Independent Driving

At some point doing your driving test your driving test examiner will announce that you are now being accessed on your independent driving. This is for approximately 10 minutes and is to demonstrate that you are able to safely follow verbal directions, road signs and markings. Your driving test examiner will conduct this element of your driving test in one of three ways.

1 Verbal Directions
Your driving test examiner may conduct this element of your driving test by giving you a series of verbal instructions. They will give you a verbal route such as “At the end of the road turn right, take the second road on the left and then take the second junction at the roundabout”. You may also be shown a simple diagram of the route to help you visualise the turns you will have to make.

2 Road Signs
Even if you don’t know the area very well this part of the test shouldn’t be too difficult to successfully pass. Your driving test examiner will give you a verbal instruction such as “I would like you to follow the signs towards Bournemouth town centre until further notice”. It is worth remembering that no part of this test is to catch you out. The verbal instructions are from a bank of possible situations so there will always be adequate road signs to be able to successfully navigate to the requested destination.

3 Verbal Directions and Road Signs
It is possible that the independent driving element of your driving test will include both verbal directions and road signs. Your driving test examiner may say something along the lines of “I would like you to take the second road on the right, the first exit at the roundabout and then follow the road signs towards Bournemouth”.

You are allowed to ask the driving test examiner to repeat the directions.

This element of your driving test isn’t to test your navigational abilities, it is to demonstrate that you can follow road signs and markings correctly. If you happen to accidentally take the wrong junction at the roundabout or turn right rather than left it won’t harm the result of your test unless you also commit a minor or major driving fault. Your examiner will help you get back on route so you can continue with your independent driving.