What to expect on the day
Step 1 Parking in Vicroads
Vicroads testing offices have designated parking spots for cars on test. You should reverse the car into one of these spots so that when you start your test you can simply drive straight out. Don't forget if you need to turn out of the spot you must indicate to leave the parking spot.
Step 2 Wait inside
10 mins before your booked test time, go inside, grab a seat and wait for your name to be called, a Vicroads testing officer will do your paper work, take your learner's permit from you and keep it while your on test. they will check all your details, name, address that sort of thing.
They will then check your logbook.
Learner logbook. Common errors in the logbooks are
Name and learners number at the top of every used page NOT filled in.
Supervising driver page not filled out.
Supervising driver signatures not the same as their signature at the front of the logbook .
On the last point of 'pages missing'. It doesn't matter what page number you start on but every page after that must be in sequence without a break. So if you make a huge error and want to re-write your book you can by simply pulling the pages out and starting on the next clear page and re-write all of your entries. This saves you from needing to buy a new logbook.
Tip. Take photographs of your logbook's pages regularly so you have a backup, many a learner has lost their book and had to start all over again.
After that they will ask you three questions.
Has your learner's permit ever been suspended?
Do you have an overseas licence?
Are you taking any medication?
Note; If you are taking medication you will need to check with Vicroad prior to your test, to see if you need a doctors clearance to sit your test.
After that they will do an eye chart test and then give you instructions on how the test will be conducted ie. how they will give you directions and that there is no talking in the car while on test. However you are permitted to ask them to clarify or repeat any instruction they give you. Remember you are being tested on your driving skill not how well you can interpretate what they are saying, so when in doubt ask.
Step 3 Pre drive check
You and I head out to the car together, the testing officer will meet us at the car shortly and do a pre-drive check. This check serves two purposes firstly it sees if the car is working properly and is safe and roadworthy, the second is to ensure you can identify and operate each of the following functions on the car.
Those functions are as follows
The headlights, low and high beam
The washer and wipers
The hazard lights
The rear demister
The front demister
The hand brake
The foot brake
The tester will then get in the car and once they have their seat belt on and are comfortable they check to make sure the "Buzzer" is active on my brake pedal (this alerts the tester, if during the driving test I intervene and operate a pedal.........we never want to hear that sound during the test = immediate fail) Once all that is sorted you will be given a direction to move off.
Step 4 Driving Test
It's time show off those awesome skills you have.
The driving test is in two stages. The first half - STAGE 1 checking basic skills and ensuring you can actually drive safely, It is mostly conducted in small suburban streets and it is here that they will ask you to do a reverse parallel park or a three point turn, at the end of the first stage they will ask you to pull over to the curb, Yep stage 1 is almost done don't let your guard down here- remember use the return to the curb sequence, the tester will complete some paperwork and then commence STAGE 2, Use the leave the curb sequence. from here you will be directed onto main roads, dual lane road and small suburban streets, you will be asked to perform lane changes, left and right-hand turns across busy intersections. nothing that you haven't already prepared for in our training sessions.
Remember when returning to Vicroads that most testing office carparks are a 'shared zone' meaning pedestrians and cars share the space and shared zone the speed limit is 10km/h you really need to watch your speed here. You don't want to blow all that hard work here!!
Step 5 Test complete
Park the car & make it safe, the tester does some more paperwork adds up your score and will advise you if you have passed.
If you have passed head inside do your hair so you look real pretty for your photo, go and pay for your new licence then get your photo done !!
Congratulations!! your good to GO DRIVING