Congratulations to Minal Popat who passed her practical driving test at the 1st attempt. Minal took her driving test at Melton Mowbray driving test center. Minal has been a pleasure to work with during her driving lessons and we are so pleased to see that she has passed 1st time. Despite her nerves she delivered an excellent drive and was even complemented by the examiner. Minal is very camera shy and did not want her photo taken. Therefore, we have included a picture of a test pass certificate which she so richly deserves. When will you get yours? Minal is also looking forward to gaining further post test experience by taking the excellent pass plus course. There is no pressure on this course because there is no test to take.
Well done Minal from your driving instructor Dave and Lytes Driving School.
What happens? How is it conducted? Where will you go? What do I have to do? When do I get told if I have passed?
Well, we shall tell you exactly what will happen.
We will assume that your practical driving test has been booked. If you are unsure how to do this we will be happy to help. Please be aware that you will need to have passed your theory test before you are permitted to book a driving test.
You will need to provide a car to take your driving test in. That may sound obvious to some; however, we often get asked what cars are used for the driving test. So, just to be clear, the Driving Test Centre does NOT provide vehicles, so have to provide your own. Of course, this would usually be your driving instructor’s car. I personally have witnessed someone at a test centre being turned away because he did not have a car (he arrived by motorbike).
When you book your driving test you may find the start time a bit odd (i.e. 9.17am, 11.21am etc.) don’t worry, this is normal. If you book online make sure your put the DVSA’s website address in your address book. Should the DVSA have to move your test date and time you will be informed via email. If this message goes into your spam box you may be unaware (it does happen so be warned).
You will need to bring with you both parts of your driving licence (Card and paper) and your theory test certificate (although the paper part will be discontinued in 2015).
You should not usually enter the driving test center car park (if it has one) until about 10 minutes before your test is due to start (or whatever your test center specifies, your instructor will know if they specify a minimum time), as previous tests may not be completed. After all, would you want some bozo coming in early and getting in your way?
If the test center has parking available reverse into a bay. This gets you facing the way you need to go when you start your driving test, so you don’t have an awkward reverse out. It also gives you the chance to practice a bay park.
Go into the waiting room and take a seat, you don’t have to tell anyone that you are there. At the appropriate time your examiner will arrive and ask to see both parts of you driving licence. While they are checking your licence they will ask you to read and sign the insurance and residency declaration on the top left of the driving test report. You are signing to say that the car is insured for the purposes of the test and that you have lived in this country for 185 days out of the last 12 months.
Your examiner will then ask if you want your accompanying driver (usually your driving instructor) to accompany you on the test. This is entirely your choice and you need to decide whether you would like your driving instructor to sit in the back of the car during the test. Some folks are keen for the moral support and others prefer to go alone. It’s your choice not your instructors as it is your driving test. If you decline then the examiner will ask if you want your driving instructor to be present at the end of the driving test for your debrief. We strongly recommend you say yes to this, but again it’s your choice. Should you choose to have your instructor sit in the back of the car, please be aware that they are not permitted to take any part in the test.
Your examiner will then lead the way to the car park, or wherever your car is. They will ask you to read a number plate at a distance of 20 meters. If you can’t do this after 3 attempts it will result in test failure and the test goes no further. They will then ask you two of the Show Me Tell Me questions (referred to as safety questions). These will be covered by your driving instructor well before your test. However, these questions are beyond the realm of this article. When you are in the car and the examiner has checked they are happy with the vehicle, they will usually ask you if you want to know a bit about the test. Even if it’s not your first test we suggest that you say yes. This will give you a chance to get used to the examiners manner.
They will give the following information in whatever order they deem appropriate.
