Independent Driving

This section of the driving test was introduced theindependent driving in the driving test
4th October 2010. For about 10 minutes you will be
asked to drive without directions from your
examiner.

You will be asked to pull over and from that point
to drive independently by either following:

  • Traffic signs (from now on follow the
    signs to the town centre)
  • A series of directions
  • A combination of both

To help you to understand where you are going the examiner may show you a diagram like the one above.

Remember – this section of the driving test is not designed to test your navigation skills or your memory but rather how you make your own decisions and your ability to drive safely without constant directions from someone else.

If you go off route or don’t remember the directions that is not a problem, the examiner will confirm the directions to you or will help you to go back on route, going off route does not constitute a fault.

If you approach a junction and signs are absent or obscured by an overhanging tree, the examiner will give you directions until you see the next sign.

Watch the official DSA video on independent driving

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