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.
What happens during the test
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.
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.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
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 aren’t published, so you can’t check them before your test.
You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.
They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You can’t use your own sat nav.
If you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
The examiner won’t give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.
They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.
You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test 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.