UK Driving Test 2019: What To Expect On The Day – Learning To Drive


** You can turn off the subtitles in settings ** Hello I’m Chris. You’ve been learning to
drive and it might have taken you weeks months or even years to be ready, but the day of your driving test has finally come around. In this video we’re going to have
a look at what you could expect on the day. Hopefully after watching this video,
you’ll feel a little less anxious about the test. Firstly make sure that you’ve
got the right date and time. It’s well worth double-checking the email
confirmation that you should have received. Sometimes the DVSA have to reschedule
tests, so keep up to date with your emails. It’s also worth looking in your spam
folder from time to time just in case you have an important email from them.
Your driving test won’t go ahead if there’s bad weather such as flooding,
thick fog, high winds or when the roads are icy. Call your local test center on the
day if there are any of these conditions. You can find the phone number on your
booking confirmation email. If you’re going for the test with your driving
instructor then you’ll probably do a one hour driving lesson before. Get your
documents ready to take with you. You need to take your theory test
certificate and provisional licence. if you don’t have a photo card licence but
the old-style paper licence then you’ll also need to bring a valid passport. The drive before your test will hopefully calm you down a little.
Try not to do too much before your test as you’ll want to be at your best and
not tired of driving. Make sure that you arrive for the test on time. If you’re later
than five minutes then there’s a good chance that your test won’t go ahead.
Arriving too early could also be a problem as you might get in the way of
other learner drivers returning from their driving test. Try to arrive at a
test centre roughly ten minutes early. Some test centres are situated within a
business park, if it is look out for signs directing you where to go and
where to park. There might also be a lower speed limit. If the test centre has
a car park then it might be a good idea to reverse into the bay, that way you’re ready to easily drive forward at the start of the test. Not all test centres have a car park. If
the one you’re going to doesn’t, make sure that you park reasonably close to the
test centre. Park somewhere that’s easy to move off from and don’t forget where
you’ve parked. Also, bear in mind that not all test centres have a toilet. And don’t forget to switch off your mobile phone. It’s now time to try and relax in the
waiting room. There will be other candidates also waiting here for the
same test time as you. Out of the whole test this is probably the part where
you’ll feel the most tense. Take a seat and try and chat with your instructor or
whoever’s with you to try and stay calm. It’s a good idea at this point to get
your licence out and ready to show the examiner. At the time of your test, a few
examiners will enter the waiting room and one of them will call your name and
ask to see your provisional licence. As the examiner checks your licence they’ll
ask you to read and sign the insurance and residency declaration. Sign your
usual signature, the same as on your licence. The examiner will then ask you
if you want your instructor or person who accompanied you to go with you on
the test, this is totally your choice but they wouldn’t be allowed to help or
interfere with your driving in any way or the test would be terminated. If you
decide that you want them to come along then they should sit behind you. The
examiner will also ask you if you’d like your instructor or accompanying driver
to be there for the result and end of test feedback. Again this is your choice
but it can be very useful for your instructor to listen to, especially if
you failed as they’ll be able to help you improve. The examiner will then ask
you to lead the way to your car. They’ll introduce themselves and ask you what
name you’d prefer to be called. Sometimes the examiners supervisor also goes out
on tests for quality control. They will sit behind and make sure that the test is
carried out correctly and to maintain standards. But don’t worry, it doesn’t
mean that you’d have two examiners marking you. Once outside, the examiner
will ask you which car you’re using and then you’ll be asked to read a number
plate of a random vehicle but not of the car that you’ve been
driving. Remember to wear glasses or contact lenses if you need them. If it’s
a new style number plate then it’ll be from a distance of 20 metres or an old
style number plate from 20 and a half metres. If you can’t read it then you’ll
be given another chance to with a different plate if you can’t read that,
the examiner will measure the exact distance from another plate and if you
can’t read it again then unfortunately it will be a test fail. Once you’ve read
the number plate you’ll walk to your car. During the walk or in the car the
examiner will ask you if you’d like them to explain a little bit about the test
before starting. If you agree they’ll say, “The test will last about 38
to 40 minutes and will include about 20 minutes of independent driving and
various roads and traffic conditions. I will ask you to complete one maneuver
and we may carry out an emergency stop the sort of things you’ve been
practicing with your instructor or accompanying driver.” Believe it or not
the driving examiner is just a normal person doing their job. They’re friendly
and sometimes chatty. Don’t be afraid to ask them any questions regarding the
driving test or things in general. Once you’re at the car, they’ll ask you one
‘tell me’ question also known as the vehicle safety questions or the ‘show me tell
me’ questions. This might be asked when you’re outside the car or once you’re
inside. An example of a ‘tell me’ question would be, open the bonnet and tell me how
you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant. You’d have to open up the bonnet. Identify the coolant reservoir and explain how you’d check.
One ‘show me’ question will be asked later whilst you’re driving. That’s where you’d
actually have to demonstrate how you’d use a control. For example, when it’s safe
to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights. Only
demonstrate it when it’s safe and there’s not much going on. Getting one or
both questions wrong is a driving fault or a minor as they’re commonly called.
