the DSA to grant you a full driving licence.  The 4 manoeuvres have change a few years ago.  No longer is the turn in the road and reversing round a corner performed during the test.  To replace these you pull up on the right had side of the road when safe to do so.  You will be asked to reverse two car lengths back and then drive on when your ready.  In any carpark you will be asked to drive forward into a bay then reverse out the they bay.  (do drive through bays though).

At the start of the test you will be asked if you want your instructor to sit in on the test.. It is your decision if you want me to be there. Also they will ask if you want me to be at the debrief at the end of the test. No matter if you have passed or failed. We will discuss this before the test.

If you fail the practical test you can book immediately, but you wont get a date within 10 working days. Remember nerves can play a factor during any test. The practical test now has an additional requirement of eco driving. 

So what does this mean?

The key to good eco driving is good forward planning so that you are aware of hazards well in advance. So you have to plan on how you will deal with the situation earlier. Planning in this way prompts you to use the gas pedal to regulate your speed eliminating the need to brake harshly then accelerate aggressively. This is all good for you from the view of saving money on fuel and reduces the harmful pollutants in the air. You as a driver will be more aware of what is going on around you making you and other road users safe.


What to take to your test

You must take:

your UK driving licence

your theory test pass certificate, if you have it

a face covering, unless you have a good reason not to wear one

a car - most people use their driving instructor’s, but you can use your own car if it meets the rules

Your test will be cancelled and you will not get your money back if you do not take the right things with you.

When you must not go to your test


Requirements during covid


You must not go to your test if either:

you need to quarantine because you recently entered the UK

you’re self-isolating, for example because you tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you need to self-isolate or quarantine on the day of your test, you can change your driving test appointment for free.

Wearing a face covering

You must bring and wear a face covering for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. Good reasons are things like:

having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability

wearing it would cause you severe distress

You need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you book your test.

Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not say that you could not wear one when you booked it.

You can take it off during your test if you need to avoid harm or injury.

Because of COVID-19 the car you use must have the windows open throughout the test. Wear clothing suitable for the weather.


Your driving licence


You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours before your test. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.

Rearrange your test if you do not get the new licence in enough time.

If you do not have a photocard licence

Bring a valid passport and your paper licence.

If you have a licence from Northern Ireland

Bring the Northern Ireland photocard and paper counterpart.

If you’ve lost your theory test certificate

You do not need to get a replacement theory test certificate. Your driving examiner will check that you’ve passed your theory test before your driving test starts


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