The Practical HGV and PCV Driving Test

What will the test include?

You will be examined on your general driving and on set exercises. These exercises will include:

There will be a series of 5 safety check questions covering, for example, vehicle condition, checking for air leaks, checking engine fluid levels or checking that all vehicle lights are working.

What happens during the test?

The drive on the road lasts about 60 minutes and the overall test should take about 90 minutes.

The test route will include a broad range of typical road and traffic conditions covering the town centre and surrounding area.

There will be two hill start exercises, covering both up hill and down hill.

The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving with good use of mirrors and all round observation. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). You shouldn't worry about any mistakes you think you may have made, they may well be minor driving faults and not affect your final result. However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test and if, at any time, the examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.