The Practical Driving Test.

The Practical Driving Test is designed to see if you:

  • Can drive safety in different road and traffic conditions.
  • Know the Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability.

Documents:  There are three documents you will need with you for your practical driving test.

  • Photo Licence
  • Paper Licence
  • Theory pass certificate

Failure to provide these documents may result in the test being cancelled & the loss of your fee


On arrival at the test centre you enter a waiting area. At the appointed time of your test the examiner will come and call your name, he will then check your documents ( listed above ) and ask you to lead him to your vehicle. He will also ask if you would like your instructor to accompany you on your test. ( Its up to you, your choice ).

Once outside the test centre you will be asked to read a number plate out loud, this is your eyesight test.

Next you will be asked two show me, tell me questions about the car, these are the safety checks. After which you will enter the car and complete your cockpit drill.

The examiner will then run through what he requires you to do on your test. The test lasts approximately 40 minutes, and he will direct you around the route, during which you will be required to perform a manoeuvre, possibly an emergency stop, and a section of independent driving. The manoeuvre’s he can choose from are: Turn in the road, reversing around a corner, parallel park or bay park.

At the end of the test the examiner tells you if you’ve passed or failed, and then he will give you a debrief on your test, your instructor can be present during the debrief. You are allowed 15 minor driving faults on your test, but no serious or dangerous faults.

Current Test Centre waiting times ( 19/4/16 ):

Hull Multi-purpose Test Centre,Reservoir Road, Hull, East yorkshire, HU6 7PY – currently 11 weeks waiting time.
Bridlington Test Centre, Crown Buildings, Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4LY – currently 7 weeks waiting time.
Grimsby Test Centre, Pyewipe Industrial Estate, Grimsby, South Humberside, DN31 2TB – currently 8 weeks waiting time.
York Test Centre, Murton Way, Osbaldwick, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5UN – currently 18 weeks waiting time.