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How many manoeuvres in driving test?

A question frequently asked by learner drivers or anyone intending on taking the UK practical driving test is how many manoeuvres are there in the driving test?

Previously you would be asked by the examiner for 2 manoeuvres during a driving test, since the introduction of independent driving in October 2010, the UK 2013 practical driving test usually only has a single manoeuvre that is required.

The independent driving part of the test which lasts for around 10 minutes effectively replaces one of the manoeuvres.

There are however occasional instances where 2 manoeuvres can still be requested although this is infrequently requested.

Two manoeuvres could be requested if roads are busy and congested; the examiner doesn't particularly wish to spend the duration of the driving test stuck in traffic or perhaps the examiner may feel your control of the vehicle is somewhat lacking during a manoeuvre and therefor may request another.

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Of the 4 possible manoeuvres that the examiner has a choice of, the most common driving test manoeuvres are the turn in the road and reverse round a corner.

All manoeuvres should however be practiced until perfected as a manoeuvre completed unsuccessfully may render the entire driving test a failure.

Reverse parking or parallel parking as it is sometimes referred to is still frequently requested although bay parking is dependent on whether a driving test centre has bay in which the manoeuvre can be performed in.

Another test centre close by may be used for the bay parking manoeuvre if your test centre has no parking bays.


Complete tutorials for all driving test manoeuvres can be found in the driving test tuorials section.

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