Can I Take my Driving Test in my Own Car?
Whose car should you use for your driving test? Whose car can you use??? Here are your options.
The car you use for your test must:
- be taxed
- be insured for a driving test
- be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
- have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
- have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre – you can’t have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
- be smoke-free – this means you can’t smoke in it just before or during the test
- be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
- have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg
- an extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
- L-plates(‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear
- A passenger seat belt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
What are my options?
1. Driving Instructor’s Car
Most learner drivers opt for this solution. The benefits of using your instructor’s car are that you’ve probably been taking lessons in it since you started your driving journey meaning you are very comfortable driving it. Additionally, it should already meet the rules above and you don’t have to worry about insurance.
2. Own Car
If you’re lucky enough to have your own car before passing your test, you are able to use it for the practical exam provided it meets the rules explained above. Be aware that if your car does not meet the rules, your test will be cancelled and you will lose the slot and the fee. Chances are you’ll be driving this car after passing so it’s great to feel confident behind the wheel of the vehicle!
You must ensure that you have the correct insurance policy while you are learning to drive. Once you pass your test you’ll need to remember to contact your insurer to update your licence from provisional to full, as you will no longer be insured to drive the vehicle with a provisional licence.
3. Parent’s Car
If you’re one of the many learner drivers who gained extra experience and practice by going out in their parents’ car, you may want to use it for your driving test. Once again you must ensure the car meets the DVSA rules or your test will be cancelled.
Using your parents car means you do not have to rely on your instructor being free during your test slot and you can be more flexible when booking. If you took out Learner Driver Insurance to cover yourself when learning, remember that the cover will no longer be valid once you pass your test. After passing if you can’t wait to get back you can take out Car Sharing Insurance instead.