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How do I book a driving test?

You’ve practiced your three point turns, you know your highway code better than you know Game of Thrones, and you’ve aced your theory test… sounds like you’re ready to book your driving test. More than ever people are looking to get that…

Sophie Bennett
by Sophie Bennett
You’ve practiced your three point turns, you know your highway code better than you know Game of Thrones, and you’ve aced your theory test… sounds like you’re ready to book your driving test. More than ever people are looking to get that perfect pink licence that can empower you so you don’t have to be a passenger (see what we did there). With uncertain times around travel, wanting to make sure you tick all the right boxes when applying for a job or just so you have it in case there is another lockdown in the near future and you won’t be able to take the practical driving test  for a while again.

When does the driving test centre open?

So, following the recent UK lockdown the DVLA had to cancel all practical driving tests, but now they’ve been opening back up with full details on the gov.uk website, but it’s been tougher to get a test than reverse parking into a tesco car parking space… we’ve all been there

Last week with heavy ‘traffic’ to the website to book a driving test the website ‘crashed’, that’s what we call irony. With queues on the website stating up to 8hrs it ground to a halt and the website now has a banner saying the service is unavailable until 7th September.

Can I book my driving test online or on the phone?

Once it’s back up and running you will need to go to https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test and follow the steps online or via the phone. Just make sure you have your DVLA driving licence and debit or credit card ready, as like a set of car keys the wallet never seems to be where you left it!

Do I need to wear a mask to take the driving test?

On top of that, as if a DVLA driving test  isn’t hard enough, there is now even more to consider if/when you can book a test so we thought we would give you a quick heads up here, with full details available on the gov.uk website.

  1. You must be wearing a face mask, or have a good reason not to be
  2. You must make sure the inside of the vehicle being used is properly cleaned, while the examiner will also use an antiviral wipe to clean the passenger door.
  3. The driving test centre waiting room will be closed, but toilets can be used on request.

So, not ideal. I know what you’re thinking, ‘what am I supposed to do in the meantime?’ Well, you don’t want to get rusty and we happen to have learner driver insurance to borrow a friend or family members’ car… no need to thank us, it doesn’t even impact the owners no claims bonus if something goes wrong.

Sophie Bennett
Sophie Bennett

I've worked at Veygo for 5 months, I can't drive just yet but I'm learning! My driving pet hate is when people forget to use their indicators.

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