The Practical Driving Test Guide
The practical driving test is the final step towards getting your VicRoads driving licence.
If you’ve prepared well and had a fantastic driving instructor then you’re set to getting your driving licence with ease. Having a qualified driving instructor helps to get your licence easily. Take your driving lessons from driving instructors who can prepare you toward passing your driving test.
There are 3 stages or tests you need to pass in order to get your driver’s licence:
- Learner Knowledge Test
- Hazard Percipient Test
- Practical Driving Test
The practical test will take about one hour to accomplish.
Here are the Practical Driving Test steps you will be going through at the VicRoads testing office:
- Arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to your driving test.
- they will ask you to wait for your name to be called out by the Learner Testing Officer (LTO).
- The Learner Testing Officer will fill out a form asking you for your details (name, date of birth, address).
- LTO will ask if you hold an Overseas Driver’s Licence and to get the details.
- LTO will also ask if you’re taking any medication that would be preventing you from taking the driving test.
- A simple vision test is conducted to ensure you have the minimum vision before sitting for the driving test.
- The next step is to go and sit in the car waiting for the Licence Test Officer to come out and inspect your driving test vehicle.
Licence Testing Officer will check the car controls before starting the test:
- Check headlights,
- Check car indicators,
- Check windscreen Washer Operation,
- Check horn,
- Check emergency hazard indicator lights,
- Check brake lights,
- and check rear demister.
The next step is the road driving test and it will take about 30 – 45 minutes in two stages.
This stage will take about 10-15 minutes and it is the test to see if you have learned how to park and/or 3 point turn at a quite area.
In this stage your driving skills are assessed. This will take about 20-25 minutes to complete. Just relax, listen and do exactly what the Licence Testing Officer wants you to do.
You will be assessed in the following driving skills:
- Lane changing and merging,
- Traffic Observations,
- Lateral position on the road,
- Gape selection,
- Vehicle position on the road during turns turns,
- Roundabout driving,
- Dealing with priorities at intersections like stop signs and give way signs,
- and also driving with traffic lights.
Please note that the driving test is not over until the Licence Testing Officer leaves the vehicle. If you’ve carefully learned to drive with your driving instructor then then there is no reason not to pass the driving test. We at Rahma Driving School make sure you’re ready before booking your driving test.
If you pass your driving test your score is revealed and your photo is taken and sent to you by mail. You will receive it within 2 weeks. You ware given a temporary driving licence and are eligible to drive on your own. However, you must display the red P plates on your the vehicle you drive.
Call on Rahma Driving School to help you get your VicRoads Driver’s Licence.
Driving in wet weather tips
Perhaps most car accidents happen during wet weather and caused by drivers who don’t take the extra caution while the roads are wet. First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. Any vehicle will slip on wet roads so ad extra distance between yourself and the cars in front of you. Also, the best choice to make on a flowing traffic is to lower the speed perhaps by 5 – 15 kms/hour.
Roads today are engineered to slow downwards toward the sides. The center of the road is designed so that gravity pulls the water down hence to the sides. So, drive toward the middle lanes if possible – water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
Although it is best to reduce speed in wet weather one should also Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule in dry weather and this needs to be increased in wet weather somewhat. The heavier the weather conditions the more time should be allowed between yourself and the next car in front of you.
Maintaining your driving in the same tracks of the car ahead of you will be best because the water that is already on the track has been washed by the wheels of the car in front and thereby allowing you to have a better grip on the road.
In wet weather it is best to avoid following large trucks or buses too closely. Allow a good distance so that the turbulent water droplets do not obscure your view. Driving too closely to bug vehicles tends to cause dirt and large amounts of water to be thrown onto your windscreen.
Another factor to be aware of when overtaking large vehicle only pass with care and only when it’s safe to do so. If you must pass, do so quickly and safely. Never rush, wait for the best opportunity and then make the move.