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THE PRACTICAL TEST

YOUR KEY TO DRIVING INDEPENDENCE

From the 4th December 2017, the examiner will ask you to do one of these Reversing Manoeuvres:

  1. Parallel park at the side of the road.

  2. Park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which).

  3. Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

The manoeuvre can be done during the Independent Driving part of the Test.

During the Independent Driving part of your Test, you will be asked to either follow directions from a Sat Nav, or to follow Road Signs for approximately 20 minutes during your Test. The Examiner will explain which of these you will be asked to perform.


When you take your test, it's important to drive a car that is reliable and that you feel comfortable in. The car must also meet the legal requirements. This is easy if you choose to take your driving test in an Optimus car, because all this is taken care of. And, of course, I will make every effort to come to the test centre with you (Diary allowing!).


If you want to take the test in your own car, you'll have to make sure that the car is legally roadworthy. This means it must have a valid MOT certificate if it's over three years old and it must be fully insured.


The examiner will ask you to sign a declaration that your insurance is in order before going ahead with the test. If your car doesn't meet all the stipulated regulations, your test will be cancelled and you'll lose the test fee you have paid.