As a Learner Driver, when you get to VICROADS for your Driving Test, most of the people want to PASS it on the 1st Attempt. Passing Driving Test is not MAGIC. It's a lot of hard work you have put through by LEARNING, PRACTICE and of course MONIES.

If you PASS your Drive Test on the 1st Attempt, there are 2 reasons behind it. You have done enough practice on diverse road and had professional lessons on the route and learn to drive with them, or you are exceptionally FORTUNATE.

 

Remember that even after you have passed your drive test, you are a FRESH driver on the road with lack of EXPERIENCE. What you have learned so far, you will learn more than that on the road driving SOLO. While being a learner you had an option to ask your instructor or parent or partner if you are not sure. When you drive SOLO, you are at your own. You cannot ask technology to help you, HEY SIRI I'M STUCK AT ROUND ABOUT, HEY GOOGLE SOMEONE IS BEEPING AT ME.

 

It's your learning will come to help you only. People around you on road will teach you more as you drive.

 

Below are some TIPS to pass your test.

Take enough lessons

If you are on your LOGBOOK, It is required to have 120 hours out of which 20 hours night drive. It's a good idea to start with a Professional Instructor and then practice with parents for rest of the hours. Once you are approaching close to your hours, or you are ready for your drive test when you turn 18 years old, get back to Instructor for lessons on the VicRoads testing centre. This will give you more insight of what will happen on a drive test. It is a great way to exceed the 120 hours mark and record more hours on the book. The more you drive, the more confident you will become.

Get familiar with the Test Route at VicRoads

Never travel to any unfamiliar testing Centre. Some young learners and immigrant chose to go to regional testing centre. It is not recommended at all. You will risk failing the test as the area is not known to you and you have spent all your energy travelling to and from Melbourne and cannot focus on what you are doing on the test.

Rather, use your lessons wisely at the end of your learning process. Go with your instructor to your nearest testing centre. Your instructor knows the route the best and can take you on each and every road you would go on your drive test. This is a well-planned approach to your drive test. If you have spare budget, go twice or thrice to the testing area with instructor. You can practice with your parents or partner in the testing area.

Remember to turn on TIMELINE on a GOOGLE MAPS. It will record your entire drive and you can use that as guide when going to practice again.

 

Work on the most common Driving Test Faults

 

Not Checking Mirrors:

  • Before braking

  • Before doing a lane change

  • When crossing a bicycle lane

  • When changing lane

  • When merging on road

  • When doing 3 points turn

  • When doing a Reverse Parallel Parking

  • When turning at roundabout or intersection

Not Doing Head Checks:

  • Before doing a lane change

  • When crossing a bicycle lane

  • When changing lane

  • When merging on road

  • When doing 3 points turn

  • When doing a Reverse Parallel Parking

Lookout:

  • Not reacting to what’s in the mirrors

  • Failure to drive to weather or traffic conditions

  • Not confident to go at roundabouts or T intersection

 

Speed:

  • Driving too SLOW (10km/h less than speed limit) **

  • Driving too FAST (5km/h more than speed limit)

  • **if Traffic condition do not permit to drive at designated road speed, it is acceptable. When the roads are wet or its raining, you can drive 10km/h less than the speed limit.

 

Signalling:

  • Fail to signal before turning

  • Fail to Cancel signal after the turn

  • Fail to turn per the signal and continue straight on road

  • Fail to turn on the side of signal and turn the other side

Control: ​

  • Shaking the steering to keep vehicle lateral

  • Steering too hard when turning

  • Accelerate too hard when pulling off or turning

  • Brake too hard to cause discomfort

Even if you think you’ve got these down, practise and then practise again.

You’ll be nervous on the day, so you need your body to remember the action instinctively if your brain decides to switch off.

 

Prepare ahead for the TEST Day

  • Get enough sleep the night before your driving test.

  • Don't skip your breakfast or lunch per your time of test.

  • Don't plan anything for the day.

  • Wear Casual clothing that is relaxed.

  • Do not wear tight fit top or jeans as it will restrict your underarm and leg movement.

  • Wear your normal shoes which you wear while driving. DO NOT CHANGE SHOES.

  • DO NOT WEAR FLOATER or THONGS.

  • If you wear Spectacles or Lenses, make sure they are in place and cleaned.

  • Make a folder that contains the following documents for verification at VicRoads.

