With the new lockdown restrictions now in place, many learners up and down the country are wondering where they stand with driving lessons, and if they will be able to take their theory and practical tests this autumn and winter. Scrap Car Comparison has explained the latest update from the government and what you can do to carry on learning during the latest lockdown.
Here’s how things currently stand:
Car driving tests and lessons
Both driving lessons and driving tests are suspended in England from Thursday 5 November up to and including Tuesday 1 December 2020.
Anyone with a driving test booked will be contacted by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to let you know if your theory test will be affected by local restrictions and tell you what you need to do.
Motorcycle, lorry, bus, tractor or approved driving instructor (ADI) tests and lessons
All of these types of driving tests and lessons have also been temporarily suspended. If you have one of these tests booked, it should be automatically cancelled and you’ll receive a full refund, then you will be able to book a new test once everything is operational again.
Driving theory tests
Like other types of tests, driving theory tests are also currently suspended.
Anyone with a theory test booked will be contacted by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to let you know if your theory test will be affected by local restrictions and tell you what you need to do.
Important note: If your driving theory test certificate and license is due to expire soon, it cannot be extended. You will need to book and pay for another theory test when it’s possible to do so.
How can I keep learning until my driving lessons start again?
If you’re a budding driver and you want to ensure you are ready to restart your driving lessons without missing a beat, then there are ways to keep your skills sharp and help yourself hit the ground – and the road – running once you can get back behind the wheel:
Brush up on driving theory
If you’ve yet to take your theory test, or even if you have and you want to keep your learning fresh, now is a great time to really get to grips with what you need to know. The driving theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions, and the high pass mark of 43 correct answers shows how important this knowledge is.
Read up on The Highway Code, Know your Traffic Signs and Driving – The Essential Skills. Then, when you feel ready, take a mock theory test and hazard perception test.
Host a driving theory quiz
We’ve all become online quiz specialists over the last few months, so why not enlist the help of family and friends by including a round on driving theory, road signs and/or the rules of the road during your next quiz night?
It’s no bad thing for even the most well-established drivers to test their driving know-how!
Practice ‘show me, tell me’
During the practical driving test, you’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions, often known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
‘Show me’ questions are those where you show how you’d carry out a safety task. ‘Tell me’ questions involve you explaining how you’d carry out a safety task before you start driving.
There are seven ‘show me’ questions and 14 ‘tell me’ questions, and your examiner could ask you any one of each, so it’s important to know your stuff and have your answers prepared. A wrong answer constitutes a driving fault, also known as a ‘minor’.
There’s a full list of all questions and answers here, plus videos to help you absorb the information in a visual way.