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Driving test tips

Tips to passing your driving test

Before the test

structured and focusedBe well prepared: Most people need at least 40 hrs of experience. The more hours you put in – the more likely you are to pass your driving test.

Have professional lessons with a good instructor. This increases the chances of you passing first time as your instructor should be familiar with modern driving test standards. Note: if you have completed 60 + hrs with the same instructor and have failed at least 3 times – maybe it’s time to change instructor!

hare and tortoiseBe persistent! Remember the parable of the race between the hare and the tortoise. The tortoise won because he just kept going. With determination even the least gifted drivers can pass first time!

 

The Beginning of the test

portsmouth tcThe test lasts about 40 minutes.

Arrive about ten minutes before your test appointment time. Make sure you have a valid driving license – plastic part only.

Make sure you bring glasses, if needed. Make sure you meet the eye site requirement, as if you fail this at the beginning of the test you will not be allowed to take the test.

Make sure you concentrate  at all times especially just after you have completed the manoeuvre.

Treat the examiners with respect and dress suitably. Be friendly, they do a difficult job.

Ask your instructor to come with you. Normally they will sit behind you but not take any part in the test.  The advantage of this, is if for any reason you don’t pass, then the instructor will know exactly where you need to improve. Of course if you pass they will also see your success in action!

Know your show me tell me questions’ thoroughly! These questions are going to be the first impression the examiner has of you, so make it a positive one!

During the test

During the test the examiner may make notes. Don’t  let this distract you. Remember, they write up a report about the test and so it could be good things they are writing!

Any serious or dangerous fault means you will fail.  A good pass is one without any serious or dangerous faults and six minors or less. If you repeat a minor fault three times or more then it could become a serious fault.

Concentrate!

stay focusedMost people seem to fail within 5 minutes of leaving the test centre or 10 minutes or so from the end!The period after completing the manoeuvre is often critical. Roundabouts and junctions are where most people fail.

If you feel really nervous talk to yourself under your breath. Concentrate on what you can see and are doing rather than how you feel!

 

Anticipate and plan.
Be aware and focused

Independent driving

thinkAs part of the test you will asked to perform 10 minutes of independent driving:  You will either follow a set of instructions, a map, or road signs.

If you are unsure of where to go, ask the examiner. If you do go the wrong way – say at a roundabout – in general it’s better to do that, than in haste change lanes, forget to looking properly and end with a serious fault!

Some pupils find it easier to repeat the examiners instruction: “at the end of the road turn right”. It helps them concentrate.

If the examiner doesn’t give you an instruction then assume its straight ahead.

Speed

speedometerKeep to the speed limits and don’t dawdle. If you go everywhere at 20mph in a 30mph limit without reason you will fail if you keep doing it!

Don’t break the speed limits – you will fail!

If you are not sure of the speed limit assume its 30mph.

If you stall remember that is NOT an automatic failure. It’s how you handle it. If you handle it safely then you will be fine. If your keep stalling however then this may be marked as a serious fault.

Town driving

side mirrorAt some point of your test you will probably do some busy town driving. Don’t take risks, go for the low risk solution when meeting other vehicles.

Watch indicators clicking off especially when turning right at a roundabout. 

Use plenty of mirrors – rear mirror when slowing and right mirror when moving past parked cars. Check your mirrors every 10 seconds (helps you concentrate and stay aware)

Moving off and stopping

stop-2Moving off and stopping safely is an important part of the test which will be tested three or four times. Make sure that when the examiner asks you to find a safe place to stop, that your first action is to mirror and signal and THEN start looking! (If you start looking and then mirror and signal then the danger is that you may slow down without being aware of following vehicles.

Avoid stopping opposite junctions, on corners or in front of someones driveway.

After stopping in a safe place the examiner will say something like : “in your own time move off”. Use this as an opportunity to have a micro-break.

When moving off make sure that you check thoroughly (especially the blind-spot). Signal if necessary. Moving off must be prompt and safe.

If your car has ‘start stop technology‘ – use it! It gives you chance to rest your feet and gives you a mini-break.

Don’t be afraid of using the handbrake when stopped. It tends to be safer and less prone to error or stalling.

Manoeuvres

EL3On the driving test you will be asked to perform one manoeuvre. Don’t stress about them, they only take a couple of minutes and as long as you perform them safely (even if not very elegantly)  you will not fail. They normally take place about half way through the test.

The examiner will choose one of four possible manoeuvres:

  1. Bay Park (either at the beginning or the end of the test in the test centre car park)
  2. The Left Reverse
  3. The Turn in the Road
  4. The Parallel Park

In addition to these, you may be asked to do the emergency stop.

IMG_0773Learn to park forwards into a bay – even though this isn’t part of the test.  This is possibly the last thing you are going to do before switching off and getting your results  – so do it well even though its not accessed!

Lastly good luck and hopefully you’ll get one of these!

© 13/10/2015 Paul Noble

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Show me tell me questions

Show me tell me questions

Question  Category Answer
(1) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil and TELL ME how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. Engine Oil Identify dipstick, describe check of oil level against maximum and minimum marker
(2) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and TELL ME how you would check that the engine has the correct level Engine Coolant High and low level markers
(3) Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and TELL ME how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid Brake Fluid Check level against high and low level markers
(4) Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and TELL ME how you would check the windscreen washer level. Windscreen washer Identify and explain how.
(5) TELL ME how you would check the tyres to ensure that they would have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road. Tyres- Tread No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾.
(6) TELL ME where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressure should be checked Tyre
Pressures
Manufactures guide using a reliable pressure gauge. Tyres cold.
(7) SHOW ME how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine) Brake Lights Turn ignition on, operate the brake pedal, make use of reflection or get somebody to check
(8) TELL ME how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle) Lights Turn ignition on, walk around the vehicle.
(9) SHOW ME how you would check that the direction indictors are working Indicators Apply the hazard warning switch and walk around vehicle
(10) SHOW ME how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it. Fog lights Switch on side lights and ignition. (Button on right next to light switch )
(11) SHOW ME how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car. Main Beam Stick on left side of steering pull towards you, blue light comes on.
(12) SHOW ME/EXPLAIN how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey Power Assisted Steering Steering shouldn’t feel heavy when the engine is running
(13) SHOW ME how you would check that the horn is working Horn Press it!
(14) SHOW ME how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle Hand-Brake Apply footbrake. Demonstrate by applying handbrake so that when its fully applied it secures itself and it’s not at the end of its working travel.
(15) TELL ME how you would you know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system Anti-Lock Braking System Warning light on the dashboard lights if there is a fault.
(16) TELL ME how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey Brakes Brakes shouldn’t feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side
(17) SHOW ME how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens. Demister Press the button with the orange
(18) SHOW ME how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers Clean Windcsreen Operate control (right stick press in) Turn ignition on.
(19) TELL ME how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a cash Head Restraint The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part is at least as high as eye or top of the ears.

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