The DL25D Driving Test Report Form

So You Failed! Life continues

and the DL25D Driving Test Report Form

can be the start of the comeback

The examiners debrief offers an explanation of the major points of the test.

DL25D - If you have been unfortunate on your practical driving test then you have been given a DL25D Driving Test Report Form, and should have received some guidance in the form of a verbal explanation of your major faults from the examiner.

I hope that you paid specific heed to the examiners debrief from the driving test report form because they always give good advice after a failed driving test. The DL25D Driving Test Report Form itself is also very useful in determining what went wrong.

Look at your DL25D driving test report form and see in which boxes the faults lie. Now look on the DL25D Driving Test Report Form table below and you will find two columns.

On this website there is more information available to you than just the notes from the DL25D driving test report form.

The left hand one gives you the wording from the second sheet of the DL25 driving test report form that you were given (the one that most people do not look at). This is the official advice on what they were looking for.

The column on the right contains advice of my own concerning the DL25D Driving Test Report Form and links to other pages within this site where you can gain more specific advice on your particular problem.

The main thing to do is get over it!

Do not give up just because you failed a practical driving test.

Up and down this nation loads of people fail driving tests every day. More DL25D driving test report forms are issued than you would care to think about.

In fact more DL25D driving test report forms are issued than pass cartificates!

You are far from alone. Use the information that you have from the examiner and the free advice from this website to your advantage.

That DL25D driving test report forms the basis of the comeback.

You are not alone.  Your instructor will work with you between tests.

You are not alone. Use the knowledge from your DL25D driving test report form alongside research on this site in conjunction with any private practice that may be available to you and further tuition from your regular driving instructor.

Between us you will overcome this obstacle

and you will obtain a full driving licence.

All the best for your next driving test attempt

The DL25D
Driving Test Report Form explained

DL25D Driving Test Report form.

About the DL25D.
Instructors Notes:

This column contains a word for word copy of DL25D Driving Test Report form. This column contains 'Instructor notes' and internal references to further help your understanding of the DL25D Driving Test Report form.

1(a). Eyesight Test:

At the start of the test the examiner asked you to read a vehicle registration number.

If you required glasses or contact lenses, you must wear them whenever you drive.

If you had problems with the eyesight test, perhaps you should consider consulting an optician.

I have never seen anyone fail the eyesight test. Your instructor should have tested your eyesight at the beginning of the course.

If your sight has deteriorated since then they should have noticed before you get to this stage. If you have any personal reservations about your eyesight then you should definately consult with an optician.

1(b). Highway Code/Safety:

If you didn't need to take a separate theory test, for example to obtain a licence for a tractor or other specialist vehicle, you will have been asked questions on the Highway Code and other related motoring matters. You will have also been asked to identify some traffic signs.

If you had difficulty with these questions make sure that you study properly by reading as wide a range of publications as you can to increase your understanding.

If you have already passed a theory test you will not have been asked Highway Code questions at the practical test stage; but you should still have a thorough knowledge of it.

I could not agree more. A thorough knowledge of the Highway Code is essential for all road users.

There is a complete copy of the Highway Code in the 'Knowledge Base' section of this website.

Highway Code

Safety questions (if applicable) - you should know the location of, and be able to operate, safety components such as fire extinguisher, fuel cut-off switch and emergency door.

These safety questions and checks do not apply to the standard car test.

2. Controlled stop:

You will need to be able to display a high level of skill in bringing your vehicle to a stop, promptly and under full control avoiding locking the wheels.

Remember that in wet weather it can take twice as long to stop safely.

Modern tuition vehicles equipped with Anti-lock braking systems and power steering have largely taken the skill out of this manoeuvre.

More information is available from the relevent page of the practical tutorials section:

Emergency Stop

3, 4 and 5. Reverse exercises:

You will need to display the ability to control the vehicle safely whilst reversing to the left, right, when parking on the road or into a parking bay.

You must take good effective all round observation throughout the manoeuvre and show consideration to other road users.

To learn more about the requirements of the reversing exercises please view the links on the right:

The skills required for each of these exercises do have obvious similarities but the procedures are worth reading never the less.

Reverse Park

Bay Parking

Reverse to Left

Reverse to Right

and from the Highway Code:


6. Turn in the road:

You will need to display the low speed control and observation skills necessary to carry out this exercise safely with due regard for other road users and pedestrians.

For an accureate tutorial on this manoeuvre please use the following resource.

Turn in the Road

7. Vehicle Checks:

You will need to display to the examiner a basic knowledge of the fundamental safety checks applicable to your vehicle.

For example: - safe fluid levels, lighting and tyre checks.

In the case of the normal motor car driving licence these are the Show Me / Tell Me questions. There are thirteen questions from which the examiner chooses two.

