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Driving Test On The Day Tips

July 30, 20141 Comment

This week Blaine talks about Test Day Preparation and everything from checking the licence before you head to the test centre, should you practice on the way, running through the Show Me Tell Me, sitting in on test and lots more.

Video Transcription


Today I want to talk about the driving test day – not the test itself but the day of the test.  There is other information on the site about this and you can find it by following the link below.

  • picking the pupil up – Some of this may sound obvious but make sure you know where you are picking your learner driver up from as they may be somewhere else.  You don’t want to be rushing around on the day of the driving test so it is important that you have everything in place.
  • Make sure they have their licence with them.  Again really obvious but I have had it before when a pupil hasn’t had their provisional licence with them so I now insist on checking their licence when I pick them up.
  • Check both parts of the licence and ensure that both parts are for the same person.  It doesn’t matter if the issue numbers are different as the Examiner isn’t worried about that.  Your pupil must have both parts with them.  If they don’t then the test will not be conducted.  No two parts, no test!
  • Check the address on the licence as they will be asked if the address on the licence is the same as where they are currently living.  If they have moved or are moving then the bottom of the counterpart will need to be filled in with the new address and signed when presented to the Examiner.  If it is not done it is not a big problem but your pupil will have to fill it in then and it will be holding the Examiner up so it won’t be a great start to the test.
  • Make sure that your car is clean and tidy.  Make sure the windows are clean too and not smeary.  Our local Examiners have put notices in the test centres asking that the windows are clean as if the windows are smeary it can make it quite difficult to see through if the sun is at a certain angle.  This is the same for the mirrors.
  • Do check the bulbs in your vehicle, particularly the brake bulbs.  Changing a bulb in a modern car isn’t that simple and the Examiners will only give you 5 minutes to rectify a problem.  So check them with enough time to fix if required.  I carry tool in my car for this and I know how long it will take me as I have had a go at it.  If your brake bulb is broken the test will not be conducted.
  • Check the traffic reports.  Make sure there are no major delays getting to the test centre and know how long it is going to take you to get there.  Then add a bit of time to that.  I know this is obvious stuff for some ADIs but the Examiners will only allow you a 5 minute window if you are late.  I usually arrive in the area of the test centre about half an hour before and stay locally to it.
  • Go through the ‘show me, tell me’ questions with the pupil.  This can be done on the way there.
  • Talk to the pupil about whether they want to drive there or they want you to drive there
  • Ask them if they want to practice any manoeuvres but remember that if they mess one up it could knock their confidence – there is more information about this on the longer video through the link below.
  • Sitting in on the test and the debrief – I personally would but there is more info on this on a previous blog (link below)
  • Check your pupil’s eyesight.  You may well have checked it 4 months ago when they started but it is always worth checking again about a week before hand.


I hope that this has been useful but there is more information on the above through the links below.

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Blaine Walsh is the owner of, has been a driving instructor trainer for 15 years and a driving instructor for over 20 years. When he first qualified Blaine admits his was not a very good instructor, became disillusioned, was not retaining pupils and not making any money, so he quit full time teaching. After spending time self-reflecting, he had a light bulb moment and realised that he needed to put more explanation, effort and enthusiasm into teaching learners. Since then he has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the top trainers in the country.
  • Laurence Jacquemin

    I am dreading the day that I get a broken bulb on the way to test, with modern cars these days they can take ages to change so could mean the test being cancelled leading to an upset pupil and annoyed examiner. Even by practicing changing the bulb sometimes it may just not physically be possible to do it within the 10 minute time frame.

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