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Topic # 114194 11-Feb-2013 19:29 Send private message

As above I'm going for my full license test soon, any tips for the big day ?

I'm a fairly good driver, so I've been told :) .




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  Reply # 759701 11-Feb-2013 19:31 Send private message

The mistake I made was not slowing down to 30 for nonexistent roadworks (the sign was up but they hadn't started work and it didn't even register!). My test was at around 3:00 and the tester kept sending me past schools, presumably to see whether I'd slow down for the school buses so keep that in mind too.

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  Reply # 759709 11-Feb-2013 19:50 Send private message

Get a mate to sit beside you in the car and go for a few commentary drives - this is where you talk about everything that's appearing and point out hazards etc. It'll do wonders for your observation skills and make you more aware of what's in front, around and behind you.

In my book, a good driver is an observant driver. My perception is that very few people on the roads here regularly look in their mirrors, if at all.




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  Reply # 759711 11-Feb-2013 20:02 Send private message

Make sure you stop at stops. Even if there are no road markings. A stop sign is a stop sign. You will be asked to comment on things you saw at times during the test. This will take place when you are pulled over. As long as you are OK at recalling information collected in the last 30 seconds, you will be fine. Its easy.

Don't take your time after pulling off the side of the road and on to the main road, even if there aren't any cars behind you. I'm not saying floor it, but they will bring you up on doing 30KPH in a 50KPH zone. You're allowed to mimic grandma going around corners though.

Be nice to your instructor and make a good first impression with them. It goes quite far!





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  Reply # 759730 11-Feb-2013 20:41 Send private message

Hide all your weed and air out the car before hand, oh...and make sure you turn down your iPod, nothing quite like Britney Spears at full thumping volume I know, but you will have to do without her for an hour or so :-)

But seriously, relax (just enough) and you will be fine. Most importantly LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT THE INSTRUCTOR TELLS YOU TO DO.

Best of luck, I am sure you will nail it.




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  Reply # 759736 11-Feb-2013 20:44 Send private message

If a monkey was trained to keep to the speed limit, stop and give way, he would pass. That is if it hasn't changed much since 2 years ago.

I have no idea how the population of Auckland got theirs! :P





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  Reply # 759804 11-Feb-2013 22:32 Send private message

I have been told not to be too cautious when approching intersections as it can show that you are not sure that you have right of way, but not to go blasting on thru like an idiot. I have _NO_ idea where the middle ground is since I tend to go blasting thru unless the other car is a nissan march or similar too small to be allowed on the road type thing which attracts people that cant drive.

Then I am cautious as anything since the are just as likly to lunge out at you (as much as those gutless crapboxes can lunge) just as you are turning.




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  Reply # 759808 11-Feb-2013 22:38 Send private message

When sitting my test, my instructor told me to never go above 55km/h in a 50 zone but not to be slower than 45km/h when the conditions are good. With regards to looking for hazards, the instructor will ask you mid test to name hazards so basically you name everything that moves that you can see. e.g. a cyclist to my left, cars in front, cars to the right, cars behind, pedestrians on sidewalk

Good luck!

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  Reply # 759863 12-Feb-2013 07:31 Send private message

if you are asking this i hope you have had a good instructor take you for a mock test to show you what to expect and pet hates of examiners ie what not to do and pet likes ie what you must do ... ?

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  Reply # 759983 12-Feb-2013 11:34 Send private message

Best thing I did was to take a driving lesson before the big day. I went through the AA and the guy took me through the test as though it was the real thing. If it had of been the real deal I would've failed. He wrote a whole bunch of notes on a piece of paper and took me through the parts where I didn't do so well.

3 days later I did the real thing and passed easily. So I highly recommend getting a lesson beforehand. Even if it's only to get an idea of what to expect.




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  Reply # 760234 12-Feb-2013 16:05 Send private message

Make sure all your lights, indicators etc are functioning and then you have plenty of fuel.

I work with a guy who showed up to his test without his L signs in his windows. The tester refused to do the test there and then. So this guy asked if he could just get some paper from their office and draw a couple of L signs. Nope, test cancelled.

I believe he is still driving around without a license.

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  Reply # 760289 12-Feb-2013 17:13 Send private message

Kingy: Best thing I did was to take a driving lesson before the big day. I went through the AA and the guy took me through the test as though it was the real thing. If it had of been the real deal I would've failed. He wrote a whole bunch of notes on a piece of paper and took me through the parts where I didn't do so well.

3 days later I did the real thing and passed easily. So I highly recommend getting a lesson beforehand. Even if it's only to get an idea of what to expect.

+1, only need one lesson then you know what your walking into, wasn't too expensive

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  Reply # 760331 12-Feb-2013 19:22 Send private message

Thanks alot for all your help guys ! appreciate it alot :)




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  Reply # 760332 12-Feb-2013 19:22 Send private message

scuwp: Hide all your weed and air out the car before hand, oh...and make sure you turn down your iPod, nothing quite like Britney Spears at full thumping volume I know, but you will have to do without her for an hour or so :-)

But seriously, relax (just enough) and you will be fine. Most importantly LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT THE INSTRUCTOR TELLS YOU TO DO.

Best of luck, I am sure you will nail it.


Hahahaha !! mate you made my day !




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  Reply # 760336 12-Feb-2013 19:37 Send private message

Dont give way ever when you don't have to. This is what the guy taking my test told me. I gave way to someone coming to a stop sign when I was on the main road (4 road intersection) and it didnt look like he'd stop in time. He got me to pull over and was going to fail me after i argued my point across, his reasoning was "if your car is full and you stop, a truck behind you might not and everyone in your car will die". I basically said I knew there was no one behind me (which was true). Anyway! Common sense and knowledge of the road rules will get you through fine. Stop when you have to, give way etc.

Drive as you should do normally basically! hahaha good luck mate!

edit: Clearly didnt read far enough down the page hahaha. Still stands though





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