Practicing, studying the Highway Code, having confidence, and seeking advice and tips from others are some of the ways of ensuring success in a road test. This list includes activities a learner undertakes before the test and during the test itself.
Before the test, it is important to practice using the same vehicle you plan to use for the test to allow for familiarity. Getting acquainted to the testing area helps in noting the speed limits, road signs and potential hazards. Asking someone who has taken the test before for advice and tips helps in preparing for what to expect. It is also crucial to inspect the car to make sure the lights, wipers, mirrors, wheels and other essential parts are in the right condition. Learning the Highway Code allows you to make calm, precise decisions during the test.
On the day of the test, it is key to ensure that all the paperwork, including the insurance for the vehicle, is in order. Getting to the testing area early enough allows for time to relax and prepare mentally for the test. The most crucial things to remember are: be observant, be aware, signal accurately and be in control. Being observant involves checking mirrors and being careful at junctions and roundabouts. Awareness involves driving at the appropriate speed, reacting in good time and driving appropriately for the weather and traffic conditions. Signaling involves giving the right signal and canceling it when the need is no longer there. Control involves placing the hands properly on the steering wheel, steering accurately while turning and reversing, and having a good clutch control.