Learn to drive with either weekly driving lessons or an Intensive Driving Course.
Your driving test can be cancelled or stopped because of bad weather, problems with your car, and for other reasons. Driving tests are not carried out in dangerous weather conditions, such as when the roads are icy or if there’s flooding, thick fog or high winds. Call the Test Centre if there are any of these conditions on the day of your test.
Knowing when to take your test can be difficult. There are some learners that think they are ready immediately and others who don’t have the confidence to take the leap from learner to full licence holder. We recommend that you seek guidance from your driving instructor who will be able to judge your ability and suggest when you could be ready to take your test.
During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. The examiner will also ask you to carry out set exercises such as manoeuvres. Generally speaking, most examiners will initiate some kind of conversation to put you at ease on your driving test. This is not intended to distract you, it’s a way to help you relax a little and get rid of those test day nerves.
There are 3 types of faults you can make on driving test; a dangerous fault involving danger to you, the examiner, the public or property, a serious fault which is something potentially dangerous, and a driving fault. This is not potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault.
Try to wear comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing tight clothing as this may restrict your movements when trying to complete a manoeuvre. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure that you are able to move without feeling restrained. Wear flat shoes or trainers, clutch control is vital have having close contact with the foot pedals is essential for sensitivity purposes.
Explain that you would turn the steering wheel slightly with the engine off, and then turn the engine ON again. You should feel the steering loosen up and the wheel would go round a bit.
You can also check by turning the steering wheel slightly after moving off - if the power steering's not working, it'll feel heavy.