First of all let us say categorically, that passing Driving Test is only beginning of your driving career irrespective of how well you do on day of exam. It is going to take average novice driver maybe three years of constant, regular driving, before he or she can then say “I am now becoming an experienced driver. Please notice emphasis on word “becoming”. Arrival on Experienced Driver Podium will take much longer. I guess it really depends on amount of driving one undertakes on a daily, weekly basis, level of night-time driving, and also traffic conditions during daily sorties will dictate how long this learning experience will take. To paraphrase Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of Atomic bomb….. “I am become a destroyer of worlds” This could be applied to many learner drivers who pass their Driving Test and then proceed to total their cars and those of other drivers in weeks and months following Test.
Passing Driving Test is a combination of basic driving skills, positive attitude, detailed preparation, attention to detail, practise in general area where Tests are undertaken and plenty of in-depth Instruction by a Driving School. The need for professional instruction cannot be underestimated and insider information imparted to pupil by Instructor will give a Test candidate best possible chance of a positive result. Many of these aspects are ignored by Test candidates and we will explore in greater detail what will be required throughout remainder of text. There are numerous details to be attended to during this preparation and if candidate takes these on board with a positive focus, a good result with ensue.
We will have a look at aspects of car that need to be checked:-
Tyres……… Tyres need to be in good condition with well above legal limit tread depth and with no cuts, splits or bulges to sidewall. The tyres with best treads should always be on front axle and this is something that should be regarded as an essential part of your weekly technical check. Tyre pressures should be according to tyre specification since incorrectly inflated tyres are not only unsafe but will wear out very quickly and give an uncomfortable ride.
Lights and Indicators……All brake lights and indicators should be functioning correctly and lenses must be damage –free and clean. Its really important to carry a couple of spare bulbs in your emergency kit for last minute replacement since they can blow at any time and a failed brake light or indicator will mean that Test will not be carried out.
Loose Items ……..All loose items in car (and who doesn’t have them?) should be removed but rear head rests, if fitted, must be retained despite their obstruction of rear windscreen. The fad for having dangly spiders, furry dice and nodding dogs on rear parcel shelf is not way to create an impression with Driving Examiner and block vision .In fact I always cringe when I see these in cars, particularly those that are obviously driven by learner drivers. It is also a particularly dangerous sport to be driving as a learner Driver and not displaying L Plates .I am always amazed at pupils who turn up for pre test lessons in their own cars with no L plates .The number of excuses would fill chapter of a book. It’s a sad reflection that basic driving laws are flouted continually by learner Drivers but even worse is all too common sight of Learner Drivers under tuition with so called Instructors who actually drive out of Test Centres with no L Plates showing. It shows a disregard for Law and need for superb driving skills and need for concentration. Of course mobile phones should be switched off and out of sight.
Windscreens and mirrors…..These should be crack-free and clean.
Service …….Its a good idea to have Car serviced prior to your test and any technical problems that you have been putting off getting fixed should be dealt with .If an Instrument warning light comes on during a Test due to mechanical problems then Test will be aborted by Examiner.
Paperwork……..Insurance disc, Road Tax disc and N.C.T. certificate, if appropriate need to be in place and readable. If any of these are faded and unreadable Test will be cancelled .Change of ownership of vehicles close to Driving Test appointment, leading to lack of documentation for whatever reason, will lead to Test being cancelled by Tester. Nothing other than original .official documents will be accepted so it’s important not to leave anything to chance.