Learning to Drive in the UK as a Foreign Licence Holder (Part 2)

This is the second part to our mini series on learning to drive in the UK as a foreign licence holder. Watch part 1 here.

In this video, I discuss my experience with the final part of the process – the practical driving test, as well as buying my first car in the UK. The practical driving test can only be taken when you have a provisional UK licence and have passed the theory test.

The Practical Driving Test

The test itself is fairly straightforward and takes approximately 40 minutes. During this time, an examiner will ask you to do a number of tasks, such as following road signs or manoeuvres (e.g. parallel parking).

The scoring system is based on minor mistakes and major mistakes. Anyone who has either 1 major mistake during the 40 minutes or more than 15 minor mistakes will fail. Fortunately, I was able to pass on my first attempt – though I have heard of many expats and UK citizens alike take a few attempts to pass.

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Tips for Foreign Licence Holders

The most important thing I found when preparing for the UK practical driving test was to find a driving instructor who has experience teaching foreign licence holders. The first instructor I found was not experienced and was unsure how best to help me. However, my second instructor had previously taught a number of foreign licence holders and was able to show me what I needed to know for the test, rather than starting with the basics of driving.

I also had my instructor sit in on the practical test. Though this is optional, I felt that if I did not pass my instructor would be able to see first hand what I needed to work on help me improve.

I hope these videos have helped you prepare for the UK driving tests! If you have any experience with or tips for the UK driving test, let us know in the comments below.



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Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behaviour Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She has been training dogs professionally since 2007, and is the Head Coach for Dogs Trust Dog School Nottinghamshire. She met Chris on a trip to England in 2013, Married him on New Year's Eve - celebrating 2016 as husband and wife!