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Driving Test Information

Study Guides

Theory Test

Practical Test

Driving Test Survival Guide

Car Safety Check Questions

Study Guides

You should always own, read and use an up to date copy of the 'Highway Code' and up to date copies of any other book that you use for your studies. It is not recommended to use old and out of date copies. NEW Highway Code on line


It would also benefit you to read 'Driving - The Essential Skills' and 'Know Your Traffic Signs'.  Download the ‘Know your traffic signs’  PDF booklet in full, free of charge. Go to direct.gov.uk/trafficsigns and also discuss with your 'passport2drive' instructor.

Theory Test

This must be passed BEFORE you can APPLY for your practical driving test.
The test costs 31 from 30 March09. The theory questions are based on the HIGHWAY CODE. There are two parts. The first part consists of 50 multiple choice questions, on a touch screen computer. You will have 57 mins to answer the questions. You must have 43 or more correct answers to pass the test. Included in the test will be questions based upon a case study. Just read the case study and answer the questions raised from the study.

You will also need to pass the second part, the Hazard Perception Test. This Test consists of 14 video clips, 13 of these will contain only one hazard. One of the clips will contain two hazards but there will be no indication which of the video clips has the double hazard. It is very likely that you will see more than one possible hazard in each clip, so you should respond as early as possible to show you have seen something. There is no limit to the number of times you can click with the mouse during the video clip. A good way to practice is to use the official Driving Standards Agency  interactive DVD, called  'hazard perception - RoadSense'. 

Please note that Hazard Perception will be covered during your driving lessons. 

Theory Tests can be practiced on the Driving Standards Agency web site. The DSA also provide, for purchase, DVD's covering the Hazard Perception part of the test. Please speak to your passport2drive.com instructor.



 

 

 

 

 



Practical Test

The nearest Practical Test Centres are Basildon, Brentwood, Tilbury, Hornchurch and Chelmsford. The test costs 62 (75 on Saturdays) from 30 march 09 and lasts approx 45 minutes. You take your test in your passport2drive.com training car, and the examiner gives you the result immediately.

Test Information

You can ask a friend, relative or your driving instructor to go with you on your test, but they are not allowed to say anything during the test. You can bring an interpreter if needed.

The test is marked using a standard form DL25. Sixteen or more driving errors or one serious error results in a fail. Your Instructor will show you this form.

If you book a retest, at least 10 working days must elapse between the two tests. Otherwise the next result is invalid. For example if you fail a test on a Monday, the earliest retest could be on a Tuesday two weeks ahead.

To ensure uniform testing, a supervising examiner occasionally sits in the back during tests. They are checking your examiner, not you!

The fee payable to passport2drive.com is £60.00. This includes the one hour warm-up lesson, use of the car for the test and return home afterwards.
We will ensure that you arrive at the Test centre in good time for your test. At the beginning of the practical test, before leaving the test centre, the examiner will check both parts of your licence and theory test pass certificate. When outside he/she will then ask you to read a car number-plate at a distance of 20.5 metres. Once you reach your training car he/she will ask you two questions relating to vehicle safety and regular vehicle checks#CAR TEST 'SHOW ME' TELL ME' QUESTIONS these are the 'Show me', 'Tell me' questions. These questions will be covered on your driving lessons with passport2drive.com. 

After entering the car the examiner will explain what he/she will want you to do and then ask you to drive on. The examiner will expect to see you drive safely and competently in various road and traffic conditions. You will be given directions clearly and in good time. From 4 October 2010 your examiner will ask you to drive independently, following a set route using either road signs or a route diagram/map. You will also be asked to carry out set exercises which will be covered on your driving lessons. There is no need to worry about the test as you will be at a high standard when you take it, and you should drive the way you have been taught on your lessons. Just show the examiner how safely you drive and the driving skills that you have learnt.

Survival Guide for Practical L Test Candidates

Before the Test

DO find both parts of your licence (or your old style licence and photographic ID), your theory pass certificate and test appointment letter the day before the test and put them ready in an obvious place.

