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Q: Practical Driving Test FAQs
A: The easiest way to judge if you are good enough to pass is to ask yourself.. "Can I drive for 30 minutes without any guidance or mistakes?" If you can't, then your not ready!

Q: What Happens on The Day of the Test?
A: You will be picked up one hour before the test, this enables you to relax and get into driving again. We can also go over some manouvres if you want. We arrive at the test centre 10 minutes before the test. You will need to revers bay park into a space. Don't worry if this goes wrong, it usually does! At test time, the examiner will call your name. You will need to show him BOTH parts of your driving licence and sign a residency declaration. Once paperwork has been completed, you and the examiner proceed to the car.

Q: Will I Get an Emergency Stop?
A: The controlled stop, more commonly referred to as the "emergency stop", is an exercise which determines the ability of the candidate to stop the vehicle promptly yet under control during a simulated emergency. The simulation is performed by the examiner raising his or her hand and saying, "STOP!". The exercise should be carried out on approximately one out of every three tests, but must be carried out on every extended test.

Q: Whats the pass rate?
A: Nationally its a dire 43%, but with our instructors its about 85%!

Q: What car will i use for my test?
A: You can use your instructors car or your own car. How long does the test last? It's normally about 40 minutes, which is 30 mins of driving plus a couple of manouvres.

Q: What Happens on the Test?
A: Generally, the candidate must demonstrate an ability to drive in various road and traffic conditions and react appropriately in actual risk situations. The conditions typically encountered on test include driving in urban areas as well as higher speed limit roads where possible. The object of the test is to ensure that the candidate is well grounded in the basic principles of safe driving, and is sufficiently practised in them to be able to show, at the time of the test, that they are a competent and considerate driver and are not a source of danger to themselves or to other road users.

The drive will include two or three normal stops at (and moving away from) the side of the road on level roads as well as on gradients, in addition to a demonstration of moving away from behind a stationary vehicle. The regulations state that the on-road driving time must be no less than 30 minutes.

Q: What Should I do if I Fail?
A: The worst thing you could do is stop your lessons. Quite often the wait for a driving test can be 6 weeks or more. You MUST keep driving during this time. Just because you were driving well before your first test does not mean that standard will remain the same until your next test. It won't.

Good Luck!


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How to Pass Your Driving Test

Be prepared and understand what you need to do and you’ll be fine. If you fail, then the examiner simply did not feel that you were ready to drive alone. That's all there is to it.

If you cannot drive on busy roads for at least 30 minutes, without any (or minimal) help from your instructor, then you are not ready to take your test. Make sure you know the show me, tell me questions and answers. This will get you off to a good start. Thoroughly learn the cockpit drill and go through it each time you get in the car. Remember your 'normal driving position' and Keep well to the left, but don't drive in the gutter.

Never look down at the gear stick when driving along... learn to change gears without looking. Don't drive too slowly...try to keep up with the traffic flow but remember the speed limit!

Always try to anticipate what might happen in good time. Try not to stop at every junction if you can help it. Try to look well ahead, so open your eyes and scan the junction as early as you can!

When you are emerging from junctions you need to look in both directions, no matter which way you turn. As an absolute minimum, when turning left from into a main road you should look at least, right-left-right. Remember, "creep and peep" where you need to. If there's a danger, stop creeping but keep peeping!! Always signal on approaching a junction to turn left or right, no matter how clear the road is. Also, always signal on the approach to any roundabout if you have to turn left or right. Always signal on a roundabout to inform other road users that you intend to turn off at the next exit, even if going straight on. Don't indicate every time you pass a parked car or move out slightly for a pedal cyclist.

During the test the examiner will ask you to stop on the left and move off again several times. The examiner wants to see how effective your observations are and how safely you move away. . When you move off you must use the Prepare, Observe, Move routine. A quick look in the mirror is absolutely not enough. Always give pedestrians the right of way. They are the most vulnerable road users. Try to get the habit of using your mirrors before you do anything at all. Use them in pairs, interior and at least one wing mirror. When leaving roundabouts check your near side wing mirror before you move to your left. That imaginary scooter might just be darting up your near side!

Good Luck!

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Why People FAIL...

Acting improperly at road junctions.
A common reason for a test fail with junctions is going over the give way or stop lines. Coming to a stop over the line is of course dangerous. Approaching junctions too fast and lack of observation results in the number 1 test fail. On approaching a junction, use your mirrors, slow down to an appropriate speed so that it gives you plenty of time to observe the road, other vehicles and pedestrians and carry out the MSM routine in good time.

Reversing around a corner incorrectly.
Control, accuracy and observations are the key things to this manoeuvre. Hitting the curb, swinging wide and lack of observation is a common test fail for this. During the manoeuvre, use an appropriate speed. Keep it slow, giving yourself enough time to judge your distances correctly, use your mirrors and correct observation. Give way to all other road users as necessary. Don't forget to check over your right shoulder before turning!

Failure to make proper use of steering.
Remember to feed the steering wheel through your hands. Don’t cross your hands on the wheel, don't let the wheel spin back after a turn or drive with any hands off the wheel for any longer than they have to be. Use the steering freely and smoothly. Manoeuvre - problems with parking. Reverse parking is arguably one of the trickiest manoeuvres. The purpose is to show the Examiner that you have good control of the car using clutch control, accuracy and observation. Keep the vehicle slow, giving yourself plenty of time to manoeuvre the vehicle accurately and to observe other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and stop if they approach. Don't forget to look over your right shoulder before each turn to check for any other approaching road users.

Failure to make proper use of gears.
Make sure you are in the correct gear before pulling away. When slowing down or coming to a stop, use the brakes to slow down and not the gears. As a general rule, move into 2nd gear as soon as you move from stationary to about 7 mph, 3rd gear at 20mph, 4th gear at 35mph, and 5th gear at 45mph. Don't worry though, if you have been taught by Bumpers you will be fine!

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