Learning to drive
The day of the Practical Test
When the time to take your practical test comes round we recommend that you get a good nightís sleep and have a good breakfast.
You should ensure that you have the following documentation with you:
Both parts of your driving licence.. THATS ALL YOU WILL NEED.
If you intend to take the test in your own car it is essential that the test vehicle meets the requirements.
You must make sure that the car you intend to drive is
||legally roadworthy and has a current MOT certificate, if it's over 3 years old|
||fully covered by insurance for its present use and for you to drive. |
The examiner will ask you to sign a declaration that your insurance is in order. The test will not be conducted if you are unable/unwilling to do so.
If you have hired a car it is unlikely to be insured for the driving test. You should check with the hire company before you sign the declaration at the test centre.
The DSA has pointed out that a significant number of both cars and motorcycles are being imported from outside the EEC with speedos that show only kilometers per hour (kph).
Under the Construction and Use regulations, section 35 speedometres in the UK MUST show both kph and mph.
Vehicles not complying with these regulations are unsuitable for a driving test.
Your vehicle should also display
||a valid tax disc (unless exempt) |
||L plates (or D plates, if in Wales) displayed to the front and rear. |
Your car must also have
||a fully functional seat belt fitted to the front passenger seat|
||a head restraint fitted to the front passenger seat |
||an additional interior rear-view mirror suitable for use by the examiner|
Specially adapted vehicles may be exempt from these requirements.
If your car does not comply with these regulations
||your test will be cancelled |
||you may lose your fee. |
In my car all this is taken care of and, of course, your instructor will attend the Test Centre with you.
Most Learners have at least an hourís lesson with their Instructor immediately prior to the time of the test.
This allows the instructor to help calm the learnerís nerves, boost their confidence and allows them time to warm up and feel comfortable in the car.
The instructor will ensure that you arrive in good time, and will know if your Test Centre has a toilet ( allowing you to make a stop beforehand if necessary ).