Passing your Driving Test
The 7 steps to passing a driving test
This is not something that can be achieved in a week. You have to take the process of obtaining a full drivers license seriously or you will not be successful.
(1) Prepare your car well and don't change a car in the lead up to your driving test. It takes time to get used to a new car and a week from the test is not the time to do this. If you are not the owner of a car yet and are planning to use a driving school car then make contact two months ahead of your test. Two weeks from your test and you may not gain access to a car if the driving school is busy.
(2) Know the basic technical check questions and answers and be able to rattle them off without stumbling .This creates a good impression and shows that you have at least taken the trouble to find out what is required from you on your driving test.
(3) Practise your reversing skills until you are dizzy from it .Reversing techniques are used every day in your driving which is why they are included in the driving test. Most drivers who do not pass the test throw marks away needlessly by incompetent reversing. Remember observation is 50 % of these manoeuvres.
(4) Get to know the area where your test is taking place to establish the hotspots where it will be difficult for you. Practise at different times and on different days of the week to get a feel for how the traffic flows.The time of your test plays a big part in your performance on the day.
(5) Roundabouts create a big challenge for any driver ...not just Learners.They come in many different guises. Standard and non standard configurations 2 exits; 3 exits; 4 exits; 5 exits and so on.Each one will often require different positioning ,different signalling and a good deal of observation. How do you cover all your basses here? Learn the basic rules... take lessons from an Instructor preferably several months ahead of your test and practise at different times of day .
(6) Check out the Test Centre that you have been allocated to well in advance so that you can read the rules that are posted and find out how things work there. Not all Test Centres are custom built and many share car parks with other businesses making them difficult to negotiate. You should reverse park into your space at the commencement of your driving test. At the end of your driving test you should drive nose-in to avoid any delays.
(7) It goes without saying that you should check all your documents some weeks ahead of your driving test to ensure all are up to date .License; Insurance; N.C.T Certificate; Road Tax .Location of your Test and time also important. People do go to the wrong test centres and get times mixed up.
After passing your driving test remember:
While passing the driving test is an important milestone it is just the first in a journey of a lifetime .Skills will be added every day you are behind the wheel until you hang up the keys after retirement (hopefully).
Passing the test does not mean you are an excellent driver...far from it! You have put together a series of skills on the day to the examiners satisfaction ..nor more no less .You will need to be extremely vigilant and sensible for the first two to three years AFTER passing the Test .Why? This is the most dangerous time in any driving career . Statistics show that many accidents happen to novice drivers during this period.
Failing the driving test does not mean you are dunce you will just need to take more time to learn and practice. Simple really it just takes time and effort like everything worthwhile in Life.
The most important thing is observation. You need to check rear view mirrors before and after you do anything. At the time of driving test , you need to maintain distance from parked cars. Make it obvious that your head is physically moving. Observation on roundabouts and make sure you look in your left mirror when cornering
At all times maintain a two-second gap from the vehicle ahead, no matter what speed you are travelling. When it is raining, a foggy night, or any combination of these, the gap should be doubled to four seconds.
Safety gap between vehicles
When you stop behind another vehicle in a line of traffic, always ensure you are able to clearly see the bottom of the vehicle's rear tyres. This ensures you are not too close to the other vehicle. Also, as you commence to move your two-second gap will already be in place.
Keep to the left at all times unless overtaking. The right hand lane is for overtaking, or turning right. Use it for driving straight through only if the left lane is obstructed by road works or parked vehicles, or if it is not usable for any reason.
Where practical, use your indicators for at least 30 meters before commencing to turn or change lanes, to tell other road users what you will do.
Drive with anticipation
Expect the unexpected and be aware that we all make mistakes sometimes. The other driver may forget to indicate, or to look to see if you are near by. If you have anticipated this may happen, it will not be a surprise. We should be driving as a team, not as individuals, be prepared to let the other driver in, rather than blocking them out.
Stop at lights or stop signs
When you stop at the lights or at a stop sign, your car should be behind the thick stop line. There are some intersections, where if you stop over the stop line and a truck or bus turns into the street that you are leaving; it will collide with your vehicle.
Always plan well ahead. Your line of sight should travel parallel to the road, not down onto it. This makes it easier for you to prepare for anything that may happen long before you get there.
Overtaking is probably one of the most dangerous manoeuvres a driver can perform, especially on a two-way carriageway. Quite often the vehicle you overtake is only travelling slightly slower than you are. Make sure that you have enough room to go well past the overtaken vehicle before you move back to the left. Don't cut them off.
Drive smoothly and make decisions early so that you can accelerate, brake and change gears smoothly. It will make your vehicle last longer, cost you less, and it is far more comfortable for your passengers. Rough acceleration, braking, or steering, can easily cause your car to skid.
Negotiating a curve
When you are negotiating a curve in the road, try to flatten the curve out as much as you can. This will give you a better view around the curve; a smoother path and it will decrease the potential of the car commencing to skid. For a left curve, approach as near as is safe to the right of your lane, when you can see where the road straightens out ahead, gently move across to the left of the lane and finish back in the middle of your lane. Use the opposite sequence for a right curve.
Night driving can be quite difficult. Oncoming vehicles' headlights can dazzle you and you must keep alert to the lights and reflections off cyclists and motorcyclists. Pedestrians can be impossible to see. Traffic lights can appear to blend in with advertising signs. Leave yourself more space from the car in front, as this will create more time for you to be able to see what is ahead and prepare for anything that may happen.
The Driving test is straightforward.
For cars it will last approximately 40/45 minutes
Part of your Driving test will Include
- Questions on the Rules of the Road (including identifying road signs); demonstrating hand signals;
- Reversing round a corner;
- A turnabout in the road; it used to be known as the three point turn. (Car only)
- A hill start.
- Driving approximately five miles under a variety of road and traffic conditions.
What you need on the day of your test.
- Bring your learner permit License and the letter you get from the RSA (Road Safety Authority).
- Show up about 20 minutes before the test to park your car to your liking in the centre's car park. Reversing into the parking bay will give you a much easier start than having to begin with a reverse out of the parking space.
- Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy for the test. When the tester goes to your car the tester will check the insurance disc, motor tax disc and NCT discs, (the latter if appropriate), on the car windscreen. Doe Cert For Commercials . The tester will then check the tyres, indicators (back and front) and brake lights on your vehicle. Make sure they are working other wise your test may be cancelled and your fee lost.
- There must be L-plates on the Vehicle front and rear - i.e. L in red with a white background.
- Familiarise yourself with the Secondary controls as you may be asked to show how a check would be performed on the engine's Coolant level, the Vehicles Steering (via the Steering fluid level), the engines Brakes (via the Brake fluid level), the engines oil level, the windscreen wash fluid level, the condition of the tyres and / or the Vehicles reflectors.
Read through the Rules of the Road with specific attention to Road Signs and Hand Signals.
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