In Queensland, practical driving tests are conducted to QSafe standard. The examiners work to a manual. If they see an error they will mark it, and if you get too many they will mark you "unsuccessful".
An unsuccessful practical driving test is one where the applicant receives one or more of the following:
- 9 or more non-critical driving errors
- 1 specific repeated driving error
- 1 critical driving error
In our experience most people fail the test by breaking a road rule of some kind (critical driving errors). For example, speeding, running a stop sign, disobeying a yellow/red light, failing to give way.
The rest fail through an accumulation of non-critical driving errors, in three categories:
- Gearbox (crunches, incorrect gear selection, etc.)
- Lane position (running over lines, insufficient safety margins, etc.)
- Scanning, mirrors and signalling
We will focus on these three areas. Most of what we say will be echoing the examiners. Their feedback on previous tests is supplied to you throughout the training. The rest of what we say will be to prepare you for the workplace.
Two more tips. You need to select an appropriate gear for the situation, and match the engine speed (tachometer) with the speed of the wheels (speedometer). The trainer will walk you through a pattern - stick to it.
Like a drum beat. Go too slow, and you will crunch gears. Put things in the wrong order and it will go pear shape.
Also, you can't drive this beast like you do with your synchromesh car. You need to SLOW down before you can gear down. Use the brakes to slow the vehicle, THEN change down.
Hope to see you soon, Michael