Driving :: Preparing for your Driving Test (Part 1)


At the start of the test, the examiner will ask you to read a vehicle number plate. If you require glasses or contact lenses, you must wear them whenever you drive. If you have problems with the eyesight test, you may consider contacting an optician.


Make sure you always adjust the Seat, Mirror & Seat belt so that you are comfortable and can reach all the controls. Before you start the engine, make sure that the doors are shut properly, the handbrake is on and the gear lever is in neutral. If you restart the engine quickly, for example after stalling the engine, you must make sure that you keep the vehicle under control.


Always try to use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible. This means less wear and tear on your vehicle and a smoother ride for your passengers. Make proper use of the accelerator and clutch to make a smooth start. Always depress the clutch just before you stop. Select the correct gear to match the road and traffic conditions. Change gear in good time but not too soon before a hazard.


The examiner may ask you to move off safely and under control on the level, from behind a parked vehicle and if practicable on a hill. Remember to always use your mirrors, and signal if necessary. Just before moving away check that it is safe by looking round for traffic and pedestrians in your blind spot. Move off in a controlled way making balanced use of the accelerator, clutch and brakes, and steer safely. Make sure you are in the correct gear, and do not allow the vehicle to roll back.


If you have to stop in an emergency remember to brake evenly and progressively and try to avoid locking the wheels. Remember that in wet weather it can take twice as long to stop safely. After carrying out an emergency stop, remember to carry out all round observations before moving away, as you are not in the "normal stopping position".


Whenever you are reversing a vehicle, you will need to proceed under full control. Steer a course reasonably close to the kerb. Remember that you vehicle will swing out as you turn the corner. Avoid hitting or mounting the kerb, or steering too wide. You must take good, effective all-round observation throughout the manoeuvre and show consideration to other road users.


Keep a look out for traffic and pedestrians whenever you are turning your vehicle and be prepared to give way to them. Control your vehicle smoothly. Do not let the vehicle mount the pavement and try not to touch the kerb as this can cause damage to your vehicle as well as endangering other road users. Watch out for obstructions on the footpath.