Once you are done with your driving course training and are full in confidence to handle the steering wheel, the next step is to take the practical driving test. It is the final step to mastering those driving skills and procuring your legitimate ticket to freedom. 

Speaking of its practical side, a driving test can be very nerve-wracking, but each of the tests adheres to a similar pattern. It involves testing your driving ability, and the skills learned during the course duration. 

Jake Matthew- an examiner at a driving school in Mount Waverley-

 “A driving test should take about an hour at max out of which includes 40-minutes of driving on roads around the test centre. So, those who are sitting for their test, the key is to fall back on all their lessons and implement them confidently with the steering wheel in your hands.”

When reaching; you will have to show the examiner the theory test passing certificate and provisional driver license. Unable to show these will prevent you from taking the driving test.

Key Aspects Of A Practical Drive Test:- 

  • Properly Testing Your Vision:- 

Your task will include loudly reading the number plate of some other vehicle from a distance of 20 metres or more. Unable to read it clearly will lead to you failing the test.

  • Maintenance Questions About The Car:- 

Vince Tiden-a instructor /examiner at a cheap yet distinguished driving school in Mount Waverley states:- 

 “There are two questions about car safety that you should follow. They include ‘Show-Me Questions’ where you have to show the examiner - ‘how to know if the indicator lights were working properly or not.

And ‘Tell-Me Questions’ which involve telling the examiner how to know if there’s an issue with the car’s engine. One good thing here is that there are no trick questions to worry about.” 

  • Your Driving Proficiency:-

After the questionnaire round is over, the next aspect of a practical drive test is to check the proficiency of the driver to control the vehicle.

This includes navigating through a busy road, parallel parking, pulling over to the side of the road and then resuming to drive again. The examiner sitting with you will give out clear instructions about what they want you to do and score you based on the quality of your driving and also how to make a sudden stop in an emergency. 

  • Reverse Manoeuvres And Independent Driving:

Steven Morris- a driving instructor in Dandenong, says:- “Another key aspect of a practical drive test is performing reverse driving manoeuvres or drive action. This may be either reversing around a corner, parking or driving into some space in reverse gear.

This is an important part of real-time driving and also a tad tricky. So; you need to focus on this round and ensure the instructor given you a decent score.” 

Lastly-: When everything is assessed, the instructor allows you a 10-minute grace time for driving independently. Mind you; this is not a test; rather it is an allowance for a fun-drive.   

How An Instructor Scores You?

The score is given based on how many errors you have committed during the test. Ideally, the examiner will look into three vivid categories of mistakes.

  • Where you put yourself or other’s for that matter in harm’s way- like trying to surpass another car at the wrong turning or crossing. 
  • Where you could prove perilous in some particular situations like forgetting to indicate when pulling out into the highway. 
  • Repeatedly making the same errors like not leaving adequate space between your car and the one before you, or not making a signal before a turn.

To ensure you clear your driving test; you are not allowed to make any mistake in the first couple of categories. However; you are allowed 15 small mistakes.

After the completion of the test, the examiner will reveal test score and on passing will sanction a legitimate driving certificate and license which you will get in 3-weeks time.

P.S:- You can start driving from the very next day of clearing your test without having to wait for any kind of physical evidence.

Last Words:-

Now you have a clear picture of how a practical driving test is conducted. Truth be told, it all boils down to remembering your driving lessons in Dandenong and implementing them when sitting behind the steering wheels. All the course training, tips and words of advice should be ingrained in your mind along with proper practice.

If you are able to do that and hone your skills, there’s no stopping you from clearing your test.

Wishing You All The Best For Your TEST!

Author's Bio: 

The author gives driving lessons in Dandenong to young and old learners for years. Along with that, the author also has a knack for writing and using blogs and articles educates the readers about how drive tests are conducted or a top driving school in Mount Waverley.