Learning to drive with Hillhead Driving School in Glasgow will ensure that you’re always kept informed about all the latest changes implemented on both Theory and Driving test by the DVSA.
You’ll receive help and advice on how to prepare yourself for the tests, updates on your progress and your driving instructor will always be on hand to help you in every step along the way.
The Theory Test
Before you can apply for a driving test you must pass a theory test. This however does not mean that you cannot start your driving lessons.
The theory test is in two parts:
Part One is the multiple-choice: 50 questions of which you must get at least 43 correct.
Part Two is the hazard perception test: You’ll be shown 14 short video clips, there are 15 developing hazards that you will need to identify and respond to by clicking on the mouse of the computer. The quicker your response time, the higher your score. The pass mark is 44 out of a possible 75.
For more details on the theory test and online practice, click here.
The most cost effective way to revise for the test is done online using the official app or CD-ROM:
- The Oficial DVSA Theory Test Kit
- Know Your Traffic Signs
- The Highway Code
- The Official Guide To Driving
The official DVSA online shop for all their revision material can be found here.
You will be given the result immediately after the test. You must pass both parts of the test at the same time. When you pass you will be given a pass certificate, which allows you to book your Practical Test.
Use this link to book a theory test: https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test
The Practical Test
The driving test is straightforward. It is designed to see if you can drive safely, know the Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. You will be given clear instructions and directions by the Driving Examiner in good time and asked to carry out set exercises; starting with two safety check questions, one reverse manoeuvre, of the four below:
- Turn in the Road
- Reverse around a corner
- Reverse Parallel Park
- Bay Reverse Park
Some independent driving amounting to around 10 minutes on various road types and traffic conditions, a hill-start. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise. The driving test lasts approximately 40 minutes. It is best practice to discuss your ideal test date with your driving instructor, that way you will be sure to be as best prepared as possible. Once you get the green light you can book your test online at: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test.
New manoeuvres are going to be introduced towards the end of 2017 as part of a set of changes to be implemented by the DVSA. Old manoeuvres like the reverse round the corner and the turn in the road will be phased out form the test but still taught on driving lessons. Click here for more details: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-test-changes-4-december-2017.
The independent driving phase of the test is designed to let you drive by yourself for a short length of time after you were given a set of directions to follow by your examiner, this particular exercise last for around 10 to 15 minutes. In addition to the current style of the independent driving phase, following directions given by a Sat-Nav will be included. This is also part of the changes due to come into play from December 2017.
You are allowed a maximum of 15 minor driver faults during the practical driving test but if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will not be successful. At the end of the driving test the driving examiner will inform you whether you have passed or failed.
Here at Hillhead Driving School Glasgow you will always be kept up to date with the changes implemented by the DVSA, we regularly attend seminaries and surgeries for the latest developments in driver training and assessment methods. You can be sure that all aspects of the driving test will be covered with you in training and mock tests before attempting the real practical test.