Test Maneuvers and other road users

During your driving lessons, you should have been taught by your instructor that when performing test maneuvers other road users have priority, and you should in no way hinder their progress. To this effect, you should have had experience of going round other learner drivers performing the 'turn in the road', 'parallel parking exercise' or 'reversing round the corner'.

Your instructor would have taught you how to know when it is safe, to make progress round learner drivers, so the question is why when on a test with a DSA examiner in the car, you don't do what you have been taught, but stop in the middle of the road waiting for the learner driver to complete a manuover?

Today not for the first time, I was out practising with a provisional licence holder the 'turn in the road', we had just done the first stage moved to the other side of the road, noticed a learner car approaching, so my pupil stopped to allow it to go behind us, but instead the car stopped, my pupil made eye contact (I had meanwhile noticed the examiner in his high visibility jacket) still the test candidate didn't go, so we finished the exercise.

I would expect at the minimum a driving error for hesitation, but the point I'm trying to make is don't change your driving habits on the test because you think you are being safe. You must be confident that what you have been taught is right, and be able to demonstrate this during your practical car assessment.

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  2. Anonymous7:28 pm

    Hi my names michelle from nottinghamshire and I have my driving test in november I have just had two lessons an my instructor told me to book my driving test an he says I should pass first time , I hope so too ! If ya want driving lessons then go with sherwood school motoring there the best !

  3. Michelle are you claiming that your instructor has advised you to book a driving test after only having 2 driving lessons, or do you have previous experience with someone else?




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