HOW TO PASS
Before you can learn how to drive, you will need to be at least 17 years old and have a provisional driving licence. You can apply for a provisional licence here>
There are 3 tests you have to pass before getting out onto the open road....
To pass the Driving Theory Test you will need to answer 50 multiple choice questions in 57 minutes. This is done on a computer at a dedicated test centre in the local area. To pass, you must get at least 43 of the questions right.
The test addresses subjects like driver's attitude, traffic signs and regulations, the effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue and vehicle safety.
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How to pass the Driving Theory Test
Here are some useful learning resources that you might find helpful:
- The Official Highway Code
- Know Your Traffic Signs
- The Official DSA Theory Test
- Lendrums Driving School facebook page download free theory test app
The Hazard Perception Test is done at the same time as the Theory Test. You will be required to watch 14 short film clips and identify 15 hazards.
Here are some quick facts about the test:
- Each hazard will require you to take some form of action such as change speed or direction which is done by clicking the left or right mouse button
- You will only be able to see the film clip once
- You will be marked on the number of hazards that you correctly identify
- Each hazard is marked from one to five. The sooner you see the hazard the higher your score
- If you randomly click the mouse button then you will receive a zero score
- You must score 44 out of a possible 75 to pass the Hazard Perception Test
Note: You will have to pass both the Theory and the Hazard Perception Tests before you are able to book the practical test.
You can book your practical test once you have passed both the Theory and Hazard Perception Tests.
What happens in the Practical Driving Test?
The Practical Driving Test will last about 45 minutes and involves the following:
- Eyesight check
- Vehicle safety questions known as "Show Me, Tell Me."
- Driving at varying speeds and condition of roads
- One reversing exercise (Reversing into a parking bay, parallel parking, turning the car in the road or reversing around a corner.)
- 10 minutes of independent driving
Throughout the driving test the examiner will be looking for evidence that you have reached an overall safe standard of driving. There will be no surprises and the examiner will not try to catch you out, they will be assessing your general driving skills and your ability to carry out one of the four set manoeuvres. We make sure that you practise all of these manoeuvres in your lessons and have the skills necessary to perform them with confidence.
How many driving faults am I allowed?
You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. Also, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault, regardless of how many minor faults you commit, you will have failed to reach the required driving standard.
Learn to Drive with Lendrum's Driving School
Our friendly and experienced instructors can guide you through all of the stages of passing your driving test from tips on theory test questions to easy to follow steps for the reversing manoeuvres. Give us a call to find out more.