The V5C. What is it, and why is it important?

Sometimes we like to use this blog to tell you general stuff about owning a car and, if you’re just about to buy a car, then the chances are you’ll have heard of the V5C. Unfortunately it’s not a piece of paper that gives you extra driving privileges, or which grants you free parking. That said, it’s a really important document relating to your car, so it pays to know something about it.

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More tips for driving test success - don’t forget to bring a car!

I spent 18 years as a driving instructor, but moved over to the ‘dark side’ to become an examiner eight years ago. As an instructor, one question I was frequently asked by my learners was ‘What will the test instructor’s car be like?’

Firstly, I’d tell the learner that there’s no such thing as a ‘test instructor’; there are driving instructors (those who teach) and there are driving examiners (those who test). One person cannot be both.

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An examiner’s tale - fault assessment explained

I’d like to tell you something every candidate wonders about: how a driving test is assessed. Some people think it’s cloaked in mystery and that we examiners form a secret society, unwilling to share our assessment knowledge. It’s not like that at all: I’m happy to tell you everything I can if it helps you to relax and trust that we’re here to help.

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