Alliance Driving School Watford

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The Practical Driving Test

The practical driving test is carried out by a DVSA examiner; it will take between 38 to 45 minutes of driving and manoeuvres.

The examiner will start by a simple eye test where you are asked to read a number plate from a distance of approximately 20 meters. You will then asked questions under the Mechanical awareness heading. The examiner will want to see that you are confident and can drive in a competent and safe manner. You will need to show that you can perceive the situations as they arise and respond with sound judgment.

During the driving test you will be asked to conduct one reversing manoeuvres and one in three students will be asked to perform an Emergency Stop. The test will be conducted in busy traffic conditions around the town and then on country roads, all selected to give a fair test. On completion of the test you will receive the result.

Independent Driving

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 examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way.

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.

Documents to bring for the Practical Test.

Paper Driving Licence
Plastic I D Licence
Theory Pass Certificate
Appointment Form