How to Prepare for the VicRoads Driving Test
If you need a driver’s license in Victoria, then you must pass the VicRoads driving test. But, contrary to what many people think, driving safely alone isn’t enough to pass this test. Bear in mind that testing officers usually look for the manner and sequence that one is performing instructions. It’s therefore essential to use the criteria that your instructor taught you, to pass this exam.
For example, when safe to move to the right lane, your testing officer awards you marks depending on how you perform this instruction. You should thus follow the correct process, that is, start by checking your internal mirror, then your right side mirror, and then indicate. After, one should head check, if there’s no one in the blind spot, and it’s a broken line, you may then move gradually to the right lane.
VicRoads Test Preparation
Preparing for this test is essential to increase your chances of passing. Preparation begins right from booking, before, and during the test.
Booking this test
We advise that you choose a convenient time for you and your testing officer. Ensure that this time doesn’t clash with work, school, or other commitments so that you can truly focus on passing your driving test.
Also, one should think about traffic conditions in their area. Even though you’ll be able to handle most driving conditions by the time you’re sitting for your exams, it’s wise that you avoid peak times when there’s heavy traffic. Driving in moderate traffic will likely boost your passing chances.
Additionally, consider your area’s times school zone speed limits. While there’s no need of avoiding these times, knowing your area’s zones will help you not exceed the speed limit. Also, remember that school start and finish times cause heavy traffic which you should avoid on your testing day.
The day’s weather is also an important factor. Because it’s difficult to predict, one should ensure that they’ve exposed themselves to poor conditions like leaving gaps when following, slowing down, etc. when learning to familiarize driving under these conditions.
Before the Test
It’s wise that you book a final training lesson with your instructor a day before your drive test. A professional driving instructor will likely know which routes VicRoads testing officers frequently use and which maneuvers examinees will be asked. This last lesson should be a test run for the actual exam, acting out the whole process with your instructor.
Also, get enough rest, stay hydrated, and eat well before starting your test. Tests are mentally draining. Therefore, ensure that you’re at your best before sitting for yours.
Again, make sure that you arrive early and park close to your testing location. Additionally, one can also position their car to be on the right route side as shown by their instructor. Note that while the testing officer might choose a different route, doing this gives them a push to consider that route from the start.
Lastly, ensure that you know what to bring to the test that includes license and fees to pay, vehicle requirements, etc. You can find these details on the VicRoads website.
During the Test
Nervousness is normal during the test. But, your preparation determines your success. Therefore, prepare well to increase your chances of passing. Also note that while testing officers are aware of candidates’ nervousness, this won’t be an excuse for poor or dangerous driving. So, try to remain calm and concentrate on your exam. Don’t overthink or force things and if you make a mistake, don’t panic as that’s beyond your control. If you didn’t hear the instructions from your testing officer, ask them to clarify. Also, if you don’t understand, it’s better you say it rather than doing the wrong thing.
Well, driving tests are usually not difficult. But, make sure that you’re well prepared for them. Some common mistakes made by many applicants include changing lanes improperly, not checking mirrors, distracted driving, driving too slowly, and improper freeway merging. Avoiding these mistakes is essential to increase your passing chances.