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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:36 AM   1
koko4bunny
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hi ladies

my theory runs out in april and my lo is due april 1st

just booken my driving test the only date i could get is march 29th.... hoping i dont go into labour do u all think this is okay or too risky? i just dont know what to do!?!?



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:38 AM   2
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i would just go for it - the test only lasts 40mins!! and if you are not in labour before it starts is doubtful any contractions etc will have any effect on you iykwim?! just think how much easier it will be of you pass your test before your lo is born x



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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:41 AM   3
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my only concern is if they want to do an emergency stop...

you cant predict these things...you might have baby 2 weeks early and might not want to do your test then..

Good luck with what you decide.x.



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:46 AM   4
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You arent permitted to do a driving test after 36 weeks hun.



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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:47 AM   5
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You arent permitted to do a driving test after 36 weeks hun.
oh noooo really? i had no idea !!



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:53 AM   6
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You arent permitted to do a driving test after 36 weeks hun.
Really??? I didn't know that either! I'm 35+2 today and was really hoping to get it out of the way before baby comes. Do they ask or want proof or something?

I was worried about the emergency stop thing as well but I figured they'd have some compassion and realize you were pregnant and not ask.... is that wishful thinking?

EDIT: just did some googling and there are a lot of messages out there from instructors and the like saying they DON'T remove the emergency stop portion for pregnant women so it's better if you take it after you give birth. *sigh*

Poor koko4bunny!! You're probably going to have to take the theory test again.. I've got till next year till mine runs out. But we bought a second car just for me to get around with the baby and I'm not licensed to drive it! I feel so guilty.



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 06:58 AM   7
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They dont ask for proof but I know someone who turned up for her test at 38 weeks and was sent away as the examiner refused to take her out at that stage of pregnancy.

If you have an emergency stop in your test you HAVE to do it. The tests are allocated randomly and the path you have to do are set before the examiner sees you, if you refuse to do somethig you will fail.

Becca, I think you would struggle to book a test between 35+2 and 40 weeks anyway, tests are being postpones in most places because of the snow and waiting lists for tests are normally 4-6 weeks in many areas.

Give DVLA a ring koko, you may be able to get a practical booked before you get to 36 weeks, they often get cancellations so check every day.



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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 07:02 AM   8
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Becca, I think you would struggle to book a test between 35+2 and 40 weeks anyway, tests are being postpones in most places because of the snow and waiting lists for tests are normally 4-6 weeks in many areas.
Waiting list is only 2 weeks in my area but because of the ice out there I haven't been practicing! lol so I'll probably just tell them hubby it's not legal and book it for after baby is born... That'll be fun... I'll be all like "eegads! I have to get home and feed the baby, I'm leaking!!" *laughs*



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 07:16 AM   9
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Hi Koko

I am a driving instructor and have taught many preggy ladies to drive. (This is also my second pregnancy whilst being an instructor). I have ladies who have passed their tests right up to their due dates. Not once have I had a pupil turned away - I have used 7 different test centre (Nottingham and London).

Not one of them has been asked to do the emergency stop either although I do offer them the opportunity to do it on lessons but it is purely their choice. I think that the examiners have seen the big bumps and thought better about asking them to do the ES.

You can always ask the DSA or go down to your Test center and ask one of the examiners themselves. They dont bite honest!

I wish you all the very best. Also you could keep checking for a cancellation so that you can bring the test earlier - you can do this on line.

Good luck huni! xx



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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 07:41 AM   10
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had mine booked in december they cancelled due to ice - they re-booked me for Fen and last week I found a cancellation for TODAY which got cancelled because of the snow!! Lol...
I will keep checking for cancellations and try and get another one asap as I too want to get this done before baby arrives...

Never heard of there being a cut off time for pregnant women taking a test hope they dont send me away - actually I dare them to send me away after the two cancellations Lol!!...



 
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