Your practical driving test will include around 20 minutes of independent driving which may be at the beginning, middle or towards the end of you test. It’s not a test of your orientation and navigation skills.
During your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following:
- traffic signs
- Sat nav
It doesn’t matter if you 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’re going.
The examiner will confirm the directions to you if you ask for a reminder of them.
It won’t affect the result of your test if you go off the independent driving route, unless you make a driving fault.
The examiner will help you get back on the route if you go off it or take a wrong turning. You can then continue with the independent driving.
The examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign if there are poor or obscured traffic signs. You won’t need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.