Driving test cancellations
How long does it take to get a driving test?
With the waiting time for some urban test centres at an all time high, many people are unaware that they may have to wait for 3 months for a driving test. This means that if you look for a driving test today, unless you are very lucky, the next one that you will be able to book will usually be 2 or 3 months away.
You will need to have passed your theory test before you can book a driving test so make sure you factor this in.
If you haven’t already completed your theory test, CLICK HERE for the best preparation tools.
What can I do to get a test when you want?
Book driving test in advance.
If you are taking lesson and you know that you are going to be consistent, it may be worth talking to your instructor so that you can book your test months in advance even if you are not ready. This way you can have something to work towards and if you find that as the test gets closer you are still not ready, you can change it to a different date.
Search manually for driving test cancellations
People are always cancelling their driving tests for various reasons. It could be because they don’t feel ready or they become unavailable that day. Whatever the reason, when people do this, the test becomes available again and if you are looking at the time that the test is cancelled you may be able to get it.
Before you book any test make sure that your instructor is available on that day.
Unless you have discussed this with your instructor, try not to book any tests that are not refundable. These are tests that are to be taken in the next 3 days. They are not refundable because they are within the 3 day cancellation period.
Doing this yourself can be time consuming and often you will not be able to find any tests.
Search for newly released tests
The DVSA sometimes release new tests. When they do this you can look for them and if you are lucky there may be some that are available for the days that you want.
The best time to look for these is in the morning around 8am. Again it is important to consult with your instructor before booking anything.
Using cancellation services
This is something you will have to pay for but by far the best option if you really want a test quickly.
These companies allow you to select the dates and times that you want and will only look for tests in those times. They will also look for tests across multiple test centres which will maximise the chances of you getting a test.
Here are a few to choose from:
Whichever way you decide to get your driving test, it is important that you are ready first. Make sure you talk to your instructor and be confident that you can pass the test before attempting to go for it.
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