Are you ready to take your car practical driving test?
At Julie Murphy's Driving School our patient, friendly female and male driving instructors will teach you how to become a safe driver and let you know when you are ready to take your practical driving test. We pride ourselves on having a very high first time pass rate which reflects on our quality of driving lessons and courses offered. Many of our new pupils have commented on how quickly they learn with Julie Murphy's Driving School compared to their old driving instructor. To find out the current cost of taking your practical driving test click here.
During the practical driving test the examiner is looking to make sure a test candidate fulfils the following criteria:
All the main controls such as foot pedals, gear stick and steering should be handled smoothly. You should:
The test candidate should move away safely, under control, on the level, from behind a parked car and where practicable, on a hill, with the correct observations.
Even and progressive braking should be demonstrated. There should be no locking of the wheels. In wet weather conditions the candidate should understand that the stopping distance could be doubled.
Reverse To The Left or Right
Should be executed under full control and with reasonable accuracy. Good all-round observation is essential as is responding correctly to other road users.
Turn In The Road
Must be executed under full control. Good all-round observation is essential as is responding correctly to other road users and good low speed control of the vehicle.
Must be executed under full control. Good all-round observation is essential as is responding correctly to other road users.
Use of Mirrors
Mirrors should be used regularly and the candidate must be aware of the presence of others in their blind spots. Early use of mirrors should be made before signalling, changing direction, changing speed and as part of the mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine.
The candidate must give signals clearly and in good time to warn other road users of intentions in accordance with the Highway Code. Signals should be cancelled after any manoeuvre has been completed.
Response To Signs and Signals
The candidate must understand and be able to react to all traffic signs and road markings; check when proceeding through green lights, and respond to signals given by police officers, traffic wardens, school crossing patrols and all other road users.
Use Of Speed
Safe and reasonable progress should be made according to the road, weather and traffic conditions, the road signs and speed limits. Candidates should always be able to stop within the distance they can see to be clear.
The candidate must maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead in all conditions, including when stopping in traffic queues.
Appropriate speeds must be maintained and the type of road, the speed limit, the type and density of traffic, the weather and visibility must be taken into account. A safe approach to all hazards should be demonstrated without being over-cautious. All safe opportunities to proceed at junctions should be taken.
The correct procedure must be demonstrated at all types of junctions. The mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine must also be demonstrated as should good all-round observations and safe response to other road users. You should also:
A candidate must show correct response when dealing with other road users including overtaking, meeting oncoming traffic and turning across traffic. Other road users should not be made to slow down, swerve or stop. When overtaking:
The correct road position should be maintained at all times according to the type of road, the direction being taken and the presence of parked vehicles. In normal driving conditions you should position the car well to the left.
Clearance To Obstruction
The candidate should allow plenty of room when passing stationary vehicles and other obstructions that may be obscuring pedestrians.
The correct type of crossing should be recognised and the correct procedure demonstrated. You should:
Position For Normal Stops
The candidate should select a safe and legal place to stop without causing inconvenience or obstruction to other road users.
Awareness and Planning
The candidate should think and plan ahead and anticipate the actions of other road users, should demonstrate safe attitudes when dealing with vulnerable roads users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders and think and plan ahead so that they can:
An understanding of the function of all controls and switches, especially those relating to road safety, should be shown. The candidate should be able to access all controls without having to look down to locate them.