It’s really important to learn how to drive safely right from the beginning – bad habits are hard to break after all! Driving instructors are specially trained to teach you what you need to know to be safe on the road and pass your test. They have lots of experience and knowledge about driving, which they’ll use to help you become a confident, safe driver.
Other than yourself of course, You’re driving instructor should have already provided a written record of your progress. That record should list all the topics you need to master to drive safely for life. These include parallel parking, turn in the road (3-point turn), reversing around a corner and emergency stop. It should state precisely what stage you are up to now and it should be clear how much there is left to learn, together with any weaknesses you have which must be addressed.
You can expect such things as: Sound the horn, turn on the parking (side marker) lights, turn on the headlights, press on the brakes so they can see that the brake lights work. Also expect to: Turn on the turn signals, turn on the hazard lights
They will probably also make sure your seat belts work properly before beginning the test. This is to ensure that your car is equipped properly for driving safely on the roadway.
About 40 – 50 minutes. The practical driving test includes an eyesight check and safety questions before a section of independent driving.
You cannot fail your practical driving test for getting one or both questions wrong, but you can pick up 1 minor driving fault as a result of one or two incorrect answers, 16 or more minor driving faults, one serious or one dangerous fault will result in a test failure.
If you fail the driving test, you must wait two weeks before taking it again.
Yes! You can start driving straight away when you've passed your test. You don't need to wait for your full licence to arrive.