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On road test day, your job is to take away the driving examiner’s right to fail you – nothing more, nothing less. If you’ve practiced, that job is a simple task.
Driving is NOT a spectator sport, and you must practice to be prepared for road test day. Remember, we do what we practice, so the more you drive in preparation for your road test, the higher probability of success you are going to have on your driver’s license road test day.
If you haven’t taken driver training with a driving school, be sure to hire a driving school to take you out on a mock road test. A driving instructor will identify the gaps in your driving abilities, skills, and knowledge so you will be better prepared. Keep in mind, driving schools teach drivers how to pass a road test every day!
Importantly, if you make a mistake on the road test, move on quickly – do not dwell on the mistake. If you dwell on the mistake, your distraction will cause you to make more mistakes. And some times the driving examiner may not have even seen the mistake.
Speed and space management are the 2 biggest components of a driver’s license road test. Be sure to drive the posted speed limit for the speed of the traffic flow – whichever is less. As well, stay away from other traffic, vehicles, road users, pedestrians and fixed objects.
In addition to speed and space management, observation and communication are the other two fundamental components that make up a road test. You must demonstrate to the examiner that you have a scanning pattern that allows you to interpret and predict traffic patterns. As well, the scanning pattern is looking in the mirrors and monitoring the gauges on the dash of your vehicle. And for the purposes of observing, you must shoulder check at least twice for every turn and lateral movement. You must shoulder check two times when making lane changes.
When communicating with other traffic, you must activate your turn signal approximately 1/2 block before making a turn. And it is suggested that you have three flashes on the turn signal before making any lateral movement or lane changes.
To review…the 4 fundamental components of any road test are:
1) speed management
2) space management
Demonstrate competency in these 4 basic components of the road test, and you will have taken away the examiner’s right to fail you.
Good luck on your road test.