Booking the Restricted Licence Test. How Do I Know I'm Ready?

November 11, 2015 at 1:17 PM

It’s not the actual driving that excites most would-be drivers when they are taking driving lessons, it’s the prospect of freedom that they will get once they get their driving licence. When you have a driving licence you have the freedom to go wherever you want at a time that is convenient for you. This makes scheduling your activities much easier as you do not have to rely on other people, say your parents, to drive you around.

There are a few hurdles that you will have to face before you can get your “freedom”. These hurdles come in the form of driving tests. To ensure both your safety and that of other road users, the government through the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) needs to make sure that you will not endanger your life and that of others once they allow you to drive on public roads – hence the tests.

The first test that a would-be driver has to take is for the learner licence. This one is quite easy as it only tests the theoretical part of driving. With this licence you can then begin training for your restricted licence exam that will allow you to drive unsupervised under most conditions. The second exam is where things start getting a bit difficult as you will be required to prove to your examiner that you can handle a vehicle safely on public roads. If poorly timed you could fail the practical test which will cost you both time and money. So the big question is, how do you know you are ready to sit the exam?

Before we answer this question, let us take a look at what the NTZA requires from you before you’re allowed to sit the test. You must:

-          Be aged 16 ½ years or older

-          Have a current learner licence

-          Have had your learner licence for at least six months.


If you meet all of these requirements, then you are ready – according to the transport agency – to sit your restricted licence practical test. But this is only a guideline, it will not take everyone six months to get ready for a test – some people will take longer while others might take a shorter time.

How to find out if you are ready for the restricted driving licence test

As I mentioned, everyone learns at their own pace, so don’t feel pressured to take the restricted licence exam before you feel you are ready.

The best way to know if you are ready for a test (any test) is to test yourself. Better yet, have someone with more experience test you. Ask your driving instructor to prepare a mock test for you so that you can gauge yourself. Mock tests are perfect for testing whether you are ready for the real thing without the risk of “real” failure. This test should be as near to the real thing as possible. Use the route used by the examiners during the actual test and if possible do the test at the same time of day as the actual test takes place. This will not only help you know if you’re ready but build your confidence.

At A1 Driving, we not only impart the skills that you need to drive safely on the road but also help you prepare for your exam. Our instructors will evaluate you and give a thumbs up when you are ready so that you can ace your test on the first attempt.

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Category: The Driving Test