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Your practical test

Once you've passed your theory test you will be able to focus on doing everything necessary to be ready for your practical driving test. Heres a link to the GOV.UK website page that prepares you for the initial practical test 'show me, tell me' questions that you will face.

Your instructor will tell you how ready you are for your practical test. Naturally, we want you to pass first time. So here are a few ways we can give you that extra edge. Your "Track Record" log book keeps tabs on your progress – showing you where your strengths are and what skills you'll need to brush up on.

Make the most of your practice.
We recommend plenty of practice between lessons. Ask your instructor which manoeuvres you should run through; and remember, if you're practising with friends or family; make sure you're covered on their car insurance policy.

Take a mock practical test.
A BSM mock test shares exactly the same format as the real thing – think of it as a trial run.

Top 10 things to look out for

The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) 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. Look carefully to judge when best to come out of side roads
2. Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reverse parking
3. Use the mirrors effectively long before you change direction or slow down
4. Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reversing round a corner
5. Use signals correctly, including how to cancel them and not give misleading ones
6. Move away correctly from stationary positions, including good observation
7. Use the correct road position, particularly on bends, and show good lane discipline on roundabouts
8. Have good steering control, when making left or right turns for example
9. Get in the correct position when turning right
10. Don't hesitate or cause delay. Always pull out promptly at junctions.

To find out more about what happens during the practical driving test click here to be directed to GOV.UK.