Day of your Driving Test
On the day of your driving test you will have a warm up lesson with your driving instructor the hour prior to your test. This helps calm those driving test day nerves, gives you a chance to have a warm up drive and to ask any last minute questions you may have. Your instructor will aim to get you there about 15 minutes early.
Make sure you have the following documents with you:
When you're in the driving test centre waiting room and your driving examiner greets you, he will need to see your relevant documents and will ask you to sign an insurance declaration to say that the car is insured for test use and a residence declaration to say you live at the address on your licence (if you decline to sign, your test will be terminated).
The examiner will then ask you if you wish for your instructor to accompany you on the test (your decision - some pupils like to have their instructor with them, some don't - it really doesn't matter to the instructor). The examiner will ask if you wish your instructor to be present at the debrief (end of test) - always say yes to this as we like to know how the test went. The examiner will then ask you to take him to your car (take your documents with you).
Before you get to your car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from a randomly chosen vehicle at a distance of 20.5 metres (if you're unable to read the plate correctly, your test will be terminated).
When you get to your car the examiner will ask you 2 of the "show me tell me" questions. If you incorrectly answer 1 or both of the questions you will get 1 minor fault (this will not result in failure). Next your examiner will ask you to get in the car and make yourself comfortable, he will walk round the car and join you in the passenger seat.
The examiner will then tell you "Throughout the test I'd like you to follow the road ahead at all times, unless road markings or road signs tell you otherwise. If I do want you turn, I will tell you in good time". If at any time you forget or don't understand any of the directions given by the examiner ASK!!!!
During your test you will be expected to drive for about 35-40 minutes in various road situations. You will drive independanty for approximately 10 minutes, you will be asked to perform 1 of the reversing manoeuvres and you may also be asked to perform the Emergency Stop exercise.
Good Luck!! Just try to relax and remember during your test, drive the way your instructor has shown you. Do not change the way in which you drive.
(P.S. If you feel you have made a mistake, don't give up – you never know what the examiner may be thinking and you might just get away with it).