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At the beginning of the practical test the examiner will give you an eyesite test and ask you to answer two questions on vehicle safety checks.

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One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in a fault being recorded and may result in you failing your test. Get your Driving Instructor to go through the questions with you so you understand how to do the safety checks on your training car. Remember all cars are different so make sure you are familiar with the car you are using for your practical test.

The driving test is conducted by a Driving Standards Agency Examiner and lasts about 40 minutes. The routes used include a typical range of traffic and road conditions and start and finish from your local Driving Test Centre. On average you drive for about 8 miles during this period. The Examiner tests your ability to drive safely and competently and tests you on all that you have learnt during your lessons. You can fail the test if you commit a serious or dangerous fault, or if you have 15 or more driving faults. Immediately after the test the Examiner will advise you if you have passed or failed. If unfortunately you have failed you will be advised where you went wrong and given a printed sheet with the details. This sheet will be useful to show your driving instructor to assess what further training is required. You can apply for another driving test straight away providing 10 working days has elapsed between each test date.


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