What Is an Extended Driving Test?
If you’re reading this then you probably want to know what the extended driving test is all about?
There is often some confusion amongst disqualified drivers whether you have to do the theory and practical test again. It will all be explained to you when you are in court by the judge whether you are required to do an extended test or not. The judges decision will be based on how serious the offence was that you committed. If you have been disqualified for less than 56 days then there should be no question of you having to do an extended test. Your licence should be returned to you stamped by the court.
Let’s assume you need to sit an extended test, here I will explain to you what will happen:
1. Once you have served your ban you will need to apply for a provisional licence.
2. You will then need to re-sit the theory test which includes the hazard perception part too. This is the same as what any learner would have to sit.
3. Once you have passed the theory test you will need to call the DVSA to arrange an extended driving test. There seems to be some difficulty booking them online, so it’s best to call them up. The amount of extended tests available is very small compared to the normal learner tests.
Once you have booked your extended driving test, it’s important you prepare for it correctly. The test fee for the extended driving test is £124.00 so it’s worth having some driving lessons before hand.
What happens on the extended test?
The test will last approximately 60 minutes. You will be taken over various routes which will usually include dual carriageways. You are allowed up to 15 minor faults on the extended driving test. You are not allowed any serious or dangerous faults. You will be asked to do one of the four possible manoeuvres:
You also have a one in four chance of being asked to do the emergency stop. You will also be asked to do 10 minutes of independent driving, where you will be required to follow road signs or follow some directions using diagrams – which the examiner will show you in advance.
Will the driving examiner be more strict?
Officially the driving examiner should mark you as if you were any other person taking their test. However, put yourself in the shoes of a responsible examiner for one minute. Imagine you are out on test with a pupil who has been disqualified for the following code: CD60. As an examiner you know it means ‘Causing death by careless driving when alcohol level above limit’ but you don’t know the details. I’m sure even the fairest examiner would be watching extra closely.
Whatever the code is on your licence the examiner will have an idea of the offence and will be firm but fair. Basically, drive well and you should pass, however, if you do something borderline, they may not use their discretion like they normally would for a learner driver.