What’s in a Driving Test?
What will you be tested on?
During a driving test you will be assessed against five criteria:
- Car Control
- Vehicle Position
- Hazard Perception
- Speed Management
- Decision Making
The examiner will be looking for your ability to stay in control of the car. You will be required to smoothly operate the accelerator, brakes, steering, clutch and gears. An often forgotten section is your posture in the vehicle e.g. the seat position, seatbelt and mirrors.
The examiner will be looking for where you position the vehicle on the road. This could be selecting the correct line around a corner, stopping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and your distance to the kerb on the reverse park, three-point-turn and kerb side stop manoeuvres. Positioning also includes where you choose to drive in relation to other vehicles and the vision available. For example, driving near or in other driver’s blind spots is considered poor positioning. You must be aware of the area surrounding your car, your Safety Cushion.
The examiner will be looking for your response to any potential danger around the car, both on and off the road. There won’t necessarily be hazards in all parts of the test course, however, you will usually be marked on 5-10 of these hazard situations.
Selecting the correct speed for the situation is the purpose of the Speed Management section. The appropriate speed will be governed by the vision available, space around the car and the speed other traffic. Keep a three-second gap! The road surface will also influence the appropriate speed. Wet or gravel surfaces are situations where speed should be managed carefully.
The examiner will be looking for you to choose good gaps in traffic to enter a road, change lanes or proceed at an intersection. This is the section that blind spot checks are critical. You will need to have good observation all around the vehicle at all times. Getting this wrong is where most learners fail.
In addition, you will be asked to perform any of the following manoeuvres:
- Reverse parallel park
- Three point turn
- Angle park
- Kerb side stop
Where will they take you for your driving test?
The driving test is conducted on a specially designed test route. There are a number of routes at each test location making learning each of them laborious and fraught with error. The best knowledge to have is the types of scenarios that you will be presented with.
During the test you will face the following scenarios:
- Right-hand turn across busy traffic
- Lane changing on multi-lane roads
- Single and multi-lane roundabouts
- Stop and give way signs
- Up-hill start
- Right-hand turn at lights with no green arrow
- Narrow roads
- Varied speed zones
- Turns onto major roads with limited vision
- Busy lane changes
- Multiple decision situations
Once you are confident in all of these sections why not book to take a Trent On Road Test to see how ready you are to pass first go? If there are some issues one of our specialist trainers will help you sort them out and you will have your P’s and your freedom sooner! Call us to book (02) 8748 4500 or book online now!