The examiner will call your name and then ask to see your documents, driving licence and you driving theory test certificate.

You will be asked if you want your driving instructor to accompany you on the test (see Preparing for you Practical Test).

Once outside, the driving examiner will ask you to carry out the eyesight check. You must be able to read a licence plate at the required distance (20 metres New style, 20.5 metres old style)

The driving examiner will then ask you 2 of the Show me Tell me Questions.

During the driving test the examiner will asses your safe driving ability including making normal stops, an angle start and hill start.

You will be asked to complete a section of independent driving and you will be required to perform one of your reversing exercises (Parallel Parking, reversing into a parking space and driving out, pulling forwards into a parking space and reversing out, stopping on the right hand side of the road reverse 2 car lengths and rejoin traffic).

How is the Practical Driving Test marked?

The driving test examiner will complete the test report recording you driving faults, these faults will fall into three categories...

Practical Driving Test - Driving fault

A driving fault mistake is usually a mistake on procedure that the examiner judges to have had no bearing on the safety of the drive.

For example: You are turning left and your signal timing is late.

You have made an error, however there has been no effect on other road users and the junction was otherwise taken correctly. The fault would be recorded as a driving fault.

Practical Driving Test - Serious fault

A serious fault is one that is serious enough to mean an instant fail for your test. This will be an error that the examiner judges could lead to confusion of other road users or even a potential crash.

For Example: You are approaching a roundabout and have got in the wrong lane, your positional error has forced other traffic to change speed or direction to avoid you. You have committed an error that affects others directly.

The error is serious because potentially it could have lead to an accident.

A serious driving fault can also occur as a result of repetitive driving faults, if we take the example of the driving fault from earlier, a late signal, although this did not affect any other road users, if you are repeatedly signalling late the examiner will deem that at some point this habitual fault will lead to an instance where you will affect another road user and potentially cause an accident.

Practical Driving Test - Dangerous fault

A dangerous fault is where the examiner has to take physical action to prevent an accident from occurring during your practical driving test then the error will certainly be recorded as a dangerous one.

For example: You are about to enter a roundabout, you have not noticed a car on your right that you need to stop for and the examiner has to brake to prevent an accident.

To pass your practical driving test you must commit no more than 15 driving faults.

One serious fault is enough to fail a practical driving test.

You will not be taken straight back to the test centre. The examiner will continue to conduct the driving test until the end as long as it remains safe to do so.

It is only at the end of the practical driving test that you will learn whether or not you have passed. You will be given the opportunity for your Grimsby Driving School instructor to listen to your practical driving test results and any de-brief.

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