Yes, you can use your instructor’s car for your driving test. However, there are certain requirements that the car must meet:
Insurance: The car must be insured for the driving test. Most driving instructors have insurance that covers their students during the test, but it’s essential to confirm this with your instructor.
Dual Controls: The car must be fitted with dual controls, allowing the driving examiner to take control of the vehicle if necessary. Most driving school cars are equipped with dual controls.
Vehicle Condition: The car must be in good working order, with all lights, signals, brakes, and other essential components functioning properly.
Before your test, it’s advisable to check with your driving instructor to ensure that the car you’ll be using meets all the necessary requirements. If you’re using your own car, it must also meet these criteria.
In the United Kingdom, you can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three months before you turn 16. However, you can start driving a car on public roads once you turn 17, and for mopeds or light quad bikes, the minimum age is 16.
Therefore, you can submit your application for a provisional driving licence online or by obtaining a D1 application form from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) at the age of 15 years and 9 months. This allows you to be ready to start driving lessons or, if you choose, start learning to drive a moped at the age of 16.
On your first driving lesson (whether you have driven before or not) you need to bring both parts of your provisional driving licence, your progress log (this will be posted to you prior to your first lesson) and payment for the lesson (unless already pre-paid). Please also bring along any glasses/contact lenses if you need to wear them, and sensible footwear!!
Driving Lessons can be 1 hour, 1.5 Hour or 2 Hour – it’s entirely up to you. We can even do 3 hour lessons, although these would be more suited to an Intensive Driving Course.