Practical Driving Test Tuition in South Manchester and Stockport

Practical driving tests are conducted at one of the many Driving Test Centres in the UK or one of the new multi-purpose test centres. Based in South Manchester, Van Halen Driving School will help you to prepare for this test and the preceding theory test. We also provide refresher and Pass Plus courses for qualified licence holders on request. Get in touch today to discuss your needs.


What the Practical Test Includes

On your test, you will be driving on roads on a pre-set route, accompanied by an examiner from the DVSA. To pass the test, you will need to drive safely in a variety of different road and traffic conditions. You must also commit fewer than 15 driving faults and avoid any serious or dangerous faults.

Before Your Test

It is best to arrive at the driving test centre 5 – 10 minutes before your test to allow time for parking up and walking from the car to the waiting room. At the allotted time, an examiner will call your name. They will check your licence details and ask you to sign a residency and insurance declaration. They will then ask you to lead the way to your car.

On the way to where the car is parked, the examiner will carry out the eyesight test by asking you to read a number plate on a vehicle at a distance of approximately 20 metres. If you cannot read the number plate successfully, the test will terminate there and then.

Before starting, the examiner will ask you two car maintenance-related questions in the form of a “show me, tell me” question. If you fail to answer these questions correctly, you will be marked with one driving fault.



The driving test usually lasts for 38 – 40 minutes. At the end of the test, the examiner will inform you whether you have been successful or not and then will offer you a debrief on your drive. If you are unsuccessful, it will be useful to let your driving instructor listen in to the debrief.

If successful, the examiner will give you a pass certificate and will then offer to arrange for your full driving licence for you, in which case they will retain your provisional licence. You do not have to wait for your full licence to arrive to be entitled to drive on the test.


Preparing for Your Driving Test

Ahead of your practical driving test, we provide excellent driving tuition and lessons.

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