How to pass your driving test in Perth Scotland, is a question that is asked quite often. But how to pass your driving test in a specific location might imply that there is something unusual going on. What is different between one city and another? In reality, as far as the driving test goes, the test routes are designed to establish whether a candidates ability to drive safely is met. It should not matter whether a test is taken in Perth or any other city. A learner driver who feels comfortable with their environment would be more relaxed than one who is on unfamiliar roads.
All driving tests in the UK are marked at a standard that is set by the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency). The DVSA examiners are fully trained in the art of looking for specific faults in a learner drivers ability to drive safely.
What constitutes a driving test fail?
Members of the public would understand that crashing your car would be a test fail – a very obvious conclusion. But many learner drivers fail who have not crashed their car. So the question becomes what constitutes a fail and how do you pass your driving test?
Let’s take a look at car control, the very essence of moving a car from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’. The examiner will expect the candidate on test to be able to navigate corners without hitting the kerb, or going to wide [these are called steering faults]. Also the car should move off and stop in a smooth manner. This moving off should be able to be carried out on an uphill, downhill and flat road. This is called clutch control. Using the gears correctly when driving a manual car is essential, but sometimes allowances can be made, provided there is no safety issue.
No professional DVSA approved instructor would let a learner driver take their driving test if the above conditions could not be met on a regular basis. Although, on the day of the test anything could happen.
Pass your driving test – rules of driving
The rules of driving need to be followed when appropriate, but not without due consideration to the conditions. As an example; white hash lines along the middle of a road should not be crossed. That statement is sometimes taken literally by a new learner driver. This causes many problems when there are cars parked on the road. A new driver will sometimes be close to those parked cars on the understanding that the hash lines must not be entered. The new driver can often find it difficult to know when to apply a different rule to the one that is written in the rule book.
The rule book [Highway Code] needs to be viewed with an open mind i.e. not all situations can be followed without due regard to other road users. Other road users have to be given consideration when applying these rules.
Moving the car around on the road
Moving the car around on the road calls for another skill factor that is looked for by the driving examiner. Let’s assume you have mastered the car control and understood when and when not to follow the rules. You now have to ‘fit in’ with other road users. This involves correct use of signals, properly timed, not to early and not to late. When you first start your driving lessons you learn how to signal. After you are comfortable with the ‘HOW’, you will need to learn ‘WHEN’ to signal.
Before signalling though, you would be required to look into your mirrors. Some students who fail their test on not looking in their mirrors might dispute the examiners decision. Why the discrepancy? A student who looks into the appropriate mirror, may well have looked to early, to late, or looked and did not take notice on what they saw. That is, they carried on regardless like a robot, instead of thinking about their actions.
Passing a driving test in Perth
Passing a driving test in Perth requires all of the above conditions to be met. Perth has a lot of confusing lanes and lane markings that can easily be misunderstood by the new driver. Just imagine this situation: you are approaching a roundabout. The roundabout has a lot of traffic on its approach.
There are three lanes, you are asked to go straight ahead. You now have to watch the traffic in front, traffic to your left and right. Plus traffic behind. Which of the three lanes should you take?
There are no visible markings early on the approach. You decide to go into the left hand lane as that’s where you are at the moment, so you don’t have to change lanes in the busy traffic. You are just a few yards from the roundabout now and you notice that the lane you are in, is left turn only. Panic now sets in. “I am in the wrong lane, I need the middle lane!” you think. Now all of your training goes out of your mind. You swerve into the middle lane causing other cars to brake.
Apart from you forgetting your road procedure of MSM (Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre). You also forgot that if you take a wrong turn on your driving test, providing correct MSM routine is followed, and it’s not a no entry sign that you are turning into. You do not fail. The examiner is only looking for driving faults, not directional faults.
Passing a driving test in Perth is no different to other cities provided you don’t panic when confronted with multiple lanes and traffic. Knowing the roads does help build the confidence, but is not essential. Providing you are a safe driver you will pass your driving test in any circumstance.