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DRIVING TEST

The Test Day Package is $170 and includes:

  • (1) Hour 'warm-up' lesson immediately prior to the driving test
  • Use of the vehicle for the driving test
  • Transport back home or a prearranged destination after the driving test
The package is exclusively available to clients who have had a minimum of (3) driving lessons with Southside Driving School - including at least one practice (mock) test to determine test-readiness.
NOTE: As the driving test package takes up to 2.5 hours, several week's notice is generally required to secure a booking.


A Hazard Perception Test must be passed before a driving test may be booked.

Here is a link to a very informative Hazard Perception Handbook:- http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/?/?/hazard-perception-handbook.pdf
Click the (5) links below to practice hazard perception test videos :-
http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/hazard-perception-test/1/1
http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/hazard-perception-test/2/1
http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/hazard-perception-test/3/1
http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/hazard-perception-test/4/1
http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/hazard-perception-test/5/1


About the New South Wales Driving Test:

Five separate assessments are made within each of (25) predetermined zones travelled. All (5) key performance areas are assessed on a continual basis throughout each zone. In addition to the 25 zones, learners are required to complete a kerbside stop and one other manoeuvre - a 3-point-turn, reverse-parallel-park, or in some areas a bay-park. The (5) key performance items are:-

1. Speed Management

2. Road Positioning

3. Decision Making

4. Responding to Hazards

5. Vehicle Controls

The driving test officially commences when you sign the score sheet. A non-roadworthy vehicle results in test termination without refund (ensure all brake and indicator lights are working). A minimum score of 90% and NO Fail Items is a pass. If a Fail Item is recorded, the test continues so that you may receive a full assessment - (Note: this may not apply during Covid-19 restrictions).

You are not advised of a fail during the test.

Sign and date ALL 20 learning goals in the coloured section at the front of your logbook. The Declaration of Completion page needs to be signature certified by a parent/guardian or whoever has undertaken the majority of logbook entries. You, as the learner driver, also need to sign-off on this declaration page.

About the Driver Tester (Examiner):

Many people feel awkward when it comes to silences. Try not to over-analyse silences during the test. The environment may sometimes feel somewhat sterile; however the Driver Tester simply doesn't wish to distract you with any unnecessary information.

After the Driver Tester walks around the outside of your vehicle and checks that all brake and indicator lights are working, and they are seated, they will say something like: "We will be going for a short drive. I will be giving you directions when to turn. We will be doing two manoeuvres, a kerb side stop, and ... (a reverse park / three-point turn / angle park). If you have any questions please ask now, if you are not sure during the test what I have said, please ask for clarification. "Are you ready to commence driving?"

Resist the urge to look at what the Examiner is writing during the drive. They have at least 150 boxes to mark-off regardless – so if they are writing, it doesn't necessarily mean you have done something wrong.

At the completion of your drive, the Driver Tester is not authorised to advise you how you went – so don't panic when they walk back into the service centre without saying anything. Once they have completed the score sheet, they will call you up to the counter to advise your result and provide feedback.

About You (The Learner):

CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN AND IGNORE WHAT YOU CAN'T.

Do your best to get a good night's sleep.

Try to have something to eat.

Stay hydrated.

Try to explore the test centre car-park and the exit area PRIOR to test day.

Try to have a 'warm-up' drive before your test.

Arrive at the test centre 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled test – don't rush.

Breathe. Try breathing in for 3 seconds and out for 6 seconds.

Smile.

Turn off your mobile phone.

If you didn't clearly hear the Driver Tester's instruction, ask them to repeat it.

If you make an error, don't panic - Not all errors are fail items.

Remember, if unsuccessful, you're eligible to reattempt the test in 7 days!


Common Driving Test Questions:

Learner drivers are usually quite anxious on the day of their driving test and that
's to be expected. However, some of that anxiety simply comes from false impressions about how the test is assessed. Below are answers to 15 common driving test questions which may hopefully help - keep in mind the answers are intended as a guide and situational variables may influence individual key performance assessments.

Q.1 - I heard that if any part of my car goes over the stop line at a red traffic light I will fail.

A – It depends. If you stop over the line for no apparent reason, you may fail. BUT, if the traffic lights suddenly change from green to yellow causing you to attempt a safe stop and you finish just over the line, you won't be penalised – provided your position hasn't impeded a pedestrian's safe progress. So, if it does happen try to put it behind you and concentrate on the remainder of the test – you may be worrying about nothing.

