THE TEST OF DRIVING ABILITY (Part 2)
The practical test of driving ability consists of both eyesight and driving technique. The test lasts for about one hour. You must pass both parts of the test at the same time. You must be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 27.5m in good daylight, with the help of glasses or contact lenses if worn. The test of driving technique is not just a slightly more difficult “L” test. It is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is required.
You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principals of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them in practice. The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy traffic or fast moving traffic, for example motorways or fast dual carriageways. The routes will be both inside and outside built up areas.
No more than six minor errors may be committed on this test, with any serious or dangerous faults committed resulting in an automatic failure of the test. You must drive in a brisk business-like way, but you must drive safely and within the legal limits.
You must provide a car for the test which is properly taxed and insured. It must be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in proper working condition and with seat belts in working order. It must be capable of the normal performance of vehicles of its type with manual transmission, right hand steering and a readily adjustable seat for a forward facing front passenger.
The car must not be displaying “L” plates. (Vehicles can be hired for the purpose of this test from ourselves). The examiner will give a decision at the end of the test.
Training for this section will comprise of the following:
21 In car training
22 Practice in-between sessions
You are only allowed 3 attempts at this part of the exam. If you fail all three attempts you must wait two years from the date of passing Part 1, until you start to re-qualify from the beginning. Once Part 2 has been passed you can immediately start the last part of your qualification “the practical test of your ability to instruct” (Part 3).