Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in isolation, we hope!), you’ll know that the world has been turned upside-down by COVID-19 and we’re all having to come to terms with a new way of life. Social distancing is the new norm. Sadly, isolation and learning to drive don’t really mix. As a result, the current pandemic means that many learners have to put their aspirations of earning a licence on hold.
If you had a theory test booked in the next few weeks, you’ve probably already received an email from the DVSA explaining that it’s been cancelled. This can be a little crushing. While PassMeFast can’t come up with a loophole that’ll let you cheat the system, we can provide a list of things that you can do instead of the theory test.
Each one of the following activities will help you to remain calm in these challenging times and make sure you’re ready for the theory test when it eventually comes around. Sound good? OK—let’s get stuck in!
Theory test cancellations
If you’re a bit out of the loop when it comes to what’s happening with theory tests at the moment, let us clear a few things up: theory tests are currently suspended until July 3rd. In cases where a learner’s theory test has been cancelled, a refund will have automatically been provided. It is still possible to book a new theory test, with dates available after the suspension period. Of course, if you are a PassMeFast customer, we will organise all of this for you.
The DVSA has made exceptions for critical workers, who can still get access to emergency driving tests. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest coronavirus-related sanctions on our special COVID-19 blog post, which is regularly updated.
Please note that the DVSA will not be able to extend theory test expiry dates. If you passed your theory more than two years ago, you’ll need to retake it in order to sit your practical test.
What to do with your time
So, if you can’t spend time learning to drive, what can you do instead? Luckily for you, PassMeFast has plenty of great ideas!
Organise your space
Chances are, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the place you’ve chosen as your quarantine palace. First thing on the list, then, should be turning your habitat into a haven!
The extent to which you take this advice is up to you. Some people, for instance, find colour coordinating their bookcase or decluttering a wardrobe incredibly therapeutic. For others, that sounds like hell on earth. Whether it’s a quick tidy up, or a full-on Marie Kondo home makeover, do something to transform your home into a tranquil retreat.
Catch-up with friends and family
Virtually, of course. It’s important that we all stick to government guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus and that means avoiding interactions with any friends or family that do not live under your roof. Thanks to modern technology, that doesn’t mean you can’t see them at all. There a plenty of apps out there that will allow you to chat with your Grandma while she makes a cup of tea or play Heads Up with your mum. Have a browse of the options, download the one you like the look of and get chatting!
Maintaining social connections is more important than ever, so make sure you carve out time to talk to friends and family. It’ll do wonders for your mental well-being and general happiness!
Teach yourself something new
Now that you have all of this spare time on your hands, you could put it to good use. Like the look of yoga but not sure where to begin? Hop on YouTube and follow a few beginner videos. Always wanted to learn Spanish? El tiempo es ahora! You see where we’re going with this. View your sudden influx of free hours as an opportunity to better yourself and work on new skills.
Then again, if you’d rather spend your spare time watching TV and relaxing, that’s absolutely fine too! Lord knows the rest of the world already has banana bread and TikTok dances covered. Maybe this lockdown is a chance for you to check in with yourself and take some much needed time out. Learning how to turn off and just chill may be a new skill for you in itself!
Start that TV show everyone’s been telling you to watch
In the age of TV streaming services, we’ve all been on the receiving end of this conversation: “Once you get past the first 8 episodes it’s GREAT, and all 17 seasons are available on Netflix!” Wow, excuse us while we don’t clear our schedules…
It really is baffling how some people manage to make strides in their career, nurture fruitful relationships, achieve their #bodygoals and somehow stay up to date with the latest TV series. How do they find the time and energy?! We honestly don’t know. But, who cares, because now YOU have all the time in the world!
Grab some snacks, find a comfy spot on the sofa, pick your show of choice and press play. By the time you reach the final episode, coronavirus will be long gone.*
*This is a wildly optimistic statement that has no basis in scientific fact.
Release your inner master chef
One of the few joys we have left is eating, so why not take your culinary game to the next level? Getting nifty in the kitchen could also save you money and reduce unnecessary trips to the supermarket. Dig out the strange ingredients from the back of the cupboard, search for some fun recipes or simply experiment to your heart’s content!
You’ll soon find out that it’s possible to survive without fast food or your favourite local restaurant. (Possible, but not necessarily fun.) Gordon Ramsay, eat your heart out!
Plan for the future
If sitting indoors all day is driving you a bit nuts, you are not alone. A great way to combat cabin fever and generally remain in high spirits is to seriously plan everything you’re going to do when this whole thing blows over. Social events, holidays, family outings, walks in the countryside—build up a nice big list and allow yourself to daydream about all of the things you’ll never take for granted again.
Revise for the test
At the end of the day, we’re still a driving blog and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention revising for the theory test. Just because it’s delayed doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen!
If you’re wondering where to even begin, start with understanding how the test is structured. The theory test is comprised of a multiple choice section and a hazard perception section. For the first part you’ll need to know the rules of the road and be able to identify street signs and their meaning. A strong grasp of the Highway Code will help you to achieve this.
The hazard perception section requires you to watch a number of short clips that depict various driving scenarios in which potential hazards appear and then develop. You must click every time you spot a hazard. Mock tests are a great way to revise for both sections of the theory test, and you can find are free and paid versions available online.
Get a head start and begin learning the relevant material now. Your future self will thank you!
Watching our beloved driving tests being cancelled left, right and centre has been pretty distressing, but we all know that it’s for the greater good. If you follow just a few of the tips listed above, you can turn quarantine into either a productive or relaxing experience. At least for a little while.
And when normality resumes and the tests are back up and running, PassMeFast will be here to offer you a stress-free ride to earning a licence!
Until then, stay safe and happy isolating!