Driving School St Albans

Steve Cooper Driving School - The Practical Test

The driving test is designed to see if you can drive safely, know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving. It will start with an eyesight check. You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres. If you can't, you will fail the test. Next you will be asked a 'Tell me question' Failure to answer correctly and you will get one minor fault. To view the questions click. During the test you will, whilst you are driving , be asked a 'Show me question' eg show how you would wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

The driving test will last about 40 minutes. 4 out of 5 tests will include following Sat Nav instructions for approximately 20 minutes.It won't matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault. The Sat Nav will be brought by the examiner and be preset.

Throughout the test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including you carrying out one of 3 manoeuvres.

You will have to successfully perform one of the following reversing exercises:

  • Reverse parallel park at the side of the road

  • park in a bay either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out

  • pull up on the right hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

For about 20 minutes, half of the test, you will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. This will be set up by the examiner, one in five driving tests won't use a sat nav you will follow road signs instead.

The purpose is rather to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. This includes for example deciding when it's safe to pull over and ask for directions. Your result will not be affected unless you commit a driving fault, even if you go off the independent driving route.

The cost of taking the test is £62 if taken on a week day and £75 if taken over the weekend.