The main purpose of the driving test is to help to make sure that learner drivers can demonstrate good safe driving techniques, a good understanding of highway code rules of the road.

Learners will need to show that they have the ability to deal with all other road users in a safe & responsible manner. Driving tests are conducted by Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Driving Examiners.

Practical Car Driving Test Explained

The driving test in Doncaster lasts for about 40 minutes and has 3 main sections which are :

  • the eyesight check
  • car safety questions
  • main driving section

To pass the driving test candidates must avoid committing :

  • more than 15 minor driving faults
  • no serious or dangerous driving faults

eyesight check

At the start of the test you will need demonstrate suitable eyesight for driving. You will be asked to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of :

  • 20.5 metres (67 feet) for a old style number plate
  • 20 metres (66 feet) for a new style number plate

You may use glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate if required, but you must continue to wear them throughout your driving test and whenever you drive in the future for safety.

vehicle safety questions

These are a set of basic car checks which drivers should perform on a regular basis. On the driving test learner drivers will be asked 2 safety questions.

driving section

On this main part of the driving test candidates will be given directions provided by the examiner. You will need to be able to demonstrate good safe driving techniques putting the highway code into practice.

You will need to show your ability to drive in a wide range of roads and traffic situations as well as dealing with all other road users safely and appropriately.

You will also be asked to demonstrate your skills in reversing the car. The driving examiner will ask you to perform one of the following:

  • turn in the road
  • reverse to the left
  • reverse parallel parking
  • reversing into a parking bay

An independent driving section which last for around 20 minutes is also included in the driving section. The examiner will simply ask you to follow either:

  • a series of traffic sign directions.
  • directions from sat nav

book driving test online

To book your driving test in Doncaster simply visit the following page.

Find Doncaster driving test centre

Unit 10 & 11,
Heather Court,
Shaw Wood Way,
Doncaster,
South Yorkshire,
DN2 5YL