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Independent Driving During The Practical Driving Test

Independent driving became part of the practical Driving Test from 4th October 2010.

The independent driving element of the test will consist of about 10 minutes where the test candidate will be asked to follow road signs to a destination given by the examiner, the candidate may be shown a diagram(see below)with a series of directions, or a combination of both.

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It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or even if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.

Independent driving is not a test of your navigation skills.
Driving independently means that you make your own decisions - this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for advice about which direction to take.

If you forget which way you are meant to go, don't worry, it will be fine to ask the examiner.
Even if you go the wrong way it will not affect your driving test result, as long as you have driven safely.

When you are driving independently it is very easy to forget to check your mirrors & signal your intentions to other road users.
So always remember to use your M.S.M. routine in good time.

From 4th October The Driving Test will also change to having just one reversing manoeuvre to complete during the drive.
The examiner will chose which reversing action is to be carried out-it is the DSa's intention that all the manoeuvres will be performed to an equal ratio, so it will still be necessary to practice all the reversing manoeuvres before taking your driving test.

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