How difficult is the UK Extended Driving Test for a banned driver to pass? [with commentary]

In the UK, when a driver commits a serious
motoring offence and is banned from driving the court has the option to impose an extended
driving test on the driver before they get their licence back. The extended driving test
lasts almost twice as long as the standard learners test and as a result, the test routes
are considerably more challenging. It will include all the elements of a normal learner
test, such as an eye test, one manoeuvre, and 20 minutes of independent driving – but
will always include the emergency stop routine. Ben has been driving for 2 years, and has
kindly agreed to play the part of the banned driver for our video today. He has not been
banned, but it would not be difficult for him to find himself in this position with
a real examiner one day. He has not had any extra training to help him get ready for our
test route, but has test driven our car to get used to its controls. We will identify
any faults we see, and also monitor the total number of faults so you can see how Ben is doing. This is a very long video, so if you would like to skip to other parts of the video please click the links in the video description below. Let’s get started! Ben did well to spot that he needed to use the right lane to go ahead at this roundabout. During an extended test route the examiner
would be looking to ensure that the driving is safe. As the driver has previously been
disqualified, the examiner will focus especially on observation skills, appropriate signalling,
adhering to speed limits and that they remain courteous to other road users. The normal
methods of assessment will be applied, but examiners will take into consideration that
candidates are likely to have considerable driving experience and their level of confidence will probably be quite different to the majority of learner drivers. This is the 3rd time that Ben has indicated
before checking his side mirrors – so now has 3 Driver faults for Mirrors, Signalling.
Even though we are allowed up to 15 Driving (or minor) faults before failing the test,
if we are given 3 or more in the same category the examiner may convert them into a serious
fault – which will result in a test failure. From now on we will stop counting faults in
this category. Ben shows his confidence here by increasing
his speed on this national speed limit road. Driving too slowly here could frustrate other drivers and lead to danger. Ben now has 2 faults for pulling away without
checking his blind spots for danger not shown in his mirrors. An examiner will expect us
to do this, but this fault is typical of a more experienced driver that has stopped doing
this every time they pull away. The reason that we should check our mirrors
before we change our speed, is that we need to check if we are being followed closely
by another vehicle. If we spot this we could brake more gently and earlier than usual to warn them and reduce the chance of being hit from behind. Good lane discipline from Ben here as he crosses
the roundabout neatly in the outer lane. Even though Ben crosses his hands when steering
sometimes, it will not be marked as a fault as long as it doesn’t affect his car control. In this residential area the speed limit is
still 30mph – but Ben is driving far slower, in case of hidden danger. The basic rule to
follow is ‘the less we can see, the slower we should drive’. Mat was hoping to do the reverse parallel
park manoeuvre here, but didn’t spot any suitable cars in time – so ended up doing
a different manoeuvre later in the test route. In areas like this the examiner would like to see that you have recognised the potential for hidden danger, so remember that there
is no need to rush and drive carefully. Ben is driving just under the speed limit
here, but look behind. Other road users often speed, and if we use our mirrors effectively
and spot them approaching us we can make sure we don’t put ourselves in danger. Excellent lane discipline again here, giving
the other car room to turn right. Notice this time Ben does check his mirrors
before stopping at the traffic lights. While we are waiting, it’s good to check
our mirrors for danger behind – such as a motorbike filtering between the lanes. We must demonstrate how to use a car control
whilst driving – just as we would need to do after passing. If we forget how to do this,
we are allowed to stop the car somewhere safe to refresh our memory – and then continue driving before demonstrating the control’s use. Good use of speed on this major road here,
which helps the flow of traffic. After driving quickly, It can be difficult
to stick to a 30mph limit on a wide road like this – but Ben does a good job of controlling
his speed. We won’t fail a test for doing 31 in a 30, but reach 35 and we might. Another road that it’s very easy to speed
on, and there is often speed cameras here. Ben stays just under the limit nicely. It is possible to fail a test for driving
too slowly – for example staying at 30mph on a road like this. If the road is clear,
we should try to show our confidence and make good progress. As the name suggests, an Extended Driving
Test is much longer than a normal Driving Test. This allows the examiner to use a greater
variety of roads to really test the candidate. We’re about to drive into a rural area with
very narrow roads, which will test Ben’s judgement and car control. As Ben slows the car, notice how he changes
through every gear in turn, rather than block changing directly into 2nd for the junction.
