What is the driving test like?

The drive test is perhaps the most daunting task in the journey of a learner driver. Every mistake is amplified, so there’s considerable pressure placed on the student. It’s not simply hopping into a car, driving around for a while, and then getting a certificate. There’s a structure to each drive test, within which your assessor will grade each aspect of your driving skill.

In the first half of the test, the assessor will ask you to perform some simple driving tasks, generally on less busy roads. The instructions that they give you are clear and you can ask for them to be repeated. They generally take the form of ‘left at the next intersection, turn right at the lights’ and so on. This part of the drive test requires a constant awareness of the road rules and your surroundings, even though there may not be much traffic about. It’s important not to be complacent!

If you pass the first half, you continue into a more challenging section of the test. This typically takes place on more busy roads, with more traffic and thus more risk. If not, you return to the VicRoads office and are told why you failed. The second half of the test requires even more astuteness than the first, due to the business of the roads. Keep your eyes peeled, and don’t forget to check your mirrors.

Hopefully, after this section of the test, you return to the office and are certified as having passed. It requires a lot of skill to pass the VicRoads drive test, as the assessors are very hard on error. The best way to prepare is to take some lessons with an ESDS qualified instructor. They know exactly what the assessors look out for and will help you improve your driving in these areas.

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