What If It Rains On My Driving Test? | UK Driving Test

Imagine you’ve been learning to drive for
the last 6 months, and you feel really confident about your upcoming Driving Test – but you
have one nagging doubt… you’ve never had to drive in the rain! What if it rains on
your test – how would you need to drive? Believe it or not this is a fairly common situation,
especially during the summer – so in this video we will show you exactly what to do
to remain safe, and pass your driving test in the rain! Before we get started, please
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it’s released. If you have any questions about this video, then please comment below
and we will reply as soon as we can. Once inside the car we need to get set up
for driving in the rain. Once the car is started, we should turn on
the wipers. We will need to select the correct wiper speed for the conditions. The front
wipers work in several modes – we have a choice of wiping the screen once, or selecting intermittent
or constant wiping. If the amount of rain changes during our test we will need to adjust
the wipers whilst driving, and since wiper controls vary a lot between cars we must ensure
we learn these before your test, just in case it rains. Some cars even have an automatic
setting for the front wipers, which will automatically vary the wiper speed to match the amount of
rain. If the rear screen is hard to see through, then now is a good time to give that a wipe
as well. We always turn on our dipped headlamps when
driving in rain, to make our car more visible to other traffic and pedestrians. Since they
won’t dazzle anyone, we can just leave them on throughout the test, even if the rain stops
falling. We should ensure that the car’s heating
controls are correctly set, to maintain a comfortable temperature and prevent the windows
misting up. If your car has manual heater controls, make sure the air conditioning is
turned on and there is air blowing towards the windscreen. One last tip is that if your car has heated
door mirrors, you can use them to evaporate the water and clear the mirror view. On our
car the door mirror heaters are controlled by the rear window heater button, and if we
turn on them on once the car is started the mirrors will dry off as we leave the test
centre car park. Now that we’re all set up, let’s start
driving. Unless the rain is very heavy indeed we should still try to drive confidently,
keeping up with the flow of traffic wherever it’s safe to. Even in the rain, there is
no need to drive excessively slowly – unless there is a hazard that we need to slow down
for. Even when driving on our own we allow more
time for braking the car, as there will be far less grip available from our tyres. This
is especially noticeable on worn road surfaces, so if the road looks more shiny than normal
be extra careful. We always try to brake progressively, to allow us to feel how the brakes are working
before braking more firmly. Modern cars have anti-lock braking systems to help us stay
in control in emergencies, but they are only as good as the grip from the tyres and can’t
change the laws of physics. Another benefit of braking smoothly is that it gives following
traffic more time to react, so even if their tyres are worn they will have time to stop
without hitting our car. We should keep at least a 4 second gap behind
other traffic, as this will reduce spray from their wheels and improve our visibility. This
is very important, as we will need more time to react when we spot a hazard ahead, due
to the reduced grip to the road in the wet. Other traffic will often travel far closer
to each other, but to ensure our safety we should always try to keep our 4 seconds gap.
The extra space in front of us will also give us more time to read any road markings, which
can be much harder to see in the wet, especially if they are faded and worn. We should reduce our car’s speed a little
more than normal before cornering in the wet, as the lower grip level will make it easier
for the car to lose traction and slide. Even though modern cars have electronic stability
control systems to help us, if we drive in a manner that forces the car to help us it
is unlikely that the examiner will pass our Driving Test. Try to use all of the car’s
controls as smoothly as possible, and the car should stay well balanced and unlikely
to slide. If we spot deep standing water on the road
ahead, then we should try to gently steer around it when possible – as driving through
deep water at speed can be dangerous. If our tyres can’t deal with the depth of water,
the car will aquaplane and lose all grip to the road. If there is oncoming traffic and
no room to steer around the water, we should slow down before driving through the water
– as the lower speed will give the tyres more time to move the water aside and reduce the
chance of skidding. Most learners use their driving instructor’s
car for the Driving Test, and we are sure their instructor would ensure that their car
is well maintained. However, if you are using your own car for your driving test then it
is worth checking that your tyres and wipers are in good condition. We should check that our tyres are correctly
inflated, are in good condition and have good tread depth. The legal minimum is 1.6mm of
tread across the central 3/4 of the tyre, all the way around all 4 tyres – but for better
performance in wet weather at least 3mm is recommended. The wiper blades should be able to clear the
screen without leaving any streaks behind. If your wipers are worn out or perished then
a new set should be fitted. They are reasonably priced, and a local parts store can fit them
if needed. There are glass treatments available to help
the windscreen and mirrors stay clear and de-misted. We have used Rain-X in the past
with very good results – it’s worth considering if you want to improve your vision. So , remember to;
Set the car up before driving Keep a safe following distance
Corner gently and smoothly Drive slower when needed If you found this video interesting and would
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  1. Thanks for watching – if you found this video interesting then please subscribe to our channel and click the bell to be notified of our next video! This video includes;
    * 0:05 Introduction
    * 1:02 Set the car up
    * 3:40 Driving in the rain
    * 6:48 Car maintenance
    * 8:20 Summary

