Driving Test directions - No need for confusion, it's easyDriving Test directions - No need for confusion, it's easySo many learners get confused about the independent driving section of the test.

It's important to get this straight from the start - you are not being tested on your ability to follow a sat nav or to take the correct directions, you are being tested on your driving, no matter what route or direction you take.

That's why it's called a Driving Test.

If you were being tested or assessed on your ability to follow a sat nav they'd have to rename it to the 'follow a sat nav' test.

The examiner will mark your test to reflect any driving faults they see. There's no check box or anything else on the form at all to record your ability to follow a sat nav.

As I've said, you are not, under any circumstances, being tested on how well you can follow a sat nav.

"The examiner is not looking at your ability to make the correct turns and they are not bothered in the slightest if you go wrong, but they will be watching you like a hawk for any serious or dangerous errors you make"

You are being tested on making independent decisions based on the circumstances you find yourself in and on your ability to stay safe and not put anyone else in danger.

It cannot be said enough . . . It does not matter in the slightest if you take a wrong turn or don't see the appropriate road signs. In fact, it is far better to know that you've turned the wrong way but to keep your driving to a safe standard and to apply the MSM routine, than to risk failing the test by taking a risky change of direction simply to follow a sat nav.

Think about it. The examiner wants to see that you can be a good, safe, careful driver who won't put other road users in danger. If you get a sat nav direction wrong, panic and make sharp turns or swerve to change lanes just to follow a sat nav, what do you think the examiner will think? You'd without any doubt be marked with a serious or dangerous driving fault and you simply won't pass, regardless of whether or not you went the right way.

Turn it around. If you get a sat nav direction wrong but you stay calm, keep up good observations of everything that's going on around you, safely take a couple of unplanned detours and then get back on the right track, what do you think the examiner wil think then?

Here's a clue. They'd rather have a driver who takes the second option than the first. So would I.

I've mentioned on the page about driving faults that if you're in any doubt about anything, you should always risk taking a mark for a minor error rather than making a serious or dangerous fault. It's common to make several minor errors and still pass, but one serious or dangerous error and you won't. It really is as simple as that.

Remember, it's just driving, no matter what road you take. Get the direction wrong and you're still driving. The examiner is happy regardless, they really don't care if you take a wrong turn, they just carry on assessing your driving anyway.

If it does happen and you do go off route or lose your way, the examiner will just put you back on track.

Once again, I repeat, do not panic, worry or get stressed in the slightest if you make a mistake in the directions. I have seen many tests during which learners make a wrong turn during their independent driving.

The examiner is not looking at your ability to make the correct turns and they are not bothered in the slightest if you go wrong, but they will be watching you like a hawk for any serious or dangerous faults you make.

Simply wait for the examiner to get you on the right route, stay calm, carry on.