Driving test

Independent Driving FAQs

Independent driving forms part of the practical driving test. It requires the test candidate to drive by either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both, for about ten minutes.

To help the candidate understand where they are going the examiner may show them a diagram - see below.

It doesn't matter if the candidate doesn't remember every direction or if they go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test of the candidate's orientation and navigation skills. It is about being capable of making their own decisions whilst driving, about their route and how to safely navigate that route without prompts - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where they are going.

When taking the independent driving test:

Independent Driving Route Diagram

Independent Driving Route Diagram