Q.2 – That leads to my next question; is it really true you may fail for not stopping at a yellow light?

A – Yes it is. Failing to stop at yellow traffic lights when safe, results in a fail unless your sudden braking may cause a collision. But remember, if you accidently just stop over the line you won't fail unless you are blocking traffic or pedestrians. Always consider your distance from the intersection and check your rear vision mirror prior to stopping.

Q.3 – I heard that if I stop any more than (1) metre behind the line at a STOP sign I will fail.

A – You will be penalised but won't usually fail. However if you stop further back than (5) metres (one car length) from the line you will fail. Attempt to stop within (1) metre of the line to avoid penalty and if you do initially stop more than (1) metre from the line - simply move forward and stop again within (1) metre of the line before safely moving off.

Q.4 – My friend failed for not stopping for three seconds at a STOP sign.

A – I can understand that's what your friend believed happened but it would have actually been for simply not stopping. The Driver Tester will generally look at a stationary object outside the passenger's side window to determine if the vehicle has completely stopped. There is no minimum time to be stopped at a STOP sign.

Q.5 - What happens if the vehicle in front of me is double parked or broken down and there is a continuous line?

A - In that situation you may cross the continuous (solid) line when it is safe to pass the vehicle. Remember to indicate and do a head-check before changing direction and then indicate and do a head-check before moving back.

Q.6 – I will fail if my tyre hits the kerb on a parking manoeuvre, right?

A – You will fail if your tyre mounts the kerb but not if it bumps or scrapes the kerb face – that is simply a penalty for a road positioning error.

Q.7 – I heard it's also a fail if I hit a Roundabout dome or chicane.

A – Just like the kerb, if a tyre mounts it you will fail but not if it bumps the outside edge. So once again, if it does happen try to put it behind you and concentrate on the remainder of the test – you may be worrying about nothing.

Q.8 – My friend failed because the examiner told her to put her demister on.

A – Your friend failed due to Driver Tester intervention. It is the responsibility of the driver to appropriately use vehicle controls - so in the interests of safety, if the window(s) are fogging up, the demisters needs to be used. Some other examples include not releasing the handbrake (affecting vehicle performance), and verbal directions to avoid a potentially dangerous situation such as safe gap selection.

Q.9 – So if they had to tell me to cancel my indicators once for example, I would fail?

A – No, because it isn't generally considered to be high risk.

Q.10 – Is it true that you fail for giving way unnecessarily?

A – Only if it is clear that you don't understand which vehicle is to proceed - for example stopping for another vehicle when travelling on a priority road. If you have given way as a courtesy, or for safety reasons, and haven't confused traffic, you won't usually be penalised.

Q.11 – If my automatic transmission car rolls back on a hill will I fail?

A – Only if it rolls back in excess of 50cm.

Q.12 – If I forget to indicate (signal intention) at any time, will I fail?

A – No, but if you forget to signal on (3) or more occasions you will fail.

Q.13 – If I fail the reverse parallel park does that mean I fail the test?

A – No, not necessarily. You only fail the test if your tyre mounts the kerb; you reverse more than (7) metres behind the rear of the vehicle in front; or if your final parked position is (1) metre or more out from the kerb – that also applies to the kerbside stop manoeuvre . Remember observation or signalling errors during the manoeuvre count towards the total test score.

Q.14 - If I don't observe a minimum of (3) seconds crash avoidance space at any time will I fail?

A – The process of establishing and maintaining a (3) second crash avoidance space (CAS) is dynamic, so you won't be penalised for not having the required (CAS) if you are in the process of increasing space to the front. However, you can expect to fail if you follow less than (1) second from the vehicle ahead.

Q.15 – When my friends fail they usually say it's because they didn't do enough 'head-checks.'

A – Lack of observation checks is one of the major reasons for failing the New South Wales driving test. If you miss (3) or more, you will fail. Blind-spot checks involve your head turning so that your chin is in line with your shoulder in the direction you are about to move, and must be done:-

  • Before leaving the kerb.
  • Before changing lanes – but not immediately after a parked vehicle or a concrete medium strip.
  • Before merging.
  • Before diverging more than one car width (of the car you're in).
  • Before reversing and during manoeuvres.
  • Also remember to scan left and right before proceeding at a green light after being stationary in the front row at a red light – to check for red light runners.