With the current artic weather going across the UK, many learner drivers looking to pass their driving tests will be wondering if the DSA will cancel the practical test appointments they have if snow falls.
The driving standards agency takes the safety of its examiners, the test candidate and other road users very seriously, and will not put any of them at risk while conducting the test.
For this reason, the DSA will easily cancel the driving test if there is heavy snow that affects visibility, settled snow on the roads, icy roads that causes cars to skid, or abnormally low temperatures.
If you have a test and it has snowed overnight or during the day before your appointment, then you are advised to contact the centre on the number printed on your driving test appointment letter to find out if the assessment will go ahead. You need to know that while the main roads might be driveable, most of the test manouvers are conducted on residential minor roads which are usually unpassable or very unsafe after a snow fall.
I have conducted some driving lessons last december and January 2010 after snow has fallen, but in some cases I had to stick with general driving on the A roads, as I couldn't safe perform any maneuvers, so cars displaying 'L' plates is no indication your driving test will go ahead as planned.
Important! If you are not learning to drive with an instructor, it is important that BOTH you and the person teaching you to drive read The DSA official test guide, this book will greatly increase your chance of passing the driving test without spending too much money on lessons.