Extended Driving Test
Extended driving tests are given by a court as a result of careless driving or an offence that causes the court to hand out this requirement before being let back onto the road. The court will order that you return to a learner driver until you can show that you can safely drive on the road by taking this extended test. If this happens, you will need to go back to the beginning and apply for a provisional licence, pass the theory test and then pass the extended driving test.
A standard driving test takes 40 minutes whereas the extended driving test will last around 70 minutes. When you go for your extended driving test you will have to show that you are a competent and safe driver adhering to the driving rules. Extended driving tests fees are slightly higher so make sure you state this when booking the test otherwise you will have to pay again for the correct test and may lose your money.
The cost of the extended test for disqualified drivers is currently £124 on weekdays and £150 on Saturday, nearly double the fees for a normal one.
If you are banned from driving until you can pass the extended driving test, bear in mind that because of insurance reasons most instructors will not be able to teach you. You may find that it will be harder to find an approved driving instructor (ADI). If this is the case, remember that you can have someone teach you that is over the age of 21 with a clean driving history of 3 years or more. You will have to show that you are better than a learner driver without any bad habits.
Getting back on the road again
If you have a friend or family member who is able to teach you how to drive sensibly again, then remember the following:
- They must be over 21 with at least 3 years driving experience
- You must display L plates on the front and rear of the car
- You must not drive on the motorway
Try and get experience driving different roads, from dual carriageways to urban and one way systems. Roundabouts are still a favourite for testing new drivers and so are manoeuvres, so make sure you are doing it right. Be safe and try to be more aware of your surroundings and if you are not sure drive slowly as it’s better to be safe than sorry. Practice gear changing and indicating and looking in mirrors before turning a corner.
Get as much practice as you can and remember be safe because although you probably know how to drive already, chances are that you may not have the appropriate driving skills to pass the practical test because examiners are looking for specific things before giving you a pass.