Driving in North West and Mid Kent

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bad weather: what about my test?

Some driving tests may be affected by winter weather over the winter months.

The Met Office has forecast colder weather with snow showers becoming increasingly likely. Some parts of the country may have significant snowfall.

Your driving test

If you're due to take your practical test, follow the advice given on your appointment email or letter. You should call your test centre only if there is snow or ice in your local area on the day of your test.

DVSA do not conduct tests in bad light or bad weather conditions for the safety of the candidate and the examiner. Another appointment will be arranged automatically at no further cost, but compensation is not payable.

A new appointment date is usually sent within three working days. This may take longer when there’s a period of prolonged bad weather.

If you haven't heard about a new appointment within seven working days, you can check the status of your booking online at direct.gov.uk/drivingtest.

If your test hasn't been rebooked at that time, you should call the DVSA customer service centre.

Related links:

· practical test for cars explained: Directgov

· driving in adverse weather conditions: Highway Code

· winter driving advice: Highways Agency

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