A multiple-choice test comprising 50 multiple-choice questions covering aspects of the Highway Code. The pass mark is 43 out of 50.
A hazard perception test consisting of a series of actual / cgi road hazards that need to be identified. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
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The Driving Standards Agency recommends that most learners take at least 45 hours of professional tuition lessons and at least 20 hours with friends and family.
The average number of lessons is currently 35 hours. As all learners are different, some will pass more quickly than others.
Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions. The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.
Statistics prove that the risk of having an accident is highest during the first years of driving after passing the driving test. This is why the Government launched the Pass Plus programme. Backed by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and major motor insurance companies, it is designed to help new drivers gain more experience and becoome better equipped for the demands of modern driving.
The course needs to be taken within twelve months of passing your driving test to qualify for the insurance benefits.
The PASS PLUS course is a six-hour module, which will include motorway, bad weather, city and rural driving. After completion you will be able to obtain a discount from many insurance companies, subject to your personal circumstances.
This course has proved popular because the saving on insurance is far greater than the cost of the course.