DO keep yourself occupied before you leave for the test

DO wear comfortable lightweight clothing and your usual driving shoes. Remember your glasses if you wear them for driving (or signing the insurance form)

DO make sure you have something to eat and drink before leaving, even if you have an early test. There are toilet facilities at each Test Centre.

On the Test

DO remember the examiner is user friendly; he or she will try to put you at ease. Be nice back!

DO concentrate totally on your driving and following the instructions. If you are not clear on any instruction, ask the examiner to repeat it.

DO NOT rush into the manoeuvres. Think what you do BEFORE you move the car. You will be asked to do two of the manoeuvres that you have prepared for. The emergency stop is not a manoeuvre.

DO NOT try to see what the examiner is making on the report form; this will distract you from your driving.

DO NOT fall apart if you think you have made a mistake. If something goes wrong then remember the POM and MSM routines to get yourself moving again. Then put it out of your mind immediately and concentrate on your driving and the next hazard.

DO NOT try to work out if you have passed or failed. You are paying over £1 a minute for the examiner to make that decision.

CAR TEST SAFETY CHECK QUESTIONS
Candidates will be asked two 'show me' 'tell me' questions. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.

Your passport2drive.com instructor will go over these questions and answers with you during your lessons.

Here are some examples of safety check questions for cars;

Open the bonnet, identify

  • where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
  • where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
  • where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
  • where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Tell me how you would check that the

  • brake lights are working on this car.
  • brakes are working before starting a journey.
  • tyres are correctly inflated and that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
  • the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

Show me how you would check the

  • headlights & taillights are working.
  • direction indicators are working.
  • horn is working (off road only).
  • handbrake for excessive wear.

 

 

 

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As well as studying the ' Highway Code' you should study, 'the official theory test for car drivers', and 'the official driving test' (practical test study book). You will find that these will also help you with your practical driving tuition. The books are published by the Department of Transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does the Hazard Perception part work?

After the multiple choice theory test, the Hazard Perception part of the test will start. You will be shown a tutorial video first. This uses sample footage with a sound track (headphones supplied), which will explain how to complete this part of the test. You may repeat the tutorial once more if you wish. The clips feature various types of hazards, such as vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and changing road conditions. In this simulation you will be in a car driving along different types of road. In the simulation you will need to respond to all hazards by ANTICIPATING DANGER when you first see the hazard and continuing to click the mouse as you see that the situation changing and the hazard developing  in front of you. 

You will need to click as soon as you see the hazard in much the same way that your instructor will have discussed 'Mirror checks' with you. Then click each time you need to recheck the mirrors and especially when the hazard may result in you, the driver, having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction. The earlier the developing hazard is spotted, and correct responses made throughout the clip, the higher the score.

Candidates can score up to five marks on each hazard and the test contains 15 scoreable hazards.

The test is scored using a points system, with 75 points maximum, you need 44 points to pass. 

You will need to pass both parts of the test, if only one part is passed then the overall result will be a fail. Special arrangements are available for people with special needs, for example; sound over ( commentary) is available, languages for non-English speakers, dyslexia. Please speak to your passport2drive.com instructor for more information.

The nearest Theory Test Centre is in Basildon but other centres are available.

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After the Test

DO listen to the examiners comments on your driving, and act on them, regardless of whether you have passed or failed.

DO re-apply immediately if you do not pass this time, and get your name back on the waiting list.

DO keep in practice. Work as hard for a re-test as you did for the first one. Persevere until you pass

DO continue to improve your driving after you have passed. ‘Pass Plus’ lessons will improve your skills and make you a safer driver. After some experience consider trying an Advanced Test (ROSPA or IAM)

Car Specifications -
Peugeot 207, 1.4 VTi, Sport,
Dual Controls, Power Steering,
Front, Side, Curtain Air Bags, 

Air Conditioned

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