Neil Brown Driving lessons in West Lothian
Neil Brown Driving lessons in West Lothian

Practical test

The practical car test costs £62 (weekdays) and £75 (evening, weekend and bank holiday).

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 you will need to be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres (new style number plate) or 20.5 metres (older style number plate).


You will then be asked some vehicle safety questions (Show Me/Tell Me), you'll be asked 2 questions, one Show Me question, where you will have to show the examiner how to carry out a vehicle safety check and one Tell Me question, where you will have explain to the examinerhow you would carry out the check.  A full list of the questions can be found here Show Me/Tell Me.


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. During your test your examiner will give you directions that you should follow.  You'll drive in various road and traffic conditions. It will include

  • Normal stops
  • An angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle).
  • A hill start

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

You will have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle.  The examiner you to do one of the following 

  • Reversing round a corner to the left or right
  • Turning in the road
  • Reverse parking - either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road.

Your test will include an independent driving section, which is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.  The independent driving section will last for about ten minutes, it is NOT a test of your orientation and navigation skills, it does not matter if don't remember every direction or if you go the wrong way, driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you are going, if you do go off the independent driving route, the examiner will help you to get back on the route.  The examiner will ask you to follow traffic signs, give you a series of directions or the examiner will give you a combination of both.


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. There are three types of driving fault that can be marked

  • A dangerous fault - involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property.
  • A serious fault - could be potentially dangerous.
  • A driving fault - not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault.

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Areas covered

  • Livingston
  • Broxburn
  • Pumpherston
  • Dechmont
  • Bathgate
  • Uphall
  • Boghall