Most Common Driving Test Mistakes
If you’re a learner driver looking to get your Ps in ACT or NSW, you may be nervous about your practical driving test. Learner drivers often fail the driving test the first time they try, and while it’s possible to pass on your first go, it’s not always easy!
So, what can you do to make sure you get your Ps and pass first go? Here are a few common driving mistakes you can avoid on your test to give yourself a better chance of passing on your first try.
1. Not Studying Up On Road Rules In Your Region
Even a small error, such as not realising that you have to yield to a merging vehicle on a highway, can lead to your testing officer taking points off during your test. You need to know road rules in your area, and how you’re expected to react to the actions of other road users.
So grab your road rules handbook and start studying. The more you know, the better you will be able to react in unexpected situations! Driving knowledge is just as important as driving skills.
2. Exceeding (Or Driving Under) The Speed Limit
While you won’t immediately be stopped if you’re going 1-2 km/h over the posted speed limit, you should still avoid doing so, if possible – it’s up to the officer whether or not to take points away for slightly exceeding the speed limit.
You also should not drive far under the speed limit. This is surprisingly common among nervous learner drivers. Try to relax, and follow the speed limit exactly – going too slow can also result in failing the test.
3. Not Executing Proper Observation Checks (Head Checks)
You need to perform a head check – physically turning your head to check your blind spot – whenever you change your position on the road, and before you begin driving after coming to a stop. This includes situations like:
- Stopping at stop signs and traffic lights
- Before leaving a parking space
- When merging onto a road
- When changing lanes on a road
- When exiting a roundabout or a highway
- Check your blind spot regularly, and don’t forget about checking your mirrors, either. Check your rear and side-view mirrors every 5-8 seconds. Being aware of what’s happening around you
- during your test will help you avoid common mistakes.
4. Failing To Fully Stop At Stop Signs Or Red Lights
Never “roll through” a stop sign. Always come to a full and complete stop. This applies to red lights, too, even if you are able to turn right on red. You can’t “roll through” the light and turn on red before stopping completely, or you may be penalized.
5. Not Practicing Reverse Parking
Reverse parking is not always part of the test, but the testing officer can add it at their discretion. This maneuver can be difficult, but failing to perform it properly could result in failing the test. We recommend practicing reverse parking until you know you can perform it without any issues, just in case it’s part of your test.
Trent On Road Test
The Trent On Road Test (TORT) is a practice test created by Ltrent, that takes place around the testing centre. We provide useful feedback on whether you would’ve passed or failed while also highlighting areas that you need to work on.
Once your driving instructor has sensed that you’re ready, they’ll help you schedule the driving test. There’s no need to be nervous – just remember to stay calm and keep what you’ve learned in your driving lessons in mind.
There is no end-all, be-all guide to the driving test, but remembering these kinds of common driving mistakes can certainly help you avoid them when you’re taking the test!
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If you want to hone your driving skills, and pass your P’s test on the 1st go, then get in touch with LTrent Driving School. For driving lessons in Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle & Illawarra call 02 8748 4500. If you’re ready to book today, use our online booking system.