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5 driving test tips



From this article you will get a useful checklist to help you to review your driving skills, also there are four other tips to help you pass the driving test.
1. Study the road rules
2. Car buttons and functions
3. Practice Check list items
4. Booking the test time and preparing vehicle
5. Give a safe journey to testing officer


Most people might think a driving test is difficult, but you should understand the testing is done for safety and to make sure you understand the road rules well as a driver. Also, for example in Queensland, the test itself is about 35 minutes driving on the road. You will be given an hour to complete all relevant administrative tasks before and after the test. To be honest, it’s not that hard to pass.

Take the time to understand the road rules and practice all items from the checklist. Use it to review what you have learned, ask your parents or driving instructor to check it for you. Also, there are four other tips to help you to pass the driving test.

1. Study the road rules

Before you are going to have a driving test on roads, you must have already passed the practice road rules test. However, most of the people, even people have had an open driving licence for years, will still need to update their knowledge with the road rules in different states and territories sometimes. Check the links below to study the road rules well before you are going to drive a car on the road.

Links for different state road rules

Queensland: Road rules for everyday driving
New South Wales: Road rules, and video
Victoria: Safety & Road Rules
Tasmania: Tasmanian Road Rules
South Australia: Road safety and traffic
Western Australia: Rules of the road
Northern Territory: Road rules in NT
Australian Capital Territory: ACT road rules and ACT road rules handbook

Be aware of these mistakes

While you are having the driving test, if the testing officer doesn’t give you any indication, you just need to follow the road. Therefore, understanding the road rules is the first thing to learn. There are some tricky rules from my notes, I’ll list them here to tell you. Please check your driving instructor to get you more professional information and also check the correct information from the state government.

Signs 1-5

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1. Stop sign: If you don’t fully stop behind the line at a stop sign, you will fail in Queensland (Thanks to J.D’s Driving School for offering information). Fully stopped is when the odometer is on zero.
2. Form one lane sign: When you see this sign, you will need to do a shoulder check correctly, as two lines merge to a single lane with other drivers, otherwise you will lose points (See count lost points to tell you more ).
3. School Zone sign: If the time of driving test is on a school day and during the time of restriction, you should be aware the speed is maximum 40.
4. A rail road and level crossing sign: While you are driving over a rail line, you need to check with you head both sides, but don’t slow down the speed. This is a point you might lose if you don’t do it properly.
5. Do not overtake turning vehicle sign: When you see a bus is showing an indicator to leave, you should give way to them.

Signs 6- 10

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6. No left turn or No right turn sign: You might have a situation, where the testing officer told you go back to the test center, and you need to turn left at the next corner. If you see the sign “No left turn”, you need to keep straight until you come to a corner that allows a left turn.
7. Pedestrian crossing sign: This sign could be hidden behind tree leaves. Therefore when you are driving around residential areas or schools, you always need to prepare to stop for pedestrians.
8. Give way sign: Check the different situations from the road rules about this sign. Especially, if you are driving at an intersection road, which side has the authority to go first, you need to understand well.
9. Roundabout sign: Take time to understand the roundabout road rules. You should let all cars go first on your right hand side and the cars that are already in the roundabout.
10. Bicycle lane sign: When you are going to turn left and cross the bicycle lane, you should do a proper shoulder check.

Signalling and blind spots

  1. Signalling time: You should give other drivers enough time to see your indicator and to show it with correct timing, indicate for about 5 seconds. After that, you are able to take action. Make sure when you are changing lane, give other drivers enough space or time to react.
  2. Check blind spots: When you start from a kerb, lane change or merge into a lane, you need to check your mirrors and blind spots. The order of the actions should be:
(1). Mirrors check (Rear-view Mirror, Left or Right side Mirror).
(2). Show indicators (Left or Right direction).
(3). Shoulder Check \ Blind spots check.
(4). Steer: final step is turn steer smoothly and keep enough space between cars.
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2. Car buttons and functions

All Classes:

  • A. Mirrors Adjustment ([in the picture left] Rear-view mirror, [in picture right] Left and Right side view mirror )
  • B. Rear-view mirror anti-glare
  • C. Wipers (Press up and down)
  • D. Washers (Pull front)
  • E. Hazard Lights (Press down)
  • F. Headlight/Dip (Press down and Pull front )

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  • G. Rear Windscreen Demister
  • H. Front Windscreen Demister
  • I. Air Conditioning
  • J. Seat Adjustment, another handlebar is also under the seat.

