The two sections involved in the test

Show me tell me:

The examiner will ask you a few general questions about your car (or the instructors car). You may be asked about where the windscreen washer fluid is, or asked to show the examiner how you would change the oil of the car. These questions only give the examiner a brief introduction of your knowledge towards car maintenance, so if you get them wrong, you can still pass the test with flying colours.


You will be tested on your ability to drive, such as clutch control, steering, and using the correct signals at the appropriate times. The examiner will note down any faults you have shown in your driving, such as clipping a curb or changing gear at the wrong time.

These faults are called ‘driving faults’, which are used to determine whether you have passed or failed. You are allowed a total of 15 faults before you fail your test, so as long as you drive carefully you should pass. You will be assessed on the safety of your driving, and your ability to handle situations which may lead to an accident in an appropriate way. Remember not to exceed the speed limit, and if you are not sure of the speed limit, judge by your surroundings.

Before you apply for your driving test, you should make sure you know everything involved in the test. Most learners use guides such as ‘Driving Test Success’ found on this website. These revision guides remind you of the main criteria examiner are looking for whilst in the test. CD-ROM’s have a high reputation of allowing learners to pass, as interactivity and feedback is included in this form of guide.

Mirror, Signal, Maneuver

It is important for you to remember the main sequence required before you start driving; mirror, signal maneuver. This is to ensure that you have checked for oncoming traffic, signalled to show other drivers your intention, and finally you are clear to drive. Make constant use of your rear view mirror, and make it obvious to the examiner that you are using your mirror – even if you raise your head slightly, this will show your examiner that you are frequently using your mirrors.