The independent driving part
This part of the test is to show that you can follow directions, either verbal or from traffic signs (or both). To help you, your examiner will show you what the industry calls an ‘independent driving route diagram’ – but us normal folk like to call it ‘a map’.
During this part of the test, your examiner won’t ask you anything so don’t worry if they suddenly go all quiet but you are of course, allowed to ask them questions if you want. Don’t stress if you don’t follow the map exactly or you can’t remember the directions, you can ask the examiner to reconfirm them. Driving off route won’t necessarily affect your test result so stay calm.
Have I passed?
You’ve passed if you don’t make any more than 15 driving faults (sometimes called minors) and have made no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called majors). If you think you’ve made a mistake, don’t get flustered by them, they may not affect your result so don’t give up because you think you’ve blown it.
If you’ve passed, then hurrah! Well done, you can now look forward to giving your mates a lift everywhere and doing the shopping for your mum.
Whether you’ve passed or failed, your examiner will give you feedback. Always take it on the chin regardless of the result; the advice is there to help you improve for next time and to ensure you remain a good driver.
And now we get to the good bit – car insurance – always make sure you’ve got the right cover for your needs. Afterall, you’ve done the hard bit, so getting the right insurance will just help you stay on the road, no matter what.