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What you should know about the driving test:

When reversing around a corner you can stop as often as you like.

When a driving test is terminated the examiner will get out, tell you to stay with the vehicle, and he will walk back to the test centre.

If you reach the end of a one way street and are supposed to turn right, and you suddenly realise you are in the left lane: you can salvage your test by changing your indicator to left, and turning left. This should only give you a minor fault for 'timing of indicator'

Four minor faults within the same category will normally fail you

If you do not agree with the way your test was conducted you can make an appeal against the result. However if you win the appeal the result will not be changed, you will just get a retest.

Examiners like confident drivers - show him/her that you know what you are doing

You can fail for not using the windscreen wipers if they are needed

The examiner's union is pressing for the banning of non dual-controlled cars on test

Certain cars such as mini convertables are not allowed to be used on test.

Mounting the kerb with your back wheel when turning left is usually only a minor fault

If a manoeuvre is going wrong, or you don't like the way it is going, you can shunt forwards at least twice to alter it.

Many examiners have never been instructors. They take a one month training course to qualify as an examiner.

Test examiners have many more accidents than instructors - an examiner's job is not to keep you safe but to examine.

You can have a friend accompany you to sit in the back on your driving test.

On the parallel parking manoeuvre you can finish with the wheels on full lock right. You don't have to straighten them.

Your examiner will tell you which lane to get into at a roundabout by the direction he gives - “take the third exit right” means get in the right lane and indicate right

If your examiner mentions a direction (left or right) then generally indicate that way

Examiners should allow you to cross your hands on the steering wheel in some circumstances.

You can change from 3rd gear directly to 5th gear when accelerating

You can fail for not driving up to the speed limit ( eg.driving at 45mph in a 60mph limit)

You can use your own car on the driving test

Cars without dual controls tend to get easier test routes

Steering whilst stationary (dry steering) is not a fault

All the driving examiners at a test centre are required to have a test pass rate within 10% of each other.

If the Highway Code enables you to use an unsafe method on a particular road layout then this may be taken off the test route.

Driving examiners often don’t make up their mind as to which test route you are going on until after your test has started.

In a potential accident situation the examiner will not intervene until the last possible moment, and that may be too late. This is because he is afraid of being accused of intervening unnecessarily

Your instructor is assessed by the standard and ability of his pupils that he takes to the test centre.

If a number of examiners have had near misses or accidents at a location on a test route, the route will probably be changed.

Never follow someone else blindly, assuming they know what they are doing. One examiner tells a story of three tests all on the same route, all following one another, and all failing on the same junction. Just because the first one got into the wrong lane, and the other two followed.




Teaching people to drive for over 30 years! Professional driving lessons with
Alan J Barker BA DSA ADI. Covering Hockley, Rayleigh, Rochford, & Hullbridge areas