You won’t fail your test unless you lose control of your car when answering the
‘show me’ question. There’s a total of 21 questions and some of them are specific
to the car you’re driving so it’s well worth going through these. The driving
examiner will have a quick check around the car and if you’re not already in the
car ask you to get in and make yourself comfortable. The examiner will then get
in the car and they might place a sat nav on the
dashboard. We’ll talk about the sat nav a bit more later. If you’re in your
instructors car, the examiner will write down your instructors details.
Before you drive off they’ll say “Throughout the drive, continue ahead
unless traffic signs direct you otherwise. When I want you to turn left
or right I’ll tell you in plenty of time. Move off when you’re ready please.” Normally during the test, the examiner won’t talk very much not because they’re
in a bad mood and dislike you they just want you to fully concentrate and not
put you off. You’re allowed up to 15 driving faults
during the test often called minor faults. A driving fault is not potentially
dangerous but if you keep making the same fault then it could become a serious
fault. A serious or dangerous fault would be a test fail. A serious fault is
something that could potentially be dangerous and a dangerous fault involves
actual danger to you, the examiner the public or property. During the test, you’ll have to drive
independently for about 20 minutes. The examiner will ask you to pull up on the
left and either ask you to follow directions from a sat nav or follow
traffic signs. They’ll let you know when the
independent driving is finished and then direct you as normal. If you have to
follow directions from a sat nav, the examiner will set it up for you as you
won’t be allowed to touch it or use your own. The sat nav will talk to you and on
the screen you’ll be able to see how far away the next direction is. Only have a
quick glance at it though, don’t stare at it or let it distract you from your
driving. One in five tests don’t involve a sat nav at all, instead you’ll have to
follow traffic signs. If the sign is hard to read as it’s blocked by an
overgrown tree for example then the examiner will help and give you directions until
you can see the next sign. If you’re unsure or forget what the next direction
is you can just ask for the instructions to be repeated you won’t get penalized
for it and you won’t get any faults if you miss a turn or take the wrong road
as long as you’re driving safely and correctly. The examiner or sat nav will
just direct you back on route. During your drive, you’ll be asked to pull up
on the left behind another vehicle to see how you move off from a tighter
space. You could also expect a hill start. You’ll
be asked to carry out one reversing maneuver during the test, which could be
during the independent drive. This could be pulling up on the right-hand side of
the road and then reversing two car lengths and then rejoin traffic. Parallel parking. Driving forward into a bay and reversing
out. Or if the test centre has a car park, reversing into a bay and driving forward
out. Along with one of those maneuvers, the examiner might also ask you to carry
out an emergency stop. During the test, don’t think you’ve failed or dwell on
any mistakes staying focused and positive is really important. Don’t be
distracted by looking at what the examiners writing. They do write things
other than mistakes so just keep calm and concentrate on what you need to do. At the end of the test, the examiner will
ask you to pull up and switch off the engine. They’ll then take a moment to
finish their report. You will then be asked if you want your instructor to
listen to the result and feedback. If you do and if they’re not already in the car
then an examiner will call them over and tell you that you’ve either passed or
failed. If you failed, the examiner will say, “That’s the end of the test, I’m sorry
but you haven’t passed. Would you like me to explain why?” It’s a good idea to say
yes but you don’t have to. If you’d like an explanation then listen carefully and make
sure that you understand why you failed. You’ll also be given a copy of the
driving test report which will show the faults you’ve made. Although you might be
tempted to screw this up, burn it or shred it, don’t. This test report will
help you remember what went wrong, learn from the faults, improve, come back for
another test and hopefully pass. When you book another test, you’ll have
to pick a date at least 10 working days away. If you passed, then it will be very
easy to get excited and just stop listening to the examiner but you’ll
need to try and keep listening. The examiner will briefly go over any faults
and ask to see your licence again and if you want your full license to be sent to
you automatically. If you do, the examiner will take away your provisional licence.
If you don’t want to receive your licence automatically because you need
to tell the DVLA that you’ve changed your address for example, then you must
apply for your full driving licence within two years of passing your test.
The examiner will ask you to read a health declaration and sign your name.
They will then give you a lovely pass certificate. You’re now allowed to drive
on your own. Keep this safe though in case you ever need to prove that you
passed your test. You should receive your new licence within about 20 working days.
Whether you pass or fail, your instructor will probably drive you home as you’ll
either be too happy or sad to drive. Well that’s the end of our video.
So don’t forget, it’s normal to feel nervous on the day of your driving test.
You’ve practiced everything the examiner will ask you to do, there won’t be any
horrible surprises. Try not to doubt yourself, after all you must be ready for
the test otherwise your instructor wouldn’t be taking you.
Do your best to keep calm, but if you feel really nervous then try to imagine
that you’re just going for another driving lesson with a different
instructor. Really hope this video has helped. Good luck if you have a driving
test coming up soon and let us all know in the comments below if you passed or
failed. As always, thanks very much for watching and if you haven’t subscribed then
please do as it helps us to make more videos. Have a look at the show me tell
me questions on our website if you’re unsure and see you on the next video!

