The driving test is a safety test conducted by the DVSA (Driving Vehicle Standards Agency) to make sure that you understand the Highway Code and can be a safe driver. A bit like the theory test come to life.
The driving test used to be something to be feared with strict, stern examiners taking candidates out on the hardest test routes. But now examiners, old and new are fully trained in friendly customer service skills, including how to deal with nervous candidates. Which makes the whole driving test a much more positive experience.
You need to of passed your theory test before you can book a practical driving test.
After meeting your examiner, your documents have been checked and then its on to the eyesight test. You will have to read a number plate from about 20.5 metres away. Failure to read it will result in a failed driving test.
The driving test will last approximately 35-40 minutes depending on traffic.
Part of the test will include a reversing exercise (reverse/bay parking, turn in the road or reverse around a corner). Only one manoeuvre! But, you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. Manoeuvres information can be found here.
Assessing your independent driving is part of the test. This could include you following some road signs or directions inadvance. It certainly isn't as scary as it first seems. Read more about Independent driving here.