UK Driving Test – Which Car to Use?



Are you confused about using Your Own Car for the UK Driving Test? Do not worry; we have the answer!

If you are thinking about using your own car for a driving test, you must ensure it meets all the requirements. You must have valid tax and insurance, a provisional driver’s license along with a person to support you who meets the legal requirements. On top if this you will also need the car to be road worthy including things such as a working horn, side and rear view mirrors, and seat belts. You must also ensure that your car is in safe, working condition, and clean both on the inside and outside. It is also essential to have a reasonable amount of fuel in the tank, after all the examiner will not want to risk walking back to the test center. It also massively important that the car’s tyres are properly inflated so double check this.

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Can I use my own car for the UK driving test?

In short yes you can provided you meet the requirements set by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). For example your car must be roadworthy, have valid insurance, and pass the necessary inspections. It must also have a valid MOT certificate if it is more than 3 years old. Additionally, your car must have working seat belts, head restraint, and the vehicle must be equipped with L plates (or D plates in Wales) and be in a roadworthy condition.

It’s important to note that you must also have a valid insurance policy that covers you to drive the vehicle during the test. What we haven’t mentioned is the importance of being familiar with the car you are driving on test. You are going to feel so much more confident if you know the car you are driving inside and out so don’t under estimate the importance of knowing the car you are driving.

Do I Need Special Insurance for the Driving Test?

No, you do not need any special insurance for the driving test. If you are going in a driving schools car with a driving instructor, they are responsible for providing the the necessary insurance coverage for the test. However, if you are in your own vehicle then do ensure that you have learner driver insurance. Also remember that if you pass your driving test you may no longer be ensured so do not drive home without checking this first.

How Do I Get a Car for The Driving Test?

Your main options are taking a friend or relatives with the required insurance. The second option is to hire a car but this would require duel controls in order to use on a driving test. The final option is using a driving instructors vehicle but that will require you to pay the driving instructor for there time and first of all they have to agree to it.

choices of car to take on driving test

Can your Driving Instructor Be Your Examiner?

No, your driving instructor cannot be your examiner. On your test day, the examiner will be a qualified driving examiner employed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Every driving examiner must give there driving instructor badge to the DVSA for the duration of there driving examiner career. They may then request there badge back if they choose to leave.

How Many Times Can You Fail Your Driving test in the UK?

There is no limit to the number of times you can fail your driving test. I have known student to fail there driving test 9 times before finally passing on the 10th. The important thing is to never give up and never surrender!

How long do I have to wait before taking another driving test if I fail?

Officially you have to wait 10 days before booking another driving test however it has been known for the online system to allow people to book driving tests early than the 10 day period. But generally you will be locked out from booking another driving test for 10 working days.

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