  2. I was failed my test last Monday I’m so disappointed πŸ˜” I was so close to passing this test I was done everything good and when I need to go Westly Road I was did very small mistake I got 8 total falt including 1 serious falt I’m very hope less because my theory will be finish on 21st April 😞

  3. The most difficult thing about driving in the rain can be reading the road markings, especially if they are faded. If you do not know the area or do not have vast experience and great awareness it can be challenging and you can easily end up making a serious mistake but not seeing important road markings.

  4. "this is a fairly common situation, especially during the summer" – lol sums it up here in the UK – wet all day long

  5. I had my test yesterday in rain and hailstones, did everything good but failed with one serious fault because of faded roadmarking in one way road. I was positioned towards middle when turning right. Felt bad but never mind, in shaa Allah next timeπŸ‘

  6. Just had my test to today and passed, it was forecast to snow and rain but fortunately it didn’t. So glad I found your YouTube channel it has helped me out a lot, keep up the great work πŸ‘πŸΏ

  7. What sports Ford is that ?
    Also will you be failed if you can’t work wipers like if it’s a new car just before the exam…

  8. It started to rain during my test, nerves got the better of me and I forgot about the distance requirements, until the examiner pointed it out to me. I instantly thought i'd failed, turned out not, passed with 2 minors! πŸ™‚

  9. I had my driving test today, weather was horrendous! I passed with 2 minors though, only watching this after lol

  10. I’ve failed my first ever driving test on Monday 28th with 2 serious faults and 12 minors. I got 6 minors for steering wide repeatedly hence a serious and I got a serious for following a car too close where the examiner intervened and told me to hang back. Otherwise I got an easy test route and followed road signs. I didn’t cause any real danger so I drove form the test centre and stopped outside the test centre with a smooth drive.

    I’d consider it a learning experience as I was fully prepared, but my 2nd test is booked in three weeks time. My instructor will be helping me work out on the errors and help me regain the confidence.


  12. I passed thanks to this channel.. They cover everything here its the best on youtube (Trust me ive seen many) Advanced Driving is just that.. i learnt more here than i did with a real instructor. 2 minors al take that.. Defensive driving is Key for me and the most important the thing to remember more than anything is Forward planning dont look down, look up and see what's coming UP. 🍾😁

  13. Thank you guys, I passed my driving test last week and ur videos help a lot and guess what, it was raining πŸ˜€ . Anyways best of luck and I am still subscribed as reinforcement is good. ur awesome!

  14. Just had my test and failed because my approach speed at a roundabout was too high because of the weather. He said if I did that speed normally it would’ve been fine but it was heavy rain so it should’ve been slower. Thought I was going to get away with good weather but nope! Just as we set off it started pouring it down. Gotta love england. Hopefully I’ll past on my second attempt

  15. As ave got a car now. Do you know when I have to change my wheels as you have to change after so long Cos ave not got a clue

  16. Gonna get my friend who's learning to drive to watch this channel.I swear learners should practice in all weather and at night though, I even had a few of my lessons in the dark, snow ect.I was naughty and went on the motorway as well, it's good that learners are allowed to now.I was confident enough to drive to Poland the week after passing 😁

  17. There's a difference between normal rain and torrential rain. I've done my driving test here in Ireland twice, one yesterday and the first one at the start of June and I got torrential rain on both occasions. It just threw me off and I got really nervous. If I were driving normally, I'd just pull in somewhere and wait for it to calm but obviously I couldn't do that on my test. I can't believe I was so unlucky both times I did the test. Hopefully next time I do it the weather will be better.

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