Practical Driving test Syllabus

Below is the standard Practical Driving Test Syllabus.

Sat Nav driving

Following directions from a Sat Nav

Since December 2017, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a satellite navigation system during their test.


Read number plate from required distance

This area could go into more detail to target keywords

The ancillary controls

What are these?

Specifically, these are everything apart from the steering wheel and the brake pedal.

Following distance


Reverse Left/Right

Reverse park on route

Reverse park in to bay

Show & Tell

In the practical test, you will be asked two 'show and tell' questions about safety and maintenance checks on your car. Getting one or both of them wrong will count as a driving fault in your test. Examples below.

Tell me questions

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

Identify high/low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level. Check your car’s manual to see how to do this.

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Show me questions

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively, turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and walking around the vehicle to check functioning of all indicators.

Check is carried out by using the control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel


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