Rick with Smart Drive Test. Eight more tips for passing your road test:
- Space management
- Speed management
These are the four fundamental components of an any road test, regardless of class of license anywhere in the world. Those are the four fundamental components that you must demonstrate to be successful on a road test – speed management, space management, observation and communication. I am going to go into more detail a little bit later here in the video.
As well, we’re going to talk about new technology on cars, particularly backup cameras. No, you cannot use the backup camera for the purposes of a road test. And I will give you more information about that. Practicing practice, practice, practice! The more practice you can get driving, the higher chance of success you’re going to have on your road test.
We talked a little bit about driving examiner’s and what to expect on your road test. And finally, we’re going to talk about doing a mock road test. Hire a local driving school before you go down for your road test and preferably do it seven to ten days before your road test. So, stick around, we’ll be right back with that information. Hi, their smart drivers, Rick with Smart Drive Test – eight more tips to pass your road test.
Number one Don’t get near anything, don’t hit anything and stay away from other road users on the roadway.
And I’ll put a card up here for you in the corner for pedestrians crossing the roadway when you’re turning. You must have at least one lane of traffic between you and the pedestrians. So, stay away from other pedestrians and vulnerable road users: bicycles. This is the reason that we shoulder check is so that you can check your blind spots around the vehicle and ensure that you’re not near pedestrians, bicycles, or scooters. So, space management – don’t get near anything, don’t strike anything.
If you strike an any object–a fixed object or you strike another road user–unfortunately you’re not going to be successful on your road test. Space management is number one. The second criteria for a road test?
You must be able to do the posted speed limit or the traffic flow or the capability of the vehicle, whichever is less. So posted speed limit – you must maintain a constant flow. If you look at my video here on a mock road test – on how to do a road test – you’re going to see in the camera–I’ll put a card up for you in the corner here–you’re going to see in the camera that I rarely hit the posted speed limit in residential areas. It’s only when I get out onto the bigger road that I get up to the speed limit.
If the flow of traffic is less than the posted speed limits than that’s what you do. If you’re driving a higher-class vehicle–a bigger vehicle, a RV, you’re pulling a trailer, you’re doing a heavy trailer endorsement, tractor trailer or bus, and you’re going up a hill you can only do what the capability of the vehicle.
So that’s the last speed requirement for speed management in terms of a road test. Number 3?
You must communicate with other road users what you are doing. And that is done through your lights, your signals, your horn, appropriate hand signals – don’t tell other road users they’re number one, especially on a road test. You won’t be successful! And finally, the position of your vehicle, where your vehicle is on the roadway communicates to other road users what you’re doing on the roadway.
So, communication – that is fundamental for passing a road test. Number four?
You must observe when you’re doing your slow speed maneuvers, when you’re reversing the vehicle – you must do a 360°-degree scan. That means you look forward, you look to both sides of the vehicle, and you look out the back and check your mirrors. A 360°-degree scan and as well observe – when you’re driving down the roadway you need to scan intersections, laneways, railway crossing – any place that there’s going to be an intersection between you and other road users. And other vehicles – you must observe the whole time that you’re driving for the purposes of your road test.
It indicates to the examiner that you are looking; you are looking at other road users, you’re interpreting traffic patterns, and you’re predicting what other vehicles on the roadway are going to do in relation to those traffic patterns. Because for the most part, traffic is predictable, and you can predict what other road users are doing on the roadway. Now you’ll hear me say this again and again and again when I do this… when I do the videos here: number 5?
If you don’t practice for the purposes of your road test, you’re not going to be successful. Practice slow speed maneuvers and I’m going to put a card up here for you in the corner on fundamentals of driving. Learning the fundamentals of driving: the steering wheel, the brake, and the throttle, and the clutch if you’re driving a manual transmission are the primary controls of the vehicle. It’s like doing music, you must practice scales to get good at it.
