practical test

At Lime Driving School our structured learning process will ensure that you're ready to take the test and pass.

The Practical test is your chance to prove to an examiner you can drive safely, know the Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving.

To calm any last minute nerves arrange to have a lesson before your test which will include the drive to your test centre. During the lesson you can refamiliarise yourself with the car and the controls.

When you take your test with Lime, the car is taken care of. Our standard school car is Mini, fully equipped and test ready. However, if you decide to use your own car, please check minimum test vehicle requirements at


Those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice. Learners who prepare this way, with a combination of plenty of professional training and plenty of practice, do better in the test.

To help you learn in a structured way, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has produced a Driver's Record. This will help you keep a record of your progress while you're learning to drive. Additionally your Lime Driving School instructor will keep his own record from which both of you will be able to see at a glance your progress and where improvements may need to be made.

An important part of the structured learning process is practising what you have learned during your lessons. Get advice from your instructor on which areas to concentrate during your private practice.

You should try to keep a record of any practice you have on different types of road and during different conditions between lessons. You should also record any worries you may have about your driving and then discuss these with your instructor.



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 Your instructor will tell you when you are ready for your practical test. By this time you should be able to drive safely without prompting from your instructor or the person helping you to practise.

The quickest and easiest ways to book your practical driving test are online at or by phone. You'll need your provisional driving licence, your Theory Test Certificate number, a debit or credit card for payment, your preferred dates and times for the test and details of any special requirements such as an interpreter. You can also book it by post.

Book online at To book by telephone, call 0300 200 1122. If you're deaf and use minicom machine, call 0300 200 1144.

Remember to make sure your instructor is available on the day, and let them know when you get your test appointment letter.

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Remember to take along your test appointment letter,  Theory Test Pass certificate (or confirmation) and both parts of your provisional driving licence. If you have an old style paper licence you must take your signed driving licence and a valid passport.

Before your driving test you will be asked to sign a driving test form and show your ID. Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions. You will then start your practical driving test which will include some specific manoeuvres.

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes including 10 minutes of independent driving. The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you can drive safely, know the Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving.

During your test your examiner may not say much but only because he doesn't want you to lose concentration. Don't worry if you make a minor mistake, put it behind you and concentrate on the present. 

You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test. 16 or more faults results in failure. If you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.

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The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) regularly publish the top 10 reasons why learners fail their Practical test.
  1. Observation at junctions - ineffective observation and judgement
  2. Reverse parking - ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy
  3. Use of mirrors - not checking or not acting on the information
  4. Reversing around a corner - ineffective observation or a lack of accuracy
  5. Incorrect use of signals - not cancelling or giving misleading signals
  6. Moving away safely - ineffective observation
  7. Incorrect positioning on the road - at roundabouts or on bends
  8. Lack of steering control - steering too early or leaving it too late
  9. Incorrect positioning to turn right - at junctions and in one way streets
  10. Inappropriate speed - travelling too slowly or being hesitant 

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When the driving test has ended, you can call your instructor over if they didn’t go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and feedback with you. The examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed and will explain how you did during the test.

If you pass the examiner will take your provisional licence from you. You will be given a pass certificate and a full driving licence will be issued to you automatically by the DVLA.

If you fail the test the examiner will give you some feedback to help prepare yourself for your next test. Your driving report form will also show you where you made any mistakes. You can take another practical test after 10 working days.

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