Intensive Driving

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Updated 16/03/04

Driving Test Report

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Eyesight You must read a number plate Signs and You must respond to all signs and
from the prescribed distance. Signals road markings. At traffic lights
You must wear glasses or contact lenses if you must make sure the road is
your Optician  prescribed them for driving. clear before you respond to a
green light.
You must obey all signs given by
police officers, traffic wardens
and school patrols. Also people in


You must make sure you've adjusted the charge of animals.
  • seat
  • mirrors
  • seat belt
so that you're comfortable and can reach Use of You must make safe and
the controls. speed reasonable progress according
You should have made sure to the traffic, road and weather
the doors are shut properly. conditions, make sure you can
Before you start the engine check the stop safely in the distance you can
handbrake is on and the car is in neutral. see to be clear. Do not speed.
If you stall you must make sure that you
keep your car under control when you
restart your engine.
Following You must keep a safe distance
distance between you and the vehicle
ahead. Allow greater distances
in wet or icy weather.
Keep an escape route
when stopping behind another
vehicle in case it fails to move off
or rolls backwards.
Control You must demonstrate smooth control of:
  • Accelerator
  • Clutch
  • Foot brake
  • Steering
You should not look at the controls whilst Maintain You must demonstrate your ability
using them. You should move away progress to drive at a realistic speed.
smoothly and avoid depressing the clutch Driving extremely slowly when not
until just before stopping or changing gear. appropriate creates a danger for
You should avoid coasting, (for example yourself and other drivers.
pushing the clutch down when going You must drive at a speed
round corners). suitable for the type of road, the
You should be able to select the correct density of traffic and the
gear for the situation and in good time. weather conditions.
You should be able to use the brake pedal
smoothly to avoid jolting the car and
respond early when braking.
You should make full use of the handbrake
in any situation which would avoid the car Junctions You should be able to judge the
from rolling forwards or backwards and and correct speed on the approach to
when you are parking. Roundabouts any junction, so you can either
You should avoid harsh steering and either stop or continue safely.
under or over steering. You should also Position yourself correctly and
avoid swinging out to take a turn as it can safely. Use the correct lane.
create a hazard to another road user. Avoid cutting corners when
turning right. When turning left
avoid swinging out and watch for
You must check before entering
a junction and watch carefully
for pedestrians who may be
crossing or preparing to cross.
You must make effective

You must be able to move off safely and

observations before entering a
away under control: junction.
  • On a level surface
  • On a slope if possible
  • from behind a parked vehicle
Remember, use your mirrors and check Judgement Overtake only when it is safe and
your blind spot, and signal if necessary. when: leave adequate clearance. Cyclists
Make a balanced use of the controls as overtaking, and motorcyclists need extra
explained in the previous section. meeting, clearance. They may swerve or
Make sure you select the correct gear and crossing wobble. Do not cut in too quickly
do not allow your car to roll backwards. traffic after overtaking.
You must be prepared to either
Emergency If you have to stop in an emergency you give way when an obstruction is
stop must brake promptly and effectively to on your side or the road is not
avoid your wheels locking. wide  enough for two vehicles to
If it is wet remember it can take twice the pass each other safely.
distance in which to stop. You must not cause another
driver to take evasive action
Reverse to You must be able to steer a reasonably when you cross their path.
the left accurate course, keeping close to the kerb.
You must control your speed. Remember, Positioning You should position you vehicle
the front of your car will swing to the right sensibly during normal driving,
as you steer to the left. usually well to the left. Keep
You must avoid striking or mounting the clear of parked vehicles. Keep in
kerb as you steer. your lane when lanes are marked
You must avoid steering too wide. Keep a and avoid straddling lanes.
careful look out for other road users and Position your  vehicle correctly for
be prepared to give way. the course you intend to take.
You should not change lanes
Turn in the You must be aware of other road users and unnecessarily.
road be prepared to give way. You must not
mount the kerb. Avoid striking the kerb. Adequate You must leave adequate
You must display smooth use of the Clearance clearance with parked vehicles.
controls. You must be ready for someone to
open a door, walk out from in
between vehicles, open a door or
move off suddenly.
Reverse You should show consideration to other You should be aware of hidden
parking road users and be aware of what is junctions and vehicles emerging.
happening around you. You must display At building sites and road
smooth use of the controls. Watch carefully works you should be aware of
for pedestrians and cyclists during this workmen.
Use of You should be using your mirrors and you Pedestrian You should be able to identify the
mirrors need to be aware of blind spots. You must crossings different types of crossings and
know what is happening all around you and show the same courtesy and
act sensibly and safely. Just looking in your consideration to pedestrians that
mirror and not responding correctly is not you would expect as a pedestrian.
enough. You should slow down in good
time and stop at all crossings if
You must carefully check before anyone is crossing.
  • signalling
  • changing speed
  • Changing direction
You must give way at Pelican crossings if anyone is crossing on a flashing amber light.  At Toucans you must give way to cyclists as well as pedestrians.
Checking your mirror after the event is You must be prepared to slow
never sufficient. down at and stop at Zebra
crossings if someone is waiting to
Appropriate You need to signal properly to let other
s ignals road users know what you intend to do. Positioning You must choose a safe, legal and
for normal convenient place to stop and
stops reasonably close to the kerb.
You need to make sure that: You must not stop in a place where  you
  • you signal in good time
  • only give signals shown in the Highway Code
  • pedestrians as well as drivers know your intentions

will cause an obstruction or danger to other road users. You should know where and how to stop without causing danger.
You must signal clearly. Other road users Awareness You must be aware of other road
need to see and understand what you & planning users at all times. You should
intend to do so that they can take safe action. think and plan ahead at all times.
You must not mislead other road users. You must be able to:
You must cancel signals in good time Beckoning pedestrians across the road is dangerous, you might cause them danger from other drivers, who may not have seen your hand signal.
  • judge what other road users are doing
  • predict how their actions might affect you
  • react in good time
You must take extra care when
Ancillary You should understand the function and be considering the actions of more
controls able to demonstrate where necessary the vulnerable road users such as
use of all controls and switches. Especially those that could have an effect on road safety.
  • indicators
  • lights
  • windscreen wipers
  • heaters
  • demisters

You should be able to find and use these controls without looking down.

  • pedestrians
  • cyclists
  • motorcyclists
  • horse riders

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