VicRoads Test Preparation
Driving safely may not be adequate to pass the VicRoads driving test. Since the driving licence testing officers will be looking into the series of performing the task, you have to drive according to the test criteria that our experienced instructor teach you in our driving classes in order to get the tick on the score sheet.
It is good practice to think about traffic conditions in the area. Try to abstain rush hour times that could lead to driving in heavy traffic. Even though you will ultimately be able to face these conditions by the time you are finally be prepared for test, rush hour traffic probably will not help you clear the test.
NOTE: Generally it is NOT a good idea to book Hazard Perception Test & Drive Test on very same day. It might seem like an attainable idea, if you didn’t able to pass HPT (Hazard Perception Test), you simply will not be able to Drive Test later on. You MUST first pass HPT before booking Drive Test. Doing this will avoid rescheduling or even paying additional appointment fees.
Driving Classes – Things To Remember
It is crucial to get a good night sleep, stay hydrated & ensure you have eaten well before appearing for test. Although it is not a physical examination, it will mentally test your skills & you have to be at your best to make sure you clear test in first attempt.
It would be helpful if book a final and last driving lesson with your instructor on or before the day of your Driving Test. A local accredited driving instructor will most likely be aware of the routes taken by the VicRoads testing officers and where they will ask you to perform required manoeuvres. You can use this last lesson as a test-run for the real test, acting out the entire process with your instructor providing feedback where necessary to improve your performance for the real test.
Make sure you are well aware of what you need to bring to the test (including vehicle requirements) and the test and licence fees you will have to pay. The administrative details can be found on the VicRoads official website.
VicRoads Drive Test Tips
Following drive test tips will be helpful in passing VicRoads test. Consider these points & avoid common mistakes
One of the most common mistakes to avoid is making incomplete stops. Many drivers slow down, but do not actually come to a complete stop during the road test. You must come to a full stop, and behind the demarcation line. Be sure to stop before the line.
Improper Lane Changing:
It’s not terribly difficult to signal your intention to change lanes, then check your mirrors and blind spot before changing lanes, however people fail to do it all the time. Be sure to change lanes properly! When your LTO tells you to change lanes, first look, turn on your signal, check your rear view and side mirrors, turn your head to check for a car, truck or motorcycle in your blind spot, and only when it is clear should you change lanes. Be sure to watch out for traffic in front of you, too, and keep your speed up.
Lack of Steering Control:
Although demonstrating confidence behind the wheel is important during your test, don’t be so confident that you drive one-handed. Keep both hands on the wheel when possible. Make hand-over-hand turns, and release from the turn with controlled slippage or pull/push method.
Keep your cell phone and stereo off during your driving test. This is common sense, but it is surprising how many people are thinking or fidgeting with other things while taking their test. Focus on the task at hand, and keep your mind on the road.
Confusion at Four-Way Stops:
When you come to an intersection with stop signs, especially at four-way stops, be sure you know what to do if there are other cars waiting at the intersection. Wait your turn, then go. Be sure to signal your intentions if you are turning. Generally, if two cars arrive at an intersection at the same time, the car to the right goes first.
Improper Freeway Merging:
It is unlikely that your LTO will take you onto the freeway, but should it happen, know how to merge safely from the entrance ramp into traffic at speed. Many beginners stop at the end of the ramp rather than merging, causing an unsafe situation.
Driving Too Slowly:
During your test, it is important to display confidence. Being overly careful by driving considerably below the speed limit can cause unsafe conditions for yourself and other drivers.
Driving Too Fast for Conditions:
There are times when it is not safe to drive at the speed limit. If there is rain, fog, an accident or traffic congestion, slow down to a safe speed.
Changing Lanes in an Intersection:
Do not change lanes when passing through an intersection, whether you are going straight or making a turn. Even if the lane is clear and you are following the rules for proper lane changes, never do it in an intersection. Wait until you are safely past the intersection to make the lane change.
Braking Too Hard:
Make sure you are familiar with how soft or hard the brakes are in the car you will be using during your test. Hard braking is acceptable in emergency situations, but while slowing down or stopping, use just enough brake to get the job done, but not so much that you and your passenger are thrown forward.
Following Too Closely:
Be sure to stay several car lengths behind the traffic in front of you. Keep a safe distance so that if the car in front of you swerves or brakes, you will have enough reaction time to keep you and your passengers safe from harm.
Driving Too Fast:
Stay within the speed limit even if other drivers are driving faster. Be aware of drops in the speed limit as well, especially in school zones, work zones and other special speed limit areas.
The main factors to watch out for are not to hit other cars or to run over the curb. It is fine to touch the curb, but don’t roll over it. Even if you get points taken off for not successfully parallel parking your car, as long as you don’t hit a car or the curb too forcefully, you should still pass your test.
Not Checking Mirrors:
It is sound advice that during your VicRoads test you should check your mirrors more often than you normally would while driving. Many driving test-takers completely forget to regularly check their rear-view and side mirrors. Besides, it’s always a good idea to know where other vehicles are in relation to you even if you are not changing lanes.
Make sure the car you bring to use for your VicRoads test complies with all safety laws. The windshield should not be cracked. The safety belts must work. Also make sure the headlights, tail lights, turn signals, and windshield wipers all function properly. Clean your car inside and out to ensure that there is no debris or personal items that could slide around causing hazardous driving conditions, and that your windows are clean for optimal visibility. If your car is not up to standard, you will have to retake your test another time.