The Practical Test

Sitting the practical test is the culmination of a lot of hard work and putting all your newly learned skills together, driving with confidence and carrying out the instructions during the test with minimal mistakes.

It actually all starts though when you first get in the car with our instructor Steve on the very first lesson. 

We believe the success of the new driver and preparation for the practical test will be as a direct consequence of the experience and time behind the wheel and practicing manoeuvers. Also the driver needs to consider that their progress may differ from other individuals as we all know certain skills are picked up at various speeds whether it is practical, learning road signs or just the rules of the road (Highway Code).

We also appreciate that many a learner driver will have a blend of paid lessons and then further driving time with a friend or family member.

How we work is to provide a lesson plan or progress booklet which enables you and others to see the progress made and what we are planning to do next.  We will then practice, re-practice and ensure that confidence in carrying out a series of instructions becomes second nature.

We also look to build the lessons to ensure that the intensity increases so considering the early lessons will be driving time, spatial awareness, aligning the vehicle on the road and managing junctions.  It is also important that some lessons are carried out in the test centre town or city so the learner can get to know the roads and some of the potential test routes.

For a new learner driver with no previous driving experience, typically after about 20 lessons, we will discuss the need to consider organising the Theory Test and passing this so you can consider appying for the Practical Test.

In summary, Road Runner School of Motoring, we provide a structured approach working with you to deliver tuition, with documented progress and with an ultimate goal of getting you ready for the test itself.

The Practical Test

The test format is on the road with a DVSA examiner who will direct the driver on a pre determined route monitororing for driving faults, serious faults or dangerous faults.  You are allowed up to 15 driving faults (minor) but you will fail with any serious or dangerous faults.  The test typically takes 40 minutes.

The following are also examined as part of the test.

  • Eyesight - Reading a number plate and signs
  • Vehicle Safety Questions - Generla vehicle questions
  • Controlled Stop - Bring the vehicle to a controlled stop
  • Manoeuvers - Reversing, Turning the Vehicle Around, Parallel Parking, etc.
  • General Driving - Driving under instruction demonstrating a competency on the road.
  • Independent Driving - The examiner will ask for the learner to drive following road signs and external instruction to a point