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What does the examiner want to see?

This is a guide to help you understand the driving test on the day

When I started as a driving instructor, I had some really good learner drivers who I thought certainties to pass their test but they somehow failed. I wanted to know why…..



In order to find out I began to accompany my drivers on their test. I wanted to witness for myself what had happened and not accept an upset (or annoyed) pupil’s version of the events that took place.

I have now accompanied ALL of my pupils – with no exceptions – for over 500 tests. I don’t just sit as a passenger – I observe the examiner, and I examine the test itself to discover why people pass and why people fail.

It is this knowledge which is, I think, my strength as a driving instructor. I will use this expertise to help you pass your test first time.

Many people who fail their driving test tend to accept the examiner’s decision, until a friend says “I did that on my test but I still passed”.

One simple example being: mounting the kerb while doing a sharp 90 degree left turn. Why do some fail and some pass when making this mistake? My analysis of over 500 tests and my questioning of the examiners brought to light several factors to be considered:

  • Were any pedestrians in the vicinity of the corner?
  • What height was the kerb that was mounted?
  • Did the rear wheel only mount the kerb (or did both wheels mount the kerb)?
  • At what speed was the kerb mounted?

Even with such a simple example as you can see many factors need to be taken into consideration.

Obviously further information about what will result in a pass or fail will be covered when you have booked your driving lessons with me.


Right now I am going to share with you some facts about the driving tests from the Hull test centre.


Fact 1

The driving examiner is allowed to randomly choose your route in consideration of the time of day, how bad the traffic is, and local knowledge of any particular problem in Hull on the day. My statistics, however, do sometimes highlight that one route is statistically more favoured than another at certain times of the year.

Fact 2

Driving examiners DO NOT HAVE quotas. If you are good enough and able to show the examiner what they want, then you will get your driving licence, even on a Friday. Even on the 31st of the month.

Fact 3

You will be tested on your knowledge of the Highway Code, despite the fact that you have already passed your theory test. The examiner needs to know you understand the Highway Code thoroughly. The test routes are designed to last approximately 38 to 40 minutes, covering a variety of road and traffic conditions. You will need to demonstrate through your driving that you are adhering to the Highway Code.

Fact 4

The way you control the car is important; it is an important safety factor and you must show you are in control of the car at all times.

Fact 5

You need to be able to show you can look out for hazards, identify them, then take action to eliminate or avoid the hazard, as you did in your Hazard Perception test.

Fact 6

Passing your driving test is all about being a safe driver; the driving examiner needs to be sure you have the right attitude to driving safely.



In summary, when you put these 6 facts together and join me for the practical training you will need, you are almost guaranteeing yourself to be a safe driver with the right skills and knowledge to get your driving licence.


Call me today and let me help you get on the road


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