Things You Must Do During The Driving Test In 2021

Last Updated: 27/12/2020

Let’s get straight into the obvious.

Practice, practice, practice.

You really must practice enough before you book your driving test, even during a covid pandemic.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can’t stress this advice enough.

As the nation goes into lockdown again just a few days into the new year, many learner drivers will be frustrated once more at the suspension of driving lessons and tests and some may even be keen to book their test regardless of restrictions.

DVSA chief driving examiner Mark Winn said: “I know many learners are keen to take their driving test but it is vital they have the right skills and knowledge to help them through a lifetime of safe driving before attempting it. Anyone who is rebooking or taking a test should make sure they’ve had enough practice with a professional driving instructor and are ready. Learners should practise driving on a variety of roads and in different driving conditions so they are well prepared for driving independently.”

DVSA Will Advise You On What You Need To Do If Your Test Is Cancelled

In England, Scotland and Wales, it is possible to book driving tests and lessons but you cannot travel out of your local area.

If you’ve booked a test, the DVSA will let you know if local restrictions have impacted your test, and if they have, they will tell you what you need to do.

When Taking Your Driving Test

The government’s website advises that you should arrive for your driving test no longer than five minutes before it is due to take place.

This is because some driving test centre waiting rooms may be closed to prevent transmission of the virus.

The DVSA has made some additional suggestions for safety during the test.

These are detailed below:

  • Face coverings should be worn by driving examiners and they might also wish to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers’
  • You must wear a mask or face covering unless you have a health reason not to.
  • The number of people in the vehicle should be limited to just the learner and the examiner to keep the number of people arriving at the test centre to a minimum.
  • You must not allow your driving instructor or other supervising driver to sit in the rear seat during your test.
  • You must also bring and wear a face covering taking your test unless you have a good reason not to.