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Practical Driving Test

Your practical driving test will last about 38 to 40 minutes. Whether or not your practical driving test takes place in the Ayr Test Centre or elsewhere, the test consists of:

Eyesight test.
Vehicle safety questions / Show me tell me questions.
One of four possible set driving manoeuvres and you may be asked to do a controlled stop.
A period of independent driving.*

*Around 10 minutes of the test will be devoted to independent driving and the examiner will choose when and where this period starts and finishes and will let you know. During the independent drive the examiner will not give you directions but will either ask you to follow signs to a particular place or show you the route on a diagramme or a combination of these methods. The independent drive is not a memory test, so you are permitted during this phase to seek confirmation of the route but may not ask for specific guidance or advice about anything else.

Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercise. You can make up to 15 driver errors and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous driver error you will fail the test.

During the driving test the examiner will give you directions, which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, the examiner will ask you to carry out set exercises.
Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

How will the examiner will assess your performance?

All examiners are trained to carry out the test to the same standard, they do not have pass or fail quotas. As long as you demonstrate the standard required you will pass your driving test. The examiner is required to pay attention to:
The method, clarity, adequacy and correctness of instructions given

The observation, analysis and correction of faults committed by the pupil

Your general driving manners

Recognition of hazardous situations

Your conformance to traffic signs and regulations
Overtaking and passing

Use of the vehicle controls
Use of secondary controls such as wipers, demisters, etc.
Use of mirrors and signals

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Ayr KA7 3SZ
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