Driver Knowledge Test | Learners Licence South Australia

17. ♦ introduction - the driving test - cont.


Steering - always keep control of the steering wheel, Never:
1. put your hands inside the rim of the wheel
2. remove your hands or let the wheel 'go free'
3. hold the wheel with your arms crossed or so that the movement of the     wheel is restricted
4. operate the wheel with one hand unnecessarily (for example one arm      resting on the door)
5. palm the wheel with one hand
6. operate the wheel with the vehicle stationary ('dry' steering).

manoeuvres (classes C or CA) - perform two of the listed manoeuvres (at least one with a reversing component):
1. reverse parking - park the vehicle parallel to and within 45cm of the     kerb. You can have one attempt with a maximum of two reverse and one      forward movements
2. reverse - steer a steady course (in an approximately straight line),     starting and finishing within 50cm of the kerb. The observation should be     predominantly by turning your head and looking through the rear     window.
3. turn around - within the width of a street, turn the car around with a     minimum number of forward and reverse movements. Do not turn the     wheel when the vehicle is stopped.
4. U-turn - give way to all other vehicles and pedestrians and have a clear     view of all approaching traffic.
5. hill start - position the car parallel to and within 50cm of the kerb and     move off  without rolling backwards
6. gear-changing in automatic vehicles - if you are driving an automatic

After the Practical Driving Test

After you have completed all the driving tasks, your driving examiner will direct you back to the testing office. Your examiner will tell you at the end of your practical driving test whether you have passed or failed. You also get feedback on any errors, and a copy of your Driving Assessment Report. If you have passed, you pay the licence fee and you may have your photo taken. You then get a P1 licence if you are under 25, or a P2 licence if you are 25 or older. You risk a fine if you do not display the correctly coloured P plates on your vehicle before you start driving.

If you failed, don't panic

Come back after more practice and try again. Before you leave, make sure you know exactly what you did wrong and how you can improve. You can take the test as many times as you like, but you must pay each time and you can’t re-take the test until your cooling off period is over. Cooling off periods highlight the importance of taking time to practise more.

The cooling off periods are:

First fail - you may re-sit the test on the next calendar day.

Second fail - you may re-sit the test on the 8th day after the second fail test date.

Third and subsequent fail - you may re-sit the test on the 29th day after the third or each subsequent fail test date.