So finally the day has come to sit for the drive test and demonstrate your driving skills and the road rule knowledge that you have acquired over your learning journey. It is quiet understandable that you might be nervous on the day but the key is to stay calm and relaxed. In this article we will be covering some tips for our learners on how to pass the drive test in the first attempt and most important things you need to know for the VicRoads Drive Test.
On the day of your driving test arrive early at the VicRoads service centre. It is recommended that you start early with your journey, you should not be late for your driving test as this will give you ample time to prepare yourself mentally and physically before the examiner sits in your car.
The Licence Testing Office (LTO) will explain out the test criteria to you before the test begins and will go through your logbook and all the other relevant documentation. Do ensure that you do bring all the required documentation as stated in the booking email confirmation you get from VicRoads at the time you made the appointment. Make sure that you do have a roadworthy vehicle with all the controls working, or you can choose to do the test on Driving Instructors vehicle. At Safe N Smart Driving School all our cars are roadworthy, have an ANCAP safety rating of 5 starts and are fitted with reverse cameras to assist the learner drivers with reverse parallel parking. You can contact us and we will be glad to assist you with your drive test booking. Please visit our website to check the most appropriate rates and packages that suit your needs.
Before the test starts, make sure you adjust mirrors and seat as per your comfort and are you ready to begin with the test with the electrics start, seat belt on and windows down. The drive test will start with the Pre-drive check followed by the Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the drive test. The Pre-drive check comprises of checking if all required safety features are working properly and it includes checking the headlights - low & high beam, indicators, signals, horn, brake light, seat belts and windscreen wipers & washer, front & rear demister etc. So when you are all set and before you head on you must be aware of what you being assessed for in your drive test. Below we are sharing the most important tips that will help you during the Vic Roads Drive Test and increase your chances of clearing the drive test in the very first attempt. Check the following areas that you need to pass:
Understand the Vic Roads Drive Test Criteria - it is very important that you know the test criteria and what you will be accessed for. Our instructors at Safe N Smart Driving School ensure that the applicants do have an understanding of what the test comprises of, so that the applicants are aware of the challenges they will be facing.
Know the pre drive check components - make sure that you know the pre-drive components and can demonstrate and operate the controls. If you do not know the controls or any of the controls is not working then the test will not begin.
Knowledge of the road rules - your ability and knowledge to follow the road rules will determine whether you pass at the first attempt or not .Safe N Smart Driving School take pride in ensuring our clients pass the drive test on their first attempt and have sound understanding of the road rules. Our expert driving instructors will teach you all the road rules applicable to VicRoads Drive Test to ensure you not only demonstrate safe behaviour during the test but also continue to do so thorough out your driving carer.
Know the speed limits in the areas - it is very important to be aware of the speed limits in the area where you are driving. Remember over speeding is not a critical error, it is immediate termination of the test. Safe N Smart driving school ensures that our clients pass their drive test with flying colours for two main reasons. Firstly, we ensure to teach all the road rules thoroughly and secondly, we train our clients to drive to a certain extent of competency where they are not only safe but also comfortable to drive not only on the test route but anywhere they go.
Maintain safe distance between the vehicle in front - it is very important to maintain a safe gap from the vehicle in front of you at all times. This is very important since it ensures that you do not crash with the car in front of you, provided they stop suddenly. The Licence Testing Officer (LTO) would also be watching how smoothly you accelerate and brake.
Observe the road signs and prepare accordingly - The LTO would be seeing how well you read the road signs and adjust your driving accordingly. Be observant about these road signs so you do not have any problems on the road.
Stop completely at a stop sign - Vic Roads LTO want to see that you know how to stop completely at the stop sign. Stop just before touching the white line - LTO would be checking if you stopped just before the white line so it does not confuse other drivers. Make sure your car comes to a complete stop for 3 seconds before moving ahead.
Leave enough space between car and bicycle - Vic Roads LTO wants to see if you are observant of your surroundings and leave 1-1.5 meters space while crossing a bike. The distance is determined by the speed limit you are travelling in.
Give way to all vehicles where required - You must give way to all the vehicles as stated in the road rules. Failure to give way will result in a dangerous situation resulting in immediate termination of the drive test. For example, if you are at a T junction and there is a vehicle already on the other side, Vic Roads LTO wants to see that you give way to the other vehicle before you move into the lane.
Use the indicators while turning - A driver must indicate before changing lanes and when turning. Make sure you indicate for 5 clicks before turning and merging in order to give sufficient notice to the vehicles around you.
Do check blind spots where applicable - A blind spot is an area which cannot be seen in the rear view or side mirrors. You must check your blind spots while changing lanes, merging, while reversing (internal head check), moving off from a stationary position and while cutting a bike lane.
Check your mirrors often - The Vic Roads LTO wants you to check your mirrors often while driving. You must check your mirrors for motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and other traffic. Do remember that you are being accessed for observations, so it is important to be aware of what is happening around you while you are on the road.
Give way to the pedestrians - make sure you always give way to the pedestrians. Failure to give way will result in immediate termination of the test.
Do not hit the kerb - please note that you are being observed, so please be careful. Do not hit the kerb else your test will be terminated as hitting the kerb is considered as a collision.
Act safely and sensibly through out the test - driving is all about driving safely, which also means driving in a safe, sensible manner. Make sure that you are always driving safely and sensibly through out the test. Stay calm and be patient through out.
We hope that you will benefit from the above mentioned tips and they will be helpful in passing your drive test in the first attempt. At Safe N Smart Driving School we specialise drive test preparation in the Vic Road service areas of Bundoora, Coolaroo and Broadmeadows. Do checkout our website www.safensmart.com.au for further information regarding the test route area of your interest.
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