February 8, 2024

Can I Take A Driving Test In My Own Car?

Can I Take A Driving Test In My Own Car?

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Taking the driving test in your own car

When taking driving lessons, we do occasionally get asked by pupils, if they can take the driving test in telford in their own car.

The short and simple answer to this is yes.

There are certain criteria that you have to make sure that you fulfill Further details HERE

Rules about the car

Your car must:

  • be taxed
  • be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
  • 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 cannot have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
  • be smoke-free - this means you cannot 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

It is also preferable to have a rear view mirror fitted for the passenger side - as the driver who is accompanying you would be better informed to keep an eye on the traffic from behind. However if you did turn up without one, generally the driving examiner can provide one.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety

Because of coronavirus, you must clean the inside of your car before your test.

This means:

  • tidying unnecessary items from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats
  • wiping down the dashboard and car controls

The examiner will do an additional clean of some surfaces.

The car you use for your test must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test. Any combination of windows can be opened - for example, one from the front and one from the back. Wear clothing suitable for the weather.

Things that must be fitted

The car must have:

Dashcams and other cameras

You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:

  • faces outside of the car and does not film the inside
  • does not record audio from inside the car

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