The Day of your Driving Test
What to bring with you
Driving License, Both parts, paper counterfoil and plastic ID card.
Booking confirmation, (printout from computer) not essential.
A one hour lesson is normal before your test to go through all the manoeuvre and the emergency stop. We will also go through the 'show me tell me' questions again quickly. I will have given you a sheet with all the questions and answers on, and already shown you how to do all the 'show me' checks. We should arrive at the test centre around 10 minutes before the test. Therefore, I will pick you up 1 hour and 10 minutes before the test time, unless otherwise directed.
At the Test Centre
We will practice the reverse park at the test centre and leave the car facing out, to make it easy to drive off for the test.
In the test centre waiting room we will spread your documents out on a table ready for the examiner to check. There is a toilet at the test centre.
The examiners at regular intervals are checked to ensure that their examining is of the correct standard. To do this a senior examiner will sit in the back to watch the test. The examiner in the back will make no difference on the outcome of the test and is there purely to watch the examiner. The only main difference then could be the car’s handling, but with my car it should make very little difference. The chance of this happening is very slim.
The examiner will come out of the office and call your name. He/she will have the test marking sheet on a clip board, they will put it down in front of you and ask you to read the top left part of the test marking sheet and ask you to sign it.
The examiner will check your documents and shine a ultra-violet light on your driving license card to ensure it is not a counterfeit.
Instructor sitting in back
The examiner will ask you if you would like your instructor to accompany you on the test, i.e. sit in the back.
If you would like me to sit in the back then please ask me beforehand, it is purely your decision. Also he/she will ask if you would like your instructor present at the de-brief at the end of the test. Yes, would be a good answer. If someone does sit in the back, instructor, friend, relative etc, then that person must not move look round or make any sound that the examiner might misinterpret as a signal. That person also cannot comment or talk during the test. The examiner can terminate the test if the person in the back does not comply with this. The person usually sits behind the driver.
Going out to Car
Once all this has been done the examiner will ask you to lead him/her out to your car.
Take your documents with you.
Once you get outside the waiting room the examiner will ask you what you would like to be called, is it ok to call you by your first name.
Eye Sight Test
He/she will then ask you to follow him/her to do the eye sight test, reading a car number plate.
If you need glasses to read the number plate then you will have to keep those glasses on throughout the test.
If by chance you cannot do this they will give you a second chance on another car. If you get that wrong they will get a tape measure and measure the exact distance from another car, make a mark on the ground with some chalk then bring you to that line and ask you to read another number plate. If you fail that, then no test.
Link to DSA web site on Eyesight requirements
Show me tell me (mechanical questions)
Once you have done the eye sight test they will ask you to go to your car then either ask you to get in and make yourself ready, then ask you 2, ‘show me tell me’ questions or if it is a nice day ask you the questions before getting into the car. Either way the examiner will do a quick visual check around the car to make sure the car is ok.
If the examiner, after the eye sight test, leads you over to the car and requests you open the bonnet for the mechanical questions, then first put your documents in the driver’s door glove compartment, and then go round to the passenger door for the lever to open the bonnet.
If you take your car for the test
If by chance you are doing the test in your own car you must have a mirror for the examiner and a head restrain on the passenger seat. All lights working, i.e. bulbs. If a light does not work and they do the headlight or indicator check for the mechanical questions and one of the lights fail, then no test. That is the same for my car.
Once you have done the mechanical questions the examiner will ask you if you would like him/her to explain what will happen during the test. It is best to say, yes please. So if I can remember, they say: the test will last approximately 40 minutes, 10 minutes of that will be independent driving, following a combination of road signs or maps. You will do one manoeuvre. I will expect you to follow the road ahead unless road signs or markings tell you otherwise, if I want you to go left or right I will give you warning in good time.
Hopefully by then you have got your seat belt on and check that both doors are closed. He/she will ask you to start your engine and when ready go out of the test centre and turn right and then if no other directions assume it is straight ahead at the cross roads.
Clothing for the test
Please wear sensible shoes, not flip flops, some people get hot under stressful situations so wear sensible clothing.
During the test
If you decide at any point during the test that you are unable to carry on driving and would like to terminate the test, the examiner will first try to talk you out of it. But if you insist then you will have to park up and walk back to the test centre. The examiner is also not allowed to tell you if you have failed at any point during the driving test until you return back to the test centre, so therefore you should not ask. The only way for him/her to tell you the outcome of the test, is to stop the test. At that point you will not be under test conditions therefore my insurance is not valid and the examiner is not insured to drive the car, so once again, walk back. I have known lots of students who have thought they had failed, only to find at the end of the test they have passed.
End of the test
If you have done one manoeuvre out on the test you will be asked to park into one of the bays usually on the right as you enter, but if it is busy you might be asked to park in any convenient bay. You will drive nose first into a bay, not reverse. Obviously if you have not done a maneuver then you will be asked to park in the middle of the car park and once there, asked to do a reverse park, you choose the side and bay.
Pass or Fail
Once you have parked you will be asked to switch off the engine and they might say give me a minute to complete the paperwork and then will give you the result. They will also ask you if you would like to know what your mistakes were.
If you pass they will take your driving license off you and give you a pass certificate and your new license will come in the post in around 2 – 3 weeks.
You can re-book immediately but not take the test for 10 working days. Saturday is now a working day.