– you will be asked to read a car number plate about
20 metres away
• Vehicle Safety Checks – A list of questions
can be found here (show me
- tell me).
• Control – correct use of accelerator, clutch,
gears, footbrake, parking brake and steering.
• Ancillary controls – correct use of wipers,
lights, demister etc. as required.
• Moving off – safely and under
control, normal, uphill, downhill, angle.
• Use of mirrors – correct use at all times.•
Signals – necessary, correctly, timed.
• Obstructions – adequate clearance.
• Response to signs / signals – correct response
to traffic signs, road markings, traffic lights, other road
• Following distance – correct following distance.
• Progress – appropriate speed, undue hesitation.•
Junctions – approaching junctions left and right, emerging
left and right.
• Judgement – when overtaking, meeting, crossing.
• Positioning – normal driving and lane discipline.
• Pedestrian crossings – approach routine.
• Position normal stops – ability to stop in correct
• Awareness and planning – general awareness and
ability to plan for other traffic / situations.
• Dealing with roundabouts and crossroads.
• Emergency Stop – promptly and under control.
the emergency stop isn’t tested with everyone due to
the low percentage of incorrect emergency stops.
One of the following manoeuvres are tested
• Turn in the road, using forward and reverse gears.
• Reverse to the left or right.
• Reverse Park.
• Bay Park. You will need to be competent (observation
and control) in all of the above, taking away that element
successful, drive confidently with awareness and show
that you can deal with the many "Hazards" that day
to day driving can throw at you.
From Monday 4 October 2010. Independent driving has been introduced
into the British driving test.
Candidates will be asked to spend around 10 minutes demonstrating
their ability to drive safely without step-by-step directions
from an examiner.
The independent driving assessment gives test candidates the
chance to show they have the necessary skills to cope with the
sort of traffic conditions they will face every day.
Previously the examiner would give directions throughout the
test. But during the independent drive, the candidate will have
to follow traffic signs or a short series of verbal directions,
or a combination of both.
To help candidates understand where they are going when following
verbal directions, the examiner will show a diagram. Candidates
can also ask for a reminder as they drive.
The DSA’s Chief Driving Examiner Trevor Wedge has stated
“The aim of independent driving is to assess the candidate’s
ability to drive safely whilst making decisions independently.
It’s not a test of navigation and candidates WON't
be failed for going off route.
Once passed you will have a world of independence, just remember
that safe driving is not just for the test, it's for life. Arrive
alive and aim to drive better than some of the "experienced"
licence holders on the road today.