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THE DVSA PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST - MANOEUVRE INFORMATION

 

 

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SCALP 

The examiner will ask you to stop on the left hand side of the road in a Safe, Convenient And Legal Position (SCALP).  

S - SAFE - Not on a bend or a brow of a hill. Stop on a straight road where you are visible and can be easily passed by other traffic. 

C - CONVENIENT - Not in front of a private driveway, access road, or lowered kerb. Do not create a hazard or block the flow of traffic.  

A - AND 

L - LEGAL- Not within 10 metres of a junction, never on double yellow lines or single yellow lines inside the time restrictions.  

P - POSITION- Always stop on the left. Wheels parallel, alongside a full height kerb approximately a tyres width away from the kerb.

INDICATE IF NECESSARY, USING LEFT SIGNAL TO INFORM OF ACTIONS.

 

When the car is stationary, you will need to SECURE it from moving. Apply the handbrake, select neutral, cancel any signal, retract your feet away from the pedals and keep the engine running. This process will take place before each set manoeuvre is carried out on the road. Always ensure that one hand remains on the steering wheel in a driving position when the engine is still running just in case you may need to control the direction of your car if you are hit at any point by a moving vehicle. 

 

At some point you will be asked to complete one of the following set manoeuvres:

BAY PARK - In REVERSE Left or Right within the DVSA Test Centre car park 

                    - FORWARDS Left or Right within an appropriate car park whilst driving on test. 

PARALLEL PARK - Behind a parked car at the roadside on the left.

PULLING UP ALONGSIDE THE RIGHT KERB - when reversing approximately 2 car lengths along the kerb, and then rejoining traffic on the left side of the road.

 
IN ADDITION, every third candidate throughout the test day is asked to perform an EMERGENCY STOP as a second manoeuvre.
 
 
 

 

Key manoeuvring points to follow for test success:

KNOW THE MANOEUVRE - Understand the MECHANICS of each manoeuvre and the ROUTINES required to achieve a good result. 

POSITION THE CAR  - Set the car up accurately for the manoeuvre using GOOD JUDGEMENT and EFFECTIVE STEERING. 

SECURE THE CAR - Use the HANDBRAKE to prevent the car from MOVING before forward and backward sections of your manoeuvre. 

PREPARE THE CAR - Select GEAR, Set LIGHT GAS, use LIGHT CLUTCH BITE. The car must always be UNDER FULL CONTROL

OBSERVE - Use CONTINUOUS 360 DEGREE OBSERVATIONS from the start and continue until the manoeuvre is fully completed. 

MOVE - Take your TIME. Monitor the SPEED and POSITION of the car throughout the manoeuvre. ACT ON WHAT YOU SEE. 

RECOVERY ROUTINE - If the manoeuvre is not working out, STOP, RESET, RE-POSITION, then FINISH the manoeuvre.

INBOUND TRAFFIC WHEN MANOEUVRING - Stay CALM, stay FOCUSED, DO NOT RUSH and ASSESS THE WHOLE SITUATION.

USE VERBAL LOGS - INFORM the EXAMINER by saying, "I AM AWARE OF THE APPROACHING CAR" - "I AM STOPPING" etc.

SHOW CONSIDERATION - On all manoeuvres you are the HAZARD, show consideration, STOP and GIVE WAY to other road users. 

 


BAY PARK 

  BAY PARK  

WHAT THE TEST REQUIRES  

 You should be able to park your car into a bay by reversing or driving forwards from the left or the right.

 

Please note: The REVERSE - BAY PARK manoeuvre will be carried out at the very start or at the end of the Driving Test within the DVSA Test Centre car park.

Skills you should show in reverse: Use forward 360 degree observations checking that it is clear to go before moving off, move out of the bay deciding whether to reverse to the left or to the right, and selecting which bay you wish to park in. Set the car up for the manoeuvre and then secure with the handbrake, use reverse 360 degree observations checking that it is clear to go before moving off and then reverse under full control into the bay without touching any of the selected bay lines. Use continuous observations at all times and the recovery routine if required, secure the car with the handbrake and select neutral at the end of the manoeuvre.

After the manoeuvre is completed wait for the examiner to give you further directions, when you are asked to move off, use forward 360 degree observations checking that it is clear and safe to go, provide a signal if it is necessary.  

 

Please note: The FORWARDS - BAY PARK manoeuvre will be carried out at some point within the Driving Test in an appropriate car park.