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  • Thank you so much for all your videos. I passed my test yesterday. I’m so delighted and relieved. Watching the videos helped so much 😊

  • thank you for the help just passed first time 2 minors 🙂 i will say make sure you've done plenty of strict mock tests with your instructor because i hadn't done enough and found it terrifying and alien the whole time. i was sure i had failed many times in the test, which i hadn't! i think if i'd have done more mock test style lessons i would have been more relaxed.

  • I'm still learning the theory part… But I am still thankful for posting this video! At least I know what to expect 🙂

  • I'm on my 2nd resit, so this will be my 3rd test. Word of advice, really focus on roundabouts, junctions and one ways, don't rush anything, keep checking mirrors all the time and ALWAYS check your blind spots. I failed first time because I couldn't see the markings on the roundabout and was sitting between both lanes. I failed the second time by getting my position wrong on a one way street. These were classed as serious faults, not dangerous. I've now decided to give myself 5 weeks till my 3rd exam and doing it at 1pm when it's quieter. Don't do it early around school time, you'll give yourself more pressure than you need. Make sure you watch your speed around schools.

  • I passed my test this morning thanks to this video and the show me tell me questions video. Great help, thank you.

  • After binging your videos for the past few days plus lessons with my instructor, I have passed it with 2 minors just now here in Bristol. Thanks a lot Chris!

  • correct me if i'm wrong but the bit at 7:40 talking about dipped lights show's the sign for full beam, not dipped!

