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About the Driving Test

The U.K. Driving test is all about making sure that people who pass are competent and safe in the basic skills of driving.

When you're in the test centre waiting room and your examiner greets you, he will need to see your relevant documents and will ask you to sign an insurance declaration to say that the car is insured for test use and a residence declaration to say you live at that address (if you decline to sign, your test will be terminated). When the examiner has checked your documents he will ask you to take him to your car (take your documents with you). Usually before you get to your car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from a randomly chosen vehicle at a distance of 20.5 metres (if you're unable to read the plate correctly, your test will be terminated). When you get to your car the examiner will ask you 2 of the show me tell me questions If you incorrectly answer 1 or both of the questions you will get 1 minor fault (this will not result in failure). Next your examiner will ask you to get in the car and make yourself comfortable, he will walk round the car and join you in the passenger seat. He will then tell you "Throughout the test I'd like you to follow the road ahead at all times, unless road markings or road signs tell you otherwise. If I do want you turn, I will tell you in good time". The examiner will use the same terminology as your instructor, giving you plenty of notice. If at anytime you forget or don't understand any of the directions given by the examiner ASK!!!!

During your test you will be expected to drive for about 35-40 minutes in various road situations, some of them will be at higher speeds possibly up to 70 Mph. You will also be asked to perform 2 of the reversing manoeuvres and you may also be asked to perform the Emergency Stop exercise. If you have received the proper tuition you will adequately prepared to do what is asked



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