You can use whichever technique you prefer, as long as it doesn’t affect your control
over the car. The road is fairly narrow here, but as Ben
can see the road ahead is clear he is still making good progress. Now the road is very narrow, Ben has reduced his speed further in case he meets oncoming traffic. The speed limit is still 60mph on these roads – but we shouldn’t think of it as a target, and instead drive at a speed that would always let us stop in the amount of road we can see to be clear. We are now just over half way through the test route. Despite the extra length of the test, the pass mark is the same as the normal driving test – so we will need to drive at a higher standard if we are to be successful. Ben fails to check his blind spots for the 3rd time, so as before we will convert the 3 minor faults into 1 serious fault and stop counting this type
of fault any more. While we wait for the examiner to give us
the signal to stop, we should keep up to our normal speed for this road and be ready to
react promptly. Unfortunately, Ben doesn’t check his blind
spots once more, and then pulls away just as the red car starts to drive past him. This
would be marked as a serious fault. Double-mini roundabouts can be tricky to negotiate sometimes. Our advice is to treat each part separately. Ben does well here. Watch out for the confusing speed limits ahead – even if the 30 signs are temporary, we must obey them. The next junction we meet has been recently
changed and there is a large sign to direct traffic. Since there is only one way we can
go, an examiner would expect us to understand where we must drive and may not give any instructions. Ben does a good job of getting up to speed
here, which makes it much easier to merge into the traffic on the dual carriageway. Whilst Ben is waiting for a safe opportunity
to overtake, he is sitting too close to the lorry in front. The minimum safe following
distance we need is a 2 second gap, and this would double on a wet road. There is another temporary speed limit ahead
– and we must spot it early enough to obey it just as we would any other speed limit. If the examiner or sat-nav tells you where
you are going at the next junction, try to choose the correct lane on the slip road as
you leave the dual carriageway. This is another situation where we would probably
block change from 6th gear straight to 2nd. This allows us to keep our hands on the wheel
for longer. On this large roundabout there are two lanes
we can use to turn right with – the centre and the right. We find it easier to use the
middle lane, as this saves us the need to change lanes later on before leaving the roundabout. Ben can see that he can cross the yellow box
junction without stopping so continues driving – however this can be tricky to judge when
traffic is heavy during the rush-hour. The blue signs tell us to ‘merge in turn’,
so we stay aware of any traffic near us in the other lane. There are many No Entry signs here, but Ben
sees that he can follow our lane around the corner into a one-way street. The next 20mph limit sign is easy to miss,
as drivers are often distracted by the pedestrian crossing or turn left signs. Thankfully Ben has seen the 20 sign, and so
doesn’t speed on this wider street. This dual carriageway has a 30 limit, and
as other traffic speed past us it can be easy to follow them and accidentally break the
speed limit. This roundabout has two lanes on approach,
and we can use either to go ahead – however we usually prefer to keep to the left. Great observations by Ben here, ensuring it is safe to reverse out of the parking bay. Thank you to Ben once more, for bravely completing
a full Extended Driving Test for this video. Even though he didn’t pass today, we hope
we have helped him identify a few ways in which he could improve his driving. If you have been to court for a serious driving
offence and are now required to pass an Extended Driving Test to get your Driving Licence back,
we would recommend you book a lesson or two with a local driving instructor to polish
up your driving skills. As you have just seen, the test is long and a good standard of driving
will be needed. Good luck! If you found this video interesting, then
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