In the UK, you are not legally allowed to drive until you have a license. To get your first UK drivers license, you need to take a theoretical test in addition to a practical test that shows your ability as a driver. However, qualifying for this test isn’t always easy. The driving test can be nerve-wracking for many people and it’s easy to make silly mistakes. If you don’t pass the first time, you also need to wait another three months before retesting again. Many new drivers in the UK find this frustrating and stressful because it means their own personal life is delayed due to these regulations. It can feel like an unfair burden on new drivers but thankfully there are ways around these restrictions if you are over the age of 18 and meet certain criteria. Here are 6 tips on how to get a UK driving license without taking a test:
Practice makes perfect
There’s a famous saying that “practice makes perfect”, and it’s relevant in the world of driving tests. If you have plenty of experience behind the wheel, then you have a better chance of passing your test without making silly mistakes. In the UK, you can practice driving as soon as you have your provisional license (the temporary license you get after passing your theory test). However, you can’t drive alone until you are 18, so make sure you have a passenger with you at all times. If you have an older relative or friend who is legally allowed to drive, they can take you out in the car to help you build up your experience so you are better prepared for the test.
Tip 1: Become an expert behind the wheel
Before you even think about taking your test, you need to become an expert at driving. In order to pass, you need to know all the rules of the road, be able to drive confidently and safely, and be able to respond to any unexpected situations. This doesn’t happen overnight; it’s something that you develop over time as you become a more experienced driver. For example, you need to know what to do if a tyre blows or if you break down on the motorway. You also need to be able to navigate different types of roads and deal with different weather conditions such as heavy rain or fog. You also need to be aware of the legal driving age in the UK, the different road signs you might come across, and the rules of the road.
Tip 2: Pass the theory test first
If you are having trouble passing the theory test, it might be worth considering passing this first before attempting the practical test. There are a number of different websites and apps that offer help and guidance on how to pass the theory test first, meaning you can then focus on your driving skills instead of your ability to answer multiple-choice questions. For example, you can use apps like Roadworthy or The Official Highway Code to help you revise the information in The Highway Code (the rule book for driving in the UK). You can also use apps like Driving Test Tips or The Official DVSA Driving Test app to help you revise and get ready for your test.
Tip 3: Use an accompanying driver
If you are under the age of 25, then you can use an accompanying driver when you are taking the driving test. This means that, while you are driving, the accompanying driver sits beside you and controls the steering wheel so that you don’t have to. If you are over the age of 25, you can use an accompanying driver but you are still legally responsible for the car and its movements. Therefore, the accompanying driver only helps you with the controls. This can be very helpful if you are nervous about taking the test and want some extra support. It also means that you can potentially pass the test sooner because you are not limited by your age.
Tip 4: Wait until you’re 18 to take your test
If you are under the age of 18, you must take your driving test in a car that’s approved by the Driving Standards Authority (DSA). These cars look different from normal cars and have a sticker on the side of the car that tells you that the car is approved for driving tests. If you attempt your test in a car that is not approved, you will automatically fail. If you are over the age of 18, you must take your test in whatever car you choose. However, you must also have held your provisional license for at least 12 months before you can take your test in an approved car. This means that if you don’t have a license and are under the age of 18, you must take your test in an approved car.
Tip 5: Apply for a provisional driver’s license now
Even if you plan to wait until you are 18 to take your test, you can still apply for a provisional driver’s license now. This will allow you to drive under certain restrictions and will be valid until you are 18. You need to be at least 14 years old to apply for a provisional license in the UK. However, you will need to visit your local Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) office and bring proof of your identity. You will also have to pay a fee. You need to pass a test that proves you understand the road rules related to driving a car and can use this information when you are behind the wheel. If you pass the test, you will receive a driving certificate that you can use when applying for your license.
Finally, remember to be safe and have fun!
Driving can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember to be safe. Driving too close to other vehicles, breaking the speed limit, driving distracted, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and illegal. Follow the rules of the road and use common sense, and you should have no problem getting your license and enjoying the freedom of driving in the UK.