• What is Practical Driving test?

    The Practical driving test is your chance to prove to an examiner you know what you're doing behind the wheel – and that you're safe and confident on the roads.

    What's the test like?

    If you're well prepared, the test should be very straightforward. It'll last around 40 minutes and is conducted by an examiner. The test will include both driving round a course and on normal roads.

    What you're tested on – First off, the examiner will might (although not compulsory) test your eyesight by asking you to read a number plate from a distance. Before setting off, they'll also ask you a couple of questions about the car so you can prove you know it's safe to drive. But mostly the test will be about showing you can drive competently and safely – and complete a series of manoeuvres.

    About your test car – A test car has to be reliable and meet a series of legal requirements. When you take your test with JEHOM, all this is taken care of. But if you decide to use your own car, you'll have to make sure it's roadworthy and it must be fully insured.

    If your car doesn't meet the standard, the test might be cancelled and you'll lose your test fee. 

    Getting ready to drive

    To get the most out of your lessons, come prepared:

    Wear the right gear - Comfy clothes and especially shoes are a must. No steel-capped boots or high heels please.

    Think ahead – You'll need to be aware and alert during your lesson. So don't have a big night out the day before - or drink alcohol. Tell your instructor if you're unwell as some medicines can make you drowsy and not safe to drive.

    Don't worry about nerves – It's perfectly natural to be nervous when learning to drive. But don't worry – just tell your instructor how you're feeling and he or she will know exactly how to help.

    Follow the rules – You can still get penalty points before you pass your test – for speeding for example. So come prepared, knowing your Highway Code and your responsibility as a driver