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Taking a driving test in Portsmouth

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Having spent approximately 35 to 40 hours learning to drive and practice your driving techniques you hopefully will now be ready to take your practical driving test which for pupils in the Portsmouth and surrounding areas will be either at the Portsmouth DVSA test centre or at the Lee-on-the-Solent DVSA driving test centre.

The first thing you will need to do is book your driving test slot which can be done at www.gov.uk/book-driving-test , the test will cost you £62.00 which can be paid by debit or credit card online. You will also need your driving licence number which is number 5 on your plastic card provisional licence.

On the day of your driving test it is always advisable to take at least a 1 hour driving lesson before hand as this will help the inevitable nerves. For your driving test you will need to take the following documents with you,

  • Plastic driving licence
  • Theory Certificate
  • Your DVSA booking confirmation

Your driving instructor will ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the test is due to begin as you cannot enter the test centre any earlier than this. Once at the test centre the examiners will call your name and will want to see your driving licence as well as asking you to sign the declaration to state you are who you say you are and that the vehicle is insured for the purposes of a driving test. The driving test examiner will at this point ask you whether you would like your driving instructor to come with you on the driving test or whether you would like them to listen at the end to the debrief.

Having completed all of the above you will be lead outside where you will be asked to read a car number plate from approximately 20.5 metres away with your glasses/lenses on should you where them for driving. If you cannot read the number plate you will not be allowed to take the driving test and the DVSA examiner will revoke your driving licence on medical (eyesight) grounds.

Before starting your drive you will be asked a question about the vehicle which driving instructors refer to as Show/Tell questions as the examiner could ask you to show them how to check a certain thing or tell me how you would check. You will be asked another question whilst driving.

The driving element of your test is normally approximately 30 minutes and will be on a set route used by the DVSA examiners. You should expect to drive on the following roads,

  • Around Town Roads
  • Country Roads
  • Dual Carriageways
  • One Way Streets

And will travel on roads that have multiple speed changes like roundabouts, stop lines, multi lane junctions, crossings, traffic lights, box junctions and much more.

As part of your driving element you will be asked to complete an independent drive which will either a series of junctions, following roads signs or following a satnav for 20 minutes or possibly a combination of these.

You will also be asked to perform a manoeuvre which could include,

  • Parallel Park
  • Reversing into a bay
  • Pulling nose first into a bay
  • Pull up on the right and reverse exercise

1 in 4 people will also be asked to complete an emergency stop exercise.

To pass the DVSA practical driving test you will need to have completed the test with no more than 15 minor driver faults and no serious or dangers faults. The 15 minor driver faults need to across the many fault categories and should you have too many in 1 category this would be considered a repeated fault and will be converted to a serious fault which means you will not pass. The result will be given to you at the end of the test when you arrive back at the test centre.