  • Got mine tomorrow! Thank you for the all the videos, my instructors car is the exact same as yours. Good luck to anyone else 😀

  • The UK driving test comes under some pretty heavy criticism here on YouTube. But when you bear in mind that Britain's roads consistently rank as some of the safest in the world, is it really justified? Or maybe the test really is bullshit – but it's the right kind of bullshit?

  • I passed today first time with 8 minors and I would like to say THANKS SO MUCH CHRIS FOR HELPING ME LEARN, SO HELPFUL

  • Got a test today! This was really helpful, made me feel much more at ease knowing what to expect today. Thanks for the video 😊

  • I passed today with 5 minor's and it was my first time and I couldn't be happier, thank you so much for all your uploads they really helped me especially when to go at roundabouts!

    To anyone who thinks they won't pass, you can and you will, I was absolutely convinced I would fail and I got my least favourite manoeuvre and yet I still passed, I use to get so nervous before driving lessons especially when I didn't do one for a while encase I made a huge mistake but I persevered and I'm so glad I did! Good luck to everyone doing their test soon and believe in yourself, never think you have failed, it's all worth it in the end! 😃

  • Sitting my test in a month, very worried about making stupid mistakes but do feel relatively confident while driving.

  • Taking my test in 2 hours after a year and a bit of lessons (1 hour a week.) Terrified about it but got a lesson just before

  • Just wanted to say thank you for all your videos. I passed my test today third time lucky. Your videos have definitely helped along the way.

  • My test is tomorrow and I’m so scared I feel like I’m not ready still . I don’t want to get bees knees and kill the examiner

  • I did my Driving test today May 28, and I have passed my first attempt. My advice is try not to be nervous and concentrate. Make Good use of the mirrors. Good luck to everyone doing there driving test, these videos really help.

  • I was told by my instructor reversing into a bay isn’t one of the manoeuvres?? Has it changed? Or should I b learning this ahhhhhhh

  • Thank you so much! Used your videos to assist with my driving test and passed with no faults 🙂 keep it up the videos and thanks again

  • Thanks for this video. It is good to know what expect on the day. My test will be in three days and I am already feeling pretty nervous 🙁

  • In The USA 🇺🇸 The Road Test Requires A Pre Licensing Course Certificate If U Pass U Get A Receipt 🧾 The Receipt Is A Interim License Until License Comes In The Mail In About 2 Weeks

  • Hey guys, I passed my test 5 days ago first attempt! I wasn't expecting to pass at first attempt because I was so nervous that I even gave an wrong answer about my tell me question (you DON'T lose if you answer incorrectly, but you get a minor). So I realised that I needed to calm down. I told myself I'd drive as the best as I could and won't let anxiety messes me up. Somehow tell me that helped me and I could think properly again. My tips for you are:

    – Don't let the examiner distracts you (they will talk and you can forget that what they want is to see if you lose control of your driving while talking).

    – Have a look at all mirror frequently, they are looking if you are aware about what's going on around you.

    – Never, ever forget to have a look all around your car, including over shoulders when you're parking. Even if you do park properly, you'll get a major if you don't have a look around while parking, so if you're doing a parallel parking, stop your car a few times to have a look.

    – You do can ask for directions if you're unsure. I forgot which exit I should take at a roundabout, I asked and was promptly answered. Although, I was at the RIGHT LANE. I just forgot after stopping in a traffic light.

    I'm not an instructor, but these tips were given me by my instructor and worked for me.

    I wish you all good luck! Keep in mind that, if your instructor allowed you to take this test in their car, so you can do it!

    😊

  • I have myyy test in 2 daysss timeee. Im scared… and the only thing helping me is the guys comments and positivity.. I hope I pass first time…

  • I've got my practical test on the 16th July, I'm really nervous is there any tips at can help me please.

  • Thank you so much- watched this last night and it settled me down so much and I am delighted to say I passed my test this morning!

