Statistics on the number and pass rates of driving and riding practical tests conducted in Great Britain for July to September 2017, including statistics on driving instructors.
Hazard perception is a critical factor when it comes to safe driving, and it’s definitely something that improves with experience on the road. In fact, there are plenty of advanced driver training schemes out there that focus on the subject of hazard perception, as being aware of the potential dangers unfolding around you is a potential lifesaver.
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The independent driving part of the driving test follows on from the first part of the practical driving test. Rather than giving you specific step-by-step instructions as you go, the examiner will give you a set of directions accompanied by a diagram and expect you to drive safely on your own. You may be asked to follow traffic signs or rely exclusively on the directions you are given before you set off. Remember; this isn't an exercise in navigation, the priority is to drive safely and well at all times - it doesn't matter if you go the wrong way.
The practical driving test is the final hurdle in the process of getting your full UK driving licence. To take it, you'll need a provisional licence and to have already passed the driving theory test with its hazard perception test element. The practical test is taken at a driving test centre where an examiner with take you through an eyesight check, some vehicle safety questions that are often referred to as the 'show me, tell me questions' and around 40 minutes of practical driving assessment. The driving part of the test will be split into two parts. The first will have you following directions from the examiner and performing various maneuvers. The second part is the independent driving test where candidates are told to follow traffic signs and/or a set of directions accompanied by a simple diagram.
What with the cost and time commitment of taking driving lessons, and the potentially life-changing consequences of securing a driving licence, it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by the sense of occasion. But your driving test really shouldn’t be a terrifying experience, either for you or for the examiner. After all, if you were not sufficiently competent, your instructor would not be ready to let you fly solo. You’ll need to have already passed the theory test and hazard perception test in order to book the practical driving test, too, and success there should be a confidence booster for this final hurdle.