Did you know that no rule prevents you from using your own car for a driving test? However, if you’re planning on doing so, you should be aware of a few restrictions.
In this article, you’ll find out what it takes to make your car test ready, as well as learn about the pros and cons of taking the driving test in your own car.
So, let’s dive in.
Most people choose to use their instructor’s car for their driving test, but there is nothing that’s stopping you from using your own car.
If you’ve spent plenty of time practising in your car outside of lessons, you may be more comfortable using that one.
So, as long as the car you want to use meets all the requirements for driving test vehicles, it is perfectly fine to take the test with it.
If you decide to use your own car for the driving test, first, you must ensure that the vehicle meets the standards set out by the DVSA.
Note that if your car fails to meet these requirements, your driving test will be cancelled, and you won’t be able to get a refund.
Further reading: Can you insure a car you don’t own?
Apart from the basics, there are also a few extra items that all cars used in driving tests must be fitted with.
Thus, for your car to be test ready, it must have the following:
If your car has a dashcam, make sure to turn it off, so it doesn’t film or record audio from the inside of the car during the driving test.
Certain models of cars can not be used for a practical driving test because they don’t give the examiner sufficient visibility from the passenger seat.
Therefore, to be able to take the driving test in your own car, your vehicle shouldn’t be:
In fact, if you’re planning on taking the driving test in your own car, it would be best to check beforehand with the DVSA that the vehicle is acceptable, especially if it’s a convertible or panel van.
Also, if your car has been recalled due to a safety fault, you won’t be able to take your driving test unless you prove that the issue has been fixed and the car is now safe to drive.
To do that, you’ll need to provide a document stamped by the dealer/ manufacturer that states the recall work has been completed.
If you’ve taken driving lessons but also used your own car to get extra practice, you probably got used to driving two different cars, so you may be struggling to choose between doing the driving test in your own car or using the instructor’s car.
To help you with your decision, we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of using your own car for the driving test.
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If for whatever reason, you prefer on using your own car for a driving test, you are allowed to do that as long as it meets the DVSA’s rules we’ve explained above. Remember, regardless of which car you choose to take the test in after you pass, you won’t be able to drive legally until you get the right insurance coverage.
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