If your driving test falls anywhen between October and April, there’s a possibility of some challenging weather conditions.
Snow itself is becoming rarer year after year, but there’s always a chance of ice in the colder months.
On the morning of your test, if there’s a hint of snow or the weather warnings are indicating potential icy conditions, you’ll need to contact your instructor or school to see if the test is still good to go ahead.
Their decision will be based on the DVSA procedure for adverse weather conditions, so let’s check them out so that you know exactly what to do!
The DVSA procedure
It is fairly rare for a driving test to be cancelled. However, if it is unsafe to drive, the DVSA will have no choice but to cancel it.
The exact procedure is outlined on gov.uk, and is as follows:
If you wake up to snowy or icy conditions on the day of your test, call your test centre.
If your test is in the morning, call as soon as you can. If your test is in the afternoon, wait until late morning as conditions may improve by the time your test is due to begin.
If nobody answers your calls, it will be either because they are still gathering information and inspecting the roads, or because they’re out on driving tests because the conditions are suitable.
If you can’t make any contact, arrive as planned. Do not assume the test is cancelled, as this will result in you having to pay to reschedule if the test was good to go ahead.
If your test is cancelled
If adverse weather conditions result in the cancellation of your driving test, it will be rescheduled. You will receive the new date within 3 working days – or longer if the weather conditions remain unsuitable.
There will be no additional charges or fees for the rescheduling, however, you will not be able to claim for any out-of-pocket expenses, like the bus to the test centre.
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