How difficult is the UK Extended Driving Test? [Mock Test with commentary]

[Music] 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 license back the extended driving test lasts almost twice as long as the standard learner's 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 two 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 description below let's get started so on today's route we're going to be driving for approximately an hour we'll be doing an emergency stop some independent driving with the Sat Nav today and maneuver somewhere throughout the drive always follow the road ahead unless traffic signs are over I can say otherwise and if I need you to turn left or right I'll tell you in plenty of time yeah any questions nope cool okay so we're gonna start with independent driving straight away with the set enough so I'll guide you out the car park and then I'll hide you at this enough so if you're ready to start your engine okay so if you're ready drive on please that way at the giveaway line here the edge of the road turn right then eventually a straight head towards the new houses turn right then go straight on yes I think it's a naps got us it will be going through the gap okay straight on then at the end of the road turn left turn left then cross the roundabout and take the second exit [Music] after 100 yards across the roundabout and take the second exit cross the roundabout and take the second exit something I was going to get this wrong it's actually the straight ahead second exit we need across the roundabout and take the third exit Ben did well to spot that he needed to use the right lane to go ahead at this roundabout after 100 yards go left on the roundabout and take the first exit go left on the roundabout and take the first exit 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 signaling adhering to speed limits and that they remain courteous to other road users the normal methods of assessment will be applied but examiner's 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 after 300 yards cross the roundabout and take the third exit there just to be clear that's right of the traffic lights and thank you mister across the roundabout I'll take the third exit take the exit after 300 yards turn right turn right this is the third time that Ben has indicated before checking his side mirrors so now has three driver faults four mirrors signaling even though we are allowed up to 15 driving or minor faults before failing the test if we are given three 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 after 300 yards right on the roundabout and take the third exit [Music] [Music] after 100 yards across the roundabout I'll take the second exit most the roundabouts and take the second exit [Music] 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 after 400 yards right on the roundabout I'd take the third X right on the roundabout I'm taking the third exit can you bail upon the left a safe place please after 300 yards turn left there's much are you ready travel yeah continued from the south now turn left [Music] pick up on the dentist and please [Music] thanks a lot and when you already Vonnegut been now has two 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 just stopped doing this every time they pull away at the end of the road turn right turn right 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 break more gently and earlier than usual to warn them and reduce the chance of being hit from behind after 300 yards across the roundabout I'll take the second exit Ross the roundabout and take the second exit good lane discipline from been here as he crosses the roundabout neatly in the outer lane after 300 yards right on the roundabout I'll take the third exit right off the roundabout and take the third exit 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 after 200 yards turn left turn left in this residential area the speed limit is still 30 miles per hour 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 Matt was hoping to do the reverse parallel park maneuver here but didn't spot any suitable cars in time so ended up doing a different maneuver later in the test route at the end of the road turn right [Music] turn right after 300 yards go left on the roundabout and take the first exit in areas like this the examiner would like to see that you have recognized the potential for hidden danger so remember that there is no need to rush and drive carefully go left on the roundabout and take the first exit [Music] Ben is driving just under the speed limit here but look behind time to 300 the Arthur Road users often speed and if we use on there is effectively spot them approaching us we can make sure we don't put ourselves in danger cross the roundabout I'll take the second exit 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 after 300 yards go right on the roundabout and take the second exit while we are waiting it's good to check our mirrors for danger behind such as a motorbike filtering between the lanes [Music] after 100 yards right on the roundabout and take the second exit [Music] okay so did that show me question soon when he says to do so when he showing me his Jew we must demonstrate how to use a car control whilst driving just as we would need to 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 controls 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 30 mile per hour 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 reached 35 and we might after 300 yards turned left turn left [Music] and if you could pull over on the left safe place please okay that's the end of the independent driving section [Music] when you find the end of this road or the eternal death please another road that it's very easy to speed on and there is often speed cameras here Ben stays just under limit nicely it is possible to fail a test for driving too slowly for example staying at 30 miles per hour 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 are about to drive into a rural area with very narrow roads which will test Ben's judgment and car control so we need to tell you the next particular price a spent slows the car notice how he changes through every year in turn rather than block changing directly into second for the junction you can use which ever technique you prefer as long as it doesn't affect your control over the car [Music] 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 reduces speed further in case he meets oncoming traffic at the end of this road if we can turn left [Music] [Music] the speed limit is still 60 miles per hour on these roads but we shouldn't think of it as a target and instead driver to speed that would always let us stop in the amount of Road we can see to be clear at the end of this ride place down [Music] [Music] we are now just over halfway 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 we could turn crying feelings [Music] the next runner battle is straight ahead second please much I'm gonna do the emergency stop routine soon so I'm gonna get driver on at some point give you the signal to stop so I'd like you to stop the car as quickly as you can under full control now I'm gonna check it safe before I do the routine but please wait till you get the stop command or yeah okay when you ready drive on please [Music] men fails to check his blind spots for the third time so as before we will convert the three minor faults into one serious fault and stop counting this type of fault anymore 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 doing that again 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 we need to go straight ahead of the next Junction towards local traffic on the side 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 of 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 [Music] the next runabout when HSN rain third accents we come back this way [Music] when we reach the ground about if I could turn left the first X Ben does a good job of getting up to speed here which makes it much easier to merge into the traffic on the Joe cabbage rain we built a forest wrinkles whilst bed 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 two-second gap and this word 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 we need to take ecstasy so for the state if the examiner or Satna tells you where you are going in the next Junction try to choose the correct lane on the slip road as you leave the draw carriageway this is another situation where we would probably block change from sixth gear straight to second this allows us to keep our hands on the wheel for longer [Music] on this large roundabout there are two lanes we can use to turn right with the center 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 then concede 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 [Music] so straight ahead of this roundabout the second exit [Music] the blue signs tell us to merge in turn so we stay aware of any traffic near us in the other Lane [Music] the next run about my needs 10 a riot there are many no entry signs here but then sees that he can follow our lane around the corner into a one-way street [Music] the next 20 mile-per-hour limit sign is easy to miss as drivers are often distracted by the pedestrian crossing or turn left signs imagine a literate brewery probably like this himself [Music] don't take his talents off thankfully Ben has seen the 20 sign and so doesn't speed on this wider Street [Music] the roundabouts if we get tired of right third exit this dual carriageway has a 30 limit and as other traffic speed pastors it can be easy to follow them and accidentally break the speed limit thanks around the bottle need to go straight this roundabout has two lanes on approach and we can use either to go ahead however we usually prefer to keep to the left then if we can take the next ring on the left just before the wine at the mini roundabout straight ahead please fast exit and then turn left there's the cover okay I should like you to do the forward Bay parking exercise say if you get turn to park in any way on your right or left finishing with the girls inside the lines so much now if we could reverse out and turn to face the exit I'm so relieved great observations by Ben here and sharing it is safe to reverse out of the parking bay that way when you ready we need the next right turn the mini-roundabout straight ahead and after turning left we need to go straight ahead to the roundabout [Music] it's not straight ahead second exit [Music] and then if you can turn right back into the girl back please [Music] straight up the middle at the end of this rail cars if you could turn right and then park forwards and you're left in one of the test base that we started from that's great thanks so much windows you mess wit your engine off that's the end of the test how'd you feel it went all right gonna file what on the have interest huh well on out of interest speed where though it was in a twenty nine a belief that was gone out doors fit furred way I don't see anything I'll be bad there I did see the 50 B not on the a14 though I don't think you saw her on that's why that other car was going about two years now well six months at least yeah so best that's a real sign we've gotta stick to that so that is a definite fail also the following distance was a little bit close to that lorry we followed after joining the year fourteen remember the what's the minimum following distance two seconds yeah it wasn't two seconds I'd say it's never one and I can let you off a little bit but we were there for some time and I think that's possibly longer than I'd want to see and the other thing that I noticed was when we did the emergency stop and it's a slightly busy road sorry we had to pull away but that car was trying to go rounds at the time they'd already indicated right and they were starting to move and he just went hmm I think I'd wait I think we just surprised them but you know what the rest was pretty good I mean oh there's one more thing sorry it's that you don't use the side mirrors enough especially when you're indicating I say the center mirror but not always decide once and then you've only got get three he the same and you've got the option of examiner has the option of turning they're serious and I stopped counting after a while because that was just happening a lot so possibly that as well I think these are all things that we could fix in 1/2 hour lesson and if you were in this position for real I'm pretty sure you'd actually pass to the rest yeah good car control pretty good judgment you know I never felt in danger I didn't have to cover the break at all but yeah it isn't it amazing how he's easy yeah and it slip into some yeah very good why yeah possibly yeah and you know and the tests is reasonably challenging you know and it's longer you know you've got more time on one of the easy got you've got a whole hour day at the time yeah but yes affair I'll Drive 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 offense and are now required to pass an extended driving test to get your driving license 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 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