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Practical Driving Test

Everything you need to know about the Practical Driving Test!

There are two tests that you need to pass in order to gain a full driving licence and Ace Driving School Loughborough is here to help you every step of the way.


The theory test consists of two separate parts which have to be taken on the same day.


The practical test has 5 parts, for which you will be driving for around 40 minutes.


What happens during the test?


There are 5 parts to the driving test:


1. an eyesight check

2. ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions

3. general driving ability

4. reversing your vehicle

5. independent driving


The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.


How long the test lasts


You’ll drive for around 40 minutes.


You’ll drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.


Eyesight check


You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:


1. 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate

2. 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate


New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.


You will fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check and the test will end.


‘Show me, tell me’ questions


You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.


These test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks.


Your general driving ability


You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.


The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you can’t check them before your test.

Pulling over at the side of the road


You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:


  • normal stops at the side of the road
  • pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
  • a hill start
  • You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
  • Reversing your vehicle


The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:


  • reverse around a corner
  • turn in the road
  • reverse park – either into a parking bay or parallel park at the side of the road


Independent driving


You’ll have to drive for about 10 minutes by following either:

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

The examiner can show you a simple diagram to help you understand where you’re going when following verbal directions.


You can’t use a satnav.


If you can’t see a traffic sign (eg because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.


Forgetting the directions


You can ask the examiner to confirm the directions if you forget them. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every direction.


Going off the route


Your test result won’t be affected if you go off the route, unless you make a fault while doing it.


The examiner will help you get back on the route if you take a wrong turning.


If you make mistakes during your test


You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your result if it’s not serious.


The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.

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