Practical Driving

Signage for DSA practical driving centreThe Driving Standards Agency has two test centres local to the areas covered by Corsa School of Motoring, which are the Bredbury multi-purpose test centre and Hyde test centre.

Examiners appointed by the Driving Standards Agency conduct the Practical Driving Tests, and each test on average usually lasts between 35 and 45 minutes. During this time you will need to display awareness and a safe driving technique before successfully passing the test.


Passing Your Practical Driving Test.
In order to pass the driving test, the driving examiner must be satisfied that you have the ability to drive smoothly and safely according to the high standard of competence that is required. The limit on driver faults [these are minor faults] is 15, you will fail the test if you commit 16 driver faults or more. You must not commit any serious or dangerous faults [these are major faults] during the test.

Emma Passed the driving test on her first attempt in September 2011 with zero faults and no minors.
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The thorough and professional tuition you receive during your lessons with the Corsa School of Motoring will ensure you have a comprehensive knowledge of how to reach the required standard in order to pass your practical driving test first time. This will include knowing the difference between minor faults and major faults, how the examiner marks the test, and where he will take you on the routes in the areas around the Driving Test Centre, and this includes where and when the independent drive will start and finish on each of the routes.

The driving test is essentially in four sections, which are:


The first part of the test is the eyesight check; the examiner will want you to read out a vehicle license plate from a distance of at least 20.5 metres. You will fail your test if you are unable to read the license plate. Obviously, I will check your eyesight on your first driving lesson, so the possibility of you failing will be negligible. Further details about this can be found here.

If you need glasses or contact lens to read the license plate, then they must also be worn for the duration of your test.

Vehicle Maintenance Questions

Once you have successfully completed the eyesight test, the examiner will conduct the Vehicle Check questions, commonly referred to as the ‘Show Me – Tell Me’ part of the driving test. More on the ‘show me – tell me’ can be found here.


The practical driving part of your test takes place in the areas which you will have thoroughly covered on your lessons, therefore the roads, junctions, roundabouts, road signs, speed limits will all be totally familiar to you, as will the places you may be asked to conduct your manoeuvre.

When you and the examiner are seated safely in the vehicle, you will receive a briefing from the examiner explaining how your driving assessment is going to be conducted and the instructions he is going to issue to you.

Whilst you are driving, the examiner will give you clear, concise instructions in plenty of time for you to carry out that instruction. You will be asked to carry out one manoeuvre [Turn in the road/reverse park on the road/reverse park into a parking bay/reverse round a corner] and may be asked to carry out the emergency stop exercise [this is done in only one in three driving tests]. The bay parking will only be done in the test centre car park, either at the very start of your test or at the very end of your test. You will be well versed, and will have had plenty of practises during your tuition time with these manoeuvres, so you will not have any problem whatsoever completing them with ease.

Independent Driving

The independent Driving part of your practical test will last approximately 10 minutes. On most of the routes this will start almost immediately, you leave the test centre, though on some other routes it will start a few minutes into the test. You will be asked to follow a series of Road Signs, or road signs and directions to get to a designated destination.

Alternatively, you may be shown a couple of diagrams and be asked to follow the directions on these diagrams. Again, my thorough knowledge of the way the test is conducted, including the Independent section, means you will have a thorough knowledge yourself of what is required to complete this section successfully and with consummate ease.


Once you have returned to the test centre, the examiner will ask you to switch off the engine and then inform you of the result of the driving test.


When you pass the test.
pass the driving test with corsa school of motoringHe will congratulate you on passing your test, then he will give you a debrief and identify and advise you on some of the driving/minor faults you have committed, explaining a little about how you could improve your driving skills. He will take your provisional license off you, issue you with a pass certificate, and your full driving license will be issued by the DVLA, which will probably take about a week to come through. In the meantime, should you wish to drive, the pass certificate the examiner has issued to you will serve as a full license.

The likelihood of you passing, and passing first time, with the Corsa School of Motoring is far higher than the local or national average, so we are expecting you to have a happy and successful conclusion to your practical driving test. Do not forget, my 1st time pass rate for 2012 was 76%, and my overall pass rate 71.8% compared to the national average of a miserable 47%!

When you do not pass the test.
The examiner will inform you that, unfortunately, on this occasion you haven’t reached the required standard. He Rain cloud hovers over a learner driver.will give you a debrief and explain any serious or dangerous faults you have committed that have resulted in you failing your test.

Please bear in mind, occasionally; due to a bit of bad luck, or an error of judgement, people do fail their driving tests. But, you will immediately be put back in for it and, with the experience of already having taken a test, and after a few weeks more practise, you will be even better prepared the second time round so don’t worry!