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Official tests from Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)For learners or experienced drivers
If you're learning to drive OR you're an experienced driver and want to test your knowledge, you can take a free mock driving theory test online via the DVSA.
There are two separate mock tests for car drivers and two for motorcyclists. Each sample test has 50 multiple-choice questions, the same number you'd need to answer in the real test – so you've only got to do one mock test to mimic the real thing, but you can do a second one if you want more practice.
There are also mock tests for lorry drivers and bus/coach drivers – they each comprise 50 questions too, but the actual tests have 100 questions each, so you might want to try two mock tests for good measure.
You can take any of the practice tests as many times as you like, but each one can take up to an hour to complete. There's also a free practice hazard perception test where you can watch up to three videos (the real test has 14) with the aim of spotting developing hazards.
These mock tests are only for practice or fun – you still need to take the real one – but they're definitely worth a go, and may save you money by giving you that extra practice to help you pass first time and not need a retest of the real thing. There are many paid-for apps offering similar ways to practise, but not all of them are official like this one.
You can request a free annual email or text reminder before your MOT's due - simply visit the government's site and sign up for reminders. You'll need to give an email or phone number and the reg of a vehicle registered in England, Wales or Scotland (in Northern Ireland you get a postal reminder seven weeks before your MOT's due).
You'll need to activate the reminder via a link you'll be emailed after signing up. You'll get reminders a month before your MOT's due, and two weeks later if you've still not done it.
With fines of up to £1,000 for not having a valid MOT, forgetting could prove costly, so this free reminder should be a no-brainer for anyone who has a tendency to forget things.
You can unsubscribe from the reminders at any time from the confirmation or reminder email, but they won't automatically stop if you sell the vehicle or declare it off-road.
New AA members only. Eg, £35ish basic 'Roadside Assistance' (norm £64ish)Ongoing
If you work for the NHS, you can get up to 40% off selected AA breakdown cover.
You'll get a 40% discount on 'Roadside Assistance', 'National Recovery', 'Onward Travel' or 'At Home'. The AA says a minimum of 20% off applies to all other levels of cover. For example, when we checked, you could get basic 'Roadside Assistance' cover for £35ish (norm £64ish).
You can get the discount when paying by a continuous payment method, either monthly or annually.
Always compare breakdown cover policies to ensure you're getting the best price, and to be certain you're covered for everything you need. See our full cheap breakdown cover guide.
JustPark is a service where you can find and reserve parking spaces at 45,000+ locations – including private driveways, spare offices spaces, commercial car parks etc. Up until 27 Jul, it had offered free parking to NHS workers, but that deal has now ended, and it's giving 10% off instead.
To get the discount, sign up at JustPark with your NHS email address (@nhs.co.uk), then search for a parking space near where you need to be. The discount will be applied automatically.
If you don't have an NHS email address, sign up in the same way and JustPark will send an email which you can reply to with proof that you're a critical care worker – JustPark will then update your account.
There is currently no end date for this offer.
New Green Flag members only. Excludes NHS volunteersOngoing
Green Flag is giving NHS workers (excluding volunteers) an extra 10% off new breakdown policies.
To get the discount, call it on 0345 246 2766 and tell it your NHS ID number. You can't get this offer online, though Green Flag says you'll be given its usual online discount (up to 40% off), plus the extra 10% off.
The discount excludes single trip or annual multi-trip European cover, and family cover policies. Green Flag says this offer is ongoing.
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Halfords free MOT with ANY spend, eg, £1 sponge or bucket
Make purchase by 19 April. Book by 21 May for MOT up to Nov 2021Expired
Halfords is offering a free MOT* (normally £39.85) at its 350+ Autocentres across the UK when you buy anything from a Halfords retail store or online by Mon 19 Apr.
You'll need to book your free MOT by Fri 21 May, but the MOT can be carried out up to Nov 2021, so even if your MOT isn't due for a few months, you can still take advantage.
The cheapest items we found at Halfords were a £1 sponge* or £1 bucket* – so you could spend as little as £1 to qualify for a free MOT. Delivery's £3.99 if ordering online, or you can click and collect for free.
How to get the 'free' MOT
- When you make any purchase either online or in store, you'll receive an email voucher within seven working days.
- You can only book your 'free' MOT online – visit this Halfords Autocentre MOT page by 11.59pm on Fri 21 May and add an MOT (or combined MOT & service) to your basket. Enter your voucher code during the checkout process.
The MOT itself can be carried out until 21 Nov 2021, depending on availability at your nearest Autocentre.
Halfords has said there's no limit to the number of people who can claim the offer, and you can get multiple vouchers if you do multiple purchases – so if you've two cars, just make two separate purchases. If you return your purchase, Halfords says this will invalidate your free MOT offer.
Are Halfords MOTs any good?
Like any nationwide chain, there's good and bad feedback, but at least as Halfords is a big chain, it gives you more avenues if something goes wrong.
Where there are complaints about MOTs in general, they tend to be around whether garages try to push their own repairs. But if your vehicle has a dangerous fault, by law, you won't be allowed to drive it away and will have to have it repaired at the specific garage, or towed elsewhere – see MOT rules.
If unsure about using any garage, it can be safest to go to a council test centre, as they generally don't do repairs so there's little vested interest to fail you in the hope you'll spend.
See £19.71 Kwik Fit MOT if that's a better option for you.
- MOT re-test fees will apply
- MOT re-test fees will apply
Halfords FREE 10-point car check
For teachers, Armed Forces, NHS & emergency workers. At Autocentres & garagesExpired
For a limited time, Halfords* is making its 10-point car check (norm £15) FREE to all teachers, HSE, NHS and emergency workers and members of the Armed Forces, in Halfords Autocentres and garages (find your nearest*). The freebie's not available at Halfords retail stores but those groups can get the check for £13.50 there. We've asked Halfords when this offer ends and will update here once we know.
Remember: it's mandatory to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, and there may be special social distancing measures in place. With certain parts of the UK in national or regional lockdowns, you may want to check the latest Government information before heading out. See our Coronavirus Life-in-Lockdown guide for latest info.
You'll need to book online, then show your staff ID card, Blue Light card or a Defence Discount Service card when you arrive.
What's covered by the Halfords 10-point car check?
- Headlight & brake light check
- Wiper blade condition check
- Battery health check
- Windscreen chip check
- MOT due date reminder
- Tyre depth check
- Tyre inflation check & top up
- Oil level check
- Screen wash top up
- AdBlue & coolant check
Halfords says it'll take about 30 minutes. There's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free to the groups of workers named above.
If you're not in one of the eligible jobs, you can still take advantage of the Halfords FREE winter car check – it's a five-point assessment that includes a brakes, headlight and battery health check.