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Independent Driving

The driving test was recently changed so that Your driving test will now include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. 
It is not a test of your navigation skills so don't worry.

During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

To help you understand where you are going when you are given directions, the examiner will show you a diagram, this will normally be split up into short routes or 3 or so junctions. You may have more than one route to follow on your test.

It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.

Independent driving is not a test of your memory and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you're going. These are vital skills that you will need once you have passed your test and driving on your own. I will make sure you are well practiced in the art of independent driving before your test.

If you do go off the independent driving route, it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault and the examiner will then help you to get back on the route. You can then continue with the independent driving