Driving Test Help for Learners in Runcorn, Widnes and Surrounding Areas
This page gives you an insight into the tests you will need to pass to become a qualified driver. If you have any questions regarding the information here, feel free to ask. The examinations are standardised throughout the UK, The Farm School of Motoring will enable you to become a safe driver for life, not just teach you how to pass a test. Our lessons are available to pupils in:
When is the Hazard Perception test taken?
The hazard perception test is taken at the same time as the theory test.
The theory test starts with a series of 50 multiple choice questions and is followed by a three minute break before the hazard perception element starts. Your hazard perception test will consist of 14 video clips which will feature various road scenes with developing hazards involving both vehicles and pedestrians.
What questions will I be asked?
Your test will cover a range of topics including:
- Driver attitude
- Traffic signs
- The effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue
- Environmental aspects of vehicles.
What is the pass mark for the Theory Test?
The pass mark for the new theory test will be 43 correct answers out of 50
What documents do I need to bring?
You will need your signed driving licence and suitable photographic ID, or both parts of your signed photo card licence and your booking number.
What happens during the Hazard Perception test?
Thirteen clips will contain one hazard and one will contain two. Each hazard has a marking window and you will be scored appropriately for your reactions if you respond during that window. Clicking outside of that window will score you no points and excessive clicking can invalidate the question altogether.
You can score between 1-5 points depending on how quickly you react to a developing hazard – i.e. an event that causes you to change speed, direction or stop.
How much does the Theory Test cost?
The standard fee for a car or motorcycle theory test currently stands at £31
Why do we take a hazard perception test?
Hazard perception skills are a vital part of your ability to drive. The test was devised to challenge and reduce road casualties caused by careless driving.
Your awareness improves as you gain experience of driving but this section of your theory test helps to ensure that you are careful from the start.
What happens if I pass the theory and fail the hazard perception?
You must pass both elements to successfully complete the test. If one element is failed, they must both be retaken for the full fee.
What is the best way to practice for this test?
Your driving lessons will help to consolidate your theory and hazard perception knowledge. Outside of your lessons there are various ways to revise. Use your Highway Code to wise up on the rules of the road, test yourself using software developed by the DSA (available in high street bookstores/online) or use various resources on the Internet.
Before you start your driving test you will have an eyesight test, this will require you to read a number plate from a set distance and you will also be asked 2 vehicle safety questions.
A new style number plate i.e. A051 ABC can be read from a distance of 20 metres
An older style number plate can be read from a distance of 20.5 metres
The ‘show me’ section will require you to demonstrate to the examiner how you would carry out a vehicle safety check.
The ‘tell me’ section requires you to explain how you would carry out another vehicle safety check.
For example, a vehicle safety check could include:
Identifying where the windscreen washer reservoir is and explaining how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Explaining how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
This 40 minute test requires you to demonstrate the skills you have developed in your lessons. You will have learnt a series of reverse manoeuvres and you need to perform one of these and possibly an emergency stop.
During the practical you will be expected to drive without any serious or dangerous faults. Any minor driving faults will be recorded and you are allowed a maximum of 15 minors.
Independent driving is an integral part of the test as it measures your ability to drive unassisted and demonstrates how confident you are.
Once you pass, it is recommended that you take the Pass Plus course to further your experience on the road in conditions not necessarily covered before your test. Please contact The Farm School of Motoring today to begin!