TO TAKE A DRIVING TEST
First thing you would need to do is apply for you provisional driving licence this can be done online by clicking here. Once you have received your driving licence you can then start your driving lessons with us at Only Essex Driving,
While you are taking lessons you would need to complete a theory test. To book a theory test you can click here this will take you to the official DVSA website to book, we offer free online theory training at Only Essex Driving. For free online theory training click here, this will give you the best chance of passing your theory test first time. The cost of the theory test is £23.
Once you have passed your theory test this enables you to book your practical driving test, but make sure you take enough lessons to give you the best chance of passing this first time. Your driving instructor will advise you when you’re ready to book this. To book your driving test click here, the cost of a practical week day test is £62 the money paid to the DVSA only covers the examiner that is testing you. If you want to use your driving instructors car this would be at a additional cost (The DVSA do not supply the car), making sure you are ready for the test will save you money in the long run.
Once your driving test is booked continue lessons up to your driving test date, driving instructors would only tell you to book a driving test with this condition. On your driving test day it is advised that you take a driving lesson before your test to warm up and try and ease those last minute nerves. Try and get to the test centre at least ten minutes before your test so you can use the toilet if needed.
At the appointment time the examiner will come out and call your name and ask to see your provisional licence. Once done you will be asked to lead the examiner to the car that is being used for the driving test. The examiner will ask you to read a number plate from 20.5 feet. Then you will be asked a safety check question which your driving instructor should have gone through with you, you will be asked one show me action during the drive.
On the test you will have to drive the way your driving instructor has been teaching you. You will be asked on the test to complete a driving manoeuvre such as a bay park. You will also be asked to carry out a section of independent driving which can be in the form of a map, following road signs or sat nav directions. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. The Driving test will last for about 45 minutes and you must not have more than 15 driver faults but any serious or dangerous faults will result in failure.
GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR DRIVING TEST AND WE AT ONLY ESSEX DRIVING WISH YOU ALL THE SUCCESS.
We have given some samples below to help you understand the driving test, we have also added the safety check questions LINK to start learning.
1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.
Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?