FAQs

1. Minimum age you can take a test

You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid.

Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday. You can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday however, you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test.

2. How Will I Know When I am Ready to Take a Driving Test

I Know When I am Ready to Take a Driving Test You should only take your driving test if you can drive safely and I full control of your Vehicle at all times and have passed a Mock driving test with your instructor.

If you have been having lessons with friend or a Family member you should have some lessons with a DSA ADI and have the person who has been your trainer sit in on a Mock test with you. Remember its safe driving for life.

3. Where do I apply for an application form for my driving Licence?
You can get an application form from your post office or from the DVLA. You will need two colour passport photographs and send it with a fee of £50 to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD or you can apply online at DSA.GOV. Please check the fees for your Licence at the post office.
4. Book a DSA Theory Test
Book a Theory test by going to the links page of this website and click on DSA
5. Book a DSA Practical Test
Book a practical driving test by going to the links page on this website and click on DSA
6. Do you have examples of Driving Test questions

On 4th December 2017 the driving test is changing. Here are the four changes:

  • Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes.
  • You'll need to be able to follow directions from a sat nav.
  • Reversing manoeuvres will be changed.
  • Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving - known as the 'Show Me, Tell Me' questions

Click here to watch a video about the 'Tell Me' questions

Click here to watch a video about the 'Show Me' questions

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to see key areas of a car engine (Ford Fiesta).

7. Do you have information relating to the 'New Driving test' from December 2017

On 4th December 2017 the driving test is changing.

Here are the four changes:

  • Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes.
  • You'll need to be able to follow directions from a sat nav.
  • Reversing manoeuvres will be changed.
  • Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving - known as the 'Show Me, Tell Me' questions

Click here to watch a video about the new Driving Test

TELL ME

Click here to watch a video about the 'Tell Me' questions

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

SHOW ME

Click here to watch a video about the 'Show Me' questions

1) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

2) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

3) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

4) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

5) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

6) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

7) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

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