  • Learner's Permit

  • Passport 

  • Utility bill (Gas, Electric, Council Rates, Lease agreement, an email attachment suffice too)

  • Change of Name document (name change certificate, marriage certificate)

  • Medicare Card (your name should be there)

  • Bank Card (Credit or Debit card)

At the VicRoads office prior to your Drive Test

  • Get to VicRoads 15 minutes before your drive test.

  • Park your Vehicle at the DRIVING TEST ONLY BAY in reverse. (not required if with instructor)

  • Make sure your vehicle is displaying "L" plates at the front and read wind screen. (not required if with instructor)

  • Get a ticket for your drive test.

  • Wait for call out.

  • When call out go to counter with Instructor or by yourself.

  • If with instructor, instructor provide his vehicle details and id. 

  • If you are going with your own vehicle, you need to provide the Registration Number and Auto / Manual Transmission to the LTO.

  • Provide your Learner Permit to the LTO.

  • Provide additional ID documents when requested by LTO from your folder.

  • When asked "DO WEAR GLASSES OR CONTACT LENSE", answer truthfully.

  • When asked "DO YOU SUFFER FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDTION OR TAKE ANY MEDICATION", answer truthfully.

  • You will be asked to read a sting of character from a distance of 10 feet.

  • If you can't read it, you are not going for a drive test. 

  • Then officer will say” The test is in 2 stages, in stage 1 I will ask you to 3 points turn or Reverse Parallel Parking, do you know both of them?" answer truthfully. Then officer will say, after stage 1 I will ask you to pull over to kerb to add your score and if you have enough points, we will move into stage 2. There are permanent 40 km/h zone and road works. Obey the speed limit and all road rules. You are not allowed to talk while the test but if you want me to repeat any instruction, please ask. 

  • Then officer will say I will meet you at the car.

At the VicRoads Car Park prior to your Drive Test

  • Get into your car.

  • Once the LTO arrives to your car, turn the ignition on.

 

The LTO from the front of the Car ask you to operate as follow.

  • Indicate Left

  • Indicate Right

  • Indicator off

  • Headlight on

  • Headlights on HIGH BEAM

  • Back to LOW BEAM

  • Leave the lights ON for the rest of the drive test.

  • Turn on Hazard Lights

  • Hazards lights off

  • Beep the Horn

  • Front Washer and Wiper

Then officer will go at the back of the car and ask as follow

  • Indicate Left

  • Indicate Right

  • Indicator off

  • Hazard lights on

  • Hazard lights off

  • Foot on the brake

Then officer will sit in the car with you in front seat, (in the rear if with instructor vehicle) and ask you to point at

  • Front and Rear Demister​

  • Hand Brake

If you fail to identify and operate any control, your drive test terminates immediately. If you cannot point to your Front and Read Demister, the LTO will show it to you and still take your drive test.

You are then asked to start the car and go through the exit. If you cannot start the car, you are given 2 chance to get it started. If you cannot start the car after 3 attempts, your drive test terminates.

While on the Test

  • Keep your breathing Normal or take deep Breath, lack of breathing leads to NERVOUSNESS.

  • Listen to LTO's instruction as you do normally. It's good to repeat the instruction or speak to yourself.

  • If in confusion, ask the LTO to repeat again.

  • If you are in doubt about a lane or street you are turning in, point and ask the LTO.

  • Treat the LTO as someone FRIENDLY you know. They are not scary. They are just human like you.

Stay Focused

You would be driving perfectly with your instructor or parent or partner. But you don't when you are on the Drive Test?        WHY?

Because you are nervous. The nervousness is just in your mind for a reason that either you are not prepared for the test or you may not like the person coming with you in the car to test your ability to drive.

 

This is just a belief. There is nothing to be nervous, you know the car, you know the area, you know what they are going to test you on. The only thing changes on the drive test is the VOICE of the Instruction and a PIN DROP SILENCE in the cabin.

It's okay to make mistakes on the Drive Test. You are not penalised for making 2 nominal mistakes (critical error). Remember to move on when you make a mistake than keep on thinking about it. You are not an expert to decide whether that mistake was normal or serious. You do your job and do it at the best. 

People who takes the Drive Test as a regular lesson, tends to DO BEST than people who are so attentive and try to do everything perfect.

GOOD LUCK

  • How to enter in Car

  • How to adjust Seat

  • How to adjust  Mirror

  • How to adjust Steering

  • Rear View Mirror

  • Hazard Lights

  • Head Lights & Indicator 

  • Washer & Wiper

  • Demisters

  • Hand Brake

  • Head Rest

  • Seat Belt

  • Front FOG light

  • Rear FOG light

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