[Question] What do I need to know to pass my driving test?Watch this thread
I don't know much about cars, except for starting it and that's pretty much the end of it. I still got a 1/2 year to go. I really need advice on what I need to know to successfully pass my driving test!
The test is in two parts: theory (multiple choice test, which tests your knowledge of the Highway Code, and hazard perception videos, which test your reaction times to potential danger) For the theory, search Google for 'practice theory test' and you'll find loads of multiple choice for free online. For the hazard perception, there's a CD ROM you can buy with some specimen tests on, just so you know what to expect.
If it helps, this is the form that they use to assess you on the practical, with an explanation at the end. You must be able to do everything outlined on there (other than those not relevant to the car category, e.g. taxi manoeuvre, uncouple) safely and correctly - basically, you have to be able to drive without being a danger to others or yourself. You're allowed up to 15 of the 'minor' driver errors (marked in the first (wider) column of each skill) with no 'major' serious (marked 'S' i.e. those that could have caused danger of collision, or dangerous ('D' errors, which are those that did.
An example of faults might be at a traffic light. If you were to cross the stop line with the light on amber when you could reasonably have stopped when it stopped being green, you would expect a minor fault. Crossing the line with the light on red is illegal, but assuming there were no other pedestrians or vehicles in the junction or crossing, there would be only potential danger, not actual: that is a serious fault, and you would fail. If there was a pedestrian on that crossing or cars in the junction that had to take action to avoid collision, you pose a danger to the public and yourself, and have committed a dangerous fault. Also, the examiner would probably stop the test because they don't like dying.