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DRIVING TESTS in Bridgend | Driving Test Routes Around Bridgend

If you are planning on taking your driving test in the Bridgend area then preparation for the big day is essential. Our Bridgend based driving instructors are experienced, we drive and teach people in the Bridgend area most days and that experience can be very helpful when you are gearing up to take your driving test.


DRIVING TESTS in Bridgend | Driving Test Routes Around Bridgend

There are several driving test routes that examiners use on a regular basis. Of course they can and do change on a regular basis and whilst you can never be 100% certain that the test routes that have been driven in the past are going to be repeated, they often are. In any case, getting to know and practice your driving with experienced driving instructors can only help you in your quest to pass the driving test in the Bridgend and surrounding area.

Your Driving Tests

The Driving Theory Test

The Driving Theory Test is a computer based test, and consists of two parts.

  • The first part is a series of fifty multiple choice questions which you have 57 minutes to answer the questions.
  • You must achieve a pass mark of 43 out of 50.
  • The full official question bank is published by the Driving Standards Agency and available for you to study.
  • The second part is a test of your hazard perception skills.
  • This involves watching fourteen video clips containing fifteen developing hazards in total.
  • Each of these hazards is worth a possible five points each (when you see the hazard you must click the mouse to acknowledge it - the quicker you respond, the more you score).
  • You must score at least 44 out of a maximum of 75 to pass.
  • The skills needed to pass this test will be developed throughout your driving lessons.
  • There are practice and training DVDs available for home study, and these are available from your Driving Instructor.

The Practical Driving Test

The Practical Driving Test involves you driving for around 40 minutes on various road types and conditions.

  • The first part of the test involves the examiner asking you to read a vehicle number plate at a distance of 20 metres (new style plate) or 20.5 metres (old style plate) to check your eyesight.

You will then be asked two vehicle safety questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'.

A list of these questions is available to download

Driving ability

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. You'll be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safely. One exercise will be chosen from:

  • reversing around a corner
  • turning in the road
  • reverse parking
  • bay parking

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.

By the end of the test you are permitted to commit no more the 15 driver faults in total, with no serious or dangerous faults, to achieve a pass mark.

Tell Me Driving Test Questions

Q1. Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey
A1. Brakes should be tested as you set off by applying gentle pressure at slow speed. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q2. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked
A2. In the 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.

Q3. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road
A3. 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.

Q4. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash
A4. Adjust the rigid part of the restraint so that it is close to the back of your head and level with your eyes or top of your ears

Q5. Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working? (no need to exit the vehicle)
A5. Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), get somebody to walk round vehicle.

Q6. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system
A6. The ABS warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault

Show me / Tell me

Part of your test includes a Show me, Tell Me' section. This is when your examiner will ask you one 'Show me' and one 'Tell me' question about general maintenance and safety checks on your car.

You can get an idea of the kind of questions you will be asked on this page and you can see the kind of response you would be expected to give.

Q7. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil
A7. Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

Q8. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid
A8. Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

Q9. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level
A9. Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Q10. Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level
A10. Identify reservoir and explain how the washer fluid should be filled to a level between the min and max markers on the side of the reservoir or where there is no min/max marker to keep it topped up regularly.

Show Me Questions

Q11. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey
A11. 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.

Q12. Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep control of the vehicle
A12. Apply footbrake firmly, Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Q13. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
A13. Check is carried out by pressing gently on the control (turn on ignition if necessary)

Q14. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine)
A14. Switch ignition on, operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, ask someone to help.

Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers
A15. Operate windscreen washer control button and then activate the windscreen wipers (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens
A16. Set all relevant controls including air vents at both sides to point towards the side windows, use the control switch to direct hot air onto the windscreen then operate the fan, press the heated rear screen switch to clear the rear window

Q17. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it /them (no need to exit the vehicle)
A17. Operate the rear fog switch after switching on dipped headlights check switch is illuminated and explain that they should only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less

Q18. Show me how you would switch on your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car
A18. Move the stalk attached to the steering column forwards which will illuminate a blue warning light on the instrument panel.

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