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What are the rules around using your own car in a driving test?

By Mathilda Bartholomew | March 5, 2024

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Understanding the rules and requirements for using your own car in a driving test is crucial for a stress-free experience.

What are the rules around using your own car in a driving test?

Embarking on the journey to obtain a driver's license can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. One key aspect that often gets overlooked is the choice of the vehicle for the driving test.

In this blog post, we will delve into the rules and requirements surrounding the use of your own car in a driving test, addressing common queries and ensuring a smoother test experience.

Can you use your own car in a driving test?

Many aspiring drivers wonder if they can use their personal vehicle for the driving test. The answer is yes, you can use your own car, but it must meet specific criteria outlined by the UK government.

Driving test rules for your car:

Vehicle Condition:

  • No warning lights should be showing.
  • The car must be roadworthy.

Additional Equipment:

  • An extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner is required.
  • The car must be fitted with a passenger seatbelt and a passenger head restraint for the examiner (slip-on types are not allowed).

Performance Criteria:

  • The vehicle should be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer.
  • L-plates ('L' or 'D' plates in Wales) must be displayed on the front and rear.
  • The car should have four wheels and weigh no more than 3,500kg

Other Requirements: 

In addition to the aforementioned rules, your car must be taxed, have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old). You can check your vehicle's tax and mot status with Regit's free tools. You must also make sure you car is insured for the driving test. Ideally it should also be clean, tidy, and smoke-free. 

Banned Car Models:

Several car models are not allowed for driving tests due to their limited ability to provide the examiner with all-round vision. These include:

  • BMW Mini convertible
  • Ford KA convertible
  • Smart Fortwo (2-door)
  • Toyota iQ
  • VW Beetle convertible

Can I use a rental car for my driving test?

Yes, you can use a hire car with dual controls, meeting all other specified rules.

Is a dashcam allowed during the test?

Yes, you are permitted to use a fitted dashcam.

Can I use a car with an automatic transmission for the test?

Absolutely, tests can be taken in manual, automatic, or semi-automatic cars.

Understanding the rules and requirements for using your own car in a driving test is crucial for a stress-free experience. Ensure your vehicle meets all criteria, adhere to the guidelines, and go into your test day with confidence. Safe driving!

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