“The test will last 38-40 minutes using different road and traffic conditions. Follow the road ahead at all times unless road signs or markings tell you to do otherwise, and when I want you to turn left or right I will tell you in good time. I will ask you to carry out 1 manoeuver (the kind of thing you have been practicing during your driving lessons) I may ask you to do an emergency stop (1 in 3 tests does an emergency stop), and there will be a period of independent driving lasting about 10 minutes. (We don’t know where you will go, but it should not matter if you are at the right standard)
The examiner will then ask you to start your engine and drive on when you are ready. Follow the examiners directions and if you are unsure it’s ok to ask. If you turn the wrong way but do it safely then you have not committed any fault.
You will be asked to stop on the left at a safe or convenient place on a number of occasions for different reasons. Sometimes you will then be asked to drive on. You must check your mirrors early and signal to stop if required. When you drive on, check properly including your blind spot.
You will also be asked to stop before you are asked to carry out an emergency stop, your manoeuver or the beginning (and possibly during) your independent driving.
When entering the driving test centre car park (if they have one) at the end of the test you will directed to drive forward into any bay. However, if you have not completed a manoeuver on the road you will finish with a bay park.
When the examiner asks you to switch the engine off (and the car is not rolling down a hill because you forgot the handbrake) then the test is finished.
The examiner (when they have completed their driving test report, which takes seconds) will then inform whether you have passed or not. If you have learnt with Lytes Driving School then I’m sure it will have been an excellent drive and you will have passed your practical driving test with flying colours. The examiner will then ask to see both parts of your licence and complete a test pass certificate. You can leave your licence with the examiner and a new pretty pink driving licence will come through within a few weeks. When your new licence arrives you can do what you like with your pass certificate as it’s no longer valid. Keep it to bore your grandchildren with, destroy it or smoke it (don’t do that, it’s not big or clever even if it is funny) the test pass certificate acts as your driving licence until the new one arrives. You are now legally entitled to drive unaccompanied from that point (as long as the vehicle is legal). If not successful the examiner will run explain the reason why. You can expect your driving instructor to drive the vehicle home.
The marking system for the driving test is beyond the scope of this article and will be covered by your driving instructor prior to your test. However you will pass the driving test if you do not commit any fault considered serious or dangerous, or commit less than 15 driver faults (although you can’t have too many of the same fault).
When you pass your test a great weight will be lifted from your shoulders and it’s one of the best feelings in the world. but how can you picture how it feels? Well, you don’t have to because the picture of Jenny below sums it up.
What are you waiting for?
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Lytes Driving School would like to wish you the very best of success and we hope to see you soon.
Congratulations to Zach Simmons who has just passed his practical driving test. Zach has been superb to work with during his driving lessons and we are so pleased that he has obtained his full driving licence.
Zach needs a car for work, and already has one lined up and ready to go. This excellent driving test pass has set Zach up perfectly for the future.
Zach thoroughly deserves his new full driving licence and the freedom it brings socially, and in his work.
Well done Zach from your driving instructor Dave and Lytes Driving School.
“I decided to choose Lytes Driving School because of the good reviews, the car and the price. I got the website address from Google (www.lytesdrivingschool.co.uk). Learning to drive was very easy compared to what I expected. There was lots of support with a great amount of patience, I felt very comfortable compared to what I expected. I found my driving instructors methods brilliant! Very patient, polite and helpful instructor. Everything was explained nicely and he made the process easy and comfortable for me. Would I recommend Lytes Driving School? Yes! Unlike my first driving school this was so much better for me. Friendly and enjoyable service, I learnt so much from Dave during my driving lessons. I never thought I would pass first time, but thanks to Dave, I did.”
Congratulations to Jeniffer Edwards of Melton Mowbray who passed her practical driving test at the first attempt. Jeniffer took her driving test at Melton Mowbray driving test centre. The examiner said “it was a lovely drive” and they don’t give away compliments lightly.
Jenny has been really lovely to work with during her driving lessons and she justly deserves her new full driving licence.
Jenny was really composed during her test and took her time when she needed. This is very good advice for you if you are about to take a test yourself.
It’s back to university for jenny this week, feeling rather happy I suspect.
I guess a new car is on the cards soon!
Well done from your driving instructor Dave and Lytes Driving School.