Where You Might Fail!
There are three categories of mistakes:
Grade 1 (minor mistakes which have no effect on the overall test result).
Grade 2 (medium mistake) which your allowed to make up to 8 overall OR up to 5 under one heading (see below) OR up to 3 for one single aspect of your riding.
Grade 3 (serious mistake) 1 of these will result in automatic failure.
1. LACK OF REAR OBSERVATION
Shoulder checks (safety glance) must be done before each turn (left shoulder going left, right shoulder going right) or before any lane changes or significant manoeuvres on the road.
Regular mirror checks whilst riding (move your head slightly to prove this!).
Regular mirror checks even when stopped and waiting on the road.
2. ROAD POSITIONING
Ride in the centre of your lane at all times, when necessary, change position and then return to the centre of your lane.
Correct positioning at junctions on the approach and arrival at.
Do not ride too close to parked vehicles (keep a doors length away if possible if not reduce speed).
3. INADEQUATE SIGNALLING
Not signalling correctly, lack of / overusing / forgetting to cancel signals (which can result in a Grade 3!).
If you need to change your position towards the centre of the road or beyond for either a parked vehicle or obstruction shoulder check first then use your indicator 4 to 5 flashes of the indicator will do before and during this manoeuvre.
4. LACK OF PROGRESS
Going to slow, if it’s safe to ride at 50kph (30mph) then do so. Watch for any changes in the speed limit throughout the test and adjust your speed to those limits if it’s safe to do so. Breaking the speed limit by more than 10kph (6mph) will result in a Grade 3.
Being over cautious at junctions especially when turning right.
5. NOT OBEYING ROAD SIGNS / MARKINGS / TRAFFIC LIGHTS
Not stopping where there is stop sign or solid white line across the road or at a red light will result in a Grade 3. Entering chevrons (diagonal white stripes), crossing over a continuous white line or stopping in a box junction.
6. REACTION TO HAZARDS
A hazard is something you will either have to change your position or speed for or both.
How soon you react to parked vehicles, pedestrians, buses stopping or stopped, emerging vehicles, potholes etc etc…….
- MIRROR CHECK
- CHANGE POSITION
- SAFETY GLANCE (IN DIRECTION YOU’RE GOING)
Always hold front brake getting on/off your bike. Hold/press rear brake when stopped so that brake light shows. Thank other road users who give you the right of way (nod of the head).