Driving tests are scary! So it can be a good idea to drive your own car rather than rely on your instructor’s if it helps you feel more comfortable and confident.
There are some extra things to think about though, like making sure your car meets the right standards and ensuring you have the right insurance.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Your car needs to meet certain standards if you want to use it for a driving test.
There are also a few cars that won’t be accepted for driving tests because they don’t give the examiner all-round vision. They are:
If your car doesn’t meet the right standards or if it’s one of the unacceptable models, you’ll be turned away from your test.
You won’t get a refund either, so it’s worth triple checking everything.
To be able to use your car for your driving test, it has to:
You need to make sure you car has:
If your car’s got a camera fitted for insurance reasons, is has to:
You can use a car with:
You can take your test in a manual car, an automatic car, or a semi-automatic car.
If you take it in a semi-automatic car, you can only drive automatic and semi-automatic cars after you’ve passed your test.
It’s fine to use a rented dual-control car for your test as long as it meets all the other rules.
You can’t use a car that’s been recalled because of a safety fault unless you can prove that:
The only proof acceptable is an official recall letter that’s been stamped by the manufacturer or dealer, or that’s on official headed notepaper.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, you need to take extra care to make sure your car is clean for your test. That means:
When you do your test, you need to keep a window open on each side of the car to keep it ventilated. It can be any two windows, as long as it’s one on each side.
When you use your own car for a driving test, you need to sort your own car insurance. This needs to cover you specifically for driving tests.
When you get to the test, you’ll be asked to sign a declaration saying you’re insured to use your car for a driving test.
Because you only have a provisional licence at this point, the insurance you need is learner driver insurance.
You might already have this if you’ve been learning to drive in your car. But not all learner policies cover driving tests.
Before you take your test, make sure your policy doesn’t exclude driving tests.
Learner driver insurance isn’t valid for people with a full driving licence. So as soon as you pass your test, your cover stops.
If someone else is insured to drive your car, they could drive you home from your test.
Another option is to get temporary car insurance, just to cover the ride home. Then you can take your time shopping around for a longer-term policy.
If you don’t pass your test 😔, you can drive home because your learner insurance will still be valid. Don’t forget, you’ll need someone with a full driving licence to sit in with you.
You don’t have to pay an extra fee to use your own car.
You do need to pay for your own insurance and make sure it covers you for driving tests. Plus, the extra fittings we talked about above.
Don’t forget, though – if you use your driving instructor’s car, you have to pay them. The cost of using their car for the test will be the same as a lesson.
You can read more about the cost of learning to drive and driving tests here.
No they don’t. A lot of people use their own car for their test because they want to book it at a time when their instructor isn’t available.
Whether you need learner insurance, or you’ve just passed and need the real thing, Cuvva has a policy for everyone.
And with our new Smart Pricing feature: the better you drive, the less you pay.
And finally… good luck! 🚗 👍