Driving Test Report Explained*
The Driving Test Report Explained - DL25D. It explains the marking on the test report.
At the end of your driving test, the examiner will issue you the Driving Test Report - DL25C and the accompanying paper explaining key notes, There are 22 key elements on category type B driving test you may be tested on for competence.
Eyesight test: At the start of your driving test the examiner will ask you to read a vehicle number plate with or without glasses. Failure to do so will result in termination of the driving test.
Controlled stop: Need to show you can stop the vehicle under full control in wet and icy road conditions in good time and safely. This is also call the emergency stop.
Reversing and turn in the road exercises You will be asked to do one of the reverse maneuver exercise at a slow speed keeping your car in control. You need to take effective observation through and acting correctly on what you saw.
Vehicle check: The vehicle must in good working order before you start the engine. The examiner will ask you some safety question, called show me tell me. You must have sound knowledge of the check you must make on a regular basis. Such as the oil check, water level, tyre pressure and tread depth.
Precaution: Before you start the engine make sure that you are comfortably seated and all controls can be safely operated such as the clutch pedal. Incorrect seat position can affect your observation and steering, keeping the vehicle in control.
Control: On your driving test you need to know how to use the controls, smoothly and in correct time giving your passages a comfortable drive.
Move off: You need to demonstrate when it is safe to move off using effective observation and in control. Including moving off; at an angle, level road, uphill, on a slope, busy road and quiet roads.
Use of mirrors - rear observation: You need to use the Mirror - Signal - Manoeuvre routine (MSM) effectively thought out your drive and acting upon what you see effectively. Where mirrors are ineffective like checking ‘blind spots’, rear observation is required.
Signals: Only use signals that are stated in the Highway Code book. Do not wave or give any sign languages telling pedestrians to cross the road. Demonstrate the use of signals when it’s appropriate to help other road users. It must be correct and properly timed to show your intention and turn them off after the manoeuvre.
Clearance: You must give adequate clearance when passing obstruction and parked vehicles. You must be driving at an appropriate speed in order to slow down or stop as road condition and the environment changes, like pedestrian walking out into the road or cars waiting to pull out. Beware of children's walking out between parked cars and opening doors.
Response to signs and signals: You must show the ability to react appropriately to all traffic signs, traffic lights, road marking and pedestrian crossing. You must obey signs and signals given by; traffic wardens, police officers, Highway agency officers and school crossing patrols. This also includes signs and signal given by other road users and only proceed when it is safe to do so.
Use of speed: You need to drive with confidence, safely and make progress taking care of; road condition, weather condition, speed limits and acting upon road signs. Remember you must be able to stop within the distance you can see to be clear based on sound judgement.
Following distance: Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front when stopping at traffic or traffic lights. Keep safe stopping distance in all road conditions and weather condition by increasing your stopping distance if needed. You should be able to stop within the distance you can see clear.
Maintain progress: On your driving test you must show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions. You should approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being over cautious or interfering with the progress of other traffic. Always be ready to move away from junctions as soon as it is safe to do so without hesitation. Driving excessively slowly can create dangers for yourself and other drivers.
Junction including roundabouts: You must use the mirror signal manoeuvre (MSM) routine and able to judge the correct speed of approach, so that you can enter a junction like roundabouts safely and stop if necessary. Position your vehicle correctly where you intend to go and use the correct lane. If you are turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe. Avoid cutting the corner when turning right. If turning left, keep over to the left and do not swing out. Watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your left and pedestrians who are crossing. You must take effective observation before moving into a junction and make sure it is safe before proceeding. You must show skills to judge approaching traffic speed and distance. Be careful with vulnerable road users, like cyclists and motorcyclists especially in poor weather conditions.
Judgement: During your driving test your examiner will be assessing your judgement skills. Other vehicles should not have to stop, slow down or swerve to allow you to complete your turn. Take care when the width of the road is restricted or when the road narrows. If there is an obstruction on your side or not enough room for two vehicles to pass safely, be prepared to wait and let the approaching vehicles through. When you turn right across the path of an approaching vehicle, make sure you can do so safely. Only overtake when it is safe to do so. Allow enough room when you are overtaking another vehicle. Cyclists and motorcyclists need as much space as other vehicles because they can wobble or swerve suddenly. Do not cut in too quickly after overtaking. Show your intentions clear and understand the intention of other road users.
Positioning: Normal driving position should be on the left side of the road by keeping safe clearance from parked vehicles. You need to read the road ahead, keeping correct road position at all times using road marking and road signs. Be aware of your position and other road users intention as they will be aware of your intention.
Pedestrian crossings: You need to be aware of the different type of pedestrian crossing and how to deal with them by taking appropriate action. Approaching at the correct speed using the MSM routine and prepare to stop safely if necessary. Look out for hidden dangerous were crossing are partly obstructed by parked vehicle or traffic queues. Be considerate to vulnerable pedestrian like elderly and the infirm road users when crossing the road.
Position / normal stop: You must demonstrate how to park your vehicle and stop without inconveniencing or danger to other road users. Parking the vehicle reasonably close to the kerb safely, illegally and in a convenient place without causing hazards.
Awareness / Planning: You should always think and plan ahead, be aware of other road users at all times so you can judge what the other road users are going to do, you must able to predict how their actions will affect you and react in good time. Observe and anticipate road conditions and traffic conditions, and act in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment. Take special care in considering the actions of the more vulnerable road users such as elderly, blind person, childrens, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.
Ancillary controls: The examiner is looking if you know when and how to use any of the ancillary controls safely and effectively. You will also need to know the meaning of the various warning lights on the dashboard and act accordingly should any be activated. You must be able to use the secondary car controls while keep the vehicle in control such as the indicators, wipers, heater controls and demisters.
Eco Safe Driving: Your examiner is looking for a smooth and ‘Eco friendly manner drive’, taking in consideration how you impact the environment such as hush braking and over revving of the engine when stopping and moving off. Plan well ahead using the correct gears. When stopping long period of time consider turning the engine off to save fuel and reduce pollution on the environment. You will be assessed on eco driving, but the over all will not affect the test results. Feedback for improvement will be given at the end of driving test.
*For the purpose of copyright infringement, I have paraphrased key notes which are related to and excluding all other materials for clarity.