Driver Tips

TIPS TO HELP YOU PASS YOUR DRIVING TEST

1)ENSURE YOUR CAR IS READY FOR THE TEST

Your car should be in good working order before you take your Driving Test.  It is not a good idea to change a car in the lead up to your Driving Test as it takes time to get used to driving a different car

Get used to driving the car you will use to take the test approximately 2 months before your test date
If you 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) FAMILIARISE YOURSELF ABOUT THE TECHNICAL MOTOR CHECK

The Driving Tester will be aware that you have prepared well for your Driving Test.
It is essential that you know the basic Technical Motor Checks as you will be expected to know these when doing your test.

(3) KNOW THE HAND SIGNALS

There are 2 sets of hand signals asked in the test.

1.  3 Hand signals for the driver behind your car.
2. 3 Hand signals for the pointsman in front of your car.
It is very important to know these as they will be asked in the Driving Test.

(4) PRACTICE THE 3 MANOEUVRES REQUIRED

1.  Left reverse
This is a  test of your ability to reverse around a corner to the left and your observation skills.
Reversing is used every day in driving which is why it is included in the Driving test – observation is 50% of this manoeuvre
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.

2. Turnabout (3 point turn)
This is a test of your clutch control, reversing, judgement and observation skills.
It is not essential to do this manoeuvre in 3 turns any longer but you will be expected to make the turn in the least amount of turns possible.
Again observation is key to passing this manoeuvre along with judgement and skill.

3. Hillstart
This is a test of your ability to get the car moving without rolling backwards while on a hill.
What you have to remember during this manoeuvre is observation again is vital.
While moving away from the kerb you need to mirror, signal,  and check blind spot by looking over right shoulder.

(5)FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH YOUR TEST ROUTE

You should get to know your Driving Test route very well and practice it as much as you can.

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.

(6) KNOW THE RULES FOR ROUNDABOUTS

They are a big challenge for any driver, they require a great deal of observation.

Learn the basic rules for  Roundabouts. they create a big challenge for any driver …not just Learners.
They come in many different guises.Standard and non standard configurations 2exits; 3 exits; 4exits; 5 exits and so on.Each one will often require different postioning ,different signalling and a good deal of observation. Learn the basic rules… take lessons from an Instructor preferably several months ahead of your Test and practise at different times of day .

(7) CHECK OUT THE TEST CENTRE IN ADVANCE OF YOUR TEST

Check out the Test Centre that you have been allocated to well in advance.
Not all Test Centres are custom built and many share car parks with other businesses .You should reverse park into your space before your Driving Test. At the end of your Driving Test you should drive in to  make it easier for yourself.

(8)CHECK ALL DRIVING & CAR DOCUMENTS WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TEST DATE

Your license, Insurance, N.C.T  Road Tax  should all be up to date.

(9)AFTER YOU PASS YOUR TEST

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.
Passing the Test does not mean you are an excellent driver… but you are well on your way!
You have put together a series of skills on the day to the Testers satisfaction and that is an achievement in itself .
You will need to continue to be extremely vigilant and sensible for the first two to three years AFTER passing the Test as this is the most dangerous time in any driving lifetime.
Statistics show that many accidents happen to novice drivers during this period.

(10)IF YOU FAIL YOUR TEST

Failing the Driving Test does not mean you will never become a competant capable Driver. You will just need to take more time  to learn and practice.
Just like every worthwhile skill in life it just takes time  effort and commitment to perfect.