Skills you should show forwards: Drive slowly into the car park and follow directions from the examiner, choose a bay and then drive forwards into the chosen bay avoiding contact with the lines of the bay. Fully secure the car and then await instructions from the examiner to reverse out of the bay. Use reverse 360 degree observations checking that it is clear to go before reversing out of the bay. When the car is fully out of the bay proceed forwards at a slow pace within the car park following further directions from the examiner.

 


 PARALLEL PARK 

PARALLEL PARK 

WHAT THE TEST REQUIRES 

 You should be able to park your car behind a vehicle parked at the kerb.    

 

Skills you should show: Starting from a SCALP parked position approximately 15 metres from behind the parked vehicle, use forward 360 degree observations checking that it is clear to go before moving off. Position your car alongside the parked vehicle no closer than half a metre or no further away than one metre (this position should be calculated by checking how close the parked vehicles tyres are to the kerb) and then secure with the handbrake. Use reverse 360 degree observations checking that it is clear to go before moving off, reverse under full control ensuring not to be too close to the parked vehicle, finishing directly behind it in a parked position approximately a tyres width from the kerb and within a distance of two car lengths. Use continuous observations at all times and the recovery routine if required, secure the car with the handbrake and select neutral at the end of the manoeuvre. 

After the manoeuvre is completed wait for the examiner to give you further directions, when you are asked to move off, use forward 360 degree observations checking that it is clear and safe to go, provide a signal if it is necessary. 

 


STOPPING ON THE RIGHT

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REVERSE ALONG THE RIGHT KERB (APPROXIMATELY 2 CAR LENGTHS)

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REJOIN THE TRAFFIC ON THE LEFT

 

 

The examiner will ask you to stop on the right hand side of the road in a Safe, Convenient And Legal Position (SCALP).   

S - SAFE - Not on a bend or a brow of a hill. Stop on a straight road where you are visible and can be easily passed by other traffic.  

C - CONVENIENT - Not in front of a private driveway, access road, or lowered kerb. Do not create a hazard or block the flow of traffic.   

A - AND  

L - LEGAL- Not within 10 metres of a junction, never on double yellow lines or single yellow lines inside the time restrictions.   

P - POSITION- Stop on the right. Wheels parallel, alongside a full height kerb approximately a tyres width away from the kerb.

INDICATE IF NECESSARY, USING RIGHT SIGNAL TO INFORM OF ACTIONS OF CROSSING TO THE RIGHT.

ONLY MOVE OFF WHEN IT IS CLEAR AND SAFE TO GO 

 

The examiner will then ask you to reverse along the right kerb approximately 2 car lengths and then they will stop you and ask you to rejoin the traffic on the left.

Make sure MOVING OFF OBSERVATIONS FROM THE RIGHT KERB ARE FULLY CARRIED OUT before rejoining traffic on the left. (SEE BELOW)

 

MOVING OFF   FORWARD OBSERVATIONS (Moving off from the right kerb) 

Start the observation sequence by looking over your right shoulder out of the rear window and continue sweeping through to the left finishing up looking over your left shoulder down the left side of the car .  

Use the 1 to 5 Point 360 degree observation method for moving off forwards.    

Point 1, start looking over the right shoulder out of the rear window.   

Point 2, followed by the right exterior mirror.  

Point 3, then the centre mirror.  

Point 4, followed by the left exterior mirror.  

Point 5, finish by looking over your left shoulder down the left side of the car to the rear. 

INDICATE IF NECESSARY, USING LEFT SIGNAL PRIOR TO MOVING BACK TO THE LEFT   

ONLY MOVE OFF WHEN IT IS CLEAR AND SAFE TO GO 

 

 


EMERGENCY STOP

 EMERGENCY STOP

 WHAT THE TEST REQUIRES

  You should be able stop your car in an emergency as quickly and as safely as possible without locking the wheels.

 

Skills you should show: Starting from a SCALP parked position, use forward 360 degree observations checking that it is clear and safe to go before moving off. Move off and drive down the road changing gears as normal building up your speed to the speed limit of the road. Be ready to react and stop the car on the examiners verbal command of "STOP". You should stop the car in a short distance safely without locking the wheels and under full control without risk to any other road users, then secure the car with the handbrake and select neutral.

After the manoeuvre is completed wait for the examiner to give you further directions, when you are asked to move off, use forward 360 degree observations checking that it is clear and safe to go, provide a signal if necessary. 

 

 

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