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Practical Test

The Practical Driving Test will last around 45 minutes, and will be carried out by a DSA Driving Examiner. At the start of your test, the examiner will check your eye-sight, and ask you a couple of questions on basic car maintainance, after which you will set off On Test.

On Test you will be expected to follow the road ahead, or follow directions given by road signs and markings. If your examiner wants you to turn at junctions, or to park, he will ask you to do this in good time. When you park, the engine should normally be left running.

The test route will cover residential and busy in-town areas, and out of town roads including country roads and Dual Carriageways. You will be asked to carry out two or three special exercises, such as parallel parking.
The result of the test (pass/fail) will depend on the number and nature of the driving faults the examiner notes during the drive.

You will need to book your instructor (and pay) for a 2-hour session on test day, the first hour being a "Warm-up" run to the Test Centre, during which we can settle you down, and run through the special exercises. The second hour is the Test itself. After the Test, we will drive you home, or wherever you wish to finish.

We should stress that there are no advantages in attempting a test before you are ready. It just wastes time and money, and can be an un-pleasant experience!


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