Following routes (skill 27)
27. Independent driving and using a sat nav
Independent driving is an exercise you’ll have to carry out during your driving test.
You’ll have to follow directions from a sat nav or follow a series of traffic signs. This gives you the chance to experience what it will be like to drive after you’ve passed your test.
To drive independently and keep full control, you should be able to:
- plan ahead, so you do not have to make any late decisions
- be able to follow sat nav directions and traffic signs
- use the mirrors – signal – manoeuvre (MSM) and position – speed – look (PSL) routines
- position the car correctly and in good time
- understand the correct use of lanes, both with and without directional information
- respond correctly to other road users
- know and respond to traffic signs and road markings
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Check you’re ready to pass
You’ll usually be ready to take your driving test when:
You do not need prompts from your driving instructor.
You do not make serious or dangerous mistakes when you’re driving.
You can pass mock driving tests.
You have practised ways of managing your nerves.
Your driving instructor agrees you are ready.
Not feeling quite ready?
It’s free to change your appointment time, as long as you do it at least 3 full working days (Mondays to Saturdays) before your test.
You can move your driving test back if you’re not feeling quite ready yet.