Here are some resources to help you on your way to becoming a successful driver:

Book your

Theory Test Online

Book your

Practical Test Online

Do not apply for your theory test until you are sure you are ready.

If you prepare well you have an excellent chance of passing.

The current fees (30th March 2009) are:-

  • Standard fee for car               £31.00

You can book your theory test in a number of ways:-

  • On-line via the Internet
  • By Phone
  • By Post

On-line via the internet

The easiest way is to book on line, considering you are already using the internet to view this page!
Visit the Theory test bookingWeb Site
You should be able to:-

Book a theory test

  • Change a theory test booking
  • Cancel a theory test booking
  • Check a theory test booking

You will not be able to book another theory test on the same day if :-

  • You sat a theory test today and failed
  • You had a theory test booked for today but did not attend

During the booking process you will need a provisional driving licence number and your valid credit or debit card.

By Phone

The most popular way to book the theory test is by telephone, using your credit card or debit card. The person who books the test must be the cardholder.

If you book by this method you’ll be given the date and time of your test immediately.

You can do this by calling 0300 200 1122 at any time between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Welsh language booking line - 0300 200 1133
Minicom booking line - 0300 200 1166
Fax booking line - 0300 200 1177

When you phone you should have your or the candidate's provisional driving licence number and your credit or debit card details.
You will be given a number.

Take this with you when you attend your test.

During the driving test the examiner is looking to make sure a test candidate fulfils the following criteria:

All the controls such as foot pedals, gear stick and steering should be handled smoothly. You should:

  • make proper use of the accelerator and clutch to make a smooth start
  • always press down on the clutch before stopping
  • select the correct gear to match the road and traffic conditions
  • change gear in good time but not too soon before a hazard
  • don't allow the vehicle to coast by running in neutral or with the clutch depressed
  • avoid looking at the gear stick when changing gear
  • use the foot brake smoothly and progressively
  • brake in plenty of time for any hazard
  • make full use of the parking brake where necessary
  • steer the vehicle as smoothly as possible
  • avoid harsh steering or steering too early or too late

Moving Away
The test candidate should move away safely, under control, on the level, from behind a parked car and where practicable, on a hill, with the correct observations.

Emergency Stop
Even and progressive braking should be demonstrated. There should be no locking of the wheels. In wet weather conditions the candidate should understand that the stopping distance could be doubled.

Reverse To The Left or Right
Should be executed under full control and with reasonable accuracy. Good all-round observation is essential as is responding correctly to other road users.

Turn In The Road
Must be executed under full control. Good all-round observation is essential as is responding correctly to other road users and good low speed control of the vehicle.

Reverse Parking
Must be executed under full control. Good all-round observation is essential as is responding correctly to other road users.

Use of Mirrors
Mirrors should be used regularly and the candidate must be aware of the presence of others in their blind spots. Early use of mirrors should be made before signalling, changing direction, changing speed and as part of the mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine.

The candidate must give signals clearly and in good time to warn other road users of intentions in accordance with the Highway Code. Signals should be cancelled after any manoeuvre has been completed.

Response To Signs and Signals
The candidate must understand and be able to react to all traffic signs and road markings; check when proceeding through green lights, and respond to signals given by police officers, traffic wardens, school crossing patrols and all other road users.

Use Of Speed
Safe and reasonable progress should be made according to the road, weather and traffic conditions, the road signs and speed limits. Candidates should always be able to stop within the distance they can see to be clear.

Following Distance
The candidate must maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead in all conditions, including when stopping in traffic queues.

Maintaining Progress
Appropriate speeds must be maintained and the type of road, the speed limit, the type and density of traffic, the weather and visibility must be taken into account. A safe approach to all hazards should be demonstrated without being over-cautious. All safe opportunities to proceed at junctions should be taken.

The correct procedure must be demonstrated at all types of junctions. The mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine must also be demonstrated, as should good all-round observations and safe response to other road users. You should also:

  • judge the correct speed when approaching a junction
  • position your vehicle correctly
  • use the correct lane
  • if turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe
  • avoid cutting the corner when turning right
  • if turning left, keep over to the left and do not swing out
  • watch for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your left and pedestrians who are crossing
  • make effective observation before moving into a junction and make sure it is safe before proceeding

A candidate must show correct response when dealing with other road users including overtaking, meeting oncoming traffic and turning across traffic. Other road users should not be made to slow down, swerve or stop. When overtaking:

  • overtake only if it is safe to do so
  • allow enough room when overtaking a vehicle; cyclists/motorcyclist should be given the same room as a car
  • avoid cutting in too early after overtaking

The correct road position should be maintained at all times according to the type of road, the direction being taken and the presence of parked vehicles. In normal driving conditions you should position the car well to the left.

