In order to drive on the UK’s highways on their own, drivers are required to pass a driving test before getting their license. The driving test consists of two distinct parts, the practical test and  the theory test. You will not  be able to take the practical test without passing the theory part first.


 Driving Test Guide


To be able to take the practical test, you will need to book yourself a theory test first which are held at one of the several DSA (Driving Standards Agency) authorised centres. The theory test is divided into two different sections; the first section is carried out on a touch screen computer. You will be asked to select the answers from a series of multiple choice questions. The second section of the test is known as a hazard perception test, during this section, you will be shown a collection of movie and video clips with potentially hazardous situations and have to click your mouse whenever you see hazards appear on your screen.

The hazard perception test was designed to assess not only on how fast you spot a potential hazard or event as well as see if you can predict if there is to be one. A few examples of incidents you will need to be aware of whilst watching the clips are pedestrians walking or crossing the roads, oncoming traffic circumstances and other cars or trucks or even animals getting into the road.


After passing the theory test you will then be able to apply for a practical test. The practical test on the other hand, was specifically made to test you on your control of a vehicle. The majority of the test usually happens in a vehicle either provided by you or your driving instructor. The practical test can take up to 40 minutes or longer depending on the traffic situation.


The DSA instructor will ask some questions regarding topics such as vehicle safety which could consist of car tyres, braking, vehicle indicators and lights during the practical test. These questions are commonly known as ‘Show me & tell me’.


You will see whether you have passed or failed from the examiner of the practical test at the end. Those who have failed will have wait for another two years to retake both the theory and the practical test.