What’s Involved in the Test

The driving test is pretty straightforward and for cars it will last about between 40 and 45 minutes and will include:

  • Questions on the Rules of the Road that include identifying road signs and demonstrating hand signals
  • A hill start
  • Reversing around a corner
  • A turnabout in the road
  • Driving approximately 4 – 5 miles under a variety of road and traffic conditions.

Your driving will be assessed in the following situations:

  • Moving off;
  • Driving in traffic;
  • Stopping;
  • Reversing round a corner;
  • Turnabout;
  • Starting on a hill;
  • Parking.

Aspects of your driving assessed will include:

  • Road positioning;
  • Overtaking and passing;
  • Use of mirrors and signals;
  • Progress;
  • Speed
  • Anticipation and observation;
  • Compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings;
  • Use of the vehicle controls (accelerator, clutch, gears, brakes and steering).
  • Use of secondary controls such as wipers, demisters, etc.
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