JOHN FINNIGAN IS A PROFESSIONAL, FRIENDLY AND FULLY QUALIFIED DRIVING INSTRUCTOR, HELPING YOU TO PASS YOUR PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST IN THE INVERNESS AREAS.
Your practical test is what you will have been working towards from your very first lesson; it is your opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have gained. The test itself will last for approximately 40 minutes and, during this time, you will be required to show that you can drive competently and calmly whilst encountering various driving situations.
You will have practised 4 reversing manoeuvres with John and you will be asked to perform one of these. You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.
In 2010, the government introduced independent driving to the practical test. Your examiner will expect you to drive for up to ten minutes, following their instructions unaided. You could be asked to carry out up to three instructions, for example:
- Take the next left
- Go straight at the roundabout
- Take the second right
Alternatively, you may be asked to follow signs or using sat-nav to a particular place. Any area you are requested to drive to will be signposted and you can ask for the name of the place to be written down. Some examiners may combine elements of both, asking you to take the next right, the third left and follow signs or using sat-nav to the train station. Do not be afraid to ask if you require any directions to be repeated.
There's also a show me, tell me - for example whilst driving, show me how the windscreen wipers work, or how to open the windows. And once the drive has stopped, tell me how to check the oil?
To pass the practical driving test you will need to be able to complete it without any serious faults and you can only have up to 15 minors on your record.