Starting to Drive
To legally drive a car in the UK you need to obtain a provisional driving license. You need to get and complete the form D1 (available from the Post Office). You Have to enclose proof of your identity and two passport-type photos and the application fee. Go to Directgov website for further information.
Theory and Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
You will need to successfully pass both tests before you can apply for a practical driving test. Once passed, the certificate is only valid for 2 years. You will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75. To book your Theory and HPT test on-line or for further information about the Theory and the HPT tests visit the Directgov website.
Driving Practical Test
The Driving Practical Test is for you to demonstrate your knowledge of The Highway Code, and test your ability to exercise adequate control of your vehicle and to drive independently. Your examiner will ensure that your eyesight meets the legal requirements by asking you to read a number plate at a distance of around 20.5 metres. If you fail to do this, and you are given three chances on your test, you will automatically fail the test. Part of your Practical Test consists of your examiner asking you two questions. One question is a ‘show me’ type question, and the second is a ‘tell me’ question, allowing you to explain your answer. Wrong answers can result in a driving fault against you. Next is the most important part of the Practical Test is the drive itself. It lasts around 40 minutes, and your Examiner will advise you which routes to take. Driving Test routes are chosen to give the student a typical experience of the different road and traffic conditions. You will be examined on your general driving and the ability to Manoeuvre your car safely. You will also be given an exercise which could be reversing around a corner, turning in the road or reverse parking, and you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. The Practical Test will involve around ten minutes of independent driving without instruction, allowing you to demonstrate your ability to drive safely and make correct decisions during your journey. You will then return to your designated Driving Test Centre and find out whether you have passed or not.
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