First of all let’s categorically say that passing the driving test is only the beginning of your driving career, no matter how good you are on the day of the exam. It will take the average novice driver perhaps three years of steady and steady driving before he or she can say “I am now becoming an experienced driver. Please note the emphasis on the word “becoming”. The arrival of the experienced drivers on the podium will take much longer. I guess it really depends on the amount of driving you undertake on a daily, weekly basis, the level of night driving and also the traffic conditions during the daily sorties will determine how long this learning experience will take. To paraphrase Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the atomic bomb . “I have become a destroyer of worlds” This could be applied to many student drivers who pass their driving test and then proceed to total their cars and those of other drivers in the weeks and months after the test.
Passing the driving test is a combination of basic driving skills, positive attitude, detailed preparation, attention to detail, practice in the general area where the tests are conducted, and lots of in-depth instruction from a driving school. The need for professional education cannot be underestimated and the inside information imparted to the student by the Instructor will give the Test candidate the best chance of a positive result. Many of these aspects are ignored by test candidates and we will explore in more detail what will be required in the rest of the text. There are numerous details to pay attention to during this preparation and if the candidate accepts them with a positive focus, a good result will follow.
We will take a look at the aspects of the car that need to be checked: –
Tires ……… The tires must be in good condition with a tread depth well above the legal limit and without cuts, cracks or bulges on the sidewall. The tires with the best treads should always be on the front axle and this is something that should be considered as an essential part of your weekly technical check. The tire pressure must conform to the tire specification as incorrectly inflated tires are not only dangerous but wear out very quickly and give an uncomfortable ride.
Lights and Indicators …… All brake lights and indicators must function properly and the lenses must be clean and undamaged. It is very important to bring a couple of spare bulbs in your emergency kit for last minute replacement as they can burn out at any time and a faulty brake light or indicator means the test will not run.
Loose items …… ..All loose items in the car (and who does not have them?) Must be removed but the rear head restraints, if fitted, must be stored despite the obstruction of the rear windshield. The fashion of having dangling spiders, furry dice, and dogs nodding on the rear parcel shelf is not the way to create an impression with the Driving Examiner and block vision – in fact I always shiver when I see them in cars, especially those that I am obviously driven by student drivers. It is also a particularly dangerous sport to drive as a student driver and not show L plates. I am always amazed by pupils who show up for pre-test classes in their cars without L plates. The number of excuses would fill a book chapter. It is a sad reflection that basic driving laws are continually violated by student drivers, but even worse is the all too common sight of student drivers being taught with so-called instructors actually driving out of test centers without showing their L plates. Shows a disregard for the law and the need for excellent driving skills and the need for concentration. Of course, cell phones should be turned off and hidden.
Windshield and mirrors… ..These should be free of cracks and clean.
Service ……. It is a good idea to have the Car serviced prior to your test and any technical issues that you have postponed for resolution should be resolved. If a warning light illuminates during a test due to mechanical problems then the test will be aborted by the examiner.
Documents …… .. Insurance disc, road tax disc and N.C.T. certificate, if appropriate, must be in force and legible. If any of these are faded and unreadable, the test will be canceled. The change of ownership of vehicles near the Driving Test appointment, which involves the lack of documentation for any reason, will result in the cancellation of the Te