  • I failed 4th times with automatic.. I get so nerves i can’t sleep all night when I go to the test the mistake I made I never done this mistake on lesson is there any advice you can give please thanks

  • This video really helped me, I was so stress one day before my test, and I came across this video, it really help me to relax and stay positive ,great show me tell me link also, the question I was ask I only know the answer because of link. I pass today 🙂

  • Really worried about the distance of reading the licence plate!😩 even though I've just passed my theory 25/06/2019. I think way to much ahead!😩😂

  • You don't need the theory pass certificate anymore. They do all the conformation stuff online.
    Didn't stop me taking mine anyway. Just in case they wanted to surprise me.

  • i takes my test in september i am bricking it really i so want this as i been driving wiv my mum for 3 half yrs now its time i pass i did my test in the 80s but i gave up after that wish i carried on it was hard for me to pass my theory as i have learning problems lets hope i pass i cried when i passed my theory test over joyed i think it took me a long time to do it gl on anyone who passes me included

  • Anyone else see them weird lights on that range rover at 2:00, honestly i would fail my test just by being so distracted by them weird lights. Also why does he/she have their lights on during the day unless of course it's sun reflections.

  • Are there any restrictions on the car you take the test in? I imagine it can't be an automatic, but parking sensors, a reversing camera or an auto hold feature would make a huge difference especially to a beginner. A hatchback would make it easier to judge where the car ends, and a taller car will give you overall better visibility.I leaned to drive on a very basic car but I don't think I could live without parking sensors. The reversing camera an auto hold are nice to have but I could easily do without them.

  • My instructor told me I do not need my theory test certificate. I don’t have it with me and my test is tomorrow, is this information correct?

  • Thank you so much for this video, this definitely helped relax me before my test today, I knew exactly what was going to happen. I passed first time! Surprisingly I didn't feel very nervous at all when I started driving, it was brilliant.

  • Got my test on Friday and Im still shitting it, even though the instructor, that I had check if I am ready for my test, and my mum both said I will pass. Boi this is stressful

  • I dont feel ready. I havent even booked my test and ive had 40 plus lessons. Im doing automatics Im a nervous driver. I have a good control of the car and have done reverse into the right and forward into the bay. Ive yet to do parallel parking and emergency stop. My husband is unsupportive and doesnt understand.

  • Thanks alot I learned alot from you and I passed first time what I experienced through the test the Lerners don't have enough lessons that cause them to fill their tests remember only twenty or twenty five lessons are not enough good luck.

  • My test is in 4 days time! I feel like I’m ready I was with Bsm but the instructor he put me down constantly and was saying I’m not ready and was talking to me as though I’m stupid no respect and was racist to pedestrians to me making jokes about their beliefs and said I’m not ready no where near and then then the nail in the coffin was that he then discriminated my disability…. I’m now with a new instructor with 10 hours pre paid before test Bsm wasn’t bothered even though I had my neighbour who witnessed the instructor of 20years experience call my disability “weird” I came into my house and I tried to hold it in after it so my wife doesn’t get stressed out but i ended up crying continuously… I felt so weak at that point I just didn’t want to let my family down as we neeed a car so I contacted Bsm after finding out I have a witness that’s willing to back me up as her son has autism too but sadly they wasn’t bothered 🙁 I felt like I won’t pass but here I am with new instructor test coming up he said I’m ready just need to go over everything as even though the Bsm instructor didn’t go over the manovours in the whole 28 hours I did them with this instructor and got them fist time due to your videos! I relied on your videos when I felt alone in this as the instructor was no use to me learning I hope I pass I need this for my family i kept show the instructor made me feel to myself until I broke down to my wife it’s a shame he has got away with it all I just don’t want to let him win I want to say that what has happened has happened and regardless I’ve passed due to my motivation determination and tips etc is welcome

  • You are an amazing instructor. Your voice makes the person calm itself. You are doing great … God bless you always.
    Wish me good luck, I've got test tomorrow 🤞

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