Show Me / Tell Me questions and answers

8. Taxi manoeuvre:

You must be able to display the ability to turn your car around by whatever means available, making sure you take effective, all round observation showing consideration to other road users and pedestrians.

You should control your vehicle smoothly making proper use of the clutch, accelerator, brakes and steering.

You should not use a driveway or allow your vehicle to mount the pavement as this could damage your vehicle.

These checks do not apply to the standard car test.

9. Taxi wheelchair:

You should be able to securely erect wheelchair ramps, safely install the wheelchair and an imaginary wheelchair occupant into your vehicle, ensure the wheelchair and occupant are secured in readiness for the journey and reverse the entire process.

These checks do not apply to the standard car test.

10. Vehicle and trailer combinations. Uncoupling/recoupling:

You will need to demonstrate the skills necessary when uncoupling and recoupling your vehicle, driving the towing vehicle to a designated position prior to recoupling safely.

These checks do not apply to the standard car test.

11. Precautions:

Before you start the engine make sure that you are comfortably seated and all controls can be safely operated.

The pre-start checks are simple enough: Check that the handbrake is applied by tapping it and that the neutral gear is selected by wiggling the gear stick across the neutral position.

Driving Plans and Cockpit Drill

12. Control:

This section covers, where appropriate, the safe and controlled use of accelerator, clutch, gears, footbrake, parking brake, and steering.

Additional specific control elements apply and use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible. This means less wear and tear on your vehicle and a smoother ride for your passengers.

Make proper use of your accelerator and clutch to make a smooth start. Always depress the clutch just before you stop. Select the correct gear to match the road and traffic conditions. Change gear in good time but not too soon before a hazard. Do not allow the vehicle to coast by running on in neutral or with the clutch depressed. There should be no need to look down at the gear lever when changing gear.

Use the footbrake smoothly and progressively. Brake in plenty of time for any hazard. Make full use of the parking brake whenever it would help you to prevent the vehicle rolling backwards or forwards, and if you are parking.

Steer the vehicle as smoothly as possible. Avoid harsh steering, or steering too early or too late as it may cause you to hit the kerb or swing out towards another road user.

If you are riding a motorcycle slowly, maintain a straight line and do not allow the maching to wobble towards other vehicles.

There is some excellent advice there. If you require a beginners tutorial on what the vehicle controls are and how to operate them, please follow this link.

Vehicle controls

13. Move off:

You will need to demonstrate your ability to move off smoothly and safely on the level, on a gradient and at an angle taking the correct precautionary observations.

Though similar, the procedures for these skills do have their differences.

Moving off

14. Use of mirrors - Rear observations:

Use all the mirrors fitted to your vehicle safely and effectively.

You must always check carefully before signalling, changing direction or changing speed.

Use the Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre (MSM) routing effectively.

The following tutorial contains an expanded explanation of this advice.

Use of Mirrors

15. Signals:

You must signal clearly to let others know what you intend to do. You should only use the signals shown in the Highway Code if it would help other road users (including pedestrians).

Always signal in good time and ensure that the signal has been cancelled after the manoeuvre has been completed. Do not beckon to pedestrians to cross the road.

The signals that you shuld use are shown in the highway code.

Use of Signals

16. Clearance to obstructions:

Allow plenty of room to pass stationary vehicles, obstructions and be prepared to slow down or stop. A door may open, a child may run out or a vehicle may pull out without warning.

The clearances that you need to know vary depending upon the circumstances. For more information try this page:


17. Response to signs/signals:

You should understand and be able to react to all traffic signs and road markings.

You must act correctly at traffic lights, and check that the road is clear before proceeding when the green light shows.

Obey signals given be police officers, traffic wardens and school crossing patrols.

Look out for signals given by other road users, including people in charge of animals, and be ready to act accordingly.

Forward planning is a major skill that you must aquire when learning to drive.

Knowing the meaning of your Road Signage and Road Markings is a good start.

These pages should help you prepare a little:

Road Signs and Markings

and from the Highway Code:

Traffic Signs

Road Markings

18. Use of speed:

You should make safe, reasonable progress along the road bearing in mind the road, traffic and weather conditions and the road signs and speed limits.

Make sure that you can stop safely, well within the distance you can see to be clear.

Do not speed. Remember, as a new driver, your licence will be revoked if you accrue six or more penalty points during the first two years, and you will have to retake and pass both theory and practical tests.

Calculating a suitable speed as you ride along is a skill that will improve with experience on your driving lessons.

Here are a few things to bear in mind.

Suitable speeds

19. Following distance:

Always keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles.

Remember, on wet or slippery roads, it takes much longer to stop.