Clearance To Obstruction
The candidate should allow plenty of room when passing stationary vehicles and other obstructions that may be obscuring pedestrians.

Pedestrian Crossings
The correct type of crossing should be recognized and the correct procedure demonstrated. You should:

  • at zebra crossings slow down and stop if anyone is waiting to cross
  • give way to pedestrians on a pelican crossing when the amber lights are flashing
  • give way to cyclists as well as pedestrians on a toucan crossing and act correctly at puffin crossings

Position For Normal Stops
The candidate should select a safe and legal place to stop without causing inconvenience or obstruction to other road users.

Awareness and Planning
The candidate should think and plan ahead and anticipate the actions of other road users, should demonstrate safe attitudes when dealing with vulnerable roads users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders and think and plan ahead so that they can:

  • judge what other road users are going to do
  • predict how their actions will affect you
  • react in good time

Ancillary Controls
An understanding of the function of all controls and switches, especially those relating to road safety, should be shown. The candidate should be able to access all controls without having to look down to locate them.

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Release the accelerator pedal and at the same time press the clutch pedal down.

Remove your left hand from the steering wheel, cup it around the gear knob and move the lever gently but positively from one position to another.

Return your left hand to the steering wheel.

Release the clutch pedal and simultaneously apply power by pressing down on the accelerator pedal.

Whilst changing gear you must always keep your eye's on the road.

The sound of the engine can tell you when you need to change gear. As you accelerate the engine will come to sound whiny and take on a higher pitch. This is because the engine is reaching its limits for the gear you are in. When you hear this you should change up.

Remember: The low gears provide lots of acceleration but run out of steam before the vehicle is moving very quickly.

The high gears provide the speed but not the acceleration.

For a smooth ride you should avoid "snatching" (changing gear with too much force). To make the gear change smoother, let the gearshift pause for a second as it crosses the neutral zone.

Block Changing: You don't have to use the gears in exact sequence. Where appropriate, you can miss a gear. This is called block changing. Say you are driving at 60mph but have to brake and slow the car to 20mph. Here you wouldn't have to change down through the gears but could go from fifth to third, even to second.

Selecting a lower gear whilst accelerating: Lower gears provide greater power and acceleration. Sometimes you will need to change to a lower gear because you need a burst of power and acceleration i.e. when overtaking.

FIRST - The gear giving the greatest power but lowest speed. Used for moving off, manoeuvres and negotiating hazards.

SECOND - Used for slow speed situations such as roundabouts and junctions, for moving off downhill and for increasing speed after moving off.

THIRD - Used for driving uphill, through a hazard at speed and where a greater degree of power is needed than fourth will allow.

FOURTH - Low power but the greatest speed range. Used for most driving situations at and over 30 mph where there are no hazard to negotiate.

FIFTH - Lowest power, highest speed. Used for high speed cruising on dual carriageways, motorways and other such open roads.

REVERSE - A high powered gear used for driving the vehicle backwards.

NEUTRAL - Disengages the engine from the wheels.

On your test, when changing gears, the examiner will expect you to:

  • Use the controls smoothly and correctly
  • Balance the accelerator and clutch to move away smoothly.
  • Accelerate evenly
  • Avoid stalling the car
  • Choose the right gear and change in good time before a hazard
  • Brake gently and in good time
  • Know how and when to apply the hand brake

What the driving test examiner expects of you during the driving test.

During The Driving Test When Asked To Stop A Car.

The examiner will ask you to pull up and stop at a convenient place on the left side of the road. You will not be expected to this immediately. You will be required to use your judgment and pull up in a place where you will not be endangering, inconveniencing or obstructing anyone.


  • Where you would prevent emergency access.
  • Near a school entrance
  • Where you would block entry to a property.
  • On a bend.
  • Where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane.
  • Where the curb has been lowered for wheelchair access.
  • Opposite another parked vehicle if it would cause an obstruction.
  • Near the brow of a hill or hump bridge.
  • At or near a bus stop or taxi rank.
  • On the approach to a level crossing.
  • Opposite a traffic island.
  • Opposite or within ten metres of a junction.