Preston Automatic Driving Lessons
Automatic Driving Tests

Your Theory Test

A DVSA theory test is split into two parts. The first part is a multiple choice questionnaire. The second part is known as the hazard perception test. You have to pass both parts at the same time to pass your theory test. Please note that you have to pass your theory test before you are allowed to book your practical driving test.

Theory Test Questions

You’ll be shown 50 questions, each question has a choice of answers. Your job is to get at least 43 questions correct out of the 50 to pass. There will be some questions that may require more than one answer. Make sure you read the whole question carefully. Some people have a habit of rushing this exam and then find that by rushing they have given the wrong answer to some of the questions. An example of this might be that a question is worded in such a way that its asking you to identify something that you ‘mustn’t do’ but if you rush you may read it as something you ‘must’ do.

The Hazard Perception Test

The hazard perception test is taken after you’ve completed the questions. This test is also shown on a computer screen. You can have some practice before the start of the test. You’ll be shown 14 video clips, these clips are designed as if you are driving the car. Your job is to look at the footage and to click your button as soon as you see a potential hazard ahead. You have to respond very quickly when you see that the hazard is developing into something more serious, for example: Imagine you are approaching a zebra crossing when you notice a pedestrian walking along the footpath. In this example I would press the button because it could become hazardous. However suddenly the pedestrian looks around and then starts to veer towards the crossing, at this point the hazard has developed in a more serious way and you should receive full points if you click very quickly. You must get a minimum score of 44 points out of 75 to pass the hazard perception test. When you take your automatic driving lessons with me in Preston I’ll give you lots of help to quickly identify hazards. Practice your hazard perception test here.

Your Driving Test

The big day has arrived and its time to take your driving test. I’ll normally pick you up about an hour before the start of your test, this will allow us to get some last minute practice and also give you time to settle down.

Your driving test will usually be about 40 - 45 minutes long. Your examiner will meet you in the waiting room and ask you to sign the report sheet. On your test you have to show that you can drive safely and competently throughout the whole test.

Your examiner will direct you around a test route. This test route will have a lot of different roads, junctions and hazards for you to deal with. Your examiner will require you to perform a set manoeuvre known as a control exercise. This could be either, to pull up on the right hand side of road then reverse back about two car lengths, a reverse park around a stationary vehicle, a forward park into a parking bay then reverse out, a reverse park into a parking bay at the test centre. You could also be required to do an emergency stop, although these are not tested on all driving tests.

At some point on your driving test your examiner will require you to show that you can drive independently for a short while. Your examiner will clearly explain what is required. You will be given a certain number of route directions to follow. This might in the form of following a series of route signs to say the ‘City Centre’

Message from our automatic instructor

I regularly use the Test Centres at Preston, Chorley and Blackpool and I know all the routes used by the driving examiners. I will give you lots of practice on all these routes, especially in regard to the independent driving part of the test.

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