Practical Test

Driving Test explained:

Official DSA car practical test – Are you ready?

Driving Test Explained: Official DVSA Guide

Driving test changes: Parking in a bay

Tell Me, Show Me on the move. Here are the ‘Show Me’ questions:

Here are the ‘Tell Me’ questions:

Pull up and stop on the reverse manoeuvre

Driving Test in Bad Weather: Official DVSA Guide

The driving test changed on 4 December 2017

NB: If you are taking your Practical Driving Test with Martin please quote:
ADI No: 46419

You can book your driving test by calling 0300 200 1122 or online at:


Theory & Practical Workshop – Premium. For more information click: here


The Practical Driving Test is intended to ensure that you can drive safely, by demonstrating that:

1. You are SAFE to yourself

2. You are SAFE to other road-users

3. You have your Vehicle you are driving under your CONTROL

4. You are driving Legally and within the Law

As long as you are properly prepared you should not find it too difficult to pass your driving test. It is recommended that you discuss your progress with your Instructor for advice about training and practice needed to reach the required standard to successfully pass your driving test.

Irrespective of what you may have been told by well meaning friends, colleagues and/or relatives, the Examiners DO NOT have a QUOTA! People still cling to the outdated myths that if the examiner is in a bad mood, takes a dislike to me, or has reached their quota ‘I am bound to fail’. Or ‘no-one’ passes at the end of the day, week, month or year. This is completely false and untrue.

Since the introduction of the de-brief which is offered at the end of every practical driving test, these myths should have been dispelled by now. On the debrief the examiner explains exactly what caused the candidate to fail teir driving test by mentioning the precise junction or roundabout, or the incident with which other vehicle eg. “when you changed lanes you didn’t check your left-hand side mirror and caused the blue Peugeot to brake and swerve out of your path”. In each case the exminer will tell you what course of action you should have taken. Therefore, this has nothing to do with the myths of Quota’s etc

1. Car tests now use longer routes and involves around 40 minutes of driving.

2. Car test routes include more higher speed dual and single carriageway roads.

3. The reverse bay parking manoeuvre will take place off road at the driving test centre.

4. Tell me, Show Me – You may be asked to open the bonnet and identify how you would check the various fluid levels, power steering, lights, tyre condition etc (your instructor will give you a print out)

5. The Emergency Stop exercise will be carried out in 1 of 3 tests.

6. You will be required to drive independently for about 20 minutes by either following a sat-nav (the examiner provides this) or following road signs, but you will only be asked to perform ONE manoeuvre, from either Parallel Park, Reverse Bay Park, Forward Bay Park and reverse out or Pull up and stop on the right-hand side of the road and reverse back for about 2 car lengths and then return to the left-hand side of the road again.

Details here:

7. Any candidates committing more than 15 driving faults, will fail their driving test.

8. 1 serious or 1 dangerous driving fault, will also result in failing their driving test.

Help For Candidates and Instructors:

Examiners will give candidates guidance notes to explain more fully the report form issued at the end of the driving test. Your Driving Instructor will be permitted to listen to this de-brief – if you give consent – to further assist you with future driving advice.

Test Vehicle Requirements:

Since 6th April 1999 all cars used for the Practical Driving Test has to have:

1. A seat belt and head restraint for the front passenger seat for use by the Examiner.

2. A rear view mirror for use by the Examiner from the front passenger seat.

This is in addition to the normal requirements that the vehicle must be roadworthy, suitable for the Driving Test and insured specifically for the Driving Test, as well as taxed and with an up to date MOT if required.

Driving Test Fee:

The Practical Driving Test fee from 30th March 2009 is £62.00 (£75.00 outside normal Mon – Fri times – see below). This pays for the Examiner to test your driving skills.

Please note this does not cover the use of the car for the test. Normally the car is booked for 2 hours on the day of your test. This will give you an hour of practice before the test, and include the use of the car on the actual driving test.

Test Appointment Times:

From 2nd April 2008 the Practical Test time choices are:

8.10am, 9.07am, 10.14am, 11.11am, and 12.38pm, 1.35pm, 2.32pm

Booking Your Practical Driving Test:

Before booking your driving test you should discuss and seek advice from your Driving Instructor to ensure that you will be ready and have covered all of the necessary elements to the required standard, and beyond.

You will need to quote your driving licence and Theory Test certificate and your Driving Instructors ADI numbers and have a valid credit or debit card.

NB: If you are taking your test with Martin quote:

ADI No: 46419.

You can book your driving test by calling 0300 200 1122 or online at:

Automatic Driving Licence Renewal:

This applies to anyone who applied for a provisional driving licence from the 9th August 2004, and successfully passes their driving test. At the end of the driving test the Examiner will retain your provisional driving licence. You will automatically be sent your new Full driving licence directly from the DVLC. You are still entitled to drive as a Full licence holder from the moment you have passed and signed the Examiners form.


Learner drivers and new drivers can enjoy the flexibility of paying for insurance by the mile and earn a £10 voucher* with Pay As You Go Insurance from Marmalade.
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