WHY DO I NEED TO DO A DRIVING THEORY TEST AND HOW DO I BOOK ONE?
- November 5, 2020
- Posted by: Rahil Ghazni
- Category: UK driving theory
Anything to do with driving tests in the UK comes from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. What interests the DVLA is getting safe people behind the wheel of safe vehicles on safe UK roads. Part of that aim for good driving is that you do a driving theory test. Fast Track Training is the smart choice to prepare for it in Nottingham.
Practice is where it counts on the road of course. Some of getting to learn and demonstrate those skills is showing first that you understand the science and good manners of driving. In both cases, the theory test is mostly about remembering and being able to show judgment in different driving situations. And you get to demonstrate both in what’s called a hazard test – you get to make choices in a situation presented onscreen.
The science relates to the facts about things like the stopping distance of your car at different speeds on different road conditions. The manners are what in Britain sometimes called ‘the rules of the road’. For instance, how and when to signal.
Before you can book your driving theory test you will need to get a few other things sorted:
Check you’re old enough. 17 covers cars, and you’ll need to be at least 18 to drive a heavy goods vehicle (lorry), and 21 for heavier ones.
-Get a provisional licence.
-Have lessons and practice.
-Don’t even consider booking the theory test before you have ticked those off your list.
To apply, you will need to have lived in the UK for 185 or more days in the last 12 months. People travel though, and especially now with covid that adds new challenges. The government maintains a list link to gov.uk of countries where it’s considered safe to have been recent. That affects how long you need to be in the UK most recently before you can do the driving theory test.
To book you’ll need to go here online gov.uk . You’ll need your provisional licence number as well as an email address and pay the fee by credit or debit card. For cars and motorcycles, the cost is £23. Costs are higher for lorries and buses, split across several stages.
Make sure you get your money’s worth: 53% of people failed their theory test the first time in 2018-19, and good preparation is needed to pass 43 out of 50 questions you’ll be presented with. Tests happen on a computer in authorised centres across the UK. And remember: you can’t book your driving test until you pass the theory test first. Don’t waste time and money until you’re confident of passing. Fast Track Training is Nottingham’s best place to get you ready for your driving theory test. Call us now to find out how we can assist you.