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Iris Duarte of Frome in Somerset passed her driving test FIRST TIME

Posted in: Damien Burke Driving Test Passes, Driving Lesson Frome, News.

What a great pass for Iris Duarte of Frome in Somerset, who passed her driving test FIRST TIME with only a couple of minor faults in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Iris had to deal with the crazy traffic around the town centre and the lunchtime rush hour with lots of pedestrians and cyclists all in a hurry and not looking where they are going.

The Longfield roundabout was done a few times without any problems, so a great drive all round for Iris, even though the weather was not great. All the best from Damien Burke you’re driving instructor, it was great to see you pass and congratulations from all the team at Blue.

Frome Driving test pass for Iris Duarte
Frome Driving test pass for Iris Duarte

What happens during the test

There are 5 parts to the driving test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • reversing your vehicle
  • independent driving

The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.

How long the test lasts

You’ll drive for around 40 minutes.

Your general driving ability

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.

The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test.

Pulling over at the side of the road

You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:

  • normal stops at the side of the road
  • pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
  • a hill start

Reversing your vehicle

The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a sat nav
  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.

They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You cannot use your own sat nav.

If you cannot see traffic signs

If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

Going off the route

The examiner will not give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.

They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.

The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.

 


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