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right i know that if ya take ya driving test in a manual you can drive either a manual or auto (providing you pass) but if you pass test in a auto you can only drive an auto right??

er..what about lefthanded cars vs right handed cars..if i were to take my driving test in a lefthander(providing its allowed) n passed would i only be able to drive a lefty or how the hell does that work?? :thankyousign:
 

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You will most likely be UNABLE to take your test in a Left-Hand Drive Vehicle in this country. The 'Hand' of the vehicle is only different as a result of driving on the opposite side of the road.

Passing a test in an Automatic car will allow a person to pass their test alot quicker than it will to pass in a Manual. Also, insurance premiums are lower, but running costs are higher. You are right in assuming that you cannot drive a manual with an Auto licence.

The Manual Licence covers much more than the Automatic. Automatics cover the basic road safety and driving techniquies, but manual goes further by teaching you clucth control, gear change techniques and much more.

Manual Drivers can drive an Automatic.

Passing in a Left or Right hand drive car will make no difference, but to pass in a left handed car, you would have to pass in a country that isn't covered by the DVLA. Once you have passed, your licence would be valid in this country for 12 months, after which you would be legally required to obtain and Internation Drivers Licence.

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It seems that an International Licence will run you a fee and you won't have to sit any tests. You could also swap a foriegn drivers licence for a UK one, but the Foriegn Licence would not be returned, essentially meaning that you would need an International Licence after that in order to drive in any other country for a period of time longer than their acceptance of a UK Licence.

Country Specific Requirements (IDP)
 

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Test vehicle for a car or car and trailer test

Category B
Cars or vans presented for test must be

a four wheeled vehicle of no more than 3500 kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass)
capable of a speed of at least 62.5 miles per hour (mph) (100 kilometres per hour (km/h))
be fitted with:
a seatbelt for the examiner
a passenger head restraint, this need not be adjustable but must be fitted as an integral part of the seat. ‘Slip on’ type head restraints are not permissable
an interior mirror for the examiner's use
L-plates displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle but not interfering with the driver or examiner’s view

Category B vehicles must also:

have a speedometer that measures speed in miles per hour and kilometres per hour
have no warning lights showing ie the airbag warning light
be legal and roadworthy
 

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It seems that an International Licence will run you a fee and you won't have to sit any tests. You could also swap a foriegn drivers licence for a UK one, but the Foriegn Licence would not be returned, essentially meaning that you would need an International Licence after that in order to drive in any other country for a period of time longer than their acceptance of a UK Licence.

Country Specific Requirements (IDP)
How would you go about doing this???
 
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