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3. Practice checklist items

When you practice driving, these lists below are designed for you to check how many items you have learned. Once you are confident in an item, make a check to record your progress. It will store on your device only.

Lane Driving

Lane Change
One Way
High Speed Merge
Low Speed Merge


One Way
Controlled - Stop
Controlled - Give Way
Controlled - Signals
Direction Markings
Direction Signs
Edge Lines
Cross Road – Left Turn \ Right Turn
‘T’ Section – Left Turn \ Right Turn

Higher / Lower Speed

Higher Speed
Lower Speed

Traffic Density

Higher Density
Lower Density



“*” sign: it’s for driver authorization and tow truck assessment only at the “Trucks” section.


Reverse Park
Turn Around
‘U’ Turn
Reversing Exercise
Hill Start
Gear Changing (Automatics only)


Reversing Exercise
Hill Start
Gear Changing
Recovery Exercise*(Tow Truck only)
Emergency Stop*
Bus Stop Exercise*(Mr, HR)

Count lost points

In both the “Vehicle Operation” and “Hazard Recognition / Decision” sections, you can only make 8 non-critical driving errors in total. In the driving test for Tow truck & Driver Authorization, you only can make 5 non-critical driving errors. Otherwise, you can’t pass the driving test.
If you want to pass the test you need to:

Lose no more than 8 points from the Non-Critical Driving Errors (NCDE). 
(Driving test for Tow Truck & Driver Authorization, lose no more than 5 NCDE points). 
You can’t make any Special Repeated Driving Errors(SRDE). 
You can’t make any Critical Driving Errors(CDE).

Vehicle Operation

Ancillary Controls
Clutch Coasting
Gears (Class C, LR)
Gears (Class MR, HR, HC)
Steering Control
Steering Operation
Road Position
Manoeuvre Positions
Left Turn Position - Before
Left Turn Position - After
Right Turn Position - Before
Right Turn Position - After

Hazard Recognition / Decision

Shoulder Checks
Traffic Hazard
Safety Margins
Signs/ Signals/ Markings

Hazard Recognition / Decision for Trucks

Sequence - Uncouple/ Recouple

4. Booking the test time and preparing the vehicle

Booking the time

Booking the right time to match your schedule is very important. When you are confident to do the driving test, select one of the available booking times from the driving test centre which you are prepared to travel to. For example, if you aren’t an early person, you should not book a test time at 7:00 AM or something like that. In my case, I was only available on a certain day and the available online times were not good for me. So I phoned the test centre to book a little further in the future than the online booking was able to allow me. I think late morning is a good time because it skips the busy traffic times and the school zones. Here is the booking online links below, find out more information from them.

Preparing the test vehicle

When you check the test vehicle, please follow the requirements from the area which you are going to do the driving test. The easy way is to hire a car from a driving school, as it is already for the driving test for you. Also, the car from there is normally a dual brake instructors car, it will make the testing officer feel safer with you. If you are driving too fast or start the car badly, they are able to help to prevent car accidents.

The basic checklist for the test vehicle:

  • Be currently registered?
  • Be in a legal roadworthy condition?
  • Are windows clean and undamaged?
  • Are the tires inflated well?
  • Are indicators and brake lights working?
  • Have seat belts fitted in accordance with Australian design rules?
  • Have the mirrors, seat and seat belt to suit you well?
  • Has the car had enough petrol?

5. Give a safe journey to the testing officer

On the day of the driving test, some states might require learner drivers to complete a Hazard Perception Test before they can give the actual driving test. Once you have done lots of practice, you should keep thinking positively and be calm while you are having the test. Just pay attention to the road and take actions intently and confidently. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, if you can’t understand the instruction from the testing officer. The very most important key is to have a very safe journey. Don’t let him or her feel scared sitting next to you.


The moment that you are doing the driving test, you might misunderstand an instruction from the testing officer because you might tense up. I’ll give you an example from my driving test to explain it. A stop sign was placed on the road near an intersection with a narrow road. The stop sign on a houses front yard. It was not easy to see the sign. At that moment, the testing officer said “go straight” and he said it twice showing his hand pointing to the front. It was a tricky situation for me when I heard the instruction. If you didn’t see the stop sign, you probably will follow the instruction and drive through without fully stopping first and checking the road.

Therefore, a mistake could happen at any time, when you are not paying attention to the road. Obviously, the testing officer was kind enough to give the instruction to go straight ahead. Please remember, when you are the driver, you need to take the correct action to drive the car and follow the road rules all the time, then you won’t make any unnecessary mistakes.
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