The same thing with driving, you must practice the fundamentals. It’s the same thing with martial arts, you’ve got to do wall punches, you got to do punches, kicks, you got to shadow box – you must know the fundamentals and it’s no different with driving. You must practice the fundamentals. If you don’t practice the fundamentals, you’re not going be good at driving. And it’s going to be unlikely that you’re going to be successful on a road test. And again, practice the slow speed maneuvers, this will translate into all your overall driving and make your driving better overall. Number six? –
Backup cameras – all these new vehicles have beepers and backup cameras.
And for the purposes of a road test you cannot rely on technology for the purposes of passing your road test. Unfortunately, I’ve had smart drivers who’ve left comments here that they failed because they used the backup camera while they were backing into the parking space and doing the reverse bay parking. You must turn your body and you must look out the back window of the vehicle for the purposes of a road test. And the reason that they do that is because the examiner is thinking you’re not always going to be driving the same vehicle that you’re in. You’re going to be moving around to different vehicles and you’re going to have to know how to do it regardless of the technology that’s in that vehicle. So, you must turn around when back up and look out the back window – look out the back window while you’re reversing the vehicle for the purposes of the road test. So, know that. That’s a question that I’ve had quite a bit – about backup cameras. No, you can’t use the backup camera. Number seven?
Driving is not objective; there isn’t a formula – it’s subjective. And when I get into a vehicle with somebody that I’m doing a road test with or I’m doing an evaluation with I can tell very quickly–within two or three minutes–whether that person can drive or not. Driving examiners are no different. As well, driving examiner’s each have their little quirks. I worked with many different driving examiners’ and we had a driving examiner in Victoria, British Columbia here who solid white lines were his pet peeve. If you crossed over a solid white line, he was going to ding you for it.
Here in Vernon, BC where I now live, and I now work we have a driving examiner’s – if you’re driving a larger class vehicle and you bang off the road markings– the lane demarcations–you’re going to lose points for that. In other words, when you wander in the lane. So, every driving examiner has the little quirk. I’ve had lots of smart drivers tell me that they were unsuccessful on the road test because their turns were too slow or some other aspects out their driving caused them to fail. That’s not particularly true. We have a saying in martial arts: “One thing shows all!” And what happens is, driving examiners are not going to pass you on your road test if your fundamentals are not in place; if you have not done the work and practiced your slow speed maneuvers. Because they know that you are not up to a certain standard be able to drive, but they’re going to tell you that your turns were too slow or some other aspects of your driving.
Because they can’t say, “Oh the person can’t drive!” Your driving is simply not up to a standard, and they must be specific. It must look objective, so when they tell you that something happened–it was not a dangerous action because the dangerous action is something different–it’s just that you’re driving isn’t up to a certain standard. And it comes back to practicing your slow speeds maneuvers – you must practice your slow speed maneuvers or you’re not going to be successful on your road test.
And when examiners tell you one thing that was wrong with your road test and that was the reason you failed, oftentimes that’s not the only reason you failed. You failed because you’re driving was up not up to a standard. So, practice, practice, practice and know that each driving examiner expects a certain level of competency when it comes to driving. Number eight?
Mock Road Test
Seven to ten days before you go for your road test, if you haven’t taken driving lessons, hire a local driving school and go out for a mock road test. You are not going to learn from the videos on this channel how to drive! Driving is not a spectator sport – you must get in the vehicle, regardless of class of license whether it’s a motorcycle, a car, a bus, or a truck and you must get in the vehicle, and you must drive it.
If you don’t get in the vehicle and practice and drive, you’re not going to learn how to drive. And you are not going to learn how to drive from these videos. These videos will give you a great deal of information about what is expected of you for the purposes of passing a road test and for defensive driving and helping you to drive safely when you get your license, but it will not help you pass the road test if you don’t practice. You need to get in the vehicle, and you need to practice. The same thing is true for being a good baseball player, being good at sports, being good at dance, being good at music. You must do it! If you don’t do it, you’re not going to be successful.
So, practice, practice, practice. Get a mock road test seven to ten days before your road test and a driving instructor will be able to identify the gaps in your abilities. Things that need to fix or strengthen before you go for your road test.
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