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Practical Driving Test (car) Page 1

On the day of your test.
Documents you must take for the Practical Driving Test.
You must bring the following documents with you for the driving test.
If you do not bring the right documents, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

You must bring:
Provisional Driving licence - both plastic and paper parts and
Theory Test pass certificate.
If you have an old-style paper licence,You must take your signed driving licence
and you must also bring Your up to date Passport.  
No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.
Lost driving licence?
If you misplace your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which could take up to 15 days.
If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.
Arrive at the Test Centre in good time.
Each examiner works to a tight schedule, with up to seven tests to conduct each day.
Lateness can mean that the test cannot be carried out and you will lose your fee.
On the time of your test, the Examiner will call your name and ask you to sign an Insurance declaration.
This gives the Examiner a chance to check your signature against your provisional driving licence. The Examiner will then ask you for your Photo identity. If you are excused from
wearing a seat belt on medical grounds, you should show your exemption certificate.
You could be asked whether you suffer from any physical disability that has not been declared on your application form. This is done to get an information update, since the form may have been filled in some months earlier.
Since April 2010 driving examiners have asked you, if they would like your instructor (or another observer - preferably the person who taught you to drive) to sit in on your test and listen to the feedback at the end.
Find out about the benefits of taking someone with you on your driving test
When the formalities are over, the Examiner will ask you to lead the way to your car, and identify it to the Examiner. On the way to the parking area the Examiner should introduce himself and ask you what name he should refer you as - Joe, Fred, Di, Babs that sort of thing.
At the Parking area and the Examiner knows that he is not asking you to read your own number plate the Examiner will select a vehicle at random and ask you to read the number plate out to him. Get the number plate reading wrong twice, and the Examiner will measure out the statutory distance (20.5 metres or 67 feet, If a new style number plate is read the distance is 20 metres or 66 feet) using an official tape. Get the reading wrong now and you fail the whole test. You can, wear glasses when taking the eyesight test. If you do, then you must wear the same glasses throughout the rest of the test.
Since September 2003 you have to answer two questions (show / tell) about the vehicle checks you would carry out before driving. These include such things as tyres, brakes, coolants, lights.
If you answer one or both of the questions incorrectly this counts as a single driving fault. More than a total of 15 driving faults and you fail.
The Examiner will walk around your car. He will take details of the make and model on his driving test report sheet. The Examiner will also check to see if the vehicle is roadworthy. He will check for no broken lights, the windscreen wipers are in place, the tyres comply with the legal requirements. Make sure you don't have a dirty windscreen, and the 'L' plates are properly displayed. If the Examiner is happy he will join you in the car.
The Examiner will tell you that he wishes you to follow the road ahead unless traffic signs direct otherwise, or unless he asks you to turn. You will be expected to know and act on all traffic signs and signals, as well as signals given by other drivers. Failure to do so and the section - "Take prompt and appropriate action on all traffic signs/road markings/traffic lights/signals given by traffic controllers/other road users" - will be marked against you
Then the Examiner will ask you to drive away when you are ready.
Take proper precautions before starting the engine this means, making sure that the handbrake is on and the gear lever or selector ( If driving an automatic) is in neutral - you are then off, for a busy 35 minutes.
The Examiner will be marking your performance on his sheet. You have to avoid failure points if you are to pass your test. Throughout the test the Examiner will be looking for reasonably smooth use of the controls. So you are expected to Make proper use of /accelerator/clutch/gears/foot brake/handbrake/steering.
During the whole test the Examiner will be building up a picture of your ability and common sense as a driver. The Examiner will expect you to suit your speed to the road and traffic conditions. This is marked in the - "Make progress by/driving at a speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions/avoiding undue hesitancy" -. You have to choose a proper speed for general driving and when coming to corners, bends, junction, roundabouts etc. This will be marked in the Exercise proper care in the - "use of speed section" -.
Mirrors and signals have to be used correctly. The faults recorded in this section come under the heading - "Make effective use of the mirrors well before signalling/changing direction/slowing down or stopping" -.
 
The Examiner will be checking that signals are given in good time and that the correct signals are given. If not they will be marked in the - "Give signals where necessary/correctly/in good time" -. 
The Examiner will also be watching to see how you deal with other road users. Show awareness and anticipation of the actions of pedestrians/cyclists/drivers. And you need to know how to Overtake/meet/cross the path of/other vehicles safely
At junctions the Examiner will be watching to see that you apply the M.S.M routine (mspsl). You have to know how to deal with different junctions- Act properly at road junctions. Dealing with other road users means you must Allow adequate clearance to stationary vehicles
Every test route includes a pedestrian crossing, so you have to Take appropriate action at pedestrian crossing.
The Examiner will ask you to stop at various places during the driving test. Whenever you stop, you should do so in a safe place. The Examiner will not trap you by asking you to stop in a illegal place, but you have to Select a safe position for normal stops. It will be after one of these "stops" when the Examiner will ask you to do one of the many special exercises. In one in three tests you will be required to Stop the vehicle in emergency/promptly/under control/making proper use of brakes. The Examiner will explain to you that you have to stop the vehicle in an emergency. He will show you what he intends to do in order for you to stop quickly at his request. You need to stop the vehicle 'under control' Which means you should apply a constant firm pressure to the brake pedal, holding it just short of the point at which the wheels lock. Don't leave putting the clutch down too long, or you'll stall the engine. When stopped apply the handbrake, and put the gear lever into neutral. Move off again when told. Don't forget the M.S.M. routine.
 
to be continued............
 

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