It is typical to book an hour driving lesson to start ONE HOUR before the test. This gives you the opportunity to practice and arrive at the test centre IN THE SAME CAR that you will take your test having already practised all of the manoeuvres and exercises that you might be required to perform in the test. Therefore, you will arrive at the DTC (Driving Test Centre) with your JDM instructor.
You will be in the waiting room by the appointment time.
The only item you are required to produce is your PHOTOCARD Provisional Driving Licence. IF you have an older style (Pre 1996) licence, you will need other proof of identity.
At the appointment time, the examiners will appear and call your name. They will security scan your photocard licence and ask you to sign a declaration that your car is insured for this test. The examiner will compare the signature on your licence with the signature YOU have provided at this time. As a JDM customer, please sign with confidence because you ARE fully insured!
The examiner now leads you outside and will ask you to read a car number plate from the required distance (New style plates from 20.5m). He or She will then ask you to lead them to your car and at this stage will ask you 2 questions on car maintenance. (We will have prepared you for this during a previous lesson or by giving you a JDM leaflet) Once this is concluded, you will be asked to set off following the road ahead unless instructed otherwise by the examiner or by signs or road markings.
Tests are spaced 57 minutes apart. In this time YOU must be out for a minimum of 30 minutes. You will perform 1 of the reverse manoeuvres that you have learned, you will perform a contolled stop behind a vehicle and then set off at an angle, you will drive on a variety of roads and junctions and you may (1 in 3 chance) be asked to do an emergency stop.
From 4th October, 2010, you will perform 10 minutes of independent driving. This may be replaced in 2015 with driving using a Sat-Nav.
The examiner will ask you to pull up and then provide 3 or 4 directions for upcoming roads and junctions. These may include which signs to follow, a diagram or just simple verbal instruction. After completing the first set of directions, you will be given some more directions. You can ask for confirmation before going wrong and you will not be penalised for wrong turns. This is not a memory or geography test.
It is better to correctly go the wrong way than to incorrectly go the right way.
However, in trials, we have found candidates who are memorising a route are more likely to make mistakes with mirrors, signals, distances from parked cars, dealing with oncoming cars and mistimed gear changes etc.
After completing the Independent driving, the examiner will resume directing junction by junction.
You will return to the test centre and your result will be given to you. You will be asked if you would like your instructor to listen to the debrief so he/she can help you rectify problems etc. For those who pass: Your two part licence can now be given to the examiner and you will receive the pass cerificate until your full licence arrives in the post from the DVLA.
Your instructor will drive you home as you will either be too excited or sadly too upset. The national average pass rate is in the region of 44% with only a quarter of candidates passing first time. However, we will do everything WE CAN to help you pass and we expect YOU to do the same. Trust our help and advice. Drivers pass driving tests, not learners, so make sure you are driving as often as possible before your test.