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What happens during the test?
During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, the examiner will ask you to carry out set exercises. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.

The DSA regularly publish the top 10 reasons why learners fail their Practical Test. To maximise your chances of passing first time, here are some of the big things to look out for:

1....Making effective observations and good judgement when emerging out of side roads
2....Correct use of the controls and/or good observations when reverse parking
3....Making effective use of the mirrors well before changing direction or slowing down
4....Correct use of the controls and/or good observation when reversing round a corner
5....Correct use of signals including cancelling signals and not giving misleading ones
6....Moving away correctly from stationary positions, including good observation
7....Correct road position, particularly on bends, and good lane discipline on roundabouts
8....Good steering control, such as when making left or right turns
9....Correct position when turning right such as in one-way streets
10...Not hesitating or causing delay, particularly by pulling out promptly at junctions.

The Show Me Tell Me Checks - What Are They?
DSA introduced the "Show me, tell me" safety questions for all categories of tests in September 2003. The subjects that can be included in the safety questions are laid down in the EC 2nd Directive. The following will help you in this matter, although your instructor will cover the complete topic.

Vehicle safety questions: These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.

Candidates will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded
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