Commonly Asked Questions
July 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Answer: You don't need to necessarily drive slower in the rain. The key is to "adjust your speed to the conditions". The testing officer wants to see that your confident in your ability. Too fast is not good, but too slow is not good either. Again this comes down to plenty of practice before the test in all kind of weather situations.
Answer: Common mistakes people make when sitting the practical driving test are: Not fully stopping at stop signs. Failing to give way at intersections. Poor gap selection at intersections on or on lane changes. Exceeding the speed limit.
Answer: Not necessarily. When approaching a Give Way sign, drive at a speed so that you can stop smoothly, but if there is no need to stop, don't stop! It is important to anticipate traffic situations well in advance, so that you don't stop unnecessarily.
Commonly asked question: How long should I stop for at a Stop sign?
Answer: Your wheels have to fully stop, so you are not rolling through the Stop sign, but there is no particular time you have to stay stopped for..
Remember if you would stop and stay stopped for too long, you may be missing out on good opportunities to enter the traffic flow.
Commonly asked question: What should I see in my side mirrors?
Answer: You should always see a little bit of your own car in the first part of your side mirrors. In regards to the height of the mirror, the rear door handle of the the car should be about in the middle of your mirror.
Commonly asked question: Am I ready to successfully pass my restricted license test?
Answer: The only way we can tell if you are ready to pass your license test is by doing a "pre test assessment" with you. We will take you through all the license test scenarios and give you feedback on the areas you need to improve on.
We also look for patterns in your driving where you are consistently make the same mistake. For example on several occasions you are exceeding the speed limit.
Following link provides more information on our "pre test assessment": http://www.a1drivingschool.co.nz/car-training/pre-driving-test-assessment-a1-driving-school/
Commonly asked question: Where is my "Blindspot"?
Answer: The blindspot is the area that is NOT covered by your mirrors. Over your shoulder on the right and left side of you. The blindspot should be checked when changing lanes or changing position on the road.
Commonly asked question: Do I have to do a parallel park on my restricted license test?
Answer: Yes, a reverse parallel parking is the preferred option on the restricted license test.
Following link shows you how to do a reverse parallel park:
Commonly asked question: Do I need to indicate when going straight at a roundabout?
Answer: Link from NZ Roadcode: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/about-driving/giving-way-at-roundabouts.html
If you are going 'straight' through a roundabout:
Don't signal as you come up to the roundabout
signal left as you pass the exit before the one you wish to take. At some small roundabouts it may not be possible to give three seconds warning, but it is courteous to give as much indication as you can.
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Commonly asked question: “Do I need to stop for 3 seconds when coming to a stop sign?”
Answer: No, you do not need to stop for 3 seconds at a stop sign, but you do have to make sure that your wheels stop rolling completely before you continue. In actual fact stopping for 3 seconds is not such a good idea at all, because it may mean that you are missing an opportunity to go. Following is what we advise you to do: Stop behind the yellow line first. If you can't see properly, move forward to a position where you can see properly and continue to go if it is safe to do so.
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