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The Driving Test (Ayr)

From the 11th Oct 2010, A new multi purpose test centre opened in Ayr, (Ayr MPTC) and is situated in Boundary Road, Heathfield, (behind Home and Garden).

Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions.

You will then start your practical driving test which might include an emergency stop (one in three tests) and one manoeuvre. Book here:

Book Driving Practical Test

New Driving Test!
From the 4th Dec 2017, the driving test has some major changes from the old test, the Independent Driving part of the test will now last for approximately 20 mins including using a Sat Nav, and candidates will be required to do only one manoeuvre out of a possible three.


From the 4th Dec 2017, the driving test has some major changes from the old test, the Independent Driving part of the test will now last for approximately 20 mins including using a Sat Nav, and candidates will be required to do only one manoeuvre out of a possible three.

The Four Driving Test changes:

1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.


2. Following directions from a sat nav

During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52, see pic below) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner. You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

Sat-nav

 


3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested. You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

parallel park at the side of the road

park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)

pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You’ll be asked the: ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

More information on the new style Car Practical Test can be found here




Ayr MPTC

Driving test


The test takes roughly about 40 mins depending on road and traffic conditions. Throughout the test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You are allowed up to 15 driving faults (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

Driving test