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Topic # 96856 5-Feb-2012 11:25
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Hi all,

Anyone here recently completed thier full licence test, Paticularly in the Kapiti area.  I am keen to get mine, but just trying to get my head around what they expect, i have found a realtive breakdown online, but like the breakdown for the restricted test, it really does not say everything, the nly thing those deatils are good for are the learners stage.


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  Reply # 577506 5-Feb-2012 13:12
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Basically consists of a basic driving test to start with

Then doing various tasks, like driving through an intersection, then pulling over and describing any hazards and what action you took

Then it consists of driving (usually in a 80-100 km/h zone) and describing hazards + actions you are taking

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  Reply # 577515 5-Feb-2012 13:36
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Having a driving lesson through AA will help a lot. They tell you exactly what to do and say pretty much, definitely worth its money.


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  Reply # 586797 25-Feb-2012 21:12
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FYI they are stopping and making it easier and making getting your restricted harder. So the full license test is now only 30 mins and restricted is 1 hour. Also price has gone down.
They start these again in march went the other day to VTNZ and this is what they told me. pretty cool if your getting your full..

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  Reply # 586814 25-Feb-2012 21:48
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I had my one at the end of November last year. It was okay, though I nearly screwed up by not looking at the rear view mirror at intersections. :S

Weirdly, I was never properly tested on the second and third tests - the officer told me to start remembering hazards one minute, then somehow decided it wasn't worth it and basically said "stuff it" the next minute.

All in all, it took less than half an hour. I was left bewildered, but I passed!

I consider myself extra lucky because at the end, the officer said "you were this close to failing Part One" (referring to the rear view mirror issue) and pulled out his calculator, mashed buttons twice and then had a "must have done something wrong, I give up" sort of look. I will never know what the true outcome would have been...

My advice is: really do get lessons beforehand and make sure you ask questions along the way, so you're sure what they expect of you. On the day, relax - be confident in your driving. Nothing is worse when you're tense and nervous while holding the wheel.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 661074 24-Jul-2012 15:24
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Thanks all for the posts, everything considered.

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  Reply # 661092 24-Jul-2012 15:40
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The full licence test is now easier to get - Used to be 3 parts. Now you skip straight to Part 3. Just pay for a couple lessons with a qualified instructor and you should be on your way.

I remember having a fussy assessor who made me do 5 U-turns, reverse out of angle park and so forth. Remember that the assessors have a pre-set of criteria they have to test on (ask the instructor when you take lessons). They can't fail you from a reverse angle park, parallel park and so forth, unless you obviously are driving carelessly .

Good luck!

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  Reply # 661193 24-Jul-2012 18:58
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Good luck Jason. Got a couple of teenagers in this house nearing that age so plenty of angst coming up no doubt.

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