Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check
and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
You can write down what you see if you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading.
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail your driving test and the test won’t continue if you can’t pass the eyesight
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me,
tell me’ questions.
The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them
how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.
You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the
examiner how you’d carry out the check.
The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your
examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
During your test the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You’ll
drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor
has trained you.
It should include:
an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
a hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You’ll have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will ask
you to do one of the following exercises:
reversing around a corner
turning in the road
reverse parking - either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the
Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed
to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.
Carry on if you make a mistake, because if it’s not a serious mistake it might not
affect your result.
Your examiner will stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other
Your examiner will ask if you want your instructor, or another person, to:
sit in the back of your car during your driving test
be with you after the test for the result and feedback
This person will usually be your driving instructor, but it could also be a relative
They must be over 16 and can’t take any part in the test.
The examiner’s supervisor
The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. They will be watching the examiner’s
performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you’re tested or
in your result.
Your test might be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t let the examiner’s
supervisor go with you.