1.6K
Views
6
Comments
6
Replies

Extended Driving Test

gices
(Level 5)
14 Apr 2014 09:06, updated
14 Feb 2010, published

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.

extended 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.

1
0
Comments (6)
Leon Radford
Leon Radford   (Level 1)
24 Aug 2010 03:11
1
Reply

Extended tests are over-priced, no wonder DSA can afford posh new offices.

0
0
Replies (1)
gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Dec 2013 08:02

Yep, it's nearly double the price for the standard test.

1
0
anonymous
anonymous  (Level 2)
07 Jul 2012 18:06
1
Reply

When you have been banned and got to take an extended driving test, does that mean you have to take your motorcycle test again? I've been banned and applied for my licence again and told got to take an extended driving test, do I have to take my motorcycle test again?

0
0
Replies (1)
gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Dec 2013 08:08

Yep, the disqualification automatically cancels all previous entitlements. You start back at zero.

0
0
anonymous
anonymous  (Level 2)
07 Jul 2012 18:06
1
Reply

My friends ban was up and he got his licence back saying disqualified until extended test sat. Can he drive a 125 bike with this across his provisional, he had full car licence before ban my ban was a car licence for 5 year up this month.

0
0
Replies (1)
gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Dec 2013 08:12

To ride a 125cc, you need to complete a CBT and you require that even if you have a full car licence.

0
0
anonymous
anonymous  (Level 2)
08 Jul 2012 15:43
1
Reply

I'm a disqualified driver what company can I contact for insurance. I'm on a provisional licence till I pass an extended test. Been on quote zone filled in their form and right at the end it says they make assumptions that (1) I have no medical reason I can't drive and (2) I'm not disqualified. What's the point in that?

0
0
Replies (1)
gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Dec 2013 08:13

Are you looking for insurance to learn to drive in a private car?

0
0
anonymous
anonymous  (Level 2)
23 Sep 2013 10:41
1
Reply

I was banned in 2007 for dangerous driving and asked to take a extended re-test and it says on my licence disqualified until extended test passed. Does this mean I am still banned as the court banned me for 12 months at the time in 2007 as I had a hypo at the wheel?

0
0
Replies (1)
gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Dec 2013 08:14

It means you can apply for a provisional licence after the 12 months ban term is over and you can only start driving again after completing the extended test.

0
0
anonymous
anonymous  (Level 2)
24 Sep 2013 15:16
1
Reply

I passed my driving test in 1987 but got banned and need to do an extended re-test. Not a problem but when i do the new test will I be entitled to drive all the categories as per my old licence.

3
0
Replies (1)
gices
gices  (Level 5)
28 Dec 2013 08:15

No, all previous entitlements are lost. You will need to pass the test for each additional category you want included on your licence afterwards.

0
0

Have something to say? Post your comment.

You need to sign in before you can post: