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What the driving examiner may say on your driving test:

These are some of the common instructions you may be given on your test.


"From now on I want you to follow the road ahead, unless I ask you to turn, or the road signs or road markings, indicate otherwise."

This means that you have to follow the road, watching carefully for any road markings which tell you which lane to be in, if in doubt follow the straight arrows painted on the road. You should be looking out for any roadsigns such as no-entry, or no-right-turn, and lane arrows. Please don't drive into a no-entry just because you're following the road ahead; it's easily done !


"Drive on when you can please."

Means move away from the kerb, after checking your mirrors and blindspots. If you are parked on the left side of the road, the last thing you should do before you move is check your right blindspot. You must not make any approaching road users, from in-front or behind, slow down or take action to avoid you.

The best way to think of it is that you mustn't inconvenience anyone in any way. Sometimes that means waiting for ages. Don't worry though, you should only get marked for hesitancy if you don't pull away when there is a safe gap. If in doubt it's always better to be slightly hesitant, than reckless.

If you're moving away on a two-lane section it should be clear in both lanes because someone in the right-lane may be intending to pull in in front of you.

If you do begin to pull-away, and then see someone approaching; sometimes it is better to stop part way out, than it is to continue on.


"Take the next road on the left / right please"

This instruction suggests that you are looking for a side turning. However some examiners will use this phraseology when you are approaching the end of the road. Firstly check your mirrors a couple of times to make sure the examiner has seen you do it. Then start looking for the turning. If you are not sure where it is slow down. You can always ask them to clarify where it is. Usually its best not to indicate until you've seen the turn. If you miss it completely, don't worry, just keep going and cancel your indicator if you've already put it on. The examiner will then re-direct you to get you back on route.


"At the end of the road turn right please."

This tells you that you are approaching a junction where you are required to emerge. Check the mirrors a couple of times, and start looking for road markings. When you have been asked to turn right you must be sure as to whether or not you are in a one-way street. If in doubt stay left.

Keeping left gives you a chance to see the road markings at the very end, without committing a fault. If a double broken white line, or a thick solid white line, go all the way across the road it's one way. Or if there are give way triangles both sides, or there is STOP written on the road both sides - it is one-way. Two-way roads have different road markings each side.

If you are in a one-way wanting to turn right, and you then get stuck in the left lane, because you haven't managed to get across lanes early enough, you will have to abandon the right turn. Just indicate left, and turn left instead. This won't fail you, but turning right from the incorrect lane will.

If you incorrectly assume its a one-way, and move across to the right lane. You will commit a serious fault almost as soon as you cross the centre line. So keep left until you are absolutely sure.


"Pull up on the left in a convenient, or safe, place."

This means that you should check your mirrors and start looking for a place to pull-up at the side of the road. This should be safe, and convenient for other people. You don't have to stop immediately, but try to find somewhere fairly soon. If the road has double yellow lines in certain places, try to avoid stopping on them. If the whole road has double yellow lines then it is probably OK to stop on them but just to be sure ask the examiner.

A convenient place is defined as a place near to the kerb (within about 30cm), not over a driveway, not close to a junction, not opposite a junction, and not opposite another car if it would make the road width too narrow. When you try to stop close to the kerb look ahead (at least 100 metres) to keep the car straight, and use your side mirror to check your distance from the kerb.


"At the traffic lights turn left / right please"

This means that a traffic light junction is approaching. Try not to confuse this with a pelican or puffin crossing which may be before the junction. Check your mirrors a couple of times, and indicate the way you are going. Look out for side turnings before the junction. If there are any you may need to indicate to get into lane, cancel, then indicate again after you have passed the side road.

At the traffic lights if you have a filter arrow pointing the way you want to go you can usually go in the direction shown without giving way, but be careful. If you have a round green light, this usually overides the filter, so you don't have to wait for the filter arrow to show. However if you are turning right and you go on the round green light you may need to yield to approaching traffic.

Look at the road markings in the junction so that you can work out where you need to go as you enter. Usually you will keep just left of the centre-line until your turn position. On some junctions you will need to turn behind right-turning traffic from the opposite direction, at others you will pass in-front. If you're not sure just see what other drivers do.

The most important thing to remember is that traffic lights control the stop line, so if the lights change to red and you are over it, continue through. Often there are repeater lights at the junction exit, usually just on just one side of the road. These don't apply to you unless there is a stop line, and then lights should be both sides of the road.



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