How to Pass Your Queensland Driving Test.
While it is essential to feel confident when you go to your practical driving exam, it is equally necessary to be prepared. These are the steps you should take to pass your practical driving test.
Although we don’t mean to scare anyone, the truth is that there’s no guarantee you will pass your practical driving exam on your first try. Fairfax Media’s analysis of Queensland government data between 2005 and 2017 showed that 40% of driving tests in Queensland were failed over the four years.
For learners between 16 and 20, the percentage is 41.45%. People aged 31-35 years were the most successful, with a 35.77% failure rate.
Why are learners failing their driving test?
Your test will take approximately 30 minutes. During the exam, your examiner will complete the Driving Assessment Report. This report includes the following checks:
- Controls for ancillary vehicles
- Gears, clutch control, and stalling
- Accelerating and Braking
- Road position
- Safety margins
- Position changing
- Choose speed
- Observation, scanning, and shoulder checks
- Traffic signals, signs and road markings
- Additionally, you will be required to perform two of these manoeuvres (one must include a reversing element).
- Automatic gear change
- Start on the Hill
- Reverse parking
- Exercise to reverse
- Reverse the trend
Technically, three types of mistakes could cause learners to fail the test: Non-Critical Driving Errors, Specific Repeated Driving Mistakes, and Critical Driving Fehler.
Non-Critical Driving Mistakes are infractions that do not pose a risk to your safety or the safety and safety of others on the road. You won’t pass if you do nine or more of these things.
You make repeated errors like failing to check your shoulders, correctly indicate where you are, or not indicating the correct position. A Specific Repeated Driving Offense is also defined as repeatedly falling. You will be failing your test if you have four or more Specific Repeated Driver Errors.
There are also Critical Driving Errors, which can be very serious. These errors occur when you don’t follow the rules.
- Speeding (exceeding speed limit by more than 1 kph)
- Failure to stop at stop signs
- Failure to allow for space
- Failure to keep a safe distance
- Failure to follow and understand road markings and signs
- Failure to follow directions from police, a school-cross supervisor or an authorised traffic controller
- Incorrectly performing a right turn
- An intersection can be dangerous if you make a wrong decision
Although they may not seem all that serious, any of these errors can lead to instant failure. Any mistake that causes your driving assessor to need to intervene verbally or physically will be a failure.
These are just a few of the things that could cause you to fail your driving test. It is possible to simplify the situation and see two main reasons people fail driving tests.
- The driver is too anxious
- The driver is not ready
These reasons are, of course, not indistinguishable.
How to pass your driving exam
A driving test is not an exception. It’s normal to feel nervous before taking any test. However, as with any test, it is essential to remember the five Ps – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Perform.
You will feel less nervous if you are prepared, and you will pass your test.
You’re not being tested on your ability to drive and react to traffic situations. This is why you shouldn’t be afraid to do the practice before the test.
Professional driving lessons can increase your chances of passing your test the first time around. Your instructor will make sure you know everything and be ready to show your examiner the skills you have.
You won’t pass your test if you haven’t been taught these skills and haven’t worked with an instructor to practice them.
Your instructor will be able to tell you how your driving progresses. They can also recommend that you take the test, so you know you are ready.
When booking your test, keep these things in mind:
- You should ensure that your test is not in conflict with school or work commitments so you can focus on it entirely.
- Take into account the traffic conditions in your locality and avoid peak hours.
- Pay attention to speed limits in school zones and the times they are enforced.
- Give yourself enough time to rest and eat a healthy meal before you take your test.
- For the day of your test, book a lesson with your driving instructor. You will be able to use this lesson to practice for the real thing. Your instructor will be able to tell you the likely routes your examiner might take and the manoeuvres you will be required to do.
Around About Driving School allows you to drive from your first lesson until your test and use your instructor’s car as your test car. Book your lessons today and take control of your driving!