The big day is almost here. It is only natural to feel nervous about your upcoming road test, fortunately there are a few simple things you can keep in mind to easily pass.
Practice makes perfect
This saying would not be repeated as much if it were not true. As your test date approaches, ensure you have spent enough time driving to become comfortable and confident on the road. The ideal time behind the wheel is 60 hours for most drivers to build up enough confidence to successfully attempt their road test.
Before you start
Make sure to adjust your mirrors, turn off the radio and, most importantly, buckle your seatbelt. Take a moment to ensure you are familiar with the car’s settings and that brake lights and turn signals are in working order. The person administering the test will be checking to see if you do all of this before the key is in the ignition.
Obey speed limits
This should go without saying, but people often are too busy focusing on the road that they forget to keep an eye on the dashboard. It is dangerous to both drive too quickly and too slowly, so try to drive as close to the posted limit as you can without going over.
Use the e-brake
Remember to use your emergency brake whenever you are asked to park. This is especially important if you are asked to park on a hill. If you are facing uphill, turn your wheels to the left of the curb – turn your wheels to the right if there is no curb. When facing downhill, always turn your wheels to the right. Additionally, if you are asked to emergency park, do not forget to turn your hazard lights on.
Red means stop
Scan for stop signs and red lights early to avoid slamming on your brakes. You could lose points on your test if you do not come to a gradual stop.
Turn signals exist
Once you start to drive regularly, you will see that some drivers seem to forget that a car has the ability to indicate which way it is turning. Do not be that person. Always use your turn signals when turning left or right and while merging into different lanes.
In addition to using your turn signals, be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians while making a turn. Slow down gradually to safely turn and steadily and speed back up once you complete the turn.
Everyone’s favourite part of the road test. This maneuver can be intimidating to new and experienced drivers alike, which is why getting lessons can be helpful. Professionals can teach you how to parallel park properly so you do not have to fear it during or after your test.
You will be asked to change lanes multiple times during your test. The tester will be looking to see if you always check your blind spots by looking over your shoulder, check all of your mirrors, and whether you use your turn signals.
It is tricky to know what other drivers are going to do, but being able to anticipate their moves can make you safer. You can easily do this by keeping your eyes on the road and being aware of what is happening beside and behind your vehicle.
The examiner wants to be able to see that you not only know what to do in different traffic situations, but also that you are safe, confident, and efficient. Booking a driving lesson as an assessment is an excellent way to become aware of your weaknesses before your road test.