Quick Pass by reading the Test Requirements bellow.

Eyesight Test

At the start of the test the examiner asked you to read a vehicle registration number.

If you do not meet the eyesight standard then your test will not go ahead.

If you need glasses or contact lenses to make sure you can read the number you must wear them

whenever you drive or ride.


Highway Code / Safety

Highway Code: If you took a test for a tractor or specialist vehicle, at the end of the test you would have been asked questions on the Highway Code and to identify some road signs.

If you took an LGV or PCV test you were asked some safety questions. We asked you about some of the following: the location and operation of the safety components on your vehicle such as fire extinguishers, fuel cut-off switch and emergency exits.


Controlled stop

You may have been asked to show you were able to stop your vehicle in good time and under full control, as if in an emergency situation.


Remember, when driving in wet or icy weather conditions, it will take you longer to stop safely.

Depending on the test you took, you may have been asked to complete one or more slow-speed manoeuvring exercises. You needed to show you were able to keep control of your vehicle.

This needed to be done whilst taking effective observations and acting correctly on what you saw.


Vehicle checks

It is important that the vehicle is in good working order and you can operate vehicle controls. The examiner asked you some ‘show me / tell me’ type safety questions.

You needed to show a basic knowledge of the checks you should make on a regular basis. Depending on the test you took, you may have needed to safely demonstrate you can operate your vehicle’s secondary controls whilst on the move.


These checks are simple but important. Before you started the engine, you needed to make sure that your seat was adjusted correctly to allow you to reach all your driving controls with ease.

This is because an incorrect seat position can affect your ability to take observations and keep proper control of the vehicle.



Throughout the test you needed to show you can use all the controls smoothly and at the correct time. This means less wear and tear on your vehicle and a smoother ride for your passengers.


Move off

You needed to show that you can move away on the level, on a slope and at an angle safely, under full control, taking effective observation. Move off only when it is safe to do so.


Use of mirrors – rear observation

You should have used the mirrors safely and effectively acting correctly upon what you saw. Where mirrors are not enough, for example to cover ‘blind spots’, then you must take effective rear observation. You must always check this carefully before signalling, changing direction or changing speed.

You needed to demonstrate you can use the Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre (MSM) routine effectively.



You should only use the signals shown in the Highway Code. On test you should have signalled clearly to let others know what you intend to do. This is particularly important if it would help other road users or pedestrians.

You should have always signalled in good time and ensured that the signal had been switched off after the manoeuvre had been completed. You should not beckon to pedestrians to cross the road.



You should have given parked vehicles and other obstructions enough space to pass safely. You needed to watch out for changing situations such as pedestrians walking out from between parked cars, doors opening and vehicles trying to move off.

You should have been prepared to slow down or stop if needed.


Response to signs and signals

You needed to show that you can react correctly to all traffic signs, road markings, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.


You should have obeyed signals given by police officers, traffic wardens, Highways Agency officers and school crossing patrols.


You should watch out for signals given by other road users and carry on only when you are happy it is safe.



Use of speed

You should have made safe and reasonable progress along the road. Y

You needed to keep in mind the road, traffic and weather conditions, road signs and speed limits. You needed to show confidence based on sound judgement.

Remember, at all times you should have been able to stop within the distance you can see to be clear.


Following distance

You should have always kept a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front. You should be able to stop safely, well within the distance you can see to be clear.

You should leave extra distance in wet or slippery conditions.

Leave enough space when you are stopped in traffic queues.


Maintain progress

On test you needed to show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions.

You needed to approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being over cautious or slowing or stopping other road users. You should always be ready to move away from junctions as soon as it is safe and correct to do so.

Driving too slowly can frustrate other drivers which creates danger for yourself and others.


Junctions including roundabouts

The examiner would have looked for correct use of the Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre (MSM) procedure.

The examiner was also looking for correct positioning and approach speed at junctions and roundabouts. This is because these skills are essential for dealing with these hazards safely.


Turning right across busy roads/dual carriageways is particularly dangerous.


To drive safely and pass your test you must be confident that you can judge the speed and distance of oncoming traffic safely. You also need to look out for other road users emerging and turning at junctions and be ready to alter your course or stop.


Be extra watchful in poor light or bad weather conditions for the more vulnerable road user, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.



Your examiner will have assessed your judgment skills throughout the test.

You will have needed to show sound judgment when overtaking, meeting or crossing the path of other road users. You should have only done this when it was safe and legal.

You should have made your intentions clear and been sure that you understood the intentions of other road users.



You should have positioned your car in a safe position; normally this would be keeping well to the left of the road.

You needed to keep clear of parked vehicles and be positioned correctly for the direction that you intend to take. You needed to look for and be guided by road signs and markings.

Other road users may judge your intentions by where you are positioned so be aware of where you are at all times.


Pedestrian crossings

You should have been able to identify the different types of pedestrian crossing and take the correct action.

You needed to monitor your speed and time your approach to crossings so that you can stop safely if you need to do so.

You should have paid particular attention where crossings were partly hidden by queuing or parked vehicles. You should also show consideration for elderly or infirm pedestrians who are trying to cross the road.


Position and normal stops

You should have chosen a safe, legal and convenient place to stop, close to the edge of the road, where you will not block the road and create a hazard.

You should know how and where to stop without causing inconvenience or danger to other road users.


Awareness and planning

You must be aware of other road users at all times. Your examiner is looking to see that you plan ahead to judge what other road users are going to do. This will allow you to predict how their actions will affect you and react in good time.

You needed to anticipate road and traffic conditions, and act in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment.

You should have taken particular care to consider the actions of the more vulnerable groups of road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, other motorcyclists and horse riders.


Ancillary controls

You needed to show that you can operate all of your vehicle’s controls safely and effectively.

The examiner was looking to see that whilst on the move you kept proper control of your vehicle whilst using secondary controls. These include demisters, heating controls, indicators and windscreen wipers.

Eco-safe Driving


You should drive in an ‘eco-friendly manner’, considering your impact on the environment.

Plan well ahead and choose appropriate gears, avoid heavy braking and over-revving of the engine, particularly when stopped or moving off.


If you have to stop for a long period such as at roadwork’s or railway crossings, consider stopping the engine to reduce pollution and save fuel.


The examiner will assess this on your test; however this assessment will not affect the overall result of the test. If there are areas that need improvement you will receive appropriate feedback at the end of the test.

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