When you stop in traffic queues leave sufficient space to pull out if the vehicle in front has problems.

If you can remember that 'Only a fool breaks the two second rule', then you are half way there.

If the road surface is wet then double this to four seconds.

There is more information on this page:


20. Maintain progress:

In order to pass your test you must show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions.

You should approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being over cautious or interfering with the progress of other traffic.

Always be ready to move away from junctions as soon as it is safe and correct to do so.

Driving excessively slowly can create dangers for yourself and other drivers.

Making suitable progress does not mean driving like a racing driver.

Neither does it mean maintaining the speed limit at all costs.

For more information:

Making suitable progress

21. Junctions (including Roundabouts):

You should be able to judge the correct speed of approach so that you can enter a junction safely and stop if necessary.

Position your vehicle correctly. Use the correct lane.

If you are turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe. Avoid cutting the corner when turning right.

If turning left, keep over to the left and do not swing out. Watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your left and pedestrians who are crossing.

You must take effective observations before moving into a junction and make sure it is safe before proceeding.

Decent advice on the general subject of 'junctions' would take several pages.

Here they are:

Turning and Emerging



and from the Highway Code:

Road Junctions - - - Roundabouts

22. Judgement:

Only overtake when it is safe to do so. Allow enough room when you are overtaking another vehicle.

Cyclists and motorcyclists need as much space as other vehicles, they can wobble or swerve suddenly.

Do not cut in too quickly after overtaking.

Take care when the width of the road is restricted or when the road narrows.

If there is an obstruction on your side or not enough room for two vehicles to pass safely, be prepared to wait and let the approaching vehicle through.

When you turn right across the path of an approaching vehicle, make sure you can do so safely.

Other vehicles should not have to stop, slow down or swerve to allow you to complete your turn.

Judgement when overtaking and in meet situations is very important.

Here are some pages to give you a guide.

Meeting Traffic


23. Positioning:

You should position the vehicle sensibly, normally well to the left.

Keep clear of parked vehicles and position correctly for the direction that you intend to take.

Where lanes are marked, keep to the middle of the lane and avoid straddling lane markings.

Do not change lanes unnecessarily.

If your position on the road is always immaculate then as long as you are not speeding there are not really too many things that can go wrong.

Position on the road

24. Pedestrian Crossings:

You should be able to recognise the different types of pedestrian crossing and show courtesy and consideration towards pedestrians.

At all crossings you should slow down and stop if there is anyone on the crossing.

At zebra crossings you should slow down and be prepared to stop if there is anyone waiting to cross.

Give way to any pedestrians on a pelican crossing when the amber lights are flashing.

You should give way to cyclists as well as pedestrians on a toucan crossing and act correctly at puffin crossings.

Pedestrian crossings form some of the most dangerous hazards around.

If you are not well prepared an unthinking pedestrian who 'changes their mind' near a Zebra crossing can lead to a sudden unexpected stop.

Pedestrian Crossings

25. Position/Normal stops:

Choose a safe, legal and convenient place to stop, close to the edge of the road, where you will not obstruct the road and create a hazard.

You should know how and where to stop without causing danger to other road users.

Pulling in to the kerb is an important skill that is often not covered enough in the average syllabus.

Making normal stops

26. Awareness/Planning:

You must be aware of other road users at all times.

You should always think and plan ahead so you can judge what other road users are going to do, predict how their actions will affect you and react in good time.

Take particular care to consider the actions of the more vulnerable groups of road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.

Anticipate road and traffic conditions, and act in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment.

Your observation skills are paramount in maintaining a safe driving style.

Planning well ahead is an essential skill for all safe drivers.

Anticipation - - - Awareness

Forward Planning

27. Ancillary controls:

You should understand the function of all the controls and switches, especially those that have a bearing on road safety. These include indicators, windscreen wipers, demisters and heaters.

You should be able to find these controls and operate them correctly when necessary, without looking down.

The controls of the vehicle should have been introduced to you on the first lesson.

Reinforcement should then take place as necessary.

Some of the controls may be seldom used but it is still important that you are aware of them.

Ancillary controls

28. Health Declaration:

You must declare any change to your health status since you last applied for a licence.

It is a criminal offence for you (or anyone else) to make a false statement in order for you to obtain a driving licence, and can lead to prosecution.

Tell the D.S.A directly if you think that you health may have deteriorated to the point where it affects your driving style.

29. Residence:

Normal residence means the place where you normally live and have personal or occupational ties.

However, if you have moved to the UK from another European Country or European Economic Area (EC/EEA), you should not take a driving test or obtain a first full licence unless you have lived here for 185 days in the last 12 months and are still living here at the time of your licence application.

You may be asked to provide evidence of this.

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