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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my test is cancelled due to bad weather?

Your test booking confirmation email gives you a number to ring if weather is bad. The examiners will tell you if tests are going ahead that day, or not. If your test has been cancelled because of bad weather, another will be arranged automatically at no further cost http://t.co/kscpuDdT

Practical driving tests are not conducted in adverse weather conditions, for example when the roads are icy. This is for the safety of both the person taking the test and the examiner.

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

When to phone your test centre

If your test is early in the morning, call as soon as you can on the day. If you call the day before, the test centre won't be able to tell you if your test will go ahead.

If your test is in the afternoon, call the test centre later in the morning. The test centre is more likely to know if the roads will be suitable for your test.

What to do if there's no answer from the test centre

If nobody answers the phone, and the conditions in your area aren't looking too bad, it's likely that the driving examiners are:

However, this isn't a guarantee that your test will go ahead. Please call the test centre again or go there in time for your test.

If your test can't go ahead

If your practical driving test is cancelled because of bad weather, another appointment will be arranged automatically at no further cost. However, DVSA doesn't pay any out-of-pocket expenses.

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

Waiting times for a practical driving test

As well as causing cancellations, bad weather can lead to longer waiting times in some areas. DVSA tries to keep waiting times as short as possible.

· practical test for cars explained: Directgov

· driving in adverse weather conditions: Highway Code

· winter driving advice: Highways Agency

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