I couldnt see the number plate? (Driving test)

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Hi guys,
So im preparing for my driving test. Today I had a lesson, and I asked my instructor if I could practice reading a number plate to check my eye sight. It was quite far and I said I couldn't read it, so he said 'oh no worries and walked about 4 meters closer, and I could.
But what worries me is that in my driving test, if I can't see the plate will the examiner give me another shot at a closer view?
My eyesight is about -2.5 in each eye give or take it does have a tendency of dropping fast so I dont know what it is now, but for me I get 'panic blindness' if someone puts me on the spot.

edit: i do wear glasses! this is with my glasses
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This thread should be in Learning to Drive. Tagging AngryJellyfish to get it moved.

The examiner will know where to stand to test your eyesight at the correct distance. Odds are with your instructor, you were too far away.
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The examiner doesn't have to give you another attempt, as long as the first one was exact to DVSA standards.

I think this can vary by test centre but normally, an examiner will not do an exact eyesight test - they'll pick a car nearby and move until you're around the right distance, then ask you to read it. If you get it wrong, the examiner needs to do an exact test before they can actually fail you, which means busting out a measuring tape and putting you exactly 20 metres from the car and giving you another attempt.

So you probably don't have much to worry about, but if you're still concerned maybe find a friend and a tape measurer and try reading numberplates from the exact distance, to see if you need to wear glasses or not.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
This thread should be in Learning to Drive. Tagging AngryJellyfish to get it moved.

The examiner will know where to stand to test your eyesight at the correct distance. Odds are with your instructor, you were too far away.
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The examiner doesn't have to give you another attempt, as long as the first one was exact to DVSA standards.

I think this can vary by test centre but normally, an examiner will not do an exact eyesight test - they'll pick a car nearby and move until you're around the right distance, then ask you to read it. If you get it wrong, the examiner needs to do an exact test before they can actually fail you, which means busting out a measuring tape and putting you exactly 20 metres from the car and giving you another attempt.

So you probably don't have much to worry about, but if you're still concerned maybe find a friend and a tape measurer and try reading numberplates from the exact distance, to see if you need to wear glasses or not.
I thought they do one at a rough 20m distance but if you can't do it then they get out there tape measure and measure 20.5m and then that's when you have to get it right.
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Why don't you wear glasses...?


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I thought they do one at a rough 20m distance but if you can't do it then they get out there tape measure and measure 20.5m and then that's when you have to get it right.
That's what I just said. The DVSA guidelines do say that only one attempt at the eyesight test will be given, but unless it's accurately measured the examiner cannot actually fail you for the first attempt.
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(Original post by tillyteewee)
Hi guys,
So im preparing for my driving test. Today I had a lesson, and I asked my instructor if I could practice reading a number plate to check my eye sight. It was quite far and I said I couldn't read it, so he said 'oh no worries and walked about 4 meters closer, and I could.
But what worries me is that in my driving test, if I can't see the plate will the examiner give me another shot at a closer view?
My eyesight is about -2.5 in each eye give or take it does have a tendency of dropping fast so I dont know what it is now, but for me I get 'panic blindness' if someone puts me on the spot.
Go to the opticians to see if you need glasses. Might be short sighted?
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That's what I just said. The DVSA guidelines do say that only one attempt at the eyesight test will be given, but unless it's accurately measured the examiner cannot actually fail you for the first attempt.
Ah my apoligies. I misread xD
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Go to the opticians to see if you need glasses. Might be short sighted?
I do wear glasses
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(Original post by tillyteewee)
I do wear glasses
Maybe you need a new prescription?
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Hi I’m actually having the same problem. I was asked on my lesson today to do this and I couldn’t see until moving closer.
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Hi I’m actually having the same problem. I was asked on my lesson today to do this and I couldn’t see until moving closer.
If you’re that worried about it then buy a tape measure.

Can pick up a cheap 5m one, so just measure 4 full ones and half a metre extra. Then you have the 20.5m required distance.

It’s actually not that far really. I wear glasses so my eyesight is as bad as anyone’s and I read it easily.
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That's what I just said. The DVSA guidelines do say that only one attempt at the eyesight test will be given, but unless it's accurately measured the examiner cannot actually fail you for the first attempt.
Get three attempts:

From DT1:

Care should be taken to select a clean number plate on a vehicle, which can be clearly viewed. The candidate should first be asked to read a number plate containing symbols 79 mm high, which is obviously more than 20 metres away. If the candidate is unsuccessful, they should be asked to read another plate and, if necessary, allowed to walk forward until it is just over the appropriate distance away.

If the second plate is not read correctly, the examiner must use the official tape to measure the precise distance from a third plate.
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I can just see over 20 metres. But In the actual test how far do thy test u from 23m, 25m?
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I can just see over 20 metres. But In the actual test how far do thy test u from 23m, 25m?
20m or 20.5m if it’s an old style number plate I believe.
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hi what happened to your test . did you pass ? . i have same eye sight problem .
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Hey I passed ages ago! Really wasnt an issue x
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hi what happened to your test . did you pass ? . i have same eye sight problem .
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did you do the driving test ?
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did you do the driving test ?
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